View Full Version : Making CHTM files (help files) for HMI applications

July 15th, 2009, 12:44 PM
Have any of ya'll made or used compiled HTML files for custom Window's style help files for your HMI applications? If so, how do you create them?

July 15th, 2009, 01:32 PM

plc noob
July 15th, 2009, 04:13 PM

Robohelp is the gold standard and it is even better since being aquired by adobe a few years back.

There are some other suites for doing this google will turn up hundreds. I have only used robohelp.

95 percent of all major software packages help files are done in robohelp.

I can tell you from first hand experience that most automation programming software for major plc brands is done in robohelp.

here is a link to technical communications suite which contains robohelp 8 http://www.academicsuperstore.com/products/Adobe/Technical+Communication+Suite/982531

You can download the demo here and give it a run http://www.adobe.com/products/robohelp/

I have used it in many hmi applications using activex functions.

July 16th, 2009, 05:36 AM
Alaric, for what it's worth, MicroSoft is including Innovasys' help authoring tool now with Visual Studio 8 and above, packaged in the SDK From 2005 and up.

I don't know if these will help you, I haven't played around with them much (and almost all of my software is driver level, and doesn't deserve a help file! )



July 16th, 2009, 08:45 AM
The one I use
Generates .hlp, .chm, Web sites and PDF From the same source
Quite easy to use

Hydro Power Guy
July 16th, 2009, 10:31 AM
Or you can compile standard HTML files with Microsoft help compiler. Free download

July 16th, 2009, 10:35 AM
I use Help and Manual. It's good for the software and for printed manuals.