Updated RoboSource Control documentation is now live!

Over the past few months, we have been in active touch with the community and power-users to understand the areas of improvement in the RoboSource Control documentation and address them.

The updated Help is now live at this URL. Please feel free to spread the word!

Here are a few major changes in this update that you will find useful:

  • Additions to the introductory topics in the Help to make it easier for new users to adopt RoboSource Control as their source control system
  • New topics on setting up a database for use with RoboSource Control. This was the number one area of improvement that the community and users suggested.
  • Pointers to resources that will help you add your RoboHelp HTML projects to RoboSource Control and get started with using the version control features in RoboHelp
Do take a look at the updated Help. As always, your feedback is more than welcome!

Download the free PDF production handbook

Creating a final, print-quality PDF from FrameMaker documents can be an involved, multi-step process. We thought it would be useful to capture all relevant considerations and steps in a single handbook that could be immediately put to use in real-world situations.

The following sections are included in this handbook:
  • Relevant scenario
  • Prerequisites
  • Important considerations
  • Equip yourself with relevant details
  • Stage 0: Prepare the content
  • Stage 1: Clean up the source
  • Stage 2: Prepare the book and create PDF
  • Stage 3: Test the PDF
  • Stage 4: Prepare the PDF for publication
  • Stage 5: Optimize the PDF in Acrobat
  • Appendix: Best practices for using conditional text
  • Appendix: Keeping track of content changes across versions in a collaborative environment
Click this link to download the handbook: pdf_handbook.pdf.

And yes, feel free to share it with your colleagues and friends!

Download the Top Ten Acrobat Tips brochure

Acro.jpgHere we go! The Top Ten Acrobat Tips brochure is here.

Please feel free to print it and pass it on to your colleagues and friends. Your suggestions and queries are welcome!

My colleague, Nandini Gupta, has shared the Top Ten RoboHelp Tips brochure at her blog.

Top Ten FrameMaker Tips – Part 2

5. Manage Content Changes Across Document Versions

Use the Compare Documents feature in FrameMaker to create a consolidated document in which changes between versions are highlighted with inserted and deleted conditional tags. This feature is especially useful in collaborative environments that make use of a source control system.
  • Open both versions of the document.
  • In the newer version, choose File > Utilities > Compare Documents.

See this article in FrameMaker online Help for more information.

6. List And Manage Conditional Text

Use the Conditional Text pod and panels to easily manage complex usage of
conditional text:
  • In the Conditional Text pod, double-click the condition tag.
  • In the Conditional Text panel, sort, edit, or delete text, tables, and graphics tagged with the condition you selected.

For more information, see this Help article.

7. Launch PDF Reviews From Within FrameMaker

Launch a shared review with just a click.

  • Select File > Save As PDF (Send for Review).