PdfHelp – a free PDF based alternative to JavaHelp

PdfHelp is a free PDF based alternative to JavaHelp for adding searchable application help to your Java programs.

When Java first came out, Sun produced JavaHelp as a tool to create HTML help for Java. It works well but it can be fiddly to setup and cumbersome to maintain. So we came up with PdfHelp….

PdfHelp offers a fully searchable way to add interactive help to any Java program (or to use as a standalone tool to provide documentation). It uses the Open Source version of the JPedal PDF Viewer to display and search PDF files – all the developer has to do is to provide a list of PDF files – often the same files provided as documentation for the user.

So creating and updating is quick and simple. You just run the jar, click to add the files.

It will give you the required code for your application. 

Because, because it uses PDF files, the display quality is excellent and you get full interactive search.

So we hope you will give PdfHelp a try at its new home PDF help.org 

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Mark Stephens

System Architect and Lead Developer at IDRSolutions
Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.
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About Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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