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Help+Manual 9 and Translation Assistant Maintenance Update

This is a maintenance update for Help+Manual 9 and Translation Assistant 9.

Help+Manual 9.0.1

  • New: PDF export has a new option in Config > Publishing > PDF > Options: Tab Display defines whether the PDF viewer displays the document file name or document title
  • New: Version Control multi-level check for hidden folder in CUSTOM VERSION CONTROL implemented
  • Repositories: binding a new help project to an existing repository raised an error
  • Link dialog: when inserting a topic link, selecting an anchor from the drop-down list has caused an error in some cases.
  • HTML Export: images with a flexible width had a “max-width” too large, when image borders were applied by style
  • PDF snippets in topics: in Word/DOCX and HTML export, only the first page of an external PDF was included, if the page range was unspecified.
  • Insert picture with copy & paste from clipboard did not auto-assign the “Default” picture style
  • Webhelp configuration, Google Analytics session: when GA was set, a switch-back to “no GA” was only possible by deleting the GA key (ticking the box “Do not use GA” did not clear the key)
  • Markdown Import: markdown files are assumed to be generally UTF-8 encoded.
    H&M normally determines the text encoding from the file’s byte order mark. But it is very common for markdown files to be UTF-8 encoded without an explicit byte order mark.
  • German User Interface: misspelling and glitches in the German translation fixed.

 

Translation Assistant 9.0.1

  • Link dialog: when inserting a topic link, selecting an anchor from the drop-down list has caused an error in some cases.

 

Both updates are available from our download page.

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Help+Manual 9 – New Major Release!

With great pleasure we announce the release of Help+Manual version 9!

This is a major release with plenty of new features, most importantly: support for GIT.

 

What’s new in Help+Manual 9

  • Version Control with GIT Support
  • Image Styles
  • Figure Tables and Figure Links
  • PDF Merging
  • Premium Pack 5
  • And a lot more…

UI Detail GIT Support
GIT Support in Help+Manual 9

Click here to learn more about this major update!

 

If you are currently using Help+Manual 8…

Please note that version 9 uses the same license keys as Help+Manual 8 – your current license keys remain valid! Version 9 is a free update for all users of Help+Manual 8 with active maintenance.

How can you find out if your version 8 license still includes maintenance?

  1. Start your current version of Help+Manual 8
  2. In the Help tab, click “License and Maintenance”
  3. If maintenance includes November 19, version 9 is included as free update
  4. If it has expired, click “Extend Maintenance Period” to renew it

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Help+Manual Translation Assistant – Build 450

We have released a small maintenance update for Help+Manual Translation Assistant. This is a free update for all users of the TA.

Version 9.0 build 450 is available from our download page:

https://www.helpandmanual.com/downloads.html

 

Changes in this build

  • Topic Editor: if a topic was present when opening the project but has been deleted in the meantime, the editor displays a meaningful error message when selecting this topic.
  • Refresh Project: the currently loaded node was not auto-refreshed, e.g. a selected topic was not updated if it had been changed outside the TA.
  • DeepL Plugin: the tags <embedded-image> and <embedded-object> have been added to the ignore tags. This solves the problem that embedded images were treated as plain text streams.

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Happy Anniversary: Help+Manual is 25 Years Old!

Can you believe this? Help+Manual is 25 years old! And we are excited to celebrate this anniversary with you:

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Help+Manual Translation Assistant Released!

We are glad to announce the immediate release of our newest product!

HMTA complements  Help+Manual

Help+Manual Translation Assistant, or HMTA, is a tool for for translating and updating the translations of Help+Manual documentation projects. It gives you direct side-by-side comparisons, and when you need to update an old translation it gives you an additional content-based comparison between the old and new versions of the original project.

Translating with TA

Translating a project side-by-side with the master

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More information about the Translation Assistant

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Order now for $98,- instead of $398,-!

 

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eViewer 3.2 for Windows – Maintenance Update

We just released an update to the eViewer executables for Windows (both 32 and 64 bit). The installer of Help+Manual 8.5 has been updated as well to include the new eViewer exe. This is the second maintenance update for eViewer since the release of version 3 (see also: v3.1 update).

eViewer Version 3.2 for Windows

  • Self-contained exe-ebooks created with Help+Manual did require the explicit file name in the command line syntax (e.g. myebook.exe myebook.exe 1234 to load a context number). This has been eliminated and the old syntax is supported again (e.g. myebook.exe 1234 to load a context number).
  • When the viewer application was called with a file name that did not exist, it got stuck as an invisible task and did not automatically terminate.
  • The app-button dropdown arrow is now hidden, if the app button does not have a menu.
  • Internal file links from one .ewriter book to another .ewriter book: data file names without a full path are now expanded (based on the current source).
  • Internet links in topics, that address other ewriter books with the “ewriter://” protocoll are now supported by the Windows viewer.

