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If you can use FlashHelp as your output, it would be very simple for you to do this.
Click the project folder tab in Robohelp, and expand the Skins folder. There should be (at least) a Default skin and a FlashHelp Default skin. Then, do this:
1 Right click over one of the skin files.
2 When the New Skin Options popup appears, the Create Skin from Gallery radio button should be selected. Click OK.
3 Click the tab for FlashHelp, and scroll down and select one of the skins that has VERTICAL in the name.
The VERTICAL format skins will allow you to put your TOC in the format that you want, with the TOC on top and the selected topic beneath in the topic frame.
There are other skins available (if you don't have those) at:
Rick's topic about getting and using skins is here:
I recommend Rick's Skinny on Skins - available at: http://www.robowizard.com/RoboWizard/NewProject.htm#Downloads/Skinny_on_Skins.htm
His stuff is great! I look at the Robowizard.com site often.
Hope this helps.
FlashHelp would be a good solution (as it says in the SDK documentation "ideal for adding embedded help to desktop applications" - just what I want to do), but I also want the ability to merge help systems to support optional software modules in the product. The FlashHelp forum gives a very clear answer on that one - you can't merge FlashHelp projects.
So at the moment I am stuck between wanting horizontal panes (confusingly called "vertical" in the FlashHelp skins) and mergeable help projects. A solution that gives both would be nice to have!