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HelpBreeze 3.0 Suite Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider HelpBreeze 3.0 Suite rather than a competing Help authoring tool?

Can HelpBreeze create HTML or HTML Help files? What is HTML Help?

Can HelpBreeze import existing projects and documents?

Can HelpBreeze be used to create a Help file for my application?

Which versions and languages of Microsoft Word does HelpBreeze support?

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Why should I consider HelpBreeze 3.0 rather than a competing Help authoring tool?

HelpBreeze 3.0 offers a number of advantages which set it apart from the competition:

  • A powerful, yet easy-to-use Microsoft Word-based environment. HelpBreeze 3.0 includes all the tools you need to create great online helps systems. Unlike some other help authoring tools, HelpBreeze doesn't add unnecessary complexity or radically change Microsoft Word's interface.  
  • A unique approach to single source Help file/Printed Document Authoring. Most other authoring tools don't offer true single source capability at all. Those which do usually use a "Print to Help" approach which requires a long conversion process every time you need to update your Help file. Because HelpBreeze 3.0 maintains the primary source documents in Help—rather than Print—format, you get the advantages of interactive, WYSIWYG authoring and testing, combined with true single source capability.
  • Extraordinary Value. HelpBreeze 3.0 Suite includes a complete suite of tools for creating Windows Help, HTML Help, JavaHelp, standard HTML and printed documentation. HelpBreeze 3.0 costs $349, including email support. Competing help authoring suites are often priced at $800-$1500 initially with support and upgrade costs adding dramatically to the cost of ownership over time. Unlike our competitors we provide most updates free of charge on our website. For example, we recenly released HelpBreeze 3.0a--which supports Word 2002 (office XP)--and provided it as a free download to all registered users.

Can HelpBreeze create HTML and HTML Help pages? What is HTML Help?

Yes, HelpBreeze 3.0 offers two ways to create HTML Help systems:

The HTML Wizard is a tool integrated directly with HelpBreeze for MS Word. The HTML Wizard lets you easily convert your Windows help project to HTML Help or standard HTML.

Also included are HelpBreeze HTML Help Edition and HelpBreeze JavaHelp Edition: separate stand-alone WYSIWYG tools for creating HTML Help and JavaHelp systems.

Microsoft HTML Help is the new generation help system from Microsoft. HTML Help is the standard help system in Windows 98 and 2000.

Can HelpBreeze import existing projects and documents?

Yes, HelpBreeze can directly import .RTF and .HPJ files created by another Help authoring tool.

HelpBreeze can also automatically import any plain Word document and convert it into a Help file, complete with topics, hypertext jumps, keywords and browse sequences. Once the document has been imported, you can use HelpBreeze 3.0's interactive features to refine and maintain it.

Can HelpBreeze be used to create a Help file for my application?

Yes, HelpBreeze includes full support for developing context-sensitive Help files for any 32- or 16-bit application. Any Windows programming language will work with HelpBreeze, including Visual Basic, Visual or Borland C++, Delphi, PowerBuilder, Access, Paradox, FoxPro, etc.

If you are interested in using field-level, "What's This" pop-up Help, HelpBreeze 3.0 includes, What's This Assistant, which makes this very easy.

Which versions and languages of Microsoft Word does HelpBreeze support?

HelpBreeze 3.0 works with Microsoft Word 2003,  2002 (Office XP), 2000, 97 and 95. Users who have Word 2000 or later should be sure to download the free v. 3.0a update (available on our downloads page).

Currently, HelpBreeze supports the English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, Norwegian, Danish, or Swedish versions of Microsoft Word 97 and 2000 or the English, German, French, Italian and Swedish localized versions of MS Word 95.

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