Generating and Scheduling Builds

If you are associated with uploaded Flare projects in Central, you can open the Builds view of the Projects page. From here, you can build targets manually, or you can schedule targets to be generated.

Permission Required?

For this activity, you must have the following permission setting:

For more information about permissions, see Setting User Permissions.

How to Generate a Target Manually

  1. Select Projects on the left side of the interface, then click a project name to open it.
  2. At the top of the page, click Builds.
  3. On the left side of the page, navigate to the target and select it.
  4. In the toolbar, click .

    A row is added to the page, showing the progress of the target as it is generated. If the target generates successfully, the color of the Progress column changes from light to dark green, and the State column displays “Complete.”

    If you click on a build row (not on the check box), the row expands, showing details about the selected build (i.e., the private URL and whether the build is associate with a site).

Note You might notice that it takes somewhat longer for a target to build on Central, compared with building it locally in Flare.

Note Certain Flare features are not supported when generating output from Central. This includes limitations on which output formats can be viewed from Central. See Flare Features Not Supported in MadCap Central.

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. See Setting Up Project Linking.

How to Schedule a Target to Be Generated

  1. Select Projects on the left side of the interface, then click a project name to open it.
  2. At the top of the page, click Builds.
  3. On the left side of the page, navigate to the target and select it.
  4. In the toolbar of the Targets pane, click , and from the menu, select Schedule Build.

    The Schedule Build dialog opens.

  5. Complete the fields in the dialog.
    • Time Click in this field to open a clock popup.

      On the clock, click any of the numbers to set the hour.

      After this, the minutes area field is automatically selected. So click any of the numbers to set the minutes.

      Click either AM or PM.

      Click OK in the popup.

      Note You can also click in the text field and type the time directly.

    • Time zone Click the down arrow and choose your time zone.
    • Su M Tu W Th F Sa Click on the day(s) of the week when you want the target to be generated.
    • Build even if nothing changed from previous build Select this option to always generate output on the specified days and times, even if no source files were changed. If you do not select this option, the target will be generated only if a change is detected in the source files.

    Example You want to schedule a target to be generated automatically. You want the target to be build every work day (Monday-Friday) at 9 p.m. Pacific time.

    However, you only want the target to be generated if a change is detected in the source files since the previous build.

    Your schedule would look something like this:

  6. Click Save. An icon is added next to the target to indicate a schedule is associated with it.

How to Remove a Schedule From a Target

  1. Select Projects on the left side of the interface, then click a project name to open it.
  2. At the top of the page, click Builds.
  3. On the left side of the page, navigate to the target and select it.
  4. In the toolbar of the Targets pane, click , and from the menu, select Schedule Build. The Schedule Build dialog opens.
  5. Click Remove schedule.

What’s Next?

After you generate a target, you might want to do any of the following: