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ComponentOne Doc-To-Help Enterprise 2012

by ComponentOne - Product Type: Application

ComponentOne Doc-To-Help Enterprise is now part of Doc-To-Help.

Please note that from December 31st 2014 Doc-To-Help is no longer sold by ComponentOne.

Create professional Help Systems and Manuals from HTML or Word.  Whether you are converting from RoboHelp or creating new projects, Doc-To-Help empowers you to create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert it to virtually every popular Help file format or printed documentation.  Doc-To-Help Enterprise can produce help files in popular formats including HTML Help, Cross-Platform HTML-based Help, JavaHelp, WinHelp, Visual Studio .NET-style Help, and printed documentation. Since Doc-To-Help Enterprise uses a simple style markup to create Help systems, you have the freedom to use any editor. Doc-To-Help Enterprise supports Windows 7, Vista and the 2010 Microsoft Office System including seamless integration with Word 2010. Doc-To-Help Enterprise now offers integration with SharePoint which allows you to upload your content to a SharePoint library and take advantage of SharePoint’s management and workflow features. Doc-To-Help Enterprise also includes exclusive features such as one-click RoboHelp project conversions. Doc-To-Help for Enterprise includes updates and upgrades for 1 year. Platinum Support including 1 year of unlimited phone support also available.

What's New in Doc-To-Help 2012 v3

  • Support for Microsoft Windows 8, Word 2013, Internet Explorer 10 and Team Foundation Server 2012
  • Support for EPUB 3.0 - Doc-To-Help’s EPUB output has been tested and validated against the latest specification meaning it will work on as many devices as possible
  • Support for DISQUS 2012- Notable features include user voting, SEO optimization, and a personalized “My DISQUS” site
  • New localized Dutch themes - A Dutch language configuration has been added for NetHelp and Mobile Help.

Doc-To-Help 2012 v2 Updates

  • Visual Theme Designer - Forget about manually editing CSS and JavaScript files. Edit one of Doc-To-Help’s many themes with this point-and-click editor. Publishing Web-based outputs with your look and feel has never been easier.
  • ePub Output - Be the first to offer output for eReaders and tablets with Doc-To-Help’s new ePub output. Just select the ePub target and click “Build.” No development or design skills needed.
  • Optional Advanced Search Engine - Choose to use the server-based search engine for searching complex systems without a lag in performance.
  • Stream Live Content into Web Pages - Add a few simple lines of code to stream NetHelp content directly into your Web pages; the best way to make sure your users find the information they need.

What's new in Doc-To-Help 2012 v1

  • Mobile Help - Just select and build HTML 5-based output and your content will be formatted for mobile use. This output works on all major mobile browsers, smart phones, and tablet
  • Right-to-Left Output - Automatically publish NetHelp in right-to-left (RTL) format. Navigation panes, buttons, and all other interface elements are placed in the appropriate places so your right-to-left content looks right in context. This is great for publishing in languages such as Hebrew and Arabic.
  • Eclipse Help - Avoid manual work and produce Help in the Eclipse format just by choosing Eclipse Help and clicking "Build."
  • Microsoft Office 365 Support - Office 365 (Office's cloud version) includes, among other things, online versions of Word and SharePoint. You can use these versions just as the current SharePoint and Word integrations work.
  • Easier upgrade process - It is easier to preserve your custom themes and templates when upgrading your Doc-To-Help version.
  • Easily accessible NetHelp files for customization - The JavaScript NetHelp 2.0 that controls the behavior of NetHelp is contained in an easy-to-access file.
  • Automatic index navigation for NetHelp 2.0 - The index tab is automatically displayed or hidden depending on whether or not you have an index.
  • Section 508 compliance for NetHelp 2.0 - NetHelp 2.0 is now Section 508 compliant. We have added keyboard shortcuts, screen reader compatibility, and more.
  • Topic XHTML Wizard - Specify boilerplate content or code to insert in every topic.
  • Keep documents open during the build process (for Word users) - Before, it was necessary to close Word when building projects.

