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ANN: Help & Manual 5 released
2008-06-18 12:33:30 AM
Salzburg/Austria, June 17, 2008:
EC Software announces the release of Help & Manual Version 5
Product web page: www.helpandmanual.com
== About Help & Manual ==
Help & Manual is a stand-alone documentation tool and content management
system for both single and multi-author editing. It creates Webhelp, Windows
help files, printed manuals and PDF documents. While Help & Manual is as easy
to use like a normal word processor, it gives the author the full power of a
true WYSIWYG XML editor.
== New features in version 5 ==
Built around the revolutionary new Microsoft Office ribbon interface, Help &
Manual 5 is even more user-friendly than any previous version and will give
your productivity a significant boost. The Professional Edition allows
multiple users to work on the same documentation project at the same time. No
database or server software is needed, no XML skills are required. It is
like working in your favorite word processor.
We have significantly improved the handling of very large help projects
with several thousands of topic pages. Improvements here include dynamic
loading of help projects, search & replace, customizable topic status,
reusable styles and HTML skins that can be applied on the fly to style
your entire project when you generate your output. Skins enable you to
apply your corporate layout to any new project with a simple mouse
Several professionally-designed HTML skins are included to make
publishing your documentation easier than ever before. You can save your
own projects as HTML skins, which are stored in XML files. Customizing
skins is just as easy as configuring your projects.
We have also taken single sourcing to a completely new level. Thanks to
a consistent XML schema, documentation sources can be split at any level
and granularity. You can divide projects into sub-projects and merge
them seamlessly when publishing.
The new Snippets function allows you to build libraries of reusable
content that are accessible to all your projects. Snippets can be
inserted in Paste or Link mode: Paste mode is like cut & paste, in Link
mode editing the source snippets updates the content automatically in
all the projects where they are used.
There is extensive support for conditional output at all levels of
granularity, allowing easy generating of multiple versions of the same
project. This can be combined with the comprehensive command line
interface for automating your build process.
Customization options such as styles, variables and project settings can
be outsourced and linked-in to the XML tree. This opens an entire new
world for the integration of third-party tools such as source code
documentation software, which can be integrated at a very low level, at
the XML source.
Overview of the most important new features:
More detailed introduction:
Upgrades for existing Help & Manual users are available at a strongly reduced
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