Comparing the standalone RoboHelp product with RoboHelp
Server 7 for published WebHelp with Internet access:
Does using the server version result in a better end user
experience based on (1) how quickly pages are served and (2) how
quickly the user can navigate through the Contents and individual
If yes, why? What is different between the published files
created by the standalone vs server product and how they are
My assumption would be that the end user experience is
determined solely by factors such as whether you are using a
dedicated server and the resources allocated to the server.
I know that RoboHelp Server 7 has the advantage of allowing
multiple developers to work collaboratively on projects, that is
simplifies publishing to a server, and that it provides surveys and
reports. But my question here is whether the end user experience is
different--assuming both sets of WebHelp files are running on a
dedicated server? If so, why?
Sorry you are not getting much of a response. I suspect most
people use WebHelp or WebHelp Pro but not both, hence the
difficulty in comparing them.
I don't think you will find any discernible difference in
response speeds. Pro offers favourites and the ability to search
Word documents and PDFs as well as the content. You can get that by
using ZoomSearch as described on my site for a lot less money. Pro
gives you feedback.
RoboHelp Server is nothing to do with multiple authoring.
That is part of RoboSourceControl and they are two different
Originally RoboHelp Server was also required to deliver
merged webhelp but from X3 onwards, that became available with
WebHelp, which is what I use.
I totally agree with my colleague Peter here about RoboHelp
Server and multiple authoring. However, there is one aspect of it
that could be perceived that way. And before Source Control was
introduced, it was touted as facilitating multiple authoring from
What one could do is to split the content into different
projects and assign each project to a different author. Then each
author is "Captain of their own ship". The projects remain
individual and independent. They are all published to the RoboHelp
Server and combined at display time.