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Vole Media CHM Professional 3.58  Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Vole Media CHM Professional 3.58

A multimedia based PowerPoint, a Media CHM Creator and much more!
$9.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 14 (47%) 16 (53%) 26 comments

Vole Media CHM Professional 3.58 was available as a giveaway on March 3, 2017!

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Vole Media CHM is a multimedia based PowerPoint, play integrated and online multimedia while presenting; Vole Media CHM is a Media CHM Creator, creates multimedia based CHM and supported by Microsoft; Vole Media CHM is a Local and Online Resources Packer, Pack local and online resources and preview in built-in media player. Vole Media CHM supports Microsoft, OpenOffice, LibreOffice and Softmaker word process software.

Please note: the giveaway license is provided for 1 year!

SANWHOLE will upgrade your license from Professional to Ultimate if you introduce iMail or iStore at any social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. or blogs. Email a screenshot of your post to gotd@sanwhole.com to get the free upgrade.

SANWHOLE will provide 10 Vole Media CHM Ultimate LTUD lifetime Edition for the best 10 suggestion users. Please, use the IdeaInformer widget below to submit your ideas.

System Requirements:

Windows with .Net 4.0; Requires Word Process Software, Supports Microsoft Office Word, OpenOffice Word, Libre Office Word and SoftMaker.

Publisher:

Sanwhole

Homepage:

https://sanwhole.com/Products/VoleMediaCHM

File Size:

59.4 MB

Price:

$9.00

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#12

Since we are not familiar with IdeaInformaer, the ideas display is delayed until the end of the promotion. These good ideas should have received more votes. We apologize for that. Thanks for your support. Thanks to GOTD and IdeaInformer. SANWHOLE

Reply   |   Comment by Norman Wong  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

on more thing I would like to conway to you @CS Locke

If you are, which I do not know, nor my concern,
in any way affiliated with a company from Colchester,UK then pls read up on state of the art help documentation.
Hilarious or sad as it may be, but XP is out of support and has been out of Microsoft support for some time. Even beloved Win 7s extended support will end in 2020 and according to my jungle-drum informers MS will enforce measures to win over ardent lovers from going online through that OS system. MS, seemingly have no intention of repeating the XP from success to debacle story.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#10

The number of Windows apps responding to calling up F1 for help get fewer and fewer, to large degree due to the fact that software companies like to sell or see their stuff made known across the OS border. What is more, being kind of clever rats, they now how people prefer to work and being rightly concerned for proper maintenance of their help documentation they discovered the next level of help file format. If to you html, presented as .chm, is the answer I won't stop you. Microsoft themselves, and this may well ensure Microsoft's future beyond Windows, have long ago gone over to making documentation available in the pdf format. And if the hyper markup language and pdf have nothing in common, my old brain begins to wonder. But do ahead and make people feel supporting this chm creator is worth it. I do not feel so, and this case is because of outdated type of file format. Those users who have used the format and got their own software years ago are not the type whom I address and you should have understood that very well.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#9

I left this idea/suggestion this morning at about 4:20 AM on 03-04-2017 in the idea informer:
Allow edit, modify, and update of existing CHM.

After submitting the idea, the following was displayed:
"Your idea has been added. It will be published after moderation."

So it was accepted, but not posted, and was awaiting moderation. I know that the giveaway was over, but it still seems not to have been moderated. I have not had any luck posting using the idea informer; seems not to work for me. So I am reposting this idea.

Reply   |   Comment by R  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Many links on Vole Media CHM main page [https://sanwhole.com/Products/VoleMediaCHM] are dead links
All of the 'More on voHelp' links on this page give error:
404 - File or directory not found.
The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

Please update your links, and check your other pages.
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by R  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#7

On download page [https://sanwhole.com/Products/Download];
Resource
Sanwhole Media CHM Classic Experience -> download link gives error:
404 - File or directory not found.
The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

Please update the download page for this resource

Reply   |   Comment by R  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

There have been 2 flavors of help files for windows. First was the HLP and CNT files (help and contents files). They are outdated and no longer used. They were basically compiled rich text (RTF) files.

Then came along the CHM which is compiled help manual (HTML format) and that is the standard today. Don't be confused between HLP and CHM. CHM files were not supported in earlier versions of windows, and now, HLP files are no longer supported in the later versions of windows.

In order to create CHM files you need the MS HTML Help Workshop. As a developer, I have created several CHM files myself with just the Help Workshop. It is difficult and time consuming. It's likely you have several CHM files on your PC. You can do a search for them and double click on them to open them.

Vole appears to be a CHM creator. I have not tried it out yet and don't know if it requires the Help Workshop or not. If it does, it's likely to be automatically downloaded and installed along with Vole.

Reply   |   Comment by GardenMan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

GardenMan, It uses Microsofts HHC.EXE HTML Help Compiler version 4.74.8702.0, not the entire HTML Help Workshop.

NOTE that this program uses file extension .VMC which is already used by Microsoft Virtual PC for the virtual machine settings file so if you have MS VPC installed don't go double clicking on .VMC files or you'll may get an error from MS VPC console if you use the portable version of this or this silently hijacks the Microsoft Virtual PC .VMC file extension if you install this on a machine that already has MS VPC installed which is extremely bad manners!

Also the GAOTD zip bundles "VoleLicenses.txt" works with the portable version of this on their download page.

https://sanwhole.com/Products/Download

I expect you'll need to put a copy of the licenses file on the portable device and specify where it is if the program loses track of it from one host machine to another as drive letters may change between them. The license file also works with the installable version on that page too.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

I too read some time ago that CHM ("Help") files were not to be used by software writers anymore. Also I had versions of Windows where you had to download a patch from Microsoft just to be able to view the .chm files on older software that still used them.

