Anonymous blogging has its benefits

Sarah O'Keefe / Reviews4 Comments

monkeyPi posts a review of RoboHelp 6.

Warning: May be hazardous to keyboards.

RoboHelp 6 finally arrives, and it’s craptastic at monkeyPi

I haven’t looked at RoboHelp in years, so I have no idea whether his issues are valid or not.

[I have this feeling that I know the monkey behind monkeyPi, but I’m not totally sure. Meanwhile, I will continue my demure, unanonymous blogging here.]

I did notice a couple of things about the RoboHelp release. First, based on the feature set, Adobe has clearly decided that XML is not a priority for RoboHelp users. This is in contrast to MadCap Flare, which touts their tool as being “XML-based” at every opportunity. Second, the press release announcing RoboHelp 6 has a quote from the former eHelp VP of Engineering, who is now with an unrelated company (Unwired Software). A lot of MadCap’s marketing effort is built around their identity:

“MadCap Software is just a new name for a group of familiar faces that have been leading the technical writing community for over a decade. MadCap is home to some of the most experienced software architects and product experts in the industry, including many former core members of eHelp Corporation, creators of RoboHelp.”

One gets the impression that Adobe has been paying attention to Flare’s marketing, and that Adobe marketing is just a tad ticked off.

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Sarah O'Keefe

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Content strategy consultant and founder of Scriptorium Publishing. Bilingual English-German, voracious reader, water sports, knitting, and college basketball (go Blue Devils!). Aversions to raw tomatoes, eggplant, and checked baggage.

4 Comments on “Anonymous blogging has its benefits”

  1. Hey, being anonymous just makes it harder for people to hold me liable for broken keyboards. 🙂
    I totally agree with your analysis regarding Adobe’s marketing.
    Keep up the good work here, Sarah. You guys are tops in my Bloglines “visual/technical communication” subfolder.
    //theMonkey

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