Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® RoboHelp® 6, a complete, flexible and user-friendly system to create, manage and publish software help systems, knowledge bases and documentation for desktop and Web-based applications. As a key element of Adobe’s technical communications product line-up, which includes Adobe FrameMaker®, Adobe Captivate and Adobe Acrobat®, RoboHelp 6 provides all the desktop functionality that authors need to create advanced Help content, including table of contents, index, glossary, graphics, special effects and context-sensitive Help. Adobe RoboHelp Server 6, also introduced today, provides powerful server features that ensure the delivery of up-to-date online content, with real-time tracking of how end-users engage with the help system that provides valuable feedback to Help publishers.
“Adobe RoboHelp 6 is a major release and a key milestone in the product’s 15-year history,” said Don Walker, senior director of product marketing and business development at Adobe. “RoboHelp 6 strongly reinforces Adobe’s commitment to the technical communications market, giving authors what they need to easily develop, manage and maintain intuitive software help systems and knowledge bases.”
“RoboHelp has consistently led the market for the past decade, providing superior usability and productivity,” said Ron Linyard, President and CEO of Unwired Software and former VP of Engineering for eHelp. “The software is compatible with a host of formats and leverages the benefits of other Adobe products to give users a richer experience than other tools provide.”
With this release, Adobe has consolidated the Adobe RoboHelp product family into two simple and powerful choices — Adobe RoboHelp 6 for authoring and Adobe RoboHelp 6 Server for the delivery of online content. Users of RoboHelp 6 also benefit from the integration of Adobe Captivate 2 for improved workflow and more engaging content with simulations and demonstrations. In addition, users can automate the building of their help at a predetermined time using command line compilation. Conditional Table of Contents (TOC) allows for greater control and customization of table of contents. With User Defined Variables, changes can be made just once, but seen everywhere in Help. Updated Adobe RoboSource Control provides an unique source document and version control system for Windows and Web development for both individual users and collaborative teams. Adobe PDF creation generates support for hyperlinks & bookmarks and enables accessible PDFs. Built-in RoboScreenCapture means users don’t need to invest in a separate application to create and edit screen shots.
RoboHelp Server 6 extends and supports the capabilities of Adobe RoboHelp 6 to provide a complete online Help and Knowledge Base solution. Authors can easily deploy and manage up-to-date online content, control and monitor the use of Web-based Help systems in real time through a new web-based remote interface, and develop Help systems for use with the Microsoft.NET Framework. Also, RoboHelp Server 6 includes FlashHelp Pro, a server-based version of FlashHelp and provides connectivity with Oracle and SQL databases, formerly sold separately in the RoboEngine Connectivity Pack.
Adobe RoboHelp 6 gives users more choices to create and publish content. Users can import a variety of content created in Microsoft Word, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe PDF, XML and other help projects and then publish the content in popular help formats including FlashHelp, WebHelp, HTML help, WinHelp, HTML, JavaHelp, OracleHelp for Java and even printed documentation output in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word. The customization of content is made easier with conditional text and new features like TOC and user defined variables.
Pricing and Availability
RoboHelp 6 and RoboHelp 6 Server are available for purchase today for Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Support for Windows Vista will be added in 2007. The estimated street price for Adobe RoboHelp 6 is US$999 and US$1999 for Adobe RoboHelp 6 Server. Previous users of RoboHelp and RoboInfo can upgrade to Adobe RoboHelp 6 and RoboHelp Server 6 for an estimated street price of US$499 and US$999, respectively. Volume discounts and government and education licensing are also available to eligible customers. To learn more about Adobe RoboHelp 6 and Adobe RoboHelp Server 6, please visit www.adobe.com/go/robohelp. For more information, customers in North America can call 1-800-326-2124.
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