Tech Write Tips

August 24, 2006

Flare 6: Customise Your Environment

Filed under: Madcap Flare,Technology,Tip — AndyR @ 12:39 pm

As mentioned previously , now that many of us have been using Flare for some time, we have spent considerable time diggin around and ticking out our Flare workspace to best fit our working practice.

I thought it might be useful to share these layouts with each other, and give an overview of what you can achieve. To that end, the following layouts have prooved popular:

flarecompact.gifCompact: Uses the minimal space to provide the maximum information about the help. You can see the Content, TOC and edit two topoics symaltaneously.

flaremulti1.gifMulti-tasker: Provides a good varied coverage of information. The full height Content and TOC enable you to view a larger portion of these treeviews. It also retains access to the Start Page to enable quick access to your projects.

flareclean1.gifMinimalist: This provides the minimum of clutter in the interface, just the Content and one Topic. If you know your hotkeys well this can be further minimalised by turning off unwanted toolbars.

flaresandwich1.gifSandwich: This provides the topic in the middle, sandwiched between the Content and TOC panes. This enables a quite view of all key information, whilst keeping the focus on the content being edited.

flaretwomonitors.gifDual Monitor: This enables you to have one topic on the right monitor providing additional space on the original screen. 

flaremultiproject.gifMultiple Progects: This enables you to quickly switch between different projects via the open project pane that has been “floated” off to the right. In my setup I combine this with a dual screen system to good affect.

Let me know how you have yours layed out and I’ll add it to the list.


  1. […] Compared to RoboHelp, my other authoring tool, developing UA with Flare’s dual-monitor capability was quite refreshing. Any palettes I needed could remain on-screen, within easy reach of my cursor. And, of course, the layout can be completely customized, so you can arrange the palettes and windows any way which suits you best. (For a complete discussion of Flare layouts, see Andy’s posts on the subject over at Tech Write Tips.) You can also save a customized layout, so if things get moved around, you can re-load your layout to its preferred state. In fact, Flare allows you to save multiple layouts. This can be useful if you wish to have different palettes and windows at the ready during different parts of the development process – e.g., perhaps you have a preferred layout for writing, another for applying styles, and even a third for creating indices. You have complete control. […]

    Pingback by Flare review - Interface (part 1) at monkeyPi — September 28, 2006 @ 5:43 am | Reply

  2. […] Today we address the new File List pane, available by selecting View | File List from the menu. As with all components of the Flare interface, this can be positioned to provide easy access as is appropriate to your working style. […]

    Pingback by Flare 7: File List « Tech Write Tips — October 16, 2006 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  3. Andy, quick question, are you a tech writer and in which state are you located. I’m a technical writing student looking for writers I can interview for a white paper I am writing on single-sourcing and comparing Framemaker, Flare and Robohelp.

    Comment by Marie — February 16, 2007 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks for the interest, I am UK based technical author.

    Comment by AndyR — March 15, 2007 @ 10:33 am | Reply

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