FlyHelp is a convenient tool for developers, Help authors, and technical writers to create online Help for desktop applications in HTML Help (CHM) format and Web Help (Browser-based Help) for web applications. You also can import Microsoft HTML Help projects (.HHP files) or Microsoft Word documents, decompile CHM files and extract resources from them. FlyHelp will reduce your development time and costs!
FlyHelp is a convenient tool for developers, help authors, and technical writers to create online help for desktop applications in HTML Help (CHM) format and Web Help (Browser-based Help) for web applications. FlyHelp provides a rapid streamline authoring mode - drag files/forders from Windows resource explorer and drop them on your Help book. A table of contents (TOC) will be generated automatically. Using it you can import Microsoft HTML Help projects (.HHP files), import Word files, decompile CHM files and extract resource files from CHM files, convert CHM files to Web Help! More attractively, it can open and edit CHM files directly! FlyHelp will reduce your development time and costs!
Rapidly streamline authoring
Creating Help files doesn't have to be time-consuming (or costly). FlyHelp is an easy to use authoring tool that simplifies the creation, editing, and conversion of HTML Help (CHM).
Adding existing HTML files or other file types (such as .pdf, .doc, .txt, .swf, etc.) into a CHM file is as simple as dragging files from windows resource explorer onto your Help book. To save time, a table of contents (TOC) will be generated automatically based on files and folders you dragged.
Using the built-in browser you can quickly preview and test your topics as they will look and function in Internet Explorer or HTML Help viewer.
Quickly convert CHM to Web Help
Web Help, also called Browser-based Help, is designed for use by authors who want their end users can view their Web-based or desktop application Help on any browser and platform. Web Help can be deployed on the Internet, extranet or intranet as well as on Windows, Macintosh, Unix, Linux and Sun Solaris systems.
Web Help is an uncompiled Help type that supports standard Help features (such as TOC, index, and search), but also provides a customizable appearance.
Visual TOC designer
The visual TOC designer is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) designer. You can move topics, rename topics, sort topics, copy and paste topics in the designer.
Using FlyHelp you can customize your table of contents (TOC) of Help file by changing TOC properties. For example, you can add a border, plus or minus squares.
The visual TOC designer provides a toolbar which lets you access frequent commands quickly.
Index can be created manually or automatically
An index is one of the most important ways to get users quickly to locate topics (table of contents and full-text search are additional ways).
The index contains keywords that you specify. Users click a keyword listed in the index and it either takes them directly to the topic containing the information they are looking for, or to a list of topics that contain the keyword.
To save time, you can generate a index based on your TOC automatically, and you also can add keywords manually to the index.
Using FlyHelp you can design multi-level indexes quickly and easily.
Flash movies can be quickly incorporated
A flash movie (.swf file) enables you to demonstrate operations, promote features, give instructions in creative ways. Many Help developers are seeking to incorporate Flash movies into their Help files.
With FlyHelp, you can easily incorporate Flash movies into HTML Help files (.CHM files). When you drag and drop a .swf file onto the FlyHelp, the program will automatically generate a wrapper HTML file that is used to display your .swf file, and add the wrapper HTML file to your Help file.
Built-in WYSIWYG HTML Editor
FlyHelp contains a built-in WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor for editing HTML-based topics.
WYSIWYG editing to HTML can help you edit HTML topics effectively without knowing HTML. The built-in WYSIWYG HTML editor conforms to HTML standards.
You can use it to highlight important text, format text, copy/cut/paste text, create bulleted and numbered lists, move information, insert/change links, multimedia and much more.
You can author HTML topics in another editor (such as Microsoft FrontPage or Macromedia Dreamweaver). FlyHelp allows you to launch them at run time.
Built-in HTML Source Code Editor
Source code editor works like a text editor. You can use it to type, cut, copy, and paste HTML tags and text. Using it experienced HTML developers can view and modify the HTML tags directly.
The tags in the Source Code Editor are color-coded for easier viewing and editing.
Built-in CHM tools
To facilitate your work and authoring, FlyHelp includes a toolbox that is related to CHM. Using the toolbox you can explore CHM files, decompile CHM files.
CHM Explorer provides an easy way to extract resources from .CHM files. Using it you can easily extract HTML files, images (.gif, .jpg, etc.), style sheets (.css), index (.hhk), table of contents (.hhc) from CHM files.