Sunday, August 14, 2011

The dash for the line begins here

Sunday has just disappeared in a haze of PHP fuelled scripting.

The website is done. The only thing remaining is the final screen captures which I’ll take at the end of testing. 

I started, and completed, the shopping cart integration with e-Junkie, which was extremely painless.  It just worked. The online help was great and I hooked up both PayPal and Google Checkout in quick succession.

Shopping cart testing worked well once I’d added the e-Junkie handshake to the PHP licence generator script and before I knew it I’d successfully completed a purchase and registration without any problems.

I also plodded on with the HTML help files which I’ve always disliked doing.  Thankfully I haven’t been near any for years but that hiatus came to an end today.  I looked at them, sighed, and went in search of something to make them easier to work with.

I started with HelpNDoc but since I was tired I gave up pretty quickly when I was looking for a feature it didn’t have. 

The next tool I tried was HelpSmith which didn’t have the desired feature either.  But, I preferred the interface and decided to give it a little more time.

So, this week is all about the home stretch.  Nothing to do but final testing and Inno Setup scripting. 

Almost there!

2 comments:

Dennis "Crane" Zhuravlev said...

Hi,

As you need to create for StrokePlay both online manual and CHM help files, I'd recommend you to look at our tool Dr.Explain
I allows to create help in different formats from single source and has a build-in screen capturing tool that will simplify documenting of your application screens.

Patrick said...

Thanks Dennis,

I looked at Dr Explain a few months ago but didn't get round to trying it out.

It was the screen annotation feature that I was looking - probably prompted by Dr Explain having it.

I'll check it out this evening.

Patrick