We are thrilled to announce the release of HelpNDoc 4.2 which is available as a free download starting now. HelpNDoc 4.2 adds folders to categorize library items, multi-selection to the library and keywords and is able to store the expansion state of all trees in the project amongst many other additions and bug fixes. Read on to learn more and download your free version now.

Organize your library items in folders

The library can rapidly get cluttered and finding the right item could become a slow task. By using the new “folder” library item, you can easily organize your items for faster browsing.

Folder in the library item

The library contains all media elements (pictures and movies), documents, HTML code, variables and snippets used by your project. It is the central place where reusable items are picked to be placed in your topics and where they are updated. The library can become quite crowded over time and it is becoming harder to navigate and find the element you are looking for.
That’s why the update introduces folders in the library: a folder can contain one or more library items as well as other folders and can be, well, folded. That way, you can easily group library items the way you like (for example alphabetically, by type, or subject) and it will be easier to find them.

Trees expansion status and enhancements

The table of contents, library, and keywords expansion status will now be saved in your project: next time it will be loaded, HelpNDoc will be able to retrieve the status and display them the way they were when the project was saved.
The library and keywords trees will now accept multiple selection for faster item moving and deletion: it is possible, for example, to select multiple library items and drop them in a topic, or delete them all at once

Better translation and other enhancements

Template variables can now be translated in the template.info files. Existing variables have been translated to French and German. The various generators will now provide additional information in case of a problem and various reported problems have been fixed as indicated in the change log bellow.

Change log

Version 4.2.0.299 – Release date: Feb 6, 2014

  • Library items can now be grouped in folders for easier navigation and management
  • Multi-selection has been enabled for library items and keywords for multiple deletion/moving
  • Table of contents, keywords and library items tree nodes expansion status is now saved to and restored from project
  • Template variables names and descriptions can be translated. Existing variables have been translated to French and German
  • It is now possible to remove the cover picture for ePub and Kindle documentation formats
  • Generators log will now provide additional details in case an exception occurs
  • The OK and Cancel buttons were not visible in the import style dialog for French and German translations
  • It wasn't possible to change picture width, height, spacing or alt text from the ribbon tab anymore
  • Better importing of tables in RTF files
  • Drag and drop in the topic editor could insert content in the wrong position
  • It is now easier to move keywords in the hierarchy when drag and dropping them
  • Changing the output file path in the generator window was not always saved correctly
  • Scripts: THndIntegerArray was not declared therefore HndTopics.GetTopicIndexHierarchy was not working correctly
  • Some style properties could be incorrectly loaded after importing the default.hnd style sheet
  • JavaScript search engine didn't correctly escape URLs for external topics which could break the search feature
  • The DocX and RTF generation could fail unexpectedly for some projects
  • Inserting or importing multiple HTML files in a project could result in very slow and resource hungry generation
  • Topic icon wasn't always correctly updated when changing topic

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