Adobe RoboHelp

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Adobe RoboHelp
Adobe RoboHelp 2017 icon.jpg
Developer(s) Adobe Systems
Stable release
21 / January 31, 2017; 10 months ago (2017-01-31)
Operating system
Type Technical documentation editor
License Proprietary software
Website www.adobe.com/products/robohelp.html

Adobe RoboHelp is a help authoring tool (HAT) developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows. RoboHelp was created by Gen Kiyooka,[1] and Blue Sky Software released version 1.0 in January 1992.[2]

Blue Sky Software was founded in 1990 and changed its name to eHelp Corporation on 4 April 2000.[3] Macromedia acquired eHelp Corporation on 24 October 2003.[4] Macromedia was, in turn, acquired by Adobe Systems on 3 December 2005.[5] Adobe Systems has developed and released eight successive versions of RoboHelp since 2007.

Features[edit]

Adobe RoboHelp can generate help files in the following file formats:

Revision history[edit]

The version numbering systems used by Blue Sky Software/eHelp Corporation, Macromedia, and Adobe Systems induced some head-scratching, especially among longtime RoboHelp users. For example, the first version of RoboHelp released by Adobe Systems in January 2007 was the 14th version of the software, but Adobe Systems decided to continue the numbering convention from Macromedia and thus gave this version the number 6...and dropped the X used in the previous version, RoboHelp X5. This decision caused confusion because Blue Sky Software released RoboHelp 6.0 in 1998.[6] Adobe Systems continued with that numbering system and used versions 7 through 11 for successive versions of RoboHelp released from September 2007 to January 2014. With the introduction of Adobe RoboHelp 2015 in June 2015, Adobe Systems used a new numbering system with the release year instead of a version number and continues to use this convention with successive versions. This new version numbering system has removed any uncertainty about which version is the most recent. The current version, Adobe RoboHelp 2017, is the 21st version of the software released in RoboHelp's 25-year history.

Version Release date Changes
1.0 January 1992 First general availability release.
2.0–12.0 1993–2003 Blue Sky Software/eHelp Corporation released 11 successive versions of RoboHelp between 1993 and 2003 that started with version 2.0[7] and ended with version X4, which was released on 27 May 2003.[8] RoboHelp X4 was the 12th version of the software.
13.0 27 January 2004 Three months after Macromedia acquired eHelp Corporation, Macromedia released RoboHelp X5 on 27 January 2004[9]. Macromedia decided to continue the version numbering convention from the previous version, though RoboHelp X5 was the 13th version of the software.
14.0 17 January 2007 Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 6, which was the 14th version of the software, on 17 January 2007.[10] Enhancements include:
  • Command-line compilation
  • User-defined variables
  • Build-tag usage reports
  • Microsoft Word import/export improvements
  • Includes Adobe Acrobat Elements
15.0 27 September 2007 Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 7 on 27 September 2007. RoboHelp 7 came in a standalone version and as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 1.0.[11] Enhancements include:
  • Unicode support
  • Windows Vista and Office 2007 support
  • More flexible user interface
  • More refined editor
16.0 20 January 2009 Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 8 on 20 January 2009. RoboHelp 8 came in a standalone version and as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2.0.[12] Enhancements include:
  • Direct import of HTML or XHTML files
  • DITA content import
  • New Styles and Formatting and Resource Manager pods
  • The new style editor for creating and editing styles
  • Generation of help projects in Adobe AIR format
  • Search enhancements
  • Scripting support
  • Integration with Adobe Captivate
17.0 11 January 2011 Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 9 on 11 January 2011. RoboHelp 9 came in a standalone version and as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3.0.[13] Enhancements include:
  • Support of shared and linked resources
  • Enhanced user defined variables and snippets pods
  • Automated CSH authoring
  • Web output preview in multiple browsers
18.0 26 July 2012 Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 10 on 26 July 2012. RoboHelp 10 came in a standalone version and as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4.0.[14] Enhancements include:
  • Multi-screen HTML5 content
  • Export to Amazon Kindle (KF8) and Mobipocket (.mobi) file formats
  • Customizable screen layouts
  • Integration with Microsoft SharePoint
19.0 14 January 2014 Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 11 on 14 January 2014.[15] It was available as a standalone product and as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 5.0.[16] Enhancements include:
  • Single-click responsive HTML5 publishing
  • Responsive HTML5 layout editor
  • Customized headers and footers in printed documentation
  • Context-sensitive help for mobile apps
  • Managing shared resources on the cloud
  • Online and offline help viewers
20.0 8 June 2015 Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 2015 on 8 June 2015.[17] This was the first Adobe-produced version to include the release year instead of the version number. It was available as a standalone product or as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 6.0.[18] Enhancements include:
  • Mobile app support
  • Ribbon user interface
  • Enhanced search functionality
  • Dynamic filtering
  • Responsive layouts and improvements
  • Right-to-Left (RTL) language support
21.0 31 January 2017 Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 2017 on 31 January 2017.[19] It is available as a standalone product or as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite (2017 Release).[20] Enhancements include:
  • Two new HTML5 layouts
  • Search auto-complete functionality within a generated help project file
  • Ability to add folders to Baggage files
  • Easy switching between variable views
  • Creation of expandable thumbnail images in a generated help project for faster loading

