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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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Learn Technical Writing Online with Help and Manual

We’d like to point you to a new online training course about Technical Writing with Help+Manual, created by Subash Sarath, a technical writer, software developer and Help+Manual user.

This is an online class consisting of several dozens of video tutorials and is best described as a Technical Writing Course for Beginners using Help+Manual.  The focus is more on technical writing than on the nuts and bolts of Help+Manual.

Having used Help+Manual more than any of the other HATs, in the course I teach a fairly good amount of Help+Manual besides fundamentals of Technical Writing. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning Technical Writing or wants to become a Technical Writer, then this is the course for you. You may follow this link to the course.
Subash Sarath

The class curriculum includes among other chapters:

  • Technical Writing Style and Technical Writing Grammar
  • Formatting Content
  • Capturing and Editing Images from the screen
  • Creating more topics for your help file
  • Compiling and Generating the Online Help
  • Generating other forms of Help

 

The online course costs $225 regular (a special offer for $199 in December 2016 is planned) and offers unlimited access to all videos in the class.

Check out the link to the course with several short free preview videos:

http://learn-technical-writing-fast.teachable.com/p/become-an-awesome-technical-writer-with-help-manual

 

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Dakota Systems offers Help+Manual training in Chicago

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.

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Russian Help & Manual user forum available

There is now a new addition to the Help & Manual online community: Russian users of Help & Manual can discuss the program with other users on the Russian user forum managed on the Techwriters.ru site:

Main forum site:

http://techwriters.ru/forum/

Help & Manual section:

http://techwriters.ru/forum/forum636/ 

Note that this is an independent user forum that is not managed by EC Software. See this page for all the user forums now available for Help & Manual:

http://www.helpandmanual.com/support_forum.html 

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