Help & Manual Wins Software Industry Award

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EC Software announces its flagship product, Help & Manual 5, has won a prestigious award at the 18th annual Software Industry Conference in Boston.

On July 19, Help & Manual was given the SIAF award for Best Overall Utility. Among the runners-up were WinRAR from win.rar GmbH and WinZip from WinZip International.

Help & Manual is a powerful Windows application that lets software developers and technical writers create help files, PDF manuals, knowledge bases and other documentation. In addition to being a classic help authoring tool, Help & Manual’s multiuser capabilities let teams of content managers create a content management system (CMS), without having to wrestle with database or server software. All of the output from Help & Manual can be saved as Webhelp, PDF files, HTML Help, Winhelp, Word documents, XML or e-books.

Version 5 was built around the revolutionary new Microsoft Office ribbon interface. Using Help & Manual is as easy as using an ordinary word processor, allowing nontechnical people to create Web site and print content, quickly and easily.

The new version of Help & Manual saves data in pure XML format, in a consistent schema top down. Documentation sources can be split at any level, divided into subprojects and merged together seamlessly when publishing. New reusable styles and HTML skins can be applied on the fly to style entire projects when you create output. By applying skins, you can apply your corporate layout to any new project, with a single mouse click. Creating customized skins is quick and easy.

Help & Manual provides all of the features that you would expect in a professional help authoring application. The program fully integrates the design of a table of contents, a keyword index and context-sensitive help. Using simple drag-and-drop, you can create hyperlinks to other topics and test your work in design mode. Help & Manual offers full Unicode support.

Help & Manual comes with several additional tools rarely found in other packages. There is a built-in screen capture function, an image editor optimized for screen shots and a manual designer to customize the layout of print and PDF manuals.

Help & Manual runs under Windows 2000/XP/Vista.

Prices range from $399 (single-user) to $1,498 for a concurrent license for the Professional Edition. This new concurrent licensing model lets developers run the program on an unlimited number of client computers connected to the same LAN, with no individual installations required. Volume discounts are offered.


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