tomehost is a SaaS ("software as a service") designed to simplify the process of creating and maintaining technical manuals, user guides and other structured documentation.
Within our system, we call these documents 'tomes'.
Unlike traditional content management systems, data in a tome is structured in sections, which can be nested to any number of levels, rather than pages.
But the real power of tomehost is the way it lets you get users from a problem to a solution in a single click.
For web-based control panels and interfaces, we provide a simple way to embed popup help to just the right section of your user documentation within the page where a user is working.
For physical products such as machinery, we provide a simple way to generate QR codes that will pull up the specific section of your user documentation on a mobile phone or tablet when you point a camera at them.
Unlike PDF or Word documents, tomehost is responsive, and will reformat to different sized screens. It is far easier to edit and publish small changes, and to let multiple authors work on different sections at the same time.
tomehost is software which runs on the web. This means it can be used by anyone with access to a modern web browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, IE 10+). It's responsive, which means that the page layout will reformat on smaller screens like mobile phones or tablets, to make it easier to use.
SaaS requires no special hardware, software, infrastructure or IT expertise - all of these are handled by the platform subscription.
Most organizations still deploy documentation in paper versions, or electronic files like Word documents or PDFs.
tomehost has a number of advantages over these more traditional methods:
For organizations that already put documentation online using a CMS (content management system) or templating systems, tomehost provides other benefits:
At present, tomehost is free. In future, we will add additional features which will be available under paid plans too, but will always retain a free, entry-level service. We will also provide paid plans for free to verifiable open-source projects. Contact us for details.
To create or contribute content to a tome, you must have a user account. You can sign up from tomehost for an account. Alternatively, if someone invites you to contribute to a tome, you will be sent a link that will allow you to create an account and join a tome.
You must confirm your account after registering by clicking on the link you'll receive by email. This is to ensure that your email address is correct, and belongs to you.
Passwords in the database are salted and hashed, meaning that we have no way to recover your password if you forget it. However, there is a reset mechanism that will send and email with a temporary link that can be used to reset the password.
At present there is no mechanism to change the email address of an account. Since all emails are verified (to ensure you cannot sign up with a fake email address, or an address that does not belong to you), the procedure for this will require you to contact tomehost support to request a change.
Ensure your page has the following code pasted near the bottom, before the closing 'body' tag.
Copy this code and place it where you want the help icon to appear in your page.
Your help link will appear as the icon below. Click it to verify how the help content will look.
Place a QR code on your product or machinery to let a user easily retrieve the user guide documentation for it.
Right-click and 'copy'