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The following is a list of issues resolved in RoboHelp (2019 release) and subsequent patch releases.
Check the RoboHelp forum for solutions, workarounds, or any late-breaking information.
Publish Frameless output to RoboHelp Server
You can now publish Frameless output to Robohelp Server 10 (Version 10.0.2).
For more information, see Blogs.adobe.com/techcomm.
Please review the updated system requirements for RoboHelp Server (Version 10.0.2) at https://helpx.adobe.com/robohelp-server/system-requirements.html”
You can now run spell check for your complete project and in opened topics. It simplifies the experience for correcting the topics by adding, ignoring, or correcting the misspelled words. Users can also manage User Dictionary words and Ignored words list now.
You can open and edit multiple topics, TOCs, output presets side-by-side, both horizontally and vertically, at the same time. You may drag and drop one of the topic next to the other, or above or below the other.
To enable this view, right-click on the file tab opened in the editor, and choose the option to Split Up/ Split Down/ Split Left/ Split Right.
Auto save is a new feature that allows you to save your files automatically, every few seconds, as you work. Auto save is disabled by default.
To enable Auto save, click Edit > Preferences > Enable auto save. Set the time (in seconds) to save the contents of the document automatically. By default, the timer is set to 60 seconds.
Include Expanding Text content Including Expanding Text let you collapse the content and allow you to add extra text adjacent to the specific content in a content-heavy topic. Select this option to include Expanding Text in your Word / PDF Document output.
Include Drop-down Text content Including Drop-down Text let you add drop-down text to any content-heavy topic and then allows you to select an option from a series of choices. Select this option to include Drop-down text in your Word / PDF Document output.
Include All Referenced Topics Includes topics that are not part of the Table of Contents but are referenced from topics in the Table of Contents. Deselect this option to exclude the referenced topics in your Word Document output.
You can now import a Markdown (.md) file and convert to HTML topics.
Assigning keyboard shortcuts for defining Heading styles can streamline the document authoring process. To quickly apply heading styles to a topic, you can use the following shortcuts:
Control Key Shortcuts
Ctrl + Alt + 1
Ctrl + Alt + 2
Ctrl + Alt + 3
Ctrl + Alt + 4
Ctrl + Alt + 5
Ctrl + Alt + 6
Ctrl + Shift + N
Convert the text to normal paragraph text
Open Hyperlink Right-click the hyperlink and select Open Hyperlink on the context menu.
Ctrl + Click To open the file in the hyperlink, press Ctrl + Click on that hyperlink in the topic.
Edit Hyperlink To change the address or display the text of a hyperlink you added, right-click the link and click Edit Hyperlink.
The Table of Contents is a snapshot of the headings in your document. At any time, you can now cut, copy, paste by right-clicking on any of the TOC items in the author and editor view. You can also drag and drop to make a copy from one table of contents into another table of contents.
The Screen Tip lets you display helpful information about your links present in your topics..
You can now add a Screen Tip as you add or edit a hyperlink. After adding a screen tip, it will show as tip text on hovering over that hyperlink.
Added Multiple Monitors support for Eye Dropper tool in color picker. You can pick the colors from any part of the multi-monitor setup using the left mouse button. You can close the eye dropper using the right mouse button or pressing the Escape key.
You can now choose index keywords from the existing keywords while adding to a topic in Topic Properties.
You can now benefit from the latest enhancements in Dark theme to work efficiently in low-light environments.
You can now easily change the vertical-alignment of text in a cell using the CSS editor.
From RoboHelp, you can now generate output in DOCX format regardless of whether MS Word is installed on your machine. You can also choose a Word template for your output. RoboHelp maps all styles according to the default Word format; however, you can also specify a style sheet for mapping. Additionallly, you can start every topic on a new page.
You can now use the find and replace feature across these text files in your project—topics, snippets, master pages, TOC, and CSS. You can use regular expressions in both find and replace, and various filtering options. You can also back up your files before replacing.
You can now use the new Oceanic skin for Frameless output. You can also edit and preview the skin in the skin editor.
RoboHelp Update 8 introduces frameless output with sleek layout designs and an improved user experience. The frameless output significantly improves Google search for online help as it does not use iframes or framesets for the layout. In the frameless output, every topic has a unique URL, which improves access to context-sensitive information. The frameless output includes a built-in Mini TOC, an improved dynamic content filter experience, the capability to present a PDF version of the online version, and enhanced security and accessibility features. You can also easily control GDPR compliance.
The skin editor is greatly enhanced to help you easily control every aspect of a skin. You can also provide custom content on the homepage. For advanced users, editing the skin outside RoboHelp is also supported.
