We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of HelpNDoc 5.1, an update to the popular help authoring tool which can be downloaded completely free for personal use and evaluation purposes. HelpNDoc 5.1 includes great enhancements on the responsive HTML template, provides a way to override project settings for each build, a more powerful HTTP server and much more. Read on to learn more or download your free version of HelpNDoc now.

Easily produce multiple variations of a single documentation project

Leveraging HelpNDoc's extremely powerful build system, it is now possible to produce truly independent variations of single project for multiple clients, demographics, languages...

HelpNDoc can already produce multiple versions of the same project thanks to conditional generation and its powerful build system. It is now possible to override the global project settings for each build, including its title, default topic, language settings, date / time formats, author settings... meaning that a single project can now easily be customized to produce completely independent variations with their own default topic, languages, translations...

Rapidly relaunch the integrated HTTP server

Debugging HTML documentation is fast and easy using HelpNDoc's integrated HTTP web server. It is now faster and easier to continue a previous debugging session.

HelpNDoc 5 introduced a powerful HTTP web server which provides a way to debug local HTML content as if it was uploaded to a real web server. The updated HTTP web server in HelpNDoc 5.1 can now be launched from any location within your hard drives or network paths, its default port can be customized, and it can easily restart a previously launched session without re-generating the whole documentation again. Its 404 and 500 error pages have been redesigned to provide better explanation of the problem and rapidly fix it: for example 404 "not found" pages will list all suitable files in the root directory.

Enhanced documentation generation

HelpNDoc's amazing responsive HTML documentation template received lots of praises for its powerful features and versatility. It has been further enhanced in this update. Other documentation formats too.

HelpNDoc's responsive HTML template can now correctly handle hyperlinks to files, external and _blank URLs. Links to anchors containing space characters are now working properly and custom headers and footers are correctly exported. It won't request for debug map files anymore and it includes various enhancements and bug fixes.
All HTML-based documentation formats (including CHM, HTML, ePub, Kindle and Qt Help) have been enhanced as "numbering as text" didn't work anymore and HTML library items with unicode content were not correctly exported. For Word and PDF documentation formats, empty topics were not listed in the table of contents anymore.

Additional enhancements and fixes

This new update also includes a lot of various enhancements and fixes, including fixed hyperlinks when topics are pasted between instances of HelpNDoc, notification about new versions, user interface enhancements and much more as listed in the detailed change log...
As always, HelpNDoc is completely free and fully functional for personal use and evaluation purposes. So download your copy today and enjoy documenting!