RoboHelp training course for beginners, teaching key techniques for developing professional-standard online help in a variety of formats.
Adobe RoboHelp has long been the industry standard tool for online help development, and with Adobe committed to its ongoing development it remains the tool of choice for many.
Introduction to RoboHelp training provides a thorough grounding in Adobe RoboHelp. You’ll learn to:
- Develop professional-standard online help in a variety of formats such as Webhelp.
- Create ‘single source projects’ from which you can generate both help and print documentation from one source.
- Use some of RoboHelp’s more sophisticated features, such as the use of styles and style sheets for consistency and greater productivity, and techniques for making your online help context-sensitive.
This course is ideal for newcomers to RoboHelp and online help development.
Armada has been involved in technical authoring for over 20 years; our in-house team uses RoboHelp on a wide range of projects for clients. Our industry knowledge and application expertise is reflected in our RoboHelp training courses. Not only do we cover the use of RoboHelp, but we teach techniques relevant to technical authoring scenarios you are likely to encounter.
To see examples of online help Armada has developed using RoboHelp, see technical-writers.co.uk/online-help-samples.
Introduction to RoboHelp training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) RoboHelp courses.
We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.
The training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in RoboHelp.
The current version of RoboHelp, 2019, offers two user interfaces: the ‘minimalist’ interface, and the ‘classic’ interface.
At present, the training we offer in RoboHelp 2019 is based on the ‘RoboHelp 2019 Classic’ version, i.e. the ‘classic’ interface.
We can also offer training on most previous releases of RoboHelp.
Accredited RoboHelp training
Armada is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), accredited by Adobe to provide RoboHelp training.
Our RoboHelp trainers are highly-experienced users of the application who have worked in technical authoring for 25+ years in a range of roles. For further details, see Expert trainers.
How will I learn?
RoboHelp training is hands-on and practical.
Beginning from scratch, you’re guided through the various stages of developing online help, exploring all related topics along the way. By the end of the course, you will have created your own fully functional help centre that you can take away for future reference.
There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A comprehensive training guide for RoboHelp , to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited RoboHelp training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following RoboHelp training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their RoboHelp trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
Delegates should be familiar with Windows and basic word processing techniques. No prior RoboHelp knowledge is necessary.
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for RoboHelp training can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.
For further details, see training course payment options.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Introduction to RoboHelp course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Introduction to RoboHelp course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
RoboHelp courses are hosted by David Rose and Nigel Platts.
David Rose is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) and an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in RoboHelp.
David began working as a technical author in 1989, joining Armada’s in-house authoring team in 1992.
He began using RoboHelp soon after, and it has been his tool-of-choice for online help development and single-source projects ever since.
As Armada’s longest-serving member of staff, David is a key member of our training team. He places a strong emphasis on staying in tune with current industry standards and applications, to ensure that the approach he takes with his projects and training courses are the most appropriate and up-to-date.
Nigel is a Co-Founder of Armada with over thirty five years’ experience in user-assistance in a wide range of roles including Technical Writer, Manager, Consultant and Trainer.
Nigel has vast hands-on RoboHelp experience, and he has managed numerous projects in which RoboHelp was used in a team environment.
Nigel also hosts Armada’s core skills technical writing courses and business writing courses.
Setting the scene
- Introduction and course objectives
- RoboHelp technology overview
- Why good online help is important
Getting started with RoboHelp
- RoboHelp files and formats
- RoboHelp resources
- Starting a new project
- Opening an existing RoboHelp project
Understanding the interface
- Ribbon tabs and pods
- Rearranging pods and panes
- Using workspaces
- Using the multi-tab editing pane
Working with topics
- Opening and editing a topic
- Saving a project and its topics
- Adding and deleting topics
- Using headers and footers
- Using the tag list
- Using link view and topic preview
- Navigation strategies
- Creating a table of contents
- Creating an index
- Creating a glossary
- Understanding the help output options
- Generating a WebHelp system
Generating HTML Help and Responsive HTML5
- Generating HTML Help (CHM)
- Adjusting HTML Help window properties
- Generating Responsive HTML5 Summary
- Comparing image file formats
- Inserting images, multimedia and Captivate
- Types of RoboHelp hypertext links
- Creating text links
- Using bookmarks
- Creating pop-ups
- Creating drop-down and expanding links
- Image maps
- Working with tables
- Spell checking
Master pages and style sheets
- Comparing master pages and style sheets
- Using master pages
- Summarising style sheets
Settings and properties
- Advanced project and RoboHelp settings
- Adjusting topic properties
- Summarising WebHelp skins
Conditional build tags
- Creating a conditional build tag
- Defining a conditional build expression
- Applying a build tag
Snippets and user‑defined variables
- Understanding reusable, variable content
- Using snippets
- Variable sets
- Creating and inserting a user-defined variable
- Updating a user defined variable
Styles and style sheets
- Advantages of using style sheets
- Creating paragraph styles and character styles
- Creating table styles
- Creating list styles
- Overview of multi-level, hyperlink, image and div styles
Generating printed documentation
- Quickly generating a Word document
- Generating a good-looking Word guide
- Improving the headers and footers
- Producing a PDF file
Developing WebHelp skins
- Understanding skins
- Creating sophisticated skins
- Generating WebHelp with multiple content categories
- Advice for efficient importing
- Importing an HTML file
- Importing a Word document
Context-sensitive help (CSH)
- Author and developer roles
- Creating map files for HTML Help
- Assigning Map IDs
- Testing CSH
- Making WebHelp context-sensitive
- Creating breadcrumbs
- Using related topics links
- Making inline glossary expandable items
- Inserting a Topic ToC
- Fixing broken links
- Adding a twisty to drop-downs
Track Changes and reviewing
- Track Changes overview
- Review pane overview
- Creating PDFs for reviewing
- Importing edited PDFs
- Dynamic HTML special effects