What's new in ComponentOne Doc-To-Help 2011 V2

  • NetHelp 2.0 - Redesigned Web-based output, NetHelp. It is more lightweight, SEO friendly, easier to customize, and looks great. It is jQuery-based, so you can do virtually anything with it.
  • Industry first: Publish Help to SharePoint or a SharePoint Wiki - Automatically publish NetHelp to Microsoft SharePoint or create a SharePoint Wiki. The first uploads your NetHelp system to a SharePoint library. You can then link to it or show it in a Web Part. The second creates an editable SharePoint wiki while keeping your links, related topics, and TOC intact.
  • Improved Multi-Language Support - Doc-To-Help will handle virtually any combination of languages you need to use. ComponentOne have added three powerful features in this version.
    • When using the build-in editor, you can set a default spell checking language for each file.
    • Doc-To-Help will read the styles on your template no matter what language you are using.
    • Choose from the language for your NetHelp theme.
  • Improved Image Maps - ComponentOne have included a brand new image map editor in both the built-in editor and Microsoft Word. It is simple to make your images interactive.

More User Experience Improvements
Every release contains a number of features and enhancements Doc-To-Help users are asking for. Other improvements you will find in this release include:

  • Easier upgrade process: It is easier to preserve your custom themes and templates when upgrading your Doc-To-Help version
  • Improved project storage: Keep your project files anywhere on your network. Doc-To-Help will build with no problems
  • Build from Microsoft Team Foundation Server: It is easier to perform automatic builds when you store your Doc-To-Help project in Team Foundation Server

Doc-To-Help 2011 version 1 Update
The following fixes and enhancements are included in this release:

NetHelp JavaScript search:

  • The conjuction OR could return incorrect results if the search query contained a word that was absent in topics;
  • Compound words such as "Doc-To-Help" couldn't found;
  • If a word ended with a special German character, "highlight search hits" didn't work as expected;
  • Special characters (% $ @, etc.) couldn't be searched for;
  • Firefox couldn't load the search engine in NetHelp targets and always displayed "Loading search engine." (This issue only occurred in FireFox and only when the NetHelp target was hosted on Unix operating system);
  • Optimized memory usage by search engine;
  • Optimized speed of generating an index when building a target.

Manual targets:

  • The numbered lists before headings were not displayed correctly;
  • If cross-reference links had numbering, it didn't updating in LiveLinks mode and displayed incorrect numbers.


  • Not all documents could be displayed in the Document Import wizard when creating a new target translation project;
  • An unhandled exception could be thrown in the Share wizard when pressing next after showing list of files to share.

Building targets:

  • Themes weren't upgraded without errors when building a target with UAC enabled in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
  • When building NetHelp or HTMLHelp target, a compilation error could occur if project folders contained ".svn" folders.

Dynamic Help has been updated for the "Movie in Flash Format Properties" dialog and for the Translation tab page.

Fixed SharePoint access through HTTPS.

What's New in Doc-To-Help 2011

New NetHelp Search Engine
Doc-To-Help’s NetHelp output has a new search engine with exact phrase, fuzzy, Boolean, and synonym search. The best part is that you don’t have to do anything. It is automatically built into every NetHelp output.

Build Scheduler
Doc-To-Help always allowed you to schedule builds via command line, but now there is a convenient interface to schedule one-off or recurring builds. Run your builds at night or start them and do something else while you wait.

Translation Support
Doc-To-Help integrates with SharePoint’s translation management features to help you manage and track translations.

User Experience Improvements
Every release contains a number of features and enhancements Doc-To-Help users are asking for. More items you will find in this release include:

  • Mark of the Web in NetHelp. Users will not get Internet Explorer warnings when running NetHelp on a local machine.
  • Improved picture resizing and a “close all documents” button in the editor. These two built-in editor enhancements help ensure that you will love to use Doc-To-Help.
  • New PDF Converter. You can now generate outputs using 64-bit operating systems.

