The PandaWare Company has updated Simple Help Editor, its cross-platform help authoring application, to version 5.0. The upgrade introduces support for localizing Help content in multiple languages, offers support for Apple’s Help Bundle format, offers more flexibility in display of content, adds stability and boosts performance.

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).

Simple Help Editor is available as a Mac OS X Universal Binary application (for Mac OS X 10.4 or higher) and a Windows 2000 or higher application. Both can be downloaded from The PandaWare Company’s web site (

Simple Help Editor 5.0 is available as a free download, and operates in demo mode until licensed. The demo version operates for 30 days and allows saving up to 15 pages in a Help book. Single-user licenses that allow unlimited use are US$50 for either the Macintosh or Windows version. A cross-platform license that works with both Mac and Windows versions costs $85.