Getting Started with ExtendScript for RoboHelp

Getting Started with ExtendScript for RoboHelp 2015

Tired of spending a lot of time to do stuff that could be automated? This is where ExtendScript comes in. We’re delighted that we could win Willam van Weelden, technical communicator and Adobe partner from The Netherlands, for this two-part online course on ExtendScript for RoboHelp.

And this is what we have scheduled for you in October 2016:

RoboHelp 2015 – Part 1: Getting started with ExtendScript

Webinar Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Webinar Time: 7 am PDT / 10 am EDT / 4 pm CEST / 7:30 pm IST
Registration: Click here to register …
Registration Fee: ZERO!

In this webinar, Willam van Weelden will introduce you to the wonderful world of RoboHelp automation with ExtendScript. In this live, hands-on webinar, Willam will show you how to use the scripting feature to automate repetitive tasks in RoboHelp.

This webinar is aimed at writers who want to automate their work but are unsure of how to start with scripting.

As an example, Willam will create two scripts:

  1. A script to create a list of all topics in your project.

  2. A script to remove a specific style from all topics in your project.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Scripting syntax to write your own ExtendScript

  • RoboHelp object model to plug into RoboHelp

  • How to access and manipulate topics in your project

This webinar will provide you with training materials so you can code along!


RoboHelp 2015 – Part 2: Getting started with ExtendScript

Webinar Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Webinar Time: 7 am PDT / 10 am EDT / 4 pm CEST / 7:30 pm IST
Registration: Click here to register …
Registration Fee: ZERO!

In this webinar, Willam van Weelden will take your coding skills to the next level. In Part 1 of this webinar block, Willam introduced the basic concept of ExtendScript for Adobe RoboHelp. This webinar takes those concepts to the next level with more advanced scripts.

This webinar is aimed at writers that begin coding but want to get a little more out of their scripts.

As an example, Willam will create a script to copy template files into a generated output. With this, you can copy files that are updated outside of RoboHelp, such as images and skin files, into the output. He will then show how to set up the script to run automatically whenever you create an output.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to access advanced project settings such as output settings

  • How to automatically copy files from a template directory into your output

  • How to schedule a script to run automatically

This webinar will provide you with training materials so you can code along!


About the Presenter

Willam van Weelden

Willam van Weelden

Willam van Weelden is technical communicator and Adobe partner from The Netherlands. As consultant, he focusses on mobile support, RoboHelp and automation. He is also part-time employed at Centric in the role of Product Owner of the Enterprise Collabration Suite, an MS SharePoint based DMS and collaboration platform. Willam has a background in education and philosophy.

Willam is one of the people behind HelpEssentials.com. Together with Jonathan Smith he strives to bring better customisation and automation to the RoboHelp community.

Stefan Gentz

Stefan Gentz is Adobe's Worldwide Technical Communication Evangelist. He’s been working in the TechComm and Translation industry for about 18 years now. You can contact him with any ideas for solutions, partnership, TechComm conferences and events, blog posts on TechComm Central, Webinars and just any other idea. You can also join his community on facebook and follow him on twitter @stefangentz and Google+.

2 thoughts to “Getting Started with ExtendScript for RoboHelp 2015”

  1. Hi,

    I don’t know where to post this question as I’m unable to post to the Adobe RoboHelp community. However, I have a problem where a user is requesting to link to an Excel document that contains macros. The link opens the document; however, the macros do not work. They work when the document is opened through normal sources, e.g., through Excel, File Explorer, etc.; however, when the file opens through the link in RoboHelp 2015, the macros do not work. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Robert,

      Can you confirm how you are linking .xlsm file in Adobe RoboHelp 2015 and which output you are creating? When you click on the link to the excel file from RoboHelp output file does it open the excel sheet in a browser or does it invoke MS Excel?

      If it opens in MS Excel and macros are enabled in MS Excel then the macros should work.

      Regards,
      Mayank

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