Adobe RoboHelp

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Adobe RoboHelp
Adobe RoboHelp v10.0 icon.png
Developer(s) Adobe Systems (formerly Macromedia)
Stable release 12 / June 8, 2015; 13 months ago (2015-06-08)
Operating system
Type Technical documentation editor
License Proprietary software

RoboHelp is a help authoring tool (HAT) created c. 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 2004 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
  • 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 11 January 2011 Adobe bundled RoboHelp 9 with v3.0 of Adobe Technical Communication Suite.[4] Enhancements include:
  • Support of shared and linked resources
  • Enhanced user defined variables and snippets pods
  • Automated CSH authoring
  • Web output preview in multiple browsers
10.0 24 July 2012 Adobe bundled RoboHelp 10 with v4.0 of Adobe 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
11.0 14 January 2014 Adobe announced RoboHelp 11 on 14 January 2014.[5] It is bundled with v5.0 of Adobe Technical Communication Suite.[6] Enhancements include:
  • Single-click responsive HTML5 publishing
  • Responsive HTML5 layout editor
  • Customized headers and footers in printed documentation
  • Context-sensitive help for mobile apps
  • Managing shared resources on the cloud
  • Online and offline Help viewers
12.0 8 June 2015 Adobe announced RoboHelp 2015 on 8 June 2015.[7] It is bundled with v6.0 of Adobe Technical Communication Suite.[8] Enhancements include:
  • Mobile app support
  • Ribbon UI
  • Enhanced search functionality
  • Dynamic filtering
  • Responsive Layouts and Improvements
  • Right-to-Left (RTL) Language Support


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