EC Software Aquires

EC Software Acquires to Continue Support for the FastHelp User Community


Salzburg, Austria – March 20, 2024

EC Software GmbH, the authors of the popular authoring suite Help+Manual today announced the acquisition of FastHelp is a software for multilingual technical documentation, originally developed by IT Training Academy Ltd in London, UK. The software was regularly updated until 2020. EC Software strives to provide ongoing support for the FastHelp user community and a smooth transition of existing multilingual documentation projects.

A Smooth Transition

For about two decades, FastHelp and Help+Manual have taken parallel paths in creating and delivering digital content. We are currently working on a transition to bring FastHelp project databases (Access MDB) to the next level and enable seamless integration into the Help+Manual authoring suite.

FastHelp's unique selling point is the combination of multiple languages in a single Access database. Help+Manual's strength, as an XML-based authoring tool, is XML standards compliance and openness for the integration of external content. Help+Manual also offers a Translation Assistant to easily manage and translate multilingual projects.

Smart Upgrade with 50% Discount

For legitimate owners of a FastHelp license (Standard, International and Corporate) we offer attractive upgrades to Help+Manual Basic, Professional and Floating licenses.

If you own multiple licenses of FastHelp, please contact us at for an individual offer.

FastHelp Converter

Help+Manual can import content from a variety of source formats. However, you get the most complete transition by using our FastHelp Converter. The converter delivers a complete transition of table of contents, keyword index and topics including style templates, links, images, hotspots, conditional text, variables, etc. After converting your help project, you can seamlessly continue to work with Help+Manual.

For any questions you might have about the transition, we are available for you at


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