What's new in HelpNDoc 7
New script engine: faster, lighter, more robust
HelpNDoc 7 includes a brand new scripting engine. It is faster, lighter, and more reliable with better scripting capabilities. It is still based on the Pascal language and very few modifications are needed to update existing scripts and templates. It also includes many new API methods for scripting and templates.
See: Migrating scripts from V6 to V7
See: HelpNDoc API methods
Topic template support
Documents, HTML, variables and snippets library items can now be inserted within the current topic as raw content (e.g. not linked to the item) which can be used to create topic templates. Select topic content can also be converted to a snippet to be reusable project-wide.
See: Using the library
Starting with version 7.2, HelpNDoc can now generate markdown documentation files template support. Markdown is a simple markup language which is often used by static web-site generators. It has the benefits of being easy to read, while being versatile and platform-agnostic. It is also version control friendly.
Starting with version 7.3, HelpNDoc can also import markdown files either as new topics, or as internal or external library items.
New PDF generator: faster, better results
The new PDF generator produces better looking PDF documents faster and using less memory. It fixes multiple problems with the previous PDF generator such as incorrectly drawn symbol characters... It is still possible to use the legacy PDF generator if needed. See: Options window
Starting with version 7.2, topic titles will start on a new page when the next paragraph or image doesn't fit in the current page (aka. keep with next).
New DocX importer: 40 times faster, better import
The brand new DocX importer included in HelpNDoc 7 is much faster than the previous one, it uses far less memory, and better handles the Microsoft Word DocX specification. It is still possible to use the legacy DocX imported if needed. See: Options window
Enhanced project analyzer
Project analyzer window has been completely redesigned for easier and faster navigation, clearer reports and enhanced accessibility. A new "conditions" analyzer has been added to list all conditions used throughout the project.
See: Analyzing a project
"Counter" library items
A new library item type has been added: counters. They can be used to count items (such as figures, tables...) throughout the project. Using their unique identifiers, it is possible to create hyperlinks to counters, no matter where they are located within the project.. See: Counter library item
Improved HTML generation
The default HTML template can now optionally display a resize bar between the table of contents and the topics content. It is possible to add an "In this article" inline table of contents to topics and to hide the left panel. It has also been improved to fix security issues, better handle image maps, and has improved accessibility.
It also includes improved SEO techniques and enhanced Core Web Vitals reports for higher and better placements in search engines.
New project: import other project's table of contents
When creating a new project, it is not possible to import the table of contents of existing HelpNDoc projects, as well as CHM help files, and HHP project source code. See: Create a new project
Hyperlinks for library items
Library items such as variables, system variables and bar codes can now have a hyperlink defined. This was not possible in earlier versions of HelpNDoc.
HelpNDoc 7 includes a handy feature to backup projects: it automatically appends the current date time and place backup in a predefined location for easy retrieval if needed. See: Backing up projects
Enhanced spell checker
The project-wide spell checker can now not only process topics, but also snippets present in the library.
Default picture and image map settings
Specify default picture alignment, alternative text, size, margins... in the library, and HelpNDoc will automatically use those settings when the picture or image map is inserted into a topic.
Starting with HelpNDoc 7.9, default settings can be applied to every instances throughout the project.
Additional barcode symbologies support
HelpNDoc 7 now supports the following barcode formats: Code 11, Code 128, Code 39, Code 39 Extended, Code 93, Code 93 Extended, EAN-8, EAN-13, Interleaved 2 of 5, MSI, QR Code, UPC-A and UPC-E.
Improved script editor
The script editor has been updated with a new modern default font, find/replace actions, as well as many customization options: change font, indentation, gutter visibility and content, spacing, special chars, word wrap...
Redesigned font selector
Font selector displays a preview of the hovered font and allows font searching. Most recently used fonts are displayed at the top of the list and saved within the project file.
Some other improvements and bug fixes
Many bugs are fixed with each release as indicated in the "What's new" page. Some of them include:
- Official Windows 11 support
- Better generation of all documentation formats
- Enhanced script and template warning and information messages
- Cleaning the output directory now sends files to recycle bin instead of deleting permanently
- Improved project analyzer
- Faster and enhanced syntax highlighter with custom font support
- Fixed issues with some command line options
- Improved Setup look and feel, and behavior
- Various performance improvements
- Improved accessibility and high resolution screen support
- And much more...