need help choosing a help authoring tool

Subject: need help choosing a help authoring tool
From: alicebendig -at- sprynet -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 08:20:06 -0600

I have been asked by my boss to research purchasing a HATT. We were
seriously considering RoboHelp Office Pro for .NET, but that may be
beyond our budget and the recent info. about Macromedia's/Adobe's plans
for RoboHelp going forward have made me think twice about that tool.

Does anyone have any suggestions for alternative/comparable HATTs
that might be less expensive?

The HATT would have to be able to produce context-sensitive help for
Web-based applications (run over an the company's intranet) with .aspx

We'd also like it to have these features:
* TOC generation
* Glossary generation
* Index generation
* Search functionality
* Printed documentation generation (Word and/or PDF)

The end-users and the help author have Internet Explorer 6.0 and
Windows XP.

The developers of our Web-based apps use Microsoft Visual
Studio .NET 2003.

The host servers:
* Are Microsoft IIS
* Have Microsoft SQL Server 7.0/2000

There would be just one author for the foreseeable future--me. I am
proficient in Word, FrontPage and Dreamweaver. I am very familiar with
HTML and have a rudimentary knowledge of CSS.

I worked in RoboHelp a long time ago. I have not worked in another HATT. I
am a beginner as far as HATTs go, so I would want to sign up for the
vendor's "gold"-level support program.

>From what I've read online, Doc-to-Help, WebWorks for Word, Document!X,
and Help & manual seem like possible alternatives.

Any advice/guidance would be much appreciated.


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