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Help+Manual 7.3.5 Maintenance Update

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, we have released a maintenance update for Help+Manual 7.3,5. We encourage you to install this maintenance release over your existing version of Help+Manual.

This update includes a couple of minor bug fixes and one really exciting new feature: Goalfish!

About Goalfish

Goalfish is a new software to create web presentations and interactive tutorials. Think of Goalfish as a graphics and animation editor to create interactive presentations for websites, technical documentation and eBooks.

Note: Goalfish has not been released yet! As a Help+Manual customer, you can join the Goalfish field test and get a preview. Help+Manual 7.3.5 fully supports the integration of Goalfish presentations into Help+Manual documentation.

Check out Goalfish and join the field test!

 
 

Known Issues and Bug Fixes in 7.3.5

  • PDF: a few minor problems fixed – keyword references sometimes not clickable, font embedding problem with TrueType fonts, page referrers not aligned properly when using the PDF/A option. Two minor glitches in the manual designer have been solved as well.
  • HTML Help/CHM: internal script has been updated to fix the problem that full-text search words contained in text toggles did not expand the toggle objects automatically.
  • Find & Replace: when searching for images, the found and selected image was sometimes not visible, but outside the viewport.
  • Topic Editor: Copy & paste of multiple table cells had slowed down the topic editor after mulitple paste operations. Protected text was difficult to read if the protected text span multiple words on a justified paragraph.
  • Custom topic status:  when changing the text of a custom status, the change is now propagated to topics as well.
  • Feature images: when a feature image was missing, the publishing report did not report an error and the reference for the missing image was still included
  • Project Report: to function to move unused images to a backup folder did not work if the list of images was very long

Please download the update to Help+Manual 7.3.5 from our download page and install over your existing installation of Help+Manual.

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Premium Pack 3.42/3.43 Maintenance Update

Versions 3.42/3.43 of the Help+Manual Premium Pack add-on is primarily a maintenance update. It is recommended for all Premium Pack users because it corrects several small but potentially annoying issues.

How to Get the Premium Pack Update:

You can download and install the updated version with the credentials you received when you purchased. If you no longer have this please contact support@ec-software.com and we will help you out. See the Premium Pack product page for more details on Premium Pack 3 and visit our online store to purchase.

3.43 Additional Corrections

V3 Skins Maintenance Update

Extended support for the full version of the Zoom web search indexer

More information

See the Premium Pack information page for general details and purchase information and the Premium Pack web-based documentation for full instructions.

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Help+Manual 7.3.4 build 4380 (Bugfix)

With version 7.3.4 released last week, we had introduced a really bad bug: tables with background images could not be read anymore. This problem has been fixed with the new version 7.3.4 build 4380.

Changes in build 4380

  • Tables with background images could not be read. If a topic contained a table with a background image, Help+Manual issued an error and said it could not read the XML data. The topic was truncated starting with this table.
  • AuthorIT import: bug fix for embedded images – some embedded images could not be extracted when importing an AuthorIT project.
  • Insert Conditional Text: with 7.3.4 we introduced a feature to remember the last condition used, to make it simplier to insert new conditional text tags. This feature turned out to have a backlash – other users complained about this feature being counter-productive and not supporting the workflow. The remember function has been removed with build 4380.

Download the Help+Manual Update:

Please download the update to Help+Manual 7.3.4 from our download page and install over your existing installation of Help+Manual.

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Happy New Year! Help+Manual 7.3.4 is here.

First of all: a Happy New Year to everybody who’s reading this newsblog!

We have been busy during the holiday season and completed Help+Manual 7.3.4, a free maintenance update for all 7.xx users. We encourage you to install this maintenance release over your existing version of Help+Manual.

