We are glad to announce the release of HelpNDoc 5.7, a major update of the popular help authoring tool which can be downloaded completely free for personal use and evaluation purposes. This update includes a completely redesigned library items editor, which is now not only faster but also easier to use; advanced library items related tools such as the ability to export included library items or convert pictures to image maps and vice versa; better and faster popup previews of library items, including external pictures; and many additional enhancements and bug fixes. Download your free version of HelpNDoc now and read more to learn about this latest update.

Streamlined library items editor: faster, clearer, more powerful

The library is a central place for project management: every media items are stored in the library, ready to be reused throughout the documentation project. Being that important, we focused on enhancing the whole experience.

This major update of HelpNDoc includes a completely redesigned library items editor with many new features and enhancements such as:

  • Simplified user interface with helping texts and better high DPI support;
  • Preview of included pictures and image maps;
  • Faster inclusion of items via a single click or drag and drop from the Windows Explorer;
  • Convert pictures to image maps and vice versa;
  • Ability to export included library items to the disk;
  • And much more...

We have taken this opportunity to optimize internal library items management (less memory use and better speed) while completely rewriting the library items hint preview: it is now faster, uses less resources, displays higher quality previews, displays preview for external pictures, includes multiple bug fixes...

Additional enhancements and higher quality with bug fixes

This update also includes multiple bug fixes to simplify the process of writing great help and manuals: it is possible to drag and drop a project from the Windows Explorer onto the welcome page to open it; editing captions in the library is now faster and more reliable; ribbon tabs have been enhanced, they are now correctly translated at all times and context tabs are not visible anymore when they are not needed; the integrated CHM decompiler has been updated while the generation time for HTML based documentation formats has been decreased. There are many enhancements and bug fixes as can be seen on the change log bellow.

As always, HelpNDoc is completely free and fully functional for personal use and evaluation purposes. So download your copy now and enjoy documenting!