Need Advice on Online Authoring Tools

Subject: Need Advice on Online Authoring Tools
From: "Sharlyn Dimick" <sharlyn -at- mrddsolutions -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 13:00:34 -0400

I recently took a position with a small software company who has no documentation for their software at all. They would like to create printed guides for their product as well as include online help with in the product (currently programmed in Visual Studio and moving to Visual Studio.Net). My initial plan is to create the printed version in FrameMaker and then convert it to Help using either WebWorks or RoboHelp (or something else). I wondered if anyone else out there is using a similar system? If so, is there a lot of tweaking that has to be done once the doc is converted from Frame to the Help environment? Our developers plan to have a new release every three months or so. I want to select the most seamless solution so that I don't have to do a lot of re-work. The other idea we've discussed is to do all the authoring in the Help tool and then push out a PDF from that tool. Any thought on the pros and cons of that?  Any advice you have would be helpful!


Sharlyn A. Dimick
Documentation and Training Specialist
MRDD Solutions, Inc.
122 S. Fulton Street
Wauseon, OH 43567
P: 419.335.1280 ext. 18
F: 419.335.1284
sharlyn -at- mrddsolutions -dot- com


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