New Title Bar option in RoboHelp 9 helps in single-sourcing


In RoboHelp 9, the WebHelp and FlashHelp SSLs got a new general setting called Title Bar. Predictably, the setting lets you specify the title you want to display in the title bar. What is not so predictable is the power of this small setting (unless, of course, you’re a real-life RoboHelp user generating multiple Help systems from the same source day in and day out).

I realized the power of the Title Bar field when I came across this post on the RoboHelp forum:

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/670266

Let’s see the problem user kmaddox1 was facing:

I’m trying to generate several WebHelp systems from a single RH8 project. So far it’s working okay, but I can’t figure out how to control the titles used for the browser tabs (see below, which shows the same title being used for two different help systems). It appears that the text defaults to the name of my project, which means that all of my WebHelp systems share the same title, regardless of which conditional build expression and variable set I specify when generating the output.

Is there a way to use customize the title used here? (For example, is there a way to simply use the name of my WebHelp single source output here instead of the project name?)

This is the snapshot the user posted (highlighters added by me):

Multiple Help systems generated from a project have the same text in the title bar (project title) in RoboHelp 8

Multiple Help systems generated from a project have the same text in the title bar (project title) in RoboHelp 8

Now look at the solutions proposed by the moderator (these are the solutions that are possible in RoboHelp 8):

Unfortunately any way you slice it you are in for an extra task or two. That’s why I strongly recommend that you complete the Wish Form to remind Adobe this is a needed feature. (link for visiting the Wish Form is in my sig line)

Well, you could repeatedly click File > Project Settings and always change what you see there.

But that’s a bit icky and prone to forgetting to do it.

Probably your best bet is to simply amend the WebHelp start page once you finish generating. Just edit the page using something like Windows Notepad. Amend the line you see below:

Once you amend the line, close and save the file. You should then find the tab reads what you want.

Note: I removed the snapshots from the moderator response. RoboHelp 8 users: Please see the forum thread if you need more help with the solution.

Solution in RoboHelp 9: New Title Bar option in WebHelp and FlashHelp SSL properties

Simple: If you need to generate several WebHelp or FlashHelp systems from a single project, create the SSLs for each system and specify a unique title in the Title Bar option:

Specify a title for each Help system in the Title Bar field | RoboHelp 9

Specify a title for each Help system in the Title Bar field | RoboHelp 9


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