What's New in Doc-To-Help 2010 v3?

Integration with SharePoint:
Doc-To-Help Enterprise’s integration with SharePoint allows you to upload your content to a SharePoint library and take advantage of SharePoint’s management and workflow features. Doc-To-Help Enterprise works with SharePoint’s check in/check out features and permissions, so you get a complete source control and version control system without headaches.

  • Provides an easy way to use SharePoint, an industry standard technology, for documentation management
  • Provides translation support
  • SharePoint users can publish outputs from the documents that they have stored in SharePoint
  • Works with all editions of SharePoint (including free editions) 2007 and 2010.

Several Enhancements to improve User Experience:

Specify Exactly Where You Want Page Breaks
Doc-To-Help now gives you more options to control page breaks for print output. Specify where page breaks will fall when a specific style appears. A typical scenario is to place all Heading 1 styles on the next odd page, but you can do whatever you want. This is one more feature that ensures that you get usable print output without the need to post-format or use an additional tool.

Enjoy Continued User Experience Improvements
With every release, ComponentOne throw in some enhancements that make your life better. This time, enjoy a visual indicator for bookmarks in Doc-To-Help Enterprise’s editor, a new build progress bar, and a menu for inserting special characters.

Doc-To-Help 2010 V3 includes many enhancements designed to make the user more productive and efficient, save time and provide a more pleasant user experience.

  • Build Progress Bar provides valuable feedback to the user
  • Page Break Control allows users to determine where page breaks should fall in printed output.  More control over print output ensures users can print their manuals with no formatting required.
  • Icon for Bookmarks provides a visual indicator when working in the Doc-To-Help Editor’s design view, improving the user experience
  • New button/menu on the editor tool bar allows users to easily insert special characters

What's New in Doc-To-Help 2010 v2?

  • Output Visual Studio's newest Help output, Microsoft Help Viewer 1.0: This is a great feature for developers using Visual Studio and creating their own documentation.
  • Doc-To-Help 2010 V2 works with Team Explorer 2010, which interfaces with Team Foundation Server (TFS)
  • Word Counts will now appear for individual files in the editor
  • NEW Topic Placeholders feature automatically adds the topic and the subtopic to new projects to reduce the learning curve for new users
  • Custom Table of Contents (TOC) will now automatically update with any new topics that are added

What's New in Doc-To-Help 2010 v1?

Team Foundation Server (TFS) Integration
Doc-To-Help 2010 will integrate and provide an interface for TFS.  This provides better workflow and support for a team environment and makes collaboration easier.

Better User Experience

  • Collapsing Sections Interface:  The user can easily organize online content without knowing how to code.
  • Nested Lists:  Most HTML/XML/XHTML editors (including FrontPage) do not handle nested lists well. 
  • Doc-To-Help 2010 allows the user to create nested lists painlessly right in its editor.
  • Page Break Control: The user can now easily specify where page breaks should fall.  Typically this is a big challenge when single-sourcing.  Not anymore!  This enhancement will save a lot of time and make the output more polished.

Enhanced Conversion Tools

  • Improved Converter for RoboHelp: Until now Doc-To-Help would only convert RoboHelp Word projects to Word and RoboHelp HTML projects to HTML. Now the user can take any RoboHelp project and convert it directly to Doc-To-Help’s XHTML format. 
  • Improved Converter for Lists to XHTML.  The user can now seamlessly convert lists to XHTML

What's New in Doc-To-Help 2009 v3?

