Creating Online Help Using Adobe RoboHelp 2017
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Creating Online Help Using Adobe RoboHelp 2017

Learn how to use Adobe RoboHelp 2017 to create effective online help and support users of your software or web app.
3.0 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
8 students enrolled
Created by Eric Butow
Last updated 6/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create a new online help project in Adobe RoboHelp 2017.
  • Format your online help project topics.
  • Add links between topics and to other sources such as a website.
  • Build forms and tables within a topic.
  • Insert graphics and multimedia objects in a topic.
  • Add variables and tags in a topic.
  • Create custom windows within a topic.
  • Write and run scripts in an online help project.
  • Add a table of contents, index, and glossary to your online help project.
  • Use the tools and techniques in this course to create online help systems for users in a variety of formats.
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Requirements
  • RoboHelp 2017, either standalone or as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite (2017 Edition), is required.
  • Experience using Windows 7, 8, or 10.
  • Some background study on HTML5 is highly recommended.
  • Some background study on technical writing is preferred.
Description

In this course, you'll learn how to create complete online help systems using Adobe RoboHelp 2017, the leading online help creation application available today. Eric Butow is your instructor.

RoboHelp allows you to create and integrate online help into your software or web app so your users can find answers to questions about your app quickly and easily. If you're a technical writer or an app developer who wants to support your users with online help, this course is for you.

This 10-hour course is divided into 13 sections that progressively show you how to create your own online help project. Each lecture contains a video demonstration that shows you how to perform the lecture task in the RoboHelp window.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Learn about the menu bars, toolbars, and windows within the RoboHelp app window
  • Create a project, add project topics, and format topic text
  • Design your topics with styles, links, and frames
  • Go further by building forms, creating tables, and inserting graphic and multimedia files
  • Understand how to create user variables, add conditional build tags, and add scripts
  • Make it easy for your users to find information by learning how to add a table of contents, index, glossary, and see also keywords to your project
  • Generate your project in a variety of different formats so your users can view your online help on any device from smartphones to computers…and even in a printed manual

At the end of most sections, you'll be able to create various parts of your help project in an exercise that tests how much you learned in that section.

When you finish this course, you'll have all the knowledge you need to create online help systems for your users that are truly helpful.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone interested in learning how to create and publish online help systems using Adobe RoboHelp 2017.
  • This course is not for someone who doesn't plan to use Adobe RoboHelp 2017 to create online help systems.
  • This course is not for someone who wants to learn about Adobe Technical Communication Suite (2017 Edition) or how to use other TCS apps with RoboHelp.
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Curriculum For This Course
116 Lectures
05:07:57
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Welcome to Adobe RoboHelp
3 Lectures 06:36

You'll learn how online help is used to help users get information quickly.

Preview 02:35

You'll learn about the different online help formats you can create in RoboHelp 2015.

Preview 01:57

You'll learn about the history and background of RoboHelp since its creation in 1991.

Preview 02:04
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Launch RoboHelp
6 Lectures 10:58

You'll learn how to open recent projects from the RoboHelp Starter box.

Preview 01:30

You'll learn how to create a new help project using the New Project Wizard.

Preview 02:46

You'll learn how to import an existing help project or document into RoboHelp.

Import a Project or Document
02:24

You'll learn how to access RoboHelp online sources within the RoboHelp Starter box.

Access RoboHelp Resources
01:31

You'll learn how to get more information from Adobe about RoboHelp including videos, the Technical Communication blog, and online seminars.

Find More Information About RoboHelp
01:41

You'll learn how to get more information from Adobe about RoboHelp including videos, the Technical Communication blog, and online seminars.

Discover Even More RoboHelp Resources
01:06
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Review the RoboHelp Window
8 Lectures 18:02

You'll learn about the various RoboHelp window features after you open a sample project.

Open a Sample Project
01:46

You'll learn about the features of the menu bar in the RoboHelp window.

Review the Menu Bar
02:44

You'll learn about the Quick Access toolbar and how to customize it.

View the Quick Access Toolbar
02:12

You'll learn how to view a list of pods and open pods in the RoboHelp window.

Open and View Pods
01:35

You'll learn about the features of the Project Manager list tree in the left pane within the RoboHelp window.

Explore the Project Manager
02:28

You'll learn about the topic list pane including how to view information within the pane.

Inspect the Topic List
02:39

You'll learn how to open topics in the topic pane and view open topics in the topic pane.

View a Topic in the Topic Pane
01:59

You'll learn how to view all the online help types you can generate from your help project.

Examine Single-Source Layouts
02:39
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Create a New Project
10 Lectures 21:36

You'll learn about W3C and Section 508 WebHelp requirements that you may want to consider when you create your help project.

Compliant WebHelp Requirements
02:50

You'll learn how to add a default title, file location, and first topic title in your new help project.

Open a New Project
01:53

You'll learn how to finish creating your new help project and edit your project settings to fit your needs.

