Maxscript 2013 Help CHM creator

10 votes
Version: 
1.3.0
Date Updated: 
04/29/2012

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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

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With this tool you can transcode the offline HTML help into a CHM for personal use.

Remember, while these tools are freeware the resulting CHM is still a copyrighted work and you cannot distribut that without permission, so keep the CHM to yourself.

Needed:
-The offline maxscript help files: http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/maxscript-2013-help.zip

-For Max 2014 use these: http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/maxscript-2014-help.zip

-htmlhelp.exe, download here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21138   

Howto:

1) Download offline help and unpack zip somewhere

2) Unpak chm_ftw.zip files to help's root folder (so chm_ftw.exe and index.html are in the same folder)

3) Optionally drop override.css in the '/styles' folder the get the original look and feel of the last CHM. (Thx to Johan Boekhoven for supplying the CSS)

4) **!! Delete or rename the /scripts folder !!** important

5) Run chm_ftw.exe  (can take a while), now 2 files new are created ( a .hhc and a .hhk file)

6) Open '__maxscripthelp_project.hhp' in microsoft's HTLMworkshop (don't drag&drop, use the file menu

7) Click on the content and index tabs, if asked for a file point to the files created earlier. (if you see content it worked)

8) Compile & Enjoy*

(Works on Max's main help file as well thx to SpaceFrog's handy work, see http://www.scriptspot.com/3ds-max/scripts/maxscript-2013-help-chm-creato...

 

Additional Info: 

Checked and works with MaxScript 2014 docs as well

Update 1.3.0

  • Better anchoring routine to account for discrepancies on the originals files.
  • Now comes with a very clean and optimized index, the original had lots of doubles and those are now automatically being filtered out.

Small example, these are 3 original entries:

1) Abs()
2) abs() - Numbers
3) abs() - Time values

Nr1 points to the same place as nr2 so nr1 is removed and the index looks like this:

1) abs() - Numbers
2) abs() - Time values

 

Update 1.2.1

  • Fixed anchoring bug in subtitles
  • Optimization

Update 1.2.0

  • CSS fixes
  • Added subtitles to index for better usability The [1],  [2], [3] etc are replaced by titles so instead of

Controller [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13], [14], [15], [16], [17], [18], [19], [20], [21], [22], [23], [24], [25], [26], [27], [28], [29], [30], [31], [32], [33], [34], [35], [36], [37], [38], [39], [40], [41], [42]

You get

Controller
Controller - Animation Controller
Controller - Audio Controllers
Controller - Attachment : PositionController
etc...

 

Update 1.1.0:

  • Added subtitles in index Update to 1.1.0 Thx to Ruramuq for some better CHM settings: Favorites tab enabled
  • Advanced search
  • Fixed the error on start page
  • Some small tweaks.
AttachmentSize
chm_ftw_1.3.0.zip2.7 MB

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Motiva's picture

Thank you for this. For easy

Thank you for this. For easy use inside max you can add it as additional help (help->additional help) by editing the Plugin.UserSettings.ini file, located at C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\[your max version]\enu\

Open the file and add this under [Help] header (add header if not exist)

[Help]
Maxscript 2013=[yout path to help file]\__maxscripthelp_project.chm

Motiva Infografia
http://www.motivacg.com

fajar's picture

Autodesk team kept reaping

Autodesk team kept reaping the best thing in max, viewport, help, Ive complain it starting from max 2012 , but seem they didnt get a clue about and kept their "brutal" improvement which is make max sufffer more than to recover. Why did I must download the help file ? the max installation is in big DVD, it only take 3.5 Gb which is still enough to put some additional files such as help file or at least put english help file on default installation. Dang I dont want to sputter more than this, but it seem I starting to lazy to open new max now, theres many thing that missing and broken. I must download this, download that, just to see non sense new feature....for my internet connection is slow this is a problem.Dang......

Get a clue autodesk max team

Fajar

noranim's picture

Big thanks !!! But ......

Big thanks !!! But ...... maxscript editor still loads the html help from the site. Is it possible to do so to maxscript editor understands this chm file?
sorry for my english ......

br0t's picture

Haven't laid my hands on 2013

Haven't laid my hands on 2013 yet, so it is still only a webbased help? Guess this: http://3dsmaxfeedback.autodesk.com/forums/80701-publicsdkandscriptingenh...
failed then...Grrrrr...

Anyways: Thank you thank you thank you! Gonna try that out soon!
Cheers

Never get low & slow & out of ideas

rotem's picture

Great Job

I hope Autodesk take the hint...

barigazy's picture

this is awesome!!! Thanks +1

this is awesome!!!
Thanks +1

barigazy

miauu's picture

Thank you very much for

Thank you very much for this.
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