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SHFB v1.9.3.4 Beta 2 (VS2010 Support)

Rating:        Based on 4 ratings
Reviewed:  3 reviews
Downloads: 12957
Change Set: 95775
Released: Jan 30, 2012
Updated: Sep 22, 2015 by EWoodruff
Dev status: Beta Help Icon

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Release Notes


Uninstall the current v1.9.3.0 production release or the prior v1.9.3.x alpha or beta release before installing the latest beta release. If not, you may end up with two versions installed in the Add/Remove Programs dialog that will conflict.

This is a beta release. With this release, the Visual Studio package now matches the standalone GUI with regard to features and functionality. Projects can now be managed completely from within Visual Studio without having to open a copy of the project in the standalone GUI.

SHFB Version Number: The core build engine and standalone GUI have received minor changes to make them compatible with the Visual Studio extension package. Until it is out of beta, the version number of the core build engine will be kept at the current production release version number (currently v1.9.3.0) so that third-party plug-ins and build components will continue to work with it unchanged. The new SHFB Project Launcher tool (SHFBProjectLauncher.exe) along with the most recent version release notes in the help file can be used to determine the current beta release version number.

For more information about the extension package, see the Visual Studio 2010 Package help file topic.

General Information

This release supports the Sandcastle June 2010 Release (v2.6.10621.1). It includes full support for generating, installing, and removing MS Help Viewer files. This new release is compiled under .NET 4.0, supports Visual Studio 2010 solutions and projects as documentation sources, and adds support for projects targeting the Silverlight Framework and the .NET Portable Framework.

This release uses the Sandcastle Guided Installation package used by Sandcastle Styles. Download and extract to a folder and then run SandcastleInstaller.exe to run the guided installation of Sandcastle, the various extra items, the Sandcastle Help File Builder core components, and the Visual Studio 2010 extension package.

What's Included
  • Help 1 compiler check and instructions on where to download it and how to install it if needed
  • Help 2 compiler check and instructions on where to download it and how to install it if needed
  • Sandcastle June 2010 2.6.10621.1
  • Sandcastle styles patch revision 1 for the June 2010 release of Sandcastle
  • Language pack for the June 2010 release of Sandcastle
  • Sandcastle MAML Guide v1.1.0.1
  • Web Project Custom Code Providers v1.1.0.0
  • HTML to MAML Converter v1.0.0.1
  • An option to install the MAML schemas in Visual Studio to provide IntelliSense for MAML topics
  • Sandcastle Help File Builder
  • SHFB Visual Studio 2010 Extension Package

See the Sandcastle Styles project site for the source and project files related to its items.

Reviews for this release

The user-interface is a trap; I wish we had been pre-warned about editing the shfbproj files directly intead of trying to update them via the deceptive UI. SHFB causes one to lose a great deal of valuable time.
by Ceyhun on Apr 3, 2012 at 1:04 AM
Especially the VS2010 support with topic preview and intellisense is awesome. This tool is a "must have" for every developer.
by cetama on Feb 17, 2012 at 7:48 AM
Integrated this into my build yesterday and works great! This is why i push my developers to use code comments. My only ask is that the themes get updated to the new vs2010 style.
by bradleymauk on Feb 8, 2012 at 3:42 PM