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Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries

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A recent article from The Digital Reader revealed that Adobe’s eBook software Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is spying on users, tracking reading habits and sending data about your eBook libraries to their servers. This has been confirmed for the latest version ADE 4, the previous version 3 is probably safe.

And just to be clear, this includes not just ebooks I opened in DE4, but also ebooks I store in calibre and every Epub ebook I happen to have sitting on my hard disk.

Read the full article here:

Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries

 

Adobe Digital Editions is a widely used eBook reading software for Windows, in particular a reader software for ePUB and PDF, both formats published by Help & Manual.

So, these news affect you directly, if you use ADE to review eBooks created with Help & Manual and it affects the readers of your publications, if they use ADE.

We use ADE for proofreading, too. But only for that. A much better solution is the free eBook reader Calibre, which we strongly recommend.

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Premium Pack 2.42 and 1.62 Maintenance Update

The Help & Manual Premium Pack download packages for Help & Manual 6 have been updated to versions 2.42 and 1.62. In addition to this, the old package for Help & Manual 5 has been updated to 1.58. These are minor maintenance updates with fixes for some reported issues.

Version 2.42 Update:

  • WebHelp skins: Mail feedback links failed  in some versions of Firefox and the standard feedback mail body text was incomplete.
  • WebHelp skins: Permalink components updated, Permalink dialog more efficient.
  • CHM skins: Changes to eliminate errors with MP4 video files on some systems.
  • Dual-mode classic skins: Elimination of errors on some systems caused by the update to the new jQuery framework (search in keyword index, URL switches for index and search panes, links to anchors in other topics). More efficient Permalink dialog.

Version 1.62 Update (version 1 skins for HM6):

  • Elimination of errors on some systems caused by the update to new jQuery framework (search in keyword index, URL switches for index and search panes, topic Auto-TOC function). More efficient Permalink dialog.

 Version 1.58 Update for HM 5:

  • Elimination of errors on some systems caused by the update to new jQuery framework (search in keyword index, URL switches for index and search panes, topic Auto-TOC function). More efficient Permalink dialog.

How to get the updates:

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 the Premium Pack. If you no longer have this please contact support@ec-software.com and we will help you out.

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Help+Manual 6.5.1 & Premium Pack Update

Help & Manual has been updated to version 6.5.1. This update fixes a vulnerability in the Webhelp index page script, that could possibly have been a door to execute malicious javascript code. The vulnerability is fixed in the default templates, in the standard skins included with Help & Manual and in the Premium Pack skins.

Premium Pack Update

The Help & Manual Premium Pack download packages for Help & Manual 6 have been updated to versions 2.41 and 1.61. This is generally a maintenance update but it includes a major update for the smartphone skins, which now support Help & Manual’s normal integrated search for WebHelp. This is much easier to use and configure and is generally preferable.

These updates apply to the full Premium Pack version 2 package and the separate Premium Pack version 1 package for Help & Manual 6. In addition to this the download package for Help & Manual 5 has been updated to version 1.57 with some minor corrections and adjustment of the iPad skin there for compatibility with the current version of iOS.

In addition to this the help has been updated with a reference of the include options you can use when using the Premium Pack skins for command line and batch publishing.

How to get the updates:

Important – update Help & Manual as well: The search support in the smartphone skins  update requires the Help & Manual 6.5.1 Build 2970 update released on May 30, 2014. It won’t work without it because the search components won’t be exported with these skins if you use an earlier version of Help & Manual.

You can download and install the updated version with the same download link and installation password from the mail you received when you purchased the Premium Pack. If you no longer have this please contact support@ec-software.com and we will help you out.

Change log:

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Premium Pack 2.40/1.60a Update

The Help & Manual Premium Pack download packages for Help & Manual 6 have been updated to versions 2.40 and 1.60a. The version 1 update has just been given an “a” suffix because the changes there are very minimal: The main skins have not changed at all; the only real change is the updated version of the iPad skin that is shared with version 2.40.

