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eWriter Viewer 4.0 with Ziphelp Support

We have updated eWriter Viewer to version 4. Both, the Windows and MacOS versions are available from the eWriter download page. Viewer redistributables have been updated as well:



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

About Ziphelp

On the surface, Ziphelp is HTML5 in a zip archive. Pack any folder with HTML pages into a regular zip file, rename the extension to “.zhelp” and the eWriter viewer will open it. This not just works for Help+Manual’s Webhelp output, but for any HTML.

But Ziphelp is more than that, it is a protocol based on the standard sitemap protocol, designed to give a help viewer extended information about the content of the help system, in order to provide context-sensitive help to an application. Locally, on the web, and mixed.

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Premium Pack 5.1.0 maintenance update

We’re glad to announce the update of the Help+Manual Premium Pack add-on to version 5.1.0. This update includes a number of small but significant improvements to almost all the skins and is recommended for all users.

How to get the update:

You can download and install the update with the link and credentials you received when you purchased. If you no longer have these, just contact support by email and we will help you out.

What’s new in version 5.1.0:

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Premium Pack 5.0.4 Maintenance Update

We have released a small update of Premium Pack 5 to version 5.0.4 with some maintenance changes and minor improvements.

How to get the update

You can download and install the update with the link and credentials you received when you purchased. If you no longer have these, just contact support by email and we will help you out.

Changes and Improvements:

  • Toolbox Utility:
    A silent error could occur when closing a project with the automatic help display activated, closing Toolbox as well as the project. This was never noticed because it looked like a normal program exit.
  • V3, V4 and V5 skins:
    The base font was set to 95% by default instead of 100%, which could cause images to be displayed a little less clearly on old displays until the user adjusted the text size upwards in the hamburger menu.
  • All skins:
    • The Search field is now activated automatically when the index or search pane is selected.
    • Corrected a number of title and alt texts that did not have variables.
    • Topic title font size variable added for print mode.
    • Links in popups now open in the same window as the WebHelp on mobile devices
  • V5 Minimalist Modern skins:
    Variables for the topic title font size have been added to the Topic Pane group (TOPICTITLE_FONTSIZE_DESK / _PHONE / _PRINT / _TABLET)
  • V5 Cool Max skin:
    The “Search” display text was not updated with a variable in some places

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Help+Manual Maintenance Update

We are glad to announce the immediate availability of Help+Manual 9.03 and Translation Assistant 9.03.

Help+Manual 9.0.3

  • French User Interface: several bug fixes in the French UI translation.
  • eWriter Viewer 3.3: the udpated eViewer.exe version 3.3 is included for creating eWriter e-books. Note that eWriter Viewer 3.3 is available as a stand-alone installer as well. See below for details.
  • DeepL Plugin: bug fix for protected word lists.
  • Word/DOCX export: second-level keywords from snippets were not correctly indexed.
  • Image Styles: images with rounded corners – if the picture had round corners and no spacing between image and border, the border radius was wrong in PDF export.
  • Insert Picture Toggles: picture selection dialog now offers custom image formats as well.

 

Translation Assistant 9.0.3

  • DeepL Plugin: bug fix for protected word lists.

eWriter Viewer 3.3

  • eViewer 3.3 has an About dialog showing the version number. This About dialog is displayed along with the “Recent Files” menu option. Self-extracting EXE eBooks or custom deployments of the eViewer executable (which do not show a recent files list), don’t show the About dialog, either.
  • Bug fix: window position on start was moved by 20 pixels. This should have been applied to secondary viewer windows to offset them from the first window, but was applied to the initial first window as well.
  • eWriter Help System for Delphi / RAD Studio updated for eViewer 3.x

 

All updates are available from our download page.

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Premium Pack 5.0.3 Maintenance Update

We are please to announce the release of version 5.0.3 of Premium Pack 5. This maintenance update corrects a number of minor issues discovered and reported since the original release and is recommended for all users.

How to get the update

You can download and install the update with the link and credentials you received when you purchased. If you no longer have these, just contact support by email and we will help you out.

Important note for Cool Max skin users

This update includes improvements in both the standard and megamenu header menu systems in this skin. If you have made your own changes to these menus, please don’t overwrite the menu HTML and CSS files with your own ones this time, as that would eliminate the improvements.

Changes and improvements since 5.0.0

  • Premium Pack installer:
    Now also supports “only for me” option to allow installation without administrator mode, if Help+Manual 9 has also been installed in the same way.
  • Cool Max skins:
    Small HTML error in Classic Header source corrected
    The mobile logo image was referenced without a variable in one location
    OPT_NOHEADERLOGO option added to the skin options
    OPT_NOBREAD option was not enabled
    Fine tuning in the MEGA MENU header menus system
    Breadcrumbs were displayed in phone mode
  • All V3, V4 and V5 skins:
    Additional filter to prevent conflicts with external code and browser extensions using PostMessage functions
  • Google Analytics support:
    Removed a couple of irrelevant debug messages from the console log interface
  • Skins with project title in the TOC:
    PROJECTTITLE_COLOR, PROJECTTITLE_FONT and PROJECTTITLE_SIZE variables now available
  • V5 Modern eWriter skins:
    Corrected internal server reference added to the EMail feedback option
  • V5 Flexible Keyboard skins:
    Focus switched to TOC when selecting the Previous / Top / Next buttons in the topic header
  • Both keyboard control skins:
    A bug in the Chromium web engine made the focus outline for keyboard navigation in the TOC invisible after clicking in the TOC with the mouse. This has been corrected with a CSS workaround.
  • Multiple skins:
    Improvement of CSS for formatting in the TOC
  • V4/V5 Flexible skins:
    Tooltip text variables were not connected to the left/right and up/down button tooltips
  • Help update:
    More flexible options for using WebHelp in SharePoint

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December Updates

We are glad to announce the immediate availability of Help+Manual 9.02 and Translation Assistant 9.02.

Maintenant, Help+Manual parle fran├žais

Version 9.0.2 comes with an optional French user interface. This is a somewhat risky step for us, because nobody here speaks French and we neither can evaluate the quality of the translation, nor can we provide email support in French. But we wanted to give to a try, though. Please consider the French user interface as “beta test”, you can always switch back to English, if something doesn’t work. The translation is courtesy of Christophe Willefert, a French user of Help+Manual. Translation errors are courtesy of EC Software.

French UI

 

We expect this to be the last update for 2022 and wish all our customers around the world a happy and peaceful holiday season! Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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