Help Authoring Tools

Market overview of recommendable tools for creating software documentation, especially for the creation of user manuals and online help files. Many of these help authoring tools, online documentation tools, and other user assistance development tools can generate printable user manuals (PDF) and online help systems from the same text base (single source publishing).

Note: Most programs listed on this page are commercial help authoring tools, but there are also some free help authoring tools—many of them open source. If you are looking for a free tool for creating online help, in particular look at the sections “Tools with a focus on code and API documentation” and “Static Site Generators”.

 

On this page:

The market leaders

Other general help authoring tools

Rapid help development tools

Converters for Microsoft Word and FrameMaker documents

Tools with a focus on code and API documentation

Web-based help authoring tools and online documentation tools

Tools with a special focus on building knowledge bases for customer self-service and and FAQ

Wikis and similar systems

Static Site Generators

General purpose HTML and CSS editors

Mere HTML and CHM compilers and converters

Tools and scripts for embedding information into (web) applications (onboarding; walkthroughs; contextual help)

 

See also: Choosing a Help Authoring Tool

 


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show/hide sectionOther general help authoring tools

 


show/hide sectionRapid help development tools

 


show/hide sectionConverters for Microsoft Word and FrameMaker documents

 


show/hide sectionTools with a focus on code and API documentation

 


show/hide sectionWeb-based help authoring tools and online documentation tools

 


show/hide sectionTools with a special focus on building knowledge bases for customer self-service and and FAQ

 


show/hide sectionWikis and similar systems

 


show/hide sectionStatic Site Generators

 


show/hide sectionGeneral purpose HTML and CSS editors

 


show/hide sectionMere HTML and CHM compilers and converters

 


show/hide sectionTools and scripts for embedding information into (web) applications (onboarding; walkthroughs; contextual help)

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