Reading Usable Help
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Gordon R. Meyer
A few years ago I described the authoring tool Dr Explain as a tool for producing help that was "better than no help at all." The latest version of this Windows-only application has certainly come a long way since then. The new features in Dr. Explain 3 make it easier for authors to create a more traditional help system, in a variety of standard formats.
The easiest way to see what Dr Explain is all about is to view the video demo. I have no doubt its a handy tool for someone whose primary job is not writing documentation. However, as the video highlights, it is still all about documenting "the GUI." Fortunately for professional writers, automated task-based documentation hasn't arrived yet.