Adobe RoboHelp 8 makes to so easy to pick a layout for your help file, depending on how you intend to publish it.
Since RH is a “single sourcing” editor and you can publish the same content on many different platforms and devices, such easy-to-select layouts is really a life saver, especially when you’re working on a tight deadline.
Select View > Pods > Single Source Layouts menu option to display the layout “pod”, or, function panel on the lower-left of your RH screen:
When you select any option, a dialog box display, inviting you to provide more information.
For example, when you selectMicrosoft HTML Help option, RH displays this dialog box:
Here you define the address/location where the compile .CHM (“chum”) file will be saved to.
You select Conditional Build Expression (an advanced topic addressed in another post).
You select options for the Table of Contents, Index, and the Glossary — all vital parts of any help file.
You select which topic should display by default when the reader launches the help file.
You determine if there are going to be any “Breadcrumb Links” — a beautiful RH feature not offered by many help file editors.
If you select Apply to All Topics, RH gives you the option to select your own CSS (Cascading Style Sheet):
You can configure the way your TOC and Index will look like by clicking the Advanced Settings EDIT button and displaying the following screen:
You can fine-tune where and how your Index will display. Click the TOC tab to do the same to the TOC:
RH is truly a remarkable help file (or “user assistance”) editor that provides too many layout options to document here for every component of the final product. It’s one versatile work horse that delivers the promise.