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How do I decide what version of RoboHelp to use?

Mar 25, 2013 1:09 PM

I've been tasked with putting together the help files for the 2.0 version of our company's software.

 

I have RoboHelp 7.  I have the PREVIOUS current help files created in RoboHelp for version 2.1 of our software, some of which will be re-used.

 

I can't determine whether it was RoboHelp Word or RoboHelp HTML that was used to create the ORIGINAL help files.

 

How do I figure that out?  How do I import previous help files into a new project so they can be re-used or modified and then re-used?

 

Thanks! 

 
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    Mar 25, 2013 1:51 PM   in reply to Ocean5623

    RoboHelp HTML projects will have an XPJ file in the root.

     

    RoboHelp for Word projects will have an HPJ file in the root.

     

    If you want help compatible with Chrome and other modern browsers, you need to consider an upgrade from Rh7 HTML. I am not sure if the outputs from later versions of RoboHelp for Word are compatible or whether they have been left behind. Post back if you find you are using RoboHelp for Word.

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

     

    @petergrainge

     
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    Mar 26, 2013 7:44 AM   in reply to Ocean5623

    Sounds like you might be able to use a class and some consulting!

     
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    Mar 26, 2013 8:12 AM   in reply to Ocean5623

    Can you post a screenshot of "current help files" in Windows Explorer with some expanded folders? When you click Reply in the web forum, you will see a camera icon that enables you to upload the image.

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

     

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    Mar 26, 2013 8:54 AM   in reply to Ocean5623

    that kind of looks like output help files, not a project

     
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    Mar 26, 2013 8:57 AM   in reply to Ocean5623

    That is only part of a webhelp output and useless on its own.

     

    What you really need is access to author's machine or wherever it was backed up to. If you cannot track that down, you are going to need someone on site or via a web session to sort things out.

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

     

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    Mar 26, 2013 9:22 AM   in reply to Peter Grainge

    Hi all

     

    Certainly these are output files.

     

    If you look at the address bar of the image, you can clearly see that they have dropped into the WHDATA folder and are viewing the XML files produced by WebHelp or FlashHelp. The start page for the project should be found in the folder just above that one. Named "latest help file".

     

    By examining the HTML code of the files produced, it *MAY* be possible to deduce whether RoboHelp for Word or RoboHelp HTML was used to create the content. But that point is really moot as if you don't have access to the source content you are faced with reverse engineering what is there.

     

    I believe fellow Community Professional Willam VanWeelden offers a script for sale to reverse engineer the content.

     

    Click here for that

     

    And fellow Community Professional Peter Grainge has a page on his site dedicated to reverse engineering.

     

    Click here for that

     

    Cheers... Rick

     
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    Mar 27, 2013 1:26 AM   in reply to Ocean5623

    It is highly likely they were on the PC used by the previous author. Given the work in reverse engineering webhelp, I would go for Willam's script. You do of course need the full webhelp, not just bits like you found.

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

     

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    Mar 27, 2013 8:32 AM   in reply to Ocean5623

    Project files <> help output

     

    You can't use help output files in your RH project without doing the reverse engineering as mentioned before.

     

    Hopefully you can spot some .xpj files or locate a \!SSL!\ folder - that's the place where RH uses to created the various flavours of help output; backing up one level from the \!SSL!\ folder should put you in the RH project folder.

     
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    Mar 27, 2013 10:16 AM   in reply to Ocean5623

    Hi there

     

    Personally, I think I would begin by copying the folder you found. Then open the copy of the project and rename it and modify it as desired. That would seem the most efficient route.

     

    Also, perhaps it was a typo, but the main project file has an XPJ extension, not XPF.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     
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