3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 30, 2010 7:29 AM by Peter Grainge

    RH7 - Getting a "Vista Help" Type look to Help.

    Tech Writer KC Level 1

      Not a complaint or bug report, just wanting some advice as an unsophisticated RH7 user.

       

      Our current help is .chm HTML help generated using RH7. Not a big issue at the moment, but I feel like our help is kind of "dated" looking compared to Microsoft's new help formats, which seem a lot more colorful and have more integrated use of icons than the wall of text and book icons.

       

      For example, ours looks a lot like this:

       

      http://www.west-wind.com/weblog/images/11/o_CHMHelpIntranetZone.png

       

      (although obviously with content )

       

      Is there any way of gettting RH7-generated help to look more like the following?

       

      http://www.pishgamsoft.com/Images/Taktaz/WordHunting/Taktaz_VistaHelp.png

       

      I just feel that our Help looks very plain and unsophisticated compared to some of the newer help systems I've seen out there. Maybe it's all that grey....

        • 1. Re: RH7 - Getting a "Vista Help" Type look to Help.
          RoboColum(n) Level 5

          Microsoft have the resources that more than likely you don't have. They can therefore implement solutions that are out of reach of most of us. That said, you can do some of what they do. This is particularly true with other output formats rather than CHMs.

           

           


          • Read the RoboColum(n) for a tips, tricks and musings on the Technical Communication Suite products.
          • Follow the RoboColum(n) on Twitter
          • 2. Re: RH7 - Getting a "Vista Help" Type look to Help.
            Tech Writer KC Level 1

            I'm definitely open to other formats.

             

            We've been meaning to do a webhelp, but it's been backburnered due to other tasks, plus I've had trouble understanding how webhelp projects work, as our .chm help system has roughly 20 or so separate .chm files linked into one parent .chm file.

             

            I'm used to deploying that single .chm file for each project, whereas each webhelp build seems to produce a ton of files and I'm not sure how to get all 20 projects converted without having an unmanageable # of files and folders to work with.

            • 3. Re: RH7 - Getting a "Vista Help" Type look to Help.
              Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional

              AIR Help has a Vista lookalike skin that might be what you want. However you face some issues.

               

              At the moment you are using merged CHMs and I am assuming these are installed locally on the users PC. AIR Help can be local or web based but the two forms have different features. Merging browser AIR Help is similar to merging WebHelp but I'm not sure about merging local AIR Help.

               

              You also need to recognise that any other format than the current one will required the calls to the help to be changed. If looking at WebHelp has been shelved, likely any other format will hit the same argument.

               


              See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

               

              @petergrainge