Monday, April 09, 2012

Power to the Community... as in "PowerShell Help Community Edition," your PowerShell Help browser power tool (reg-ware)

Arcane Code - PowerShell Help Community Edition

"Last week when I blogged about iPowerShell from Sapien, I mentioned they had a few free community tools. One of those is PowerShell Help Community Edition.

As you can see, it provides a simple, easy to you way to navigate help in PowerShell. I find this especially nice as I often have my editor open in one window and want help files or other reference materials open in a second. Down the left is a tree which allows you to navigate to the type of object you are seeking help for. It also supports search, you can see the search results pane in the lower right.

Like iPowerShell, it uses the standard PowerShell help format, so you can add in any PowerShell help file, just as you can with iPowerShell. Best part is the price, it’s free! Just go to Sapien’s website, to the download center, and navigate to the Community Tools section. Select your flavor (32 or 64 bit).


Sapien - Downloads - PowerShell Help Community Edition 64.exe / PowerShell Help Community Edition.exe (32bit)

"Our Powershell Help tool has been a favorite download for quite some time now. The built-in help command in the Powershell console is helpful if you need just some quick lookup, but for browsing and reading the console just isn’t good enough.

The CHM file Microsoft released is a pretty nice graphical way of getting help for the built-in cmdlets but it’s a closed file and information for third party or even other Microsoft snapins is not available and cannot be added.





Since I don't PowerShell NEAR enough, every time I do, it's a JIT learning experience and I can see this helping my next JIT'ing...

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