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Choose the product that is right for you from the list below:

Document! X

Contains all the tools you need to author and build great technical reference documentation for .NET Assemblies, COM Components, Databases, XSD Schemas, Java Projects, Javascript and Web Service documentation. Also includes free format help topic authoring functionality for tutorials, getting started guides and other conceptual help.

HelpStudio

The natural choice if you are authoring end user help; e.g. a desktop application or web site help system or a procedural manual. Includes a complete suite of conceptual help authoring support tools including a Glossary Editor, Project Index Editor, PDF Booklet output, Imaging Tools and localization export and import.

Document! X and HelpStudio Bundle

The superset of functionality from both Document! X and HelpStudio, seamlessly combined in a single application. Choose the bundle if you are producing reference documentation but would like the benefits of the additional conceptual help authoring tools included in HelpStudio.

 

Detailed Feature Comparison

The comparison table below outlines in detail the functionality present in Document! X, HelpStudio and the Document! X and HelpStudio Bundle so you pick the product that is right for your requirement.


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HelpStudio

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Content Authoring

Conceptual Topic Authoring

Create free format topics, e.g. tutorials, procedures, how-to guides etc. You decide the Topic Structure and organize your Topics in the Table of Contents editor.

Automated Reference Documentation

Automate the production of reference documentation for a wide range of technical items including .NET and Silverlight Assemblies, COM Components, Java Projects, Databases, XSD Schemas, Javascript and Web Services.

Reference Documentation Authoring

Author additional content for reference documentation items, including colorized examples and see also links as well as descriptive content, using the Content File Editor. Create rules based content that applies to many items automatically using the AutoDoc File Editor.

Single Sourcing

Create all of your different outputs from a single project by using Build Flags and Build Profiles.

Style Editing

Style Picker, Style Editor and Stylesheet File Editor make it simple for you to leverage the power of CSS styles in your content.

Widgets

A fully customziable library of content functionality that requires no manual scripting and can be configured for different outputs without any change to content. Standard widgets include dynamic images (click to expand thumbnails), drop down sections, colorized example code sections, tab strips, twitter feeds and more.

Content Snippets

Reduce duplication by creating re-usable snippets of content using drag and drop.

PDF Booklets

Generate PDF Booklets.

Import from Word, CHM, Help 2.x, RoboHelp

Leverage your existing legacy content by importing directly from a wide range of other content sources.

Visual Studio Comment Editor

A visual comment editor integrated with Visual Studio 2010, 2012 and 2013 allows you to author Xml format source comments directly within a preview of the generated page. All content is written back to the source as standard Xml comment format.

Outputs

Compiled help (CHM, Help 2.x, Microsoft Help Viewer)

Full support for all the microsoft platform compiled help formats including the new Visual Studio 2010, 2012 and 2013 Microsoft Help Viewer.

Web Help

Web ready plain html output for publishing on a intranet or internet web site, or for viewing from a local directory.

PDF Booklets

Generate PDF Booklets, including a Table of Contents and Index, using existing content you have authored for online help. Links, images and widgets are all automatically converted to be suitable for a printable output.

Project Tools

Link and Spell Check, Find and Replace

Validate the Hyperlinks and See Also links throughout your project. Find and Replace, including regular expression support.

Image Tools

Screen capture, image editing, thumbnail and markup tools integrated directly with the application.

Glossary Editor

Create a Glossary Page defining commonly used terms and have the definitions appear as hover popups where they are used in your content.

Project Index Editor

Work with a project wide view of the index to get a clear view of which index keywords link to which topics. Note that even without the Project Index Editor you can still define custom index keywords in the Topic Editor.

Localization

Localization

Author and generated output for multiple locales within a single project.

Localization Export and Import

Export content in XLIFF or XML format in order to use the services of a third party translation provider to assist with your localization. Use the Localization Report to identify content that requires localization.

Team and Community

Source Control Integration

Use Team Foundation Server, SourceSafe, SourceGear Vault or Subversion to collaborate with other team members. Fine grained integration allows different individuals to work on different project elements simultaneously.

Community Features

Include community feedback and rating features by simply enabling a single setting. The server component of Community Extensions is completely free if you have 5 or more licenses of Document! X or HelpStudio.