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Help Explorer Viewer 3.0
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Help Explorer Viewer 3.0

Publisher:HelpExplorer Softwar e
Platform:Vista, Windows, Linux
Install:Install and Uninstall
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Publisher's Description:

Help Explorer Viewer - Help Explorer Viewer is a help viewer for both Windows and Linux that gives you a way to use help files in Windows' WinHelp, MS HTML Help 1.x and MS Help 2.0 formats with your applications, no matter under which operating system - Windows or Linux - your applications are deployed. Since the Windows Vista has optional support of WinHelp files, Help Explorer Viewer comes in handy.

There is no more need to devise a new help format for Linux and build a viewer for it. Just prepare your Linux documentation in any of the generally adopted Windows help formats, distribute Help Explorer Viewer with your application and your users will be able to read the documentation under Linux as if they are reading it under Windows. The HTML engine that is built in Help Explorer Viewer renders topics retaining their original format.

A full range of the WinHelp API including the macro engine, popup windows, quick links, dynamic HTML and other features will be at your disposal as a software developer. You will also get a capability to view help collections to which your HTML Help 2 files are integrated.

Help Explorer Viewer can be activated from your applications using the API, which enables context sensitive help.

Help Explorer Viewer utilizes all of the search mechanisms that are available in Windows help systems. The table of contents, which is a hierarchy of topics in the order how the help author placed them. The index, which is a list of keywords that the help author associated with certain topics. And a common "key phrase" search, which is based on consequent scanning of all topics.

You can customize the user interface of Help Explorer Viewer as your needs dictate: you can create and hide windows, configure the toolbar and the main menu and dynamically redirect demonstrations of pages.

So, by using Help Explorer Viewer you will be able to provide your applications with a help system that is easy to use and effectively assists users in mastering your applications.

List of Changes:

Version 3.0 from 2007-04-18


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Latest User Reviews:

Jeffrey Baron 2011-02-14 13:55:06 #
Version: 3.0

Works great. Can now open *.cmd files even though .cmd is still associated with Chem Draw on this computer.

Guybc 2010-11-01 17:54:01 #
Version: 3.0

Unable to download because of getting shunted to another window which seems irrelevant

Clearlight 2009-09-14 07:03:01 #
Version: 3.0

I downloaded help explorer as I'm testing Windows 7, which will NOT allow the use of older help files... I was hoping help explorer would. It does let me see some of the help files but not quite the same as they are in Windows xp. I'm still looking for an aftermarket viewer that will simply run old help files on Windows 7

Bem Jim 2009-06-25 20:27:25 #
Version: 3.0

I think what happened is I selected "review", then discovered I had to register (?) before I could download, and did not want to register.
I found another freebie that served my needs.
Thank you.

Spamhole 2009-05-27 08:45:23 #
Version: 3.0

I did not actually review the product - I thought I was going to need it but found my problem with viewing CHM files was a security issue in XP which I have resolved.
Thanks and good luck!

Keesbronkhorst124 2009-04-29 09:24:27 #
Version: 3.0

Sorry, I was not able to download&try it, got a 404 error.

Jebamu 2009-02-22 13:05:49 #
Version: 3.0

I may have been barking up the wrong tree

I was trying to solve multiple problems and I looked this over for a solution.

I was barking up the wrong tree.

I am sure this view is fine.


Interfan7 2009-02-21 03:20:14 #
Version: 3.0

I didn`t like it at all

The most important part - the search engine is totally not what is expected. In Windows native CHM viewer the search engine gives good result while in Help Explorer Viewer the results are very different and very bad(somewhat strange).
What's the point with this viewer without one of the ~2 most important features working properly?

Michael.Doubet 2008-12-01 00:46:52 #
Version: 3.0

Programee No Workee

I downloaded it. It didn't work, I uninstalled it.

Short story

Janina.negievich 2008-11-28 01:58:56 #
Version: 3.0

Not for most users

Decent software, but for me it was problematic to interprete. I'd ask for some guideline for dummies (yes yes, 95% are dummies, including me).
Thanks for your work anyway!

