Documancer is programmer's documentation reader with very fast fulltext searching. It's available for Unix (using GTK+) and Windows and implemented using wxPython. It has several advantages over using web browser or specialized format-specific viewers:
· unified access to all documentation formats
· the GUI is better suited for documentation reading that generic web browser
· documancer can create fulltext index for the docs and enables the user to quickly search it
· bookmarks and indexes are manual-specific, which reduces false matches and chaos in bookmarks
Here are some key features of "Documancer":
Supported Documentation Formats
· Documancer can display documentation in all commonly used formats:
· Support for reading locally stored HTML files.
· Documancer can read HTML books stored in format used by the DevHelp viewer and generated by gtk-doc tool. Documentation for GTK+ and various GNOME libraries is in this format.
· The backend is implemented using de-facto standard info2html converter.
· The backend uses modified man2html from official man distribution. It was tailored to produce fancier output similar to KDE's viewer.
· Remote WWW sites with documentation (e.g. msdn.microsoft.com) can be viewed in Documancer as well. In this case, fulltext search is implemented using Yahoo! Search service.
· pydoc is a tool bundled with Python that scans all installed Python modules and generates documentation from their docstrings. It is invaluable when working with modules that are only poorly documented in official HTML documentation.
Documancer's UI is tailored to be used as a documentation reader. It is based on Mozilla's HTML rendering engine Gecko. Documentation of all formats is presented in same UI and in central place.
· Documancer can create fulltext search index for documentation, so that you can quickly search it for things you need.
· Everything (bookmarks, fulltext search, ...) is organized into tematic books (e.g. Python Manual, GTK+ Manual, Autoconf). You work only with a single book at a time and you are never bothered with false search results etc.
· Python >= 2.3
· Mozilla >= 1.3 (including headers)
· wxPython >= 2.4.0
· wxMozilla >= 0.5.3
· PyLucene or Java runtime
What's New in This Release:
· support full Lucene expressions in queries
· added support for DevHelp books
· added provider for reading web pages (searching powered by Yahoo! Search)
· install desktop entry for GNOME/KDE on Unix
· fixed PyLucene crashes with Python 2.4