Version 4.2 is the second major update to Help & Manual 4. It adds four key
new functions that many users have been asking for: Expanding text and images,
search & replace for styles, support for Unicode and Asian languages in both
HTML templates and PDF and support for right-to-left languages. In addition to
this a large number of small modifications, improvements and bugfixes have been
made in response to user feedback and requests.
In addition to this, Version 4.2 also includes a fully-updated set of tutorial
projects and templates, which you can find in the Samples folder in the Help
& Manual program directory. These projects include a new non-scrolling
header template that works in both HTML Help and Browser-based Help and a
template for creating help for Pocket PC.
NEWS: Winhelp is no longer supported in Windows Vista!
Please note that support for the Winhelp format has been completely discontinued
in Microsoft Windows Vista. Even if your applications run under Vista, any calls
to Winhelp help will simply produce an error message. This also applies to
dual-mode popups in HTML Help. We thus strongly recommend that you start
transitioning to an alternative help format as soon as possible. See here
New features in Version 4.2:
Toggles: Expanding sections, inline text and images.
This function is accessed with Insert > Toggle. It allows you to create
expanding sections (like this one), expanding inline text and expanding
images with just a couple of clicks. This function is only available in
the Professional version of Help & Manual.
Search & Replace Styles
This function makes it radically easier to integrate imported formatted
text in your Help & Manual stylesheets. In addition to this you can
replace manual inline formatting with new or existing named styles,
replace the styles applied to texts with different styles or even turn
named styles into inline formatting.
Support for right-to-left languages
The language settings in Project Properties > Common Properties >
Language Settings now include a new setting for right-to-left languages
like Hebrew, Arabic and Farsi in HTML Help and Browser-based Help. Support
is not yet available in PDF and printed manuals.
Activating this option switches the entire Help & Manual system to
right-to-left mode, including the Table of Contents and all other relevant
This setting is still experimental and we welcome feedback on it from
users who work with right-to-left languages in Help & Manual.
Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7 compatibility
Help & Manual 4.2 is fully compatible with Windows Vista RC2 and also
with Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Since support for WinHelp is no longer going to be available in Windows
Vista we have converted Help & Manual's own help system to use CHM
only (in earlier versions we used dual-mode help with an additional
Winhelp file containing the popups for the What'sThis? help popups
displayed within the main application). Now the standard HTML Help
plain-text popups are used.
Please note that you still can compile Winhelp .HLP files with Help &
Manual under Windows Vista, you just can't view or use them.
Unicode support in HTML templates
In earlier versions it was not possible to use Unicode in the HTML
templates used to generate topic pages because the were encoded in ANSI.
These are now completely encoded in UTF-8 Unicode, so that it is possible
to include texts in any language in your templates.
Warning: You may have to edit your templates if you have been using
double-byte encoded characters in them! For example, if your templates
contain Russian text and you did not export your HTML as UTF-8 encoded
this will have worked on Russian versions of Windows in version 4.15 and
earlier. This was not Unicode, however, it was double-byte encoded ANSI.
This means that it won't work in 4.2: The strings will appear garbled in
your output because Help & Manual now treats the templates as UTF-8
encoded Unicode. Western languages will not be affected because UTF-8 is
compatible with single-byte ANSI text.
New PDF engine with support for Unicode and Asian languages
Help & Manual 4.2 includes a completely new PDF engine with full
support for Asian CID fonts. While all other output formats of Help &
Manual already had full support for Unicode, the old PDF engine did not.
This has now been corrected.
New version of the full-text search module for Browser-based Help
Version 4.2 incorporates the latest improved version of the third-party
module for generating full-text search in Browser-based Help.
Compatibility with MojoPac
MojoPac is a program that allows you to store your entire Windows
environment and your most frequently-used programs on a USB 2.0 thumb
drive, an iPod or an external hard drive. When you plug the device into
any Windows computer you can work on your own Windows desktop with your
own applications without affecting the computer you are working on in any
Help & Manual 4.2 is now fully compatible with MojoPac so that you can
take your entire help authoring environment with you and use it on any
Mode for testing Browser-based Help locally in Internet Explorer
A new option in the Compile dialog makes it possible to test your
Browser-based Help output on your local computer in Internet Explorer
without triggering the yellow "dangerous content" warning bar.
Updated and new tutorials and sample projects
All the tutorial and sample projects included with Help & Manual have
been completely rewritten and expanded and some new projects have been
added. New features include:
A template for creating help for Pocket PC (Pocket PC Help)
A new non-scrolling header template that works both in HTML Help and
Browser-based Help, including full printing support with a Print
button and generation of a printer-friendly version (DHTML Examples)
The latest version of the project template for Help & Manual's
own help, incorporating all the new non-scrolling template features
(H&M Help Template)
Tutorials showing you how to create your own non-scrolling headers,
navigation buttons with mouseover effects, print links and buttons,
CSS styles for hyperlinks, CSS styles for the TOC in Browser-based
Help, background images in the TOC and topics and more (DHTML
A tutorial on how to use conditional output (Conditional Output)
A tutorial on how to work with modular help systems, including
instructions for using A-Links to link between modules (Modular Help
New tooltips in HTML-based outputs:
You can now enter tooltip texts for hyperlinks, image hotspots and images.
The field for this is called Title: and it exports the text as the HTML
title attribute. In image hotspots this attribute is also exported as the
Copy, Cut & Paste for image hotspots
You can now use copy, cut and paste in the image hotspots editor
(right-click for a context menu).
IDs for images and tables
You can now enter IDs for images and tables, which are exported in
HTML-based output formats and can be used for your own purposes. Note that
if you enter IDs in tables used in expanding section toggles the toggle
will overwrite your ID with its own. This is necessary for the
functionality of the toggle. You can get around this problem by entering
your own ID for the table explicitly in the Insert Hotspot dialog.
Active support for Thai in HTML import
HTML files written in Thai are now handled correctly when they are
imported to new or existing Help & Manual projects.
Syntax highlighting improvement
Tab stops are now automatically converted to four hard spaces when
formatting source code examples.
Improved section recognition in keyword index
When you add your own section letters to the keyword index Help &
Manual will also list and assign the keywords correctly, also for foreign
Other improvements and minor changes and fixes:
Embedded topics now integrate better, all problems with additional space
after embedded topics have now been resolved.
The Image Folders section in Project Properties has been improved. The
dialog now supports multiple selections, handles the Delete and Insert keys
and when you add folders you will be automatically prompted to add
sub-folders if they exist. Both the full path to the folders and the saved
relative paths are now displayed below the folders list when you select a
HTML import now also supports Thai text.
The syntax highlighter now replaces tab stops with 4 hard spaces.
Page numbering in PDF and printed manuals has now been changed so that
top-level intro pages now get the number xx-1 instead of 0, which sometimes
caused even numbers to be displayed on right-hand pages.
Full-text search in Browser-based Help now also handles German typographic
Images with captions are now centered correctly in HTML
Several import issues have been corrected for RTF, HTML, CHM, RoboHelp and
Additional checks are now performed for images stored on removable drives.
Startup error caused by invalid or missing printer drivers corrected.
A cosmetic issue with partially-selected images in the editor has been
Tab stops on colored backgrounds are now displayed correctly in all PDF
Incorrect word breaks with some rare large fonts on Windows 2000
Image and movie filename case conversion corrected for Linux and Unix
Countless other minor corrections and cosmetic improvements.
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