Premium Pack updates for H&M 6.3

The Premium Pack 1.x and 2.x packages have both been updated for compatibility with Help & Manual 6.3. This was necessary to support the new option that makes it possible to link to CHM context ID numbers with URLs in WebHelp, so that your programmers can use the same IDs for linking to both CHM help files and the WebHelp versions. In addition to this all three packages (including 1.x for HM5) have also been updated to correct a couple of very obscure potential cross-site scripting vulnerabilities that we have become aware of (to the best of our knowledge, these have never been exploited). And as an additional freebie, the 1.56 update package for HM6 now also includes the full 2.20 version of the iPad skin with offline web app support.

How to get the updates:

If you are a registered user of any of these Premium Pack packages (1.x for HM5, 1.x for HM6, 2.x for HM6) you can get the new 1.56 and 2.20 versions with the download link and installation key you received when you purchased the Premium Pack. If you have misplaced those please contact support AT ec-software.com (replace the AT with @)  and we will help you out.

Change Log

In addition to the above, the following minor fixes and improvements are included in the updates: Read the rest of this entry »

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Help+Manual 6.3: Webhelp with context numbers and revised import

We are glad to announce the release of Help+Manual 6.3! This is a free update for all registered 6.xx users.

The focus for this update was on the import functions – Winhelp, Robohelp, HTML and Word/RTF import have been revised or completely reimplemented. The Winhelp (.hlp) import in particular has become significantly faster, Robohelp import reads more project details (e.g. conditional text), Word/RTF import now fully resolves in-document links and the generic HTML import has got extended import options.

The second most important new feature is about Webhelp: Help & Manual’s Webhelp has always been context-sensitive and you could display a particular topic by referencing the topic ID after the question mark in the url. Now, we added context numbers as well! Help & Manual 6.3 exports Webhelp with context numbers that can be called alternatively, similar to the context-sensitive help calls in HTML Help.

Furthermore, we have added new features to the UI to improve usability and implemented an option to exclude topics from full-text search in CHM files.

Last, not least, we have fixed several bugs in Visual Studio Help (.mshc), especially with multiple projects.

Adjustable font size for the main window UI

 

New features in version 6.3: 

  • Webhelp: context numbers implemented
  • Webhelp: after publishing H&M now automatically opens the selected topic in the browser (like with CHM files). This will illustrate how to use Webhelp with context-sensitivity, without explaining it with lots of words.
  • Webhelp: sitemaps are split if they exceed the maximum size of 50.000 urls or 10 megabyte in size
  • HTML Help (.chm): topics that start with an underscore “_” can be excluded from search (new option in HTML > Misc)
  •  New editor option (in File > Program Options): smart selection. If switched off, the topic editor uses a character-only selection, more suitable for Asian languages.
  • Main window UI: menus now use system font size instead of hard-coded font size. The View tab has a new option to adjust the menu font size relatively to the system font (smaller/default/larger).
  • Topic editor, ruler above editor: the ruler got a context menu to quickly access the paragraph options and to customize the topic editor
  • Topic editor: when making selected text a keyword, soft hyphens are filtered out
  • PNG images in editor show alpha transparency
  • Insert link dialog: some accelerator keys changed
  • Insert Picture (Write tab): a second link to the screen capture tool has been inserted in the drop-down menu of this button for easier access. 
  • Synchronize tool now handles repositories

Revised document import:

  • Winhelp (.hpj) import: this function has been completely reimplemented, making it significantly faster and more accurate when resolving links.
  • HTML Help (.chm) import: improved style handling, small bug fixes.
  • Word/RTF import: in-document links are now resolved, one rare case of crash has been fixed.
  • Generic HTML import: improved style handling and extended import options implemented.

Other bug fixes, changes and improvements:

  • Visual Studio Help (.mshc): problems with toggles fixed for VS 2012. The MSHC server modifies the HTML source at runtime and inserts hard-coded image path to every image, breaking our toggle images. The new toggle script now preserves any existing path and re-uses it.
  • Problem fix for Webhelp: collapse unfocused entries delivery false positives in some cases (javascript fix) and a script leak in the frame template was fixed to prevent cross-site scripting.
  • Find & Replace: bugfix when doing a bulk search with “whole word”, when clicking an entry of the result list, the first instance of the search term was highlighted regardless of the “whole word” option.
  • Topic editor and spell checker: the characters « and » are now recognized as quote characters.
  • PDF output: named destinations did not work in some cases. Named are now all exported as lowercase. Furthermore, the strikethrough format was not placed correctly and the trademark ™ symbol forced entire line to be exported as glyphs, which has been fixed. Also changed: you can now use variables with the owner and user password.
  • Subversion: modal dialog problem fixed, bug fix for German umlauts in project names.
  • Project report: images that exist in baggage files only, were flagged as “missing” in the full project report, snippets located in the project were wrong.
  • Snippets: when inserting snippets as a copy, the snippet styles were not correctly applied. Switching between screen and print preview did not switch the linked snippets.
  • HTML Help (.chm): if the CHM window title contained double quotes, they were not properly replaced by single quotes (MS HTML Help Workshop cannot deal with double quotes in the window title).
  • After performing “Save as”, some table of contents entries could become read-only when a right-click on the TOC was performed right after this.
  • Minor glitches in EPUB fixed.
  • Problem with SourceGear Vault VCS fixed.