Frameless output also comes with complete support for merged projects.
For more information, see Generate Frameless output.
The WebHelp output type is now merged with Responsive HTML5. You can toggle responsiveness for different screens from the skin editor. You can import RoboHelp Classic Indigo skins with all layout customizations in the improved skin editor. Selecting a skin in an output preset is no longer mandatory—Azure Blue is the default selection.
For more information, see Generate Responsive HTML5 output.
You can now import glossary to your project from any glossary file in RoboHelp and RoboHelp Classic projects.
You can now automatically create a Table Of Contents from topics generated from Word documents. Or add these topics to an existing Table Of Contents.
For more information, see Advanced Word import settings.
You can now insert special characters, formerly known as symbols, from a larger selection of characters, which are now organized in categories and annotated with tooltips. You can search for specific special characters. You can also press Ctrl + 4 to insert special characters.
In the enhanced source code editor, you can now auto-insert and rename closing tags; quotes are auto-inserted for attribute editing. The source code editor comes with new keyboard shortcuts and multi-cursor support.
The Color dialog box is redesigned for better performance. Color names are now displayed as tooltips on color tiles. You can now use the eyedropper tool to select colors from images for further use. You can also specify colors in more flexible ways, including by name.
You can now add or remove the header row. You can use the new auto-fit option to quickly resize columns to fit to content or window. Table navigation using the Up and Down arrow keys is improved.
In the Labels panel, the Common section, which housed strings common to all output preset types, is removed to avoid confusion. Now all strings are added under respective output preset sections. Additionally, the Frameless and Mobile App output sections are added and the WebHelp output section is removed.
You can now view the Map IDs associated with a topic in the Properties panel > Topic tab > General drop-down section. In the map file editor, when a map file is open, the Map Number column in the top row is auto-populated with the next available map number. Also, instead of displaying the filenames of associated topics, RoboHelp now displays topic titles in the map file editor.
Like RoboHelp Classic, you can now invoke RoboHelp 2019 as a command-line utility for output generation without launching the GUI. For example:
Robohelp.exe --cl "C:\Latte.rhpj" -o "My Responsive Output"
-l "C:\logfile.html" -p "C:\outputfolder"
Argument values containing spaces must be enclosed in double quotes.
For more information, see Generate output using a command-line utility.
You can now edit glossary terms and variable names. RoboHelp simultaneously updates all references of these items wherever applicable in a project, such as topic titles and content, Table of Contents, and output presets.
In CSS editor, you can now define the spacing between a list number and text, and the indentation of list items. The alignment between double- and triple-digit list numbers and text in numbered lists has now improved.
In topics, you can now use the new list template for round numbers. In numbered lists and auto-numbers, you can restart numbering of any list item at any level.
PDF output is now enhanced to include a Table Of Contents based on the project Table Of Contents. The Total Pages field is also added for use in master pages. PDFs also include CSS-based styling for TOC, Index, and Glossary pages. You can choose to exclude referenced topics from the PDF. A sample style sheet (pdf.css file) and a sample master page for PDF are added to new projects created in RoboHelp.
For more information, see Generate PDF output.
The Indigo skin now contains three custom buttons—Remove Highlight, Expand All, and Print. You can also add more custom buttons. When scrolling through a large topic, you can now use the back-to-top functionality in the Indigo skin. You can also customize the size of the logo and the font of the title in the Title bar in all skins.
A Coffee skin is now added to the skin gallery. The Charcoal Grey skin is revamped to RoboHelp 2019 structure. Except for the Coffee skin, all skins are now 508-compliant. Several other issues are fixed in all skins.
RoboHelp now includes an option to remove a project from version control. You can use the new lock-unlock feature in Team Foundation Server version control. Version control messaging is also improved, among other fixes.
For projects upgraded from RoboHelp Classic, RoboHelp now includes several fixes. Lists and auto-numbers are correctly upgraded. Multimedia (mp3 and mp4) objects are converted as audio and video tags respectively, in conformance with HTML5 standards. All CSS files with the same name but in different folders are now retained after the upgrade.
If you require the above-mentioned fixes for your previously upgraded RoboHelp Classic projects, you can upgrade the projects using the Update 6 release.
In Microsoft HTML Help (CHM) and PDF, the list and table styles created in RoboHelp now appear correctly.
A most-requested feature in RoboHelp Classic is now a part of RoboHelp 2019. You can select multiple files in the Contents and Table Of Contents panels and move files and folders in the hierarchy, delete, set properties, and use drag-and-drop.
