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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 français

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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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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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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eWriter Viewer v3 for Windows and More…

We are happy to announce the immediate release of eWriter Viewer Version 3. This is an update to the Windows version, a MacOS version is coming soon.

What’s New in eViewer Version 3?

The updated viewer has a slightly redesigned and even more reduced user interface – it integrates the toolbar into the title bar. The UI supports Windows light mode, dark mode, high-contrast modes and, of course, high-dpi monitors.

Multiple languages: the UI languages English, German, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish are built-in. When you redistribute the viewer for application online help, you can supply a custom language file to match the language of your application. Further customization of the UI is still possible in Help+Manual.

Beneath the surface, pretty much everything is new.

There is a new application design: while the old version created one instance per .ewriter file, version 3.0 creates just one single instance but opens a separate window for each file displayed. This is a huge improvement, because when using the viewer to display application online help, you can close all help files that your application might have opened with one single call – a “/close” parameter.

The viewer also comes with a new command line interface. The old command line interface that you you might be using now is still supported – no changes required. The new command line interface offers additional features and is identical to the MacOS version – we’ll get to that later.

 

eViewer 3.0 for Windows

  • Redesigned multi-language user interface with 6 languages built-in
  • Individual localization possible with custom language file
  • Single-instance & multi-window design makes it easier to control the app for displaying application online help
  • New command line interface for application online help
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • 32 and 64 bit executables
  • Compatible with all .ewriter books created with Help+Manual and HelpXplain, including old versions
  • Customization in Help+Manual (eViewer app menu, app button color, book icon)
  • Optional stand-alone EXE help files combining viewer and content

Download

Download the updated Windows eViewer directly from the eWriter website:

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

 

Coming Soon…

We have been working on a MacOS version of the eWriter Viewer and it is getting close to release state. (Please contact support, if you are interested in testing the MacOS beta.)

eViewer 3 for MacOS

 

Please watch this news feed for updates. The timetable for eWriter Viewer is approximately:

  1. Official eWriter Viewer v3 for MacOS (universal binary for Intel/ARM) in July 2022
  2. Developer package with redistributable viewers for Windows and MacOS including tester applications (Win/Mac) for the new command line interface. July/August 2022
  3. Help+Manual v8.5 with the updated Windows viewer and new/modified export options for eWriter files: August 2022

 

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Help+Manual v8.4.3 Maintenance Update

We are glad to announce a maintenance update for Help+Manual 8.4. If you are using version 8 already and your maintenance plan includes updates until February 4, 2022, just download the setup and run it to update your current installation.

Changes in 8.4.3 Build 5940

  • SVG images: loading of SVG images with embedded base64-encoded image data is now faster. Bugfix for images with base64-encoded embedded data that was split into junks.
  • Screen Capture tool: optical glitches fixed in screen capture UI, when Windows UI style was set to “classic” Win2000 style (this causes Windows to switch off Aero and transparent drawing, which parts of the UI have relied on).
  • The color dialogs for table color and font/background color were changed to a new dialog that supports an entry box for HTML-style color codes.

Bug fixes

  • Copy topics/TOC entries: when topics copied from another project were tagged with build tags not present in the target project, H&M asked to extend the list of build tags. This extension went wrong and the custom build list got damaged.
  • eWriter Export: icon file could not be updated when the output file was an executable (.exe).

Download

Help+Manual 8.4.3 is available from our download page:

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

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Premium Pack 4.4.0 Update

Sandcastle Tidy, Caret Browsing, Update Skin Config Tool

We are happy to announce the release of Premium Pack 4.4.0 with three new features and a wide range of other improvements and fixes. Sandcastle Tidy puts your Microsoft Sandcastle documentation import fully under the control of the project stylesheet. Caret browsing support for tabbed navigation in the TOC and header has been added to the V3 and V4 skins. The Update Skin Config tool for transferring your settings from old to new skins has been significantly improved, now showing you only the settings in your old skin that are different from those in the new skin.

How to get the Premium Pack update

You can download and install the updated version with the download link and personal installation password you received when you purchased. If you no longer have these details please contact support@ec-software.com and we will help you out. See the Premium Pack product page for more details on Premium Pack 4 and visit our online store to purchase if you do not yet have it.

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