HelpMaker 7.3 is a free and useful tool to create and modify help files (.hlp), without using any word processor.
The application can make help files for Windows (WinHelp), RTF and even HTML help files (help authoring files). It includes also two other applications: ButtonMaker and ImageMaker, that can be used for creating help files in a simple manner, enhancing the way HelpMaker creates the help files, with no user imagination limitations.
The graphic user interface allows to preview and print the help file just created, show or hide rulers and apply zoom to the resulting file. Users can open an existing help file and modify it to correct (or copy) whatever is necessary.
Paragraphs and fonts can be formatted, pages can be numbered, tab spacing support, case changing (bold, italic and underline support), and all the regular left, right and center aligment styles. Date, time or both can be inserted anywhere in the help file. Pictures and page breaks can also be inserted, as well as hyperlinks, OLE objects, etc.
The application supplies printing support to printer, to PDF, print individual documents and print preview.
For created help files, the application enables search and replace Unicode characters, topics and keywords.
The program can import contents from Word, RTF and Text files, and also export help files to PDF, RTF, Word Doc and Web Page.
Tables and nested tables can be easily used with this application, without needing extra programs to make up a good help file.