In addition to some minor changes, the 2.40 package includes a new “Samurai Red” WebHelp theme in response to requests from many users, who wanted the color scheme of this theme from the old 1.x skins.

  • V. 2.40 WebHelp: New Samurai Red WebHelp theme
    This color theme was very popular in Premium Pack 1.x and has now been added as a WebHelp theme in the current 2.40 package.
  • V. 2.40 CHM: Mail Links in CHM files
    Links that created an email failed in CHM files when the file link fix function in the CHM skins was on. This has now been corrected.
  • V. 2.40 & 1.60a WebHelp & iPad: Searches enclosed in quotes
    If you use the JavaScript search platform enclosing the search argument in quotes will now only find complete words. For example, searching for “red dog” will only find topics that contain the exact words “red” and “dog”, not “Redmond” or “doggone”. You still need to use PHP or ASP search to search for exact phrases, however.
  • V. 2.40 WebHelp: Google Chrome in full screen mode
    Google Chrome in full screen mode (F11) was incorrectly identified as a mobile browser and the new tab and undock tools were disabled.
  • V. 2.40 WebHelp: WebHelp in an iFrame
    Links from the parent page to WebHelp in an iFrame opened in a new tab or window instead of in the iFrame.
  • V. 2.40 and 1.60a WebHelp, iPad: Google Analytics tracking
    An issue was discovered in the Google Analytics tracking code generated by Help & Manual that could cause more than one tracking signal per page view to be sent to Google Analytics. This has now been corrected in Help & Manual and the updated WebHelp and iPad skins support this. The current version of Help & Manual is required.
  • V. 2.40 WebHelp: Favicon images in stand-alone topics
    The favicon image was referenced incorrectly in stand-alone topics, so that no favicon was displayed in the browser tab or title bar when a topic was displayed without the full user interface. This was almost never visible, since topics are hardly ever displayed on their own.

How to get the updates:

You can download and install the updated version with the same download link and installation password from the mail you received when you purchased the Premium Pack. If you no longer have this please contact support@ec-software.com and we will help you out.

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Help+Manual 6.5 Update

We are glad to announce the release of Help+Manual 6.5! This is a free maintenance update for all registered 6.xx users and strongly recommend.

This update fixes a critical bug – a small memory leak – in the handling of PNG images. Although small and only affected by PNG images, the memory allocated by Help & Manual can increase to an amount where H&M crashes. We recommend to install this update for this bug fix alone!

Changes, improvements and bug fixes in version 6.5:

    • Fix - Small memory leak with PNG images fixed.
    • HxS export (Visual Studio 20xx format): when variables were used in the table of contents, the variables were not resolved.
    • Table styles: when a table style contained spaced, the original name including the spaces was exported to HTML. This did not affect the table CSS, because the CSS is inline, but could have caused validation errors.
    • EXE eBook export: the hanging indent in numbered lists in Windows EXE eBooks was not exact. This affected EXE eBooks only, all other HTML based exports were ok.
    • Program options: when changing the UI language, H&M asks to restart automatically.
    • New - Full-text search in Webhelp: when the user enters a word in double quotation marks, the search function treats this as “exact match” search and returns full matches only.

Update May 7, Build 2961:

    • Google Analytics tracking in Webhelp: the tracking script for Google Analytics now tests if the same page has been tracked before, to prevent multiple consecutive tracks of the same page (e.g. when the page is reloaded). Multiple page tracks could reduce the search ranking in Google.
      Furthermore, in-site searches are not tracked as help events rather than page tracks.

