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Found Deals and Discounts / "Make Batch Files" discounts
« on: November 25, 2016, 05:05 AM »
"Make Batch Files" is a GUI tool that helps to create Windows Batch Files quickly and easily, without even knowing commands and switches.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2016: 50% off

Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2016: 50% off all licenses!

Along with Neobook, here is the closet to what I want, only app in the world that I have found that can create a gui quickly without knowing any programming language

PowerBasic is a pretty simple programming language and it has drag-and-drop form designer. Well, not exaclty what you are looking for, but you can do more with a little programming than without programming at all.

I'd never heard of that.  I'd like to take you up on it if you're interested!  :Thmbsup:

Great! :) Can I send you your key via PM?

Out of curiosity can you give details on the "free endless trial?"  My guess would be the version downloaded works without support or upgrades?  But I don't see it spelled out anywhere.

It says about it's limitations on first launch :) "Endless trial" does not allow to save projects. All other functions are not limited, and there is no time limit or nag screens.

My "Make Batch Files" tool acts like a GUI wrapper for CLI, including complicated commands. I can give you a free key in exchange for a review, if you are interested.

Thank you, DonationCoder members, for your interest in Helpinator!

From now on we offer daily discounts on selected Helpinator licenses, non-standard license packs and bundles. This "Deal of the day" offer has a separate category on our blog:

Please check it before making an order.

BitsDuJour two-days sale (60% off) on 23rd-24th of July:


Last chance to renew free updates at a discounted price before major version change and price increase.

Hello, everybody!

I'd like to introduce you to my new project called "Make Batch Files". It's in alpha version now, but has enough functions to play with.

The main ideas are pretty simple:
  • No need to remember batch file command names
  • No need to remember numerous switches, their meanings and how they work together
  • "Tasks" instead of commands

Say, you need to upload a file via FTP from a batch file and this is the first or second time you do this trick. First, you need to find out what command to call to use ftp, then you need to learn how to use it in batch files, investigate it's script file format and etc. What a waste of time  :) With my tool you only need to add "Upload a file via FTP" task to your project, specify host, username, password and file path using comfortable GUI dialog and that's it. The tool will create several lines of code including ftp script for you in a single mouse click.

Hope you got the idea  :) ANY feedback is welcome (even largely negative)!


Main window screenshot:

Video Tutorial (better in fullscreen mode)

CHRISTMAS Sale! 30% off all licenses.

CYBERMONDAY deal! Helpinator One User With Lifetime updates just 59USD instead of 250USD! Happy moneyspending  8)


BitsDuJour time again! Thursday and Friday (26-27th of September, 2013) with 60% off.
Updated version has improved video embedding support (both from local files and YouTube).
Also it's a good chance to renew your updates subscription or upgrade to lifetime updates with 60% off.


Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window
« on: June 13, 2013, 09:42 AM »
The great gig in the sky.

Hello, donationcoders!

Helpinator summer sale is on! 50% off on all licenses!

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini review of Helpinator 3.10
« on: March 23, 2013, 08:26 AM »
Hello, everybody!

My name is Dmitri Popov, I am the man behind Helpinator and first of all I'd like to thank author of this great mini-review! :)
Here's URL of Helpinator's page on BitsDuJour (it is always the same):


Currently there's an active promotion with 60% off (will be active for one more day).

Hello, everybody!

Helpinator will be featured on BitsDuJour this Friday (03/22/2012) with 60% off.
Note that the current version (3.10) adds support of WordPress CMS and OracleHelp (for Java and Web).


Hello, Everybody!

My name is Dmitri Popov, I am the author of Helpinator.

WordPress is so popular now that even my cat knows how to install and use it.
It has tons of themes and plugins and a very active community.
Well, it's not perfect, but if you create an app - you can get your site up and running in minutes and there are a lot of inexpensive themes to make it look professional.

Online documentation (or WebHelp) for your product is another good idea - it's SEO-friendly, easy to update and access. But authoring online documentation in WordPress editor or a post-oriented desktop client is a kind of tedious work. This is where Helpinator helpinates your problems. It's a specialized help authoring tool, you can capture screenshots, annotate them, create step-by-step guides, write topics in WYSIWYG editor and then publish to WordPress with a single mouse click!

This post on our blog shows how easy it is to connect Helpinator and WordPress:


Thank you for reading this :)

Hello, it's me again!

Recently we added support for a number of output formats:
  • QtHelp
  • JavaHelp
  • EPUB
  • MOBI

To celebrate it we offer 15% discount that expires on 31/01/2013.

However, do take me with a grain of salt as I have a bit of a twisted sense of humour!

