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Is it possible to download a PDF/HTML snapshot of the Blender Manual from the Wiki and integrate into Blender's help menu?

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    $\begingroup$ Please, don't just downvote and vote to close, give a reason, or suggest an improvement. $\endgroup$ – A Wild RolandiXor May 23 '13 at 2:33
  • $\begingroup$ so, you want to access a local version of your manual, instead of the online version? Is that correct? $\endgroup$ – satishgoda Jun 19 '13 at 11:11
  • $\begingroup$ @satishgoda yep :) $\endgroup$ – A Wild RolandiXor Jun 19 '13 at 15:07
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You cannot directly download the blender wiki… well not as normally as you are asking, there are ways (and even if you did get it, as far as implementing or getting its content into Blender, that's another story).

You can reach the manual from inside Blender however and some documentation functionality is already implemented somewhat..

Hover over a button and you should see a short description etc.. This can be useful for getting operator names.

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For more information, right click on the component in Blender and you can choose to go to the Online Manual or the Online Python Reference

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You can also just grab a zip of the python reference for offline viewing directly from the front page.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 It would be nice if Blender has an user preference that enables us to download the docs and tell Blender to use it instead. $\endgroup$ – satishgoda Jun 19 '13 at 12:45
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There are many download managers (such as wget) that can crawl the wiki and make a local copy (could also be scripted via python). But make sure your use case is covered by fair use.

For integration you'll need to override the bpy.ops.wm.doc_view and bpy.ops.wm.doc_view_manual classes to load from a local configured path.

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    $\begingroup$ I purposely left out web crawlers as there might be some legal issues involved some places.. $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Jul 9 '13 at 13:08
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partial answer (pdf snapshot):

I have done wiki manual > pdf several times in the past.

last update is form july 1st 2013, so quite up to date I hope...

I dont'know how to link this pdf from blender itself but it would be great...

last conversion is here https://archive.org/details/BlenderWikiManualPdf20130701

if you care, details, updates and future versions (links) will be posted around here, atm: http://amrc.altervista.org/nuova-versione-del-blender-wiki-manual-pdf/

--dec 2015 edit--

I even forgot I wrote this answer in 2013... : latest version of that PDF was november 2014, https://archive.org/details/BlenderWikiPDFManual then the wiki freezed...

Now, a year later, there is an official downloadable html manual from the manual page at http://www.blender.org/manual, the direct link atm is http://www.blender.org/manual/blender_manual.zip. A PDF version is (weirdly) still to be generated from that manual system, but I'll try soon to again generate periodically a PDF from this official html for anyone to share, somewhere.

hth

Marco

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