HelpStudio is the fastest, easiest way to Create Help Files, publish and integrate them with your desktop or web based applications or components.
Generate help output in cross-platform plain HTML, HTML Help, Help 2.x or printable PDF.
Built in localization support means that you can take your Help File to a global audience if required.
HelpStudio seamlessly combines a feature packed WYSIWYG authoring environment, Html based layout templates and customizable Content Widgets to make it simple to create and localize consistent, professional looking help systems with the minimum of effort. No dependencies on Word or other editors and integrates with Source Control for Team Working and Collaboration.
These short movies provide a great way to discover what can be achieved using HelpStudio.
This video provides an introduction to HelpStudio; creating topics, capturing a screenshot, conditionalizing content, creating Pdf booklets. (10 mins)
This movie demonstrates the new Publishing functionality introduced in 2015.1. Publishing makes it easy to publish output generated by Document! X or HelpStudio to a web server or network location. A range of publishing methods are supported; you can publish to an Azure web site, a web site running on IIS, a web site that supports uploading via ftp, or directly to a local network path. (11 mins)
This video demonstrates how the Responsive Output feature allows you to generate content that automatically adapts to the device type of the browser, providing an optimal experience for Mobile, Tablet and Desktop users from a single output. (5 mins)
This short video provides a demonstration of how you can configure a project to create multiple outputs from a single source, with each output driven by a separate options defined in the Build Profile. (3 minutes)
In addition to the core authoring functionality, HelpStudio includes a suite of project tools that enable you to ensure the quality of your final CHM file:
Output to Cross Platform Web Help (automatically responsive for Tablet and Mobile), Html Help (CHM), Help 2.x (Visual Studio 2002-2008), Microsoft Help Viewer (Visual Studio 2010 - 2019 ) and PDF from a single source and automatically publish to a web site, ftp server or network location.
Easily integrate the generated output with one of several popular Community Comment services.
Browser Help output is viewable directly in the web browser, so is the ideal format for publishing documentation on a web site or intranet site. The browser help output includes a Table of Contents, Index and Full Text Search.
Html Help 1.x (CHM) is the Microsoft Windows compiled help file format. When building to CHM, the output is a single file that can be deployed to, and viewed on, any machine with Windows installed. The CHM viewer includes a Table of Contents, Index and Full Text Search.
Generate PDF booklets from the whole project content or a sub-section of Topics. The generated booklet can include a Table of Contents and Index. PDF Booklet output leverages the same HTML based templates as web output so is easy to customize and extend to your own requirements.
The automatically generated responsive support allows you to generate a single output that automatically adapts to the device profile; delivering an optimal browsing experience for Desktop, Tablet and Mobile from a single output. Tablet and Mobile devices benefit from buttonized links, a button based fly out Table of Contents and other automatic features that dramatically improve the end user experience.
The generated output can be automatically integrated with a range of Community Providers (Facebook, Disqus, Livefyre or SolidOpinion) allowing you to include rich community features in your help systems.
Help 2.x is a compiled help format used by Visual Studio 2002-2008. You would choose this format if you need to integrate your generated documentation with these Visual Studio versions. The Help 2.x viewer includes a Table of Contents, Index and Full Text Search.
Microsoft Help Viewer is the help technology used by Visual Studio 2010-2015. Building Microsoft Help Viewer output and integrating your documentation with Microsoft Help Viewer ensures that help for the assemblies you document is only ever an F1 key press away to Visual Studio users.
Your built documentation can be automatically published to a range of locations; a network path, ftp server, Azure web site or IIS (Internet Information Services) Server. Publishing recongizes which files have changed in the last build, so publishing is quick and minimizes network traffic.
When your application goes global you want your Help File to be ready. In HelpStudio you can work with multiple locales within a single project, avoiding the traditional "localization drift" problem when trying to maintain multiple translations of the same CHM file.
HelpStudio includes a set of features designed to help you effectively localize your content:
One challenge that anyone will face when attempting to create CHM files is providing the kind of rich content features that users of modern help systems expect, whilst not requiring a large investment of time and effort in creating and maintaining such content. HelpStudio is unique in making it genuinely quick and easy to include (and adapt over time) rich content features by providing a customizable and extendable set of re-usable Content Widgets.
"Managing documentation as part of developing software can be a surprisingly complex process. With HelpStudio we were able to create and maintain high-quality up-to-date documentation in a short amount of time and with very little overhead.
The flexibility of the HelpStudio made it easy to manage even complex tasks including localization and inclusion of "live" code snippets."
Henrik Frystyk Nielsen,
Group Program Manager, Microsoft
"We have been using HelpStudio since it first became available.
HelpStudio provides a nice blend of built-in functionality with full customizability, flexibility, and excellent support.
HelpStudio allows us to painlessly combine our API documentation with our User Guide documentation into one file that is easily integrated with our COM and Visual Studio products."
VP of Technical Marketing, Data Dynamics