You can also use markers to bust up FM content into topics.
Multiple authors usually call for some sort of source control system – depends on if they are working on the same project at the same time or not.
You must not have any requirement for creating printed PDFs if you’re ditching FM to author totally in RH. FM’s PDF output is much superior & easier than RH’s workflow (which involves going through Word to PDF).
Fm may produce better output for your requirements but for many what Rh produces works just fine. My recent finding re Word converting images to JPG before import will mean a better experience for many.
Once Rh is set up, and it's not difficult, for many its printed documents will do the job. I would say try it and then judge.
See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips
@Peter – I think it’s just the extra step of having to go through Word that’s distasteful to me. Whenever you have to depend on another product for your workflow, you just open yourself up for version issues. I’m not sure why, if they can produce Review PDFs directly, they still need to go through Word. There must be some sort of structural impediment, otherwise it would have been done long ago IMHO ;>)
OK, thanks for the comments Jeff/Peter.
Petar, Jeff - Have some people found that linking to FM docs from RH (rather than importing them), for the sake of nicer PDF printing, is more trouble that its worth? For example, if chapters are added/moved to the FM document, does one have to manually maitain the links to support the new material?
- I can see how the linked-to FM files might be optimally arranged for PDF, but maybe not optimally chunked for WebHelp use. Is this a limitation of the linking model?
- Regarding the linked files: I would guess that it's not possible to embed pop-ups, snippets, and other online behaviors in linked material. True?
No you don’t have to manually maintain them in RH, you just tell it to Update All and your FM changes come over to the RH project. Import can work the same way by just creating a fresh RH project each time you import your FM content (which is what I do with one of my doc sets). I use conditional text in my FM content to alter print-only things vs. online help-only things. Although I don’t use them myself, I understand that it is possible to have some of those effects in your FM content for appearance in your RH help. In the TCS, there’s a RoboHelp menu added to FM where you can create them.