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HelpScribble is a great application for creating Windows Help files. It does not require an expensive word processor (and certainly not one from a particular company) and you do not need to be an expert to use it. Even if its interface might look a little bit scary at first, you will find it to be both quite powerful and easy to use after playing around with it for just a little while. HelpScribble runs under Windows 95/98/NT4/2000. It has built-in editors for SHG files (hotspot bitmaps), WinHelp macros, contents tree, browse sequences, etc. You can also export your projects to the new HTML Help format. If you have previously used another help authoring tool, you will find HelpScribble's import function very useful: you will not lose any previous work because you decided to dump your old tool.
 
By Jan Goyvaerts (JG Soft)

HelpScribble provides you with all the functionality you need to create a Windows help file. This help file can be used as a context-sensitive help file for any application, no matter which development tool the application was created with. Consult your development tool's documentation to see how to make your application request context-sensitive help. If you are using a visual RAD tool, you will typically need to assign the Topic ID numbers from HelpScribble to HelpContext or HelpID properties in your development environment.
 
Windows help files are also a great format for distributing stand-alone documents. They can be easily read on any version of Windows since 3.1 and they are hyperlinked, a concept people are very familiar with since the Web became popular. No need to make sure if a user has installed the same version of a certain word processor or web browser that you have.
 
In addition to the above, HelpScribble does have some extra features that will make the life of people using certain software much easier as you can read below.
 
HelpScribble provides you with all the functionality you need to create a Windows help file. This help file can be used as a context-sensitive help file for any application, no matter which development tool the application was created with. Consult your development tool's documentation to see how to make your application request context-sensitive help. If you are using a visual RAD tool, you will typically need to assign the Topic ID numbers from HelpScribble to HelpContext or HelpID properties in your development environment.
 
Windows help files are also a great format for distributing stand-alone documents. They can be easily read on any version of Windows since 3.1 and they are hyperlinked, a concept people are very familiar with since the Web became popular. No need to make sure if a user has installed the same version of a certain word processor or web browser that you have.
 
In addition to the above, HelpScribble does have some extra features that will make the life of people using certain software much easier as you can read below.
 
While HelpScribble is useful for anyone in need of great help files, it will make Delphi and C++Builder programmers even more happy: Documenting a VCL component? Let HelpScribble parse your Object Pascal source and generate an outline help file for you. It can also extract the comments from your source and use them as the default descriptions in your help file. HelpScribble has a HelpContext property editor that integrates into Delphi 1 through 5 and C++Builder 1, 3 and 4, so you can control your help projects from within Delphi or C++Builder and work with topic titles instead of dumb numbers.
 
If you want to use HTML Help with Delphi, you may wish to download the UseHTMLHelp unit. Adding this unit to your project will give you instant HTML Help support.