HelpStudio is the fastest, easiest way to create and publish procedures, documentation and help systems and integrate them with your desktop, web or mobile applications or components.
Generate output in cross-platform Browser Help, automatically responsive for tablet and mobile, HTML Help (CHM), Help 2.x, Microsoft Help Viewer (the Visual Studio Help Format) or printable PDF. Built in localization support means that you can take your help system 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)
Quickly get up and running by importing your content from Microsoft Word, RoboHelp, Html Help (CHM), Help 2.x, or plain HTML Files.
Use the HelpStudio External Content Sources functionality to reference source content you must manage outside your HelpStudio Project; from an external web page or Quip document, refreshed automatically each time you preview or build.
Single Sourcing means using a single project to create multiple outputs. In HelpStudio you can leverage Build Profiles, Build Flags, Project Properties, Rules and a range of filter options to create multiple outputs from a single project source.
The end result of any HelpStudio project is an output (either a compiled help file, or browser help for web or Intranet publishing). A Build Profile represents a particular type of output. You can also use Build Profiles in combination with Build Flags to generate multiple outputs with different content. An example would be a 'Lite', 'Standard' and 'Professional' version of a software product, where the Help System for each has slightly different content, identified using Build Flags.
Create properties containing common information (e.g. a support email address, or a product name) that can then be used in Topic content, Topic Titles or Table of Contents nodes. If the common information changes, it only then needs updating in one place.
A HelpStudio project can contain any number of PDF Booklets. The PDF Booklet Editor is used to define the content and properties of a specific Booklet that you wish to generate. Easily add members to the booklet by dragging and dropping them from the Project Explorer or Table of Contents, or simply re-use the Table of Contents layout from your online ouptut.
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.
"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
You can use Document! X on its own, or install the bundle to get the 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.