RE: Conference

Subject: RE: Conference
From: <laura_johnson -at- agilent -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 17:56:37 -0600

I'm a little late in replying, but I was digging myself out after being at WritersUA most of last week ... I think RoboHelp has still got some serious problems.

Besides being a TW, I've also been a software project manager. Adobe has the best of intentions for RoboHelp, but I can't imagine how they are going to revive a code base that big and that old, that's been dormant for so long, with almost none of the original developers, while keeping quality and stability and moving the product forwards (e.g. towards XML and structured editing), in a reasonable timeframe. It's not impossible, it's just unbelievably hard.

Laura Johnson
Learning Products Engineer
Agilent Technologies
Loveland, Colorado

-----Original Message-----
From: Char James-Tanny [mailto:charjtf -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 10:47 AM
Most of us went with "RoboHelp has no future", not "RoboHelp is dead".
Adobe has decided that RoboHelp has a future...with the earliest
possible release slated for sometime in 2007. That doesn't help folks
who have already moved to a different tool because they had to make a
change, or those who are already considering a change. (And if it is
released during that time frame, it means that it will have been more
than two and a half years since X5 was originally released.)


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