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MadCap Flare 2018 vs. Adobe® RoboHelp® 2019

Our comprehensive guide helps you understand the key differences between MadCap Flare and Adobe RoboHelp® 2019. View the full chart below to compare features such as authoring, leveraging existing content, team collaboration, and more.

This detailed functionality comparison has been prepared by MadCap Software. The views, opinions and feature comparisons expressed in this document are based solely on MadCap’s evaluation and understanding of the RoboHelp® product, reviews from customers and other publicly available information available at the time of preparing this document.

  MadCap Flare Adobe® Robohelp® 2019
Classic & Robohelp® 2019
Agile Release Cycle and Updates

MadCap Software follows an agile release cycle with multiple major updates and releases per year.

Historically, Adobe® typically only has a major release every 18 - 24 months (fewer and less frequent updates often make it difficult to support newer technologies such as OS and web browser updates as they become available).

Reports and Project Analysis

With the release of MadCap Flare 2018, most of the features from MadCap Analyzer have been integrated into Flare. This dramatically increases the number of analysis features available in Flare. As a result, there is a new Analysis ribbon where you can access these features.

Project Analysis Scans go well beyond just reporting; it finds and helps correct critical issues, makes suggestions for content reuse, helps clean up redundant formatting, styles and much more.

RoboHelp® only offers a limited number of 'static' textual reports.

Responsive Authoring

Flare allows users to create responsive content. The benefit of putting your content into such a grid is that it allows it to shift and be responsive to screens of different sizes.

RoboHelp® does not offer any kind of responsive authoring environment.

Advanced Native Print Support

Flare is a powerful single-sourcing tool with one of the strongest print engines in the industry. Author and output advanced print documents using:

  • Absolute Positioning with Text Flow
  • PDF Image Support
  • Cross-References
  • Running Header/Footer Variables
  • Lists of Figures and Tables
  • Auto-numbering
  • Page Layouts
  • CMYK Support
  • And much more...

Print output in RoboHelp® does not support advanced features such as cross-references, widow orphan control, short-line elimination, CMYK, etc. It also is dependent on being generated through Microsoft® Word.

Animated Tutorials/Demos

Full integration with MadCap Mimic. Tutorial and demo files created with Mimic can be used in Flare projects and they can share Flare project attributes, such as Variables or Conditional Tags. If you need to customize your documentation for multiple customers, you can create a variable called "Customer Name". This variable can be used in your Flare content and can also be used in your Mimic built tutorial/demo files. When it is time to publish documentation for "XYZ Corp" you do a simple variable definition once. Both your Flare content and your Mimic content are automatically updated for that customer.

While RoboHelp® supports Captivate movies, the integration between the two products is limited. There is no support for project or build variables.

Templates Designed for Single-Sourcing

MadCap Flare offers 20 pre-installed project templates for print, online, desktop and mobile content. In addition, modern responsive top navigation and side navigation templates are available as a free, additional download. Click here to view the gallery of templates.

RoboHelp® 2019 Classic offers only a few basic samples.

RoboHelp® 2019 includes two basic sample projects.

Source Control Integration

Provides direct connectivity with Microsoft® Team Foundation Server, Perforce, Git and Subversion allowing you to work with Flare projects stored in these source control environments without a third-party plug-in. Also supports additional source control solutions that conform to the Microsoft® Source Code Control APIs (Microsoft® SCC APIs).

RoboHelp® 2019 Classic only integrates with RoboSource Control or to other source control software through the Microsoft® SCC API. It also plugs into SharePoint.

RoboHelp® 2019 only has support for Sharepoint and Git

Internal Help System

When you search for help from Flare, you can search the help system for the current version of Flare. Help is also available in additional resources, such as the online Help, MadCap forums, MadCap blog, and an active community of Flare user groups.

RoboHelp® 2019 Classic includes internal help as well as online help.

RoboHelp® offers Adobe Community Help. When you search for help on RoboHelp® you may find yourself presented with web pages, articles, blogs and other things that have little or nothing to do with your search or even RoboHelp®.

RoboHelp® 2019 only offers online help.

Translation and Localization Workflow

Flare Project files are entirely in XML so you can send your entire project off to be translated, not just the output. Since all of the project files are XML, you can easily use any existing translation process that you may have in place using any of the industry leading translation tools, or you can use MadCap Lingo.

MadCap Lingo is a powerful, easy-to-use computer assisted translation tool (CAT) designed to assist technical writers, documentation specialists and professional translators in the translation and localization process.

Flare also offers a Project Export Feature that allows you to export a project based off of, a target, condition, file tag and more. This allows you to send only the files off that are marked for translation or used in a specific target.

Currently, Adobe has no product similar to MadCap Lingo nor does RoboHelp® integrate with any third party translation memory tool to the same extent as Flare, MadCap Lingo and Project Packager.

Download Size

572 MB

1.2 GB
Both RoboHelp® 2019 Classic and RoboHelp® 2019 are installed from one installation.

For more comparison categories such as Authoring, Importing - Leveraging Existing Content, Team Collaboration, and Output/Publishing, download our full pdf below.

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SMART Technologies, Interactive Display Innovator, Replaces Adobe® FrameMaker® and RoboHelp® with MadCap Flare to Speed Delivery of a Responsive HTML5 Support Site and PDF Guides

“Thanks to Flare, we’re able to create and deliver content in one place instead of using two different tools, which has allowed us to save a tremendous amount of time.”
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Ken Schatzke
Senior Technical Writer | SMART Technologies

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