It seems to me your sense of humor is as twisted as mine :)

On that note...I wouldn't use it...Mainly cause I like satan being inside my computer.
-Stephen66515 (June 20, 2012, 12:56 PM)

Believe me, my Helpinator will bring even more Satan into it :)

With a name like helpinator, you might consider changing the current smilie figure with one that resembles Schwarzenegger?

I was thinking about it as a theme for program's logo, but turned it down because a lot of other help authoring tools use robots as mascots.

I wonder, too, how much focus you will get on the content alone versus the application.
-cranioscopical (June 20, 2012, 02:52 PM)

I thought initial reaction will make people to stop by and read. And I didn't thought of it in a religious way since Christian Satan is more pop culture character than scary religious figure it supposed to be.

It's a refreshing change for the typical (snooze fest) dry as a desert parched bone technical writing.

Thank you! This is what it is for.

Living Room / Humour And A "Serious" Product - Opinions Needed
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:39 PM »

I develop and sell a help authoring tool - a kind of product that is by default "serious" and even boring. But as a micropreneur I should always think of making things different from my competitors.  8) Their sites are, you know, really serious and corporative, so I decided to do a little twist and create something offbeat on my website. So here we go, my "Tutorial":   :-[

But now I'm in doubt - is it funny at all? Or just harms my reputation without any good. :D Please take a look and tell me what was the first thing on your mind? Was it "Wow!", "WTF?!" or "I'd better close it right away!"  :)


I am the author of Helpinator (help authoring tool). Just a couple of links to show what it's about:

This summer we offer special anti-downturn prices for customers from European countries that face some economical difficulties these days: Greece, Spain and Portugal. For them Helpinator Professional will cost just 30USD. So if you know someone from those countries that might be interested in this offer, please let them know.

Also there will be a huge discounts day for everybody, 60% off on Friday, June 22nd. Please use coupon code JUNE2012.

Living Room / Looking for people to follow on Twitter
« on: May 08, 2012, 06:02 AM »
Hello, everybody!

I never believed that Twitter will become so big, and for years I just avoided it. But now it seems to me that I am missing something and a lot of things go by just because I'm not involved. I tried to browse and search for people to follow, but there are TONS of information and I quickly get tired choosing right people - some accounts are long dead, other post things not related to their interests, or you need to follow those crazy shortlinks before you figure out what the tweet was about... Insanely ineffective. And I decided to go another way - just call for people with similar interests in a place more compatible with my brainware.

So, if you are living active Twitter life, interested in Delphi/C#/ASP.NET/Android programming and microISV business / web startups, then follow me and I'll follow you back, or post a link to your twitter account here in case you want other donationcoders to follow you.!/DmitriPopov

In case you know someone I should definitely follow, post them too.

Developer's Corner / Re: Ribbon UI - is it really THAT good?
« on: December 01, 2011, 02:03 AM »
Thank you all for your opinions and useful links. To sum it all up, I need Ribbon because it's a marketing trend, but if I fail to do it right it will ruin everything :) Perhaps I should create a series of demo/test versions to test the idea first... It's a long way to go.

Developer's Corner / Re: Ribbon UI - is it really THAT good?
« on: November 29, 2011, 03:47 AM »
You might want to make it a very prominent choice by actually putting a toggle menu item for it in the menu itself. By making it obvious, you won't end up with people used to the old UI screaming, "Oh man... the new version blows hard chunks of whale vomit..."

I don't like this approach, from the developer point of view any duplication means double work and possible inconsistency. But of course it's the most suitable way of UI change from the user's point of view (opposite to what Microsoft did).

Is the application document-oriented, like Word or Excel, (or help-authoring for that matter) then a Ribbon can be quite productive.

I've heard a lot of people saying things like that, but I haven't seen any operations that could be done faster with Ribbon. Actually in my app all the required controls are always in the field of view and the number of controls shown depends on context. In fact, I did Ribbon-style UI without Ribbon :)

Thank you very much for the MSDN links  :Thmbsup:

Developer's Corner / Ribbon UI - is it really THAT good?
« on: November 29, 2011, 12:45 AM »
Hello, everybody!

As you might know I develop and sell a help authoring tool targeted at software developers that document their creations themselves (tech writers usually use more complicated and expensive tools).

The big problem I have right now is what UI concept I should follow. For years my tool had "classic" text processor UI, defined by MS Word versions prior to 2007. But then it was switched to the Ribbon (which I personally hate a lot) and it became a new standard for word processors. Users of my program are divided almost equally into 2 groups - those who like classic UI and say that it is my competitive advantage, and the other group that says they miss Ribbon very much.

I'm afraid that absence of Ribbon becomes a more significant disadvantage over time, because it becomes more and more popular and widespread thing. Redesigning UI will take a lot of time and I'm not sure right now that it will pay back.

So, what do you think? I know, it's a controversial thing, but I just need to hear what other developers think.

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