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Welcome to our community, TechDocGreg
I use images all the time. I've never known them to break my help system. And I used to have a TON of them. (I documented lots of hardware - think gobs and gobs of photographic images of assorted hardware in different "poses").
Sure, images will likely cause the overall size of the help system to swell, but that should be a big issue.
Nowadays I tend to exclusively use .PNG format for all my images.
If you have a need to make a topic appear to be slim, you can tuck the images inside Dynamic HTML (DHTML) drop-down hotspots. That way they won't be seen unless your user really wants to see them.
Glad to be welcomed!
Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and experience on this topic. Coming from someone with your background, this will surely help to allay any fears of our new direction causing problems.
I really like the suggestion of putting the figures in drop-down hotspots...
I'm still interested in hearing from others, so please share your expereinces...
I don't build help systems as large as some folks here do, but I've never had problems with images except sometimes trying to get background repeating to work right. Otherwise, I've used JPG, GIF, and PNG without issue.
Occasionally, we have threads about problems with images, and I think they've been resolved. So if you run into any image problems, come back and search the forum history--chances are, you'll find something helpful.
I've never had a problem in my compiled help no matter how large it gets - my maximum is about 50 MB - but I have had performance issues with the RoboHelp's insert image dialog once I get about 1200 images. It has an occasional delayed opening. I think it must be doing a sort. I rarely use folders and don't know if that would help. I also use an old version of RH, so this may not be an issue any more. Sorting several thousand items should not be a problem so there just may have been some software glitch in this particular version.
Sorry. I didn't mean to change your screen name there. I just can't read.1 person found this helpful
Thanks for your input!
When you say "...trying to get background repeating to work right..." what are you referring to? Do you mean using an image as a background like you would wallpaper on the desktop?
I will definitely take a closer look at the threads about people having problems with images.
I'm referring to using styles to put a background on a paragraph. I have to write the CSS manually in my style sheet because RH's styles dialog doesn't handle that kind of thing. But in theory, when you specify a certain image as the background for a paragraph (or heading or whatever), it repeats horizontally and vertically by default. To avoid the repetition, or to have it repeat only one way or the other, you have to include that in the CSS. It seems like I get images either to repeat both directions or not show up at all, so I've adapted or gone without.1 person found this helpful