RE: RoboHelp or Flare?

Subject: RE: RoboHelp or Flare?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 16:16:10 -0500

Way back in October 2006, it was stated on TECHWR-L that Flare didn't
explicitly support field-level help. Does it now?

At the time, Rowena Hart posted Melissa S.'s workaround to this problem,
which required the use of RoboHelp and HTML Help Workshop.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: McLauchlan, Kevin
> Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2008 3:57 PM
> To: Cardimon, Craig; Techwr-l
> Subject: RE: RoboHelp or Flare?
>
> OK, here's just one example of a Flare annoyance that bit
> me last year.
> Given that people who use RH are accustomed to (basically)
> just pushing a button to generate a print version of a
> WebHelp system, you'd kinda expect that Flare would start
> off with that functionality.
> That's especially so since Flare's interface talks about
> "Print" publishing targets (in addition to the various
> flavors of Help). It turned out that creating a WebHelp
> system and then after-the-fact deciding that you want a
> printable version results in the printable
> (Word) file containing dozens or hundreds of duplicate
> pages. Staff acted as though that was a surprise (in
> other words, they'd never tested it), and the solution
> came from a couple of MVPs in the user forum, in the
> form of a rather non-intuitive manipulation of
> Conditions (two versions, depending on whether a given
> "book" contained just a single topic or multiple topics)
> and a re-work of every "book" page in your/my existing
> help. That was in version 2.x, and when 3.x came out,
> there was still no mention in the Flare Help about
> either a fix or a solid acknowledgement/summary of the
> work-around.
>

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