Skip navigation
Currently Being Moderated

Master Page preview looks correct but isn't applied to topics

Mar 27, 2013 1:14 PM

I have created a Master Page in RH9 that has an image in the header, the body text standard and a footer with the date and page number (separated by a horizontal line).  If I preview the MP, it looks fine, i.e. the logo is there, the body text is formatted correctly and the footer appears as desired.  I then right-click on the topic and apply that MP to the topic.  Next, I generate the PDF but the MP isn't being applied.  I'm sure this is an easy fix and something I'm missing but if anyone could point me in the direction of my error, I'd be grateful.

 

I also use MadCap Flare and there are some similarities but enough differences that this requires further help.  In Flare, once you have a Master Page (Layout) associated with your project, it is automatically applied to the entire output.

 

Thank you.

 
Replies
  • Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 27, 2013 1:19 PM   in reply to diabeartes

    Hi there

     

    I think the issue here is that you are expecting the Header and Footer to end up in the PDF. Sorry, but I don't believe these survive the trip.

     

    RoboHelp first creates a Word document, then a PDF from the Word document. If you want Headers and Footers, just create the Word document and edit it with Word to add the Headers and Footers. Then create your PDF from that.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     
    |
    Mark as:
  • Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 27, 2013 1:37 PM   in reply to diabeartes

    RH wasn't designed to create printed docs; it was designed on create online type help - WinHelp, CHM, WebHelp, AIR Help; it's just the circumstances of history.

     

    This is why those of us who need really good PDFs use TCS to single-source our content in FM and create PDFs from there & then bring that FM content into RH for help generation.

     
    |
    Mark as:
  • Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 27, 2013 1:40 PM   in reply to diabeartes

    @diabeartes

     

    Printed Documentation is covered in detail on my site. Yes the loss of headers and footers is a pain but it should not be that difficult to fix.

     

    With Rh something that is Heading 1 in Rh gets through to Word as a true Heading 1 so others, such as training, can use your document as the base for their work. Flare by contrast does not create true headings. The document looks good but it cannot be worked on in the same way without some fixing.

     

    They each have their advantages and disadvantages.

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

     

    @petergrainge

     
    |
    Mark as:
  • Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 27, 2013 1:48 PM   in reply to diabeartes

    Hi there

     

    RoboHelp was designed as a tool to create on-line help systems. Fortunately, the same set of source material may also be used to create output intended for print. But that has always happened via Microsoft Word.

     

    I might question why you are even interested in RoboHelp if all you want is a PDF. Why not just use Word?

     

    Cheers... Rick

     
    |
    Mark as:
  • Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 27, 2013 2:27 PM   in reply to diabeartes

    Hi Andrew

     

    Of course I'm not Jeff, but I'll tell you why one might use Master Pages in RoboHelp.

     

    Master Pages in RoboHelp are used for two completely different purposes.

     

    For EXISTING content, they are used to populate Headers and Footers across existing topics.

     

    For NEW content, as you create topics, you may elect to have a Master Page with certain elements laid out and/or already present.

     

    I'm not sure what you mean when you say "if in essence it retains none of the work you've done to customize your output?", I'm guessing that means you dislike the fact that the process of creating printed output disregards Headers and Footers?

     

    Cheers... Rick

     
    |
    Mark as:
  • Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 27, 2013 2:28 PM   in reply to diabeartes

    Hi Andrew

     

    RoboHelp DOES offer ways to do what you are wanting. One way is via Variables. Another way is via Snippets. And yet another way is by using the Inline Frames in topics.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     
    |
    Mark as:

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)

Answers + Points = Status

  • 10 points awarded for Correct Answers
  • 5 points awarded for Helpful Answers
  • 10,000+ points
  • 1,001-10,000 points
  • 501-1,000 points
  • 5-500 points