Iansamson3 2008-11-22 06:39:24 #
Version: 3.0

Excellent Product

okay so i won't use capitals at all then. i am intrigued as to the reason why vista users are forced by micro$oft to download a 3rd party product when the compiled html viewer was always part of their products. since when did micro$oft stop doing this? anyhow, after
downloading and installing, it did not make a desktop icon, it does not appear on the start menu, there is nothing in the accessories folder, there is no 'all programs' entry for help explorer viewer, i had to go searching for it, or right-click on the .chm file and configure 'open with' for help explorer viewer. once all of this work was done, i could double click on the .chm file in the selected folder, and voila! up came the respective help file. i was
extremely disappointed by the contents of the help file, but this is a nero problem and not yours!

Kienthenguyen 2008-11-16 00:00:31 #
Version: 3.0

Help Explorer Viewer

It is a good tool, help to solve my problem to read eBooks.
Thank for your team's effort to provide such a high quality free tool.


Kien Nguyen

choicefresh 2008-11-13 17:48:52 #
Version: 3.0

Decent alternative to Windows Help

My Windows Help got corrupted, so this works well. The only thing I'm disappointed about is that it doesn't associate itself with chm files.

Paulo.bico 2008-11-10 00:54:15 #
Version: 3.0

help will be appreciated

the file that i downloaded wasn't the right one, maybe you can help me in finding what i need!
I am looking for a vsd viewer for linux (suse)

Jameskang01 2008-10-13 17:19:38 #
Version: 3.0

Its great S/W

I use VISTA, so I have downloaded your s/w, its good! Thank you for made good s/w and free.
Thank you again...

Rapsacc 2008-10-04 15:32:25 #
Version: 3.0


IT is very easy to use and it does the job. but the interface should be newer. Should have it own look what doesnt look like win xp

Antyq 2008-09-20 04:15:20 #
Version: 3.0


Well, I download it for viewing .ods file, but I don't open this file correctly, and I'm disappointed.

Nicolas Pavlidis 2008-04-01 04:18:35 #
Version: 3.0



For me two things a bit anoying:
1) If the CHM is devided into two parts, like almost every CHM - File from MS, wehre you have one part on the top with a Topicdescription, an the other part with the real text, you can not either scroll the text with the mousewheel, or zoom the text with Ctrl + Mousewheel. Mousewheelsupport for a Helpviewer is very important IMHO, also for peoble (like me :-) ) who normaly prefer to use the keyboard :-).

The second thing is, that it seams that Helpviewer ignores arguments to the program, like double clicking a CHM - file, open it with Helpviewer, and the file contents will be displayed.

Here some positive points:
1) It is nice that one can decide how big the document will be zoomed, one of the most anoying things about the viewer from Microsoft.
2) Helpviewer is quite fast
3) Helpviewer has a nice looking and quite functional UI.

HTH && Best regards

ZroutikMacarena 2008-01-21 02:16:25 #
Version: 3.0

Not openening a file

I'm not able direcrtly open a help file. I click on a help file, help explorer opens, but the help file I have to find again via file --> open manager :(((

ASener 2007-12-01 15:43:43 #
Version: 3.0

Help Explorer Viewer

I used that S/W for standalone viewing help files only available from inside the related application.

GMLudo 2007-09-25 05:46:05 #
Version: 3.0

Good tool, but not open source software

Your tool is good, but it isn't an open source software =>
- hard to install because isn't integrated into the linux distribution
- don't respect some linux standard like CUPS to print
- impossible to extract data
- impossible to generate a pdf
- impossible to convert HxS to web archive

Nevertheless, thanks you very much for this software on Linux, it helps me to read some Microsoft docs without Windows.

Jdebroy 2007-08-01 17:19:18 #
Version: 3.0

Program is fine

I found Help explorer in my search for something that can read hxS and hlp files, basically for reading microsoft directX sdk and other sdks. I found that it has some problems with (not) showing the table of contents and index. I compared by opening hlp files and the display is very different.
For it to be really useful, this must be corrected.

Another thing is that the icons and menu toolbar is just too big, and there is too much space wasted on the top, and also the fonts are too big. As a software developer I need the maximum allowed useful information on screen. For visually impaired I imagine it is perfect, but not for developers.


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