Responsive multi-devices, multi-screen size, cross-platform web sites Create stunning online help and manuals compatibles with all devices and screen sizes. Android and iPhone specific templates are also included and can be edited to customize any part of the generated HTML documentation. Add optional security via PDF encryption and password protection to only reach the targeted audience. Fortunately, HelpNDoc encapsulates this outdated compiler in a straightforward user interface so that you can concentrate on writing the best possible user manual.
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There is also a free version with banner ads if you want the software for personal use. The standard price entitles you to free updates of HelpNDoc and high-quality customer support for one year after purchase. HelpNDoc can generate. There is no way to make HelpNDoc work on any system other than Windows. The same applies if you want to use your own toolchain outside the Microsoft ecosystem. As a result of this Windows focus, HelpNDoc is also designed more to look like a traditional Microsoft Word interface and uses the horizontal ribbon design.
Overall, it has a Windows era look and feel. For traditional Windows users, this design will probably be very easy to use. For users from other backgrounds, the design may not quite be in keeping with other software tools they are used to. Sign up for your day free trial with Document now 2. It lacks a modern User Interface HelpNDoc allows you to single source your documentation for a number of different formats and outputs.
This means you manage your content in a centralised database, which is housed in HelpNDoc. Your documentation files are platform-independent until you choose to output them to a particular format. HelpNDoc is designed for developers and you can use the script editor to automate repetitive tasks. You must instead choose from a more limited colour palette included in the system. If you want a more customised design for your site, then you will need to code it yourself.
And while HelpNDoc produces the code for your website, the company does not host the site for you. HelpNDoc is aimed at producing a much smaller amount of documentation than you would in a tool like Flare. The content in HelpNDoc is not marked up with metadata that can tell you what the content is for. You can only structure your content down to the topic level and no further, which may be restrictive when managing large amounts of documentation.
You are limited to creating one set of content in HelpNDoc, and the platform converts your documentation into your preferred formats. Generally, topic-based authoring means that your content pages are treated as individual topics that should be reusable in any order. HelpNDoc uses the concept of variables which are place-holders for textual or visual content. These can be placed anywhere in your documentation so you can update particular words, phrases, paragraphs or images in bulk.
In Document, you can write your documentation in Markdown which means you can transfer your documentation to different platforms that support Markdown. Your Markdown documentation is styled using simple markup that is contained within the text itself. Sign up for your day free trial with Document now Over to you!
HelpNDoc is a good choice of Help Authoring Tool if you have a very specific project you want to complete that is Windows-related. HelpNDoc also has a free version available if you want to use the software for personal projects. On the other hand, if you want to produce a very professional-looking knowledge base, then Document is a better choice than HelpNDoc.
Document works well if you already have a website for your company, and you want to produce a separate knowledge base for your documentation. Document also has a dedicated writing and editing workflow for multiple users to collaborate on the documentation. HelpNDoc works better if you have people with development skills working on your documentation and who have access to the Windows desktop installation. Document is usable right away by users with no development experience.
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