The PandaWare Company has updated Simple Help Editor, its cross-platform help authoring application, to version 4.1.2. Mac and Windows users can use Simple Help Editor to create software help systems that display in Apple Help Viewer, Windows’ HTML Help viewer, a Web browser, or in a proprietary help window (for applications created with Real Software’s REALbasic).

Version 4.1.2 enhances Simple Help Editor’s capabilities for reusing content. A key feature, Placeholders, has been expanded to allow replacement of text virtually anywhere text can be entered, making it easier to reuse help content for different products or different versions. This update also improves some aspects of text editing in Simple Help Editor, and fixes a handful of bugs.

Simple Help Editor is available as a Mac OS X Universal Binary application (for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher) and a Windows 2000 or higher application. Both can be downloaded from The PandaWare Company’s web site (

Unregistered copies work in demo mode for up to 30 days. The cost is US$50 for a single-platform license and $85 for a cross-platform license. Version 4.1.2 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x