You can use a large number of different graphics formats directly in Help+Manual. If the format of a graphic you use in your project is not supported in your publishing format Help+Manual converts the file automatically when you publish your project.
For most purposes BMP or Impict IPP are the best formats. Help+Manual automatically converts and compresses images as required when you publish and BMP or IPP are the best source formats for this.
All the following graphics formats listed below be inserted in your projects directly with the Insert Image tool. Native HTML graphics formats (PNG, GIF, JPG) are published unchanged when you publish to HTML-based output formats. Other formats are converted to one of these formats on the basis of your HTML Export Options conversion settings in your project configuration settings.
•Standard bitmaps (BMP)
•Compuserve Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
•JPEG Graphics (JPG)
•Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
•Photoshop images (PSD)
•Paint Shop Pro images (PSP, single-layer only)
•TIFF images (TIF)
•Kodak PhotoCD images (PCD)
•Windows Metafiles (WMF, EMF)
•Impict graphics (IPP, the special format of Help+Manual's Impict graphics editor)
•Segmented Hyper Graphics (SHG, MRB the Winhelp hotspot graphics format, now obsolete.)
You can also insert unsupported graphics by opening them in a graphics program that supports them and copying them to the Windows clipboard. Then just paste the clipboard contents in the Help+Manual editor and you will be prompted to save in an external file.
The obsolete.shg format for Winhelp graphics should no longer be used, support for it is only included for backward compatibility. You no longer need to use SHG graphics to add hotspots in your images because you can add hotspots to all graphics formats directly in the Help+Manual editor.
However, if you have old .shg files with hotspots you can use them in your projects directly, provided the hotspots link to valid topic IDs in your project.
Hotspots in .ipp graphics created with Help+Manual 3 cannot be imported to new projects on their own because they are linked to specific projects. The hotspots will only be imported if the .ipp images are imported together with the .hm3 project for which they were created.