RoboHelp 2019 - User Interface

The main areas are shown in this image with descriptions below.

Author / Output

Author mode allows you to work on creating your project. When you are ready, click the Output tab. This accesses what was in the Output Pod in classic versions along with other features that are output related, such as Skins for example.

Project Toolbar

The Project toolbar controls what is displayed in the Project Component Panel alongside. For simplicity, what you see here when you click an icon in the Project toolbar is described in separate topics. See the links below or the Table of Contents.

If you click the guillemets (double chevrons), text labels display. Useful while you familiarize yourself with the icons. There is also bubble text when you hover over an icon. The selected icon is blue and the panel alongside displays the information related to your selection, Contents in the image above.

Menu and Standard Toolbar Toolsets

The Menu and Toolbar are much simpler than before. The standard toolbar comprises three toolsets.

On the left are icons to save, undo and redo, find a topic and find and replace.

Above the authoring area are the icons you will need as you work. They will change according to what you are working on.

On the right are icons to change your view, generate and hide the right panel.

  1. Edit replaces Design in earlier versions of RoboHelp.
  2. Source replaces HTML in earlier versions of RoboHelp.
  3. Preview lets you see how the topic will appear in a browser.
    The preview opens in the Authoring Area so no popup any more, it opens in the same panel instantly.
  4. Quick Generate opens a list of your outputs.
    If you don't need to change the settings, you just tick the outputs you want to generate and click Generate.
    If you do want to edit them or decide you want to check the settings, you can tick the presets that you want to change or view and then click Edit.
    This replaces Batch Generate in earlier versions.
  5. Hide Properties Panel lets you hide the panel to give you more space to work in.

In earlier versions of RoboHelp, if you selected text in Edit View and changed to Source, the source code was also selected. In RoboHelp 2019 you can also select text in Source View and it will be selected when you return to Author View.