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Document! X and HelpStudio 2015.2 Released

August 6, 2015

We are delighted to announce the release of Document! X and HelpStudio 2015.2. This update includes Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server 2015 Support, Microsoft Help Viewer 2.2 Support, Compatibility with Windows 10, Community Integration (Disqus, Facebook etc.) amongst a range of other features and fixes.

If you have a current subscription license or purchased on or after 22nd June 2015, the upgrade to 2015.2 is free. If you don’t have an active subscription and purchased 2015.1 before 22nd June 2015, or you have a 2012, 2013 or 2014 license, a discounted upgrade is available at http://www.innovasys.com/store

You can find more information on how to upgrade to 2015.2 in the full release note:

Document! X 2015.2 Release Note:
http://www.innovasys.com/release/dx2015.2

HelpStudio 2015.2 Release Note:
http://www.innovasys.com/release/hs2015.2

Document! X and HelpStudio Bundle 2015.2 Release Note:
http://www.innovasys.com/release/ds2015.2

What’s New in 2015.2

Visual Studio 2015 Integration

Integration with Visual Studio 2015, including the Visual Comment Editor available for C#, VB and C++/CLI code files.

Microsoft Help Viewer 2.2 Support

Support for Microsoft Help Viewer 2.2, the updated version of Microsoft Help Viewer included with Visual Studio 2015. Output that targets Microsoft Help Viewer will now automatically register with Microsoft Help Viewer 2.2 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 2.2 on other machines.

Team Foundation Server 2015 Support

Support for Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2015 for Source Control integration.

Windows 10 Support

Full support for use on the new Windows 10 operating system.

Integration with cloud based discussion/community services (Disqus/Facebook/Solidopinion/Livefyre)

It is now possible to enable Discussion/Community Features in the generated output using one of several third party cloud based Community/Discussion services. Community Features allow you to create a community around the content that you author with Document! X and HelpStudio by allowing your end users to post feedback and threaded comments. Integrating with the established best of breed Community/Discussion services in this way enables you to choose the service that makes the most sense for your particular scenario. Community Features are enabled using the Community Features page in the Project Profile Editor, are supported throughout the standard templates and are visible when you are authoring.

Enhanced shortened filename generation options

Additional Short filename generation options have been added to Project Settings to enhance this important area of functionality. It is now possible to save the generated filenames between builds so that the same filename will always be generated for a given item. There are also additional options to shorten / transform the default generated filenames using a regular expression find and replace, or by removing a common file prefix. Shortening can now also be restricted to those filenames that would otherwise exceed a particular length (e.g. the windows path and filename length limitation of 260).

New Table of Contents node types that automatically populate the ToC based on Topic Category/Topics

The new "All Topics Categories" Table of Contents node will automatically generate a Table of Contents structure at build time based on the Topic Category / Topic structure on the Project Explorer. A new "Topic Category" node type will do the same but just for a specific Topic Category. These new node types will save time and effort in arranging the Table of Contents if your Project Explorer already reflects the structure you would like to see on the Table of Contents.

Custom Build Configuration Event Actions

Build Configuration Event Actions allow you to define actions you want to perform when building a particular saved Build Configuration. Actions can be executed before or after the Build or Publishing operations. Actions can invoke an external program or script, or show/log a custom build message.

Document! X Placeholder for a specific item Table of Contents Node

Although a fully automatic Table of Contents containing nodes for all of the items in your documentation project is a huge time saver for reference documentation items, there are times where you might want to divide up the ToC in a more specific way. For example, you might want to include the nodes for a specific assembly or namespace under the a part of the ToC that contains the conceptual topics (introductions, tutorials) that relate to it. This new ToC node type allows you to do that – the portion of the ToC generated for a specific item can thereby be placed anywhere on the ToC. The nodes that are automatically generated for the item can also be customized if required, in the same way as the regular Document! X placeholder node.

New filtering rule to allow filter of all items belonging to a particular documentation type

This new rule kind makes it easy to create filters in a Build Profile to include/exclude all items from specific documentation types. For example, in a project that contained .NET, COM and Database documentation items you could create a Build Profile that outputs everything apart from .NET documentation, or a Build Profile that only outputs database documentation. This rule kind can also be useful to create a "Topics only" Build Profile (by adding a rule to exclude all reference documentation types) in order to quickly build only conceptual Topic output (e.g. for review).

