Blue Sky Software Corp has come up with an offering that it hopes will solve the problems generated by the big Java players developing their own Windows Help formats as alternatives to the WinHelp system for online Help formats. Blue Sky develops the tools that enable authors to create formats and has acted on concerns that a wide variety of unstandardized Help technologies will result in frequent and expensive software updates. Microsoft Corp has the HTML Help format launched earlier this year, as was Netscape Communications Corp’s Netscape NetHelp. Oracle Corp’s Oracle Help has just been released and Java king Sun Microsystems Inc is set to release JavaHelp next year. Blue Sky has launched a service called the Subscription Plan intended to enable Help authors to quickly, economically and with relative ease, receive the latest versions of their Help tools to keep up with the the frequent upgrades that are appearing. The Subscription Plan from the privately held La Jolla, California-based company enables customers to upgrade and maintain releases for the products they license, minimising support and training costs. The Subscription Plan is priced at $25 per month for each licensed product covered, and carries a minimum enrolment time of one year.
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