Word to WebHelp

Here is a HATT  comparison matrix comparison for ‘one-click’ solutions to convert Word documents to WebHelp:

*All price quotes are for single license, ‘professional’ editions. I have not quoted prices for multiple license or for ‘standard’ editions.

* All test documents for import were from my own clients. I did not bother with the test documents provided with the tool.

* I tested all these myself and I wrote this comparison matrix.

* My recommendations are highlighted.

Tool:

Help & Manual

WebWorks

Doc-to-Help for
Word

RoboHelp HTML

RoboHelp for
Word

Help Studio

Manufacturer:

EC Software

http://www.ec-software.com/

Quadralay

http://www.webworks.com/

ComponentOne

http://www.doctohelp.com/

Adobe

http://www.adobe.com/

Innovasys

Israel agent:

None – as far
as I know

Almond, J-m

http://www.almondweb.com/

WritePoint, J-m

http://www.writepoint.com/

WritePoint,
J-m, http://www.writepoint.com/

QuickSoft, 09  Area, http://quicksoft.co.il/

AnyWare

http://www.anyware.co.il/

User action in ‘One-button’ mode:

Import Word,

then Build Web Help

Create project,
Import Word,

then Build Web Help;

——

Direct
one-button

Web Help build

Create project,
Import Word,

then Build Web Help.

Create project,
Import Word,

then Build Web Help.

Works within
Word: ‘Word and not Word’.

RH ctrl codes inserted inside Word.

Create project,
Import Word,

then Build Web Help.

Experience on initial testing:

Simple to use. Very robust: It
produced Web Help for every test input I gave it (Word doc import).

Nice formatting and good topic
separation even with no configuration.

The default Web skin was not very pretty.
But this is configurable with ‘Pro’ edition.

Simple
to use. Very robust: It produced Web Help for every test input I gave it.

Nice formatting
and good topic separation even with no configuration.

Produced
the prettiest default Web skin out of all the tools that were tested.

The only trial edition was ‘Doc-to-Help Enterprise’.

The app failed in Building Web
Help on all test documents.

Simple to use. Very robust. It produced Web
Help for every test input I gave it. But confronted with a large selection of
config. options on import and Help generation.

Bad formatting. Topics not separated – seems
to expect section/page breaks.

Offers a selection of nice predefined Web
skins.

Have to develop the Word documentation by
creating RH topics within Word under. Cannot just copy+paste.

Import is not robust. Often crashes.

This version is old and is no longer being
further developed.

Could not work out how to use
this.

Browser:

IE, FireFox

IE, FireFox

IE, FireFox

IE, FireFox

Experience summary:

Obviously optimized for Word import and
simplicity.

Obviously optimized for Word import and
simplicity.

Need expert support.

Need to invest in CSS design to complete
the formatting. Need to pre-process the Word doc to split the sections with
section/page breaks.

Don’t know: I have never developed doc.
using this, and don’t have time to try. Anyway, newer and simpler options are
available

Need expert support.

Price:

Manufacturer’s site: 

$499.00

Permanent license

** MOST **

** RECOMMENDED  **

 

(Extra: Pack of advanced skins – $99.00)

From Israel agent:

$795 (+VAT)

Subscription per year (!)

——–

$1995 (+VAT)

Permanent license

Manufacturer’s site: 

$685

Permanent license

From Israel agent:

$1232 (+VAT) for both apps
together

Permanent license

From Israel agent:

$466

Permanent license

——–

(Extra: $133.00 per year for subscription to support)

hatt-comparison-matrix

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