Adobe RoboHelp Server[edit]

The network-specific version of Adobe RoboHelp, Adobe RoboHelp Server, is released on a separate schedule. Adobe RoboHelp Server, formerly RoboSource Control, provides version control, deployment, and access to online help files on a network. The current version of Adobe RoboHelp Server, version 10, was released on 12 April 2016.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AdobeTCS (2016-09-25), Interview With Creator Of RoboHelp, retrieved 2017-02-25 
  2. ^ Inc, InfoWorld Media Group (1992-01-20). InfoWorld. InfoWorld Media Group, Inc. 
  3. ^ "Blue Sky Software, Worldwide Leader in User Assistance Software, Emerges with New Name, ``eHelp Corporation. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Macromedia to acquire eHelp". actionscript.org. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Adobe RoboHelp Gets Long-Awaited Update". InternetNews.com. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Corp., Blue Sky Software. "Blue Sky Software's RoboHELP Office Eases the Creation of Windows 98 Help". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  7. ^ Enterprise, I. D. G. (1993-08-23). Computerworld. IDG Enterprise. 
  8. ^ "eHelp's RoboHelp X4: Making Waves in Help Technology; New Macromedia Flash-Based Help Format Creates a More Effective User Experience". www.businesswire.com. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  9. ^ "Macromedia announces RoboHelp X5". www.actionscript.org. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  10. ^ "Adobe Releases Major Upgrade to RoboHelp - CreativePro.com". CreativePro.com. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  11. ^ Madan, Akshay (2007-09-27). "Adobe RoboHelp 7". TechComm Central by Adobe. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  12. ^ adobe (2009-01-20). "Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2, FrameMaker 9 and RoboHelp 8 Announced". TechComm Central by Adobe. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  13. ^ "Unveiling the all new Adobe RoboHelp 9 and RoboHelp Server9! – TechComm Central by Adobe". blogs.adobe.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Jain, Ankur (2012-07-26). "Adobe RoboHelp 10 is here!!". TechComm Central by Adobe. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  15. ^ "RoboHelp 11 is here ! – TechComm Central by Adobe". blogs.adobe.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Technical Communication Suite 5 is here! – TechComm Central by Adobe". blogs.adobe.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "Product Launch: Brand new RoboHelp (2015 Release) and Tech Comm Suite (2015 Release) – TechComm Central by Adobe". blogs.adobe.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Productopedia 2015 Adobe Tech Comm Product Release – TechComm Central by Adobe". blogs.adobe.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  19. ^ Jain, Abhishek (2017-01-31). "RoboHelp 2017 Launch". TechComm Central by Adobe. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  20. ^ Gentz, Stefan (2017-01-31). "Adobe Technical Communication Suite (2017 release) is here!". TechComm Central by Adobe. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  21. ^ Jain, Abhishek (2016-04-12). "RoboHelp Server 10 is now available!". TechComm Central by Adobe. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 

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