New Features and Bug Fixes

  • Insert Image Hotspots: the hotspot editor now supports a zoom function to make it easier to work on hotspots on high-resolution monitors.
  • PDF/Print Manuals: the manual template designer has an extra option for keyword index separators (normally, those A – Z sections in the keyword index). Keyword sections can be created automatically from the actual keyword index. This improves the compatibiltity of PDF templates with projects in multiple languages.
  • Topic Editor: optical glitch removed when zoom was > 150%
  • Project Report: moving unused images to a backup folder did not work if the folder path contained an ampersand character.
  • Publishing Windows eBooks: additional check implemented whether the output file can be replaced/overwritten. Publishing an eBook could have triggered an error, if the target file was opened before the publishing task completed.

 

Download the Help+Manual Update:

Please download the update to Help+Manual 7.3.4 from our download page and install over your existing installation of Help+Manual.

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Help+Manual 7.3.3 for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

We are glad to announce the release of Help+Manual 7.3,3, which is a free update for all 7.xx users. We encourage you to install this maintenance release over your existing version of Help+Manual.
At the same time we have also released version 3.41 of the Help+Manual Premium Pack with three small but important corrections. See further below for details.

Delayed Execution on Windows 10 FCU

If you have installed the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU), you might notice a general slowdown in some situations, not just with Help+Manual, but with a large range of Windows software including Microsoft’s own tools and utilities. One particular situation, where this can be observed is the publish options configuration page for MS Word export. Opening this page on Win 10 FCU might have taken several seconds, it looked as if Help+Manual had frozen:

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Version 7.3.3 fixes this problem and should revert to normal speed.

 

New Features and Changes

  • Keyword Idex Tool: improved display when searching for a particular keyword
  • Insert Snippet Dialog: remembers the option to insert a snippet inline or on a new line
  • Webhelp full-text search: the default word length limit of 35 characters has been extended
  • Code Editor for Baggage files: support for .PHP and .ASP implemented
  • AuthorIT Import: context numbers were missing in some cases
  • Inline text toggles: when printed expanded, it was possible that the hidden text was inserted twice, depending on certain conditional-text options.
  • MS Word / DOCX Export: small bug with invalid characters in text fixed
  • XML keyword index: when the XML data contained whitespace in second-level keywords, the whitespace was interpreted as a blank keyword

Download the Help+Manual Update:

Please download the update to Help+Manual 7.3.3 from our download page and install over your existing installation of Help+Manual.

Premium Pack 3.41 Maintenance Update

This update includes these three fixes:

  • Compatibility with new Firefox: A change was needed in the V3 skins to prevent some clickable items from being disabled on Windows touch screen devices in the major new Firefox update.
  • Index entries with multiple references: If a keyword index entry has multiple entries the list is now displayed in a positioned box with scrollbars.
  • Removal of internal window name: An unnecessary internal window name in the V3 skins prevented opening successive URLs to the WebHelp in the same window from a web application.

You can download the Premium Pack update with the link and credentials you received when you purchased. If you no longer have these please contact support and we will send you a copy.

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Premium Pack 3.40 — SVG Icons Edition

This update to the Help+Manual Premium Pack add-on adds replaceable SVG sprite icons to the user interface. It also adds a few refinements to the V3 skins and the Toolbox utility, tidies up some of the CSS and squashes a couple of small bugs (crunch crunch crunch). It is a recommended update for all Premium Pack users.

How to Get the Premium Pack Update:

SVG Sprite Icons

V3 Skins Maintenance Update

Toolbox utility maintenance update

More information

See the Premium Pack information page for general details and purchase information and the Premium Pack web-based documentation for full instructions.

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Help+Manual 7.3.2 + Premium Pack 3.35 Maintenance Update

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, we have released a maintenance update for Help+Manual 7.3,2 and the Premium Pack 3.35. We encourage you to install this maintenance release over your existing version of Help+Manual.

