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Building Apple Help with OmniOutliner

William Van Hecke, Omni Group’s User Experience Lead has released Helpify, a Python script that turns specially-formatted OmniOutliner files into Apple Help books.

Helpify iconHelpify provides a very simple means of generating HTML that is properly formatted for use as Apple Help, including navigation links, abstracts and the HTML comments used as segment commands by Apple Help. Though it’s not a full-blown help authoring tool, Helpify is used to create the help books for all current Omni Group products.

If your project is not too complex and you have a copy of OmniOutliner lying around, you might want to give Helpify a try. Big thanks to William and Omni for releasing this very useful tool!