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HelpXplain 1.2 Released

This is a maintenance and feature update for HelpXplain, which is free for all registered users. Every license of HelpXplain includes 12 months free updates, maintenance and support.

HelpXplain 1.2

The most important new feature in this version is the eWriter output format. HelpXplain now creates eWriter eBooks out of the box. An eWriter eBook is a compressed single file that can easily be copied, emailed and can be viewed with the eWriter Viewer, available as a free app in Microsoft Store.

A second important change has been made to the PDF export. It supports multiple slides per page and offers a quality setting for the slide pictures.

eWriter Export in HelpXplain
eWriter Export in HelpXplain

New PDF Options in HelpXplain
New PDF Options in HelpXplain

Other changes and bug fixes in version 1.2:

  • Screen capture bug fix: full-screen capture on secondary monitors did not work
  • Screen capture bug fix: in free region capture mode, the screen capture tool silently crashed if one single-clicked outside the selection area.
  • Bugfix: ribbon menu for fill was enabled for text objects, though text objects are always transparent
  • Spotlight objects with follow-cursor (like inserted with screencast): when a text object was placed left of the screenshot, the spotlight was in the wrong position
  • eWriter export format implemented
  • favicon.ico added to output folder (also for the eWriter output, which picks up the icon)
  • DeepL: Portuguese language supported
  • Problem with invalid fill images fixed
  • Publish Dialog: skin selection drop-down list has a scrollbar
  • Mouse-over action “Change to full opacity” was always reset
  • Improved error handling for Image Tools
  • When inserting (new) images, extra large images are physically reduced to a maxium of 3000 x 2000 px.
  • SVG images are normally exported with an <object> tag (= animated SVGs supported, but not clickable). If the SVG image has a click action, it is exported with an <img> tag (= clickable, but not animated)
  • Slide #number is no longer displayed in document title
  • Lines with a dashed stroke were rendered es solid lines in HTML
  • When the caption of a slide was being edited, pressing the DELETE key asked to delete the slide.
  • Publish as PDF / GIF / Images: an optional page scale factor makes the exported slides larger or smaller
  • Full-screen mode on secondary monitors: when HelpXplain was running full screen on a secondary monitor, it did not save the window position and reverted to the default monitor the next time it was opened.

 

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This update is included in your maintenance plan! Please download the update and install it over your existing version.

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Premium Pack 3.49 Maintenance Update

We have just released a minor update of the Premium Pack with the improvements and fixes listed below.

How to Get the Premium Pack Update:

You can download and install the updated version with the credentials you received when you purchased. If you no longer have this please contact support@ec-software.com and we will help you out. See the Premium Pack product page for more details on Premium Pack 3 and visit our online store to purchase if you do not yet have it.

V3 Skins (WebHelp and eWriter versions)

  • Search highlighting: When the topic already containing search highlighting was selected in the search results after a new search the original highlighting was not removed.
  • Google Analytics: Occasionally it was possible for the first topic visited to be tracked twice.
  • Google Analytics: Ghostery and other similarly aggressive tracking blockers will no longer cause a critical error in WebHelp. These blockers simply kill the tracking function within the Google script instead of actually blocking the outgoing tracking calls, and this disruption of the script needs to be caught so that it does not terminate all other scripts on the page as well.
  • Image toggles: In response to many requests, image toggles are now closed by clicking outside the image in desktop mode. Tablet and phone modes remain unchanged.
  • Search results: Breadcrumb trail was not displayed in the header of a topic opened from search results (side-effect of a previous search update).
  • Anchor links: Anchor links sometimes did not scroll to the target anchor on internal topic links (side-effect of previous search update).
  • TOC: If the last item in the sibling chapter before the current chapter was a sub-chapter clicking the Top button would highlight that sub-chapter instead of the actual parent chapter.
  • Android devices: Small script error in some pages corrected. This probably had no effect on performance and only showed up as a JS console message.
  • EWriter skins: Removed Android and Google Analytics code that didn’t do anything.

Toolbox utility

  • Open new project: The current project will now only be closed if you actually open another project. If you cancel, the current project remains open.
  • Save Project button: The save project button now turns green when active for better visibility.

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HelpXplain Student’s Projects: Trip to Barcelona

We recently equipped the Webdesign division of the school Instituut Sint-Maria in Antwerp, Belgium, with HelpXplain. One of the students’ first projects was a promotional website for Barcelona, created entirely with HelpXplain.

Here (drum roll!) are the first results!

We are proud and happy to share this student project with you:

Jorris

Joris

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Starts this Friday, ends next Monday!

https://www.helpandmanual.com/order

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eWriter 2.1 Maintenance Update

eWriter is a converter application to turn HTML pages into a self-contained Windows executable or eBook. This output format is integrated into Help+Manual as well (and will soon become available in HelpXplain). The eWriter converter application is the free stand-alone version.

