RE: RoboHelp vs. ForeHelp

Subject: RE: RoboHelp vs. ForeHelp
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 10:43:16 -0400


Did you check the archives on this? I suspect these tools have been
discussed there before. Anyway:

As far as I know, RoboHelp and ForeHelp seem to go about help authoring in
completely different ways. RoboHelp is a series of Macros that requires
Microsoft Word to run. Thus, if you create your original content in Word and
need to convert to online help, RoboHelp might be the tool for you.

ForeHelp is a stand-alone help authoring tool. Into ForeHelp, you can
apparently import FrameMaker MIF files or Microsoft Word files, as needed.
If your help authoring tends to be a standalone project that is not based on
the same content used for printed stuff, ForeHelp might be a better choice.
Certainly, if you are creating in FrameMaker and using those files as a
foundation for your help, ForeHelp's MIF import will work in your favor.

Other than that, checkout and

Best regards,

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tony Adler [SMTP:Tadler -at- dmpnet -dot- com]
> I am new to this group and want to thank you for allowing me to
> participate.
> Our company is currently developing a new piece of software and have
> decided
> to embrace a new help authoring tool. This tool must allow us to maintain
> a
> help file and written documentation with the same content. In the past we
> have used HelpBreeze and have found it difficult to use. We are now
> looking
> at RoboHelp and ForeHelp. I have heard good things about both of these
> products which is making it difficult to make a decision. Any comments or
> suggestions would be appreciated.
> Thanks for your help.
> Tony Adler

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