As a new Flare user, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the following information.
There are hundreds of features in Flare. But you don’t need to try to use all (or even many) of them. Become acquainted with the most important concepts and Flare’s key features to discover which ones might be particularly important to you. See Key Concepts and Features.
If you're brand new to Flare, we recommend you use the following to help you get started. These will help you become acquainted with the interface, common features, basic steps, special tips, and more.
Depending on your preference, you can watch a video, read a PDF guide, or work through a tutorial. You might even want to use all three, because although there is certainly common information in all three, each one is also unique.
- Getting Started Guide The Getting Started Guide is a PDF that explains how Flare works and introduces you to some of its key features and concepts. It then outlines the five basic steps for developing a project and producing output.
- Getting Started Video The Getting Started Video provides a visual demonstration of how to create a new project, introduces basic information about Flare, and points you to additional videos and resources to further develop the project.
- Getting Started Tutorial The Getting Started Tutorial is a PDF file that you can use alongside Flare to create, develop, and generate output from an actual project.
Flare's workspace is flexible, uses a modern Multiple Document Interface (MDI), and gives you several options to work the way that you want. Get to know some of the more important parts of the workspace. See Interface and Files.
Before starting your first project, you might want to explore ideas for developing your project architecture. You should think about what’s important for your goals, consider the features that will best support your efforts, and come up with a structural design. Some of the information provided here might be beyond a brand new user, but it is still a good idea to review it to help you make important decisions up front rather than making extensive changes later. See About Project Architecture.
When you break down the authoring process in Flare, you will discover that it can be quite simple. Following are the basic steps that you need to follow for creating and developing a project in Flare.
Start Projects Create a project from scratch, or start a project by importing existing content from a variety of sources.
See Starting Projects.
- Add Content and Features Add content and features, such as topics, text, a table of contents, cross-references, navigation, page layouts, and all of the other elements necessary to help your end users.
See Adding Content and Features.
- Design Through the use of features such as stylesheets, skins, page layouts, and master pages, you can develop a look and feel for your output.
- Develop Targets Decide the type(s) of output formats that you want to generate and design targets accordingly to meet your needs.
See Developing Targets.
- Build and Distribute Output Generate output from a target, then make the files accessible to your end users.
See About Building and Publishing Output.