I notice in the second image the Address bar shows that it is trying to locate the File inside the !SSL! folder and looking for PDF tp read from there, can yiou please try to copy and paste the PDF in that location where your Project resides, insde the SSL folder as the image 2 show the path.
Then Launch your CHM again and check the link to PDF?
I tried your suggestion and it didn't work. Here is the path in the output
Also, I got the message:
Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage
Can you try one more thing, go to your RoboHelp project on the Hyper Link properties for the same PDF file. Istead of linking the Complete File browsing to its path put the exact File name( if you link the complete File too it would prompt you for the copying the PDF to your Project location and make sure it has been created and saved C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\My Documents\My RoboHelp Projects (in case you are using some other location for your project).
Now generate one more CHM output and check if the link to PDF is intact ( Display in-- Parent Frame).
Below is the PDF hyperlink setting I used which is working for me after generating output too.
I tried this second method, where I have just the document name in the Link to: field. I also changed Display to Parent Frame. I saved, RH crashed. I reopened and the hyperlink properties showed the doc name and Parent frame. When I viewed and selected link, the error was
Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage.
Why a web page?? It's a pdf in the project.
It actually uses a Browser Window to display the content you wish to view, and it is not very specific in displaying the message for IE, its looks for the path in address bar, irrespective if it is on internet or on your computer.
Can you please do a small favor to be able to isolate the problem--
1) Create a New project (at C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\My Documents\My RoboHelp Projects) with some content as Hyperlink
2) in Hyperlink properties -- Browse to LINK --> FILE file name as "File_Name.pdf" (it should prompt you would you link to move its copy to Porject location -- Choose -- YES)
3) Generate the CHM for the same in the same location.
Is a copy of that PDF located in the Project Folder under My RoboHelp Projects?
Is the Hyper link working if you generate WebHelp output?
If you Right Click on Hyperlink and Choose save target as-- would it save the PDF file and launch it then?
I have tested with Various EXE, PDF, Graphic, Video , all works fine in even CHM output.
why would anyone save to the My Documents folder? I thought one should always save as close to the c: root as possible. for example, just save to c:\ projectname?
As you can see, Anjaneai works for Adobe and will follow therefore Adobe policy. It is not wrong in itself unless path names then become too long and we have seen that cause problems in some projects. For that reason on the forum we advise saving closer to the root.
Create the project where you like but then try what Anjaneai advises adapting the instructions as required. For the purposes of this test you could use the path that Anjaneai has advised.
See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips
whatever happened with this issue? I am dealing with the same thing...
I resolved it not by the testing suggested by the Anjaneai because I didn't have the time to test. However, I believe I dumped the old baggage file, imported a new one, recreated the link to it in the topic, and then it worked. maybe that will work for you too.