Adobe RoboHelp

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Adobe RoboHelp
Adobe RoboHelp v10.0 icon.png
Developer(s) Adobe Systems (formerly Macromedia)
Stable release 10 / July 24, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-07-24)
Operating system
Type Technical documentation editor
License Proprietary software

RoboHelp is a help authoring tool (HAT) created circa 1991 by Gen Kiyooka of Blue Sky Software for the Microsoft Windows operating system.[1]

Blue Sky Software reformed as eHelp Corporation, then entered a merger agreement with Macromedia in October 2003.[2] Macromedia was, in turn, acquired by Adobe Systems in December 2005.[3]


RoboHelp can generate help files in the following file formats:

Revision history[edit]

Version Release date Changes
1.0 1991 First general availability release. Developed by Gen Kiyooka of Blue Sky Software.
5.0 ? Marketed by eHelp Corporation—and, later, Macromedia—as RoboHelp X5 Office. This was the current version of the program when Adobe completed its acquisition of Macromedia on 3 December 2005.
6.0 2007 Adobe announced RoboHelp 6 on 16 January 2007. Enhancements include:
  • Command-line compilation
  • User-defined variables
  • Conditional build tags[4]
  • Build-tag usage reports
  • RoboSource Control 3
  • Microsoft Word import/export improvements
  • Includes Adobe Acrobat Elements
7.0 October 2007 Adobe announced RoboHelp 7 on 25 September 2007. Enhancements include:
  • Unicode support
  • Vista and Office 2007 support
  • More flexible user interface
  • More refined editor
8.0 2009 Adobe announced RoboHelp 8 on 20 January 2009, and bundled it with v2.0 of their Technical Communication Suite. Enhancements include:
  • Export a help system as an Adobe AIR application
9.0 January 2011 ?
10.0 24 July 2012 Adobe bundled RoboHelp 10 with v4.0 of Adobe's Technical Communication Suite. Enhancements include:
  • Multi-screen HTML5 content
  • Export to Amazon Kindle (KF8) and Mobipocket (.mobi) file formats
  • Customizable screen layouts
  • Integration with Microsoft SharePoint


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