Using local help with different browsers

If you downloaded a local version of the help files, avoid using the
SI_HELP_PROGRAM_ENV environment variable. If you set that environment variable, the browser doesn’t find the help files.

If necessary, unset SI_HELP_PROGRAM_ENV and set your default browser to Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

Then, in the General preferences, set Help Location to Local Computer/ Network.

If that doesn’t work, then set Help Location to Custom and use the file:// protocol:

file:///C:\Program Files (x86)\Autodesk\Help\softimage2012\en_us

CHM version of Softimage 2012 User Guide

If you’re jonesing for the CHM version of the Softimage User Guide, it’s available as a documentation extra on the wiki.

Here’s the direct download link.

Softimage won’t use this version, but you can use it for your reading and browsing pleasure.

To open the CHM from scripting:

# Python
import subprocess
sCHM = "C:\\Users\\blairs\\Downloads\\xsidocs_2012\\xsidocs_2012.chm";
subprocess.Popen( "hh.exe " + sCHM )
// JScript
var oShell = new ActiveXObject("WScript.Shell");
var sCHM = "C:\\Users\\blairs\\Downloads\\xsidocs_2012\\xsidocs_2012.chm"; "hh.exe " + sCHM );
' VBScript
set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") "hh.exe C:\\Users\\blairs\\Downloads\\xsidocs_2012\\xsidocs_2012.chm"