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InfoHesive

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder InfoHesive

InfoHesive can be used as a personal tool for project and information management, as a means of authoring redistributable e-books, or as a help authoring system. It has the most power in the first mode; the latter two have some limits, such as the inability to access external files. Overall, though, it is trivial to turn a personal project into an eBook you can then share or sell. Reading of the eBooks does not require the InfoHesive product. It is also possible to lock projects and distribute them--this makes it a useful tool for corporate policy manuals, for example.

InfoHesive projects are built using an outliner tool. You create a main topic and then sub-topics, along with articles: Individual data elements. An article can be something entered directly with the InfoHesive editor (which allows for font formatting, inline images, tables, and hyperlinks to both external sources and other InfoHesive articles), a link to a file on disk, or both.You can, for example, link a file, and then add as much descriptive of additional text as you need.

One particularly nice feature of InfoHesive is the "send to" functionality. While it takes a small amount of work to set up properly (and this is explained clearly in the extensive included help), once it's done, it's very nice and fairly unique--I won't say no other program in this category has it, but I haven't seen it. Simply choose "Send To" and an active application, and the contents of your article will be placed in the current document. This makes it easy to, for example, move text from several InfoHesive articles into a single Word document without cutting and pasting.

InfoHesive has a lot of nice features and a clean interface, especially considering how many options there are. I noticed only one minor bug: Scroll bars do not go all the way to the bottom even when you've reached the end of the page, making you unsure if you're really at the bottom of the page. It is also a tiny bit slow switching pages, with a 1-2 second 'loading' screen when moving around, even on a very fast computer. These minor caveats aside, I found InfoHesive very useful and would recommend downloading the trial to check it out.

--Ian Harac

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder InfoHesive

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