Excel Software Releases Application Help Authoring Tool
Excel Software, a provider of software development tools, has released QuickHelp 4.0, a product that lets users author application help in any language that runs on Windows or Mac OS X computers. Version 4.0 adds Unicode text to support any human language, the Merge Help tool to distribute work and combine help files, and the Convert Language tool to help automate the process of translating a help system into other human languages. No programming experience or HTML knowledge is required to use QuickHelp 4.0.
To enable help authors to support any language, text visible to end users is stored as Unicode in a platform-neutral file. A richly formatted help file can be authored on Windows or Mac, then distributed royalty free and viewed on any Windows or Mac computer.
The Merge Help tool allows sections of the help system to be independently authored and combined into one help file with an integrated table of contents, index, tables, actions, lists, and image library. Common help topics can be authored and maintained once and merged into the main help file for different products. The Convert Language tool can simplify the process of authoring a help system for multiple human languages. A translation file a Unicode text file can be exported from an existing help file. This file is sent to a human-language translator to convert text strings from the original to the new language using any word processor. The Convert Language tool imports the completed Translation file to apply all text strings to the selected help file.
QuickHelp Windows and QuickHelp MacOSX are $395 each with dual platform and site license discounts available. For more information, go to www.excelsoftware.com.