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Gordon R. Meyer
Two MadCap tools for Windows Help
The help-focused MadCap software has released two new tools that will surely interest any Windows-based Help author. The first is Capture, a screen recording tool with several advanced features. It's a crowded segment of the marketplace, but Capture's tight integration with MadCap's Flare authoring tool will make it an easy choice for those already onboard.
The second product is quite a bit more interesting, if only for its ramifications in the Windows Help market. It's a standalone Help Viewer that is freely redistributable and purports to offer the best attributes of both Microsoft HTML Help and the WebHelp formats. The intention, says MadCap, is to provide a more modern looking viewer than Microsoft's and one that will blend perfectly with the Windows Vista environment. It also overcomes the limitations of the CHM Viewer, such as those annoying security warnings. The new viewer accomplishes this by using a new format, DotNetHelp, which of course is generated only by MadCap's Flare.
See also: Screen Capture Tools Reviewed.