 

Download

Version 6.3 is a free update for all 6.x users. Please get the update from our download page: http://www.helpandmanual.com/downloads.html

 

 

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Official beta of Help & Manual 6.3 available for download

We are glad to announce the official BETA version of the upcoming Help & Manual 6.3 release!

Download here:
http://download.ec-software.com/help-an … p-v630.exe

Please note, that this setup will attempt to overwrite any existing 6.x installation. This beta version is stable, but – well, it is a beta version. Please post any questions or feedback to the user forum at:

http://helpman.it-authoring.com/ 

What’s new?

The major focus for this update was on the import functions. We have completely reimplemented the Winhelp (.hpj) import and improved HTML, CHM and RTF/Word import. So when you are testing this beta version, please take a look at the import functions.

Import functions

  • Winhelp (.hpj) import was completely reimplemented and should work flawlessly. Because we eliminated and reimplemented the old RTF parser, this function has become at least 10 times faster than before.
  • RTF/Word import: besides a few smaller glitches that concerned font sizes, Help & Manual now properly resolves in-document links and external links. Embedded images are still numbers (because they don’t have names) but are named with a project prefix. Multiple imports of the same RTF document will produce the same images again.
  • HTML and CHM import: the import options have a new selection, to filter the first <H2> tag of a HTML page and use it as topic header. Style naming has been improved and in some cases, German umlauts and special characters caused unwanted line breaks (bugfix). Also fixed: HTML pages with colored background are filtered out and imported as white.

Webhelp export

The Webhelp output now implements help context numbers for easier context sensitive help.  For details, please refer to this help topic in the online version of the help  (note that this is a context number call):

http://www.helpandmanual.com/help/index … extid=7380

Note: to enable help context calls for your own Webhelp system, you need to either reset the Webhelp navigation template, or – if you are using a skin, tweak the template of the skin file. The next update of the Premium Pack will include the necessary modifications.

User interface improvements and bug fixes

  • Main window UI: menus now use system font size instead of hard-coded font size. The View tab has a new option to adjust the menu font size relatively to the system font (smaller/default/larger).
    New HM UI font setting

    A new font adjustment setting is available for the Help & Manual user interface

  • Topic editor, ruler above editor: the ruler got a context menu to quickly access the paragraph options and to customize the topic editor
  • Topic editor and spell checker: the characters « and » are now recognized as quote characters.
  • Topic editor – new option in File > Program Options: Smart selection. If switched off, the topic editor uses a character-only selection, more suitable for Asian languages.
  • Topic editor: checkbox “Topic has separate header” made a bit smaller (not full width)
  • Topic editor: PNG images in editor show alpha transparency
  • Topic editor: When making selected text a keyword, soft hyphens are filtered out
  • Find & Replace: small bugfix when doing a bulk search with “whole word”
  • Mini-glitch in topic spell check changed (referenece viewtopic.php?f=30&t=12419&p=50840 )
  • SubVersion: bug with German umlauts in project names fixed
  • Project report: images that exist in baggage files only, were flagged as “missing” in the full project report
  • Insert link dialog: some accelerator keys changed
  • Insert table dialog: number of rows was limited to 999 rows
  • Projects files: the file list was refreshed too often when expanding the project files section, causing delays with large projects
  • PDF export: strikethrough format was not placed correctly
  • EPUB export: minor glitches fixed

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Win a ticket to the dotnet Cologne 2013 conference on May 3

On May 3. EC Software will once again be exhibiting at the dotnet Cologne, our favorite conference in Germany for the .NET development community. We are raffling off two full tickets for the conference. For a chance to win one of them, just post a comment/answer to our Facebook posting about the conference, the winners will be chosen from everyone who responds:

Click here to respond to the Facebook posting for a chance to win a free ticket

Click here to visit the dotnet Cologne website

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Premium Pack 2.15 Maintenance Update

The Premium Pack 2.15 update is now available for download. It adds a social sharing tool for Facebook, Twitter, Google +1, LinkedIn and Mail, support for the new Disqus 2012 commenting update and a number of other features and fixes.

New customers will get it automatically. If you already have version 2 you can get the update by downloading with the same link and personal installation password you received when you purchased. The new versions of the skins will be installed in new folders; they won’t overwrite the older versions.

