Word is an output type where the generated project is exported to Microsoft Word in one of the following formats: XML (default), DOC, DOCX, XPS, PDF. However, you can also create PDF output directly, without going through Word.
If you have tracked changes in Flare, you can preserve the changes so they are visible when you generate Word output.
You may want to use tracked changes in a Word document for a number of reasons. The most common reason to use tracked changes is for internal review processes. For example, if you have many reviewers who only review content occasionally, you may want to use tracked changes in Word so the reviewers can use familiar software. This may help to speed up the review process.
Another reason to preserve tracked changes in Word is if you need the reader to see changes in a document. By preserving changes in Word output (and by using change bars, if necessary), the reader can easily locate new material.
When you produce Word output from Flare, the following changes are preserved.
- Glossary proxy
- Glossary terms
- Image formatting
- Inline styles
- Mini-TOC proxy
- Page headers/footers for master pages
- Snippet conditions
- Snippet variables
- Style classes
- Style IDs
- Tables, including insertion/deletion of rows and columns
- Text effects
Note: Several items are tracked in the margin (using Word's built-in change bars), including proxies, images, equations, keywords, QR codes, and variables.
Note: If a change consists of multiple attribute changes, only the final attribute change is shown. Likewise, if you have multiple endnote or TOC proxies in your document, only the final one is shown.
Note: Divs are added to Word as tables.
Note: Page numbers in relationship proxies are not tracked.
Note: Running Head variables (Running HFs) are not tracked as changes.
Note: Inserting or deleting a snippet tracks the entire snippet. Changes within a snippet are not reflected in the output.
If you want to automatically track any changes made to the Word document after you open it, you can enable review mode in the Word output. This will automatically enable the Track Changes feature in Word.
Note: In order to see tracked changes (including change bars), make sure you have chosen to preserve tracked changes in the output.
Note: If you preserve tracked changes in Word output, change bars will appear regardless of whether or not they are enabled in Flare. This is a function of tracked changes in Word.
Note: For Word output, you can use master pages or page layouts to control the configuration of pages in the output. If you use page layouts (which are recommended), you can select an option in the Page Layout Editor that shows the real header, footer, and body areas if the page layout will be used in Microsoft Word output. See Showing the Word Overlay in Page Layouts.
Note: Unless you specify otherwise, the Word target will create files with an .xml extension only. If you want to use one of the other formats
Note: Flare supports Microsoft Word 2003 and newer versions.
Note: To create output in DOCX or XPS format, you need to have at least Microsoft Word 2007 installed. Also, Word 2007 lets you create PDF files from Word without needing to have the Adobe Distiller installed.
Note: Title page layouts affect auto-generated TOCs in Word. If your Flare project includes a title page, and you selected the "Generate TOC proxy" option in the Target Editor
Note: You will see a build log warning if your Flare project uses a header, footer, or body frame that falls outside of the page layout boundaries supported by Word. To resolve this error, you can modify your page layouts in Flare so they are within Word's page layout boundaries.
Note: When you generate Word output, divs appear as single-cell tables. This lets you move the div in your output, resize it, or even add additional rows or columns. Any styling (such as background color) that you have applied to your div will appear in the output. Additionally, you can nest divs within tables or within other divs. Because each div appears as a single-cell table, you can resize or edit each nested element individually. Divs also support borders, float properties, and autonumbering.
Note: When using divs, styling, such as borders or background colors, must be applied to the div (not to the paragraph tag within the div) to appear in the generated Word output.
Note: When generating Word output, autonumbering is preserved for divs, keywords, concepts, empty tags, and other non-text elements.
Note: Flare does not support background images in generated Word output. If you use background images (e.g., in a note div, in a cover page layout), you can apply them in Word after generating the output from Flare.