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Help Authoring Software for creating online help systems

Manula is super-easy to use help authoring tool, for writing, formatting and publishing online help documents, complete with images, embedded videos and downloadable PDF versions.

Online Help Authoring
for manuals & help files

  • Use simple textile codes for formatting.
  • Easily upload, manage and insert images.
  • Manage multiple help versions.
  • Share topics between help files.
  • Define variables for use in shared topics.
  • Localize help topics in multiple languages.

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Publish help files online, for any screen size

  • Created help files immediately online.
  • Publish help topic changes - instantly.
  • Auto-adapts to screen size & orientation.
  • Looks great on desktop, tablet & phone.
  • Built-in super-fast search engine.
  • Automatic downloadable PDF helpfiles.

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Track topic view stats,
user ratings & feedback

  • Automatic stats of help file & topic views.
  • "Was this useful?" voting for readers.
  • Allow readers to comment on help topics.
  • Track all user searches to find keywords.
  • Score Topic Quality from user ratings.
  • Link Google Analytics for more stats.

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“ 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 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 help file 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 help file! ” — Edwin Siebesma ( MeetingKing ), USA

Authoring professional looking online help files in no time at all

Format your help 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 Media Manager

Upload images to the Media Manager, then insert them from there into your topics. Share images between help files and topics.

Author multiple help files for different versions of your product

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

Share topics between help files for easier maintenance

Have multiple products that are similar or share features? This is made easy, by authoring shared topics (not copies!) and include them in multiple help files.

Define your own variables for use in shared topics

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

Publishing your help files online - for any device, screen size and orientation

Authored help files are online - immediately

Your help topics are live and online immediately, hosted on 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 help files automatically adapts to the screen size of your readers.
Which means your help files 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 help file 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 help files

Offer downloadable PDF help files to your readers. The PDF files can be updated anytime from your authoring tool.

Tracking help file and topic hits, user ratings and topic comments

Automatic stats of help file & topic views.

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

"Was this useful?" voting for readers.

Users can vote your help 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 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 help files and manuals? Just enter a Google Analytics ID for full Analytics tracking.

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