How to create online user manuals to speed up the software development process?Dr.Explain saves hours of time during the documentation writing work as it automates the most time consuming and tedious tasks.
The shortest learning curve ever!
Create your first professional online manual in two minutes.
Easily create and update help topics in WYSIWYG editor with lots of functions.
Automatically capture and annotate screenshots of your application or web system to create screencasts or step-by-step manuals.
Add full text search function into your online manual without programming, scripting, or database engine on web server.
Make online help files from various documents!
Import existing HLP, CHM, TXT, XML, HTML, or MS Word documents formats and create a single online manual.
Automatically make table of contents, keyword indexes, and navigational menu.
Embed online help into your product web site design by customizing headers, footers and sidebars and adding your logos, menus, copyrights, and other corporate style elements.
One tool for your entire help documentation!
Create standalone CHM help files, printable PDF, and MS Word documents from the same project source and in the same tool!
Easily change the appearance of help pages with by applying various preset templates.
Deliver professional help documentation to your customers in various formats and for different platforms.
Use Dr.Explain to create and publish an online manual and to easily plug it into your web site design
How to create online help: basic steps with Dr.Explain
- Determine the purpose of the online help.
Think about the topics that need to be covered in the online help and make a list of the sections that need to be included. Feel free to use Dr.Explain's ready-made template of online help project.
- Create the content of help pages.
Use the list of topics created in step 1 to create the content for the online help. Make sure that the content is clear, accurate, and up-to-date. With Dr.Explain feature-rich content editor, this will be easy to do.
- Publish the help.
Once the content, platform, and interface have been chosen and designed, the online help can be published. Read our advice on how to publish the online help.
- Test and review.
Test the online help to ensure that it functions properly and review it to make sure it is clear and accurate.
- Update regularly.
Regularly review and update the online help to ensure that it is up-to-date and accurate.
Uniquely Dr.Explain captures application screens or web pages and documents them automatically!
Dr.Explain is based on a unique interface analysis and screen capture system. Thanks to this system, Dr.Explain can automatically analyze an application's user interface, take screenshots of all controls and elements, and then add explanatory callouts to all images in the draft help system.
After that, all one needs to do is add descriptions to the callouts, and save the result in the HTML (online manual), CHM (help file), RTF, or PDF format.
Why to create online help manual?Online help usually consists of many HTML pages with common table of contents, navigation menus, keyword index, and search functions. Building online help is strongly recommended for cross-platform projects, web systems, and software that are frequently updated.
Keeping your software help online offers numerous benefits:
- Decrease the size of your installation package by excluding standalone help files and uploading software documentation onto your web server.
- Update your online help easily as there is no need to resend an updated help file to all users. Just upload a new version of your manual to your website.
- Easily refer users to specific topics of your online help. Just provide a URL of a certain help topic by e-mail or in chat application.
- No need to create help files in different formats for various operating systems and platforms. Your online help will be accessible in any web browser on any OS.