PowerBASIC Information Center Tutorials
These tutorials were written to help you get a quick, but thorough, understanding of PowerBASIC -
the scope of the language as well as it's specific capabilities.
Application Help Files
Users want help files. Online is fine, and has the advantage that updates
are instantly available to all users and can be reached from anywhere
that an internet connection is available.
Offline, in the form of an .HLP or .CHM file is also great because users
can access the content without the need for a network connection.
The following freeware applications do a credible job of helping you create Windows
help files for distribution with your software. Several use a common set of files
to create BOTH the online and help files options.
What Does Gary Beene Use?
Despite giving accolades to the programs above and despite acknowledging that many users
prefer a local Help file, I have decided to use online Help files for all my
freeware and commercial applications. I manually create my web pages using the NoteTab Pro
text editor because I like the control manual editing gives me over my pages.
I'm trying to keep an open mind about creating help files for distribution with my applications, but
so far I keep turning to the web. I think the deciding factor for me is that the Help file (web pages)
can be kept current for all users and there will be not local, out-of-date help files around to confuse
If you have any suggestions or corrections, please let me know.