Adobe Technical Communication Suite is here!



This week we announced a new product Adobe Technical Communication Suite and Adobe RoboHelp 7.  This takes the total number of technical communication related product releases in 2007 to 6 (RoboHelp 6, Acrobat 3D ver 8, FrameMaker 8, Captivate 3, Adobe Technical Communication Suite, RoboHelp 7).  You can imagine the excitement in our team.

Overall, initial feedback has been very positive. At the same time, there have been a few questions and I take this opportunity to answer some of them.

  • Can I play Flash files in the Adobe Reader?
  • FrameMaker can now include Captivate demos and publish them as part of PDF.  When you click a Captivate demo in PDF, the Flash file plays inside the Adobe Reader.
  • How is Acrobat 3D different from Acrobat Professional?
  • Acrobat 3D is a super set of Acrobat Professional with additional 3D features and 3D toolkit.  Acrobat 3D is available as a separate product and you can buy it from ( 3d)
  • How do I generate demos in Captivate?
  • Captivate enables creation of professional demos and simulations in a very simple and easy way.  During the recording process, Captivate captures a sequence of actions in a software application as a set of slides and mouse movements.  It also records text entries and automatically generates text captions (for example, “Click on Open”).  You need to try Captivate to realize how easy it is to create professional demos. FYI, in STC Conference at Minneapolis, we exhausted our set of Captivate trial CDs in a couple of hours. Anyone who learned about Captivate, wanted to try it.  Now, both FrameMaker and RoboHelp can integrate Captivate demos and publish to PDF and help output respectively.  Also, RoboHelp can import Flash files from FrameMaker.
  • How do I prepare 3D models for import into FrameMaker?
  • Acrobat 3D includes a 3D Toolkit and this should be used to prepare 3D assets for use in FrameMaker. You can now include the actual 3D model in FrameMaker, a significant step forward from working with 2D renditions of these models.
  • Do I need to convert FrameMaker documents to .MIF for importing in RoboHelp?
  • No. RoboHelp 7 can import .book, .mif and .fm files.  In Adobe Technical Communication Suite, you can add FrameMaker files (.book, .fm and .mif) as live links to RoboHelp.  

Do let me know your comments and suggestions.



Posted on 09-27-2007


  • By Werbeagentur - 2:36 AM on January 27, 2008   Reply

    Great article! Thanks for the many informations (usefully informations!). Thanks from Germany, Werbeagentur

  • By Mobile Developer - 12:03 PM on December 13, 2007   Reply

    How we can add Reader 3d api to a web based pdf production service? Please check out the Adrobat Developer Center for more information on APIs available for integration with Adobe Reader- Vivek

  • By Ryan - 3:44 AM on October 6, 2007   Reply

    Why is there no robohelp 7 trial? Why can’t we buy it?The lack of ETAs and information on this is very frustrating Thanks for your interest in Adobe RoboHelp 7. Trial versions of both Adobe RoboHelp 7 and Adobe Technical Communication Suite will be available by end of October/ early November.If you are convinced about the purchase decision, you can place your Pre-Order now. – Vivek

  • By Michael - 2:46 AM on September 29, 2007   Reply

    This is fantastic news!I’m very much interested in looking at the evaluation version (as soon as it becomes available). Until then, can you expound (or point me to more informtaion) on the level of integration between RoboHelp and FrameMaker?In particular, I’d like to know about the workflow for generating WebHelp from FrameMaker source documents. Is it/will it be possible to work entirely in Framemaker and use RoboHelp as a rendering engine (much like WebWorks Publisher is used)? Or, will you have to import FrameMaker files, then work in RoboHelp editor, then output to WebHelp?Ideally I’d like to be able to work as much as possible in FrameMaker without having to add a layer of work in RoboHelp just to generate WebHelp.Again, this is exciting news! Keep up the good work! It is very exciting to see so much movement on the Frame and RoboHelp fronts! In the Adobe Technical Communication Suite, you can continue to edit your content in FrameMaker and use RoboHelp for publishing to several output formats like WebHelp, FlashHelp, CHM etc. You have additional ability to customize output in RoboHelp. However, once you have set the configuration options, you should be able to publish output in 2 clicks (once you make changes in FrameMaker). One click for update content and second to publish to the desired format. – Vivek

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