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RoboHELP 1.0 screenshot

Screenshot of RoboHELP 1.0

RoboHELP 1.0 was the first version of the RoboHelp authoring tool, released in January 1992 by Blue Sky Software.[1]

FeaturesEdit

RoboHELP functions appear as a customizable floating palette of tools in Microsoft Word for Windows. It generates RTF files of formatted source code that can support context-sensitive help with hypertext links and cross references for the Windows 3.x Help System.[2]

Product historyEdit

Interview With Creator Of RoboHelp

Interview With Creator Of RoboHelp

RoboHELP was created by Gen Kiyooka at San Diego-based Blue Sky Software, which first announced RoboHelp in October 1991 for US$350 and required Word for Windows 1.0 and at least one development environment (Microsoft SDK 3.0, Borland C++ 2.0, or Zortech C++ 3.0) to compile the source code into Windows help files.[3] However, when it shipped in the following January, the price rose to $495 and minimum requirements were revised to specify at least Word for Windows 1.1.[1]

Blue Sky Software filed for the "ROBOHELP" trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 30, 1992.[4] As RoboHELP became the flagship product of Blue Sky Software, the company changed its name to eHelp Corporation on April 4, 2000.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pipeline: Shipped, InfoWorld p.13. 1992-01-20.
  2. Windows Help Authoring System by Blue Sky Software, InfoWorld p.95. 1992-05-04.
  3. Pipeline: Announced, InfoWorld p.24. 1991-10-28.
  4. ROBOHELP, Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office p.252. 1992.
  5. Blue Sky Software, Worldwide Leader in User Assistance Software, Emerges with New Name, eHelp Corporation., Business Wire. 2000-04-04. Archived 2017-02-26.

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