Finish Creating Your Project and Edit Settings
02:18

You'll learn how to create a new project folder within the Project Manager list tree.

Create Project Folders
01:36

Now that you've created a new help project, you'll learn how to edit your first topic.

Edit Your First Topic
02:12

You'll learn how to change the topic name in the Topic Properties window.

Rename a Topic
01:46

You'll learn how to add more topics into your help project.

Create a New Topic
02:22

You'll learn how to import an external document, such as a Word file, into a help project topic.

Import an External File
03:06

Now that you've finished creating some topics, you'll learn how to create a table of contents (TOC) so people can easily jump to different topics within your help project.

Auto-Create a Table of Contents, or TOC
02:07

Now that you've put all the components of your help project together in this section, you'll learn how to generate your project.

Generate Your Project
01:26
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Format Your Help Project
12 Lectures 34:01

You'll learn how to change the look and feel of your help project by applying a graphic template called a skin

Attach a Skin to Your Output
01:58

You'll learn how to create a custom skin and apply it to your help project.

Create a Custom Skin
03:40

You'll learn how to create a master topic page that you can apply to all topics within your help project.

Create a Master Page
03:00

After you create a master page as you did in the previous lecture, you'll learn how to edit the master page.

Edit a Master Page
02:17

You'll learn how to add the breadcrumbs navigation tool into your master page

Add Breadcrumbs to a Master Page
02:38

You'll learn how to create a style sheet you can apply to a master page or an individual topic.

Create a Style Sheet
03:15

If you want to use a different font for the text in your help project topics, you'll learn how to create and modify a font set in this lecture.

Create a Font Set
03:08

You'll learn how to create character formats so you can format characters or a word differently.

Create Character Formats
02:35

Now that you've learned how to create styles, you'll learn how to apply those styles to a topic or master page. You'll also learn how to apply table, list, and multi-list styles.

Apply Styles
02:03

You'll learn how to format text in a topic using the Edit menu ribbon.

Use Inline Formatting
02:42

You'll learn how to use RoboHelp's integrated spell checker to check the spelling of words in your help project.

Spell Check Your Topic
01:58

You'll learn how to find and replace text in a specific topic or throughout your help project. You'll also learn how to use the integrated thesaurus to replace words in a topic.

Find and Replace Text
04:47
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Design Your Topics
13 Lectures 35:26

You'll learn how to create a bulleted list in a topic and change bullet styles.

Add a Bulleted List
01:52

You'll learn how to create a bulleted or numbered list style in a topic.

Create a List Style
02:30

You'll learn how to edit text styles you created in your help project.

Edit a Text Style
01:25

You'll learn how to create a text box that is either in line with the topic text or separate from the topic text.

Place and Move Text Boxes
03:36

You'll learn how to add a horizontal line to create section dividers within your topic text.

Add a Horizontal Line
01:52

You'll learn how to add a symbol within the Symbol window.

Insert a Symbol
01:26

You'll learn how to create a frameset that contains multiple frames and place a topic within each frame.

Create a Frameset
03:15

Now that you've learned how to create a frameset, you'll learn how to make one of those frames non-scrolling so that frame remains static even as you scroll through another frame.

Build a Non-Scrolling Frame
02:36

You'll learn how to modify a frameset in the Frameset Frame Attributes window.

Modify a Frameset
01:16

You'll learn how to create a snippet, which is like a mini-topic, and then add that snippet to an existing topic.

Create and Add a Snippet
03:39

If you have a long topic, you'll learn how to create a table of contents (TOC) for use only within that topic. This TOC helps people jump to different points in your topic quickly.

Add a Topic TOC
03:12

If you prefer to create your help project by coding in HTML, you'll learn how to access the HTML Code pane and access features that help you write your code more quickly.

Insert HTML Code
03:35

You'll learn how to create map IDs within a topic. Map IDs allow users to access a specific page in the help project that applies to a feature he's using in the software app.

Add Map IDs
05:12
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Add Links
8 Lectures 19:22

You'll learn how to view topics and the links between them in Link View.

Use Link View
03:34

You'll learn how to add hyperlinks in a topic to other topics and to outside sources such as a website.

Add Hyperlinks
02:37

You'll learn how to add a bookmark within a topic so you can link directly to the bookmark.

Insert Bookmarks
02:12

You'll learn how to add a hyperlink to a website as well as to a document such as a Word or PDF file.

Link to an External Document
03:27

You'll learn how to have a linked topic open in a pop-up window separate from your main help project window.

Link to a Pop-Up Window
01:35

You can create a link that opens a text pop-up, which is like a "sticky note" that contains a small amount of text.

Add a Link to a Text Pop-Up
01:20

You'll learn how to add a link to a topic that opens within the same help project window, within a frame in a window topic, in a new help project window, or in a new window separate from the help project.

Link a Topic to a File or Frame
01:45

You'll learn how to fix any broken links in your help project using the Broken Links folder within the Project Manager list tree.

