I'm with Zo?. I've been using WW/ePublisher for quite some time. I've also used 
RoboHelp X5, but it's not the appropriate tool for me.

The yahoo user group that Zo? mentioned is a fantastic resource, and you 
usually get your questions answered very quickly. The WW folks also participate 
in that group.

Once you've set up a project, and got it looking the way that you want it to 
look, ePublisher provides a good inline, just-click-a-button process, IMHO.

WW has also announced that they are adding the ability to format PDF output 
from within ePublisher. If they pull that one off (and it meets my expectations 
of how it should work), we'll eat like kings (*nyuck*).

Nadine


--- On Wed, 4/15/09, Zoe Lawson <messalina17 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Zoe Lawson <messalina17 at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: Usage of WebWorks (ePublisher)
> To: "Nancy Allison" <maker at verizon.net>
> Cc: framers at frameusers.com
> Received: Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 9:56 AM
> To the best of my knowledge, help conversion tools produced
> by the Quadralay/Webworks company (they've rebranded,
> and I never remember what their 'real' name is) are
> still in common use.
> 
> However, I do not believe that Quadralay/Webworks is really
> actively supporting 7.0 that much (or if they are, for very
> much longer). 
> 
> In version 9 (rebranded to ePublisher), they completely
> changed their paradigm, so most anything you'd learn in
> 7.0 would not be useful in current versions of ePublisher
> (current version is 2008.4).
> 
> Also, you can not edit your styles, etc. with Standard
> Edition. It will convert your Frame to help and that's
> it, you can't really customize at all. 
> 
> I strongly believe in ePubisher. The paradigm shift has
> moved it towards a publishing engine, so you can point it at
> FrameMaker, Word, XML, or combination of files and generate
> output. If you're willing to learn XSL, you can
> customize their output choices to do almost anything you
> want.
> 
> For more information about Webworks and ePublisher, poke
> around on www.webworks.com and the yahoo user group,
> wwp-users. There's also wiki.webworks.com which goes
> into a lot of nitty gritty details about customizing
> ePublisher.
> 
> You can contact me off list if you have other questions.
> 
> Zo? Lawson
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ________________________________
> From: Nancy Allison <maker at verizon.net>
> Cc: framers at frameusers.com
> Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 9:38:25 AM
> Subject: Usage of WebWorks (ePublisher)
> 
> Sorry for sloppy subject line in my previous post. Here it
> is again, slightly improved: 
> 
> 
> At this late date, I am getting my first chance to use
> Webworks Standard Edition 7.0 to create HTML Help. Out of
> curiosity, is WebWorks still in common use? Has it been
> surpassed by other tools? I'm wondering how much effort
> to put into learning this, or if it would be as wise as
> really immersing myself in an ancient copy of ForeHelp.
> 
> Any knowledge on this topic greatly appreciated.
> 
> --Nancy
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