Supported Output Formats

CHM (HTML Help)

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CHM (Microsoft HTML Help) is the most popular help file format today.

PDF

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PDF is the most popular format for user manuals.

WebHelp

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WebHelp allows you to publish product's documentation to a website. Has tree of topics, keywords list and search.

EPUB/MOBI

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EPUB and MOBI are popular ebook formats for pocket readers.

QtHelp

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QtHelp is Qt framework native help system.

JavaHelp

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JavaHelp is Java native help system.

OracleHelp

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OracleHelp is Oracle own help system with versions for Java and Web.

WordPress

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Publish online documentation to WordPress, each topics becomes a page, with hierarchy.

Editor and Styles

WYSIWYG Editor

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Classic WYSIWYG editor with common set of features - fonts, lists, tables, etc.

Named Styles

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Create and apply named text and paragraph styles for consistent formatting.

Text Snippets

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Text snippets are named blocks of text that you can reuse in different topics.

Templates

HTML Templates

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HTML templates are for HTML-based output formats like CHM, WebHelp, QtHelp, JavaHelp, OracleHelp, EPUB and MOBI.

RTF Templates

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RTF templates are just RTF files and are used for PDF/RTF/Printed Manuals output.

Template Builder

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Template Builder allows to create HTML templates visually.

Images

Image Library

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Image library allows to manage and update project images very quickly.

Screenshot Capture

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Built-in screenshot capture tool allows to capture screenshots and store them directly into the library, optionally creating topics.

Annotations

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Easily add annotations and callout using built-in editor.

Cloned Images

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Cloned images allow to create a bunch of copies and then update them all at once.

Authoring Helpers

Step-by-step Guides

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Built-in tutorial maker allows to create step-by-step guides and embed them into topics.

Glossary

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Glossary stores alphabetical list of terms and allows to link to them from topics.

Code Snippets

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Code snippets are named and highlighted portions of code that you can embed into topics.

Variables

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Store information that changes frequently (like version number) in variables. Also variables control conditional compilation.

Productivity Tools

Global Spellcheck

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Allows to check spelling in entire project.

Project Checkup

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You can enable project checkup before compilation to check for empty topics, missing images and etc.

Reports

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Reports allow to print crucial project information.

ToDo List

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You can assign tasks to topics and control their progress.

Language Tools

Multilingual Projects

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Helpinator stores all languages in one project file, sharing topic structure and IDs across all languages.

XML Import/Export

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XML Import/Export allows to interact with translation services.

Language Strings

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Language strings allow to translate texts in templates without altering templates.

Professional Tools

Conditional Compilation

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Conditional Compilation allows to change topic structure and content depending on variable values.

Command Line Tool

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Command line tool allows to compile help files and docs from command line or batch files.

VCS-friendly

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Helpinator has VCS-friendly storage, no need to check-in entire project each time.