High Productivity Help Authoring Tools to Create CHM and Browser Based Help

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Agora Software BV has released Help Generator, a set of help authoring tools that accelerates the creation of help and documentation for Windows applications.

Help Generator's modern, user-friendly IDE lets software developers, software publishers, and microISVs create CHM help files, browser-based help, and printed user documentation, quickly and easily. With its powerful add-ins, Help Generator can automatically create help files for many applications. http://www.helpgenerator.com

The built-in help editor uses the familiar Word 2010-style ribbon, and delivers WYSIWYG HTML editing. The software even has software development tools to find and fix broken links in the help text, table of contents, and index. Offering genuine single-source publishing, Help Generator lets the user create text and images once, and publish them to CHM, browser-based files, and print. http://www.helpgenerator.com/help_editor.htm

The software's Help Screen Capture tool can automatically generate help pages using the images and text from the active application. The software builds complete web pages using the application's forms. With just a few keystrokes, the user can customize which information is captured. It's easy to add text and screenshots. In addition to using the Help Screen Capture tool to document new software, the tool can also be used to capture information from legacy software, and incorporate this documentation into the specifications for new software that will be developed. http://www.helpgenerator.com/help_capture.htm

The family of help generation products includes three add-ins that can automatically generate descriptive help pages with titles, screenshots, image maps, and sections for all controls. The three add-ins look at the Visual Studio .NET, Visual Basic 6, or Microsoft Access application files, and build help pages automatically. All pages are in standard HTML/XHTML format, allowing to easily fine-tune them.

Whether a computer consultant who is developing applications for his clients, a software development project manager who wants the entire team to use efficient help file generation software, or a systems analyst who is documenting existing systems that need to be replaced, Help Generator has the tools needed.

The Standard Version of Help Generator costs $199(US) for a single user license. Bundled with the Standard Version, add-ins for Visual Studio .NET, Visual Basic 6, or Microsoft Access cost $299 each. The Enterprise version includes the Standard Version plus all three add-ins, and costs $399. A free trial version can be downloaded from the company's website. http://www.helpgenerator.com/download.htm

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