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  Kelvin Smith
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  Feb 27, 2020 @ 08:56am

This seems like it should be obvious, but I don't see anything stated specifically. I want to use HTML Help Builder to create the help messages distributed with a commercial Visual Studio .NET application. While I know how to set up the reference so that the .dll is automatically included in the installation file, I don't see any explicit statement that the .dll can be distributed royalty-free to my paying customers as part of my application. I'm getting questions from higher-ups...

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: License for redistribution
  Rick Strahl
  Kelvin Smith
  Feb 27, 2020 @ 11:44am

I'm sorry, but not sure which DLLs are you referring to?

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  Kelvin Smith
  Rick Strahl
  Feb 27, 2020 @ 11:51am

HelpBuilderHelpProvider.dll, which is recognized as a Detected Dependency by Visual Studio and automatically added to the installation package.

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: License for redistribution
  Rick Strahl
  Kelvin Smith
  Feb 27, 2020 @ 12:09pm

Ah, so you're talking about the Help Builder Visual Studio Integration?

That actually has a full dependency on Help Builder, so while you can distribute that DLL, in order for any of the integration to work the end user has to have a license of Help Builder.

I have to check and see if that even still works in recent versions of Visual Studio. I'm noticing in latest versions that DLL is no longer shipped at all and I suspect the old VS addin wouldn't even work in recent versions of Visual Studio.

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  Kelvin Smith
  Rick Strahl
  Feb 27, 2020 @ 01:28pm

Well, I'm still using VS 2008 (yeah, I know, beat me up).

So that's not actually needed for the end user (who's just using the compiled help file with a Visual Studio compiled application)? If so, I'll mark it to be excluded from the installation package.

Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: License for redistribution
  Rick Strahl
  Kelvin Smith
  Feb 27, 2020 @ 01:51pm

Yes you don't need that DLL. That's part of the Addin registration, but that is not needed for distribution.

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Gravatar is a globally recognized avatar based on your email address. re: License for redistribution
  Kelvin Smith
  Rick Strahl
  Feb 27, 2020 @ 01:56pm

OK, I'll exclude it. Thanks for the clarification.

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