Condition tags are a way to mark movies, frames, or objects that you want to include in some outputs, but exclude from other outputs. They work in conjunction with targets, which are separate instances of an output type.
Following are the basic steps involved with condition tags.
(Optional) Link to Flare Project If you want to use existing condition tags from a MadCap Flare project, you can link your Mimic collection or movie to that Flare project. There are two ways to do this. The easiest method is to insert the Mimic collection or movie into a Flare project. When you open that collection or movie in Mimic to edit it, the condition tags from the Flare project are already available. The second method is to manually link the Mimic collection or movie to the Flare project from within Mimic. For the first method, see the online Help in Flare. For the second method, see Linking to Flare Projects.
- (Optional) Create Condition Tags Whether or not you intend to use existing condition tags from a Flare project, you always have the option of creating your own condition tags from within Mimic. In addition, when you create a new Mimic collection or movie, two condition tags are already provided for you—Advanced and Beginner. You can use these condition tags, rename them, or delete them if you wish. See Creating Condition Tags.
Apply Condition Tags You can apply condition tags to three different kinds of elements, thus indicating that those elements should be included in any output that does not specifically exclude them. First, you can apply conditions to objects that have been added to movie frames. Second, you can apply conditions to entire frames within a movie. And third, if you have created a collection—as opposed to a standalone movie—you can also apply condition tags to each movie. You do not need to apply conditions to each and every element that you come across, but rather only to those elements that should be included in some outputs but excluded from other outputs. If a particular element should always be included in the output, there is no need to apply a condition tag to it. See Applying Condition Tags.
- Associate Condition Tags with Movies, Collections, or Targets After applying condition tags to the appropriate elements, you can tell Mimic to include or exclude those conditions in the output. This can be done in three places—at the movie level (if it is a standalone movie), at the collection level, or on individual targets. In most cases, you will probably associate condition tags with targets, which is recommended. See Associating Condition Tags.
Let's say that you are creating a movie that will be shown to two different audiences. Perhaps all of the frames in the movie are appropriate for each audience, except for the final five frames, which should be shown only to Audience A. In that case, you might create two condition tags—one called "AudienceA" and the other "AudienceB."
Then you can mark each of the final five frames so that they are associated with the AudienceA marker.
In addition, you can create two targets—perhaps one is called "OutputA" and the other "OutputB."
In the OutputA target, you tell Mimic to include the AudienceA condition tag and exclude the AudienceB condition tag. In the OutputB target, you do the opposite.
When you generate the movie outputs, the movie using OutputA will show the final five frames. The movie using OutputB will not show the final five frames.