The first step in developing a project after you launch Flare is to start a project.
You can start a project in several ways:
- Create a New Project—Standard Method Use the Start New Project Wizard to create a new project, basing it on a factory template or one that you have created. See Creating a New Project.
- Import Microsoft Word Create a project by importing Microsoft Word documents.
Flare tightly integrates with Microsoft Word (including MS Word 2007), using modern XML data flow techniques and leveraging the Microsoft XML Schema for Office documents. This allows for superior content fidelity during import.In addition, after you create a project (using any method), you can create new topics in that project by importing Word documents. See Importing Word Files.
- Import Microsoft Excel Create a project by importing Microsoft Excel files. In addition, after you create a project (using any method), you can create new topics in that project by importing Excel files. See Importing Excel Files.
- Import Adobe FrameMaker Create a project by importing Adobe FrameMaker documents. Because you can import the source FrameMaker BOOK and FM files (rather than just MIF files), Flare has full access to FrameMaker variables, conditionals, autonumbering, and so on. This means that those features are converted to Flare seamlessly. In addition, after you create a project (using any method), you can create new topics in that project by importing FrameMaker documents. See Importing FrameMaker Files.
- Import RoboHelp Project Create a new project by importing a RoboHelp project (MPJ or XPJ file). See Importing a RoboHelp Project.
- Import HTML Help Project (HHP) Create a new project by importing an HTML Help project (HHP file). See Importing an HTML Help Project.
- Import HTML Help File (CHM) Create a new project by importing an HTML Help file (CHM file). See Importing CHM Files.
- Import DITA Content Create a project by importing DITA file content. When you do this, the DITA elements are converted to HTML tags (and if you later generate DITA output, they are then converted back to DITA elements). In addition, after you create a project (using any method), you can create new topics in that project by importing DITA file content. See Importing DITA Files.
- Import HTML File Set Create a project by importing XHTML and HTML files (automatically converting them to XHTML). See Importing HTML Files.
- Import Doc-To-Help Project Create a project by importing a MadCap Doc-To-Help project. See Importing a Doc-To-Help Project.
- Import From Source Control Import a Flare project that has been added to a source control application, such as Microsoft Visual SourceSafe, Microsoft Team Foundation Server, Perforce, Git, or Apache Subversion. See Importing a Project from Source Control.
- Open a Project Start a project by opening an existing one.
There are various methods for doing this. See Opening a Project.
When you create a Flare project, multiple folders and files are created. Some of these will be generated for every project. Others are optional, depending on what you add to your project. See Folders and Files.
After you start a project, you can then move on to the other basic steps.
- Adding Elements and Objects
- Making It Look Good
- Developing Targets
- About Building and Publishing Output
Note: You do not necessarily need to follow all of the above steps (and their substeps) in the exact order given. For example, as you add topics to a project, you may want to start applying styles and formatting to them right away, before adding other elements to the project, such as a glossary. However, the above sequence probably makes the most overall logical sense. For example, you must start a project before adding elements (i.e., topics, content, cross-references, etc.) to it.