or if like me you like the easy life
The easy life seems to be an expensive life!
Not really... $459.00 is quite reasonable considering what it delivers... The question is whether you need that power or not.
The ability to produce CHM, HLP, PDF, XML, RTF, and other formats all from the same source is so worth it. Here's why...
You have a help file where you're creating a CHM. But you decide that you need it done for the web. The help is say 100 pages long. How long does it take, and how much is your time worth? Remember that you need to do this manually each time...
Next, you need it in PDF format... Same as above...
Now you need to do this all for every release! OUCH! You just screwed yourself for time if you didn't plan ahead and get a solution like H&M.
It's all about saving time and being more productive. Tools like H&M are always expensive for a very real reason. They save money and pay for themselves.
However, a lot of people don't need them. I don't use H&M for GDT's docs because they're short and I don't need that much power. At the dayjob, I really need it badly.
Besides - Alexsander is a fun guy after a few glasses of wine!