ArCHMock
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ArCHMock makes CHM files reading bearable if you're on Mac OS X 10.5
What's New
Version 1.2:

Improvements:

  • Document encoding detection,
  • Print button can be put on the toolbar
Bug fixes:
  • Search for Power PC,
  • Saving text size for recent documents and bookmarks,
  • Other minor bug fixes
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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ver. 1.x:
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Cowicide commented on 12 Jun 2012
MacUpdate's download link is currently broken but you can still get it here from the developer:

http://code.google.com/p/archmock/
[Version 1.2]


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GabLeRoux reviewed on 17 Oct 2011
Nice app, but would need a good way to save to pdf keeping index or table of content
[Version 1.2]


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thewall reviewed on 20 Apr 2011
It fit my needs very well.

But the app name is ugly ;)
[Version 1.2]


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mweisel reviewed on 28 Aug 2008
The .chm app I've been hoping for. Like a previous reviewer, I have tried all the .chm applications for the Mac. This is the best by a long shot. Kudos to the developers on a great product.
[Version 1.2]


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Allen3 commented on 13 Aug 2008
Improvements:
Document encoding detection!

Cool! Finally I can read chinese index. I've tried some chm viewers but none of them is able to show the chinese characters in index correctly. Now I've got the right one. Thanks for your brilliant work!
[Version 1.2]

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Vyacheslav Zakovyrya (developer) replied on 13 Aug 2008
My pleasure. This is a little appreciation for Olympics in Beijing :-)
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thajeztah reviewed on 08 Aug 2008
Simply excellent. So glad that a new developer has made the effort to develop a usable, fast and nice-looking application for CHM.

I've used several other applications, but removed all from my computer.

Feature requests already mentioned, but that I like;
- Improved/nicer icon (anybody?)
- PDF export (would be great, for example to export to my iPod/iPhone)
- iPod version (?)


Thanks!
[Version 1.2]


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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 1.1]

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Vyacheslav Zakovyrya (developer) replied on 30 Jul 2008
Hi, TEKL

Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate it. Here is some thoughts from me.

- No Index - did you mean build custom index for CHM files that weren't compiled with this option on? If yes, I plan to include it some of future release

- No options for searching - perfectly valid, scheduled for 1.3

- No "find in page" - actually Cmd+G and Shift+Cmd+G are shortcuts for that. If you REALLY need something different, I can schedule it for future

- No toolbar button for print (but Cmd+P works) - Will do in 1.2 or 1.3

- No tabs or multiple document windows - To be hones I don't see any value in this feature, each CHM has its own window

Thanks again for your feedback

P.S. Everyone can register and keep track of issues using this page
http://code.google.com/p/archmock/issues/list
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tekl replied on 30 Jul 2008
> - No Index - did you mean build custom index for CHM files that weren't compiled with this option on? If yes, I plan to include it some of future release

I mean the build in index which xCHM shows.

> - No options for searching - perfectly valid, scheduled for 1.3

Cool

> - No "find in page" - actually Cmd+G and Shift+Cmd+G are shortcuts for that. If you REALLY need something different, I can schedule it for future

Oops, there's no need for it, as entering a new search term wont change the current page until I click on a search result. Forget about it.

- No toolbar button for print (but Cmd+P works) - Will do in 1.2 or 1.3

Great

- No tabs or multiple document windows - To be hones I don't see any value in this feature, each CHM has its own window

Well, it could be nice to see two pages simultaneously. I could need it at the php manual.
There could also be third way by creating a split window.
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Vyacheslav Zakovyrya (developer) replied on 30 Jul 2008
>> - No Index - did you mean build custom index for CHM files that weren't compiled with this option on? If yes, I plan to include it some of future release

> I mean the build in index which xCHM shows.

Will think about it. My goal is to keep interface as simple as possible. This is why I use the same compartment for table of contents and search results. Introducing this feature will require some moderate changes in the UI

>> - No tabs or multiple document windows - To be hones I don't see any value in this feature, each CHM has its own window

> Well, it could be nice to see two pages simultaneously. I could need it at the php manual.
There could also be third way by creating a split window.

The same problem as before. It'll require a lot of thinking through to make it easy to use
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tekl replied on 31 Jul 2008
> Will think about it. My goal is to keep interface as
> simple as possible. This is why I use the same
> compartment for table of contents and search
> results. Introducing this feature will require some
> moderate changes in the UI

Well, you could use the index to improve the search results or show matching index entries in the search results. For example if I take the php_manual and search for opendir the page for opendir has not the highest relevancy. Pages with a matching index entry could have the highest relevancy or the results could be splitted into two sections.

> The same problem as before. It'll require a lot of
> thinking through to make it easy to use

Multi doc is not a must, it's just a suggestion. An alternative could be SnapBack or a history menu like in Safari.
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Vyacheslav Zakovyrya (developer) replied on 31 Jul 2008
> Well, you could use the index to improve the search results or show matching index entries in the search results. For example if I take the php_manual and search for opendir the page for opendir has not the highest relevancy. Pages with a matching index entry could have the highest relevancy or the results could be splitted into two sections.

I actually like the first idea most - matching index entry will have the highest relevancy. I wanted to have more sophisticated system for relevancy calculation.

> Multi doc is not a must, it's just a suggestion. An alternative could be SnapBack or a history menu like in Safari.

History menu does appeal to me (it's funny, initially I thought to implement bookmarks the same way)

Thanks again for suggestions, they are very valuable
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webgirl reviewed on 15 Jul 2008
Fantastic software. Fast & stable with great features, including an excellent search facility & Bookmarks now in the new version. Brilliant.
[Version 1.1]


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follerec reviewed on 01 Jul 2008
Oh by the way... 5 stars (almost) all the way. Just hope the features requested (listed on the apps google code page) get implemented.

Couple more request... better app icon and document icon? Maybe make the documents look more like books or stacks of paper? Right now it looks like a single sheet of paper and is exactly the same as the app icon. For the app, I have no idea. Looks a bit dull. Hope someone with artistic skills can donate time and talent on this.

Other than that, still a great app and the work is much appreciated.
[Version 1.0]


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elcuco commented on 01 Jul 2008
Excellent software, congratulations! One feature I would love to see is the ability to export to PDF. Keep up the good work on this app.
[Version 1.0]


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Downloads:18,137
Version Downloads:16,423
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Free
Date:07 Aug 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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