ComponentOne Doc-To-Help will allow you to create different types of help documents. In this respect, it allows exporting to such formats as HTML Help, Java Help, Microsoft Help, NetHelp and Mobile Help. In a similar manner, it supports importing data from source documents in various formats, such as XHTML, Word and HTML. In addition, you can create new documents from scratch using its full-fledged editor.
This application will be most useful to software developers who need to create support documentation for their products. As a result, ComponentOne Doc-To-Help may be a little difficult to use for the standard user as it is full of options and some computer terminology. However, the developers have made the best efforts to make it as intuitive as possible. In this respect, you will find a welcoming screen that will take the form of a wizard, which will collect all the information the program needs in order to start a successful project. In addition, the interface will have a modern look, similar to Office 2007 applications, which will reduce your learning load. And if you still find any problems, you can consult the extensive help documentation.
Writing the help document itself is quite easy as it will work as a standard editor. A panel on the left will let you choose different views. With a tree-like structure, this panel will help you organize your help contents as topic and subtopics, index and related topics. Accordingly, you can generate a different page for each topic, thus creating a hypertext structure.
This application has several advantages and it has been conceived with many aspects in mind. For instance, it provides several help templates and styles. Furthermore, to facilitate team project authoring, this application easily integrates with SharePoint. Also, a toolbar button will allow using automatic translation.
To sum up, ComponentOne Doc-To-Help is a great application performing too many functions to be described in a short review, so if you are a software developer, I am sure you will find it very useful.
- It supports several source and output formats. It integrates with SharePoint
- It provides different views
- It has a complete editor
- It might be difficult for beginners