Helpinator 3.5

Version 3.5:
– Added option to create styles for shapes and tables
– Added “Step by step guides”
– Reworked style editor
– Added new default CHM/Web help template with navigation buttons

Helpinator 3.4.1

Version 3.4.1:
– Fixed: reading additional template files in VCS-friendly mode
– Fixed: “export images” command when no active row in the list of limages

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Helpinator 3.3

In this release:

– Added: categories in image library
– Added: screenshot REcapture
– Added: “skip topic” flags
– Added: Web Help header and footer
– Added: Language strings
– Added: option to disable project checkup before compile
– Changed “Image library” and “Topic List” interfaces, button layouts in other lists

+ Bugfixes

Helpinator 3.2.2

In this update:

– Added: smart indent like in MS Word
– Fixed: duplicate files of embedded images in Web Help
– Fixed: keywords order in Web Help

Helpinator 3.2.1


  • topic ID change problem
  • copy/paste from other applications
  • problem with CHM encoding when compiling with locale different from system default locale.

Note that compiling CHM with locale different from system default locale requires admin privileges.

How to use “Global Spellcheck” tool



With “Global Spellcheck” tool you can spellcheck all topics in your project at once. First click “Options” and check that correct dictionaries are selected. Then click “Run” and wait for the process to finish. When it’s done the table will show you misspelled words, what topics are they in and suggestions for each word. Click on a suggestion to see other suggestions.

Now you need to select action for each word. Default is “Replace”, e.g. this word will be replaced by the one in the “Suggestions” column. Another options are:

– Ignore – this word will be ignored in further checks.

– Add to dict – this word will be added to your custom dictionary.

When you have set up all actions you can click “Apply” and the required changes will be made.

How to use “Screenshots” tool



With “Screenshots” tool you can capture active windows and store captured images to the project’s Image Library. You have the following options:

– “File name format”. Here you can specify naming rule for captured images. You can use several predefined placeholders:

Name Description
WINCAP Caption of the captured window
EXT Extension of the image format (see below)
HOUR Current hour
MIN Current minute
SEC Current second


– “Image Format” – specifies image format to store images to. You can select between PNG, BMP, JPEG and GIF.

– “Create topic” – if this option is checked then right after a window is stored to the library Helpinator creates topic with the same name containing captured image.

– “Append to topic” – if this option is checked and topic is selected from the drop-down list, Helpinator adds captured image to the end of the topic.

– “Background width” – specify what part of the active window background to capture along with the window itself. For example, if set to 30 pixels, then Helpinator will capture active window and surroundings with 30 pixels to the left, right, top and bottom. Set to 0 if you don’t want to capture background.

– “Background Effect” – select effect to apply to the background of the window. You can select from Blur, Darken, Pixelate and so on.

– “Drop shadow” – check this if you want active window to have a shadow on the background.

All this options combined allow you to take screenshots like this:


– “Hotkey” – select hotkey to trigger screen capture. Default is “Ctrl-Alt-S”

To start capturing images click on “Start” button.