Premium Pack 2.15 is a maintenance update that only affects the WebHelp and Dual-Mode Classic skins. The iPad, CHM and Smartphone skins all remain unchanged.

See this page for general information on the Premium Pack. Visit our shop page to purchase.

WebHelp Skins – New Features

  • Social Sharing tool
    You can activate a new Share tool in the WebHelp toolbar to share the current topic on Facebook, Twitter, Google +1, LinkedIn and by email.
  • Print Search Highlights
    A new configuration option (PRINT_HILITE configuration variable) allows you to include the yellow highlights in the printout when the user prints a search results page.
  • Optional Print dialog display
    A new configuration option (AUTO_PRINT configuration variable) makes activation of the Print dialog optional when the user selects the Print tool in the WebHelp toolbar. When AUTO_PRINT is set to false the print preview is displayed with an additional Print button at the top that the user must click to start printing.
  • Favicon support
    You can now include your own favicon with your WebHelp output. Favicons are the little icons that are displayed in the tabs of web pages in web browsers.
  • Open with header box closed
    Normally, the header box above the toolbar in the WebHelp interface is open when the user first accesses the help. You can now set a configuration variable (3FRAME_STARTCLOSED) that will make your WebHelp open with the header box closed by default.

WebHelp Skins — Issues and Fixes

  • Disqus comments
    The Disqus online commenting system is now updating all accounts to their new Disqus 2012 comment format. This is now identified and displayed correctly.
  • Linux browser identification
    Some Linux browsers on 64-bit Linux distributions were incorrectly identified as Android devices. This has been corrected.
  • Permalink tool caption
    The Permalink tool caption did not have a configuration variable to allow you to change the text. Now it does (HELP_URL_TITLE)

Dual-Mode Classic Skins

  • Disqus comments
    The Dual-Mode Classic skins have also been updated for the new Disqus 2012 format, to which all Disqus user accounts are being updated.

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Help & Manual 6.2.3 Maintenance Update

This is a maintenance update, free for all registered users of Help+Manual 6!

Update v6.2.3 Build 2670

  • Project report: the “long project report” now includes a check for invalid custom builds. Use the long project report to detect broken conditional text tags. Bug fix: dead links in topics were not marked red in the report.
  • Word (RTF) export: color tables were wrong
  • Spell check, customize word list: the dialog did not scale correctly on systems with large fonts
  • Dropdown toggles: the toggle icon now got a class name “dropdown-toggle-icon” and the CSS stylesheet was extended to associate a hand-pointer cursor to all toggle icons.
  • CHM import: small bug fix for TOC entries that were child items of runtime-merge nodes
  • HPJ import: small bugfix for images that were used as links
  • Insert screenshot toggle: image padding is now memorized.
  • Splitting or copying tables which contained bullets, caused subsequent errors in editor and could crash the program
  • When a merged sub-project was deleted right after inserting it, an access violation occurred
  • If you missed the 6.2 update with really a lot of new features, please read on about the 6.2 release

Download

Version 6.2.3 is a free update for all 6.x users. Please get the update from our download page: http://www.helpandmanual.com/downloads.html

 

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Help & Manual 6.2.2 Maintenance Update

This is a small maintenance update, free for all registered users of Help+Manual 6!

Update v6.2.2 Build 2636

  • IME positioning problems for Japanese and Korean fixed
  • In some cases, loading of snippets inside tables failed during export
  • Splitting a table into two tables caused images in the second table to temporary disappear
  • Insert image dialog box: when an image is not in the search path, H&M offered to add the path or to copy the image. A third option has been added to cancel the task.
  • If you missed the 6.2 update with really a lot of new features, please read on about the 6.2 release

Download

Version 6.2.2 is a free update for all 6.x users. Please get the update from our download page: http://www.helpandmanual.com/downloads.html

 

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Help+Manual 6.2.1 Maintenance Update

This is a small maintenance update, free for all registered users of Help+Manual 6!

Update v6.2.1 Build 2616

  • Bugfix for snippets or wide images in numbered lists: loading caused index-out-of-bounds error 
  •  Snippets now align with the bottom of a text line, instead of “baseline”. This puts them more in line with text around it. 
  • Execute links in topic editor: now also jumps to a topic in a child project, if it is merged 
  • OLE objects have a vertical alignment property to improve the display of equations. 
  • Bugfix in HTML list output when the option “lists as text” was switched off 
  • PDF bugfix: bullets didn’t appear in Nitro Reader (Adobe Reader was ok) 
  • PDF command line publishing: when two instances attempted to open the same manual template at the same fraction of a second, one instance failed to read the template. 
  • Painting of highlighted text (text with background color) in editor did not work if the highlighted text was preceeded by a scaled image. 
  • Welcome screen, recent projects list: mouse-over now shows full path
  • Parsing problem with Premium Pack skin variables fixed 
  • HTML export of toggle icons in merged child projects did not work in certain constellations
  • XSD schema file did not define publishing tasks
  • If you missed the 6.2 update with really a lot of new features, please read on about the 6.2 release

