How to adapt existing RTF/PDF/Print templates to new topic title styles

Version 3.11.3 allows you to define different styles for topic titles according to their levels in the topic tree. Say, you want to have topic titles of level 1 in bold, level 2 in italic and level 3 underlined – now all that is possible.

Old versions allow only one style, it is defined by formatting of pseudotag {%TITLE%}. That should continue to work, but if you want to use new feature of topic title styles you need to upgrade your template. However it is very easy to do. The overall idea remains the same, but pseudotags are now numbered to reflect levels. E.g. {%TITLE1%} for the first level, {%TITLE2%} for the second and so on. You can create a new blank project with version 3.11.3 and open “default.rtf” node to see how it is done. The image below shows how it should look like (you can set your own styles of course).


How to change order and hierarchy of topics quickly

Version 3.11.3 introduces new feature called “Advanced rearrange”. It allows to quickly change order, titles and hierarchy of multiple topics at once. Normally Helpinator allows to change order of topics and their position in the topic tree by dragging and dropping topics in the topic manager. It is good for a topic or two but is very uncomfortable and time-consuming when you need to change places of several topics in a large project (say, after mass-importing html/rtf files).

To activate this feature select “Topics” node and click the button shown on the image below.




It opens up “Advanced rearrange” window. This window is a simple plain text editor with a topics tree converted to it’s plain text representation. Each line has a topic title and topic id in brackets at the end of the line. If a topic is a subtopic, it’s line starts with a TAB (one for level 1 subtopics, two TABS for level 2 and so on).




What you can do here:

  1. Cut/Paste topics en masse. Select several lines with your mouse or Shift+cursor, click Ctrl+X to cut them, place cursor into their new location and click “Ctrl+V” to paste.
  2. Change levels – just insert/remove TABs at the beginning of the line. To move several topics to another level (e.g. to insert TAB into several lines) select them as told above and click “Increase Level”. This will insert TABs into several lines at once. “Decrease level” works the same way.
  3. Rename topics. It’s OK to change topic titles as long as you keep ID part at the end of each line intact.

What you CAN’T do:

  1. Change or delete topic IDs. They are used for identification, so it will cause an error.
  2. Delete topics – to delete topics please use corresponding command of the topic manager. Deleting topics here will cause an error.
  3. Add new topics – the same as with “Delete topics” issue, use “Add topics” command from the topic manager.