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Hi KayNay and welcome to the RH community. What I offer here are my own personal experiences of RH and may well differ from others. You can gain a lot of info that will help answer some of your questions by searching back through these forums.
The user variables feature allow you to create a variable (e.g. Version) and add a value to it (e.g. 1.0). You add the variable to the text and when you compile RH substitutes the veriable for the value. If you change the variable value (e.g. ti 1.1) it will be used when you compile. In short the feature allows you to change values that appear multiple times in the help only once.
As far as RoboSource Control is concerned, I'd look at other source control packages (e.g. SourceSafe) and would not upgrade purely for this feature. There are users of RH who use RoboSource Control. Whatever you use, it is wise to think about how you will use it.
Skins, templates, etc have been around in RH terms for awhile and work fine. That is not to say you won't hit problems. Maybe you will but you'll find these forums an excellent resource to solve the. It is rare for someone here not to have seen your problem before and they are very willing and able to help.
If my memory serves me correctly, the current version of RH came out in January 2007. Adobe are actively developing the product after a period of transition since they bought Macromedia and things are looking up. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Adobe turns up in future releases.
Robohelp 6 was released on January 15th 2007. Check out this thread for reasons to upgraded and information on new features:
If you are looking for an introduction to user defined variables, check out this article:
If you would like some information on the new improved Robohelp Source Control features of Robohelp 6 check out this link:
Hope that helps
Hi KayNay and welcome to our community
I see others have already responded to your post. My reason for adding to the thread is because I'm not seeing something you mentioned specifically addressed.
...it seems Screen Captures ( I currently use SnagIT and they can be blurry after inserted into Robo)...
I also currently use SnagIt. But I have to say that I don't believe RoboHelp 6 (or any version of RoboHelp or any other HAT) will assist in making your screen captures not "blurry". From what you have posted, I'm wondering if you are resizing the screen captures after you are inserting them into your help system. If so, this is not best practice. You should be resizing them before you insert them into help. If you do this, the clarity is much improved.