HelpXplain Releases

Released: Feb 7, 2022

Updates in 1.6.0


  • Script errors: Typewriter animations of text were invisible when played again, fade-in animations that were placed on the very first slide and started at 0:00 seconds became invisible in subsequent loops.
  • Screen Capture tool: Optical glitches fixed in screen capture UI, when Windows UI style was set to “classic” Win2000 style (this causes Windows to switch off Aero and transparent drawing, which parts of the UI have relied on).
  • User Interface: Optical glitches in UI fixed when Windows UI...

Released: Apr 14, 2021

Updates in 1.5


  • Added custom HTML meta tags for easier social-media integration.
  • Added new arrange functions for objects.
  • Added support for 13 new languages in the DeepL translation tool, including: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Greek, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian and Swedish.


  • Fixed a technical issue with audio files sometimes not playing on iOS Safari.

Released: Oct 29, 2020

Updates in 1.4


  • Added the ability to create custom meta tags.
  • Added an option to mask the viewport of the Xplain.
  • Added an option to specify the maximum image size in the Publish dialog.
  • Improved Microsoft PowerPoint importing.
  • Save translation file in .xliff format: Added the ability to test for source-language compatibility in the save function.
  • Recent files list: Added “Clear all” option to the extended right-click menu.
  • HTML Editor:
    • Added a right-click menu.
    • Shapes and callouts with text now...

Released: Mar 22, 2020

Updates in 1.3


  • New option to restrict maximum image size in the publish dialog. This is very useful if your Xplain contains many images, in particular large ones. The maximum image size option can reduce the physical size of images during export.
  • DeepL translation function now supports Japanese and Chinese (Simplified).


  • Fixed access violation that occurred when deleting slides in Object List.
  • HTML editor problem with Japanese IME fixed.
  • Screen Capture German UI was too small.
  • Screencast dialog...

Released: Dec 4, 2019

Updates in 1.2


  • eWriter Output Format - HelpXplain now creates eWriter eBooks out-of-the-box. An eWriter eBook is a compressed single file that can easily be copied, emailed and viewed.
  • PDF Export - Now supports multiple slides per page and offers a quality setting for the slide pictures.


  • Screen capture bug fix: full-screen capture on secondary monitors did not work.
  • Screen capture bug fix: in free region capture mode, the screen capture tool silently crashed if one single-clicked outside the...

Released: Sep 7, 2019

Updates in 1.1.0


  • HelpXplain 1.1.0 has full audio support - Audios in Xplains work in regular HTML output, in Help+Manual’s Webhelp, eWriter eBooks and in HTML Help (.chm) files. All player skins include audio controls.
  • Scrolling of slide list after slide deletion improved.
  • File drag & drop on welcome page implemented.


  • Publish deletes all files in data folder.
  • Original JPEG/PNG images were not exported as original but recreated, sometimes resulting in larger image files.
  • Several undo/redo bugs...

Released: Jul 29, 2019

Updates in 1.0.3


  • This update adds a dedicated Translation tab to the File menu. The translation tab features an XLIFF export and import for external translations. In the Properties section, a Language option has been added (the language setting is required for XLIFF).
  • Another new feature related to translation is that player skins have an option to load translations from an external text file. Player skins may contain translatable text like “Play”, “Pause”, “Previous/next slide”. English, German and...

Released: Jul 15, 2019

Updates in 1.0.2


  • Pause after Animation - Object animations now have an optional pause field, in addition to duration and delay. This pause field is of special interest for cursor animations that are played before a slide advances to the next one (a typical situation for screencasts). Normally, when the slide advances to the next one, you see the cursor move, then click. And right after the click animation, the slide changes. If you have set a slide transition that visually pans from one slide to another...