We just upgraded to Robohelp 10 because robohelp 7 was not compatible with word 2010
We had been using Robohelp 7 for word to make our winhelp file for our software, with linked topics from the software controls.
Now I discovered we can't make winhelp with robohelp 10!
So I am trying to switch our software help to html help instead- I made an html help system some years ago and it ran in a console/window and
the look was similar to winhelp in some ways, so it should be familiar while we get used to html help- I thought.
HOWEVER- several problems- after importing the hpj project:
1. the font has changed from Ariel to Times new roman
2. 95% of the help jumps have been corrupted now that they are hyperlinks!
3. A possible problem- I wonder if the software control topic id links will work when we compile it and try it!
4. punctuation like quotation marks and hyphens have been changed to box symbols!
I do not know what css means so I chose the "inline formatting" option when importing the hpj.
I have been spending hours manually selecting all text in each page and changing font, then finding where each link should point to, then changing the link text colour to green so it matches the way our old help is.
I tried finding where the styles list was and changed the hyperlink style colour to green but that only worked for the one page i was on, not any other page.
If this was Word it would change the whole document at once.
It is very time consuming and will likely take months. Essentially I feel like I must remake the entire help project from scratch! Re-writing all the text and adding links. God only knows if the topic ids will link to our software controls either. Surely an expensive piece of software like this should automate everything??? While using robohelp 7 for word it all worked quite smoothly.
Is there a way to globally change all pages to Ariel again?
Is there a way to fix the hyperlinks?? When I hover the mouse over one of the links it pops up a small yelow box to the right, showing the link target. Almost every one has a strange sequence that almost sounds like a recognised topic page but not quite.
Also, we had some words that were underlined with a dashed line to indicate a popup description of a term. I cannot see how to add a dashed line in robohelp 10; it seems like it's a solid underline link or nothing.
When I try the "View"option and click on one of these popup links it simply opens a new window- it doesn't pop it up in a small window like the old one.
(I did select the option while editing the link to be a popup.)
Robohelp also has corrupted the quotation marks and hyphens in the text on the pages so they appear as box symbols. More manual work to do!!
Any way to import again and fix these problems???
When I tried generating a microsoft html help file, just to see what it will look like, the result looked like a boring white web page, not a neat help console like the old one I made a few years ago just using Microsoft's html help program. There was only one single window- no left pane with topics list or tabs for index or contents etc and no neat border frame.
Is this all Robohelp 10 can do for all that money???