Easily write and maintain your online user manuals

  • Use simple tools to format your help texts and to include images and videos.
  • Save time by sharing content between manuals and manual versions.
  • Efficiently manage manual versions in multiple languages.

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Publish manuals online, for any screen size

  • All new topics and changes are online instantly, no export or upload needed.
  • Make your online manuals publicly accessible or add password protection.
  • Your created manuals will automatically look great on any device or screen size.

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Learn how your readers use your online manuals

  • Automatic view statistics and "Was this useful?" voting gives you all the information you need to continuously improve your help texts.
  • Get even more user feedback by allowing readers to comment on your topics.

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“We are extremely happy with Manula. We have been using Google Apps over many years for our Manuals, but then we discovered Manula :-)
The simplicity, speed of formatting and the professional end result and the fact that a PDF can be easily created (or simply print a page correctly formatted) made the decision to change to Manula a "no brainer"!” — Brett Reed (e-PayDay), Australia


Write professional looking online manuals in no time at all

Format your topics using simple Textile codes

Use *bold* for bold, _italic_ for italic, stars (*) and hashes (#) for normal and numbered lists.
Place h1., h2. in front of line to create headers. It doesn't get any easier than this.

Easily upload, manage and insert images with the Image Manager

Upload images to the Image Manager, then insert them from there into your topics. Share images between manuals and topics.

Manage multiple manuals for different versions of your product

Manuals for different product versions can share most of the topics. Just copy and modify the topics that need updating.

Share topics between manuals for easier maintenance

Have multiple products that are similar or share features? Then write shared topics (not copies!) and include them in multiple manuals.

Define your own variables for use in shared topics

Define your own variables (e.g. {APPNAME}) and set their values differently for each user guide. Now include the variables in shared topics to have them show up differently in each manual.


Publish your manuals online - for any device, screen size and orientation

Created manuals are online - immediately

Your manual pages are live and online immediately, hosted on Manula.com servers.
Ready to be linked to from your own website and/or software product.

Publish your topic changes - instantly

Topic modifications can be saved as a draft, or with one click, published to the web.
No need to upload HTML files and images. Changes are live instantly.

Manuals auto-adapt to any screen size, device and orientation

The design of your live manuals automatically adapts to the screen size of your readers.
Which means your online documentation will look great on full screen desktop browser, on tablet computers (in both portrait and landscape mode) and even on small screen mobile devices.

Built-in super-fast search engine

Every online manual you write automatically comes with a Search box, for simple and fast searching. Search results are based on your topic titles, the body text of your topics and your defined keywords.

Automatic downloadable PDF versions of your manuals

Offer downloadable PDF manuals to your readers. The PDF files can be updated anytime from your topic database. Click here for an example manual in PDF format.

Create "Private" manuals (optional)

By default, your manuals are publicly accessible on the internet. The "Private" setting lets you block public access to your manuals, then provide username/password access to specific viewers only.


Track manual and topic hits, user ratings and topic comments

Automatic stats of manual & topic views.

The Manula help authoring tool logs the hits on all your topics, so that you can easily track which topics are the most popular. Chart the hits over time, per manual or per topic.

"Was this useful?" voting for readers.

Users can vote your topics Up or Down, based on their usefulness. User votes are then used to generate a Quality Score for each of your topics. Combined hit/score charts help to immediately spot the topics that need work.

Allow readers to comment on topics.

Let your readers post feedback on manual topics (optional). Moderate topic comments, reply to them. Prevent support questions by adding a link to your support form or email address.

Track all user searches to find keywords.

All searches performed on your online help files are tracked. "Keyword Clouds" let you find popular search terms at a glance. Use these search statistics to optimize your topic titles and keywords.

Link your Analytics account for more stats.

Need more detailed stats on your manuals? Just enter a Google Analytics ID for full Analytics tracking.



Testimonials

Manual May 28, 2014

“We are extremely happy with Manula. We have been using Google Apps over many years for our Manuals, but then we discovered Manula :-)
The simplicity, speed of formatting and the professional end result and the fact that a PDF can be easily created (or simply print a page correctly formatted) made the decision to change to Manula a "no brainer"!”

— Brett Reed (e-PayDay), Australia

our customers and staff are very impressed Apr 24, 2014

“I spent a few weeks researching online and offline help system tools before finding Manula. We needed a simple to use but powerful tool to create online manuals for our customers around the world. I had looked at various expensive help systems which had a multitude of options, trialling one for a few weeks before becoming frustrated with the amount of time it was taking to learn.

It was then that I came across Manula. Within an hour I was producing our online manual with ease, the interface is simple and intuitive and produces a manual that renders well on mobile devices and desktop.

Manula is simple to use but has all the tools you need to create great user manuals online and at a good price. The support is fantastic as is the ability to make the manual private for registered users and also to make it available in multiple languages.

