Doctran – A powerful documentation generator for Fortran.
A new development tool for Fortran programmers called Doctran is now available. Doctran is a documentation generator specifically targeted at the Fortran language. The tool allows the creation of attractive HTML documentation from your source codes. Doctran’s home is at http://www.doctran.co.uk, where more information, example outputs and downloads are available.
Doctran is a cross platform software allowing the creation of documentation from your Windows, Linux and Mac machines. The generated documentation benefits from the following navigational elements:
Treeview style navigation.
A search facility.
Linked references to kinds, interfaces and derived types.
This ensures you find the information you need quickly and helps users and developers of your codes understand their structure more easily.
Similarly to other documentation generators you can add comments within your code so that additional information can be displayed within the final output. Doctran supports both Markdown and HTML markup within comments. An advantage of Doctran over other similar tools is that it is specifically designed for Fortran codes and therefore refers to definitions using terms specific to the language.
Currently, the Fortran 95 standard is fully supported, as are the object oriented features from the Fortran 2003 standard. Doctran is under active development and new updates are being released regularly. To find out about the current set of features and how to use them, the user guide is available. A forum is also available to suggest any features you would like to see in future versions.
Doctran is a modular project and additional features are included within plugins. For instance, the features of the Fortran 95 standard are offered within a plugin. Each plugin is sold separately, meaning you only have to purchase the plugin enabling the features you require. Of course, please try out the available full featured trial which can be downloaded from http://www.doctran.co.uk/download.
To keep up to date with news about Doctran you can follow the developer’s Twitter account @DoctranApp, where updates are announced.