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  From the March 2016 Issue of Prestwood eMag
Tech Writer MS Compiled Windows Help (.CHM):
HelpScribble - an amazing tool
Posted 12 years ago on 2/29/2008 and updated 6/27/2008
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We're all familiar with program help systems. At Prestwood, of course, we need to author them for many of the applications we create.

There are many help authoring tools available, and HelpScribble is one of my two favorites.

Now, even though you may not need to create program help systems, help files, on their own, can be a great way to organize and convey all manner of information. Because they can contain a table of contents, an index, search capabilities, hyperlinks from one topic to another, and embedded graphics, they can be a wonderful way to document many kinds of complex information - say a training manual for new workers - in just about any industry.

The people at Just Great Software like to say that, "If you can scribble, you can create help systems." They're right: HelpScribble makes it about as easy as it could get. Naturally, HelpScribble includes an extensive help system of its own, which will teach you everything you need to know.

HelpScribble can produce

  • WinHelp (.hlp files),
  • Compiled HTML Help (.chm files),
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf files) for printed manuals, and
  • Multi-page HTML output - suitable for web help.

At only $99, this is one of the best software bargains I've encountered.

You can read all about HelpScribble, and download a free trial here:


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Wes Peterson is a Senior Programmer Analyst with Prestwood IT Solutions where he develops custom Windows software and custom websites using .Net and Delphi. When Wes is not coding for clients, he participates in this online community. Prior to his 10-year love-affair with Delphi, he worked with several other tools and databases. Currently he specializes in VS.Net using C# and VB.Net. To Wes, the .NET revolution is as exciting as the birth of Delphi.

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