Help & Manual Basic Releases

Released: May 28, 2022

Updates in 8.4.4 Build 5960


  • Configuration - When changing the 'Translation-friendly XML' option, 'topic time stamps' and 'last edited' by are kept by default. This function is particularly important for the Help+Manual Translation Assistant.
  • Project Report - Extended, long and full project reports now include topic comments.
  • Equation Objects - Added vertical alignment for “top”, “middle” and “bottom”.
  • Word/RTF Import - Keywords that contain a “: ” (colon + a space) are separated into 2-level keywords.
  • SVG Images...

Released: Feb 5, 2022

Updates in 8.4.3 Build 5940


  • Improved the loading of SVG images with embedded Base64-encoded image data.
  • The color dialogs for table color and font/background color have been changed to a new dialog that supports an entry box for HTML-style color codes.


  • Copy topics/TOC entries: When topics copied from another project were tagged with build tags not present in the target project, H&M asked to extend the list of build tags. This extension went wrong and the custom build list got damaged.
  • eWriter Export...

Released: Dec 17, 2021

Updates in 8.4.2 Build 5920


  • This update includes a revised Microsoft Sandcastle import with better style support, larger default fonts and optional table styles.
  • Windows Meta Files (.WMF) on high-resolution monitors - WMF images have a face value of their regular size, which is actually coined for a 96 dpi system. On high-res systems, WMF files will appear larger than they originally appeared. Version 8.4.2. compensates for this difference.
  • Table of Contents - When copying items within the TOC, topics were always...

Released: Sep 29, 2021

Updates in 8.4.1 Build 5881


  • Added new IFDEFs for Templates:  <IF_ISDEFAULT_PAGE> and <IFNOT_ISDEFAULT_PAGE> are true if the current page that is being exported is the default topic or not.
  • Publishing dialog - Added a button to clear recently used skins from the drop-down gallery.


  • The XML parser has been reverted to the previous version (without support for 4-byte Unicode chars).
  • Equations as inline SVG: the <svg> tag did not include an xmlns= attribute, which is required in XHTML (but not in...

Released: Aug 9, 2021

Updates in 8.4.0 Build 5872


  • Equation Editor:
    • The LaTeX-based equation editor introduced with Help+Manual 8.0 has been updated and now supports a much wider range of LaTeX commands.
    • Added the ability to export equations as SVG in HTML - This version exports all equations as scalable vector graphics, which significantly improves the display quality on high resolution display.
  • Link Lists - The link list object now has a new option to display the topic description of the target topic below the link.


  • PDF Problem...

Released: Mar 22, 2021

Updates in 8.3.1 Build 5794


  • PDF Export - In the manual designer, the Tables section only had a 'new page' break option. Now all Table sections support 'new odd page' and 'new even page' as well.
  • Robohelp Import - Help+Manual now supports multiple Robohelp-TOCs and multiple keyword files.
  • Workspaces
    • When opening a workspace with multiple projects, the projects no longer open with a fully expanded TOC, but are expanded on a project level.
    • You can now rearrange the order of multiple projects within a workspace by...

Released: Jan 22, 2021

Updates in 8.3.0 Build 5750


  • Improved handling of Asian fonts.
    • Added a new global option to automatically translate Asian font names when a project or topic is loaded.
    • Chinese characters in style names are now supported.
  • eWriter eBooks: updated viewer application, now supports <track> tags for video subtitles.
  • Inline Text Toggles support optional icons.
  • Image Shortcuts Gallery: the drop-down image gallery load method has been modified to better distribute the load time when accessing remote drives.
  • Equations...

Released: Oct 17, 2020

Updates in 8.2.1 Build 5670


  • WEBP Image Format - Help+Manual natively supports the WEBP image format. You can use WEBP as regular images or toggle images.
  • Copy & Paste Operations - When pasting images from the clipboard into a topic and saving it in PNG format, the alpha-transparency of the clipboard image is preserved. In addition to this, you can copy & paste image files from Microsoft Windows Explorer into a topic. You can now copy & paste transparent images from SnagIt by using the “Paste HTML...

Released: Sep 3, 2020

Updates in 8.2.0 Build 5520


  • Project Synchronize - User defined variables, topic status and custom builds are now synchronized.
  • PDF - Added a new option to print links with a specified color but optionally no underline in PDF Layout.
  • Insert HTML Code dialog - This dialog now has dedicated support for static HTML code, merge of external HTML files and web URLs.
  • PDF Manual Designer - The “Tables” section now supports page breaks.
  • Added the ability to disable automatic calculation in Project Statistics (project...

Released: May 24, 2020

Updates in 8.1.0 Build 5536


  • Improved Saving Screenshots - Save dialog for screenshots is now 10 to 50 times faster than before.
  • Optional Password for Floating Licenses - The Floating License Manager has been updated with a password/PIN code function. This is an additional security layer, which can be applied to a pool of floating licenses by the administrator.
  • Faster loading when printing large JPEG images.
  • The function to print a single topic has been improved.
  • Improved dialog to pin a floating license for...