 

Download:

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

 

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Review from Instalki.pl

The editors of the Polish software website www.instalki.pl have recently reviewed Help & Manual. The original review is in Polish, but below is a link to an automated translation by Google:

Nowoczesne, niezastąpione narzędzie do tworzenia oraz edycji plików pomocy w różnych formatach (m.in. PDF, WinHELP, HTML Help, e-Book), ze wzorowanym na edytorze tekstów interfejsem. Pozwala nie tylko tworzyć zrzuty ekranowe (screen capture), czy dowolnie kształtować szablony dokumentów, ale też projektować i drukować różnego rodzaju instrukcje dla użytkowników. Dlatego cieszy się uznaniem programistów, jako najlepsze tego typu narzędzie, którego wysoka skuteczność zaowocowała wieloma nagrodami.

Original review:
http://www.instalki.pl/programy/download/Windows/tworzenia_plikow_pomocy/Help__Manual.html

Translated by Google:
https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=pl&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.instalki.pl%2Fprogramy%2Fdownload%2FWindows%2Ftworzenia_plikow_pomocy%2FHelp__Manual.html&edit-text=

 

 

 

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Premium Pack 2.33/1.60 Update

The Help & Manual Premium Pack download packages for Help & Manual 6 have been updated to versions 2.33 and 1.60. This is a small maintenance update that adds the following changes:

  • V 2.x WebHelp and 1.x skins: Update to latest version of ZeroClipboard
    The Permalink tool uses the ZeroClipboard framework to copy the current permalink to the computer’s clipboard. The new version eliminates a potential vulnerability and improves performance in IE in Windows 8 in the version 2 WebHelp skins.
  • V. 2.x WebHelp skins: Internet Explorer 11 identification
    Internet Explorer 11 is now highly standards-compatible and many fixes needed for older versions are no longer necessary.
  • V. 1.x skins: “Display TOC” link in topics opened on their own:
    This link is now also displayed in topics without headers and topics with the breadcrumb navigation turned off.
  • V. 1.x skins: Scroll to anchor from URL:
    URLs to the help including anchors failed to make the target topic page scroll down to the anchor position on some browsers.
  • V. 1.x skins: Scroll to anchor from TOC:
    Scrolling to anchors from TOC entries sometimes did not work correctly In TOCs with multiple entries for the same topic.

How to get the updates:

You can download and install the updated version with the same download link and installation password from the mail you received when you purchased the Premium Pack. If you no longer have this please contact support@ec-software.com and we will help you out.

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Help+Manual 6.4.1 Update

We are glad to announce the release of Help+Manual 6.4.1! This is a free maintenance update for all registered 6.xx users and strongly recommend.

With the recent release of version 6.4 we had implemented an update to the internal error tracking system used in Help+Manual. Unfortunately, this updated error tracker causes errors instead of just tracking and reporting them. Several new runtime errors occurred which were magically gone when removing the bug tracker. Version 6.4.1 now has the error tracking system removed, to aovid these problems.

We appologize for the problems and recommend to install v6.4.1 over your existing 6.x version.

Changes, improvements and bug fixes in version 6.4.1:

    • New - Insert topics dialog:  detailed and dedicated options to include references to external CHMs added. It is possible to specify the HHC file of the external CHM and a dedicated relative path.
    • Two small bug fixes in XML schema Helpproject.xsd.
    • Styles: it was possible to create a style without a name.
    • PDF: underlines of justified text improved.
    • Print dialog now remembersinclude options.
    • Autobackup timer is reset every time, the project is saved manually
    • Rare error fixed when closing the tab of the main project
    • The variable <%TOPIC_DESCRIPTION%> included comments objects, which could be exported to HTML this way.
    • Help windows: 8-character restriction for help window names removed
    • Bullet points in Webhelp and EPUB: the symbol character #183 was encoded as a large circle, instead of a smaller dot.
    • Customize bullet lists dialog: entering a new format string manually could result in an access violation.
    • HPJ import: if topic footnotes were declared as endnotes, H&M did not import them correctly.
    • Selection in editor: when the project BiDiMode was <> default, selected text became white.

