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Help to RTF basic operation

Help to RTF provides a wizard-style interface that guides you step-by-step through the process of extracting source data from Help, Viewer and MediaView titles. You can safely accept the defaults and ignore any options you don't understand if all you need is basic print conversion. Generating an RTF output file with a table of contents and index that you can print from virtually any quality word processor is just this easy:

Generating manual-quality word processor document output:


Click the Continue button on the first screen.

Select your help file. If you dont know, where to search, use the Scan button.

Click the Continue button.

Select the Prepare for printing option. Help to RTFs default processing options should provide all the formatting needed in the output document. You should not need to change any options unless you know the selected file needs special treatment.

Click the Continue button on each successive screen, stepping through all the wizard screens in sequence until Help to RTF informs you that the conversion process is beginning.

After the conversion process is complete, click the Display button. The default word processor on your system associated with files ending in RTF will be launched. In most cases this will be WordPerfect, Works or Microsoft Word. (Windows 95 users without full-featured word processors may have WordPad automatically selected as the default application for RTF files.)

Generating recompilable Help project with all RTF, HPJ, BMP, WMF, SHG etc. source files:

Create an empty directory with File Manager or Explorer

Copy the helpfile or Multimedia Viewer title to be converted into this new directory


Select the helpfile to be decompiled.

Note: decompilation of helpfiles into recompilable source documents may constitute a violation of copyright. If you have any question about your legal right to decompile a given title, contact the publisher in regard to permissions extended to legal licensees of the helpfile.

Select the Prepare for re-compilation option.

Click the Continue button until the conversion process begins. The source files from the decompiled .HLP, .MVB or .M13 file will be located in the temporary directory you selected.

If you are not interested in working with helpfile source documents and code directly, you can ignore the recompilation options.