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Old 05-17-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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HelpNDoc 3.5 - Produce ePub and Kindle eBooks and documentation

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This is with great pleasure that we announce the immediate availability of HelpNDoc 3.5, an easy to use yet powerful help authoring tool producing CHM help files, HTML or mobile WebSites, Word and PDF manuals as well as ePub and Kindle eBooks from a single source. HelpNDoc is Free for personal use and evaluation purposes and is available at:

http://www.helpndoc.com

HelpNDoc 3.5 can now generate eBooks compatible with the vast majority of e-readers including the iPad and the Amazon Kindle and has been translated to French. Please have a look at the feature page to learn more about HelpNDoc: http://www.helpndoc.com/feature-tour

Download HelpNDoc and use it freely for personal and evaluation purposes: http://www.helpndoc.com

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Old 05-17-2012, 01:22 PM   #2
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Windows only. No source code. Lame.
And the website's down.
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:57 PM   #3
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Why is it lame that there is no source code? Also, the website is up.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:55 PM   #4
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A small banner is added in the generated documentation to remind that it has been created by the Personal Edition of HelpNDoc. To remove the banners and use HelpNDoc for commercial purposes, you might consider ordering a full version of HelpNDoc.
Ahh, no thank you. Sigil doesn't do that to my epubs, so I think I'll pass...
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:41 AM   #5
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Windows only. No source code. Lame.
And the website's down.
This is understandable: I guess you are a Linux user using only free and open source software ? We believe open source is great but commercial software can provide some advantages such as better support and long term commitment. For HelpNDoc, we chose an alternative model where you can use it for free as long as you like without restrictions. If in the future you choose to sell your books/manuals/documentation created with HelpNDoc, then you can purchase a license. We believe this is a great alternative to restricted and time limited trial software while providing more support and long term commitments than open source and free software.

Also, we have had no reports of web-site issues and it seems to be working fine now. Perhaps it went down for a small period of time when you tried ?

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Ahh, no thank you. Sigil doesn't do that to my epubs, so I think I'll pass...
Fair enough but you could still try HelpNDoc as it is free for personal use and evaluation purposes. Perhaps you will find some useful features which will make you reconsider If not, then do not hesitate to contact us and share your thoughts on what we could do better: http://www.helpndoc.com/contact

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Old 05-18-2012, 04:36 AM   #6
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Downloaded it to have a peek and it looks pretty decent I think. I'll play around with it a bit and see what it's like in use compared to Sigil.

Saying it's lame simply because it's a Windows program and not Open Source is just, well, juvenile and lame.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:35 AM   #7
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IMHO, this tool is ideal for tech pubs departments and people who're simply not interested in fiddling with .html code. Everybody else is probably going to stick with InDesign/Sigil, because there's apparently no code view and no easy way to access/change the default .css stylesheets.

It could have been an interesting alternative for people who prefer easy to use ebook tools such as Jutoh ($39) or Atlantis Word Processor ($35), if it wasn't that expensive, and even the $99 Standard version apparently adds their "discreet banner," which isn't discreet at all.

I totally understand that the makers of HelpNDoc want to jump on the ePub band wagon, but for this price they'll need to offer more than just a generic ePub conversion of their standard output tools.

I'd strongly recommend developing a stripped down, more customizable and banner-free HelpNDoc ebook version with a more intuitive GUI at a more competitive price.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:52 AM   #8
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I never even checked the price of the other versions.... $99 is extremely optimistic I think, considering the alternatives Doitsu mentioned. I certainly wouldn't consider upgrading at that price.
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:45 AM   #9
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$99 is extremely optimistic I think
Perhaps this is because you are considering HelpNDoc as a simple eBook authoring software. Please know that this is much more than that: not only does HelpNDoc provide a complete WYSIWYG Word-like authoring environment with advanced tools and helpers to write your book, manual or documentation with ease, but it also provide exporters for many formats including Word, PDF, CHM, HTML, iPhone, Android, Mobi, ePub...
Also, the HTML based exporters (including Mobi and ePub) can be finely tailored through an advanced templating system: think of it like an ASP or PHP web-server where your template will be interpreted by HelpNDoc to generate your own final output. This allows extreme flexibility such as producing a single page HTML documentation, multi-page HTML with a search engine, an iPhone specific web-site, JQuery mobile based documentation, and much more just by creating templates.

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