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Best tool for HTML conversion:  RoboHelp or FrameMaker 10

May 7, 2013 7:37 AM

Tags: #html #graphics #robohelp #framemaker_10

We are approaching an HTML conversion of our FrameMaker books. What tool would you suggest using for best results, RoboHelp or FrameMaker? We have a simple style set but many graphics (screenshots). We currently single-source from Frame to PDF and online Help.

 
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    May 7, 2013 7:49 AM   in reply to rackms

    FM’s native HTML output has traditionally not been that good – thus the existence of Mif2Go – the TCS route via RH works fine and gives you a variety of output formats. How are you currently creating “online Help”?

     
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    May 7, 2013 8:46 AM   in reply to rackms

    Ok, so what are you really asking then? Is there a better tool than TCS? Is that it?

     
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    May 7, 2013 11:04 AM   in reply to rackms

    Without purchasing additional s/w, RH will be your best bet, and miles ahead of the FM HTML output.

     

    A few other solutions are available, and will require you to remap your content much like you've already done for RH.

     

    Make sure you've explicitly mapped your styles (thus eliminating the FM_ styles that show in the HTML view, and you'll be 90% there.

     


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    May 7, 2013 11:07 AM   in reply to rackms

    well, that's a different discussion...should you use RH or FM to manage your content.

     

    RH is HTML (XHTML, to be specific) so it depends on your need for print, willingness to change tools, and to convert content to a new format.

     

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    May 7, 2013 11:26 AM   in reply to rackms

    If you still need to create PDF output, the authoring in FM and creating PDFs from there is best; then use RH to create your WebHelp/AIRHelp/HTML5 Help

     
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