 

Update Version 2.1

This update includes an updated viewer app with improved support for eBooks in full-screen/maximized window mode.

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Download eWriter Creator stand-alone edition directly from our website:
http://www.e-writer.com/

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KM Technology, spol. s r.o. offers Support and Training for Help+Manual

We are happy to announce that KM Technology is ready to provide full support, training and licence distribution for Help+Manual in Slovakia! The website is up and running:

http://helpandmanual.sk/

KM Technology, spol. s r.o.

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eWriter 2.0 released

eWriter is a converter application to turn HTML pages into a self-contained Windows executable or eBook. This output format is integrated into Help+Manual as well (and will soon become available in HelpXplain). The eWriter converter application is the free stand-alone version.

Redesigned Runtime Viewer

The viewer for eWriter eBooks is now a stand-alone app. We have completely rebuilt the viewer app with this version and made it (optionally) available as a separate installer. The viewer looks more modern, but more important is the new code base which it is built on: it is more or less platform-independent.

The eWriter Viewer app is currently available in 32 and 64 bit versions, and it is listed in the Microsoft Store:

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Premium Pack 3.48 Maintenance Update

We have just released a very minor update of the Premium Pack with the following small improvements and fixes. You only need to update your skins if any of the following things are important to you.

How to Get the Premium Pack Update:

You can download and install the updated version with the credentials you received when you purchased. If you no longer have this please contact support@ec-software.com and we will help you out. See the Premium Pack product page for more details on Premium Pack 3 and visit our online store to purchase if you do not yet have it.

V3 Skins (WebHelp and eWriter versions)

  • Tooltips in ATOC menu: The ATOC_TIP variable was not set to HTML and as a result the &nbsp; entity was displayed as code in the tooltips instead of as a space.
  • Disabling the ATOC: The ATOC_SHOW variable for disabling the ATOC was not connected and had no effect. This was never noticed because the ATOC menu is automatically hidden if there are no corresponding links in the current topic.
  • Top navigation button: In some configurations clicking or tapping on the Top topic navigation button would not jump to the correct higher-level topic.

CHM skins

  • Topic header components: Improved scaling on modern. high-resolution monitors and Windows devices.
  • Drop-down menu components: Improved scaling on modern. high-resolution monitors and Windows devices.
  • Topic header title text color: New variable (HD_TEXTCOLOR in the Header Components group) setting the topic header title color in the skin. This eliminates the need to set the color correctly in the Help+Manual  project.

Toolbox utility

  • Close project warning: If you open a new project or skin while one is already open a warning is now only displayed if the current project contains unsaved edits. This makes switching to a new project or skin faster.

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HelpXplain 1.1.0 and Help+Manual 7.5.3 Updates

We are glad to announce two updates for both, HelpXplain and Help+Manual. HelpXplain has full audio support and Help+Manual needs a few changes to support this, too.

HelpXplain 1.1.0

  • HelpXplain 1.1.0 has full audio support! Audios in Xplains work in the regular HTML output, in Help+Manual’s Webhelp, eWriter eBooks and in HTML Help (.chm) files. All player skins include audio controls.Check out the “Fun with audios” demo here:
    https://www.helpandmanual.com/help/gf_gettingstarted_audio.html

Other changes and bug fixes in version 1.1.0:

  • Publish deletes all files in data folder.
  • Original JPEG/PNG images were not exported as original but recreated, sometimes resulting in larger image files
  • Several undo/redo bugs fixed
  • Scrolling of slide list after slide deletion improved
  • When pasting slides, the pasted slides are inserted at the current position in the slide list, not at the end
  • File drag & drop on welcome page implemented
  • PDF export did not support Unicode file names

 

Help+Manual 7.5.3

Changes in Help+Manual:

  • Insert HelpXplain dialog: defaults for Xplains changed to lightbox mode (this is really important for Xplains with audio support)
  • All CHM skins have been changed to elevate the internal rendering engine to Internet Explorer 11 instead of 10 (this is important for Xplains with audio support to make the audio work inside CHM files)
  • Publishing tasks: include comments in PDF was not working

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Both are free updates if included in your maintenance plan! Please download the update(s) and install it over your existing version.

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HelpXplain with Audio Support is Coming!

HelpXplain version 1.1 is coming! We have implemented audio support already, though the final touch needs to be applied. With the original release of HelpXplain three months ago, it was already clear that silent presentations are not sufficient. You guys want audio support. We promised audio support to be implemented soon and we are going to deliver. Read the rest of this entry »

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