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See the topic on Opening Projects on my site.
Sorry, meant to go on to say getting the performance sorted first.
What sort of files are you talking about when you refer to unwanted files? Source or output?
I think the source files have picked up many extra files. For example, I have a .xpj and a .mpj file and I don't think I need both. (correct?) I don't know if this slows the performance, but there may be more files out there.
Correct. The XPJ and CPD replaced the MPJ.
Before you do any deleting, make a full backup by zipping up the whole project.
There is a report for unused files but don't take it as gospel. Delete with caution and if in doubt, don't.
I'm referring to getting rid of unused source files. There seem to bee soooo many files for only 600 tiny topics (OK, maybe that is a lot of topics). Perhaps it isn't the number of files that is slowing the source code down. You mentioned "performance problem". What is the best method to fix this?
Hello Veghead -
Also search this site for "Access" as in Microsoft Access and read the threads - several ideas there for you to try. As Peter posted, do a full backup of your source files first.
Thank you all for your responses so far.
I read Peter Grainge’s article about “Opening RoboHelp Projects” and tried what he suggested. It seemed to work, but I don’t understand why. Before I can make changes on the “real” version, I’ll need to explain to my project lead why it worked and what possible hazards there are.
I tried to follow the instructions exactly but I couldn’t compile a new CHM file (by generating with the HTML format as the output) because the computer “ran out of memory.” I could rename both the CPD and XPJ files. The instructions warned that I might lose some files, which could be recovered, using this method. My questions are these:
1) What files might I lose that I need to recover?
2) Why do I need to update the CHM (or rather the HHP since that appears to be the end-goal)?
3) Why does this method work?
Not being able to generate an output is not down to having deleted these files, that is some other problem.
The article tells you what you will lose and how to recover. As you recover things, the new files are built.
The HHP is a file that contains information RH uses. It is of no use to your end users. They need the CHM, otherwise why would you generate it, or one of the other outputs.
The article tells you why it works, because you are creating a new Access database which removes whatever is causing the problem.
If your management are concerned, tell them you have created a backup of the whole project before you deleted anything. If they are still concerned, ask them what option there is. :-)
I'm facing a similar speed problem with RoboHelp 7. I'm creating a WebHelp, and RoboHelp is really slow to open topics and perform other actions. Each time I double-click a topic, it takes about 10 seconds to open, sometimes even longer. I read the posts above and tried what's said in Opening Projects (deleted the .cpd file and opened the project by using the existing .xpj), but this didn't work. Are there any other solutions to this Robo speed problem?
Welcome to the forum.
Have you installed both patches? The second one included performance enhancements.
Also it is important your project is local and not on a network, other than under source control.
7.0.2 is immediately above it.
You have to have admin rights attached to your login to apply the update or you can get IT to apply it for you.
Please edit that link to help anyone else who needs it. Remove the full stop.
Do you mean I should install 7.0.2 patch for a 7.00.1 version?
Install the 7.0.1 patch first, then the 7.0.2 patch.
Hurray! Everything works much faster now! Thanks a lot!