You can now easily publish Responsive HTML5 and WebHelp output to SharePoint Online in the native ASPX format. You can use relevant publish options from all output presets. You can easily view the result in a browser for RoboHelp Server and SharePoint Online.
The topic list header row is now fixed and visible while scrolling through the list. You can resize all columns in the list. The topic list view is live now so changes in the project are automatically reflected in the topic list, without having to refresh the list manually. You can clear all filters and also view new columns for Master Page and See Also. You can launch Topic List from the Reports panel or from the View menu. It is removed from the Author toolbar.
For more information, see Topic List in Reports in RoboHelp.
You can now create borders with rounded corners and use the radius capability in border styles.
For list styles, you can define the styling of the prefix (such as rounded borders) and the contents of a list separately. You can also set a different style for each level in a list.
The spell checker is now available through the F7 key and the Edit > Spell Check menu option. You can see indicators of misspelled words and implement, ignore, or add suggestions to dictionary.
You can associate external applications with a file type for opening and editing. From RoboHelp, you can double-click a file or click Edit to open it in an associated application.
You can now import multi-level lists and use enhanced list numbering formats. Table import is improved to import width and border styles without issues. Inline styles are a part of the HTML file in style attribute.
You can now use additional formats available for Date, Time, Title, and other fields. Values of fields are visible according to your project language. You can edit and add new fields, and choose to automatically update its values.
Header and footer definitions from master page now get converted to page header/footer in PDF. Support for the page number variable is added. In PDF preset Layout tab, the master page user interface is improved. The broken links issue that caused PDF generation failures is fixed; RoboHelp generates a PDF and displays a warning in the log.
The drag-and-drop experience in Table of Contents is improved, drop-over-an-item to overwrite is removed. In the Table of Contents properties, an indicator displays if the title is overridden.
Table Of Contents and Merged Project placeholder properties are corrected, irrelevant options are removed. Edit option is added to the drill-down view.
You can now import existing files in the project along with all associated assets.
You can now press F2 to rename a topic or a folder from the Contents Panel and other areas. You can now duplicate a skin in the Skins panel.
You can now import and link FrameMaker files (.fm, .mif, and .book) in Robohelp. You can map styles from FrameMaker documents using a custom CSS file during import. You can save and reuse import settings.
FrameMaker 2019 Update 2 or later is required for this feature to work.
For more information, see Import FrameMaker documents into a project.
You can now publish WebHelp and Responsive HTML5 outputs to Robohelp Server 10. You can also easily manage information about multiple servers across projects.
For more information, see Publish to a RoboHelp Server.
You can now publish WebHelp and Responsive HTML5 outputs on any FTP or Secure FTP server. You can also publish to a local or a shared folder. Easily manage and share all publish locations across projects.
For more information, see Publish to an FTP server, a Secure FTP server, or a File System.
You can now use the new output preset for XML to generate topics in the XHTML5 format and all other files in the XML format.
You can now work with new and modern See Also and Related Topics in RoboHelp.
You can manage See Also keywords, associated topics, and which topics to use them in, in a single location. You can control the styling of See Also using CSS classes. You can access See Also in author view from the Author toolbar. You can add See Also keywords to topics from topic properties.
You can use Related Topics in a similar way, but the information is limited to a topic only.
During a project upgrade from RoboHelp Classic, RoboHelp migrates the controls for See Also and Related Topics to the new structure.
For more information, see Work with See Also and Related Topics.
You can now access topic lists in author view from the Author toolbar. You can filter topic information as required, create duplicate topics, and more in the topic list. You can also drag-and-drop topics from the topic list to a Table of Contents and an index. The Properties panel shows the number of topics present in the Topic list; you can use this information while filtering specific topics. RoboHelp remembers all filtering and column selections across sessions.
For more information, see Topic List in Types of reports.
You can now fix broken links in open topics through a dialog box that displays the list of broken links and their locations. You can point broken links to other topics or create a topic. You can also fix broken links from the Broken Links report using context menu options.
For more information, see Fix broken links.
You can now easily check in all files, as all files are selected by default, and optionally enter check-in comments. Internal files are not visible during check-in.
For more information, see Team Foundation Server.
You need not select a topic name pattern now as <$paratext> is the default topic name pattern. "User-defined HTML tag" is merged in the paragraph style mapping list, which also has an option to map to "pre". List import now supports auto-number and complex multi-level lists.
Topic TOC is renamed as Mini TOC to maintain consistency with Adobe products. You can use a new option to collapse the Mini TOC from the General tab of the Properties panel. You can control all aspects of Mini TOC styling in a new project by copying new classes from default.css.
