Posted by Alexander Halser on December 2, 2016
We have updated Help+Manual 7.2 to build 4033 by today. This build-update fixes a problem with the project report and with the table of contents.
Selection of multiple topics in the table of contents with CTRL + mouse click did not work. Several users also reported that the project report did not work in the local browser and generated just an empty page. This bug was new with 7.2.0 that has not been detected during the beta phase, unfortunately. We are sorry for the inconvenience!
Please download the update to Help+Manual 7.2 build 4033 from our download page and install over your existing installation of Help+Manual.
Posted by Alexander Halser on November 22, 2016
We are glad to announce the release of Help+Manual 7.2 ! After v7.1 earlier this year, this update is another big “minor” update that is free for all 7.xx users. Plus, there is an important update for the Premium Pack to version 3.20!
H&M’s output format “EWriter eBooks” (self-executable eBooks for Windows) is getting more and more popular as a replacement format for CHM files. We have implemented new features to make it more flexible:
Together with Help+Manual 7.2 we have also released version 3.20 of the Premium Pack add-on. This is a major upgrade with a number of powerful new features and improvements. These include a WordPress plugin, support for Google Web Fonts, advanced support for developers and new ways of displaying tables and images on mobile devices.
Please download the update to Help+Manual 7.2 from our download page and install over your existing installation of Help+Manual.
Posted by Alexander Halser on October 31, 2016
Being Delphi developers ourselfs, we are a proud sponsor of the Delphi Developer Days!
Delphi Developer Days 2016 is a four-city Delphi tour in the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia. Each Delphi Developer Days event includes two days of Delphi sessions with Cary Jensen and Nick Hodges. They present both joint sessions, in which they explore in-depth topics together, as well as simultaneous tracks, where they break out into separate rooms to present diverse topics. All attendees will receive a Delphi Developer Days course book, containing more than 300 pages of material presented during Delphi Developer Days.
Chicago, Illinois: November 14-15, 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark: November 24-25, 2016
Frankfurt, Germany: November 28-29, 2016
Baltimore, Maryland: December 5-6, 2016
Posted by tim green on October 18, 2016
We are proud and excited to announce that EC Software has once again received both the Top 50 Publisher and Top 100 Product Awards from ComponentSource, one of the leading online shops for professional development software.
In addition to this, Help+Manual is now the top-selling help authoring tool at ComponentSource by a wide margin. Help+Manual ranks 67th in the overall sales ranking for all products in the ComponentSource store.
ComponentSource Publisher Awards page:
Posted by tim green on October 7, 2016
Our free standalone tool for generating EWriter eBooks and help files from HTML source files has now been updated to 1.0.1. This update brings the standalone version up to date with the EWriter publishing features in the current version of Help+Manual 7.
You can download the installer for the updated EWriter tool here:
EWriter is a freeware Windows eBook and help format that supports context-sensitive help and can replace CHM files for documenting Windows applications. It combines the benefits of CHM and WebHelp and eliminates the major disadvantages of both: Like CHM, it is a compact, single-file format that opens every context help call in the same window. Like WebHelp, the entire interface can be skinned and the books work on network drives. In addition to this, it also supports unique security functions and the ability to link to EXE files to create interactive documentation.
Note that some features supported only by Help+Manual, like links to EXE files, still require EWriter source files generated by Help+Manual itself, because the HTML code for the links is different. Even if you generate the source as WebHelp in Help+Manual and then use the standalone EWriter tool to compile the WebHelp to EWriter the links to EXE files won’t work because they will be coded differently.
Posted by tim green on August 11, 2016
As you will know if you use Subversion, recent changes to the Tortoise SVN client have made it necessary to downgrade to Tortoise SVN 1.9.2 to maintain compatibility with Help+Manual 6 and 7. This is potentially problematic in the long term, because it means that your version of Tortoise may no longer match the current version of your Subversion Server.