Help+Manual New Features and Changes

  • Automatic recovery: Help+Manual 7.3.2 includes a new feature to automatically recover unsaved changes after a crash or a power failure.
  • SVG images in HTML Help (.chm): the HTML export options dialog has a new option to optionally convert SVG images to PNG.
  • HTML Help (.chm) and YouTube videos: the standard skins have been modified to avoid Javascript errors with YouTube and Vimeo web videos in CHM files.
  • Webhelp standard skins have been updated.
  • EWriter eBooks: The Premium Pack update now includes a new set of V3 skins for the EWriter format, which can also be used as an alternative to CHM.
  • TidyXML option is now enabled for repositories
  • PDF: anchor hotspots have been moved a little bit higher along the y position to improve deep jumps to topic anchors.
  • Improved Insert Link dialog: the drop-down width for the anchor combobox now has a dynamic width to accommodate even very long anchors
  • Improved list dialog

Known Issues and Bug Fixes

  • TidyXML: if TidyXML was off, protected text was not saved as protected.
  • TidyXML: bug in white-space filter (at XML read) fixed
  • Table editing: splitting a table into 2 separate tables could have led to an error
  • PDF/Print: text with character spacing <> 0 was wrong positioned., strike-through text had strike-through line slightly shorter than the text
  • Multi-user refresh: refreshing secondary TOCs did not work in multiuser-mode
  • Topic editor: topic status combo was not updated after adding a custom topic status  in Config > Common, also fixed: a rare word break bug with Russian texts
  • SVG images in Word/DOCX export: image quality has been improved, the converted PNG will have the actually displayed size of the SVG (or the original SVG size, whichever is larger)
  • Invalid characters in style names: Some characters like the hyphen (-) that can cause problems in CSS style names are no longer allowed when naming styles. In existing styles they will be converted to underscores (_) on publishing.

Download the Help+Manual Update:

Please download the update to Help+Manual 7.3.2 from our download page and install over your existing installation of Help+Manual.

Premium Pack 3.35 with V3 EWriter Skins

Together with the Help+Manual 7.3.2 maintenance update we are pleased to announce the release of Premium Pack 3.35. This update introduces a new set of  V3 skins for Help+Manual’s increasingly popular EWriter help format. The new skins bring V3’s lighting-fast topic browsing to EWriter, along with a wide range of advanced functions.

See the Premium Pack Change Log for a full list of changes and improvements in this update.

How to Get the Premium Pack Update:

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 support@ec-software.com and we will help you out.

See the Premium Pack product page for more details on Premium Pack 3 and visit our online store to purchase.

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Qt Help Format Support

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of QtHelpConverter, an add-on application for Help+Manual to create Qt Help files. With QtHelpConverter as add-on, Help+Manual now publishes help files in Qt Help format.

About Qt
Qt is a cross-platform application framework for developing application software that can be run on various software and hardware platforms.

Converts HTML Help to Qt Help

QtHelpConverter takes a compiled HTML Help/CHM file and outputs Qt help (.qch). Note that this application is not an authoring tool, it just converts a finished CHM help file to a corresponding Qt help file.

The converter is a stand-alone application and can be used with any standards-compliant HTML Help/CHM file.

For seamless integration in Help+Manual, QtHelpConverter has a command line interface to turn a CHM files created by Help+Manual into a Qt Help file. The converter application includes online help (in Qt format, of course) with detailed instructions.

QtHelpConverter is free

Download QtHelpConverter

 

 

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Help+Manual 7.3.1 Maintenance Update

We just released a maintenance update for Help+Manual 7.3,1. This maintenenance update fixes a few bugs that were still present in the 7.3.0 release.

Known Issues

  • Topic editor, paragraph options: if the options “Keep para with next” was set manually for a paragraph, the modification was not stored.
  • Optical glitch in Paragraph ribbon tab: for a paragraph with justified text, both options the “Left align” and “Justify” were displayed as “on”.
  • PDF/Print: 8-bit PNG images with bit-transparent areas appeared too transparent in PDF (transparency was applied by transparency-color, not by bit mask).
  • TidyXML: the batch change option included the reference to the schema file without a relative path. This is uncritical in Help+Manual but external validation of topic XML files might not work in this case.

