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TCS5 Review Pt1 RH 11 & CP 7-8

It’s been 5 years since I began to use RoboHelp (RH 8), the SSL (Single Source Layout) component of Adobe’s TCS suite. At that point RH 8 was best known as an online help system developer. Several releases of TCS prior to the current TCS 5 were largely incremental, until RH 10/11. Beginning with RH 10, the SSL layouts continued to expand with HTML5, Kindle and ePub formats adding a broader ePublishing scope to the toolset. RH 11 (TCS5), now also includes Responsive HTML5 layouts, making TCS a major platform for a large variety of ePublishing projects. Meanwhile back in Captivate country, CP kept morphing with an improved UI, a module play bar and now with CP 8, Responsive CP projects that morph to fit the device being used to view them.

This review is Part 1 of 2 and focuses on my use of both RH11 and CP7 for building what I call eCourses which contain text, a variety of multi media object types including:

  • CP audio notes
  • CP based e-mLearning modules

The hyperlinked text available in most formats with both internal and external links provides a solid, web centric environment for courseware. The advanced multi-media effects with CP audio and Learning modules allow for some instructor guidance and engagement.



RH 11 UI

The RH 11 UI is improved with a cleaner look and feel overall. There are several workspace options and a number of ways to work with the topics (HTML pages) and other aspects of the system. I prefer to work on topics with the only the TOC and the Styles and Formatting pods open. All the other pods are set to auto-hide in my workspace style, meaning that you can open any of the pods by moving your cursor over them when needed. The image below is shows a my default workspace for working on a topic.


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