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Topic: PDF as Help
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 55280
From: veronicabrown
Date: 5/29/2002 05:11 PM

Dear Ricky and Dave (and anyone!)

I am researching possible online help platforms for my company, and I am surprised that there is not much information (that I can find) about using PDFs as online help for software applications.

Do you know of any white papers, demos, or Web resources that discuss this in detail? Or, if you are implementing this now, how do you think it compares to something like RoboHelp?

Any leads you have would be appreciated. You can respond to me offline, if you like.
Thanks!

Veronica Brown
vbrown@novient.com



On 2/4/00 3:19:06 AM, rberry wrote:
>Hello,

This is my first visit
>to the group. Forgive me if
>this question has been dealt
>with.

My company prefers to
>use PDF as Help rather than
>traditional, and painful to
>maintain, .HLP files.
>Currently, our applications
>open the PDF when Help is
>requested by way of a "dummy"
>Help file containing a macro
>that opens the PDF file then
>exits WinHelp.

This is the
>macro (RoboHelp) that we
>use:
EF(`\path to PDF file\pdf
>filename.pdf',SW_SHOWNORMAL)
E
>xit()

The Question:
Is there
>a way to open the PDF at a
>specific place like context
>sensitive Help? What I mean
>is, if a dialog pops up in an
>application and you want Help
>on that particular dialog, can
>you pass the id to the PDF
>somehow? That is what we used
>to do when we used Help.
>Currently, the PDF opens at
>the first page.

I've gotten
>information about macro
>applications but they seem to
>deal with opening a PDF file
>from within a Help file. I
>want to bypass Help completely
>if possible. Additionally, I
>use FrameMaker 5.5.6 to write
>the documentation that the
>PDF's are created
>from.

Suggestions?

Thanks,


>Ricky Berry




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