RoboHelp Packager for Adobe AIR – Beta 2Thursday, June 5 2008 @ 1:54 AM, By adobe
RoboHelp Packager for Adobe AIR- Beta is now updated. You can download the new version from Adobe Labs. It has added a long list of novel features – first time for a HATT. Now, besides multiple tabs, favorites, commenting and multiple skins like Multi-Tab Accordion and Uni-pane Help, you have another set of new features.
Designed for End Customers – Adobe AIR based Help templates have been designed keeping in view the end customer. They have some high-end navigation features like Mini TOC, Breadcrumbs, etc. Apart from these capabilities, the new Adobe AIR based Help also empowers the end customers to customize the Help. An end customer can set their own preferences and customize Help as desired.
Compelling Rich Branded Experience – RoboHelp Packager for Adobe AIR provides a compelling rich user experience. It includes templates that help authors package the same content into three completely different styles – Multi-Tab Accordion, Uni-Pane or the Classic Tri-Pane Help. Apart from this it also helps the Authors brand the Help as per Corporate Branding Guidelines. It provides support for the addition of a Company Logo and a Punch line in the main Help window. Apart from this it also provides an About Box in the Help that details the version, description, copyrights, logos etc.
Auto Update – Adobe AIR based Help applications provide an Auto Update feature using which updates can be pushed to all installed connected versions of Help. Usually, the Help content bundled with the application is never updated, while the web content is updated with current feature enhancements and additional resources. Adobe AIR based Help provides you with the option to publish updates for your end users at a common server location. The Adobe AIR based Help is intelligent enough to check for updates and prompts users to apply updates when it detects a new version is available.
Review Workflows / Personalization of Help –
Adobe AIR based help files can be configured in such a way that you can add comments to topics and publish those comments at a common location. This feature enables a complete review workflow, whether or not the reviewer is a part of your group/organization.
- Reviewers within your network: Reviewers can publish their comments to an XML file on a shared folder. They can also synchronize the comments from other reviewers on the same network. This enable multiple reviewers to simultaneously view the comments being made by other reviewers as they review.
- Reviewers outside your network: You can send the .air file to these reviewers who can then export their comments to an XML file and send it to you. You can import these comments into your Adobe AIR application.
Apart from the rewire workflow, the feature is designed to help an end customer personalize Help by adding comments on the same. These comments will not be uploaded to the server, however can be exported to a file and shred with friends over email.
New Classic help Template- A new template called Classic Help has been added. It is named Classic because it is a Tri-Pane Help. Apart from that it has got all the power of any other Adobe AIR based Help template. This template has a new feature called “How do I” that lists all the browse sequences defined in the WebHelp. We recommend that authors design their browse sequences in such a way that they provide complete workflow information to end customers.
Supports Packaging of Merged WebHelp – RoboHelp Packager for Adobe AIR now supports merged WebHelp. If an author specifies the WebHelp folder of a Master project, the Packager is intelligent enough to detect and convert all referenced projects in the Master Project. However, one needs to be careful while using this feature. It doesn’t provide as much flexibility as Merged WebHelp. A new Package needs to be created every time even when you update any of the sub projects.
In addition, Zoom works flawlessly and search results has been improved. If you have not tried the RoboHelp Packager for Adobe AIR, you can download it now for FREE.