For the end-user, QuickHelp supports a table of contents, an index with automatic search field, word searches across topics, color highlighted topic text with hypertext links and context sensitive help from applications. QuickHelp presents a window with a Contents and Index tab. The Contents panel shows a table of contents and the selected topic. Users can expand or collapse topics in the Contents tree or click items to view help topics. The Index panel shows an index word list and the selected topic. Each word has a list of related topics that can be viewed. Type in the Search field to quickly locate a topic or use the Find dialog to locate all topics containing specific text. The forward and backward buttons navigate through recently viewed topics.
For the developer, QuickHelp provides a highly productive editing environment to create, verify and maintain application help. The QuickHelp Builder has the same Contents and Index panels as the QuickHelp Viewer but adds the Edit and General panels for editing the help file. The Edit panel is used to add, edit, delete or move topics within the Contents tree. It contains fields for defining index words or context sensitive identifier strings that link topics to application menus and dialogs for context sensitive help. The General panel contains buttons for saving, opening, closing, verifying or importing help topics or listing help topics to a text file.
The QuickHelp Builder handles administrative activities like maintaining links between topics, reordering topics and locating bad links or missing indexes. Its intuitive design enables a developer to productively begin help building in minutes. At any time, the developer can see or use the same working help system that the end-user will see by simply clicking the Contents or Index tab.
QuickHelp Linux is $295 and includes the QuickHelp Builder, a license to freely distribute the QuickHelp Viewer and interface glue code for Kylix (Borland's IDE for Linux) applications. Site licensing information, product descriptions and online ordering are available at www.excelsoftware.com. Excel Software has over 15 years of experience in providing tools to thousands of Macintosh, Windows and Linux developers in over 30 countries.