Giveaway of the Day - HelpSmith

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February 7, 2008This giveaway is not available any more.

HelpSmith is an innovative help authoring tool allowing you to easily create CHM HTML Help files and Printed Manuals. The HelpSmith’s ultimate toolkit with its visual approach takes the process of writing technical documentation for your software to a new quality level.

The powerful WYSIWYG (“What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get”) text processor, support for Unicode, advanced approach to working with graphics, live spell checking, and many other useful features make HelpSmith the complete help authoring solution.

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System Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista; Penium II or higher processor; 128 MB RAM; 10 MB free disk space
Publisher: HelpSmith.com
Homepage: http://www.helpsmith.com/
File Size: 2.54 MB
Price: $199

This software was available as a giveaway on February 7, 2008, this giveaway is not available any more.

You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.helpsmith.com/.

Terms and conditions

Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations: 1) No free technical support; 2) No free upgrades to future versions; 3) Strictly personal usage.

THIS SOFTWARE PRODUCT IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW, END USER ASSUMES THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE DOWNLOADED SOFTWARE PRODUCT.

Features:

  • Start creating professional help files right after HelpSmith has been installed. There is NO need to learn anything!
  • Enjoy writing technical documentation using the powerful WYSIWYG word processor;
  • Insert and manage graphical images in your help files effectively as never before;
  • Check spelling as you type just like in Microsoft Word due to the in-built spell checker feature;
  • Write help topics in multiple languages due to the complete UNICODE support;
  • Forget about broken links when you rename anything. HelpSmith will automatically correct all the modified references for you.

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  1. Nice looking software, but the noncommercial license kills it for me. How many truly noncommercial users need to create CHM files?

    From BuBBy: ….Students or home users who want to learn new skills and might encourage the boss to purchase for their workplace in the future.

    Comment by Tony — February 7th, 2008 at 3:28 am
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  2. I bet there would be a less-expensive way to create those help files… Otherwise todays Game giveaway of 321MB bundled with help file would not cost just 20 bucks… Wondering if this company is new in business…

    From BuBBy: So you are suggesting a game development or general software company could not afford a $200 outlay for software development or documentation tools? I don’t think so, ting. :p

    Comment by tingu — February 7th, 2008 at 3:29 am
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  3. Okay Peoples, This may help: my (long) ‘key’ was sent to my email in five short lines. Uniquely.. I have to say, you have to exit the program and start it again to find the Easter Egg: to see if your registration worked..!

    Mine didn’t – the first time, so I removed the end-line markers (invisible, remove the word-wrap effect – just make it continuous without line-breaks). Exit, start again (…?!?) and check if you were successful. I was the second time.

    I’m thinking of writing up some short Help packages for some developers who seem to think they’re unnecessary luxuries. It might give them the hint that Help helps, even today.

    The two forms of file are because Vista requires a new format; must be for security.

    Hey, maybe I could subcontract to Adobe. Browser Help?!?! Baaah!

    HTH

    From BuBBy: Actually Vista doesn’t require a new format – it just no longer recognises the old Winhelp HLP files. Microsoft still provide a separate download if you need to use the old format though. Download Here. The Vista ‘format’ is the same help file format introduced with Windows 98, and also fully supported by Windows ME, 2000, and XP.

    Comment by Ardwych — February 7th, 2008 at 3:49 am
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