HOWEVER, it seems they have been "rehabilitated" by Microsoft and are now part of the accepted ways of making help files available to the user:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/917607/error-opening-help-in-windows-based-programs-feature-not-included-or-help-not-supported

Think of this program as a bit like MS Word, or a PDF creator. You enter all the things that someone might need to be able to understand how to use something, and then it compiles it all into a ".chm" help file, rather than say a ".docx" or ".pdf" file.

Reply   |   Comment by Terrence Bull  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Terrence Bull, no, it was HLP files that were depretiated by Microsoft from windows Vista on because they were a security risk because writers could access the win32API and run DLL's from them. They provided the "patch" to re-enable HLP files for end users that knew and were willing to accept the risks associated with them.

CHM never went out of Microsoft favour BUT they do have functional restrictions like not working properly when the CHM file is located on a network share or mapped network share.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Terrence Bull,
the Microsoft support page does not suggest that .chm type of documentation is state of art technology.

For the user nothing but yesteryear help.

The real winner is proper pdf-formatted help.
The big guys made the transition long ago.
Agreed?

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#4

The good thing is that you can create from office file. The less good is the 1-year license (Microsoft Help Workshop 1.4 and 2.0 are free and not limited in time). Nevertheless, this GOTD is an opportunity to test this software ---test I won't do otherwise.

For those who don't know, CHM has been ported to multiple platforms (e.g. Linux) and is certainly not going to be outdated anytime soon because it's the best universal format for integrated help or standalone documentation in a single file.

In comparison, the newer HSX format is too tied to Microsoft, although very similar (so similar that conversion to/from CHM is very easy) and fits the bad habit of Microsoft to render obsolete excellent products (e.g. VB 6.0) just for the sake of it (read: M$$$ master of the world, lol).

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#3

After visiting the website and attempting to review the information there, I'm still not sure what exactly this software does. It does not appear to convert or present actual PowerPoint presentations. It looks more likely that this is a CHM creator that will embed text, video and graphics. Despite the reliance upon the outdated CHM format, this is somewhat interesting, especially at the prices quoted. Unfortunately, it is difficult to discover more about the software as documentation is limited and involves poorly translated English text. In addition, I cannot find information regarding how different editions of the software differ. Given these limitations, I simply didn't have the confidence in the software or developer to download this to my computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Douglas  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Yes, thats exactly what it does. This is a CHM creator.
"The software integrates Microsoft Office Word style content and multimedia together and provides multimedia based presenting. The software can create multimedia based CHM from word document and the export chm is supported by Microsoft."

Not sure where you got 'outdated' from. CHM files are the standard for Windows applications. .hlp files are the outdated help files from Win 98 days.

As for the different editions, there is a table on their website, which was written using their own software. "We eat our own dog food", etc.

http://3chm.com/sanwhole/vohelp/eng/vmc_eng/10.8.2-Price.html?vwcc1=4472C4
Look for 'Comparison Table' about halfway down.

The biggest limitation is the software is only good for a year. It reverts to the free version after that.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke (CS Computer Services)  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Douglas, OMG! Glad I wasn't the only one!!

Reply   |   Comment by Todd  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Chris Locke (CS Computer Services),
Thanks for the assistance! I could see some uses for this. Even with a one-year limitation, the price isn't bad.

Reply   |   Comment by Douglas  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

What is CHM?

Reply   |   Comment by Hardgirl  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hardgirl, I went and read the definition and I'm still not sure. I guess if I don't get it (and this coming from a techie for the most part), I don't need it.

Reply   |   Comment by Todd  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

A CHM is a 'compiled HTML file'. This means it has all the benefits of HTML files (links, fonts, embedded images, embedded media, etc) but in one file. Think of it like a 'zip' file - a self contained container of files.

When it comes to distributing your final creation, you only have to give someone one file.

This is only of benefit to someone who creates distributable media or help files.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke (CS Computer Services)  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Hardgirl,

"What is CHM?"

As an example... When you click on the Help menu button or link in most apps you'll get a web page opening in your browser, or you'll get a html file that's stored with the app & opened in your browser, or a .chm file will open.

With HTML Help you bundle the same sort of content you might have on a web page into one or more .chm files that Windows & several other apps can open & display.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#1

Isn't CHM outdated now?

Reply   |   Comment by really?  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

No, they're still the standard method of help files for Windows applications. They're one of the only formats (there are a couple of others) that provide context sensitive help.
So yes, you can create a PDF help file, but if you're in the 'Add Widget' part of your application, pressing F1 won't fire up the 'Add Widget' part of the PDF file...

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke (CS Computer Services)  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

really?,

"Isn't CHM outdated now?"

Yes & No...

Chris is right --- the latest Insider builds of 10 include .chm help files. But, introduced with Windows 95, the latest documentation re: HTML Help I can find at microsoft[.]com was apparently written in March, 2012, & mentions a new feature added for Windows 7. So you are probably right too, being surprised that there's not something new & improved by now.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Chris Locke (CS Computer Services),
it is outdated because geared to Microsoft Windows micro-cosmos.
A waste of time for those who in the end are not inclined to pay the annual fee respectively aim at other OS, too.
Properly formatted Microsoft doc(x) files exported as pdf will yield much better help files.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

If you're going to comment on my comments, at least read my comments.

I did say you could create PDFs. However, I also said they are not context sensitive. If I press F1 on a control, it's not going to open page 54 of the PDF. Even if it did, if the PDF gets updated, I'm not going to go through every control and update the new page number.

CHM files are built for help files and Windows (and Linux) operating systems.

Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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