FrameMaker, RoboHelp or Adobe Technical Communication Suite – Choosing the Right Tool for Technical Communication

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I am seeing a number of debates happening across support forums and mailing lists about which authoring tool (FrameMaker or RoboHelp) is better suited for a specific purpose. Both RoboHelp and FrameMaker are really powerful authoring tools for technical communication. FrameMaker provides a print WYSIWYG authoring environment and is the best Print and PDF publishing tool. RoboHelp provides an HTML WYSIWYG authoring environment and is the best publishing tool for knowledge bases and online help with support for largest number of output formats. RoboHelp supports Dynamic HTML effects while auto-numbering and cross-references are major strengths of FrameMaker.

Both FrameMaker and RoboHelp provide

With Adobe Technical Communication Suite, you don’t need to choose between RoboHelp and FrameMaker. You get both of them (with Captivate and Acrobat 3D) at an attractive price. Adobe Technical Communication Suite provides a complete solution for technical communication. Adobe Technical Communication Suite is probably the right product for you, if any of the following holds true –

I certainly believe that above scenarios hold true for most of the technical communicators. In a later post, I will discuss further on this topic.