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Document! X and HelpStudio 2013.1 Released

May 13, 2013

We are delighted to announce the release of Document! X and HelpStudio 2013.1.

If you have an active (on 13th May 2013) Document! X, HelpStudio or Document! X and HelpStudio bundle Subscription, or you purchased a license on or after 1st April 2013 you can upgrade free of charge here:
http://www.innovasys.com/support/upgrade/list.aspx

If you don’t hold an active subscription you can purchase an upgrade at signficant discount here:
http://www.innovasys.com/purchase/default.aspx

Once you have upgraded your license, you can download the 2013.1 setup from:
http://www.innovasys.com/download/updates.aspx

If you would like to take the 2013.1 evaluation version for a spin (it can be downloaded side by side with 2012.1), you can download that from:
http://www.innovasys.com/download/eval.aspx

What’s New in 2013?

Javascript Documentation

Document! X now includes comprehensive support for documenting Javascript libraries, including regular javascript, jQuery plugins and jQuery UI Widget libraries. A unique design for the Document! X Javascript parsing engine gives accurate documentation even where complex Javascript inheritance techniques are used.

Full support for JSDoc and Xml comments is included. Comment sections can be placed inside function blocks or directly before the item being documented.

Automatically generated Usage sections and a Browser Compatibility section minimize the amount of effort necessary to create first class Javascript documentation.

You can find samples of the Javascript documentation output here: http://www.innovasys.com/products/dx/SamplesJavascript.aspx

Web Service Documentation

Document! X 2013.1 also introduces comprehensive support for documenting Web Services (SOAP and REST). A variety of Web Service Definition kinds are supported (WSDL, WADL, Swagger, WCF REST Help Pages). For Web Services that do not publish a supported definition, you can define the structure manually (Resource Groups, Resources, Operations, Requests and Responses) using context menu commands on the project explorer.

For SOAP Web Services that include embedded XSD Schemas, the XSD Schemas are automatically extracted and included in the project so you can take full advantage of the existing XSD Schema documentation support alongside your Web Service documentation.

You can find samples of the Web Service documentation output here: http://www.innovasys.com/products/dx/SamplesWebService.aspx

User Interface Refresh

The entire User Interface has been refreshed, including crisp and clean icons and 2 new Themes – Metro Light and Metro White.

Full Release Note

You can find a full release note here:
http://www.innovasys.com/support/releasenotes/dx2013.1.aspx

Document! X and HelpStudio 2013.1 Preview

March 29, 2013

We are pleased to announce the availability of a 2013.1 preview release of Document! X and HelpStudio. The preview release can be downloaded and installed by anyone with a 2012 license, and supports installation side by side with 2012.

You can find a full release note for the 2013 Preview here: http://www.innovasys.com/support/releasenotes/dx2013.1.preview.aspx

What’s New in 2013?

Javascript Documentation

Comprehensive support for documenting Javascript libraries, including both regular javascript and jQuery plugin libraries. A unique design for the Document! X Javascript parsing engine gives accurate documentation even where complex Javascript inheritance techniques are used.

Full support for JSDoc and Xml comments is included. Comment sections can be placed inside function blocks or directly before the item being documented.

Automatically generated Usage sections and a Browser Compatibility section minimize the amount of effort necessary to create first class Javascript documentation.

Web Service Documentation

Comprehensive support for documenting Web Services (SOAP and REST). A variety of Web Service Definition kinds are supported (WSDL, WADL, Swagger, WCF REST Help Pages). For Web Services that do not publish a supported definition, you can define the structure manually (Resource Groups, Resources, Operations, Requests and Responses) using context menu commands on the project explorer.

For SOAP Web Services that include embedded XSD Schemas, the XSD Schemas are automatically extracted and included in the project so you can take full advantage of the existing XSD Schema documentation support alongside your Web Service documentation.

User Interface Refresh

The entire User Interface has been refreshed, including crisp and clean icons and 2 new Themes – Metro Light and Metro White.

Downloading the Preview

You can download the preview release directly from here:
http://www.innovasys.com/download/beta.aspx

Full Release Note

You can find a full release note here:
http://www.innovasys.com/support/releasenotes/dx2013.1.preview.aspx

Help and Support improvements in 2012.1.98

November 12, 2012

The latest update to Document! X & HelpStudio 2012.1 is focused on improving usability by making it quick and easy to find specific functionality in the User Interface and to get access to help and support resources.

