EC Software's Help & Manual now supporting Sandcastle

This just in from Tim Green @ EC Software, GmbH: Just saw your posts and the announcements about the new Sandcastle developments, that’s great to hear! We also have some big Sandcastle news: As of version 5.4 Help & Manual now supports Sandcastle. You can import a Sandcastle project to Help & Manual directly. When…

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Re-post: Helixoft VSDocman adds support for VS 2010 Help

(It appears during forum migration this post got deleted from my blog – so re-posting…) I’m glad to report today (originally posted 5/19/2010) of another Help Authoring Tool (HAT) vendor to add support for the MSHC format used by Visual Studio 2010. Here is a small blurb from Peter Macej of Helixoft: VSdocman is a VS…

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Sandcastle with MSHC support has been released!

I’m pleased to announce that we have posted a release of Sandcastle that now supports the MSHC Help file format used by Visual Studio 2010. The MSHC support was commissioned from ComponentOne, whom we thank for updating the code base to support this new Help format. We have additionally rolled in a variety of bug fixes…

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Have you heard about the Preview of MSDN Online Updates?

If you’ve worked for any time at all with the .NET Framework and have looked up documentation in the MSDN Library, you’ve likely noticed a very lengthy section under “Class Library” in the Table of Contents. The .NET Framework now contains so many namespaces and classes that your eyes likely blurred over when you saw…

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Updating multiple VS 2010 installations' Help content with a single download

A question that we’ve begun to see come up from folk that have generally low-bandwidth is whether there is a way to download updates once for one machine and to then use that content for other machines as well. One customer puts it this way: “Also, while the updating feature is great, the downloads appear…

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Clever workaround for getting dynamically inserted javascript or stylesheets to work in Help Viewer 1.0

Working with our Visual Studio 2010 (and earlier!) partners, I’m frequently impressed with the ingenuity they demonstrate in just getting things to work. Even though Help systems these days are generally HTML based, there are often some gotchas that come up that are generally limitations due to an implementation. With Help Viewer 1.0, one of…

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Partner Content Discoverability Options in Visual Studio 2010, Part II: Shortcuts

One of the side benefits of the F1 feature I wrote about the other day is that vendors can effectively create VS IDE Help menu and Start menu shortcuts to their own documentation that will always work, regardless of the end-user’s online/offline preference.   The VS 2010 Documentation shortcut looks something like this:   ms-xhelp:///?method=f1&query=msdnstart&product=vs&productVersion=100&locale=en-us…

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Some updates

I added a few more items to the Known Issues page. Also, a new page added: Calling Help Viewer 1.0 from VS add-in code. If you’re developing add-ins for Visual Studio 2010 (or earlier actually), you may find this information handy. It describes the references necessary and basic steps for launching F1 help, whether with Help…

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Calling Help Viewer 1.0 from Visual Studio add-in code

The Visual Studio interface for launching Help using an F keyword (context sensitive help keyword) has not changed since 2002, but I had the hardest time finding some sample code for it recently *anywhere*. (See this page for some additional detail on what has changed in the IVsHelp interface in general for VS 2010.) Below…

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