9 Replies Latest reply on Sep 15, 2010 4:54 AM by MergeThis

    best practice for adding images to a RH8 HTML project?

    luviola10

      I'm working on a Word to RH8 HTML conversion. The images in Word are SNAG images but the resolution is poor and some of the images may need to be recreated from scratch again. Going forward I imagine I should work on getting them right in Snagit9. Any suggestions?

        • 1. Re: best practice for adding images to a RH8 HTML project?
          MergeThis Level 4

          Sorry for the delay in responding.

           

          SnagIt SNAG files are not a supported image type; GIF and JPG are, and PNG usually also works well.

           

          Just Save As your SNAG files in the proper format and you should be good to go.

           

           

          Good luck,

          Leon

          • 2. Re: best practice for adding images to a RH8 HTML project?
            luviola10 Level 1

            thanks, Leon. what would be b

            est to save the images--

            pngs or gifs? what about Roboscreencapture--is this a worthwhile tool if needed?

            • 3. Re: best practice for adding images to a RH8 HTML project?
              MergeThis Level 4

              GIFs. Don't know; we've used SnagIt and we're happy with it. Tools are just that: tools. What tools do you currently have, what tools will your outfit let you buy, etc.? The output is what matters, and depends a lot on the type of images you're capturing, whether you have to resize them, etc. It's best to experiment with every possibility available to you, and with several types of images that you know you'll need to capture.

               

               

              Good luck,

              Leon

              • 4. Re: best practice for adding images to a RH8 HTML project?
                luviola10 Level 1

                Hi Leon, I thought you said SNAG images were not supported by RH8 HTML??? How

                can you still use SnagIt?

                • 5. Re: best practice for adding images to a RH8 HTML project?
                  MergeThis Level 4

                  You're confusing source files and output files.

                   

                  In SnagIt, you can create layered graphics in the SnagIt Editor (adding callouts, boxes, arrows, with or without text, etc.), then save your results as a SNAG "source" file, which can be repeatedly edited as changes warrant.

                   

                  That SNAG file can then be saved, over and over, as a GIF or JPG "output" file.

                   

                   

                  Good luck,

                  Leon

                  • 6. Re: best practice for adding images to a RH8 HTML project?
                    luviola10 Level 1

                    thanks, Leon. So if one were to save a snag as a png, for instance, and later on, you needed to make changes to the png, would you need to convert back to .snag to edit the graphic?

                    Also, a basic question re: graphics, is it recommended to store graphics all together, name them so you can resuse them--for the same project or for different projects?

                    • 7. Re: best practice for adding images to a RH8 HTML project?
                      MergeThis Level 4

                      In SnagIt Editor, with the SNAG file open, you Save As a PNG file; this only converts the SNAG to another version of the graphic in PNG format (or GIF, JPG, etc.). The SNAG file remains intact and ready to be edited (and saved as output).

                       

                      I like to keep them togther, but careful in naming them with functional prefixes for easy identification (keep them as short as possible).

                       

                       

                      Good luck,

                      Leon

                      • 8. Re: best practice for adding images to a RH8 HTML project?
                        luviola10 Level 1

                        Leon, I hate to keep bothering you about this--you've been such a big help

                        to me.  Is there any reference I can use for naming graphic files?  I'm not

                        following you when you say "careful in naming them with functional prefixes

                        for easy identification (keep them as short as possible)."[?]

                        • 9. Re: best practice for adding images to a RH8 HTML project?
                          MergeThis Level 4

                          For example, installation help topics dealing with install/uninstall screenshots for an application's client and server:

                           

                          client_dir_sum.gif

                          client_dot_net.gif

                          client_uninst_wlcm.gif

                          server_wlcm.gif

                          server_cfg_tomcat.gif

                          server_success.gif

                          server_uninst_wlcm.gif

                           

                          ...or, screenshots dealing with an Accounts window:

                           

                          acct_groups.gif

                          acct_lookup.gif

                          acct_lookup_btn.gif

                          acct_templates.gif

                           

                          In other words, use cfg for configuration, dir for directory, btn for button, etc., and use either a function or application window as your lead, allowing you to see all related graphics in sequential order. If you've ever done any manual book indexing, think of this as Index entries/subentries, only the "entry" in file naming is your leading prefix (client_, acct_, etc.), and your subentries are the rest of each file name. Such as:

                           

                          Accounts

                          configuring groups

                          using lookup feature

                          lookup button

                          templates

                           

                          Use the same naming conventions for your topic file names as well; using this method eliminates the need for virtual folders. Many users on this forum use the folder structure, but editing/renaming/adding/deleting folders seems to very often create all sorts of grief. I find this naming structure to be less stressful.

                           

                           

                          Good luck,

                          Leon