  • Save a Copy of a Project: There is now a "Save Project As" option available on the Doc-To-Help button menu. It opens a wizard that allows you to save the entire project to another folder, with a new project name if you wish.
  • Ability to open multiple projects simultaneously: It is now possible to open several Doc-To-Help projects at once.
  • Source Documents are now stored in a Single Folder: In new projects, Source documents are now stored by default in a single folder named "Documents."
  • Additional Support for Operating Systems and Browsers: Doc-To-Help 2009 V3 works on Microsoft Windows 7 and NetHelp output optimizes for Google Chrome and Apple Safari
  • Word templates and Doc-To-Help Samples are installed, updated, and backed up automatically
  • Improved Link dialog box: The Link dialog box has been completely redesigned
  • Open a Doc-To-Help Project via Drag-and-Drop: It is now possible to open a Doc-To-Help project by selecting it in Windows Explorer and dragging it to Home ribbon in Doc-To-Help. If a project is already open in Doc-To-Help, the open project will close and the new project will open.
  • Multiple Enhancements to the Doc-To-Help XHTML Editor

What's New in Doc-To-Help 2009 v2?     

  • "Getting Started" Wizard - guides users through the project creation process.  It is easier than ever to create a project with new or existing documents in Doc-To-Help.
  • Revamped Home Tab - makes building or viewing your target more streamlined
  • Target Design Ribbon - gathers all of the design settings for your Targets in one convenient location
  • Project Management Enhancements- The New "My Doc-To-Help Projects" Folder and "Media" folder makes managing and organizing your projects easier and more intuitive
  • Improvements to the XHTML editor - there are several enhancements - some are: Converting multiple documents to XHTML is now possible, automatic Spell-checking while typing in the XHTML editor

What's New in Doc-To-Help 2009?

  • Built-in XML-based Editor - This new feature truly makes Doc-To-Help a self-contained Help Authoring Tool. Doc-To-Help still has the flexibility and customizability that our customers love but now there is no need to use a third party software package to create and edit your content. Plus there is no need to learn complicated programming languages.
  • Easy Conversion from Other formats to XHTML - Doc-To-Help users can easily bring their content into the 21st century by converting existing Word and HTML files to XHTML without formatting issues or a lengthy migration process. Whatever content your customers have, Doc-To-Help can handle it.
  • Dynamic Help Control - The Help Author will love that they can integrate a Help file into an application with and an easy "point and click" instead of using complicated code strings. The Developer will love it because they don't have to integrate the Help into the application programmatically, which is an extra step that can cause problems.
  • Import/Export of All Project Settings - Doc-To-Help now supports automated project modifications. This feature makes Doc-To-Help even easier and more intuitive.
  • Supports ANY HTML Editor - not just Dreamweaver and FrontPage
  • Drag and Drop Topic Linking - The ability to drag topics from the Topics grid or keywords from the Index and Groups panel and drop them into Word or ANY HTML editor makes the latest version of Doc-To-Help even more intuitive and easier to use.

What's New in Doc-To-Help 2008?

Doc-To-Help 2008 has a completely redesigned, contemporary user interface:

  • Office 2007-style Ribbons have replaced menus.
  • The Properties Panel is gone - all configuration and settings are managed with the ribbons or within dialog boxes.
  • You can edit your source or target Cascading Style Sheets using the new Style Editor.
  • Complex Conditions - You can assign three different conditions to a topic, document, or text: Platform, Target, or Attribute - giving you more single-sourcing options.
  • The Topic Grid is significantly improved to allow you to see and edit many topic properties at once.
  • Outlook-style Accordion tabs have replaced the Icon bar.
  • The tabbed interface makes it possible to have multiple windows open and easily accessible at the same time.
  • You can create custom topic relationships using the Related Topics Editor. This makes creating links to "See Also" topics quick and easy.
  • The Dynamic Help window displays help topics automatically as you navigate the interface.

All the single-source Help authoring features you need
Doc-To-Help gives you every feature you need to create fully functional and customized Help files and printed manuals from a single source document, or set of documents. Use basic features, such as Topic Jumps and Pop-ups, or more advanced features like Conditional Text and Context Sensitive Help.

Author HTML and configure Help systems in the editor of your choice
Doc-To-Help allows you to author content and configure your Help systems in your favorite editor. You simply apply pre-defined styles to your content and Doc-To-Help uses that information to create your Help systems. This eliminates the need for a proprietary editor or proprietary code.

