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Author Topic: Dr.Explain 2.0 released  (Read 4379 times)
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« on: August 04, 2006, 04:47:28 AM »

Dr.Explain v.2.0 is a software documentation tool.

What is Dr.Explain:

It captures windows, dialogs, and forms from live application, makes screenshots, automatically adds references to all controls.
The program can produce CHM, RTF and HTML help files with interactive screenshots, menus, cross-references, and navigation.
Dr.Explain is easy to use and produces attractive and professional looking help files, that would otherwise take days to create manually.

http://www.drexplain.com

What new benefits v.2.0 brings to you:

Let's name just a few:

thumbs up [Multi-tier document structure] - Create documents of any level of complexity.

thumbs up [Hyperlinks in descriptions / Cross-linking] - Link your help pages and create cross-references.

thumbs up [Spell checking] - No more typos.

thumbs up [Custom name for page files] - Name your pages.

thumbs up [New visual themes] - Adjust the document look easily.

thumbs up [Custom CSS setup] - Apply your corporate style to the document.

thumbs up [Intellectual orientation of bullets] - Dr.Explain arranges bullets the best way.

thumbs up [Standard Windows toolbars parsing] - Capture your toolbar. Dr.Explain will do the rest.

thumbs up [Indexes keywords in CHM] - Create index table for your CHM file.

thumbs up [Search for text in nodes and descriptions (Find\Find Next)] - Navigate through the project quickly.

 Thmbsup ... more info about other 50+ improvements: http://www.drexplain.com/versions

Free copy: http://www.drexplain.com/download

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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2006, 05:02:55 AM »

Hi Dennis,

Sounds like you added some really great stuff to the new version.

There's a nice screencast video showing one of the coolest features (automatic capturing of a window and labeling all it's controls for documentation): http://www.drexplain.com/live_demo/

And I see Dr.Explain has chm, rtf, and html web export as well, really nice.  Spellcheck - great!

One minor quibble, we should clear up however the "free copy" thing:
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You may use the free unregistered copy of Dr.Explain software as long as you wish. With a free copy you may have only 5 pages per project. If you wish to document a serious application, then you must register Dr.Explain software to use all the benefits of the program.


Normal price is $125.
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006, 12:59:56 PM »

The file copy is free though.   Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006, 01:16:21 PM »

Just had a look at http://www.drexplain.com/live_demo/ - nice!!

Too bad I don't have a use for such a tool, but I sure was using programs that could have used it...
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2006, 07:50:08 AM »

Today we've started a new unusual promotion for our Dr.Explain software.

In the next three months almost everyone can receive a significant discount on Dr.Explain or even receive a free license (value of $125).
Moreover, in December we'll reward the most creative applicant with $100 Amazon Gift Certificate.
Details: http://www.drexplain.com/photo-contest/

Everyone is welcome to participate. :-)
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2007, 12:59:04 PM »

There is another very useful tool at Dr.Explain for people who are not experienced in authoring shareware or good at making help files:
http://www.drexplain.com/software-help-planner/
Although the page says this:
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Please consider this amusing tool like a little joke that makes your life easier.
I think it is quite the opposite - it is a good solid starting point to your manual when you are wondering where to start. Often when you are writing the manual, your head is cluttered with a lot of important bugs you have fixed and so, if you are not trained in manual writing you could end up highlighting those areas of the program which took you maximum time or effort to fix. That may not be the best way to start writing a manual - for the manual *and for you*. So IMO, this tool  is *good*, however elementary it may seem.

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