Download

Version 6.2.1 is a free update for all 6.x users. Please get the update from our download page: http://www.helpandmanual.com/downloads.html

 

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Premium Pack 2.1 for H&M 6 released

This is the first major update to Premium Pack 2, introducing several major new features and a wealth of improvements and enhancements. The main additions are offline web app mode for the iPad skin and integration of XCommentPro comments for WebHelp. Offline web apps mean iPad documentation can be stored locally on the iPad. It is then displayed like an app with no browser header and full support for search, and will update automatically in the background when the device is online. XCommentPro is a commercial PHP-based comments system that allows you to host your own comments rather than relying on a public provider like Disqus or IntenseDebate. It works both on the Internet and local intranets.

HOW TO GET THE NEW VERSION

If you already have Premium Pack 2 this is a free upgrade. You can get the new version by using the download link in the mail you received when you purchased PP2, or just contact EC Software support for help. If you don’t already have any Premium Pack you can purchase from our online store. If you have Premium Pack 1 you can purchase an upgrade from the store.

GET A 50% DISCOUNT ON XCOMMENTPRO

As part of the launch of Premium Pack 2.1, Help & Manual users can get a special 50% discount on the XCommentPro commenting package. Just visit the XCommentPro store and use the coupon code PPXCOMMENT when you make your purchase.

WEBHELP FEATURES

  • Integration of XCommentPro
  • All comments are now displayed in a lightbox with scrollbar (also Disqus and IntenseDebate comments)
  • Image lightboxes have been updated: they now automatically expand within the borders of the browser window, with a zoom button for full size
  • All tabs synchronize with the TOC
  • Users can specify up to 5 topics that will be opened automatically in tabs
  • The visitor’s last tabs can be reopened automatically on the next visit (30-day cookie)
  • Comprehensive overhaul of search page layout for full compatibility with the full version of Wrensoft Zoom and better general layout
  • Email feedback: You can now alternatively enter an URL for your own email feedback page with a paramater string
  • Email-Feedback: Your email address is now only stored in one central location and can be obfuscated (anti-spam)
  • Topic title display in the browser title bar can be disabled
  • Google Chrome check to warn users trying to open WebHelp in Google Chrome without a web server

WEBHELP FIXES

  • Pages with large images didn’t have a horizontal scrollbar if the topic had no header
  • Permalink fixes for the Metro version of IE 10
  • Fixes for videos in IE 10 Metro and Desktop versions
  • Windows 8 laptops and tablets with touch-screens are now correctly identified
  • Additional icon sets for sortable tables were missing in some skins
  • Hide search and index tools in the toolbar when the user has disabled search or index
  • Relative web links open in a new window or tab (necessary for links to other webhelp sites)
  • Solved problem with “script busy” messages shown on IE 8 for help with very long TOCs

IPAD FEATURES

  • Save iPad documentation as an offline web app with automatic background updating
  • Support for retina images (automatic switch)
  • Touch support for lightbox images with automatic height and width adjustment and zoom button
  • Automatic warning if iOS version is out of date
  • Update of search page layout for compatibility with the full version of Wrensoft Zoom and better general layout

IPAD FIXES

  • Updates for iOS 6 (multiple issues)
  • SEO enhancements

CHM FEATURES

  • Image lightboxes have been updated: they now automatically expand within the borders of the browser window, with a zoom button for viewing image full size

CHM FIXES

  • File Link Fixer failed with some file links
  • Additional icon sets for sortable tables were missing in some skins

SMARTPHONE FEATURES

  • Lightbox images are now supported on smartphones
  • Support for retina images (automatic switching)
  • Option: Open to TOC instead of first topic
  • Option: Load topics in background when selected in TOC

SMARTPHONE FIXES

  • SEO improvements
  • Modifications for Chrome on Android (multiple issues, Chrome is still buggy)
  • Images exactly matching the device width are now resized correctly
  • Significantly improved responsiveness
  • Topics can now use any file extension, not just .htm

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TNT demo and review on FindMySoft

FindMySoft (http://www.findmysoft.com) has written an extensive and very nice review for our capture tool TNT Screen Capture. Check out the review from the link below!

TNT Screen Capture is our freeware tool for creating stunning screenshots, with intuitive editing tools for turning them into professional illustrations for your documentation. It’s a great add-on for Help & Manual, but it can also be used as a stand-alone tool for all your screen capture needs. It is completely free for both private and commercial use!

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