We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of HelpNDoc 5.2, an update to the popular help authoring tool which can be downloaded completely free for personal use and evaluation purposes. HelpNDoc 5.2 includes many new features and enhancements, such as an enhanced HTML search engine, the ability to generate XML sitemaps, an enhanced build summary, new text transformation tools and much much more. Read on to learn more or download your free version of HelpNDoc now.

Greatly enhanced HTML documentation generation

HelpNDoc can generate fully responsive HTML documentation web sites with advanced customization capabilities. This new version adds many new features and enhancements to the generated HTML files

Enhanced JavaScript search engine

HelpNDoc provides a very powerful search engine in the generated HTML documentation format. It is based on custom JavaScript code which completely works on the client's web browser, so that no server databases are required. It is highly optimized to reduce the index generation speed, download size and search speed. While previous versions of HelpNDoc only allowed full words searching, the search engine has been greatly enhanced in HelpNDoc 5.2: it is now possible to search for partial terms within the whole HTML documentation.

Automatic XML sitemap generation

HelpNDoc 5.2 can now produce a valid XML sitemap of your HTML documentation, which includes a list of links to all available topics. This sitemap will be crawled by search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo... to better index the content of your HTML documentation web site: they will use that sitemap to better and quickly index all your documentation, instead of following links between your individual topics until all are indexed.

Other HTML enhancements

The responsive HTML template includes many additional enhancements in the update, such as the ability to load the JSON table of contents even if the web server is misconfigured, a new modal popup to display topics related to a specific keyword, better custom JavaScript insertion... It also includes multiple bug fixes, such as fixed HTML library items exporting, better encoding of e-mail subjects, correct HTML language code generation, better topic scrolling...

Enhanced build summary

HelpNDoc's build log includes extensive details on what happens behind the scene when a documentation is generated. This can lead to missed warnings and errors. The enhanced build summary now displays the number of warnings and errors for each build, thus making it easier and faster to troubleshoot potential documentation generation problems.

And many other additions and fixes

This new release also includes two new text transformation tools to easily change the text case and convert paragraph breaks to soft line breaks. The CTRL+SHIFT+SPACE keyboard shortcut can now be used to insert non-breaking spaces. The Qt help generation process has been enhanced as well as the internal web server... and much more as listed in the detailed change log bellow.
As always, HelpNDoc is completely free and fully functional for personal use and evaluation purposes. So download your copy today and enjoy documenting!