Flat File Structure for Output

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Flat File Structure for Output

Postby akhoff on Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:58 am

Is there a way to structure the output from Flare to Webhelp so that all files - content, images, js, everything - are in one folder? I have a request from a developer to completely remove the structure that is created by Flare output. I tried using a Find And Replace application to search for and remove the directory structure references in the generated output. I am receiving an "Error on Page" message and none of the content, TOC, etc. display. The frames are displayed properly, just nothing in them. Does anyone know if this flat file structure is even possible? Thanks for your help.
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Re: Flat File Structure for Output

Postby RamonS on Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:13 pm

I don't know of any easy way to make that happen other than patching up the output as you started to attempt it, but that would then be necessary after each compile. Maybe if you could elaborate more on why a flat structure is demanded we might come up with some ideas. I cannot think of any reason why a flat structure is of any benefit, but I may be missing something.
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Re: Flat File Structure for Output

Postby lacastle on Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:25 pm

Can't you use the WebHelp AIR output to get one file (and not all the folders)? It's new, so I've never tried it, but it looks like it would be interesting.

(in the Flare Help - Features > Targets > Determining the Output Type)
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Re: Flat File Structure for Output

Postby Richard Ferrell on Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:42 pm

Yes, you can have a flat file sturcure, In your Content Exploter you want to keep everything at the same Level, so you will need to move your Stylesheets and Images files to the same level, In your Target output on the Advance Tab you will want to Check "Do not use content Folder in output" This should then create a flat output for you.
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Re: Flat File Structure for Output

Postby RamonS on Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:17 pm

Easier than I thought!
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Re: Flat File Structure for Output

Postby Dave Lee on Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:53 am

lacastle wrote:Can't you use the WebHelp AIR output to get one file (and not all the folders)? It's new, so I've never tried it, but it looks like it would be interesting.

(in the Flare Help - Features > Targets > Determining the Output Type)


Just a note - the AIR output is only a single file output in the sense that you only need to distribute a single .air file. To use the help, you first need to install this .air file (like a normal application), and this will stick the usual 100s of files for your WebHelp in the installation folder, plus the files required for the AIR container (the EXE and a few others).

Just think of it like packaging up your WebHelp in an installer and sending it out as a setup.exe file. It's a single file in that sense, but not the same as something like a CHM which is a single file that people can open directly (without having to install it).
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