I am pseudo-new to the Adobe RoboHelp and FrameMaker. I am trying to understand why you would use one tool over another. Any advice? .
Use both! Honestly, that's why the Technical Communication Suite exists.
But in reality, you need to look at what you're going to do and what output you want to produce - FM comes from the book-publishing industry, so long-form, highly-linked, strong PDF creation is its forte. RH has traditionally been aimed at producing online HTML in various forms; that's its strength. Both products are narrowing the gap: FM is publishing HTML5 output and RH is now creating better PDF output.
Thank you, Jeff, for the quick response. I am wanting to create an operations, maintenance, and surviellance manual and make it available online, but printable if need be. Once I have it created, I'm assuming it goes into some sort fo CMS?
I purchased both. One other question, if I may. Because of the learning curve with FM, I think I will start with RH. Eventually though, I think there will be reusable content needed. Can I port the RH files to FM when the time is right?
Thanks again for being so helpful.
BTW, "aaro" RoboHelp itself has very powerful reuse features, including robust cross-referencing, variables, snippets and condition tagging that enables Dynamic Content Filtering.
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RH can import FM content, but the reverse is not true - getting RH content into FM is a painful process done mainly through copy/paste or Word.
How recently did you buy? If very recent it might be worth speaking to Customer Support as it would probably have been cheaper to buy the Technical Communication Suite. Both have recently been upgraded so if you bought within the last month, they may let you upgrade. However there is a fly in the ointment. All are now subscription only. The TCS subscription is less than individual subscriptions.
Thank you, Peter. I should have been more detailed. I did purchase the Technical Communication Suite. Thanks for looking out for a noob. Aaron