We first started working on FAR in the late 1990's, when HTML Help was first shipped with IE4 and Win98. Since then it has expanded and become an indispensable tool to many users. Companies like IBM, Intel, Microsoft, ESRI, Sony, Component One, Borland, HP, Agilent, Boeing, Exceed (the list goes on) all use the tool. We get a lot of fan mail encouraging us to maintain the tool.
FAR is clever in that it fills many of the gaps left by other main stream tools. Yet FAR is capable of holding its own when it comes to creating and maintaining industry standard documentation and help. Many of our clients, sick of the cost and problems associated with some large help authoring tools (HATs) , have dumped them for FAR and are now very happy (and not so poor).
Some of these other tools are more than 10x the cost of FAR but do less and are less reliable.
We hope you are more productive in your day because of FAR Tools.
FAR HTML is a toolbox full of various authoring, file and HTML utilities. Version 5.x now fully supports Unicode
FAR HTML 5 is a significant improvement for this popular tool. See revision history for a full list of changes and fixes.
For Authoring HTML Help (.chm)
Note that you create\maintain your help web (a collection of HTML pages) using your favourite HTML editor.
Express Help - Select your help web folder, click "Create help" and you have a .HxS or .Chm help file.
Alternatively right click your help folder in Explorer and select "Compile to HTML Help with FAR"
Help Wizard - More control. Guides you step-by-step. Create either .HxS (MS Help 2 for VS help integration) or .Chm (for your application help).
Edit .hhc\.hhk HTML Help project files, or .HxT\.HxK MS Help 2 project files. Also edit MS Help 3 (VS 2010 help) TOC and Keyword files.
Press Generate and you have web help -- See example on our web site.
Also checkout ESRI's web help created using FAR HTMLhttp://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisexplorer/900/de (German)
http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisexplorer/900/zh-CN (Simplified Chinese)
intel online documentation
Advanced .HHP project editor. Take full control over your help project.
For .Chm and .HxS help files. View help file contents; Decompile help files; Test help API calls; Insert HH ActiveX code snippets; Check help file links.
Explore the insides of your .Chm and .HxS help files.
Maintain your VS 2002\2003\2005\2008 compatible help. Creates .HxS help, TOC, Index files. Test your help. Wizards for creating support files.
Manage the registration of MS Help 2 help files. Decompile ,HxS help files. Plus more.
VS 2002\2003\2005\2008 DExplore alternative Viewer. H2Viewer is also available as a free standalone viewer.
Migrate HH and H2 help to .mshc help for integration into VS 2010 help. This is not application help.
Add, remove & modify HTML tags across hundreds of files at a time. First drop your help project onto the FAR (main window) file list.
Decompile many .Chm & .HxS help files in one pass. All ITS help files in the FAR file list will be decompiled to the selected folder.
Compile all your help projects in one pass. All output is sent to a single log file.
Create advanced reports on all files dropped on that FAR file list. This is a fast way for writing batch files that work on 1000's of files.
Powerful Find and Replace command. Safely update 1000's of files in a single sweep.
Copy all files in the file list to another location while maintaining folder structure. Handy since you can filter out files first.
Create and View Industry standard .ZIP and .Cab files. Now Unicode friendly.
The Commands menu contains a lot of handy file commands that work on the files in the file list.
FAR can also run many of the above commands in batch mode (from the command line).