Creating self-help kiosk app with Helpinator and PhoneGap / Cordova

Disclaimer: since Helpinator is a Windows desktop app we will set up Windows 10 environment for this task. Helpinator allows to generate so called MobileHelp output. It is based on JQuery Mobile framework and by design was intended to provide online help capabilities for mobile apps, and since it is html/css/js-output it is cross-platform by […]

How to Create a Knowledge Base With Step-By-Step Guides

In this tutorial we will cover two interesting features of Helpinator at once. The first one is called “Step-by-step guides“. It allows to define a sequence of actions or slides, each with a screenshot (optionally annotated) and text comment. You can then embed guides into topics and Helpinator will render them into output format accordingly […]

ASCIIDoc/ASCIIDoctor: The easiest way to use it on Windows

Helpinator allows to generate ASCIIDoc source file (with .adoc extension) that you can use in your ASCIIDoctor documentation toolchain or just employ to create HTML using beautiful templates that this generator provides. In any way you need to install ASCIIDoctor on your Windows system and given it’s Ruby origins it may become quite a task […]

How to use “REimport” feature

Version 3.11.4 introduces new feature called “REimport”. What is it for? Let’s consider this scenario  – you start your help project by importing html/rtf/txt files that you already have as documentation, do some alterations, formatting, screenshots, etc and all over sudden source documents change and you have two options – copy/paste them manually or import […]

How to adapt existing RTF/PDF/Print templates to new topic title styles

Version 3.11.3 allows you to define different styles for topic titles according to their levels in the topic tree. Say, you want to have topic titles of level 1 in bold, level 2 in italic and level 3 underlined – now all that is possible. Old versions allow only one style, it is defined by […]

How to change order and hierarchy of topics quickly

Version 3.11.3 introduces new feature called “Advanced rearrange”. It allows to quickly change order, titles and hierarchy of multiple topics at once. Normally Helpinator allows to change order of topics and their position in the topic tree by dragging and dropping topics in the topic manager. It is good for a topic or two but […]

How To Add Templates for New Formats to Existing Projects

By default projects creates with earlier versions of Helpinator has empty fields for the new formats and no specialized templates in them (For EPUB, MOBI and JavaHelp for example). So you need to add them manually. First of all select “HTML-based templates” node in the project tree view and click “+” sign. “Add Template” dialog […]