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I spent ages building a handful of apps a couple of which are used by a good few people.

Now it comes to the time for me to get around to the dreaded building of the help.

I really dont know where to start, I would have thought it was not so hard to build a .hlp file (would have thought the would be a program included in windows for this.) anyhow i can find anything i have search the web, downloaded a few apps and got more confused.

A lot of the little free apps say they dont work on windows 7 (missing or changed the help file method !) so i dont know.

Im looking to make a single file that can be read on all window OS's (well xp, vista, window 7) which has hot links, pics & maybe a tree.

i could prob use html but i like the normal help GUI used on most programs.

anyone know where i go from here?

Thx all.

Thx all,Jack Dinn.


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I use Helpmaker from http://www.vizacc.com. Freeware and very good. :)


Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:


ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area


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Or you can just use the Microsoft HTML help workshop



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I use Helpmaker from http://www.vizacc.com. Freeware and very good. :)


Thanks for posting this link Melba23. I've been looking for an easy to use help file creation system for a while and had not noticed this one. I particularly like the fact that it uses rtf for it's source docs as I have been using rtf documents as simple user instructions, that can be opened with write.exe, for my AutoIt apps.

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