Resolve Broken Links
02:52
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Build Forms and Tables
12 Lectures 31:31

You'll learn how to insert a table in a topic using the Insert menu ribbon and the Insert Table window.

Insert a Table
01:53

You'll learn how to add rows and/or columns to the table you inserted in the previous lecture.

Add Table Rows and Columns
01:55

You'll learn how to change the properties of a table including the width and height, alignment, borders, spacing, and shading.

Change Table Properties
02:41

You'll learn how to create a table style and make any changes to an existing table style.

Create and Edit Table Styles
03:22

You'll learn how to apply a table style to a table in your topic and edit the applied table style.

Apply Table Styles
01:07

You'll learn how to insert a form within a topic and add a form element, such as a button, to the form.

Insert a Form and Form Element
02:48

You'll learn how to add a text field within a form so the user can fill in important information such as her name.

Add a Text Field
05:03

You'll learn how to insert a drop-down menu into your form so the user can select from a number of options in your form, such as the product type he wants more information about.

Insert a Drop-Down Menu
03:35

You'll learn how to add a check box and text associated with the check box to your form.

Add a Check Box
01:58

You'll learn how to add a radio button to a form; this type of button allows the user to indicate that he wants to do something (or not).

Include Radio Buttons
01:59

You'll learn how to add a Submit button to the form so the user can send information in the form to its proper place such as an e-mail address. You'll also learn how to add a Reset button so the user can remove all information within the form by clicking on the button.

Insert Submit and Reset Buttons
03:18

You'll learn how to name the form and create an action that tells the form what to do when the user clicks on the Submit button within the form.

Name the Form and Set an Action
01:52
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Insert Graphics and Multimedia
10 Lectures 26:49

You'll learn how to find an image on your computer and insert that image into a topic.

Add an Image
02:16

You'll learn how to change the size, margin, and borders of an image you inserted into your topic.

Specify the Image Size, Margin, and Borders
03:21

You'll learn how to add a hotspot to an image so you can link the image to another page in your help project or to an external website.

Add Hotspots to an Image
02:24

You'll learn how to view your images in the Project Manager list tree, as well as change the image name in the Image Properties window.

Rename an Image
02:04

You'll learn to add a background image, such as a watermark or image pattern, into a topic.

Add a Background Image to a Topic
03:04

You'll learn how to add Dynamic HTML, or DHTML, animation effects to a topic. This lecture shows you how to apply the fade in and fade out effects when users move between topics.

Apply a Fade-In or Fade-Out DHTML Effect
03:13

You'll learn how to apply the fly in and fly out DHTML effects when users move between topics in your help project.

Apply a Fly-In or Fly-Out DHTML Effect
01:45

You'll learn to add DHTML triggers, such as when the user rolls the mouse pointer over an image, that tell your topic when an effect must be used.

Create a DHTML Trigger
01:57

You'll learn how to insert an audio and/or video object into a topic and then change the properties of that object such as the size of the video.

Insert a Multimedia File
03:43

You'll learn how to insert a multimedia file created in Adobe Captivate, which is Adobe's online course development tool, into a topic.

Insert an Adobe Captivate Demo
03:02
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Go Further with Variables, Tags, and Scripts
11 Lectures 31:48

You'll learn how to add different content categories within a help project so different users can access appropriate content.

Add Content Categories
03:20

You'll learn how to add text, an image, or a hyperlink into a variable so you can apply that variable in one or more topics within your help project.

Create a User Variable
03:41

You'll learn how to insert a user variable you created in the previous lecture into a topic.

Insert a User Variable
02:41

You'll learn how to edit the text, image, or hyperlink within a user variable.

Edit a User Variable
02:56

You'll learn how to define a conditional tag expression that tells RoboHelp to hide or show a topic in the help project.

Define a Conditional Tag Expression
03:00

You'll learn how to create a conditional build tag and view the created tag within the Conditional Build Tags list in the left pane.

Create a Conditional Build Tag
01:48

You'll learn to apply one or more conditional build tags in a topic.

Apply a Conditional Build Tag
01:34

You'll learn how to create a dynamic content filter to present user-personalized content in a help topic.

Add Personalized Content
04:09

You'll learn how to customize how a help project window looks when a user accesses the project from within a software app.

Create a Custom Window
03:31

You'll learn how to write a script in either VBScript or JavaScript and then add the script to the topic.

Write Scripts
02:28

You'll learn how to edit a script in a topic by opening the script in the Scripts window and making your changes. You'll also learn how to run pre-installed scripts that make working with RoboHelp easier.

Run and Edit Scripts
02:40
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About the Instructor
Eric Butow
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RoboHelp Instructor at Udemy

Eric Butow is the owner of Butow Communications Group (BCG), a Web design and online marketing ROI improvement company based in Jackson, California. Eric has written 30 technical books, and has also developed online courses for Ed2Go, Virtual Training Company, and California State University, Sacramento. He's used RoboHelp since 1996.