Re: PDFs as online help?

Subject: Re: PDFs as online help?
From: beelia <beelia -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Daniel Ng <kjng -at- gprotechnologies -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:57:21 -0700

Yes, every time I do a WebHelp build, I first output to PDF using Flare Page
Layout templates that I created first. Then I copy that PDF to the Flare
project and reference that place in the skin with a bit of JavaScript.

So when the user launches WebHelp, they can click a document icon in the
toolbar that will launch a PDF of the complete contents of the WebHelp, but
in user guide format.

They can then copy or print the file.
Bee
On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 7:43 PM, Daniel Ng <kjng -at- gprotechnologies -dot- com> wrote:

> *This message was transferred with a trial version of CommuniGate(r) Pro*
> If I were writing a user guide
>
> For a hardware device- like server products, printers, shavers, tech
> gadgets, smart terminals, data interrogators, point of sales terminals,
> pharmaceutical drugs, calculators, PDFs make great optional user printable
> handouts to go with the printed packaging inserts to go with the hardware.
> In some cases it may be a legal must have if you're exporting/shipping your
> products to another country.
>
> For all software, software drivers, application API, SDKs, web
> applications,
> I would choose CHM. .NET help or Webhelp as must-haves. PDF alternatives
> would be nice-to-haves.
>
> You are doing some form of single-sourcing yes?
>
> Dan
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nancy Allison [mailto:maker -at- verizon -dot- net]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 10:25 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: PDFs as online help?
>
> Do any of you use PDFs for your online help?
>
> Is it possible to link to topics within a PDF for context-sensitive help?
>
> PDFs are attractive to me, for use as an online help system, because you
> can
> control the display of special characters in them. You can be sure what
> your
> end user will see.
>
>
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> Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
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Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
Contents, Context IDs, and Index, as well as Doc-To-Help
2009 tips, tricks, and best practices.
http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control! http://www.helpandmanual.com/

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References:
PDFs as online help?: From: Nancy Allison
RE: PDFs as online help?: From: Daniel Ng

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