Archive for October, 2005

Jen deHaan’s site of the week

My first site of the week:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6739710473912337648

Notes from sneak peeks

See the entire notes, just completed, in this blog entry:

http://weblogs.macromedia.com/dehaan/archives/2005/10/sneak_peeks_at.cfm

Enjoy!

Sneak Peeks at MAX 2005 – clarified and fleshed out a bit

Notes from Sneak Peeks at Max 2005, written and updated during the 2005 MAX Sneak Peeks. This session provides future and upcoming Macromedia product features!

These notes have since been fleshed out and clarified.

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Click here to read the whole thing!

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Notes from MAX 2005 keynote (being updated)

Notes taken at the MAX 2005 general session/keynote.

Please excuse the rough/unedited nature of these notes!

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Create a custom Help search category in Flash 8

When you perform a search in the Help panel in Flash 8, you can filter your search by a pre-determined set of categories. For example, you can search only the components content, or just the tutorials and samples content. This can be very useful if you don’t want to scroll through 10 billion results when you search.

However, what if you want to choose your own content to search? For example, what if you want to exclude the mobile books because you’re not creating mobile content (yet)? You can by following these steps!

TO CREATE A CUSTOM HELP SEARCH CATEGORY IN FLASH 8:

1. Close Flash.

2. Find the categories.xml file, in which you will add a new category for your custom search. Find the categories.xml file here:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash 8\en\Configuration\HelpPanel\categories.xml

HD:Users:Shared:Library:Application Support:Macromedia:Flash 8:en:Configuration:HelpPanel:categories.xml

4. Save a back-up of this file, just in case.

5. Modify the categories.xml file. Add this to categories.xml alongside the other categories:

<category title=”Not Mobile” keyword=”notmobile”></category>

6. Then find the Help folder here:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash 8\en\Configuration\HelpPanel\Help

HD:Users:Shared:Library:Application Support:Macromedia:Flash 8:en:Configuration:HelpPanel:Help

You see a bunch of book files, each of which contains a help_toc.xml file. You need to go into each folder of a book you want to add, and add the keyword you chose above (“notmobile”) and add that inside of each help_toc.xml file.

So, I’m going to start with the ActionScriptLangRef: find help_toc.xml in that folder (scroll right to the end), and in that file modify this line (line 2):

<book title=”ActionScript 2.0 Language Reference” directory=”ActionScriptLangRef” categories=”languagereferences,as2″ language=”en” version=”2.0″ sort=”mm_7″>

to

<book title=”ActionScript 2.0 Language Reference” directory=”ActionScriptLangRef” categories=”languagereferences,as2,notmobile” language=”en” version=”2.0″ sort=”mm_7″>

7. Repeat this for each book you want to search in the notmobile category.

When you’re done, reopen Flash and open the Flash panel. You’ll see the new category in the Search pop-up menu:

create a custom search category in the Help panel

MAX event – talk about documentation – win stuff!

Just want to let you guys know about our MAX sessions next week. I’ll be there to talk about documentation, Flash, and so on — we have some discussions topics on hand, but more than anything just want to talk to the people that use the documentation and get your ideas and feedback on it all.

Information on the two sessions is below. Also, I’ll be hanging out in and around the Community pit quite a bit (I’ll have flyers of what you see below in case you forget to write this down!) Hope to see you there!

Discuss docs with the team

STUDIO 8
What do you think of the documentation?

The Macromedia Studio 8 documentation team would like to hear what you think about the in-product help, Getting Started manuals, product tutorials, sample files, and the Studio 8 documentation experience in general.

COME TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! WIN STUFF!

Monday October 17th
1:30 – 3:30pm Room 304C
3rd level of the Anaheim Convention Center

Tuesday October 18th
1:30 – 3:30pm Room 304C
3rd level of the Anaheim Convention Center

PRIZES * MEET THE TEAM * HELP MAKE THE DOCS BETTER