QuickHelp is a development tool for creating and deploying application help to Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Windows 95 through XP and virtually all Linux distributions.|
Easy Help Authoring for Any Platform
Help information for Linux has traditionally been delivered as ReadMe files, MAN pages or a loose collection of HTML files. These approaches are awkward and inadequate for desktop applications. QuickHelp brings professional application help to Linux KDE and GNOME desktops.
QuickHelp consists of a Builder for authoring help systems and a Viewer for deploying them to end-users. Help information resides in a standard XML file distributed with a native viewer executable for each platform.
Professional End-User Help
For the end-user, QuickHelp supports a table of contents, an index with automatic search field, word searches across topics, formatted images, tables and text in topics with hypertext links, live actions and context sensitive help from application menus and dialogs. From the Contents panel, the user can view, expand or collapse topics. Use the Index panel to locate topics based on index words. Forward and backward buttons navigate through recently viewed topics.
For the developer, QuickHelp provides a highly productive authoring environment that combines the Contents and Index panels with the Edit and General panels for editing the help file. The Edit panel is used to add, edit, delete or move topics within the Contents tree. Formatted text, images, tables and links between topics can be quickly added.
In addition to traditional tables with bordered rows and columns, tables can present tabular data without borders or various styles of itemized lists providing infinite formatting possibilities. Each topic has fields for defining index words and context sensitive identifier strings that link topics to application menus and dialogs. The General panel has buttons to save, open, close, verify, import or export help topics.
User Initiated Actions
QuickHelp supports configurable actions like running an executable, presenting a popup message, linking to different topics based on platform, running COM methods, sending Apple Events, running a compiled AppleScript or presenting QuickTime movies. Actions can be initiated when the user clicks on words, table cells or areas of an image.
Topics or portions of a topic can be conditionally visible based on the current platform or other variables. Developers can parameterize topics, actions, tables and other aspects of the help system when installing or running their application. For example, a single help file can provide customized help that is tailored to different platforms or product editions.
QuickHelp handles administrative activities like maintaining topic links, reordering topics and locating bad links, missing indexes or images. Its intuitive design enables a developer to productively begin help building in minutes. At any time, the developer can see or use the same working help system that the end-user will see by simply clicking the Contents or Index tab.
QuickHelp Linux is tested with popular Linux distributions including Fedora, SuSE, and Mandrake using KDE and GNOME desktops. It should work on any modern Linux distribution with at least 128 MB RAM and 10 MB hard disk.
5 User Site and Unlimited User Site Licenses are available.
Take a peek at the QuickHelp screen shot or learn more about QuickHelp in the QuickHelp Introduction.