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xCHM 1.20
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xCHM is an open source (GPL) viewer for reading Microsoft's proprietary .CHM (compiled HTML) files. xCHM can show the content tree if one is available, print pages, change font face and size, remember bookmarks, display a searchable index, and search for words in the current page and the whole book.
What's New
Version 1.20:
  • Better non-Latin character support (Chinese Simplified and BIG5, Japanese, Russian, Korean, etc.).
  • Lots of bugfixes.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Thewhiterabbit commented on 23 Apr 2011
I've finally managed to compile a new Mac OS X binary, using XCode 3.1 on a Mac OS X 10.5 system.

If you want it, you can get it here:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/xchm/files/xCHM%20for%20Mac%20OS/xchm-1.19/xchm-1.19.dmg/download

Hopefully it will work for everyone.
[Version 1.13]


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macsolu commented on 21 Apr 2009
Version 1.13 is the FINAL version that has been distributed as a Mac .app -- this version (1.15) is uncompiled and will be of NO USE to the vast majority of Mac users. Don't be confused when your download of 1.15 results in a folder full of misc. files.
[Version 1.15]

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Iscreen replied on 14 Aug 2009
Thanks for the info!
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tekl reviewed on 30 Jul 2008
I tried several CHM Viewers for OS X. iChm, xCHM and ArCHMock are the only one which I can recommend.

But all are not perfect yet.

ArCHMock 1.1:
+ Fast
+ Nice Interface
+ Good HTML rendering (Webkit)
+ Highlighting search results in Text
+ Good keyboard support (Cmd+G etc.)
+ Bookmarks
+ Automatically locates the current page in the table of contents
+ Good search results (can be sorted by relevance)
+ Zooming can be resetted
+ Remembers the last position
+ Open source
- No Index
- No options for searching
- No "find in page"
- No toolbar button for print (but Cmd+P works)
- No tabs or multiple document windows

iChm 0.9.1:
+ Fast
+ Nice Interface
+ Good HTML rendering (Webkit)
+ Tabs
+ Auto-update feature
- No Index
- Bad keyboard support (no Cmd+G)
- No options for searching
- You habe to manually 'locate' the current page in the table of contents
- Only searchs for words (no partial search)
- No home button (and no hotkey for that)
- Because of the small tabs its hard to get the title of the current page (which is not shown in the window title)

xCHM 1.13:
+ Contents/Index/Results on left side
+ Searchable index
+ Options for searching in titles only or partial
+ Automatically locates the current page in the table of contents
+ Bookmarks
+ Open source
- Ugly interface
- Bad HTML rendering
- Does not support custom context menus (like in SelfHTML)
- Slow (scrolling)
- Search results are always sorted alphabetically
- No tabs or multiple document windows
- The binary of the Mac version won't be updated anymore

At the moment ArCHMock has the best usability for me.
[Version 1.13]

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MisterE replied on 16 Nov 2008
Excellent! Thank you for taking the time to post these reviews!
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thewhiterabbit (developer) commented on 02 May 2008
Unfortunately, I no longer have access to the MacMini machine I've been connecting to build xCHM. If you need pre-compiled xCHM binaries that you can drag-and-drop to install, I will continue to create them free of charge, provided that I manage to raise enough money to buy a cheap Mac machine to work on. If you would like to donate, you can use the "Support this project button" at the bottom of any page from http://xchm.sourceforge.net. All you need is a SourceForge.net account (which is free), and a PayPal account. The minimum donation allowed by the SourceForge.net system is $5, and I need to raise about 800 EUROs for the cheapest MacMini machine available here.
This is, of course, if you prefer to have pre-built universal binaries. The source code is still available for free, and it is obviously possible to make Mac builds.
[Version 1.13]

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Syed Ali replied on 27 Aug 2008
800 Euros for the cheapest Mac Mini? Wow .. that's expensive. In USA the cheapest Mac costs around $599.. and you can get it cheaper if you buy a refurbished.. but they are hard to come by. You should make a contact in USA who can help you in getting a Mac mini here. :)
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thewhiterabbit replied on 09 Feb 2009
You're right, it is expensive. Ordering from the US, though, would add shipping costs to Romania, plus ~20% extra in customs tax, so it would end up costing about the same ammount, if not more.
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Burro commented on 24 Aug 2006
Worked beautifully in earlier versions. Arghh! I threw them away on two machines before trying 1.9... which does not work at all, except to open its own splash page.

I've tried it out on a 1.33MhZ G4 iBook, a brand-new Intel iBook, and 2 G4 733MHz towers. Same on each.

Thanks for your continued efforts, Rabbit!
[Version 1.9]


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thewhiterabbit (developer) commented on 13 Jun 2006
I've made a new build with the Unicode support disabled (my theory is that's what caused the crashes). Of course, I could be wrong. Please test it on i386 and let me know. You can get it from here:

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/xchm/xchm-1.9a-universal.dmg?download
[Version 1.9]

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dburney replied on 06 Aug 2006
It seems to run on my Intel iMac - thanks.
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thewhiterabbit (developer) commented on 12 Jun 2006
I've built an universal binary of xCHM for version 1.9. Not sure if it works properly on i386 though, I could only test it on a PPC-based machine. Thought you might be interested in that. Cheers.
[Version 1.8]

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coldfusion1970 replied on 12 Jun 2006
The application itself opened fine, but it kept quitting when i tried to open some of my chm files.

I tried it with 5 or 6 different chm files and it wouldnt open any of them.

I have a 20" Intel iMac with a 2ghz processor running 10.4.6.
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blueSpot replied on 12 Jun 2006
xChm is quite unstable with every CHM file I tried to open. Either xChm crashes at startup, or reports that it couldn't read the CHM file.

Via Rosetta, it runs fine though it's rather slow (obviously...)

I've a MacBook with a 2ghz processor.
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thewhiterabbit tipped on 24 Mar 2006
Yeah the 1.3 version shown by get info is a slip-up (heh, sorry). Please update your links to the latest version (1.5-2) which is even friendlier for Mac OS X users (no more warnings if the locale is not set to default, toolbar buttons added for 'find in page' and 'copy selection', and now Cmd-C also works.
[Version 1.5]


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kobalt commented on 22 Mar 2006
hmmm, the file that downloads when i click on the xCHM v1.5 link appears to be v1.3 (when checked with 'get info') ... what's up with that?
[Version 1.5]


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tekl commented on 22 Mar 2006
Doesn't show images with SelfHTML 8.1.1, SelfHTML 8.0 works. HTML-Rendering is not perfect.
[Version 1.5]


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Raimondi had trouble on 02 Nov 2007
It worked fine the first time I use it, after that I only get the splash window and can't open anything else. Any idea? it seems to be the best (unique)alternative to read CHM files...
[Version 1.13]


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xCHM is an open source (GPL) viewer for reading Microsoft's proprietary .CHM (compiled HTML) files. xCHM can show the content tree if one is available, print pages, change font face and size, remember bookmarks, display a searchable index, and search for words in the current page and the whole book.


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