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FAR HTML - Frequently Asked Questions

FAR Setup

  • Should I upgrade to FAR HTML 5?

If you need Unicode compatibility, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8 compatibility, as well as the latest bug fixes you should upgrade.
Read the Release Notes to see a list of new features and fixes.

  • Is the Trial and Full version the same?

Yes. Once you purchase FAR HTML and enter the license codes (via the help menu) the trial version becomes fully unlocked.

  • My Registration Key doesn't work!

You must enter all 3 license codes (or 2 codes if that's what you were given) "exactly" as we sent them to you. If you don't like the email address let us know and we can change it for you.  
Also a FAR HTML 5.x Key looks like FAR5-xxxx... and a FAR HTML 4.x Key looks like FAR4-xxxx... A FAR 4 key won't work in FAR 5.

  • How can I install FAR Setup.exe Silently?

FAR Setup.exe is built using the INNO installer so any of the INNO command-line parameters are applicable.
Here's how to install silently:

    Microsoft Help Compilers

    To compile help you will need to download and install the appropriate Microsoft help SDK (aka Help Workshop).

    • MS HTML Help (.chm) 
    Download MS HTML Help Workshop installer (htmlhelp.exe) from the Microsoft site. This is free and contains the HH compiler. 
    At the end of the install there is an error displayed as it tries to install hhupd.exe (help runtime). Ignore this. Windows XP and later ships with the runtime.

    • MS Help 2.x (.hxs)

    Visual Studio 7.0/7.1/8/9 (2002/2003/2005/2008) help.  
    FAR HTML supports MS Help 2.x, the help system for VS 2002/2003/2005/2008
    For information on how to download the MS Help 2 Workshop (VS SDK) see the H2 Info Page.

    • MS Help Viewer 1.x/2.x (.mshc)

    Help system for Visual Studio 10/11 (2010/2012).
    Testing your help will require Visual Studio 10 or 11. Compilation does not require any special software.
    Note that your FAR HTML 5 license includes a mshcMigrate.exe license. This is our HV toolbox and migration tool.
    If FAR HTML 5 is installed the mshcMigrate Aboutbox will display that you are fully licensed.

    Microsoft Authoring Help FAQ