11 Replies Latest reply on Nov 28, 2007 8:44 AM by Rowanna

    Single sourcing

    SABU66 Level 1
      After importing FrameMaker files into RoboHelp and creating Help, I changed the FrameMaker file, saved it, and regenerated the Help, expecting (perhaps naively) to see the Help updated with the change I'd made. But no. In RoboHelp for FrameMaker, you could change the 'source file' FrameMaker documents and the Help would keep in line with those changes. Have I made a fundamental mistake by upgrading to the Technical Communication Suite? Because I can't seem to do many, if any, of the things I could do with FrameMaker 7.1 and RoboHelp for Framemaker.

        • 1. Re: Single sourcing
          Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
          I believe there was a post recently where someone confirmed that with TCS, when you update the FM document, you just need to click a couple of buttons and the RH project gets updated. Sorry, I cannot be more specific but at least it confirms what you want is "doable".

          • 2. Re: Single sourcing
            Author care Level 2
            What you need to do here is as follows:
            In the Robohelp Project Files area, select the sub folder for the material you have imported previously from FM.
            Now right click and select Update All to update your material.
            The RH project should now reflect the changes made in FM.
            • 3. Re: Single sourcing
              SABU66 Level 1
              I'm afraid I can't find an Update All option anywhere
              • 4. Re: Single sourcing
                Author care Level 2
                Hi Again,
                This option is only available on the RH7 that comes with TCS. If that's what you have, try selecting the file icon representing the book you have imported by reference and right clicking on that...
                • 5. Re: Single sourcing
                  SABU66 Level 1
                  I didn't add by reference, I imported. Perhaps therein lies the problem. I can't tell you how terrible my Help files look in comparison to the nice FrameMaker manual: images the wrong size, nothing aligns, all spacing messed up, TOC a laughing stock, . A complete, depressing, dog's dinner. Should I have to manually change everything once imported, to look less than appalling? I'm rambling now...
                  • 6. Re: Single sourcing
                    Author care Level 2
                    Regarding the update all part, that's exactly the problem, to use the update all option you need to import by reference.

                    As for formats of pictures and the like I have no experience of sourcing in FM and then pulling into RH. What I would suggest however, If import by reference doesn't fix it, is try doing a test chapter in FM and looking at the various problems. Possibly creating a special set of formats in FM that you apply before importing into RH?

                    Sorry I can't be more help..
                    • 7. Re: Single sourcing
                      SABU66 Level 1
                      Hi, thanks very much. Yes, I'm currently working through a very small chapter, trying to identify and iron out the problems. I hope to get there in the end but it feels like one step forward, three back at the moment! Clearly RoboHelp for FrameMaker made my life too easy and Adobe decreed that I should toughen up and experience some real grief
                      • 8. Re: Single sourcing
                        Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
                        Lock your bedroom door tonight or they'll get you!

                        • 9. Re: Single sourcing
                          I'm using plain old FrameMaker 8 and RoboHelp 7. I'm not using the suite. Can you tell me how to import a FrameMaker file into RoboHelp by reference? I can't find that option anywhere. I can only import a FrameMaker file, which doesn't seem to have a link back to the original file.
                          • 10. Re: Single sourcing
                            Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
                            Hi Rowanna

                            I really hate to be a bearer of bad news here, but I believe that option is only available with the suite versions of RoboHelp and Frame. These are specially coded versions that are configured to work with each other.

                            Cheers... Rick
                            • 11. Re: Single sourcing
                              Rowanna Level 1
                              Thanks, Rick. At least now I can stop driving myself crazy trying to figure out how to do it