View output

1)Do one of the following:

If the output is already generated, in the Single-Source Layouts pod, right-click the layout and select View. If prompted, click Yes to regenerate the output before you view it.

If you have generated the layout, click View Result. After viewing, you can click Done, or publish the output to the location specified in the layout by clicking Publish.

First publish the master project and view the master project from the published location to see the merged system. To publish the project, click Publish. note:    If the Publish button is disabled, add a destination in the Publish dialog box when generating or editing.

View Multiscreen HTML5 output

1)To view Multiscreen HTML5 output with different browsers, Click the Multiscreen Preview button in the toolbar.

note:    Internet Explorer 9 or later is required for rendering media queries correctly in Multiscreen preview. Install the latest version of Internet Explorer.

View WebHelp, FlashHelp, WebHelp Pro, and FlashHelp Pro output

To preview a WebHelp Pro or FlashHelp Pro project locally without publishing to the Adobe Robo­Help Server, open it in a web browser. You can’t preview the index, table of contents, links, and browse sequences locally.

You also can test the published project, including all server-dependent features, by viewing it from the server.

View the project in the browser to test links, images, browse sequences, and other elements.

note:    Chrome security settings do not allow loading FlashHelp or FlashHelp Pro output from a local disk. For these output types, launch Chrome from the command line in access file allowed mode (Chrome.exe -allow-file-access-from-files).

View WebHelp, FlashHelp, WebHelp Pro, and FlashHelp Pro remotely

1)Open the project, and ensure that the appropriate layout is the primary layout.

2)Select Output > Generate > Primary Layout.

View WebHelp, FlashHelp, WebHelp Pro, and FlashHelp Pro locally

1)In the Single Source Layouts pod, right-click the layout. Do one of the following:

To view the output in the default browser, select View. If prompted, click Yes if you want to update the output. Otherwise click No.

To view the output in a selected browser, select View With and choose one of the browsers installed on your computer.

tip:   Different browsers render CSS-based content differently. Multibrowser support for previewing topics and project output helps you test whether the content appears correctly in commonly used browsers.

2)If a Limitations dialog box appears, click OK. The dialog box lists features that you cannot view without being connected to a server, such as the Search button and Windows properties.

The project opens in the default browser.

important:   If the topics contain links to PDFs, make sure that Adobe® Acrobat® 10 is installed on your computer. Previewing any PDF in Acrobat 9 or earlier versions might not work correctly.

tip:   To view a merged Help system from the master project local copy, copy the subproject WebHelp files to the master project mergedProject\[project name] folder. Right-click the layout in the Single Source Layouts pod. Select View. Do not use the Republish All option in the master project.

View compiled Microsoft HTML Help

1)In the Single Source Layout pod, right-click Microsoft HTML Help.

2)If prompted, click Yes if you want to update the output. Otherwise click No.

note:    To see inbound and outbound links by topic, select Project > Open > Pods > Link View.

Help Viewer Wizard

Generate an AIR Help viewer

1)Select Tools > Open > Toolbox.

2)Double-click to start Help Viewer Wizard.

3)Specify the required information.

note:    Just select the path for the file and enter any name as the file name.

4)Specify a version number and an ID.

5)Create a self-signed digital certificate. See Create a self-signed digital certificate.

6)Click Finish.

Copy the Help content file

1)Copy the Help content file (RHA) to your computer. It can be in any location, but the installer needs to remember the location.

See Select Help output for information about how an RHA file is generated.

Install the Help application

The AIR Help viewer is an AIR file that installs the Help application.

1)Go to the C:/Program Files/[folder name].

2)Double-click the AIR file.

3)Go to the same folder and double-click the EXE file.

Create and locate a Help content configuration file

The AIR Help viewer must be associated with the Help content file to display content in the selected format. Create an XML file with a .helpcfg extension to associate the RHA file with the AIR Help viewer. Save the file at the same location as the installed AIR file. The AIR Help viewer uses the .helpcfg file to locate the path to the Help content file and then displays the Help content.

Repeat the XML code for every Help file that you want to display with the Help viewer.

For example, an XML file that contains the Help content configuration contains the following line of code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
   <data id="" label="" onlineurl="" offlineurl=""/>

Attribute name

Attribute value


The unique string that distinguishes a Help data file from other Help data files in the viewer. You can use this ID to call the CSH API or to start the AIR Help viewer.


The label for Help content when the Help viewer contains multiple Help data files. The Help viewer displays this string in the selected Help content.


The online URL of the Help content that is hosted on a server.


The offline location of the Help file if locally installed Help is available.


Optional setting. If you set this attribute to “true,” the AIR Help viewer picks offline Help content when you launch the Help application. If no offline Help is available, then you don’t need this attribute in the Help content configuration file.

note:    The name of the .helpcfg file can be set to any name. The name does not need to match the name of the .air or .exe file in the installation folder.

September 30, 2016

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