You can now simply select text and clear formatting of any text within that selection. After selecting text, you can use an option to remove formatting in the General tab of the Properties panel.
You can now press Backspace or use a context menu option to delete a variable or a field. If a variable is used in a topic, snippet, or master page, a warning dialog box appears with three options–delete a variable and its references; delete a variable only; and delete a variable and replace it with content.
You can now import a .h file in your project through the Import option in the Map Files panel.
You can now choose to create dynamic filters without or without a group. You can define dynamic filters without tag groups and drag-and-drop condition tags without associating those to tag groups. You can also change previously defined filters to remove tag groups or add to tag groups.
If an output preset is open for editing, you can now use the new toolbar at the top to generate preset, view output, and publish.
You can now use variables in the title of any output type.
For more information, see Insert a variable.
You can now generate WebHelp and Responsive HTML5 outputs in lowercase filenames.
You can now toggle between Author, Source, and Preview modes using Ctrl + e, Ctrl + r, and Ctrl + w keys. You can also switch tabs in Author and Output views using Ctrl + Page Up and Ctrl + Page Down keys.
For more information, see RoboHelp keyboard shortcuts.
The editor now provides an easy way to remove list styles from content. New context menu options are added, pseudo classes are grouped to reduce clutter, hyperlink states such as 'hover' and 'visited' are added by default. Unordered list styling is enhanced to create multi-level lists easily. Table editor is enhanced to handle the editing of upgraded tables from RoboHelp Classic projects.
You can now drag-and-drop index keywords in a topic or use bookmarks in the Index panel to create content-level index terms.
Now you can resize and move hotspot areas while creating image maps. RoboHelp displays tool tips with links and areas are numbered. You can also control the layering of overlapped areas.
In expanded view of a glossary file, you can now access options for each term by right-clicking or clicking . You can also drag-and-drop a glossary term on selected text, create a glossary term out of highlighted text, and remove glossary by right-clicking a glossary hotspot.
A bookmark created on selected text is inserted at the beginning of the selection. The bookmarks symbol is now displayed if there is selected text also. In the Bookmark dialog box, you can see the list of bookmarks with associated paragraph text.
You can now use Ctrl+G to quickly insert an image. The Insert Image dialog box is improved–the Recent Files tab is moved below the Contents tab, and the last used paths and tabs are remembered.
In the Topic Properties dialog box/panel, RoboHelp now remembers master page usage information for subsequent use. The default options for Language, Status, and Master Pages are streamlined. All drop-down sections are closed by default and their previous state is remembered.
You can now sync individual or all linked files from source location to project and conversely if files are modified in RoboHelp. You can see the source location and other information about each linked file through the new Properties option.
The styling of topic TOC is now enhanced. You can easily control the formatting, show/hide behavior, caption removal, and more.
A new skin named Coffee, which is based on the Indigo layout, is added to the Learn a Latte sample project.
Topic titles in the Table of Contents panel now automatically sync with changes in actual topic titles. You can now detect broken links in TOC through red x marks against topics. On auto-creating a TOC, a prompt lets you decide if you want to delete the content of the current TOC first.
You can use TFS version 2018 for version control from RoboHelp. You can check in, check out, view differences between versions, resolve merge conflicts, and sync files using TFS.
For more information, see Collaborate using Azure DevOps (Team Foundation Server).
Multi-level lists from RoboHelp Classic projects are now seamlessly upgraded in both topics and style sheets in RoboHelp 2019 projects. You can now use templates in the numbered and bulleted formats to easily insert a multi-level list from the standard toolbar.
For more information, see Work with lists.
You can now toggle the display of bookmarks in the Contents panel and in topics. You can easily create hyperlinks in topics by dragging bookmarks from the Contents panel. You can also create TOC entries for bookmarks, and use bookmarks in context-sensitive help (CSH) map files.
You can now use the inbuilt style sheet editor to add twisty images to Hyperlink Style and apply the style to expanding and drop-down texts.
For more information, see Add or edit twisty images.
You can now have separate text for titles in expanded and collapsed states. You can also provide a more meaningful title for collapsing an expanding or drop-down text.
Now, all open project components that are launched from the Author toolbar are visible and accessible only in Author view. If you want to switch to Output view, RoboHelp first prompts to save open components, and then launches Output view. The same behavior is applicable to components launched from the Output toolbar and when you switch from Output to Author view.
You can now use the Eyedropper tool to pick colors of your choice from anywhere on the screen.
You can now create, edit, and publish image maps. Image maps defined in RoboHelp Classic projects are also upgraded to the RoboHelp 2019 project structure.