Our customers and staff are very impressed with the manual we have created through Manula and I look forward to working on many more projects with this system. ”

— Chris Yates (AutoFlow), United Kingdom

Manual helps you save a lot of time Apr 24, 2014

“I am using Manula to produce five manuals for our software products.

Before choosing Manula I tried a lot of alternative manual tools, but no one was good as Manula. It is very simple to learn, but still gives you a lot of features. Learning the shortcodes is easy, and in a couple of hours you are fully able to manage the application. And if you have to manage more than one manual, the "sharing" option helps you save a lot of time.

I really recommend Manula to anyone who is looking for a good solution to manage his manuals.”

— Federico Alossa (Tecnos Software House), Italy

Mar 26, 2014

“I am really glad that I found Manula.

I was looking for a way to produce a large policy manual that includes embedded images and video, and was becoming increasingly frustrated trying to fit a word processor to the task.

I had used other help systems before, but most of them have a "legacy" feel and are both expensive and cumbersome. I needed something simple but elegant, with great rendering for both desktop and mobile browsers.

Manula delivered on all counts! During my first few days of use, I have already migrated two hundred pages of content without any significant challenges. Though its interface is easy to use, Manula is deceptively powerful. I look forward to using it for many other projects, and seeing how the product evolves.”

— Mark Cameron (Technical Writer), Canada

Manual perfect to build a comprehensive user guide Jan 10, 2014

“I have to say i am really glad i found Manula.
It is perfect for me to build a comprehensive user guide, and being able to include videos and links to make it fully interactive its brilliant for my customers and also my support team. It gives easy access to everyone that needs help with products.
I will be integrating it into my site this week once i have uploaded the videos and other information i need. Very good product. Thanks.”

— Dan Frater (Exhale Cigarettes Ltd), UK

delivers what it promises Nov 10, 2013

“Manula is a web-based service which allows you to create professional-looking manuals and PDF guides with maximum ease and simplicity.

Manula delivers what it promises. Reliable and easy editing and maintenance of multimedia manuals that need to be published to the web or via PDF and that can be seen across any device. If I had to mention a better alternative for non-tech users, that had no download, and that was as easy to learn or adopt, I would be in difficulty in suggesting one.”

— Robin Good (Masternewmedia.org), Italy

Manual My users love it Nov 1, 2013

“Manula helps me to get information organized and accessible on every device!
With powerful search and tag options users quickly find what they are searching for! The look and feel of a professional manual is easily created with the simple online editor.
My users love it and it gives me all the possibilities I've been looking for!”

— Ashwin Brouwer (Social media in het mbo), The Netherlands

Results looks great on every device Oct 24, 2013

“You’re doing great work and this is an excellent product.
I’m amazed at how easy it is to use and the beautiful and professional result that it gives. The results looks great on every device from iPad to my HTC smartphone.”

— Chris Curnow (Frontline Care Solutions), Australia

Ticked all the boxes Oct 2, 2013

“We chose Manula to help us create our online documentation after we looked at a number of open source wiki solutions e.g. Doku Wiki, Twiki and others but they were overly complicated for what we needed, PDF support was limited as well as multiple language support.
Manula has so far ticked all the boxes for us!”

— Charles Bedwell (Cardola), United Kingdom

Great job, I love it Sep 30, 2013

“Congratulation for your great job, I love it. This is the tool I've been looking for many years! :-)”

— Fernando Diez (milesman), USA

Manual I could just sit down and use it Aug 11, 2013

“I absolutely love this product!
I've been searching EVERYWHERE on Google to find exactly what you guys are providing, an online user manual creation app. My searches just turned up all the expensive stand alone applications that are way too pricey.
Your monthly cost to us as a mom and pop shop is reasonable, and the user interface is very well designed and simple to use - ironically I didn't need to read a manual to learn how to use an app for creating manuals. I will still read more about the app, but it's very cool that I could just sit down and use it. - well done!
I'm in the midst of building my first user manual for AudioBoard, and I just started writing it without a plan, usually a mistake but your app is flexible enough to let me massage it as I go.”

— Ben Kopf (20Buttons), USA

Manual So much easier than Wordpress Mar 2, 2013

“This is a fantastic tool! I am about to release version 2 of MeetingKing and was made aware of Manula.
My plan was to simply create my manual/help files in Wordpress, but this turned out to be so much easier.
I can share content between the Quick Start guide and the main manual and it even creates PDF files for those users that prefer to print out their help files.

It is almost fun (almost) to create the help files. It has enough options to make it look the way you like, but it is not overwhelming or confusing. As a matter of fact the software is so straight forward that it could do without a manual!”

— Edwin Siebesma (MeetingKing), USA

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