HelpNDoc Personal v1.16

vevy on 23 Dec 2020
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Oct 2008
  • Suggested by teobromina

HelpNDoc is a WYSIWYG tool for creating HTML help files (CHM format) and help web sites. It comes with a built-in word processor for authoring pages within the project.

Note: Latest version is adware and is not portable. I have made an older version (V1.16) available for download in case some of you still find it useful.

Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Writes dockable toolbar config to the registry, but I don't consider this to be critical to the functionality to the app, so I am accepting it as portable. But for those of you who really love to move the toolbars around in a certain way, this app is not portable for you.
Dependencies: Microsoft HTML Help Workshop
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder (if you have difficulty, try the Lupo version of Universal Extractor)
  2. Move the contents of {app} to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch helpndoc.exe

10 comments on HelpNDoc Personal  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

abc 2011-12-28 00:54

@webfork: I have v1.13 includes Help workshop: (Virustotal results:


webfork 2011-12-27 22:51

abc: I posted something about this in forums: ... essentially I felt like the program had so many adware nags that it really doesn't belong in the freeware category anymore. For the time being, I've added a disclaimer about the version to the main entry.


abc 2011-12-27 22:31

Latest version is Version is outdated and the download link redirects to an uninstaller, no doubt this entry has been collection dust. A lot has changed since v1.13 for example it sports a new interface akin to Word 2010, supports CHM, HTML, PDF, and WORD output., I admit the insert-ads have become a little too obnoxious for me as it's now at the top, sometimes middle and bottom of the pages vs. V1.13 which only inserts a small text at the very bottom. But PDF export seem pretty cool. The new interface is "pretty" but daunting for those who are stuck using office 2003. I don't have enough "points" to update this entry myself nor the time fully judge if this new version is portable enough or not. But with my 5 minutes of time I ran the installer in sandboxie, copied files from a previous install of "Microsoft HTML Help Workshop" and it spit out a nice .chm and pdf file without hitch.


Midas 2008-01-16 03:08

I meant "Does NOT work as portable..."

Midas 2008-01-16 03:07

Does work as portable for the reasons stated before -- it writes settings to registry, paths are not relative, it seems it can't use MS HTML Help Workshop if it is not installed (even if it seems to work on its own, after copying the hha.dll file). I recommend this entry for removal...

j_sk 2008-01-15 00:45

@Andrew, about VISTA
You should maybe sometimes update the "system requirements" line, for many apps are now VISTA compatible, like HELPnDOCS (since v.1.10!). btw, it's not really intended to be portable, to be honnest. No way to skip Registry at this day. On the other hand, it's fully Vista compliant.

a 2007-11-13 13:16

ive just tested it and it works so far. but still too many unnecessary steps to make it work as intended.

a 2007-11-13 13:05

this is good software, useful to say the least run it under jauntpe and registry writing is taking care of but if you want to compile, it becomes a real downer, you need to have html help workshop, easy install > copy to the folder, dont forget the hha.dll in windows/system 32 dir, now try and compile uh oh its asks for location, select the program try again.. uh oh a dll isn't registered couldnt compile. this isnt very portable IMHO. needs a portable wrapper authors to lose the dependency on html workshop

Dan 2007-10-28 17:54

NM about portableapps... I forgot that guy only wraps opensource apps...

Dan 2007-10-28 17:50

The listed dependency installs files on the local computer... not very portable. It looks like you should be able to just pick up those installed files and put them on your portable drive.

But, HelpNDoc puts more than just toolbar locations in the registry... it adds a file association with .hnd files, a MRU list, and... the most unportable bit of all... the location of the hhc.exe compiler that comes with Microsoft HTML Help Workshop. This means every time you move the program to a new computer you'll have to tell HelpNDoc where hhc.exe is again (well it only asks when you go to compile). Also it's an absolute path so if your drive letter changes it'll just ask again.

Someone needs to make a wrapper for this... maybe someone should ask this guy:

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