We now have a solution for this that works for both Help+Manual 7 and Help+Manual 6. We are going to provide more integrated support for it in the next update to H+M 7, but you can install the solution now and it will work fine. All you need to do is update Tortoise and then install the current 32-bit SVN client from Collabnet. The download is free, but at the moment you do need to register with Collabnet to get it. We are looking for a better solution for this.
The only caveat is that you must make sure that all components have the same version. The version number indicates the Subversion version, so currently your Subversion server, Tortoise and the Collabnet client should all be version 1.9.4. If you update any of the components in the future you should update ALL of them to the same number again.
This is Tortoise SVN 1.9.4. It is important that you DON’T use 1.9.3 — that was an intermediate version and it will continue to confuse Help+Manual’s SVN client access. You can always download the current Tortoise SVN version on this page:
When you click on the download link on this page you will first need to complete a free registration with Collabnet before you can proceed:
IMPORTANT: You ONLY need the 32-bit command line client, even on 64-bit Windows. In the current version this is titled “Subversion 1.9.4 (Windows 32-bit)” and is 6.16MB. This is the only component that is missing to make the current version of Subversion work properly with Help+Manual.
After downloading, run the installer and accept the default location it chooses for installation.
Subversion functions should now work properly without any further action on your part. In the unlikely event that there are problems, select the Collabnet client manually in View > Program Options > Subversion. It is installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\CollabNet\Subversion Client and the file you need to select is libsvn_client-1.dll.
Posted by tim green on May 24, 2016
We’re pleased to announce the release of the Premium Pack 3.15 update. This update adds a couple of important new features and correct some problems that users have reported. The new features added this time will be particularly interesting if you want to add WebHelp to a WordPress site or if you are using WebHelp locally without a web server.
You can download and install the updated version with the same download link and installation password from the mail you received when you purchased your copy of Premium Pack 3. If you no longer have this please contact email@example.com and we will help you out.
This release includes some new Premium Pack language files for Dutch, French and German provided by some Help & Manual users. You can load the language files into your skins with the Premium Pack Toolbox utility included with the Premium Pack.
The URLs displayed when using WebHelp without a web server are now much more consistent and clear. We have also dealt with an Internet Explorer bug that displayed garbled URLs in some situations when using WebHelp without a web server.
You can now use embedded help, field-level topics and field-level popups in WordPress sites with the V3 Responsive skins.
You can now use field level topics and field level pop-ups on the same page.
It is possible to create a chapter that consists of a single large topic, with additional TOC entries that refer to anchors in that topic file as “sub-topics”. The highlights in the TOC now display correctly when these “anchor topics” are selected and the page scrolls to the correct location. This also works when these pages are opened with a topic link or URL.
Posted by tim green on April 27, 2016
We are preparing the next update of Premium Pack 3 and we would like to include as many language files for the skins as possible in this release.
If you have added your own language interface for your skins you can save the language file very easily with Premium Pack Toolbox. Just load the skin in Toolbox, then select File > Premium Pack Language Files > Save PP Language File and type only the language of your skin as the name (for Example “French” or “Hindi”). Everything else is automatic.
Then just mail the file to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can include it in the upcoming release.
Thanks a lot!
Posted by Alexander Halser on April 6, 2016
Dakota Systems, a leader in enterprise publishing and content management, and EC Software, makers of Help+Manual, today announced a partnership to sell and deliver training for the help authoring tool.
Dakota Systems is a privately-held corporation headquartered in the heart of downtown Chicago, IL, USA. Specializing in content management and XML publishing solutions, Dakota has gained industry recognition of its content delivery services for customers around the world.
“We are excited about the prospects of working with EC Software,” said Brian Buehling, Managing Director of Dakota Systems. “Help+Manual is a program that has many unique advantages over other help authoring tools. Its great user interface delivers much of the functionality of a high end component content management system in an affordable program.”
For both beginning and advanced Help+Manual users, Dakota provides training courses that are customized for the requirements of each organization. To learn more, please visit www.daksys.com.