Document! X and HelpStudio 2016.1 Released

We are delighted to announce the release of Document! X and HelpStudio 2016.1.

You can find more information on how to upgrade to 2016.1 in the full release note:

Document! X 2016.1 Release Note:

HelpStudio 2016.1 Release Note:

What’s New in 2016.1

Updated and Modernized Templates

The 2012 Style Templates (now named “Classic”) have been comprehensively updated to optimize the underlying styles and javascript. The Classic Templates use the latest supported versions of jQuery for the various output formats in order to optimize performance and deliver the best possible experience for both Browser Help and Compiled Help. The new style and script core is common for both the Classic and new Material Templates in order to make it easier to override common Template styles and script in a way that is not Template specific and to provide a modern base on which further new Templates can be created in future.

For the end user using the content you generate, the Classic Templates are functionally and visually identical to the old 2012 Style templates. Any projects that currently use the 2012 Style Templates will be automatically migrated to the Classic Templates the first time the project is opened. Migration includes automatic updates to any existing stylesheets that reference the old 2012 Style CSS Class Names and Ids.

You can find out more about the 2012 Style to Classic Template change here:

New “Material” Templates

A new set of Templates have been introduced inspired by the Google “Material” design style. The templates feature a clean and crisp serif font and bold header colouring that helps frame the main content area of each page. These new Templates make subtle changes to layout and typography in response to the available display width, as well as including full responsive support on touch enabled devices.

The Material Templates are available for every supported documentation type. The new Material Browser Help Template features styling to match the content Templates and includes vector icons for the Table of Contents that scale without loss of quality on high resolution displays.

Enhanced Style Picker

The Style Picker has been significantly enhanced. It is now possible to apply and remove multiple Style Rules to selected content by simply ticking and unticking available Rules. Style Rules can be created in a specific Project or Template Stylesheets directly from the Style Picker. Style Rules can be edited and deleted directly from buttons next to each Rule in the Style Picker.

If you are making use of a custom Template, the Style Picker now includes the ability to save custom Style Rules in a Template Stylesheet, so that rules can be shared across multiple projects.

Template Override Style Creation

2016.1 introduces functionality that makes it quick and easy to override the default styles applied to various page elements, directly from the context menu in the Content Editor or from a new “Template Style Rule Overrides” section in the Style Picker. As an example, simply right click on the page title in the Topic Editor and choose “Override Template Style\Page Title” from the context menu in order to create a custom Style Rule that will apply to the Page Title in each generated page.

As with other regular Style Rules, Template Style Rule Overrides can be edited and deleted directly from the Style Picker.

Simplified Template Selection

The Templates page in the Build Profile Editor has been simplified and enhanced to make it quick and easy to changes the Templates used. The new Templates page allows you to create or open to edit a custom Template directly.

Enhanced Browser Help Full Text Search

Browser Help Full Text Search has been comprehensively improved. Specific improvements include searching for words chained with “+” or “.” characters (e.g. MyNamespace.MyType), searching in Example and Syntax content (all page content is now included in the search), searching for numbers, wildcard (* or ?) search, phrase search (multiple words surrounded with quotes), improved ranking of search results and a fix for secondary page titles in search results (e.g. Members pages).

Google Analytics Universal Analytics Support

The script code automatically generated by Document! X and HelpStudio if the Google Analytics integration option is enabled in the Build Profile Editor has been updated to the latest Google Universal Analytics, in preparation for the eventual deprecation of the earlier ga.js based script. No action is necessary to take advantage of this update.

Microsoft Help Viewer 2.3 RC Support

Support for Microsoft Help Viewer 2.3 RC, the updated version of Microsoft Help Viewer included with Visual Studio 2017 RC. The output that targets Microsoft Help Viewer will now automatically register with Microsoft Help Viewer 2.3 RC if it is installed locally, a link to view the generated output will be included in the Build Results and batch files will be generated with the commands necessary to deploy help to Microsoft Help Viewer 2.3 RC on other machines.

Team Foundation Server 2017 RC and Visual Studio Team Services Support

Support for Team Foundation Server 2017 RC and the latest version of Visual Studio Team Services for Source Control Integration.


Support for documenting WinRT and UWP (Universal Windows Platform) assemblies

Initial support has been introduced to support documenting assemblies targeting the current WinRT version as well as Universal Windows Platform assemblies.

Visual Studio 2017 RC Integration

Experimental integration with Visual Studio 2017 RC, including the Visual Comment Editor available for C#, VB and C++/CLI files.


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