RoboHelp project converter
Convert RoboHelp projects to Doc-To-Help format with one click.

Doc-To-Help Enterprise and Doc-To-Help Word main differences:

Doc-To-Help Enterprise includes:

  • Team Authoring Support
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver Integration
  • Microsoft FrontPage Integration
  • Import RoboHelp HTML Projects
  • Import Individual HTML Files
  • Use Any HTML Editor

Doc-To-Help 2010 Main Features:

Creating Help Systems and Printed Manuals (Features for Your Help Systems)

  • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista and Office 2007 System Support: Experience support for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System including Seamless Integration with Word 2007
  • Single source authoring:Quickly and easily create and implement HTML Help, Cross-Platform HTML-based Help, JavaHelp, WinHelp, Visual Studio .NET-style Help, and printed documentation from one source document
  • Graphics and Screenshots:Easily include images in your project
  • Image Map Editor:Insert an image and add hotspot links to specific Help topics
  • Links, jumps, pop-ups, and more:Add topic links and jumps, pop-up topics, dynamic links, and cross-references
  • Dynamic Text Effects:Add dynamic text, such as expanding text, pop-up text, and drop-down text, to your Help files
  • Table of Contents and Index:Doc-To-Help uses information from your source content to automatically create a customizable table of contents and an index
  • Modular TOC Utility: Automatically populate all modular system Help files with fully functional table of contents links
  • Glossary Terms: Use the convenient toolbar buttons or styles to add and sort glossary terms
  • Natural Search: Add a Natural Language search engine to your output. Keyword search is also included
  • Context Sensitive Help: Automatically generate context IDs, or specify your own, to map topics to your application's interface
  • Context Sensitive Help for Web Applications: Automatically generate context IDs, or specify your own, to map topics to your Web application's interface. Help topics will appear in NetHelp, the Web-based Help output
  • Context String Editor: Use a convenient interface to define context ID strings for Help 2.0 and conveniently connect them to Help topics without writing a single line of code

Use Existing Content (Convert files from RoboHelp, other tools, and Doc-To-Help 2000. Also import existing documents)

  • RoboHelp HTML Project Converter (Enterprise Edition only): Import a RoboHelp HTML file and Doc-To-Help will automatically convert it to a Doc-To-Help project, complete with Doc-To-Help markups. All you have to do is point and click!
  • RoboHelp Word Project Converter : Import a RoboHelp Word file and Doc-To-Help will automatically convert the project information and the Word source file(s).
  • Import Any HTML Help Project: Import any HTML Help file and Doc-To-Help will automatically convert it.
  • Import Any WinHelp Project: Import any WinHelp file and Doc-To-Help will automatically convert it.
  • Doc-To-Help 2000 Converter: Easily convert your existing Doc-To-Help 2000 projects with the click of a button
  • Import Individual Word Files: Import individual files containing single or multiple topics
  • Import Individual HTML Files (Enterprise Edition only): Import individual files containing single or multiple topics
  • Merge Multiple HTML Help and WinHelp Projects: Combine multiple projects into one TOC, index, and glossary
  • Merge Multiple NetHelp Projects: Combine multiple projects into one TOC, index, and glossary
  • Highlighted Search Results in NetHelp: When opening a topic found by NetHelp Search, the search phrase is now highlighted in the topic text
  • More NetHelp Enhancements: A new NetHelp theme gives more functionality such as print/email topic and save-to-favorites to improve the user experience

Authoring and Editing Projects (Features to make your content creation process easy and flexible)

