About Help & Manual Basic

Create advanced multi format help and documentation.

Help & Manual is a documentation tool and content management system. All publishing formats supported by Help & Manual are generated from the same project. This means you only have to edit your help and documentation once. Help+Manual publishes all standard Windows help formats, from HTML Help to Webhelp to Visual Studio Help. It also generates Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word documents and ePUB e-books - the standard format supported by the Apple iPad - as well as Amazon Kindle.

Help and Manual Basic Features

  • WYSIWYG XML Editor - Help & Manual is a WYSIWYG XML editor that feels like Word. You don't need to know anything about XML to work with it.
  • Tabbed Editors - Open multiple topics simultaneously in tabs to edit them comfortably side by side.
  • Uncompressed XML data sources - Help+Manual uses uncompressed XML as project file format. The XML data source can be translated with external translation tools. It can also be created and maintained by 3rd party applications outside Help+Manual.
  • Unicode support - Full Unicode support, meaning you can create help files in up to 106 languages, including Asian languages.
  • RoboHelp® Import - Help & Manual directly imports RoboHelp® project files.
  • Author-It® Import - Help & Manual directly imports Author-It® project files.
  • Template Support - Use and modify HTML templates for topics pages, layout templates for PDF and print, skins for e-books and browser-based help.
  • Export with skins - Use predefined HTML skins to export your documentation with professionally designed layouts at a mouse click.
  • Single source - Help & Manual creates all output formats (see below) from one single source without post-processing.
  • Conditional Output - Include/exclude conditions are supported for chapter, topic and text level. You can customize the export with an unlimited number of user defined builds.
  • Text Variables - In addition to include/exclude options on text level, use predefined text variables or create your own.
  • Dynamic cascading styles - Use text, paragraph and tables styles to format the content. All styles support different media types for screen and printed outputs.
  • Integrated hotspot editor - Help & Manual has a built-in hotspot editor for graphics with dedicated support for topic links, external links, file links and macros.
  • Comments and bookmarks - Add design time comments anywhere in topics and bookmark topics for later review. Topics also support a topic status, to highlight, filter or sort topics.
  • Modular help - Seamless integration of multiple projects into each other and merged ouput. Runtime merging is optionally possible if supported by the output format.
  • Webhelp - Platform independent HTML with Javascript, includes navigation elements with table of contents and keyword index. The Webhelp layout is fully customizable.
  • HTML Help (.chm) - Compiled HTML Help, the standard Windows help format.
  • Adobe PDF - Built-in PDF engine with visual layout designer
  • Microsoft Word - User manual in RTF format optimized for Microsoft Word.
  • Windows e-books - e-books in Windows executable format with customizable skins.
  • Print Manuals - Direct printing of user manuals formatted with a visual layout designer.
  • Screen capture - The built-in screen capture tool creates stunning screenshots at a mouse click.
  • Image editor - Use the integrated image editor to resize and enhance screenshots, add annotations, callouts and text.
  • Context Help Tool - Support for context sensitive help is fully integrated. Help & Manual additionally can export and import help context number maps.
  • Project reports - Extensive reports document the status of your help project.
  • Syntax highlighter - Quickly format source code examples with syntax highlighting for more than 50 programming languages.