Thank you. It's good caution.
My hangup with TCS was forums like this one:
catid=680&threadid=1392783&enterthread=y where multiple users have
trouble integrating FM 8 with RH 7.
Do you use FM as authoring source to generate help? Have you similarly
evaluated Robohelp 7? Not challenging your assessment! Just looking for
additional info. :) My dream for our help bundle is generation from a
script in our nightly product build, which would negate the need for any
From: Fred Ridder [mailto:docudoc at hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2008 9:07 AM
To: Callie Bertsche
Subject: RE: MadCap Flare
If I were making the decision and retaining FrameMaker as the
primary authoring tool is an objective, I'd be considering the
Adobe Technical Communications Suite rather than Flare.
Based on my participation in the Flare beta program, I think
its biggest virtues come if you are using it as its own
tool (treating it as an IDE, which is how they architected it)
rather than trying to use it as an output conversion tool for
some other autoring tool (e.g. Word or FrameMaker). The
Adobe TCS achieves live linkage between FrameMaker source
files and RoboHelp so that one a project is fully set up, you
do all your updates in Frame and then simply regenerate the
help without having to do any significant pre- or
> Subject: MadCap Flare
> Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:42:37 -0700
> From: c.bertsche at tecplot.com
> To: framers at lists.frameusers.com
> Hi Framers,
> Due to frustration using ePublisher Pro and the coding
learning curve of
> Mif2Go, we are seriously considering switching help generation
> to MadCap Flare. I know I've generated chatter about this
before, so I'm
> sorry if this feels repetitive; but can I get any more input
> who uses Flare with FrameMaker (7.2) to generate extensive
> single-sourced material? More words of caution or advice? I've
> the software to a fair extent and it seems capable; I'm really
> that it can generate help from the command line. But because
> younger product, I would really value any more input from
> have taken the plunge.
> I generate thousands of pages into about 22 manuals and 3
> bundles. Currently ePP 9.1, Frame 7.2, WebWorks help output.
> concern in upgrading to the newer ePP was the glitch where it
> skips filename markers in the output, leaving me without
> that I need (I've heard that they've fixed it, but I've also
> it didn't work for at least one user), as well as the glee
> producing help from the command line would give me.