Flare in Action!

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Postby jcoria on Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:58 am

I appreciate your feedback and response. I like the look. I wish i was more apt at code to fancify some items.

thanks again.

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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby doc_guy on Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:14 pm

I posted this in another thread, so sorry for the double post, but I thought the post ought to be here too...

doc_guy wrote:If you're interested, today I published a new version of my online writing portfolio using Flare as the back end and a Flare WebHelp target. I'd previously used WordPress for my back end, but recently decided to switch that out for Flare.

My portfolio is located here:
http://www.paulpehrson.com :madcap:

I blogged a little bit about the change here:
http://blog.paulpehrson.com/2008/01/18/ ... ing-flare/

Hope you don't mind me tooting my own horn a bit, but I thought you might be interested in seeing a non-conventional use for Flare.

So there you have it. Another example of Flare in action.
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby Richard Ferrell on Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:23 pm

Wimba Uses Flare for the Webhelp systems and PDF's You can visit thier site at the following link

http://www.wimba.com/support/docs.php

Or go stratight to a few of their webhelp systems

http://www.wimba.com/webhelp/v5_0/LCPre ... _Guide.htm
or
http://www.wimba.com/support/pronto/web ... o_User.htm
or
http://www.wimba.com/support/voicetools ... rGuide.htm
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby forfear on Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:44 pm

Sketchup by Google uses Flare !
to generate PDF and Webhelp. Amazing

http://download.sketchup.com/OnlineDoc/ ... suwin.html
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby RamonS on Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:13 am

Here something that is more in line with the topic. I had to look something up while working on my time sheet and I consulted the help of our AutoTask system. The help looked very familiar. See for yourself here.
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Flare in Action!

Postby forfear on Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:09 am

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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby forfear on Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:13 pm

A superb site and working example of Flare and all the various custom knowledgebase components put into service.
There's quite a bit of advanced HTML/Styling going on with extensive use of DIVs

You have :
- custom mailto buttons.
- Custom TOC icons.
- javascript popup topic feedback/rating pages
- Custom styles for code keywords
- Sidebars for note pullouts, are highlighted in a box with a Note icon

Salesforce uses Flare!

http://www.salesforce.com/us/developer/ ... /index.htm
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby LTinker68 on Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:29 pm

forfear wrote:Salesforce uses Flare! http://www.salesforce.com/us/developer/ ... /index.htm

That is a very nice site. Nice color scheme, and I love the Note DIV.

Kudos to whomever did that site.
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby bbuchko on Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:10 pm

Here's my first stab at WebHelp. I just started using Flare about a month ago, so be gentle!

http://www.ciscopartnertalentnetwork.co ... efault.htm

I'm happy to report that Flare was very easy to start using. I also made recruiter and administrator versions of the help, using conditional tags.

I intentionally made it very granular (you might notice most of the topics are very short). I expect a lot of users will use the search feature, plus I wanted the help to be very modular so we could provide in-context links to it.

Thanks to Lacastle for helping me synch the TOC to the open topic and create "outdented" headings! (Those changes will be deployed soon if they're not already.)

EDIT (11/10/08): Fixed link. We had to redo our directory structure, so the path had changed.
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby SteveS on Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:25 pm

Looks good :D
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby bbuchko on Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:55 am

SteveS wrote:Looks good :D


Thanks! After reviewing the previous posts here, I made some revisions to the skin and stylesheet over the past few weeks. I think it looks a lot better now.
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby forfear on Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:15 pm

encouraging :)
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby Richard Ferrell on Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:58 am

Add your Website using Flare Output and Get a Free Madcap Software T-shirt!
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby Dave Lee on Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:47 am

We just released our first product to use WebHelp last week. The help isn't available online though, it is run from a server that's part of the product. It replaces a set of dated and clunky CHMs, and it has had a great reception so far. I've used a lot of other authoring tools, and I can't imagine I would've been able to produce help like this using anything else.

Sage200help_1.png


Sage200help_2.png


Sage200help_3.png
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby LTinker68 on Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:48 am

Very nice looking help, Dave. Well laid out, nice colors, and icons (especially the bullets). Although you spelled "Favorites" wrong. :P
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby Dave Lee on Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:08 am

LTinker68 wrote:Very nice looking help, Dave. Well laid out, nice colors, and icons (especially the bullets). Although you spelled "Favorites" wrong. :P


Thanks.

You spelt colours wrong. :o)
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby KevinDAmery on Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:06 am

Settle down, folks: I don't want to have to separate ya'll if the topic of where end punctuation goes in relation to quotation marks comes up....

(And very nice looking help, Dave.)
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby RamonS on Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:39 am

Nice looking help indeed...and btw, I'm with Dave. When writing in English use proper English.
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby KevinDAmery on Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:04 pm

RamonS wrote:Nice looking help indeed...and btw, I'm with Dave. When writing in English use proper English.


Which version, though? UK English, US English, or Canadian (aka "real") English :D
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby RamonS on Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:52 pm

Canadian is Frog English. :D
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby forfear on Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:13 pm

The nicest help i've seen in awhile after the salesforce one. so many questions, how do you do that related sections thing. is that a dynamic component or is that linked manually. defintely not built with See Also controls are they?
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby Dave Lee on Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:32 am

forfear wrote:The nicest help i've seen in awhile after the salesforce one. so many questions, how do you do that related sections thing. is that a dynamic component or is that linked manually. defintely not built with See Also controls are they?


The "In this section" box is the miniTOC, the "See also" box is a div that I add manually to the topic.
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby Lucia on Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:43 am

Dave,

The "Welcome" page is exactly the kind of thing I want to do in the Help I work with. I'm wondering if you did it by adding a background image to the page and then a table with the options or if you had to program it in any special way?

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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby Dave Lee on Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:34 am

Lucia wrote:Dave,

The "Welcome" page is exactly the kind of thing I want to do in the Help I work with. I'm wondering if you did it by adding a background image to the page and then a table with the options or if you had to program it in any special way?

Thanks.


The background image is set in a master page, using a body class. The master page contains a div tag (set to be semi-transparent), and this div contains the topic body. Then I just set any 'special' topics to use this master page.

1. Copy and paste these styles into your stylesheet.

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html.startPage
{
   mc-master-page: url('../MasterPages/Start.flmsp');
}

body.startPage
{
   margin-top: 0px;
   margin-bottom: 0px;
   margin-left: 0px;
   margin-right: 0px;
   background-image: url('../Images/StartBackground.png');
   background-position: left bottom;
   background-repeat: no-repeat;
   background-attachment: fixed;
}

div.startPage
{
   background-color: #ffffff;
   filter: alpha(opacity=95);
   opacity: 0.95;
   padding-left: 10px;
   padding-right: 10px;
   padding-top: 10px;
   padding-bottom: 10px;
   border-color: #c0c0c0;
   border-width: 1px;
   border-style: solid;
   width: 85%;
   margin-left: 5%;
   margin-top: 5%;
   margin-right: 5%;
}


2. Make a new master page named Start.flmsp. In the master page include the following:

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    <body class="startPage">
        <div class="startPage">
            <MadCap:bodyProxy />
        </div>
    </body>


3. Add the image you want to use as the background, in this example the file is called StartBackground.png and is in the Resources\Images folder.

4. To apply the 'page style' to a topic, open the topic properties and set the Topic Style Class to start.
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Re: Flare in Action!

Postby Lucia on Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:10 am

Thank you very much. I'm going to try it and later I tell the results.
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