About Importing

You can import files into Flare in several ways. This includes importing from other Help authoring projects, popular applications like Word, and many kinds of individual files.

Following are the different ways to import content into Flare:

  • Word You can create a new project or topics by importing Microsoft Word files. See Importing Word Files.
  • FrameMaker You can create a new project or topics by importing Adobe FrameMaker files. See Importing FrameMaker Files.
  • Doc-To-Help You can create a new project by importing a Doc-To-Help project. See Importing a Doc-To-Help Project.
  • RoboHelp You can create a new project by importing a RoboHelp project. See Importing a RoboHelp Project.
  • HTML Files You can create a new project or topics by importing HTML files. See Importing HTML Files.
  • HTML Help Projects You can create a new project by importing an HTML Help project (HHP) file. See Importing an HTML Help Project.
  • CHM You can create a new project by importing an HTML Help (CHM) file. See Importing CHM Files.
  • Author-it You can also create a new Flare project by converting Author-it Files. This utility uses the published XML output from Author-it and converts it to a Flare project, while maintaining all project and source files. See Converting Author-it Files.
  • DITA You can create a new project or topics by importing DITA files. See Importing DITA Files.
  • Excel You can create a new project or topics by importing Microsoft Excel files. See Importing Excel Files.
  • Individual Files You can import a wide variety of individual files into an existing Flare project. See Importing Individual Files.
  • MadCap Central If another user uploads a Flare project to your MadCap Central license and you do not yet have that project on your computer, you can import it. You can do this from the MadCap Central window pane in Flare. See About MadCap Central and Flare and Importing Projects from Central.
  • Source Control You can create a new project by importing one located in source control. See Importing a Project from Source Control.
  • Global Project Linking You can import content and project files contained in another Flare project, thus allowing you to maintain the information in one location but reuse it in any other project. When you use this feature to import files, you can include or exclude particular types of files (e.g., topics, snippets, stylesheets, glossaries, targets), specific individual files, or files that have certain condition tags applied. Simply use the include/exclude methods that work best for you. This is different than a simple import process, because in this case, the imported files remain linked to the source project. This allows you to make future updates to those files in just one place—in the source project file. When you perform ongoing imports using your previous settings, Flare recognizes changes to the source files. Therefore, the new files can be brought over, replacing the outdated files.See About Global Project Linking.