Help Authoring Tools – why are they so ugly?

Tonight I was looking at various Help Authoring Tools: RoboHelp, Madcap Flare, and others I forget. So far I haven’t been impressed with the look and feel of any of their output. I want attractive help that looks like Adobe’s, or Apple’s, or even Microsoft’s MSDN.

I guess I could spend some time figuring out which one lets me style it the best using CSS. I’m especially surprised that Adobe’s Robohelp doesn’t come with something better out of the box. It’s Adobe for goodness’ sake!

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