The FCP7 documentation system isn’t great, but there is a way of reducing many of your clicks. When you first go to a section with disclosure arrows, they default to being closed:
This means you have to click each blue arrow, or the words next to each arrow, to see what is hidden:
To have a version of your documentation that defaults to all the information being visible, you need to change the source HTML of the files. You need to rename all instances of “TaskContentBox” to “TaskContentBox-open” in all the .html files in the help system.
1. Create a copy of the documentation built into FCP7: Control-click the Final Cut Pro application, choose ‘Show Package Contents’ from the shortcut menu
- 2. In the new window that shows the content of FCP, navigate to “Contents:Resources:English.lproj”
- 3. Create a copy of the “finalcutpro_help” folder by dragging it elsewhere on your Mac, outside the Final Cut Pro window
- 4. Download and install “Textwrangler” from the Bare Bones Software website.
- 5. Start “TextWrangler” and choose “Find…” from the “Search” menu
- 6. In a Finder window, navigate to where you created the copy of the FCP help system, navigate inside to “en/finalcutpro” and drag the “usermanual” icon to the “Multi-File Search” area.
- 7. Search for “TaskContentBox” (including the quote marks)
- 8. Replace With “TaskContentBox-open” (again including the quote marks)
- 9. Click “Replace All”
- 10. Make sure the confirmation dialogue looks like this:
i.e. Don’t Confirm Saves
- 11. After a short while 698 of your help files will have been modified.
- 12. Quit out of TextWrangler
- 13. Go to the top level of the “finalcutpro_help” folder and open the “index.html” folder in Safari. Whichever section you go to in the help system will default to all the information being visible.