KeyTools is a free set of utilities for managing the WinHelp and HTML
Help systems on your computer, and for optimizing those help systems for
better performance. KeyTools does not ship with RoboHelp. You must download
the program from the KeyWorks web site at:
Some of KeyTools features are listed below. This month's tip covers the first utility - Decompile.
Decompile. Extracts the source files from a compiled HTML Help (.chm) or compiled Internet Explorer (.its) file. Also recreates the project file (.hhp file).
Recompile. Recompiles one or more .chm or .its files to further reduce its size.
HTML Help Registry. Lists all .chm files that have been registered on your computer system. You can add to or remove from the list, or modify the name or location of an entry.
WinHelp Registry. Lists all .hlp, .cnt, and other WinHelp files that have been registered on your computer system, with tools for adding, removing, or modifying entries in the list.
Find HTML Help Components. Locates all HTML Help development files on your computer system so that you can check versions and, if necessary, remove duplicates.
Find WinHelp Components. Locates all WinHelp development files on your computer so that you can manage duplicates and resolve conflicts.
Find HTML Help Files. Locates all HTML Help files (.chm, .chi, .chw, .chq, and so forth) on your computer system, so that you can review or delete them.
Find WinHelp Files. Locates all WinHelp files (.hlp, .cnt, .gid, .fts, .ftg) on your computer system, so that you can review or delete them.
Examine CHM File. Opens a special viewer, from which you can examine the contents of a .chm file. You can also start this tool by right-clicking a .chm file and choosing Examine.
Next, Decompiling CHM files with KeyTools