The following question comes from Spencer Seale, a former RoboHelp student of mine:
"We have a help file that we only distribute to our clients twice a year when we 'upgrade.' I want to include some demos in the help file. We have the demos up on our company website. I think it makes more sense just to provide links to the web page, so if the demo needs to be changed, I can change it on the website and don't have to worry about the demos in the help file being wrong.
"ALL of our users have existing internet connections, it is a requirement, they all have IE 6 and Flash player."
The question is: which is better, RoboHelp projects that contain external or internal links to movies?
Spencer's technique is great. Since his "start page" and the movies will be external to the project, he won’t have to re-generate the project every time he adds or updates a movie. Bravo!
One major drawback to linking anything to an external Web files or movies: If user’s are without Web access, they won’t be able to get to your “start” page for your movies, or the movies themselves.
Just remember, when you Export/Publish RoboDemo and Captivate movies, you’ll actually end up with two files: an HTML file and .SWF file. You should always link to the .HTML file to avoid possible distorted .SWF playback.