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MS Help 3.x for Visual Studio

PackageThis! 1.3.10

We are now up to PackageThis! 1.3.10 and getting better all the time. Now with a more intuitive interface and scheduler. You can stop the download and restart at the same place. For those who don’t know, PackageThis allows you to download … Continue reading

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VS 2010 Help … Thoughts

иконографияикониJust jotting down some thoughts. VS 2010 SP1 Help is much improved but there is still much to do. Here are some thought that came out in the forums today…   So you may not know that with the VS … Continue reading

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Visual Studio SP1 Help rant

Did you know that VS 2010 Service Pack 1 is now available and has a brand new help viewer? <rant> There were a lot of angry responses to the VS 2010 RTM help. In particular the way it displayed help … Continue reading

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New Help Viewer for VS 2010

кухненско обзавежданеMicrosoft announced today plans to address issues with VS 2010 offline help viewer. Jeff Bratten’s blog articles tells you all about it. http://thirdblogfromthesun.com | The Story of Help in Visual Studio 2010 (Part 3) As part of the announcement … Continue reading

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VS 2010 Help Power Toy

Lots of things happening at the moment. VS 2010 was released on 12th April, along with the new VS 2010 Help Viewer. For those using VS 2010, Ryan Linton (MS Help Team) has just released a cool VS Extension that … Continue reading

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Helpware news

Updates to mshcMigrate & H3Viewer. And FAR HTML 5 finally released. http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/news/mshcmigrateb41h3viewerb22farhtml5 Rob

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Help 3 Report From Seattle Visit

Back from the MVP Summit in Seattle where we spent 3 days with the Microsoft help team in charge of MS Help Viewer 1.0. Here’s a report of some things I picked up on Help 3. http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/news/helpnews Also updated API … Continue reading

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Updates Available

The following updates are available… FAR HTML 5.0.0.728 Build 728 fixes a problem reading/writing Unicode files where sometimes a trailing junk character was added to the file. mshcMigrate build 36 Fixes same problem as above. We strongly recommend that all … Continue reading

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VS 2010 RC now available

VS 2010 RC release is now available via MSDN subscriber downloads, and publicly available around the 10th of Feb. So for those stuck on Beta 2 Help this is your chance to get something stable and release quality. Please, anything … Continue reading

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Good Press for MS Help Viewer – Part 2

Hi all, Posted again into Brian Harry’s blogмебель в болгарии and CC’d here. – David, if you are using Beta 2 (although I suspect you are a partner on LCTP3), then I can well understand your frustration. Maybe my needs are … Continue reading

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Good Press for MS Help Viewer

David, Help Agent is the help engine, so we need to wait until that loads into memory before any help calls can be made. So it is Asynchronous operation once it actually loads and is running. In the past, new … Continue reading

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Signing Help Viewer 1.0 Files

I’ve been having some interesting conversation re MS making us sign help files in Help Viewer 1.0 (Help 3). So Microsoft’s augments for Signing Help User and Vendor can be certain that help files are not tampered with or corrupted. User … Continue reading

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Various updates

H2Viewer 1.4.6 now available Now uses Unicode code Now uses SAPI 5.x Text-To-Speech engine (Vista and Windows 7 compatible). Download: http://helpware.net/mshelp2/h2viewer.htm H3Viewer build 9 now available Now uses SAPI 5.x Text-To-Speech engine (Vista and Windows 7 compatible). Download: http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/viewer H2Reg.exe 2.0.1 … Continue reading

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H3Viewer now Available

Wrote a Help 3 viewer (similar to the old VS Document Explorer). The H3 API is fantastic. Programmers will love it. One of the easiest projects I’ve done. Fee free to download and try it. Great to see the full … Continue reading

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Help 3 On Channel 9

Kathleen McGrath [MS] posted this video of  Ryan Linton [Lead PM on Help 3] talking about Help 3 beta 2.

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VS 2010 Beta 2 Help – Slow Going

The Beta 2 help system is ok for small experiments. It’s the bleeding edge and I would strongly recommend waiting for a VS 2010 RC build (Release Candidate) before trying to move large help systems over. If you want to play … Continue reading

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Screen shots of VS 2010 b2 Help

Hi all I created a page with VS 10 beta 2 Help screen shots and info: http://mshcMigrate.helpmvp.com/tour/vsbeta2 Also looks like VS Beta 2 Pro is now available for general download http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/try/default.mspx And don’t forget the Migrate Utility (now build 17) … Continue reading

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MSHelp3 preview now available

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is now available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads. No MSDN Subscription? VS Beta 2 will be available to the world in a few days time. It contains the first preview of MS Help 3  (The VS 2010 … Continue reading

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MS Help 3 TOCs – Tricky

In MS Help 1.x and 2.x we create  TOCs containing empty links, book marks, and remote links. But MS Help 3.x stores all TOC information inside HTML topic files using meta statements. So these TOC link types are no longer … Continue reading

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MS Help 3 News

I was talking to Charles Christian from the MS Help 3 team. VS 2010 Beta 1 Online help does not show any H3  meta tags when I do a view source. Why? Charles: The meta tags are shown/hidden based on … Continue reading

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Introducing MS Help 3.0 + FAR v5 Beta

MS Help 3 wont see the light of day until later this year (he says with finger in air) when VS 2010 Beta 2 hits the street. At that time the pressure will be on for all VS help integrators … Continue reading

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No Help 3 Viewer in VS 2010 Beta 1

Monday at WritersUA conference in Seattle MS (April and Anand) announced that the Help 3 Viewer wont ship with VS 2010 Beta 1. This first Help 3 release will be online help (browser based) only. Anand has some screen shots … Continue reading

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Help 3 on Facebook

Belong to Facebook? Want to know what’s happening with Microsoft’s Help 3? Join the “Help3″ Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=70197449895

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Help 3 at WritersUA

From Anand’s Sandcastle Blog: “We are currently working on updating Sandcastle to ship content for VS 2010 Help3 viewer.” and “After we ship VS 2010 Beta 1, I will post an updated version of sandcastle that we will be using … Continue reading

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