6 Replies Latest reply on Oct 27, 2008 10:54 AM by anubisascends

    Merged Project Problem

    anubisascends Level 1
      Hello all,

      I need some help with merged projects and hoped I would find it here. Here is my problem, I have a large project (60MB compiled) using RoboHelp HTML 7.02.001. The company I work for has decided to have me split up the project into several smaller sections (approx. 25 in total).

      I only just began splitting them up when my supervisor contacted me and said that the merged project MUST reside in the original computer folder, while the compiled sections should be in a new folder named 'Help' or 'Help Files'.

      I told him that I would check into it see if that could even be done. So, is there any way to point your project to use merged projects from another directory than the one that it is in?

      Thanks in advanced for any help you can provide.
        • 1. Re: Merged Project Problem
          RoboColum(n) Level 5
          Hi Andrew.

          Is your Supervisor referring to the source files or the output files? Also can you tell us what your output is (CHm, Webhelp)?
          • 2. Re: Merged Project Problem
            anubisascends Level 1
            Thank you for your response, he is refering to the output files. The output file type is chm
            • 3. Re: Merged Project Problem
              Captiv8r Adobe Community Professional & MVP
              Hi Andrew

              I'm thinking you should be able to accomplish this by registering the files with Windows. While RoboHelp would facilitate this on your PC by using the HTML Help Registration application, it is something that you would need to alert the person responsible for your product installation about, so that they might factor in the needed changes.

              Basically registering the .CHM files with Windows provides a means where Windows knows where .CHM files should be found. And as long as the .CHM can be found, I'm thinking the merge should work

              If I've been less than helpful with this I apologize. Hopefully Pete Lees will see this post and either confirm what I've offered or fill in whatever I missed.

              Cheers... Rick
              • 4. Re: Merged Project Problem
                Pete Lees Level 2
                Hi, Rick, Andrew,

                I was just typing my follow-up to Andrew's question when I saw Rick's reply!

                Yes, the merge should work provided that the slave .chm files are in the "help search path". To meet this requirement, they must either be stored in an appropriate folder -- the same folder as the one containing the master .chm file, or the Windows folder, or the Windows\Help folder -- or they must be registered under the following key in the registry:

                HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\HTML Help

                Your developers can easily register the files as part of the software installation process.

                There's a little more information here:

                http://www.workwrite.com/helpthink/deploy_chandler.htm

                Pete
                • 5. Merged Project Problem
                  anubisascends Level 1
                  Captiv8tr,

                  Thanks, I will have to try this out. I appreciate the response.

                  Pete,

                  Great, thanks.
                  • 6. Re: Merged Project Problem
                    anubisascends Level 1
                    Ok,

                    Thank you oh so much Rick and Pete. This is exactly the answer I was looking for. I found out that our Install department (the guys who create our installer) have had to do this before and said it was no trouble for them.

                    Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.