HelpStudio 2017.1 Release Information

This page contains information about the 2017.1 release of HelpStudio, including information on the release contents and how to upgrade to this release.

What's New in 2017.1

You can find a detailed release note, including minor updates and bug fixes, here: http://www.innovasys.com/support/releasenote/hs2017.1

New "Light" Templates

A new set of templates have been introduced inspired by the latest Microsoft Documentation style. These new templates introduce a simplified and fresh layout and typography featuring a frameless design with in-page Table of Contents navigation, a right hand action bar with automatic "In this Topic" support and a page layout that is responsive to the available screen width.

The new Templates are available for every supported documentation type.

Move and Rename Other Files

It is now possible to move and rename Other Files directly on the Project Explorer. References to the moved and renamed Other Files (e.g. images, Widgets and links) are automatically updated. To round off this new functionality, it is now also possible to create new Other Files folders from the Project Explorer. Source Control integrated projects are fully supported.

Improved Copy to Clipboard

The support for Copy to Clipboard in Colorized Example Code widgets has been improved and removes the dependency on Adobe Flash. Copying to clipboard now results in a subtle notification that appears beside the "Copy Code" button when clicked.

Microsoft Help Viewer 2.3 Support

Support for Microsoft Help Viewer 2.3, the updated version of Microsoft Help Viewer included with Visual Studio 2017. Output that targets Microsoft Help Viewer will now automatically register with Microsoft Help Viewer 2.3 if it is installed locally, a link to view the generated output will be included in the Build Results and batch files will be generated with the commands necessary to deploy help to Microsoft Help Viewer 2.3 on other machines.

  

Compatibility

Compatibility with older versions

Installing 2017.1 will automatically remove 2016.1 (or earlier) if you have it installed.

Projects can be opened in 2017.1 without any conversion. Projects saved in 2017.1 should not be edited in 2016.1 or older to avoid loss of data associated with features not present in the earlier version.

 

Upgrading to 2017.1

If you have a current Subscription license

If you have a current subscription license, the upgrade to 2017.1 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 2017.1 setup.

If you own a 2016.1 license purchased on or after 21 July 2017

If you purchased a 2016.1 license on or after 21 July 2017, the upgrade to 2017.1 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 2017.1 setup.

If you own a 2016.1 license purchased before 21 July 2017

If you purchased a 2016.1 license before 21 July 2017, you can purchase the upgrade to 2017.1 at significant discount using this page:

http://www.innovasys.com/store

Immediately after purchasing the 2017.1 upgrade, you will be emailed your license and download instructions for the 2017.1 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 2015.2, 2015.1, 2014.1 or 2013 license

If you own a 2015.2, 2015.1, 2014.1 or 2013 license, you can purchase the upgrade to 2017.1 with a discount using this page:

http://www.innovasys.com/store

Immediately after purchasing the 2017.1 upgrade, you will be emailed your license and download instructions for the 2017.1 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.

 

Previous Release Notes

2016.1 Release Note