The Adobe Help manager is an AIR-based content installation utility that downloads offline help content and notifies you when new updates are available, ensuring that you always have the most up-to-date and accurate reference information from Adobe.
This utility, previously known as the Community Help application, features the following major changes:
- Online help content can be displayed in your default web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.). NOTE - you must first choose this option in the help application preferences, then quit the help application and choose help again in your application.
- The Help Manager will download either HTML or PDF reference content, depending on which file is the most recent.
- You can then view this content offline, either via your web browser or via Adobe Acrobat Reader (or similar PDF viewing software).
- You can dismiss or disable notifications entirely via the Help Manager preferences.
Viewing online help content
- When you launch help from any CS6 application, the default web browser will launch with the appropriate product help content displayed. NOTE - only if you have set the help application preference to do so.
- You can then use your browser’s native functionality to search, bookmark, comment, or rate the content.
Downloading offline help content
- The first time you launch Help from your Adobe CS6 application, the Adobe Help manager launches in the background and checks for the availability of new or updated content.
- If no new content is available, the application will shut down until the next time you select Help.
- If new content is found, a small pop-up notification will be displayed on your desktop, usually in the lower-right corner of your screen.
- When you click on the notification message, the Help Manager will launch and show you all of the help content that is available for download in the Local Content preferences.
- You can select individual packages by highlighting the desired product or help package title and clicking on the Update button.
- To update all of the content that is available, select the ‘Download’ button on the General preferences pane. Note: the total download size for all of the applicable content is displayed – large updates may take several minutes or more to download.
- During this download, you may continue to browse and search Help content with your web browser.
- If you prefer to have your Adobe applications use the local, installed help files by default, select “Display local help content only’ in the General preferences tab.
- Or you can simply choose to continue viewing online content and the Help Manager will automatically switch to offline help if Internet access is no longer available.