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Press F8 or click on the compile button. Depending on what Product you have purchased you may see all or only some of the following options. Click on each one to get more specific information.


This produces .HLP files, which have been used since the early 1990s and are still popular today. The WinHelp compiler, produced by Microsoft, was last updated in 1997, so it's getting a bit dated. HtmlHelp is the successor to WinHelp but you still see a lot of new applications with WinHelp being used. The primary advantage of WinHelp over HtmlHelp is that it is quicker and leaner. Note that Microsoft have dropped support for WinHelp in Vista.


First became available with Windows 95b it is the de facto standard in Windows Help Authoring. It is very flexible and is widely used. This option creates compiled html files, .CHM files.

Website Help

This produces a website help system that will work on any platform. It includes Contents, an Index and a simple Search engine.


Produces a Printable manual or an RTF file that you can edit and manipulate in MS Word or your favorite word processor.


This produces Adobe compatible PDF files that are not platform dependant. PDF files are very popular because they look like a printed manual and are searchable and when you print you get what you see.


This will compile your Project into a single htm file, with Table of Contents and Index and all images converted to the correct format, suitable for use on portable devices.

This option compiles your Project into a single ".htb" file, that is accessible across multiple platforms, including Windows, Unix and the Apple MAC.

Fast-Help International

If you have purchased Fast-Help International and have at least one Translation Language loaded, then you will also see a Translation Option at the bottom of the compile screen. This allows you to compile the current Translation Language in any of the supported compile options above.