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Curtiss Martin   My Press Releases

IBO Toolbox Press Release Editor Replaced

Published on 8/23/2015
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Nove-Noga.com/IBOtipList.htmlIBO Toolbox Press Release Editor Replaced:
Among the changes at IBO Toolbox this week, the IBO Toolbox Press Release Editor has been replaced. “The Editor is dead. Long live the Editor.” Actually, the old editor has simply been demoted. At this time, it is still being used for the IBOsocial Front Page editor in SITE NAVIGATIONEDIT PROFILE.

Problems with the Old Editor:
There were ongoing problems with the old editor that don’t trouble it in its position as a single use editor. When you edited an existing Press Release, it would add extra lines into the code. While it had more bells and whistles than the new editor, some of those could trip you up if you weren’t aware of them. Amongst the greatest offences of the old editor was the inability to accept copy produced by Microsoft Word™.

IBO Toolbox Site Navigation Menu 8/19/2015Finding the Press Release Editor:
To find the IBO Toolbox Press Release Editor, in IBO Toolbox SITE NAVIGATION, under IBO APPS, select PR TOOL. Click [CREATE PRESS RELEASE] to create a new Press Release.

Preparing for the New Editor:
One of the biggest advantages that I can see to the new Press Release Editor is the ability to paste content from my Microsoft Word ™ directly into the editor. While background color and size do not carry into the editor Underlined, Italic and Bold do carry into the new content editor.

Required Elements:
Press Release Title: [Your Press Release Title]
Your Website Link: [URL for your website]
Keywords: [Selected keywords from your Press Release]
Content: [Minimum 250 Words.]

Default Specifications:

Paragraph for every line.

Font-size: 12px

Font-size control is in pt. Available (8, 12, 14, 18, 24 & 36)

Font-color is “gray”

Link font-color is “black”

Link hover color is “red”

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This paragraph is set to Black using the toolbar [Text color] tool. style="color: #000000;"

This paragraph is has the background-color set to sky blue using the toolbar [Background color] tool. style="background-color: #00ccff;"

This paragraph is set to 12pt using the toolbar Font Sizes tool. style="font-size: 12pt;"

This paragraph is set to 14pt using the toolbar Font Sizes tool. style="font-size: 14pt;"

Keeping it Simple:
If you are not familiar or comfortable with source code and HTML, the new editor will allow you to do quite a bit. Simply paste in your prepared Press Release. Select the entire content. Choose your Text Color. *Note: You won’t see a change here if you select Black. The change will be visible in the Published Press Release.* Choose your Font Size. If you want to change your paragraph structure, now is the time. *Paragraph Options on the Toolbar: Align Left, Align Center, Align Right, and Justify.*

Making Your Links Clickable:
If you are pasting live links from Microsoft Word™, they will work just fine. I do suggest that you change your link color After you change the Text color for the paragraph. Your Links should Stand Out. If you are pasting text, just putting the address, http://www.ibourl.net/IBOtipList, is not enough. To make the link Clickable, select the Link Text, EG: IBO Tip List, Right Click the selected text, Choose [Insert/Edit link] and complete the fields.

Insert/Edit Link:
Url [Target URL for your link]
Text to display [Link Text]
Title [Displays on mouseover. Use to encourage clicks or provide information]
Target [Choose “New Window” unless you want them to leave the page when link is clicked.]

Adding Images to your Press Release:
Images that are already hosted online, are easy to add to your Press Release. Click where you want the image to appear and use the [Insert/Edit image] button on the toolbar or Right-Click where you want the image to appear and select [Insert/edit image]. In the {Insert/Edit Image} Dialog box, paste in your Image URL, the Image description for the alt tag. The dimensions should be automatically detected.

*Important: The width of the IBO Toolbox page is about 515 Pixels. If your image or tables are larger than that, the extra content is hidden. I recommend a maximum width of 510 pixels for all Images, Videos and Tables.

