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    HelpScribble (Access 2000)

    HelpScribble is a Help authoring system that is theoretically easier to use and somewhat cheaper than some of the current offerings. Has anyone out there had any first hand experience? Thanks in advance for any help.
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    Re: HelpScribble (Access 2000)

    Can you download a test version? At one time you could for other authoring systems. That will allow you to see for yourself how it compares.

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    Re: HelpScribble (Access 2000)

    I've downloaded a test version, created a very small ( 2 liner ) Help Comment, but could not quite figure out how to get to it via Access. When I sent a message to the author, he came back with the comment that he'd never used it with Access and was not quite sure himself, as how to attach it. A real shame, because it's fairly easy to string together "HELP" screens.
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    Re: HelpScribble (Access 2000)

    I've never heard of HelpScribble so please excuse my ignorance with the following questions.
    It does produce a windows help file of some kind does it? What is the file extension of the output? If it is hlp then it should be a standard windows help file. If it is chm then it should be a compiled HTML help. Access 97 wont support chm files natively. Access 2000 and later should support both. Assuming it is one of these then you just need to set the file name (and path) in the form properties and the context ID in the properties of the controls you want to link to this help file. Hope that is clear.

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    Re: HelpScribble (Access 2000)

    I am using Help Scribble and I think it is one of the easiest things to use to create help files! It will automatically assign context id numbers, entering the data is easy with no need to
    worry about .rtf files or creating footnotes, etc. The best thing to do is to read the HelpScribble help file (created in HelpScribble itself) and learn how to use the program. It only took
    me a few minutes to read through enough to create a simple help file for an Access database I was working on. I even like the SHG editor that makes adding hotspots to graphics
    very easy.

    You just have to have a help compiler somewhere on your computer. HelpScribble will then do the work of compiling (easier than the HTML Help Workshop or trying to manually do
    help files). Also, as to where to put the file, you can put the compiled .hlp file anywhere you want, although the same folder as the .mdb file is probably best. Then, say you want to
    access your help file from a form, you just place the directory path in the "HELP FILE" property for a form, and then for each form or object on a form you put the context id number that
    you want to come up in the "HELP CONTEXT ID" property of the form or object.

    Works great! I was blown away at how quickly and easily I can make help files. Our company is going to be purchasing a license for it so I can use it for all of our databases.

    If you need more help in using the program, feel free to email me directly and I will do my best (with the little free time I have) to help.

    Bob Larson
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