Good day everyone,
For the last few years, my company has been working towards
single-sourcing the documentation we create (e.g. user manuals and
integrated program help) for all of our products. We have one big
product and quite a few smaller products, with each one having its own
user manual and integrated help. We use Adobe FrameMaker 11 and
RoboHelp 10 to create and manage the content for our user manuals and
integrated help respectively. We also use Perforce P4V for version
control. Content typically is authored in FrameMaker first before being
exported into RoboHelp as a .book file, which is then used to build our
integrated help system.
Currently, half of our smaller products are single-sourced while the
rest are curated by hand. We'd eventually like to have all of our
products be single-sourced. However, even with the products that are
already single-sourced, we're having some issues with how our authoring
software interacts with our version-control software. We've also had
problems converting back and forth between .FM and .MIF formats. My
question here is two-fold.
First, what is a good workflow(s) for single-sourcing content using
FrameMaker, RoboHelp, and version control software? Second, are there
are other tools that we could use for such a workflow? For instance,
there's been some consideration about switching from FrameMaker to
MadCap Flare. What is MadCap Flare better at doing than FM for
single-sourcing? What can be done to convert from using FM to MadCap
Flare? What would be potentially lost in doing
such a switch? We've also been considering switch to the Adobe Creative
Cloud, but before we make a decision one way or another, we'd like to
nail these details down.
Any and all insight would be greatly appreciated. If further details
are required, I'd be happy to give them to the best of my ability.
Spencer C. Huff
Corporate Communications Specialist
TerraSim, Inc. (412) 232-3646 x 23
One Gateway Center, Suite 2050 (412) 232-3649 (Fax)
420 Fort Duquesne Blvd s...@terrasim.com
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 http://www.terrasim.com
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