VS 2010 SP1 Beta now available – including new client Help Viewer!

Please check out my boss Jeff Braaten’s blog regarding our new client help viewer now shipping with VS 2010 SP1 Beta. You can find some info there on installing the SP1 and how best to explore the new viewer experience if you’ve been using some other alternatives, like Helpware’s H3Viewer. You can download and install…


Help Viewer 1.1 Preview Video

I’m excited to announce that we have just posted a preview video of Help Viewer 1.1, which will be shipping with Visual Studio 2010 SP1. We have been hard at work over the last several months since Visual Studio 2010 was released. Over the beta period prior to release and since the release, we have…


Help State of the Union (October 2010)

Periodically, questions come to Microsoft via a variety of avenues regarding our current guidance on Help systems and formats. And they usually end up in the Help Guy’s inbox. 🙂 What is Microsoft’s guidance regarding: WinHelp (.HLP files) HTML Help (.CHM files) Assistance Platform 1.x (.H1S files) Microsoft Help 2.x (.HxS files) Help Viewer 1.0…


Fixed Help SDK download now available

Thanks for everyone who helped us identify the issue with our original download. We have rebuilt and tested the package and re-uploaded it to the SDK download page. Please redownload the package and you should be good to go. Thank you for your patience!


Help Viewer 1.0 SDK now available!

It’s been a long time coming, but we have finally released the Help Viewer 1.0 SDK. It can be downloaded here. Feedback is welcome!


Help-related resource pages

Since starting this blog, I’ve had a few requests to post links to various software products and resource pages for Help related authoring tools and services. I think this is a great idea. My posting these is explicitly not any kind of Microsoft official endorsement, but just giving a shout out to a variety of…


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…


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…


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…


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…