4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 21, 2008 11:10 AM by thismajorsea

    Need tips for printed single-source output

    thismajorsea Level 1
      Hi,

      I have a Help project that is constructed to publish (via single source) to three separate Help systems and a Printed manual. The printed output from my Help source is incredibly un-refined, and it appears, at first glance, that the post-processing time it will take to prepare the manual for publication is not worth the effort - nor will it fit within my current deadline. Does anyone know of an easy, quick way to work with printed output to make it presentable? Secondly, does anyone know of a third party utility that would allow me to convert the output to FrameMaker files (.fm)?

      Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
      Thanks in advance.

      Todd Richardson
      RH7 | Win XP
        • 1. Re: Need tips for printed single-source output
          Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
          How is the printed output differing from your online help?

          What option do you select in the last page of the wizard? (Use CSS or Use a Word template). If the latter, what template?

          • 2. Need tips for printed single-source output
            thismajorsea Level 1
            Thanks for your response.

            The printed output will likely contain the same content as the online Help - though I'll need to add a few book-only elements, such as copyright information. I will also need to 'hide' all DHTML (I don't want expanding text to appear in the printed manual), and will need to hide most snippets, which I use in just about every topic - something that will be an annoyance, visually and with flow, to a user reading the printed output. I assume I can do this through conditional text.

            As for the template, I have not decided which option to use. What do you recommend, and which, generally speaking will work best? If I point to a Word template, will I have to match the style names in that template to the style names in my Help template?

            Thanks.
            • 3. Re: Need tips for printed single-source output
              Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
              For the topics that you only want in the printed version, I suggest you create a tag such as Print Only and exclude those topics when you generate the online help.

              For the dropdowns, the Advanced button has an option to exclude them.

              For the rest, see the topic on my site about Printed Documentation.

              • 4. Re: Need tips for printed single-source output
                thismajorsea Level 1
                Thanks Peter. I was not aware of the option(s) regarding dHTML elements in output to printed doc. Those will prove helpful.

                I will review the info on your site as well.

                Todd