Re: Windows help tools

Subject: Re: Windows help tools
From: Bruce Covell <brucec -at- CCTECH -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 04:38:34 +0000

Bristol Technology (, the developer of HyperHelp, does not offer an
authoring tool, but ForeFront, the developer of ForeHelp, does sell a
UNIX version of their WYSIWYG help authoring tool. Alas, this still
does not provide a Macintosh solution.

For what it's worth, the HyperHelp compiler also accepts SGML and
Frame MIF files (among others) as help source, and provides a HyperHelp Bridge
product to convert the resulting UNIX help file to RTF and HPJ source
for Windows.

Bruce Covell

> Bruce replies to:
> >>
> >>I am looking for information on help tools that are >>useable
> on a Macintosh.

> I can't recommend any, sorry.
> But there is an alternative...
> <<

> and mentions HTML as an alternative.

> I recollect that when I was looking at help tools for an RS/6000
> system, I came across Hyperhelp, and ISTR that it has a version for
> the Mac.

> I didn't see it on a Mac, but tried the AIX Windows demo
> version. It compiles the same source .rtf files as windows help, and
> the output is similar. We didn't go for it because the cost put the
> client off (the software was several thousand pounds for one
> licence), and I don't know whether it provides any tool for
> preparing the .rtf.

> We'd planned to write the stuff using PCs in any event.

> I hope this is of some help!

> Iain
> iharrison -at- sct -dot- co -dot- uk

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