The old info program was designed as a flexible UNIX tool so it have some features you won't find in InfView, as an example: InfView doesn't have options to write a documentation chapter to the standard output so you can capture it and display in other program. InfView was designed as an interactive tool instead.
InfView uses overlapping windows (real windows, not "screens"), fully supports mouse, have pull-down menues and pop-up windows, etc. As the name says the emphasis is in the visual component.
Unless graphical implementations the program is relative small and quite fast (263Kb installation for the first release, I know about one Win32 implementation that needs over 5Mb and eats more than 5Mb of memory thanks to the run time of some visual script language from Redmond that I won't name here).
I started to develop InfView in 1996 to add help to RHIDE. It was a big step for RHIDE. My next contribution was a text editor. Currently the editor is also distributed as an standalone program and of course have InfView as help system. I created a standalone InfView because many users asked for it. The advantages of an standalone program are:
InfView is distributed under the GPL
license. It basically means the code is free and you don't need to pay for it
and you are free to change it, but any derived work will become GPL too. Most
of the software available for Linux is distributed under these terms. This
license protects my rights over the code (I hold the copyright) and protects
the users ensuring they are free to use the code. If you plan to use parts or
the whole code of InfView be sure you read the GPL license carefully.|
Note that GPL implies a disclaimer of guaranty, so if you must use it in an enterprise where you need to be able to sue software's authors in case of direct or indirect problems created by it just forget about InfView. By the way, I don't know about even one big company (Microsoft included) that doesn't included a disclaim of guaranty in your license.
Even when you don't need to pay for InfView I accept any kind of help ;-). The best way to help me is contributing in one of the ways I mention here.
Important: check http://sourceforge.net/projects/setedit/ for the last news and beta releases.
|DOS v0.2.8||Linux v0.2.8|
|The sources are the same as the sources for the editor so the
links points to the editor's page. Get the last snap shot available.|
To compile InfView you'll also need the Turbo Vision library.
There are a lot of ways you can contribute, here are some of them:|
Copyright © 1999-2003 by Salvador E. Tropea, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last update: Tue Apr 01 17:49:57 (GMT) 2003