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PR Editor Tips from Nove-Noga

Published on 6/22/2013
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PR Editor Tips from Nove-Noga

I am sure that many of you are laughing over the troubles some people seem to be having with the new IBO Toolbox Press Release Editor. Prior to June the First, we were using a very simple editor. It was a simple matter of copy and paste and let it fly. Please don’t construe this as complaint. I am simply making some observations.

This new editor is even less forgiving of my MS Word. If you copy and paste from Word, it wants to strip out all the extra characters. Understandable. This new Editor is actually an HTML Generator. To simplify things I have started, as advised, pasting my copy from word into a Text file. This helped to eliminate several of the problems. However, that leaves our links disconnected. EG:

The first two paragraphs are an example of the unadjusted output from the PR Editor. Note the color and size of the text as well as the disconnected Link above. This paragraph and those that follow, have been Selected and Set to Font=12 and Color = Black = 000000. That will help improve the visibility of the PR.

Often, the secret to success, is knowing that the secrets exist. The PR Editor and the IBOsocial Front Page Editor are actually HTML Generators with many new options and functions. The top of the Editing Frame holds the tools that we can use in the Design of our Press Release. Let your mouse hover over each Icon to discover its purpose. The top row covers: Cut; Copy; Paste; Paste from Word; Delete; Undo; Redo; Spell Check; Find and replace; Insert link; Remove Link; Insert line break; Insert table; Embed a YouTube video; and Help. Check out help for more details and a more detailed description of functions. The second row covers formatting and paragraph options.

At the bottom of the frame you will see Icons for: Design; Source; and Preview. In Design you will also see status indicators for the current cursor position. In the default mode, Design, you can select any portion of your document and apply the tools from the top bar. In Source mode, you can see the actual HTML code resulting from your efforts. Don’t let it scare you. With a little observation you can determine which code does what and save the pieces that can save you time. The Preview mode will let you see the results of your efforts before you ever push the [Save or Publish] button.

Probably the most common thing we need to know how to do is to create a live HTML Link. To learn about HTML and how to make it work for you, check out W3 Schools Online Web Tutorials at Notice how the words are Linked but the Address is not. I Selected “W3 Schools Online Web Tutorials” and Clicked the [Insert link] Icon on the top bar. Then I copied the Address into the URL: box; chose “New window” from the Target: drop-down menu; chose the “#0000ff” Color: from the palette; and entered “The Answers to All Your HTML Questions” into the Tooltip: box. Then I simply Clicked [OK] to apply the link. Try it yourself on your Front Page or PR. Check the Source before and after to see what happened.

*NB: To turn the Letters of my Link Text blue, as I have in my other link text, I had to manually set the color in the source before the link text. Simply set your Cursor at the beginning of your Link Text. Click the [Source] Icon. Change the color “Number” from 000000 to 0000ff. Click the [Preview] Icon to see the results.*

Perhaps the second most common thing that we need to know is how to insert a Clickable image now that the “Insert image” Icon has disappeared. I suspect there was a small problem with the generator. That does not matter. If we have an Idea of what we are wanting to do, it is not very hard. A Clickable Image statement is slightly complicated. It consists of two portions: the Anchor Target and the Image Source. 

For more details as well as a place to host your images for free, see: 
A GIMP Image for My IBO Front Page

The Anchor Target is simply where you want the link to go. You use these every time you copy an address into your browser. For the Image Source you will need the image host address. You must include the alt, width and height tags and I Recommend the title tag as well. 

Tech referred me to this link at W3Schools. It shows a link using “local addresses”. You can use this tool to test your new image and link. Please note that there is no “title” tag in the example. I would place one after the “alt” tag. MouseOver my image below to see why. Also, I would test this with a small image. Once you have the Syntax down, copy it to your Working Text file so that you have it for future reference.

*NB: I Love W3 Schools!*

A few small points: 
I have avoided apostrophes as there is a notice of a problem with them on the PR Editor. 

You want to BE SURE to Preview your PR before publishing. There may be extra lines or missing line breaks between paragraphs. I am posting from my text file now. With a line between each paragraph, there are two line breaks. If I remove the lines from the text file, it removes All the lines from the Editor. It is best to fix these Before you Publish. Remember, Every paragraph will end in a “Line break”. You still need one Between each paragraph.

When you like the way it appears in the Preview, there may still be problems. Save a Copy of your Complete PR before Publishing. It may make fixing the problem a lot easier.

When you Edit your PR after Publishing, it may have Extra Line Breaks added between paragraphs. You may want to remove these before republishing.

I hope this helps some of my great IBO Friends and Associates produce even more informative and spectacular Press Releases. Have a little fun. Experiment with the new tools. Remember to copy any really good results to your Working Text file for repeated use. My new closing happened almost by accident. You can bet that I was quick to copy the results for re-use in the PRs to come.

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