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Jun 26, 2005 7:13 pmSoftware#

Jerry Goodwin
What types of Software do most of you use for your ezines. I have been writing mine up in word but haven't found a real good program to format it into for mailing. I can put it adobe or something like that then send a link to my subscribers but I would rather be able to send direct.

It is fitness related and each issue I spotight an exercise so I use photos for that, as well as descriptions of course. The photo part is the problem. Anyone out there have any suggestions.

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Jun 26, 2005 7:37 pmre: Software#

Christopher Knight, http://EzineArticles.com/
First, skip the Adobe thing unless you're an expert and you have a very specific reason for doing an ezine with a link to a .PDF.

For the ezines of mine that are not automatically produced by the software I had written... I use MS Word to produce the articles that will be in the ezine.

Once finished in Word, I then copy and paste it over to EditPLUS (you can use EditPlus or NoteTab or UltraEdit...or as a last alternative, NotePad).

Once it's in EditPlus, I then shape it up with simple HTML code... slam it into my template, test and then out the door it goes or it'll be scheduled for release in the near future.

If your ezine is produced in HTML, then you'll need to learn the IMG SRC tag in order to get your picture or image show up in the ezine.

Lastly, make sure you reduce your photo's in size (reduce pixel size, reduce number of colors and do JPG or GIF compression) in order to have a small image size rather than big honking 8 Megapixel photo's in your ezine. An ideal image size is 3-12k and in some cases, you can get away with 15-30k...but I'd recommend pushing the size down.

Chris Knight

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Jun 27, 2005 3:20 pmre: Software#

lisa micklin
Hi Jerry-

I'm with Christopher on skipping the PDF unless absolutely necessary.

You may want to consider composing your ezine with Netscape Composer, which comes free with the Mozilla and Netscape suites, available at http://mozilla.org.

This built in HTML editor writes very very clean HTML code (unlike Microsoft products) that will be accepted by most incoming mail servers.

Also, as Christopher mentioned, be cautious of your image sizes to assure delivery.

How to Start Your Ezine

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Jun 28, 2005 2:35 amre: re: Software#

Soni Pitts
I've already got Firefox. If I download the Suite, can I just install the html editor, or will it overwrite my current browser? I'm using Outlook for my emails, etc (quite happily, so I don't want to switch that) and I have no need for the rest.

Soni Pitts, Personal and Spiritual Development Coach
Reclaiming the soul of living

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Jun 28, 2005 1:55 pmre: Software#

lisa micklin
Hi Soni-

As far as I know the only way to install the composer is to install the whole suite. You can likely find more documentation on this at http://mozilla.org.


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Jun 30, 2005 9:45 pmre: Software#

Garland Coulson

Hello Jerry,

The tool I use is Constant Contact at www.constantcontact.com.  It makes it easy to design and deliver your newsletter just by filling in the blanks.  It handles pictures very well and even tracks how many people open your newsletter and which articles they click on.

This tool saves me hours every month.

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
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Jul 01, 2005 12:37 amre: re: Software#

Sheila Finkelstein
I don't know if this would be as simple with other web design programs. I create and manage my web sites using Dreamweaver. I set up my ezines in Dreamweaver and then copy the HTML code, I simply paste it into the Ezezine body for delivery.

I do an almost daily photo ezine, resizing all my photos using Fireworks, keeping them no larger than 30K. I size my main photo at 475 pixels in width.

Sheila Finkelstein

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