 

Download:

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

 

 

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Premium Pack 2.32/1.59 Bugfix

The Help & Manual Premium Pack download packages for Help & Manual 6 have been updated to versions 2.32 and 1.59 correct the following bugs that were identified since the last update:

  • V 2.x WebHelp and 1.x skins: Error in browser identification
    An error in the browser identification routine could cause problems in some versions of Internet Explorer, usually in compatibility mode. This particularly affected Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 (which is no longer supported by Microsoft and should actually no longer be used there).
  • V. 2.x WebHelp skins: Freeze on zoom with mouse wheel in Chrome, Opera and Safari
    All these browsers now use the same HTML rendering engine and are affected by the same bug. The freeze happened if the user tried to zoom before selecting the Search tab at least once, because the dimensions of the elements on the search page were still in an undefined state.
  • V. 1.x skins: Initialization error:
    A build script error in an error on startup in WebHelp generated with the Classic Dual-Mode skins.
  • Help update:
    The help topics on the iPad and mobile devices have been updated for the new compatibility with a wider range of mobile devices.

How to get the updates:

You can download and install the updated version with the same download link and installation password from the mail you received when you purchased the Premium Pack. If you no longer have this please contact support@ec-software.com and we will help you out.

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Premium Pack 2.30 Update Supports Android and Windows Touch

The 2.30 update to the Help & Manual Premium Pack is now available and adds several important and valuable new features. Many of these features have also been added to the simultaneous 1.57 update for the original Premium Pack 1 skins for Help & Manual 6.

How to get the updates for 2.30 and 1.57: 

You can download and install the updated version with the same download link and installation password from the mail you received when you purchased the Premium Pack. If you no longer have this please contact support@ec-software.com and we will help you out.

New Features:

Android Compatibility:

Both the dedicated WebHelp skins and the Classic Dual-Mode skins are now compatible with current Android tablets and smartphones, with fast touch response and rotation support. With Firefox or Opera for Android it is even possible to use them with older Android devices, back to 2.3.6 Gingerbread. The dedicated smartphone skins are also still available, of course.

Windows Touch Compatibility:

Similarly, the skins will now also work with Windows 8 touch devices like the Microsoft Surface and other Windows 8 tablet/laptop hybrids and Windows 8 laptops with touch screens. This will work best with Windows 8.1, which has radically improved support for this functionality.

Current topic URL in browser Address bar:

The WebHelp, Classic Dual-Mode, iPad and Smartphone skins now all show the real URL to the current topic in the browser Address: bar as soon as the topic is loaded (index.html?topic.htm#anchor). This works in all modern browsers and Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 and higher. IE 9 and earlier do not support this function and show the same static URLs as before.

Changes for New Google Indexing Behavior:

Google no longer indexes pages that automatically reload themselves. To accommodate this, topic pages in WebHelp now no longer automatically reload themselves with the table of contents when they are linked to directly, for example from search result links. Instead, the topic opens on its own with a highlighted link or button at the top with which the user can display the table of contents.

Open in a New Tab from the Table of Contents:

As a result of the Google change, it is now also possible to use the browser’s “open in new tab” function to open topics in a new tab or window from the links in the TOC. Changes have been made to ensure that this works smoothly.

Bug fixes and issues:

A number of smaller issues reported by some users have also been fixed in this update.

WebHelp Skins:

  • Disqus comments in Google Chrome displayed incorrectly due to changes in Disqus’ iFrame behavior.

  • Topics opened on their own without the TOC displayed incorrectly in some versions of Internet Explorer

Dual-Mode Classic Skins:

  • On some systems it was necessary to activate Compatibility Mode in Internet Explorer 9 to prevent the Classic skins from displaying a blank page in WebHelp. This is now no longer necessary.

CHM Skins:

  • When the file link fixer function was active KLinks and ALinks inserted with the Script Link function (for example for automated See Also lists) failed because the links were incorrectly converted.

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