Helpinator 3.6.4

Version 3.6.4:
– Added “Glossary Import”
– Changed project structure for faster load and processing
– Bugfixes
– Minor UI tweaks

Glossary

Version 3.6 adds new feature – “Glossary Editor”. There’s now “Glossary” node in the project tree view, below “Keywords” node. It consists of the common Helpinator toolbar with Add, Rename and Delete buttons, list of terms and editor area where you can edit term description like any other topic.

glossary

 

To link from topic content to any term in the glossary you can use “Insert Hyperlink” command. This dialog now has “Glossary” tab with a list of terms.

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In CHM mode Helpinator creates additional “Glossary” topic at the end of the project.

chmglossary

 

In PDF mode it does the same, except this topic is not the last, because “Index” topic exists there too.

pdfglossary

“Index” for PDF/RTF/Printed Manuals

Version 3.6 adds new section to the end of PDF, RTF and Printed Manuals. This section is named “Index” and contains project keywords with a list of pages where each keyword occurs. Page numbers are not available in RTF format.

 

pdfindex

 

To enable this feature you need to use new 5-page default PDF/RTF template or change your own template from 3-page to 5-page. 4th page is for “Glossary” and 5th for index and it should look like this:

indextemplate

 

“INDEX” will be replaced with language-specific term for Index from “Language Strings”.

LETTER – capital first letter of the group of keywords. Keywords are grouped by the first letter and sorted alphabetically.

KEYWORD – formatting for the keyword itself.

PAGES – formatting for the list of pages.

Helpinator 3.6

In this update:

– Added “Printed manual” output
– Added “Glossary” feature
– Added “Index” section to PDF with page numbers
– Improved web help search
– Bugfixes

Step-by-step Guides

Helpinator 3.5 has a new feature – step by step guides.

 

Step by step guides are sequences of steps, each step has an image (from project image library), step title and short textual step description. When compiling CHM/Web Help Guides turn into Javascript-powered slideshow, when compiling PDF/RTF – into numbered list of images with descriptions.

 

Here’s how it looks in the editor:

 

editguide

 

Here’s how you can embed Guide into a topic:

 

guideplace

 

And here’s how it looks in compiled CHM help file:

 

image

 

Here you can see it in action:

 

http://www.helpinator.com/help/helpinator/createstepbystepguide.html

New Styles

Helpinator 3.5 features new style editor, for old text and paragraph styles and two new styles – for tables and shapes that you add in image editor.

On the left side there’s a tree with style groups and available styles. To edit a style you need to select it in the tree first.

Text and paragraph styles remain the same with the previous version.

teststyleparastyle

 

Table styles are the new feature in v.3.5. You can use table styles to make all tables in your help project look similar. Table style contains such parameters as border width, style and color, cell spacing and heading row count. The latter is mostly for PDF/printed manual purposes because Helpinator repeats table header on each page if a table is split across several pages.

tablestyle

You can select table style when inserting new table using topic editor “Insert table” command.

inserttable

 

 

Shape styles are another new feature in v.3.5. The purpose is the same – to make all shapes that you add to screenshots look the same, preserving color scheme. You can select background color, line color, line width, fill style, border style and font name/size/style/color for text captions.

shapestyle

 

You can assign shape style by one of the following ways:

  • by selecting it in the “Style” drop down list in the image editor. This will assign selected style to all new shapes.

editorshapestyle

 

  • or by selecting style in the shape properties dialog:

shapeprops

 

Additionally shape styles are used in Helpinator’s step-by-step guides to specify color scheme for step numbers added to the step images.