Adobe RoboHelp is a help authoring tool (HAT) developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows. RoboHelp was created by Gen Kiyooka, and Blue Sky Software released version 1.0 in January 1992.
Blue Sky Software was founded in 1990 and changed its name to eHelp Corporation on 4 April 2000. Macromedia acquired eHelp Corporation on 24 October 2003. Macromedia was, in turn, acquired by Adobe Systems on 3 December 2005. Adobe Systems has developed and released eight successive versions of RoboHelp since 2007.
Adobe RoboHelp can generate help files in the following file formats:
The version numbering systems used by Blue Sky Software/eHelp Corporation, Macromedia, and Adobe Systems induced some head-scratching, especially among longtime RoboHelp users. For example, the first version of RoboHelp released by Adobe Systems in January 2007 was the 14th version of the software, but Adobe Systems decided to continue the numbering convention from Macromedia and thus gave this version the number 6...and dropped the X used in the previous version, RoboHelp X5. This decision caused confusion because Blue Sky Software released RoboHelp 6.0 in 1998. Adobe Systems continued with that numbering system and used versions 7 through 11 for successive versions of RoboHelp released from September 2007 to January 2014. With the introduction of Adobe RoboHelp 2015 in June 2015, Adobe Systems used a new numbering system with the release year instead of a version number and continues to use this convention with successive versions. This new version numbering system has removed any uncertainty about which version is the most recent. The current version, Adobe RoboHelp 2017, is the 21st version of the software released in RoboHelp's 26-year history.
|1.0||January 1992||First general availability release.|
|2.0–12.0||1993–2003||Blue Sky Software/eHelp Corporation released 11 successive versions of RoboHelp between 1993 and 2003 that started with version 2.0 and ended with version X4, which was released on 27 May 2003. RoboHelp X4 was the 12th version of the software.|
|13.0||27 January 2004||Three months after Macromedia acquired eHelp Corporation, Macromedia released RoboHelp X5 on 27 January 2004. Macromedia decided to continue the version numbering convention from the previous version, though RoboHelp X5 was the 13th version of the software.|
|14.0||17 January 2007||Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 6, which was the 14th version of the software, on 17 January 2007. Enhancements include:
|15.0||27 September 2007||Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 7 on 27 September 2007. RoboHelp 7 came in a standalone version and as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 1.0. Enhancements include:
|16.0||20 January 2009||Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 8 on 20 January 2009. RoboHelp 8 came in a standalone version and as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2.0. Enhancements include:
|17.0||11 January 2011||Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 9 on 11 January 2011. RoboHelp 9 came in a standalone version and as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3.0. Enhancements include:
|18.0||26 July 2012||Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 10 on 26 July 2012. RoboHelp 10 came in a standalone version and as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4.0. Enhancements include:|
|19.0||14 January 2014||Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 11 on 14 January 2014. It was available as a standalone product and as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 5.0. Enhancements include:
|20.0||8 June 2015||Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 2015 on 8 June 2015. This was the first Adobe-produced version to include the release year instead of the version number. It was available as a standalone product or as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 6.0. Enhancements include:
|21.0||31 January 2017||Adobe Systems released Adobe RoboHelp 2017 on 31 January 2017. It is available as a standalone product or as part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite (2017 Release). Enhancements include:
The network-specific version of Adobe RoboHelp, Adobe RoboHelp Server, is released on a separate schedule. Adobe RoboHelp Server, formerly RoboSource Control, provides version control and deployment of online help systems on a network. The current version of Adobe RoboHelp Server, version 10, was released on 12 April 2016.