RE: RoboHelp 9 vs. Flare 7

Subject: RE: RoboHelp 9 vs. Flare 7
From: "Will Husa Documentation Solutions" <will -dot- husa -at- 4techwriter -dot- com>
To: "'Julie Stickler'" <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 10:29:58 -0600

The difference is that MadCap Flare is XML and RoboHelp is HTML.

>From a posting on http://www.w3schools.com/xml/xml_whatis.asp:

XML was designed to transport and store data, with focus on what data is.
HTML was designed to display data, with focus on how data looks.

That's why Flare is better for content management and RoboHelp is better for
WebHelp.


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Subject: Re: RoboHelp 9 vs. Flare 7

I know that. But I found Craig's recommendation, which mentions that both
handle WebHelp well, was a bit confusing. Really, if they both handle it
well, then what does he see as the difference?



On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM, Rick Stone <rstone75 -at- kc -dot- rr -dot- com> wrote:
> RoboHelp offers Word format as an output option. Seem's it's always
> offered that format. It does require that Word is installed in order
> to offer that option. I'm not sure if Flare has the same requirements.
>
>
> On 2/6/2012 5:13 PM, Julie Stickler wrote:
>>
>> On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM, Cardimon, Craig<ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
>>  wrote:
>>>
>>> If your output is primarily WebHelp, then RoboHelp is the better
>>> selection.
>>> By the same token, if your output is PDF, WORD and WebHelp, then
>>> MadCap Flare is the better selection.
>>
>> So, if you're not single-sourcing, buy RoboHelp, but if you are
>> single-sourcing buy Flare?  Why not just go with Flare, because
>> sooner or later you KNOW someone is going to ask "Can you give that
>> to me in Word format?"
>>
>



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Follow-Ups:

References:
RoboHelp 9 vs. Flare 7: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: RoboHelp 9 vs. Flare 7: From: Julie Stickler
Re: RoboHelp 9 vs. Flare 7: From: Rick Stone
Re: RoboHelp 9 vs. Flare 7: From: Julie Stickler

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