Please check out my boss Jeff Braaten's blog regarding our new client help viewer now shipping with VS 2010 SP1 Beta. You can find some info there on installing the SP1 and how best to explore the new viewer experience if you've been using some other alternatives, like Helpware's H3Viewer.
You can download and install Visual Studio 2010 SP1 from here.
You can also check out the video I posted about SP1 Help Viewer recently here.
Try it out and let us know what you think! We're getting there, a step at a time!
While it is better to not hijack our browser, the viewer does not save any of the window configuration changes that a user makes. That dropdown list of versions is a PITA too, and pops up way too often. Funny how it never pops up in the online version. Fix? Also, more than 90% of the documenation is not available offline, which not only not acceptable, it is a killer. Incomplete help documentation = VS 2010 is being removed until the help system is fully functional.
Hi Bill - thanks for your comments.
Can you tell us what types of window configuration options you're looking for? We're currently working on some scenarios for our next release that could play into that.
Regarding the drop down list of versions - are you referring to what is shown in the graphic above? The online library does not currently support an Index feature, which is part of why you wouldn't see that issue there. It's clear this is not the most optimal solution though and we are brainstorming on ways to improve on these scenarios where there are multiple versions of a given topic available.
Can you also tell us what documentation you're specifically looking for that is not available offline? You are right that there is a lot that is not made available currently.
VS 2010's offline help principally focused on VS 2010 specific scenarios, but I'm sure there are a broad set of SDKs and technologies in general that can be leveraged in VS 2010 that are not currently packaged for offline. This is largely a choice of the content teams, but we can work with each of those teams to incorporate that content with your help.
I traced down to this blog from connect.microsoft.com/.../microsoft-help-viewer-constantly-crashes
HelpLibAgent.exe and HelpLibManager.exe constantly crashed , reinstalling both Microsoft Help Viewer and .Net Framework does not solve the problem