Learn about the different types of output presets in RoboHelp and how they are used to generate output in various formats, such as Responsive HTML5, WebHelp, Mobile App, and more.

RoboHelp comes with powerful publishing capabilities so you can generate your output in many formats. Choose from a variety of output preset types, such as Responsive HTML5, PDF, and Mobile App, and cater to users from various platforms. Output presets are easy-to-configure; you can use the many settings to create multiple Help systems from the same project with different content, layouts, and experiences.

With RoboHelp (2019 release), you can experience a smooth output generation, even as you continue working on your project.

Types of output presets

You can generate your project output using a desired type of output preset. The following types of output presets are available in RoboHelp:

Work with an output preset to generate output

Before you generate your project output in RoboHelp, you need to create and configure an output preset. Once the output preset is ready, you can use the preset to generate the output.

Create an output preset

To create an output preset in RoboHelp, follow these steps:

  1. In an open project, do one of the following:

    • Click Quick Generate  in the upper-right corner of the Standard toolbar and click the Edit Settings icon .
    • Click the Output tab at the left side of the Standard toolbar.

    The Output view opens.

  2. In the Output toolbar, click Output Presets. The Output Presets panel opens.

  3. In the Output Presets panel, click .

  4. In the New Preset dialog box, specify the following:

    Name Specify a name for the output preset.

    Type Use the drop-down list to select a desired output preset type. You can choose from Responsive HTML5, PDF, Microsoft HTML Help, WebHelp, Mobile App, and EBook.

  5. Click Done.

    You can access the output preset from the Output Presets panel in the Output toolbar. Alternatively, you can access the output preset in the Quick Generate dialog box of the authoring window.

    Note:

    To identify the type of output preset from the Output Presets panel or in the Quick Generate dialog box, check the icon before the output preset name. The following icons correspond to the given types of output presets:

     Responsive HTML5

     Printed documentation

     Microsoft HTML Help 

     WebHelp

     Mobile App

     EBook

Configure an output preset

To configure the settings of an output preset, follow these steps:

  1. In an open project, do one of the following:

    • Click Quick Generate  in the upper-right corner of the Standard toolbar and click the Edit Settings icon .
    • Click the Output tab at the left of the Standard toolbar. 
  2. In the Output toolbar, click Output Presets. In the Output Presets panel, do one of the following:

    • Double-click the desired output preset.
    • Click the  icon next to the desired output preset and select Edit.
  3. Based on the type of your output preset you had chosen, you can view tabs such as General, Content, and more to configure settings.

    To know more about how to configure a type of output preset, see the following resources:

    Note:

    The entire project is not included in the output generated. In the Contents tab > Table of Contents field, the selected Table of Contents determines what is included. That is, only the topics (and the referenced files inside these topics) in the selected Table of Contents file are included.

  4. To save your settings, click Save All  icon in the upper-left corner of the standard toolbar.

Generate output

Once you've configured your desired output preset, you're set to generate your output. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. In the authoring window of an open project, click Quick Generate  in the upper-right corner of the standard toolbar.

  2. In the Quick Generate dialog box, select your desired output preset, and click Generate.

    Note:

    Alternatively, you can do the following to generate output:

    1. Click the Output tab at the left side of the Standard toolbar. 
    2. In Output view, in the Output toolbar, click Output Presets.
    3. In the Output Presets panel, select an output preset and click Generate Preset 
      Or, against an output preset, choose Options  > Generate.

    A progress bar displays the progress of output generation. To cancel output generation, click . After output generation is complete, to view the output, click . If the output generation is not successful, click  to view the error log. 

    Note:

    Before generating output, you can also edit multiple output presets through the Quick Generate dialog box. To do so:

    1. Select the output presets you want to edit, and click Edit. The preset editor for each output preset opens in Output view. 
    2. Use tabs such as General, Content, and Layout to edit the properties of each output preset. 
    3. Generate output using the Output Presets panel in Output view.
      Or, go back to Author view, open the Quick Generate dialog box, select the edited output presets, and click Generate

Manage output presets

You can easily duplicate an available output preset or delete it from the Output Presets panel and the Quick Generate dialog box.

Rename an output preset

  1. Click the Output tab at the left side of the Standard toolbar.

    The Output view opens.

  2. In the Output toolbar, click Output Presets. The Output Presets panel opens.

  3. In the Output Presets panel, against the output preset you want to rename, choose Options  > Rename.

  4. In the Rename Preset dialog box, specify the name of the output preset.

  5. Click Done.

Duplicate an output preset

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Click Quick Generate  in the upper-right corner of the standard toolbar and click the Edit Settings icon .
    • Click the Output tab at the left side of the Standard toolbar.

    The Output view opens.

  2. In the Output toolbar, click Output Presets. The Output Presets panel opens.

  3. In the Output Presets panel, click Options  next to your desired output preset.

  4. In the Options drop-down list, select Duplicate.

  5. Specify Name of the duplicate output preset and click Done.

Delete an output preset

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Click Quick Generate  in the upper-right corner of the standard toolbar and click the Edit Settings icon .
    • Click the Output tab at the left side of the Standard toolbar.

    The Output view opens.

  2. In the Output toolbar, click Output Presets. The Output Presets panel opens.

  3. In the Output Presets panel, select your desired output preset and click Options 

  4. In the Options drop-down list, select Delete. In the Confirm dialog box, click Yes.

Locate an output preset file in your computer

  1. Click the Output tab at the left side of the Standard toolbar.

    The Output view opens.

  2. In the Output toolbar, click Output Presets. The Output Presets panel opens.

  3. In the Output Presets panel, against the output preset you want to locate, choose Options  > Show in Explorer.

    Windows Explorer opens to display the output preset file and its location in your computer.

Tips for optimal output generation

  • Ensure that your system has sufficient memory. See System requirements for more details.
  • To generate Mobile App output, you will require Internet connection.

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