Hello Technical Writers! Are you ready to make your documentation process smoother and more efficient? HelpNDoc 9.3 is here, and it’s packed with great new features that you’ll love. The star of this release is the Project Starter Kit Editor, which is perfect for setting up new projects with a consistent table of contents in no time at all. Plus, enjoy the new Markdown template for GitHub wikis, enhanced image handling, and numerous bug fixes for a more reliable experience. Say goodbye to repetitive tasks and hello to more productive writing sessions!
Read on to find out more about these exciting updates, then download HelpNDoc — which is free for personal use and evaluation purposes — and see the difference for yourself!

✏️ Introducing the Custom Project Starter Kit Editor

The new custom project starter kit editor in HelpNDoc 9.3 allows you to quickly create reusable project templates, ensuring consistent and efficient documentation across all your projects.

HelpNDoc's project starter kit editor [starterkit] [featured]

One of the most anticipated features in HelpNDoc 9.3 is the brand new custom project starter kit editor. This easy-to-use editor allows you to create custom project starter kits that are instantly available in the new project dialog. No more starting from scratch every time you start a new project! With this powerful tool, you can save time by using predefined templates, ensure consistency across all your projects, and customize your starter kits to fit your specific needs.
The custom project starter kit editor is designed to streamline your workflow. By setting up reusable templates, you can quickly launch new projects with a fully structured table of contents already in place. This feature not only increases efficiency but also maintains a high level of consistency and professionalism in your documentation. Whether you’re working on multiple projects simultaneously or need to standardize documentation across a team, the custom project starter kit editor in HelpNDoc 9.3 is a game changer for technical writers and documentation specialists.

💡 New Markdown Template for GitHub Wiki Pages

A new Markdown template is available, which allows you to generate GitHub wiki pages with an optional sidebar and footer, making it easier than ever to create and maintain documentation for your GitHub projects.

GitHub Wiki Pages [github]

HelpNDoc 9.3 introduces an exciting new feature for developers and documentation specialists working with GitHub: the Markdown template for generating GitHub wiki pages. This template allows you to create comprehensive and well-structured wiki pages directly from HelpNDoc, streamlining your workflow and ensuring that your documentation is always up-to-date.

The new Markdown template includes an optional sidebar and footer, which enhances the navigation and usability of your GitHub wikis. The sidebar automatically includes the project’s table of contents, making it easier for users to find the information they need.

In addition, the Markdown template supports the full range of HelpNDoc’s documentation capabilities. You can include images, tables, code snippets, and other rich content in your GitHub wiki pages, all while benefiting from HelpNDoc’s powerful editing and formatting tools. This makes it easier than ever to create detailed and visually appealing documentation for your GitHub projects.

🖼️ Improved Image Handling and Library Management

HelpNDoc 9.3 now supports pasting pictures directly from the clipboard into the library item’s picture editor. This new feature streamlines the process of adding images to your documentation, saving you valuable time and effort.

Paste images in library editor [paste]

HelpNDoc 9.3 makes working with images easier and more efficient than ever before. One of the standout enhancements is the ability to paste pictures directly from the clipboard into the library item’s picture editor. This new feature streamlines the process of adding images to your documentation, allowing you to quickly incorporate visual elements without having to save and import files separately. Whether you are capturing screenshots or using images from other applications, you can now seamlessly integrate them into your projects with just a few clicks.

🐞 Significant Bug Fixes and Improvements

The HelpNDoc team has also addressed several issues and made important improvements in this release.

HelpNDoc Bugs Fixes [bugs]

The HelpNDoc team has made numerous improvements to enhance your experience. Issues with PDF generation, where content in tables could be clipped and hidden, have been resolved. The Microsoft Word DocX importer is now more robust, preventing errors with documents containing hidden content. Errors during the import and splitting of Word DocX documents have been fixed.
Additional enhancements include resolving exceptions during the generation process when editing project options, automatically fixing corrupted topics, and correcting symbol character export issues in HTML. The default HTML template’s inline table of contents now works correctly with browser navigation, and creating new projects from starter kits is faster and more reliable. Improved error messages now provide better information when the system’s temporary directory is inaccessible. And there’s much more, so be sure to check the full change log below.

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Change log

Version – Release date: Jun 11, 2024

  • New custom project starter kit editor: easy-to-use editor to create custom project starter kits which are then available in the new project dialog
  • New Markdown template: generate GitHub wiki pages with optional sidebar and footer
  • It is now possible to paste a picture from the clipboard in the library item's picture editor
  • The PDF generator could produce incorrectly clipped content, usually in tables, which could cause content to be partially hidden
  • Improved Microsoft Word DocX importer: some documents with hidden content could cause an exception when they were being loaded
  • An error could be shown when trying to import and split some Word DocX documents
  • An exception could be shown during the generation process when the project option field was being edited just before
  • Topics which could have been corrupted are now automatically fixed when they are loaded
  • Regression with some symbol characters could be incorrectly exported to HTML
  • Fixed default HTML template's inline table of contents which could be empty when using the web browser's back and forward buttons
  • It was possible to incorrectly create transparent text from the snippets editor
  • Faster and more reliable creation of a new project from a custom or system starter kit
  • Now displays a more useful error message when the system's temporary directory is not accessible or writable during application startup

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