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Help & Manual is available in 3 different editions: Basic, Professional and Server.
The Basic Edition has a reduced set of features.
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|Individual installation per workstation
You install Help & Manual on a local computer, not on a server. A second installation of the same license on a laptop (if used by the same person) is possible and permitted. Per-seat licenses don't run on a terminal server.
You install Help & Manual on a network. The server license is a floating license that can be used on any workstation in the network without local installation. The number of server licenses determines the number of users being able to use it concurrently at the same time.
(If you are running Help & Manual on a Terminal Server workstation, a Server license is required.)
Multiple users can work on the same project at the same time. No special server software is required.
|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.
Open multiple topics simultaneously in tabs to edit them comfortably side by side.
|Edit XML sources directly
Sometimes you might want to modify the underlying XML sources directly.
|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.
Full Unicode support, meaning you can create help files in up to 106 languages, including Asian languages.
Project synchronization and the option to save a project in uncompressed XML format make translation with external tools easy.
Help & Manual directly imports RoboHelp® project files.
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.
|Create user defined skins
Customize existing HTML skins or create your own.
Help & Manual creates all output formats (see below) from one single source without post-processing.
Include/exclude conditions are supported for chapter, topic and text level. You can customize the export with an unlimited number of user defined builds.
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.
Seamless integration of multiple projects into each other and merged ouput. Runtime merging is optionally possible if supported by the output format.
Create and manage repositories for snippets and styles. A repository is a special kind of Help & Manual project that is used to share styles and snippets between multiple projects.
Help & Manual Professional has active support for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe and 100% compatibles, plus direct built-in support for SubVersion.
In addition to publishing your project to a single output format, you can also define "publishing tasks" with a list of multiple output formats and versions of your project. Once you have got a task set up, you just need to select it to perform all the predefined publishing operations in one automated process.
|Webhelp with full-text search
Platform independent Webhelp with integrated full-text search.
|HTML Help (.chm)
Compiled HTML Help, the standard Windows help format.
Built-in PDF engine with visual layout designer.
|iPad Export (ePUB format)
Publish directly to the Apple iPad and many other e-book devices using the ePUB standard (optimized for iPad).
|Visual Studio Help
Compiled HTML Help format, mandatory for software component documentation in Visual Studio and other development tools.
User manual in RTF format optimized for Microsoft Word.
e-books in Windows 32 bit executable format with customizable skins.
Direct printing of user manuals formatted with a visual layout designer.
The built-in screen capture tool creates stunning screenshots at a mouse click.
Use the integrated image editor to resize and enhance screenshots, add annotations, callouts and text.
|Keyword Index Tool
An interactive keyword index tool helps you design the index.
Quickly synchronize two help projects and update changes in language pairs.
|Context Help Tool
Support for context sensitive help is fully integrated. Help & Manual additionally can export and import help context number maps.
Extensive reports document the status of your help project.
Quickly format source code examples with syntax highlighting for more than 50 programming languages.