HelpSmith - a Full-featured Help Authoring Tool with a Slight Learning Curve

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HelpSmith is a help authoring tool that you can use to create HTML Help (CHM) files, Web Help systems, Printed Manuals, Adobe PDF documents, and Microsoft Word documents from a single source. HelpSmith includes a built-in Unicode word processor with Dynamic Styles and Spell Checker, support for Templates and Variables, Conditional Compilation, a single media repository to easily manage graphics and video files, and many other useful tools.

5.0.1 for Windows,
English (US), 15 MB

We've bought HelpSmith to create a web help system for our web-based application. I could not even dream that documenting can be that easy to do. Certainly, this is the best help writing software I've ever worked with.

David Gates, Webmaster

Key Features and Benefits

  • Create HTML Help (CHM), Web Help, Printed Manual, Adobe PDF, and Microsoft Word documents from a single source.

  • Write help topics in a full-featured word processor with a live spell checker (dictionaries for many languages are available).

  • Use Conditional Compilation to create different versions of the same help system or document at any time.

  • Use variables in the content of help topics or in any text parameter to dynamically insert names, dates, and other values into the compiled documentation.

  • Insert and manage graphics and video files in your help files with a single project's media repository.

  • Customize the appearance of your help file or document by using Dynamic Styles and Topic Templates which can be edited in HelpSmith directly.

  • Create your own or select one of the ready-to-use style schemes for your Web Help system layout.

  • Insert custom HTML code in your help project: you can easily add a video from YouTube, insert Google Analytics tracking code, etc.

  • Write help topics in multiple languages, thanks to the UNICODE support.

  • The ability to handle large help projects that may contain a big number of topics, images and video files. HelpSmith is optimized for working with large amount of data and usage of minimal system resources at the same time.

  • Use the smart Project Merge feature for collaborative working on the same help project, for translation purposes, and for creating libraries of topics and templates.

  • Integrate help systems with your application and provide Context-sensitive Help. The possibility to automatically generate a header file for C#, VB.NET, C++, Delphi, Visual Basic, VBA is available.

  • and much more...
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HelpSmith Main Window
HelpSmith Main Window
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Web Help created with HelpSmith
Web Help created with HelpSmith
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Web Help with another style scheme
HTML Help created with HelpSmith
HTML Help created with HelpSmith
PDF document created with HelpSmith
PDF document created with HelpSmith