I am new to RoboHelp. Actually, I have never used it. But I need to know if it can handle what I need to do before I invest in it and spend a lot of time trying to figure it out. I have read through a lot of introductions, tutorials, product overviews, etc. and they all talk about a lot of features that are really nice. But what I need is VERY simple. So it seems to be skipped by all of the tutorials, articles, etc. So I want to find out if RoboHelp can do what I need, which I assume it can because my needs are simple. But I also want to get some ideas on how best to approach this.
I have a VERY large application with a custom help system. I want to convert this to RoboHelp. By large I mean many applications, many millions of lines of text stored is nearly 10,000 individual help screens. I assume this is large, but maybe it is not compard to the average these days.
Here's the problem. If I manually enter the information it will take an estimated 24+ months for a team of 25 to 35 contractors or more at a cost of around $5M just to get the help moved over. That is not within the budget. However, I can covert the help screens however I wish. I can convert them to HTML, CSV, TXT, or whatever else I need to. But there are tags in them for context-sensitive help. So when a user clicks help on a screen, the help pops up and positions to that page in the help application. But that about all there is to it. The help is very simple, no graphics, no styles or anything. Just .TXT files and context-sensitive tags. I know RoboHelp can support those. But can I create some tagged marked-up version of the current files and use those to load into RoboHelp.
The idea is that if we bring this into RoboHelp we will have a solid base to build on going forward and we can add graphics and more advanced feature as time goes forward. But the old version is what we have today and we need to get it into RoboHelp and converting the pages one at a time is not an option. We have to do some work to run a program and convert them to what RoboHelp can import and I REALLY need the context tags to be loaded automatically by RoboHelp if possible. I cannot spend 12-months going in and adding the tags for the context sensitive help.
Now I know that RoboHelp can import many types of files. So my thought is to find the simplest format that has the context-sensitive tag and run a conversion process to create simple text files and generate whatever RoboHelp needs to import. But what I do not know is what format that is, if I can get the context-sensitive tags to load into RoboHelp.
If RoboHelp supports this out of the box, that would be great. But I suspect that I would have to run a conversion process to create a format that RoboHelp can import. Which is no problem at all. As long as the format is able to be written out in simple text files, I can do it. But what format and how do get the context-sensitive help to work/load into RoboHelp?
So any suggestions or thoughts would be much apprecaited. If you have link with a sample or tutorial, that would be perfect.