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HelpNDoc Personal v1.16

Andrew Lee on 5 Feb 2017

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.

System Requirements: 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
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abc on 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Latest version is Version is outdated and the download link redirects to an uninstaller, no doubt this entry has been collection dust.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.

webfork on 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 on 2011-12-28 00:54

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

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Precision Helper v1.1.1.27

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

Precision Helper is a tool for creating and managing help projects. It focuses on the organization of existing html files, xml files, scripts, images and other resources so that the help author has the best overview of the project.

The program works natively with the Microsoft HTML Help projects format (HHP) and can publish to the CHM, WebHelp, ePUB (e-book), PDF, and the single html document formats.

Precision Helper is designed for advanced developers and authors, but provides a user-friendly environment accessible to beginners.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: None to work. Microsoft Html Help Workshop is needed to export project to chm format.
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PrecisionHelper.exe.
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Midas on 2013-10-14 15:55

There's a portable Precision Helper v2.0 RC2 available for download from the website...

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