doc-to-Help or something else?

Subject: doc-to-Help or something else?
From: Dan Soft/Export <dmg -at- SOFTEXPORT -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 13:45:48 -0500

Hi all
<<- The DocToHelp techwhirlers have maintained a resolute silence,
either because they've stumbled onto the holy grail of help
development and don't want to share, or because they've given up
on the product and moved on to other software and don't want to
admit their shameful past. <g>

Before anyone goes writing off Doc-To-Help in this discussion please have a
read of this review

Doc-To-Help Professional earned top honors in the May 1999 issue of Software
Development magazine.
The reviewer cited Doc-To-Help Pro's true single source capabilities, and
WexTech's stellar add-ons, AnswerWorks and HelpXtender

Dont make your mind up until you read that article.
We're happily selling several hundred DTHs every month - without having to
stuff it down peoples throats with endless corny special offers.


-----Original Message-----
From: Technical Writers List; for all Technical Communication issues
[mailto:TECHWR-L -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu] On Behalf Of Brierley, Sean
Sent: 16 June 1999 12:38
To: TECHWR-L -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu
Subject: Re: Stick with RoboHelp, or upgrade to something else?


Your post sounds a little like a troll because only you know how much time
you have to teach yourself any new software, including the RoboHelp

If I were you and time *is* an issue, I'd stick with six, since you already
have that product sorted out.

Philosophically, I disagree with Blue-Sky's super aggressive,
market-bug-fixes-as-a-new-relea$e marketing plan. That's one reason I
chucked them. But, it's not about philosophy, is it.

However, there are plenty of folks out there that like Blue Sky and
RoboHelp. To each his own <vbg>.

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: Geoff Hart [mailto:Geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA]
>>>Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 1:32 PM
>>>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>>>Subject: Stick with RoboHelp, or upgrade to something else?
>>>It's been a while since I last upgraded RoboHelp, so I'm currently
>>>working with version 6. It has some quirks I don't much
>>>like, but it's
>>>adequate for the job. Version 7.X looks easier to use based on
>>>conversations I've had previously on techwr-l, and Version 8 is due
>>>out imminently, so it seems like a no-brainer to upgrade before I
>>>begin my next project. The problem: for the outrageous cost of the
>>>RoboHelp upgrade, I could purchase competitive upgrades to full
>>>version of _both_ ForeHelp _and_ DocToHelp!
>>>I'm not wedded to RoboHelp; it does a decent job, and works
>>>directly in Word, but I don't have any aversion to learning a new
>>>application either, and the RoboHelp marketing department has
>>>begun to annoy me more than a little. I'm not so expert on
>>>RoboHelp that I need to preserve a huge skills investment with the
>>>tool (help development is a small part of my job, and an infrequent
>>>task), and I'll have to do some playing around to get back to my
>>>former proficiency with the tool. So here's the question: Should I
>>>bite my lip, open the corporate purse, and upgrade RoboHelp, or
>>>would it make more sense to switch to ForeHelp _and_ DocToHelp
>>>for the same price, and choose which tool I prefer to work with?
>>>--Geoff Hart @8^{)} Pointe-Claire, Quebec
>>>geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
>>>"The ability to speak does not make you intelligent."--Qui-Gon Jinn

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