Category Archives: Technical Communication Suite
The announcement by Adobe that they will stop shipping packaged copies of their Creative Suite came as no surprise to me. This didn’t stop some eyebrows being raised in some quarters though. So far this pricing model has not been rumored for the Adobe Technical Communication Suite, but if the Creative Suite model is a success don’t be surprised if this changes.
Adobe are well known in the technical communication industry for providing products like RoboHelp, FrameMaker, Captivate and Acrobat. You’d naturally expect a lot of their marketing collateral to focus on these products. What is sometimes lost among all the product noise are the non-product activities supporting the wider technical communication community.
With much fanfare Adobe released RoboHelp 10 last July. My review of it highlighted the main areas of new and changed functionality. Like any product review though, it can only scratch the surface. There are many other minor changes that in isolation do not add up to a whole hill of beans, but together start to become something worth looking at. The problem is, how do you justify the upgrade cost if the new, snazzy features are not what you’ll use?
Recently a user posted a question on the Adobe RoboHelp forums regarding one of their imported FrameMaker files. Prior to the import, they had set their style mapping to start a new RoboHelp topic each time their chosen FrameMaker paragraph tag was mapped to a RoboHelp Heading 1 style. By setting the pagination option against this style, all was OK. The problem arose when after importing they changed their mind and wanted to the pagination on both the RoboHelp Heading 1 and Heading 2 style. What were they to do?
Last year the Adobe Marketing team ratcheted up the rhetoric in its bid to steal back users from its rivals. There were e-seminars aplenty on how to leverage Adobe RoboHelp and the Adobe Technical Communications Suite. Then along came a very enticing 40% discount off the price of an Adobe RoboHelp license for anyone swapping back from Madcap Flare, Author-it or Doc-To-Help. That offer is still valid by the way! Then today, John Daigle, President of Evergreen Online Learning, LLC wrote a guest post on the Adobe Technical Communications blog.