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Styles + Templates: Full design control made easy.
Help & Manual separates formatting and layout from content. You control your formatting with styles as you would in a modern word processor. Changing the style definition updates the formatting everywhere. Similarly, page layout is stored in "templates" that you apply to your project when you publish. The templates are fully-editable: changing the template changes the layout for the entire project.
For example, the PDF templates define your margins, headers and footers, page numbering, cover pages, table of contents, topic headings and much more besides. They can be edited with the Manual Designer PDF layout program included with Help & Manual and applied with a single click when you publish your project as a PDF. Changing the entire branding of your PDF is as simple as re-publishing with a different template.
Similarly, all the page types generated in HTML-based output formats (topics, contents, search page, keyword index page etc.) have fully-editable HTML template pages. You can edit every detail of them directly in Help & Manual with an integrated HTML code editor with syntax highlighting. And you can add your own code, external script and CSS files and much more.
One-click HTML layout with skins
Help & Manual brings you closer to the ideal of one-click layout and formatting: In addition to fully customizable HTML and PDF templates, Help & Manual also supports “skins” for HTML-based output.
A skin is a special file that contains all the templates, variables, styles and other components used for styling HTML output. You just select a skin when you publish to Webhelp or CHM to apply the layout stored in the skin to the output.
Skins can be edited just like projects and you can create your own skins by saving any project as a skin so that you can re-use its layout. Or you can let us do the work for you: Help & Manual comes with a set of attractive standard skins that you can apply to your projects with a single click.
Or you can get really advanced functionality with the Help & Manual Premium Pack add-on, which comes with 15 professionally-designed skins that include full source code, including a dedicated iPad skin with a stylish Apple-like design.