Simple import of a topic from one project to another

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Simple import of a topic from one project to another

Postby cmoore66 on Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:53 am

Hi All,

Is there a simple way to import a topic from one project to another without globally linking it? I really just want to preserve the verbiage and the .jpg images. This would be a one-time pass from one project to another.

Project A and Project B both share the same page layout and stylesheet. So I'd hope these resources would take care of styles and layout in Project B. And I don't care about links - I need to remap them anyhow. I don't need and don't want to have the original project automatically update edited content (both projects belong to separate software version documentation that often diverge in content). So I don't want any dependencies. I just want a one-time transfer of text and images so I don't have to manually remap the images one by one. Just a clean and simple copy over.

Many thanks.
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Re: Simple import of a topic from one project to another

Postby EricS on Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:51 am

It shouldn't be to difficult to do.

1. In the imports file of your project, create a new Flare Project import.
2. In the Source Project, navigate to, and select the project that has the topic you want to import.
3. Make sure to uncheck the "Auto Reimport before 'Generate Output'" box
4. In the "Include Files" field, select Topic files and Image files (if that is all you are looking for)
5. Click "Import" the top of the import window.
6. In the "Accept Imported Documents" popup that appears, mark the check box of the topic(s)/image(s) that you want to import.

The files should then be imported to your project to use as needed.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Simple import of a topic from one project to another

Postby cmoore66 on Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:49 am

Eric, thanks for the response. Even though I unchecked the Auto Reimport before 'Generate Output' checkbox, the newly imported topic (into Project B) has a link symbol beside it. That makes me nervous. I was hoping for a one-time, no-strings-attached relationship between my original and copied/imported topic. But my results look more like a shotgun wedding. I'll have to play around with things some more. Or, just go back to my original method of manually copying and pasting the topic and remapping the images using the Save To feature in Capture. Time intensive, but I have no commitments to the original project once the fun is done.
In any case, I appreciate your help and good information.
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Re: Simple import of a topic from one project to another

Postby Nita Beck on Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:36 pm

cmoore66 wrote:Even though I unchecked the Auto Reimport before 'Generate Output' checkbox, the newly imported topic (into Project B) has a link symbol beside it. That makes me nervous. I was hoping for a one-time, no-strings-attached relationship between my original and copied/imported topic...

Just delete the import file altogether. That will remove the association back to the project you imported from. The imported topic and its related images are now local to Project B and you can edit them at will.
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Re: Simple import of a topic from one project to another

Postby ChoccieMuffin on Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:55 am

Nita Beck wrote:
cmoore66 wrote:Even though I unchecked the Auto Reimport before 'Generate Output' checkbox, the newly imported topic (into Project B) has a link symbol beside it. That makes me nervous. I was hoping for a one-time, no-strings-attached relationship between my original and copied/imported topic...

Just delete the import file altogether. That will remove the association back to the project you imported from. The imported topic and its related images are now local to Project B and you can edit them at will.


If you look at the topic in the text editor, at the top there's text that says where the file came from, for example "MadCap:sourceDocument="C:\Projects\LIBRARIES\DocName.docx" ". I can't remember if that bit is automatically deleted when you delete the import file as Nita suggests, but if you delete that bit from the topic it definitely won't be linked any more.
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