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Is there an easy way to unlink a Project?

Apr 23, 2010 8:30 AM

I am trying to unlink our files so as to continue working directly in RH only.  What is the best way to unlink a project?  I tried recreating the project and importing the HTML files generated but I am not able to import the index and TOC from the linked project. The index is quite large so it will represent a lot of work to re-create it in RH.  Importing the FM files to the new RH project also seems like a lot of work given all the "prep" work required. It would be nice to just be able to unlink the existing project files.  Does anybody know if this is possible?

 
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    Apr 23, 2010 9:54 AM   in reply to ych1

    Wouldn't unlinking mean that next time you update you will have no topics? I don't work with FM but from what I have seen of linking to FM or Word, that is what would happen.

     

    That turns to importing but you have seen the problems with that.

     

    This might not be perfect but how about generating a CHM and then reverse engineering that to see if that gives you a good enough starter? It wouldn't take long to try it out.

     


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    Apr 23, 2010 10:40 AM   in reply to Peter Grainge

    No need to unlink, really.

     

    If you never update your FM source, you'll never need to update the link. If you delete the FM files from RH project, you should retain the topics, indexes, and toc's already processed. Is this not what's been happening?

     
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    Apr 23, 2010 10:50 AM   in reply to roundpegmatt

    Won't FM prompt to update the topics which would cancel out the changes made in RH? I was think it would be safer to make the break rather than rely on no one ever "updating". More your area Matt but that was my thinking.

     


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    Apr 23, 2010 10:51 AM   in reply to ych1

    Yes, you can break the link of specific topics between RH and FM. The next time you run a Force Update command, the RH topics will not be updated by any changes made to the FM files. To do this:

     

    1. From RH Project Manager, right-click over the FM file and select Properties.
    2. Select the File Update Settings tab.
    3. Select the files that will have all modifications preserved the next time you run a Force Update command.
     
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    Apr 23, 2010 11:06 AM   in reply to Peter Grainge

    Yes, I would either remove from the RH project or simply move the location

    of the FM source files.

     

    I'm just pointing out that after linking, you're not ever forced to rely on

    the FM files again. In fact, the Force Update and Force Update All options

    exist in case you err and edit the RH files directly by mistake.

     

     

     

     

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    Apr 28, 2010 9:44 AM   in reply to ych1

    You should simply be able to move the RH project to another folder, location.

     

    This breaks the link with the book. Then you can modify the files as needed. This works in TCS1 anyway.

     
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    Apr 15, 2011 6:57 AM   in reply to ych1

    Did you ever get this to work?

     

    I'd like to import the FM books and trash the "seemless single-sourcing" (ha ha, seemless!).

     
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    Apr 15, 2011 7:04 AM   in reply to techpubsmistress

    Hi, You can import books directly into RH from FM, but not sure why you'd

    want to do this.

     

    Charles Miller

     
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    Apr 15, 2011 7:05 AM   in reply to techpubsmistress

    If you just import the FM books into a RH project, there's no lasting link created. I do it every time I create a new build of our help because of issues with linking that I ran into.

     
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    Apr 15, 2011 7:10 AM   in reply to grammatophile

    I have to do it that way because if you the FM feature of a book of books (1 master book, lots of sub-books), linking falls apart.

     
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    Apr 15, 2011 1:52 PM   in reply to grammatophile

    When LINKING the FM books in RH, there were too many things that didn't work seamlessly. All images had to be re-formatted. Tables didn't really reflect the properties entered into RH. Word spacing is weird sometimes. Links extend to the ends of sentences. HTML code that was displayed wasn't what was represented in the WebHelp. Much CSS work was needed to override the HTML so it would look right. The search and index in RH output doesn't produce helpful output...dare I go on?

     

    I feel if I could DIRECTLY edit the content in RH, maybe I won't commit homicide or suicide trying to figure out what sacrifice to offer the RH gods so it will do what it says it will. I understand that the tag mapping that I have already done and saved in the settings.isf cannot be used on IMPORTED books, but that you have to define each one individually. (Why this is, I have no idea.) So, I thought I could attempt to break the link after applying the settings so I could edit the content in RH.

     

    I still haven't seen a good workflow or for FM to RH in TCS2. We aren't willing to dish over another $700 to get TCS3 for the minor fixes Adobe has made. PDF output from RH is ugly too.

     

     

    Missy

     
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