Images:
Use the [Insert/edit image] tool to insert images.
Source [image url]
Image description [alt tag display]
Dimensions [width] x [height] (Detected)
*Note: Constrain proportions is automatically set.
Upon completion [Ok] or [Cancel]

Your Image is Inserted as a Selected object. You can easily center it or move it to the left or right of the text using the Paragraph Alignment Tools on the Toolbar. *Tip: To make the Image float to the right of your text, Insert it at the beginning of your text. Then choose the [align right] paragraph tool from the toolbar.* While your image is selected, it is very easy to turn it into a Clickable Image by using the Toolbar or the Right-Click and selecting [Insert/Edit Link].

Insert Video:
You insert Video with the [Insert/Edit Video] on the Toolbar. In General mode, you simply enter the source and other information. The dimensions are detected automatically. Remember, the effective width of the IBO Toolbox PR is about 515 Pixels. I recommend a maximum width of 510 Pixels. The second option is to Embed your video. Get the embed code from your video source. Take note of the dimensions.

Insert/edit Video General:
Source: [image url]
Alternative Source:
Poster:
Dimensions: [width] x [height] (Detected)
Upon completion [Ok] or [Cancel]

Video – Centered – 425x350

Video – Centered – 510x420

 

Insert/Edit Video Embed:
Paste your embed code below:
<iframe width="640" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Pbnu7TLFF_M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Upon completion [Ok] or [Cancel]

Improperly Sized Video: 

Calculating Image/Video Size:
In the example above, the Source video in the embed code is 640 wide by 390 high. To make it fit in IBO Toolbox we have a Target Width of 510.
(Target Width / Source Width) * Source Height = Target Height
(510/640)*390=311

Calculated Embedded Video 510x311 Centered

Editing an Existing Press Release:
Click [EDIT PRESS RELEASES] to edit an existing Press Release. *Note: To edit an existing Press Release, locate desired Press Release and Click the [Paper & Pencil] Icon.* The good news is that the extra space between paragraphs has been eliminated. The bad news is that, unless your PR is already designed with paragraph tags, your source code may be concatenated. That is, every line stuck onto the next. This can make it very hard to read and edit. The good news is that you can do most of your editing directly in the Press Release Editor. *Tip: When adding content to an existing PR, you may want to use the “insert text” option.*

Changes at the Code Level:
At this time, the base element of the code is the Paragraph Tag <p></p>. When you edit an existing Press Release, it is going to insert it into a set of Paragraph Tags. The former PR Editor generated HTML5 type tags. The new PR Editor seems to be generating XHTML. The primary difference is in the way that it generates the “empty elements” such as break (old <br>, new <br />) and image (old <img src=”a.gif” alt=”a gif”>, new <img src=”a.gif” alt=”a gif” />) tags.

Information On Changing HTML to XHTML:
http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_xhtml.asp

Making My PRs Come out My Way:
As you can see, the Default Specifications are very different from my personal choices. I prefer to use: style=“font-size: 13pt; color: #000000;”. For my background-color on my paragraph headings I prefer to use: style=”background-color:  #00bfff;”. And I like to have my paragraph headings attached to the paragraph. My font-size and background-color are not available in the new PR Tool. And, the default structure creates a paragraph for each line of text. To make it come out the way I want, I need to edit the Source Code. (From the toolbar, select [Tools – Source code]).

If You are New to HTML:
A little HTML never hurt anyone. (Insanity doesn’t set in until later.) The Press Release Content Editor is an HTML Generator. HTML uses “tags” “<>” to tell the computer what to do with what it sees. The content editor first places your content inside paragraph tags, <p>content</p>. Most tags are in pairs with the exception of “empty elements” mentioned earlier. As you make changes to your Press Release, the Content Editor will create the appropriate tags. You can learn a lot by checking the Source Code after each change.

For more information See:
W3Schools Free Online Tutorials and References.
http://www.w3schools.com/

HTML Dog.
http://www.htmldog.com/guides/html/beginner/

Recap:
Many people will rejoice that the IBO Toolbox Press Release Editor has been replaced. New members will probably find the new Content Editor much easier to use. Those of us used to preparing in HTML may need to make a few adjustments. That’s okay. We’re used to doing that. Once we know how it works, we can make it work the way we want. Nove-Noga!


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