Demos of Various Types of Lessons Built with Adobe RoboHelp 9

 


 

There are two main types of Help projects that can be built with Adobe RoboHelp 9.

  • This shows a more traditional Online Help (often called WebHelp) application. With this type of help, the learner is presented with basic concepts for a particular application and then provided step-by-step instructions for performing some tasks in the application. The product produced is a series of web pages. In some businesses, this type if help is called Navigational Aids, online help provided to help the learner in navigating a new Browser-based application or Desktop application. In this example, the application is a Desktop application.

ToolBook Concepts (WebHelp)

  • This is the same project as above, only this time it has been published using a FlashHelp option which provides some degree of Flash animation and audio to the navigational elements of the project. Notice that this is quite a visual change and accomplished by a simple change within the project.

ToolBook Concept (FlashHelp)


The section shows the various types of outputs from Adobe RoboHelp. The ToolBook Help project used below in many of the examples is a shorter version of the ToolBook Concepts project shown above which was published two different ways (WebHelp and FlashHelp). The various versions show how the Skin can be changed to make the project look dramatically different.

  • This shows a basic Help file (called Microsoft HTML Help). This type of Help could serve as a standalone application on the Desktop. To view it, just save the zip to your Desktop (or other location), unzip the file to the Desktop, and launch the *.chm file. To me the label HTML Help is a bit misleading since this is a standalone Desktop application.

ToolBook Help (Microsoft HTML Help)

  • This shows a project created using the WebHelp option. A series of web pages is accessed via an index.htm file. The project includes conceptual material as well as step-by-step instructions for doing a variety of tasks.

ToolBook Help (WebHelp)

  • This shows a project created using the FlashHelp option. A series of web pages is accessed via an index.htm file. The project includes conceptual material as well as step-by-step instructions for doing a variety of tasks. This type of project option provides some simple Flash animations and a bit of audio for the menu options.

ToolBook Help (Flash Help)

  • This project shows a project created in Adobe AIR format. To view the application, save the zip to your Desktop (or other location), unzip and run the installation program.

ToolBook Help (Adobe AIR)

  • The links here show the two types of Printed Documentation that can be created from a RoboHelp project. Notice in both documents how you get the Table of Contents, Glossary, and Index parts of the project printed along with the body of the document. Just save and unzip the file to view it.

ToolBook Help (PDF)

ToolBook Help (Word Document)

  • An ePub (Electronic Publication) can be created using RoboHelp. Adobe has a free reader called Adobe Digital Edition that can be used. Click the link below to download a zip and extract it to your hard drive once you have this reader to see how this works.

ToolBook Help (ePub)


 

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