Download

Please download the update to Help+Manual 7.3.1 from our download page and install over your existing installation of Help+Manual.

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Help+Manual 7.3 with TidyXML Released

We are happy to announce the release of Help+Manual 7.3. This maintenenance update includes an important new feature called TidyXML – a more streamlined XML topic format, that will help external translations of the content. The new TidyXML feature is explained in details here.

This update is free for all 7.xx users. Plus, there is an important update for the Premium Pack to version 3.30!

New Features

  • TidyXML implemented (see above).
  • Project Report: Remove Unused Images option implemented. When running the “Full Project Report”, it displays a list of apparently unused images. There is a new button per image folder to move these images to a backup folder.
  • AuthorIT Import: embedded images are now supported.
  • PDF: new option implemented to embed TrueType collections as Type3 fonts. TrueType collections are multiple fonts in one font file and cannot be embedded as TrueType (example: “MS Gothic”).
  • Syntax highlighter configuration dialog: option to save/load a configuration added.
  • Insert Link dialog box: when editing Internet Links, the dialog behaves more intelligently.
  • The function Rescue Copy has been moved from backstage view to the “Save As” function.
  • Style combo, Font and Font Size combobox: dropdown lists have been made longer.

Known Issues

  • Webhelp: XSS vulnerability fixed – all skins and default settings now handle direct context sensitive calls extremely strict, to prevent any form of cross-site scripting.
  • Improvements for high-res 4K monitors
  • PDF/Print: some rare line break problems fixed. Improved widow/orphan control at the beginning of topics.
  • PDF: PNG images with < 24 Bit color depth in PDF: these images were not transparent in the PDF file.
  • Word/DOCX: page breaks at the beginning of a topic are now placed before the topic heading and not between heading and text.
  • Word/DOCX: Several Wingdings bullets symbols did not work on non-ANSI Windows (e.g. Hebrew, Polish, Chinese, Russian).
  • Word/DOCX: links to topic names longer than 43 characters did not work.
  • Word/DOCX: an empty topic body was exported as 1 blank line, which is now suppressed (similar to PDF).
  • PDF Manual Designer: pasting a topic text placeholder somewhere else but at the topic band caused an error.
  • When changing a topic ID, references in secondary TOCs were not changed.
  • Bullet symbols on Hebrew Windows: Wingdings #250 did not work.
  • Image maps in responsive images with % width of page: optical glitch fixed, the hotspots had a small vertical offset.
  • XSLT style sheet for XML file rendering in browser: small bug fix for image search path – a relative image search path that was outside the project folder was not correctly resolved.
  • Webhelp: inline videos (MP4) were reset when clicked twice. A second click must stop the video instead of restarting it.
  • Insert Picture dialog: the padding window has improved positioning on small screens. The dialog now remembers alignment, HTML class, zoom and padding for new images.
  • HTML Help/CHM: Optical glitches in standard CHM-skins fixed.
  • Webhelp: when a blank line contained exactly 2 blanks, the line was exported as
    <p><span> </span></p>, which caused most browsers to ignore the line completely.

 

Premium Pack 3.3 Update

Together with Help+Manual 7.3 we have also released version 3.30 of the Premium Pack add-on. This update brings a major improvement to the Premium Pack Toolbox utility, adding a powerful new feature called Normalize Project Styles. This new tool can save you many hours of manual work when importing formatted text from HTML and CHM. See the Toolbox Help for details.

Version 3.30 of Toolbox also includes a feature for transferring your personal configuration from an old skin to a new one. You can select from ten different settings groups with previews to copy exactly what you need to an updated skin.

In a maintenance update to the skins themselves, a number of issues reported by users have been corrected. The formatting of drop-down menus in the CHM skins has been improved. All WebHelp skins now have an option for removing the “Score/Hits” line below each search result.

Download

Please download the update to Help+Manual 7.3 from our download page and install over your existing installation of Help+Manual.

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