Selection of rows, columns, or cells in a table is now prominent and easily distinguishable. You can now select an entire row or a column in a single click.
While using context-sensitive help, you can now map topics or bookmarks to unique map IDs. You can also import map files, edit and create mappings with unassigned topics, and see the list of topics with bookmarks during mapping. Also, you can export mappings in a .h file, and publish mappings in WebHelp, Responsive HTML5, and Microsoft HTML Help output types.
For more information, see Work with context-sensitive help.
Updates to a style sheet now instantly reflect in open topics that use the particular style sheet.
You can now apply auto-numbering to all paragraph and heading styles in your topic by editing the associated style sheets. Also, after you install the Update 2 release and open topics, old auto-numbering is automatically upgraded in style sheets and topics.
Now, you can apply images, such as arrowheads , as bullets in bulleted lists.
You can now define and preselect a dynamic content filter for your WebHelp and Responsive HTML5 outputs. Content tagged with the preselected filter gets displayed in the output by default.
Now, the default style of a topic TOC is not a numbered list. You can also show and hide the display of a topic TOC.
You can now customize and publish Windows settings for the Microsoft HTML Help output type. Custom settings from previous versions of RoboHelp are retained during upgradation to RoboHelp 2019.
You can now select multiple paragraphs in your topic and use drag-and-drop to apply condition tags. The color of the tag is visible in the Author view and preview.
While importing a Word document, you can now specify table style settings in the import Word dialog box.
You can now use an SSH key with a pass phrase to connect to a Git repository.
For more information, see Collaborate using Git.
You can now undo and redo changes in skin editor.
You can now use the Remove Hyperlink context menu option to remove a hyperlink in Author view.
The appearance of the context menu in a topic in Author view now matches other context menus and the menu options are reorganized.
You can now use keyboard shortcuts to insert variables, snippets, and fields that are displayed on clicking the Insert Variables/Snippet/Fields icon in the standard toolbar.
In RoboHelp 2019 release, Author and Output views opened as two separate windows.
Now, Author and Output views are merged and accessible through respective tabs in the standard toolbar in RoboHelp workspace.
For more information, see Get to know the RoboHelp workspace.
You can now collapse or expand an individual or all the expanding/drop-down texts in your topic in Author view and topic preview. You can also toggle the display of the expanding/drop-down text boundary.
You can now access master pages through the Author toolbar in Author view instead of Output view.
You can also apply a master page to a topic during topic creation. Topic preview also displays the master page applied to the topic.
For more information, see Work with master pages.
You can now add, edit, and delete browse sequences. In a browse sequence, you can drag-and-drop topics from the Contents panel and TOC, change the sequence of topics, and delete topics.
For more information, see Create and manage browse sequences.
You can now insert, edit, or delete a topic TOC in topics and master pages.
For more information, see Insert and customize a topic TOC.
You can now insert and edit breadcrumbs in master pages.
For more information, see Insert breadcrumbs.
You can now edit and delete language-specific labels, and undo or redo the edits. You can also export languagewise labels as XML for localization, and import a translated copy for a specific language.
For more information, see Work with labels.
You can now cancel output generation from both the Quick Generate and Presets panel.
While working with Table of Contents (TOC) in your project, you can now expand only one TOC at a time. You can also undo or redo changes, and use the Delete key to delete a TOC, book, or page.
For more information, see Upgrade a skin.
You can now rename output presets.
For more information, see Rename an output preset.
In your open topic, you can now toggle the display of paragraph markers.
For more information, see Add content to or edit a topic.
In the Glossary panel, you can now expand only one glossary at a time. In the expanded view, you can use context menus against each glossary and glossary term.
For more information, see Create and manage a glossary.
When you add a topic in your project and type the topic name, RoboHelp automatically converts the spaces in the filename to underscores. You can change this setting if necessary.
For more information, see General tab in Topic Properties.
If multiple topics are open, use a topic tab's context menu to close a topic, close other topics except for the current topic, and close all topics. While closing multiple topics, you can save the changes in a specific topic.
For more information, see Topic tab context menu options.
From the Quick Generate panel, you can now select and open an output preset to edit it, instead of having to search for the output preset in the Output Settings window. You can select and edit multiple output presets.
You can now cross-reference an index keyword or a subkeyword to another keyword and publish the cross-references. You can also add project variables while creating or editing index keywords. You can use index keywords associated with topics in search. Index keywords have the same ranking as search keywords.
For more information, see Create and manage an index.
You can now use the context menu in the Contents panel to view all the TOCs linked to a topic and locate the topic in a specific TOC.
For more information, see Locate a topic in a TOC.