Transforming your output with skins

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Transforming your output with skins

You may already be familiar with the concept of "skins" from other programs: You select a skin file and the appearance and layout of the entire program is transformed in seconds. Help+Manual enables you to do this with your HTML-based output. You can save your entire design with all its HTML templates and relevant HTML settings in a .hmskin file. You then select this file when you publish to apply the layout to the current project without changing any of the project's own settings.

Please note that you can only save your own projects as skins if you have the Professional or Server version of Help+Manual. Basic version users can use skins without limitations and edit existing skins (for example skins from the Help+Manual Plus Packs) but they cannot create new skins from their own projects.


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Skins can only be used for HTML-based output formats. You can style your PDF files and printed manuals with print manual templates, which work in the same way as skins. Word files use DOCX templates.

Click to expand/collapseHow to use skins - try it now!
Click to expand/collapseHow to create a skin file
Click to expand/collapseHow to edit skin files
Click to expand/collapseUsing include conditions to configure features in skins
Click to expand/collapseIncluding a preview image in a skin
Click to expand/collapseUsing skins to redefine variables and other settings
Click to expand/collapse Applying multiple skins in command lines and batch files

See also:

The Publish Dialog

Command Line Options