  • Microsoft Word or HTML Source: Author your source documents in Microsoft Word, HTML, or both
  • Microsoft Word Integration: Use the toolbar and wizards that install in the Microsoft Word interface to create online Help and printed documentation elements
  • Microsoft FrontPage Integration (Enterprise Edition only): Use the toolbar and wizards that install in the Microsoft FrontPage interface to create online Help and printed documentation elements
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver Integration ( Enterprise Edition only): Use the toolbar and wizards that install in the Dreamweaver interface to create online Help and printed documentation elements
  • D2HML (Doc-To-Help Markup Language): Use D2HML to specify styles that translate into Help elements when Doc-To-Help processes the document
  • Built-in or Custom Templates: Choose from a variety of templates for producing high quality print documentation. You can modify the built-in templates or use your own
  • Built-in Styles: Use built-in styles for authoring "What's This" topics and mid-topic jumps. You can also use the built-in character styles to easily implement jumps, pop-ups, and index entries based on textual matches
  • HTML Theme Designer: Use the theme designer to control the layout and appearance of topics for HTML-based platforms
  • Conditional Text: Use Doc-To-Help's built-in conditional text styles to designate content for a specific output
  • Team Authoring Support ( Enterprise Only): Source control technology provides integrated check-in/check-out functions so multiple authors may contribute to one project
  • Conditional Build Expressions: Use a combination of conditional build tags to create advanced conditional builds
  • Margin Notes: Add margin notes in Word with the click of a button
  • Scripting: Create custom scripts and assign them to styles to develop your own features
  • Output Folder Specification: Specify any folder as the output folder of a help target

Generating Help Systems and Printed Documentation (Features to empower you to create the outputs you need)

  • Improved Command-Line Support: Build a Doc-To-Help project from the command line
  • ComponentOne NetHelp (Cross-Platform HTML):Create a searchable Help system designed for deployment on the Web
  • Popular Online Help Formats: Generate any popular Help system such as HTML Help, WinHelp, JavaHelp, and Visual Studio .NET-style Help
  • Help 2.0: Software developers can use Doc-To-Help in conjunction with the Visual Studio Help Integration Kit (VSHIK) to develop content that integrates with the Help system in Visual Studio .NET
  • Printed Documentation: Transform your Microsoft Word and HTML sources into professional printed documentation complete with a customizable title page, table of contents, index, and glossary
  • Section 508 Compliance: Doc-To-Help creates a version of NetHelp that is Compliant with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
  • Document Conditions: build tags allow the user to set conditional build tags for entire documents
  • PDF Output: Automatically create a print-ready PDF manual and skip the manual-to-PDF conversion process

Application Developer Support (Features to support Web and Windows application developers)

  • Documenter for .NET: Automatically generate MSDN-style internal and end user documentation. Documenter for .NET creates reference documentation from compiled assemblies and XML comment files, providing you with complete and well-formatted documents for class libraries Documenter now supports any custom user-defined tags and attributes in XML comments. This is done through an optional XSLT transformation that can now be specified in a Documenter project.
  • Context String Editor: Define context ID strings and conveniently connect them to Help topics
  • Visual Basic Scripting: Use Microsoft Visual Basic scripts to customize the behavior of individual styles at compile time
  • Links to Standard Framework Types in Help 2.0: Generate links to system classes and types (those belonging to .NET Framework, such as System.String, etc)

Doc-To-Help: Two Versions to Choose From
You have two versions to choose from: Doc-To-Help Enterprise and Doc-To-Help for Word. Both versions have the same interface, workflow, and publishing technology.

Version Comparison

 Doc-To-Help for WordDoc-To-Help Enterprise
Built-in Editor 
Word Source
Word-to-XML Converter 
HTML Source 
Multiple Author Support 
SharePoint Integration 
SharePoint Output 
Team Foundation Server Integration 
RoboHelp HTML Converter 
HTML Help Converter 
RoboHelp Word Converter
WinHelp Converter
All Outputs
All Help Features


Standard Service (Included with any Doc-To-Help purchase) includes:

  • All Updates and upgrades for 1 Year
  • Unlimited email support
  • Unlimited online support
  • Community forums
  • Knowledgebase access

Platinum Service includes all Standard Service features and:

  • Unlimited phone support (available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern, USA, except weekends and holidays)
  • FastTrack 24 hour response (Excludes weekend and holidays)

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