HelpStudio 2015.1 Release Information

This page contains information about the 2015.1 release of HelpStudio, including information on the release contents and how to upgrade to this release.

What's New in 2015.1

Publishing (Network Path, ftp, IIS, Azure)

Publishing features help you to publish your generated output to a web site or network share. You can define one or more Publishing Targets in the Build Profile Editor and then either publish automatically as part of the build process, or manually at some point after building using the Publish command on the Ribbon. Publishing is able to determine which files have changed since you last published, minimizing the amount of time and bandwidth required to publish your content.

If you are using Azure to host your content, you can download and directly import a publishsettings.xml file from Azure to automatically configure a Publishing Target. All of the publishing targets are quick and easy to create and can be configured in a Build Configuration for automatic publishing when building either in the UI or using the Command Line build.

External Topic Content Sources (Web Page and Quip)

It is now possible to derive the content for a Topic from an external source (Web Page and Quip initially supported).

Using a Web Page as the source for a Topic in your help system allows you to re-use existing content that is managed externally without having to re-import each time the external content is updated. This is particularly useful for scenarios in which key portions of content must be managed external to Document! X or HelpStudio.

Using Quip Documents (Quip is a simple collaborative online content editor) as the source for some Topics in your help system allows you to have stakeholders directly contribute portions of content without having to install and use Document! X or HelpStudio. Multiple users can collaborate, discuss and revise simple documents in Quip and the latest content will always be used whenever you Preview or Build the generated output.

As well as being used as the entire Topic Content, you can use 2 new Widgets to include the external content within an existing regular Topic.

New Project Dialog Improvements

The New Project dialog has been re-organized to reduce confusion about what information is required to create a new project and to make is simpler to create new projects by only requiring a single value (Project Name) and defaulting values for the new project directory based on the provided Project Name and the default root directory defined in Options.

Enhanced "Backstage" Application Menu

Commands for creating and opening projects, as well as the Sample Browser and Movie list have been moved to the "Backstage" Application Menu (the page that shows when you click the Application Menu button at top left of the application window).

The Backstage menu provides more screen space to present the list of Project Types, Samples, Movies and Notifications and provides a consistent way to organize this application level functionality whilst freeing up Ribbon space for Project and Content functionality.

Compatibility

Compatibility with 2014.1 and 2013.1

Installing 2015.1 will automatically remove 2014.1 or 2013.1 if you have it installed.

Projects can be opened in 2015.1 without any conversion. Projects saved in 2015.1 should not be edited in 2014.1 or 2013.1 to avoid loss of data associated with features not present in the earlier version.

Compatibility with 2011 and 2012

Projects created with 2011 or 2012 will open automatically without issue in 2015.1.

Upgrading to 2015.1

If you have a current Subscription license

If you have a current subscription license, the upgrade to 2015.1 is free. You can upgrade your license free of charge by logging in to this page with the login that your license is associated with:

http://www.innovasys.com/account/subscriptionupgradelist

After you have upgraded your license using the link above, you will be directed to the download page for the 2015.1 setup.

If you own a 2014.1 license purchased on or after 14th November 2014

If you purchased a 2014.1 license on or after 14th November 2014, the upgrade to 2015.1 is free. You can upgrade your license free of charge by logging in to this page with the login that your license is associated with:

http://www.innovasys.com/account/subscriptionupgradelist

After you have upgraded your license using the link above, you will be directed to the download page for the 2015.1 setup.

If you own a 2014.1 license purchased before 14th November 2014

If you purchased a 2014.1 license before 14th November 2014, you can purchase the upgrade to 2015.1 at significant discount using this page:

http://www.innovasys.com/store

Immediately after purchasing the 2015.1 upgrade, you will be emailed your license and download instructions for the 2015.1 setup.

We recommend that you purchase the upgrade with the Subscription option. The subscription option entitles you to free support and upgrades for a year, after which the subscription can be renewed for less than the cost of a single upgrade.

If you own a 2013 or 2012 license

If you own a 2013 or 2012 license, you can purchase the upgrade to 2015.1 with a discount using this page:

http://www.innovasys.com/store

Immediately after purchasing the 2015.1 upgrade, you will be emailed your license and download instructions for the 2015.1 setup.

We recommend that you purchase the upgrade with the Subscription option. The subscription option entitles you to free support and upgrades for a year, after which the subscription can be renewed for less than the cost of a single upgrade.