Help Hub

The new Help Hub allows you to get contextual help based on what’s going on in the application at that exact moment. The Help Hub can be opened by hovering the mouse over the icon clip_image001 displayed top and center of each Window. Hovering your mouse will display a popup containing a set of links to relevant help topics, online movies & knowledge base articles.

You can also search the online knowledge base directly and submit a support request, all without leaving Document! X or HelpStudio.

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UI Search

The new UI search box allows you to search through the interface to track down some of the more hard to find options or features in Document! X / HelpStudio.

Performing a search is as simple as typing in what you are looking for in the search box; you will then be shown a list of matching results. Clicking on any result will open that part of the interface and highlight the matching interface element.

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The UI Search also integrates with the new Help Hub functionality: if you don’t find what you are looking for with a UI search you can open the Help Hub directly from the results and search against all of the help resources tied to Document! X / HelpStudio.

Introducing Document! X and HelpStudio 2012

June 13, 2012

We are today making available a preview release of Document! X and HelpStudio 2012. The preview versions are fully functional, can be activated using your Document! X and HelpStudio 2011 license serial numbers and contains all the fixes from the recent 2011 update. The 2012 version will replace any installed 2011 version, so you may wish to try out the preview on a secondary or Virtual Machine. The project file format in the 2012 version is unchanged so projects are compatible between 2011 and 2012.

If you have a Document! X 2011 or HelpStudio 2011 license you can download the beta setup from http://www.innovasys.com/download/beta.aspx. If you purchase a Document! X 2011 or HelpStudio 2011 license with subscription now, or you have an existing active subscription when the final 2012 version is released you will be entitled to a free upgrade to the final 2012 version when released.

This is a preview release so please, as always, share with us any questions, issues, feedback or suggestions you have. Please also be sure to create a backup of your projects before editing them with this preview. The rest of this post provides a summary of the new features introduced in 2012.

Common Features

New 2012 Style Templates: A brand new set of templates with a modernized look and feel, that run under a HTML5 doctype in Standards Mode using modern browsers. The new templates include support for Microsoft Help Viewer 1.0 and 2.0 built in so you can use the same templates for your online, CHM and Microsoft Help Viewer outputs. The new templates use the template “master page” feature to minimize the amount of duplication and simplify making changes across a number of related page types.

Enhanced Template Editor: The template and page type editors have been enhanced in several ways including integrated support for working with “master page” page types and intellisense / autocomplete assistance when adding or editing DXMETADATA elements in the page layout editor or working with %%..%% elements in the scraps editor.

You can find a short movie demonstrating the new Page Type editor here:
http://www.innovasys.com/movies/viewmoviefeed.aspx?id=ed061691-8c79-4533-ad61-a05ef6c73eaf

Improved Rules Designer: The Rules Designer has been simplified and streamlined, making it easier to create new rules and rearrange existing rules using drag and drop.

Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0 Support: The new version of the Visual Studio Help System introduced in Visual Studio 2012 is now supported. Microsoft Help Viewer outputs generated with Document! X or HelpStudio 2012 are compatible with both Microsoft Help Viewer 1.0 and Microsoft Help Viewer 2.0.

Subversion 1.7 Support: The latest version of the popular source control provider is now supported.

64bit versions: Both Document! X and HelpStudio now come with 64bit versions (both the application and command line) for those *really* large projects.

Refreshed UI: The UI throughout has been given a refresh to improve usability and to deliver a crisper look and feel.

Document! X Features

AutoDoc: The headline feature in this version of Document! X, AutoDoc allows you to visually author rules driven content. This powerful new feature allows you to minimize content duplication and enable consistency by defining common content in an AutoDoc file, using rules to identify where the content will be applied. AutoDoc content is visible whilst you are working in the Content File editor (in a similar way to xml source comments) so you can see where common content is already defined and avoid content duplication.

You can view a short movie introducing AutoDoc here:
http://www.innovasys.com/movies/viewmoviefeed.aspx?id=b6316f77-4fb2-41be-b414-96e3aed9b0c1

Visual Studio 2012 Integration: Document! X integrates with the RC release of Visual Studio 2012 (including the Visual Comment Editor), whilst continuing to support Visual Studio 2005 through 2010.