3dsMax 2013 SDK CHM Creator

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Update: Our friends at Autodesk have released an official CHM for both MXS and SDK!
Get it here: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=16707768


This will convert the downloaded offline max2013 SDK help files into a CHM for your convenience. You can make a CHM for both the dotnet_ref and the cpp_ref parts of the help. For a MaxScript CHM check out http://www.scriptspot.com/3ds-max/scripts/maxscript-2013-help-chm-creator.

Additional Info: 


-chm_sdk_ftw_v1.0.zip from this page
-The offline 2013 SDK help files: http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/max-2013-sdk-doc.zip
-htmlhelp.exe, download here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21138

1) Download offline SDK help and unpack the zip somewhere
2) Unpak chm_sdk_ftw.zip into the 'dotnet_ref' folder
5) Run chm_sdk_ftw.exe (can take a while)
6) Open the 'index.hhp' in microsoft's HTLMworkshop (don't drag&drop, use the file menu)
7) Click on the content and index tabs, if you see stuff all went well
8) click the Compile button & enjoy (chm will be placed in the same folder)

Repeat all this for the 'cpp_ref' folder if you wish to get the CHM for the C++ reference.

Version Requirement: 
tested with 2013 SDK help files
sdk_chm_ftw_v1_0.zip2.7 MB


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arooj799's picture

It is a very useful

It is a very useful script.
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mad's picture

dont work good for me :(

dont work good for me :(

PJanssen's picture

Very nice! It would be great

Very nice! It would be great if it would be possible to combine the c++ reference and the programmer's guide section, since there's a lot of useful information in there.

spacefrog's picture

jonathan's maxscript docs

jonathan's maxscript docs CHM creator script seems to work great even on the normal docs, after i made some changes in the help project file

see more in my comment on the maxscript docs chm creator page

fajar's picture

Please make for help too ,

Please make for help too , lately autodesk has become more painfull for just give the compiled CHM and included it installation.


spacefrog's picture

Great ! Thanks a lot,

Great ! Thanks a lot, Jonathan !

Just a small tip for a problem that plagued me since i used your CHM scripts since the first iteration ( the Maxscript version ). Please note this not a problem with the script, but with the HTML Workshop install.

When you get the following error in HTML Workshop's log when compiling the CHM:
HHC6003: Error: The file Itircl.dll has not been registered correctly.

The resulting CHM file will have broken search functionality in that case ( no results displayed )

Don't  go crazy and search & register ( using regsvr32 )  the "ltircl.dll", this usually sits somewhere in your windows subfolders. It is not really the problem.
The problematic component registration in that case is "itcc.dll" and sit directly in the HTML Workshop folder.

Simple register it using "regsvr32 itcc.dll" in a DOS prompt (after changing current directoryto the HTML Workshop root folder). After that, everything compiles correctly and search index is working


Thanks once  again Jonathan for your efforts !

maxplugins's picture

At last! Very cool Jonathan,

At last! Very cool Jonathan, thanks for doing this :o)


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