The mshcMigrate utility was developed by The Helpware Group in partnership with Microsoft and allows you to migrate older help content (MS Help 2 and MS HTML Help 1.x) to MS Help Viewer format (.mshc) used by VS 2010/2012/+ and Windows 8.
Migrates both HTML Help & MS Help 2 to Help Viewer format. Converts projects files (.hxc, .hhp) & compiled help files (.hxs, .chm), as well as help source folders.
Outputs include .mshc & .cab help package files as well as the .msha manifest file.
The application includes several additional tools that allows you to test, install/uninstall, view the HelpLibManager output log, perform API calls, and explore the help library data store. The utility can also be operated in batch mode for overnight builds and command line operation.
Part of FAR HTML
The utility is part of Helpware's FAR HTML v5 product set which provides advanced meta tag editing and TOC/Index editing for MS Help Viewer projects. MshcMigrate can also be downloaded and licensed separately (see licensing section below).
Migrate features include:
What does migrate do?
Additional features include:
VS 10 Help vs VS 11 Help
Detailed information on MS Help Viewer 1.0 can be found on our Helpware web site
Keeping up to date:
Current Version: 23-Nov-2014, 2.0 Build 73 -- See Change Notes
Purchasing a license gives you email support for when you get stuck; Encourages us to keep the tool up to date as new versions of VS help come out; and removes a nag screen from showing.
Note that customers who own a copy of FAR HTML v5 are already licensed. If you are a licensed FAR HTML 5 user and have FAR 5 installed then the mshcMigrate about box will say "licensed".
The license is a "per user" license. So if user X owns a FAR HTML v5 license, then user X may install FAR and mshcMigrate on multiple machines and concurrently run all copies. If you own a team, site or world license then sharing is not an issue.
Please contact us if you need assistance.
If you own a mhcMigrate license, or a copy of FAR HTML v5 then you may contact us directly for support. Please try the public support groups first if possible.
Helpware, MS Help MVPs and Microsoft help team monitor the following discussion groups:
MSHelpViewer Yahoo Discussion Group
- Community group of VS 2010 help integrators. Run by MVPs, with MS presence.
MSDN Forums > VS General
- The official MSDN discussion group for help has been discontinued. MS suggest posting in the VS General.