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Help Builder 5.09 has been released
Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. Help Builder 5.09 has been released
  Rick Strahl
  All
  Jun 21, 2018 @ 07:47pm

Hi all,

I've released HTML Help Builder 5.09 today, which is primarily a maintenance release.

About Help Builder

Help Builder is an easy to use documentation generation tool that uses Markdown and a live synced preview to let you quickly and interactively build help content. The editor lets you focus on your content, with easy to type Markdown text along with a set of toolbar helpers to make it easy embed content and markup text. You can easily embed images via the clipboard, the image picker or the built-in screen capture. Cross topic links are easy with the topic picker and code snippets can be easily formatted and displayed with syntax colored code. Output can be generated to a self contained static and mobile friendly Web site that's ready to be copied to a Web site, or you can create CHM help files or Word or PDF documents.

Help Builder is what we use here on west-wind.com to produce documentation for all of our products including Markdown Monster, West Wind Web Connection, West Wind WebSurge, Help Builder, and more.

Version 5.09 Updates

For the most part the 5.09 release is a maintenance release. There are a lot of small improvements especially around the HTML editor and preview rendering. The core updates in the last few releases have been around templates and usability and that focus has continued in this update.

There are a few other notable improvements:

  • New Topic Outline for Web in the right side panel for large screens
  • Many template improvements and style cleanups
  • The MSDN and Github themes have most of the cleanups
  • FTP Improvements: Upload images, styles, TOC individually
  • JSON Export for Help Builder Projects
  • Improved false positive handling in spell checker
  • Support for .NET 4.7 and .NET Standard Library Imports

For more detail about these updates check out the full what's new document in the docs:

So check it out. If you're upgrading from a previous major or minor version make sure you update your templates as the base templates have changed and some of the new Web view features rely on those changes.

To get Help Builder go to:

Aloha,

+++ Rick ---

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: Help Builder 5.09 has been released
  Tore Bleken
  Rick Strahl
  Jun 22, 2018 @ 08:31am

Chocolatey will install version 5.8, not 5.9

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: Help Builder 5.09 has been released
  Rick Strahl
  Tore Bleken
  Jun 23, 2018 @ 06:43am

No - it should install 5.9. Just did it here and it installs 5.9. Make sure there aren't any errors and you have to run Choco as an Administrator.

Make sure you either upgrade:

c:\> choco upgrade westwindhtmlhelpbuilder

or you do a force install:

c:\> choco install westwindhtmlhelpbuilder -f

Otherwise an existing install will just install the same version you already had installed. My guess is you did the latter without the -f switch.

+++ Rick ---

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: Help Builder 5.09 has been released
  Tore Bleken
  Rick Strahl
  Jun 23, 2018 @ 07:11am

Right, I forgot the -f switch. Actually I wasn't even aware of that switch, or had forgotten about it. I suggest that you inform about it >https://helpbuilder.west-wind.com/, right after you mention the Chocolatey installation option.

Update: it still (re) installs 5.8... Here's a copy of my command window:

C:\WINDOWS\system32>choco install westwindhtmlhelpbuilder -f
Chocolatey v0.10.8
Installing the following packages:
westwindhtmlhelpbuilder
By installing you accept licenses for the packages.
WestwindHtmlHelpBuilder v5.8 already installed. Forcing reinstall of version '5.8'.
 Please use upgrade if you meant to upgrade to a new version.
Progress: Downloading WestwindHtmlHelpBuilder 5.8... 100%

WestwindHtmlHelpBuilder v5.8 (forced) [Approved]
westwindhtmlhelpbuilder package files install completed. Performing other installation steps.
The package WestwindHtmlHelpBuilder wants to run 'chocolateyInstall.ps1'.
Note: If you don't run this script, the installation will fail.
Note: To confirm automatically next time, use '-y' or consider:
choco feature enable -n allowGlobalConfirmation
Do you want to run the script?([Y]es/[N]o/[P]rint): y

Downloading westwindhtmlhelpbuilder
  from 'https://github.com/RickStrahl/HelpBuilderReleases/blob/master/HelpBuilder%205.0/HelpBuilderSetup-5.8.exe?raw=true'
Progress: 100% - Completed download of C:\Users\tore\AppData\Local\Temp\chocolatey\WestwindHtmlHelpBuilder\5.8\HelpBuilderSetup-5.8.exe (13.06 MB).
Download of HelpBuilderSetup-5.8.exe (13.06 MB) completed.
Hashes match.
Installing westwindhtmlhelpbuilder...
westwindhtmlhelpbuilder has been installed.
  westwindhtmlhelpbuilder can be automatically uninstalled.
 The install of westwindhtmlhelpbuilder was successful.
  Software installed to 'C:\Program Files (x86)\West Wind Html Help Builder\'

Chocolatey installed 1/1 packages.
 See the log for details (C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\logs\chocolatey.log).

C:\WINDOWS\system32>

Update: I tried again 7 hours later, and now it installed 5.9

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: Help Builder 5.09 has been released
  Rick Strahl
  Tore Bleken
  Jun 23, 2018 @ 07:35pm

I think what you want is not install but but upgrade. If you have a previous version installed always upgrade. Install will just re-install what is already installed.

c:\> choco upgrade WestwindHtmlHelpBuilder -y

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Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: Help Builder 5.09 has been released
  Tore Bleken
  Rick Strahl
  Jun 24, 2018 @ 05:52am

I clearly misread your message.

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