Java Help Systems Supported By Helpinator

As of version 3.10 Helpinator supports the following Java-oriented help systems:

  1. OracleHelp,
  2. JavaHelp
  3. HelpGUI

 

1. OracleHelp

The most powerful and well-thought help system for Java created by Oracle Corporation. Has two “branches”: OracleHelp for Java and OracleHelp for Web. New versions come out regularly.

Blog post about OracleHelp:

http://www.helpinator.com/blog/2013/02/24/version-3-10-oraclehelp/

2. JavaHelp

Original Java help system. Outdated and is not under active development.

Blog post about JavaHelp:

http://www.helpinator.com/blog/2013/01/10/version-3-9-javahelp/

3. HelpGUI

A lightweight help system with a limited set of features.

http://www.helpinator.com/helpgui.html

Version 3.10: OracleHelp

Version 3.10 adds new output format: OracleHelp. This format and help system is maintained by Oracle. It has two “modes”

1. OracleHelp for Java – for use with Java applications

2. OracleHelp for Web – for use as a WebHelp.

 

Using Helpinator you can create source data for both “modes”. It creates “books” for all languages in the project and OracleHelp for Web configuration file.

Also Helpinator creates “launcher.cmd” file for easy testing of your help system.

You can read more about OracleHelp here:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/index-083946.html

 

How to compile OracleHelp:

1. Download and install JDK:

2. Download and install OracleHelp

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/help/utilsoft-ohw-422139.html

3. Set Helpinator options (Main Menu->Tools->Options, “Compilers” tab)

enoptionsoraclehelp

 

4. Now you can click “Compile OracleHelp” on the main tool bar.

oraclehelptoolbar

 

Compiled OracleHelp looks like this:

oraclehelp-contents

oraclehelp-topic