Re: RoboHELP baby

Subject: Re: RoboHELP baby
From: Char James-Tanny <charjtf -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 14:42:55 -0500

> Would say that it's nice that you're finally going to have it, except that
> now Macromedia is sunsetting the product.
> Don't specifically know when they announced it; at the end of the summer I
> think. There is a new company called madcap software
> ( has put out beta versions of its Flare product.
> This company was started by Mike Hamilton and some other former Macromedia
> developers.


- Macromedia never officially sunset RoboHelp...this is a conclusion
drawn by many because MM removed the "subscription" plan from their
site and laid off most of the developers. (The rest quit, AFAIK.) See
the WritersUA site (
for Joe's take, based on a WritersUA conference session from last
March. (WritersUA is a TechWhirl sponsor.)

- RoboHelp is now owned by Adobe. It can be purchased through
Macromedia's Web site.

- Flare is in closed beta (all testers are still under NDA). The last
I heard, the product was due to be released in January/February 2006.
More information is available at the MadCap site.

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