6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 7, 2012 5:43 AM by bowen192

    Moving in to Robohelp from Framemaker

    bowen192 Level 1

      Hello

       

      I am producing manuals in unstructured Framemaker 10.  I want to take these manuals online, build a help file and eventually have a manual on an ipad/iphone.  I have the following questions:

       

      Coming from Framemaker, will Robohelp be a logical program to learn?

       

      Does Robohelp work along side Framemaker?

       

      Why should I not use Madcap's Flare?

       

      Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Moving in to Robohelp from Framemaker
          RoboColum(n) Level 5

          Flare is a rude word in these forums

           

          To be perfectly frank, both Flare and RoboHelp can achieve your aim. However as your content is currently in FrameMaker, RoboHelp has a distinct advantage over its rival. If you have the Technical Communication Suite (which inlcudes both FrameMaker and RoboHelp) you can continue to author in FrameMaker with your files linked to a RoboHelp project. You just need to set-up your RoboHelp project to publish your output in your required format (yes you can output for i-Pad). Once you are ready, you can generate and publish your online output directly from FrameMaker.

           

          Even if you didn't want to use the Technical Communication Suite you can easily import FrameMaker files directly into a RoboHelp project. There are some good resources on these areas over on the Adobe TV site.

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          • 2. Re: Moving in to Robohelp from Framemaker
            bowen192 Level 1

            Thanks for getting back to me.

             

            This is the answer I hoped for.

             

            One thing I'm not sure I understand though; why is it an advantage to have the Technical Communication Suite over simply adding Robohelp to Framemaker?

             

            I think I will dl the Robohelp trial and go from there.

             

            Thanks

            • 3. Re: Moving in to Robohelp from Framemaker
              RoboColum(n) Level 5

              Having the Technical Communication Suite allows you to link your FM files into a RH project and publish your output directly from FM. Without the Technical Communication Suite you'd have to author in FrameMaker, import the files into RoboHelp and publish your output from there. The disadvantage of this approach is that you'd have to re-import the FM files every time you update them. In summary, the Technical Communication Suite just make things easier.

              • 4. Re: Moving in to Robohelp from Framemaker
                bowen192 Level 1

                Brilliant.

                 

                Thanks for your help.

                • 5. Re: Moving in to Robohelp from Framemaker
                  Willam van Weelden Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Hi,

                   

                  In addition to the functional advantage of the suite, the suite also has an interesting price tag. If you need to buy a full RoboHelp licence, that will set you back $999. When you upgrade your FM 10 to the TCS 3.5, you pay $1299. For the $300 bucks you'll not only get RoboHelp, but also Captivate, Acrobat X Pro and PhotoShop CS5. If you are using more than a single product from the suite, it's always cheaper to go for the set. That's how I convinced my manager to go for the TCS.

                   

                  Greet,

                   

                  Willam

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                  • 6. Re: Moving in to Robohelp from Framemaker
                    bowen192 Level 1

                    Willam van Weelden wrote:

                     

                    Hi,

                     

                    In addition to the functional advantage of the suite, the suite also has an interesting price tag. If you need to buy a full RoboHelp licence, that will set you back $999 / £ 632.40 . When you upgrade your FM 10 to the TCS 3.5, you pay $1299. For the $300 bucks you'll not only get RoboHelp, but also Captivate, Acrobat X Pro and PhotoShop CS5. If you are using more than a single product from the suite, it's always cheaper to go for the set. That's how I convinced my manager to go for the TCS.

                     

                    Greet,

                     

                    Willam

                     

                    I saw that, and it's a good argument.  Not sure about Captivate, but the rest make a good set.

                     

                    Cheers.