 

Downloads

eViewer 3.2 for Windows (stand-alone installers for 32 and 64 bit)

eWriter as Application Help (redistributables)

Help+Manual 8.5 as released per Aug 21, 2022
(Help+Manual remains unchanged but includes the updated eViewer.exe)

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eViewer 3.1 for Windows – Maintenance Update

We just released an update to the eViewer executables for Windows (both 32 and 64 bit). The installer of Help+Manual 8.5 has been updated as well to include the new eViewer exe.

eViewer Version 3.1 for Windows

The viewer did not properly pick up the system-wide title bar accent color. Instead, the title bar of the viewer window remained dark gray. This bug has been fixed with the new version. Read the rest of this entry »

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Help+Manual v8.5 Released: Support for Snagit and eWriter 3

We are glad to announce a maintenance update for Help+Manual 8.5. If you are using version 8 already and your maintenance plan includes updates until August 21, 2022, just download the setup and run it to update your current installation.

Changes in 8.5 Build 5980

  • eWriter Export Format: we recently released the redistributable eWriter Viewer 3.0 for Windows and MacOS.

    Help+Manual v8.5 includes the new eWriter Viewer 3.0 (32 bit) to create stand-alone EXE e-books and the configuration page for eWriter export has new export options: a product logo (shown on MacOS and Windows) and menu options for MacOS.

    Please note that some export options for the eWriter format are depricated with the updated viewer and have been moved to the new command line options. 

  • Snagit: we have added direct support for TechSmith Snagit® 2022 cross-platform file format “.snagx”. The .snagX format is the (editable) compound image format containing the original screenshot, annotations and modifications. Help+Manual can load a .snagX picture directly and treats it like a PNG file.

    Please note: the new compound .snagX format is available with Snagit 2022 only. This file format is different to the old .snag file format. 

  • Publish dialog: the publishing tasks frame now responds to the mouse wheel
  • Screen Capture tool (bugfix): when doing a screen capture on a different monitor than the primary monitor, the cursor icon was not included.
  • Bulk Find & Replace: the “replace all” function (internally using an XML scanner) has unintentionally removed non-breaking spaces (#160) from the source.

Download

Help+Manual 8.5 is available from our download page:

https://www.helpandmanual.com/downloads.html

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In Germany: Turn Google Web Fonts OFF

This posting is only for users hosting WebHelp in Germany with Google Web Fonts activated in their Premium Pack V3 or V4 skins. Due to a recent GPDR ruling by a Munich court, users in Germany can “abmahn” and possibly charge website operators for using Google Web Fonts because they send the user’s IP address to Google. If you are hosting anywhere else this posting is not relevant for you and you can stop reading here. Because of this, the rest of the post is in German.

Die Abmahner haben wieder zugeschlagen

Nach einem Urteil vom Landgericht München, verstoßen dynamische Google Web Fonts gegen das DSGVO, weil das System die IP-Adresse des Benutzers an Google übermittelt. Das öffnet Tür und Tor für Abmahnungen und Zahlungsforderungen durch Rechtsanwälte und Privatpersonen. Um mögliche Probleme zu vermeiden, müssen Sie so schnell wie möglich dynamische Google Web Fonts in Ihrem V3- oder V4-Skin von Premium Pack 3 oder 4 ausschalten, die WebHelp neu exportieren und neu hochladen.

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eViewer for MacOS Released

We are happy to announce the immediate release of eWriter Viewer V3 for MacOS.

With this update, eWriter viewer version 3 is complete. The viewer is now available for end-users for Windows (Windows XP until Windows 11) and for MacOS 11 (universal binary for Intel/ARM).

Download:

https://www.helpandmanual.com/ewriter/index.html

 

eViewer 3 for MacOS

eWriter Viewer on MacOS screenshot

 

eWriter as Application Online Help

If you use the ewriter format as application online help for your own software, the redistributable eViewer executables have been updated as well.

The developer package includes executables for Win32/Win64/MacOS for redistribution, a tester application for Windows and MacOS and the complete documentation. Please download the eWriter developer package from the link below.

Download:

https://www.helpandmanual.com/download/eviewer-v3-developer-redist.zip

 

eViewer Tester

eViewer Tester screenshot

 

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