You do not have to be a Flare user in order to take advantage of the various features in MadCap Central. However, if you would like to add a Flare project to a Central license, you can upload the project from your desktop Flare application. A copy of the project will therefore reside in the cloud via Central, and you will be able to keep the local and cloud versions of the project synchronized using integrated source control. You will also be able to generate and publish Flare targets using Central.
For this activity, you must have the following permission setting:
For more information about permissions, see Setting User Permissions.
- Open the project in MadCap Flare.
- Select View > MadCap Central. The MadCap Central window pane opens.
- If you are not yet logged in, enter the same username (i.e., email) and password that you use for logging into Central, and click Log In.
Tip: If this button is disabled, try clicking in the window pane first.
- In the Bind Project dialog, you can complete any of the following fields, then click OK.
- Select License If you are a member of more than one MadCap Central license, you can use this field to choose the license where the project will be added.
- Enter project name This shows the name of the project. You can change the name if you want, but in most cases you will probably want to keep the same name.
- Enter project description You can enter a short description, which can then be seen when anyone views the project profile in Central.
In the success message, click OK. The MadCap Central window pane adjusts, showing properties for the current project.
- (Optional) In the local toolbar, click to open Central.
(Optional) In Central, you can click to open the Project page. The uploaded project should be shown in the grid. If it isn’t, click to refresh the page.
Note: Binding your project to Central adds an ID to the Flare project file. If your project is dual-bound
Note: When you bind a project to
Note: If you intend to build a target that links to an outside Flare project (e.g., for the purpose of importing files via Global Project Linking, project merging, or multilingual output), make sure that the other project is also uploaded to Central. Otherwise, the automated imports or merging will not work.
After you upload a project, you can open it. From here, you can do any of the following:
- Add Widgets to Dashboard See About Dashboards and Widgets and Adding Widgets to a Dashboard.
- Generate and Manage Output See About Builds.
- View Repository This shows the actual files that make up the project. See Viewing a Project Repository.
As you make changes to the imported Flare project, you will need to synchronize those changes with Central periodically to make sure the local and cloud files are in sync.