Re: Robo vs Flare

Subject: Re: Robo vs Flare
From: Rick Stone <rstone75 -at- kc -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2013 18:54:08 -0500

LOL, you haven't forgiven Adobe? What did they have to do with anything?

macromedia was the group responsible for all the hullabaloo. Of course, Madcap was mad as heck at Adobe for reviving RoboHelp and severely eating into their perceived market, so I'm sure they would love it for you to blame Adobe. :)

I'm sure Flare is a fine tool for those that like it. But in my mind Adobe should be cheered for resurrecting RoboHelp. I've always loved using it myself.

Cheers... Rick :)

On 6/4/2013 11:45 AM, Porrello, Leonard wrote:

Sorry to muddy the waters, but you may want to also look at Help&Manual as well. People on this list who have used H&M, Flare, and RoboHelp in the past have preferred H&M over Flare or RoboHelp. When I was using H&M thee years ago, it was "super-intuitive", more so than the other two. I couldn't tell you how it stacks up today.

Having said that, I have been in group that uses Flare for the past three years. It is a very powerful tool and works well most of the time. I enjoy using it (when it is behaving). I would not return to RoboHelp because I have not forgiven Adobe for leaving me hanging in the wind after they let go the RoboHelp development team and went dark for over a year regarding whether or not they would continue to support the product. I have nothing against off-shore developers, but when a company lays off the U.S. development team and offshores a product--while the laid-off development team goes on to develop and successfully market a better product in the exact same niche while remaining in the U.S.--I can't bring myself to support the product that was offshored.

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Subject: Robo vs Flare


HAT lovers, pls forgive me if this has been hashed & rehashed to the ground.

I DID search the archives first, and found out that some believed that Flare 7 was better for content management and Robo 8 performed better for Interactive content.

But now Flare 9 and Robo 10 are here. I'm going to see demos from both companies this week, so I want to hear what yooz guyz-the peeps who use these tools-think.

Personally, I like user-friendly super-intuitive products. The more I can just figure it out and guess as I go, the happier I am. (Do all tech writers hate reading user manuals, or is it just all humans? ;-)

Which do you prefer, and/or for what purposes? And if you can't stand talking about these tools any more, no offense taken-pls point me in the right direction.

Thanks comrades! ;-)



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Robo vs Flare: From: Heider, Heidi
RE: Robo vs Flare: From: Porrello, Leonard

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