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Nov 25,2006
Using your images in your blogs and text.
Filed under: Feature Objects Tags: Manage+Objects Documents PDF HTML

Artists often want to include pictures of their art studio or of themselves on their recent outing in their blog. Or they may wish to display a poster of an exhibition they are in on their webpage or provide a link so that their customers can download an order form for their art. I Object MyArtClub allows artists to load these files as "objects". An object is a file with any of these extensions .jpg image .gif image .doc word document .pdf file Artists can post these files to their site and then display the file in their information text or in their studio pages or on their blog page. The objects are referenced in your test by using HTML code which MyArtClub provides when you upload the image. You can insert this HTML code into your text sections wherever you want. Remember that if you change the object, then the HTML code referencing the object changes. So if you change the object by uploading it, then you must change the references to it in your text. Enhancing your site with your images You can load your image (.jpg or .gif) and show it anywhere on your site. You can repeat images on more than one page. You simply link to the same image more than one page, in fact as many times as you like. You can adjust the Height and Width to make your object appear bigger or smaller. You can load other objects i.e. word documents, Adobe pdf files, or text files. These documents can be posters of your upcoming show or exhibition, order forms or promotional brochures, to name a few. You can include your image objects in your blog pages to show the progression of your current art work, your show photos, your gallery or studio, or perhaps the vista that inspired you painting. Here is how you do it Using the objects requires you to copy and work with HTML tags so it appears very scary to the beginner, but it really is not that hard. First you need to set your site to "manage by size" rather than "by number of images". Login in to your member site, select the link "Maintain your account". Then select "Manage your account by size of space used." Art works are loaded as per usual from the "Art" tab. The "Object" tab opens up and allows you to load your objects by selecting "Add or Maintain your Objects" The objects are loaded the same way you would load an image. From the Object Menu you can view the "BLUE text" located just below the yellow object square after loading your object. Copy and paste the "BLUE text" into your text pages anywhere you are allowed to load text. You have now placed your images or other objects for display on your pages, anywhere you like. This article was first published in the My Art News Letter #13 and #16 read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 11:04
Oct 05,2009
Use a word program to write your text
Filed under: Support Tags: Manage+Site Documents Formatting+Text

MyArtClub recommends for you to use word processing software for all of your text based entries. While you may be tempted to just write all your text on-line, and you certainly free to do so, using a word program has several advantages: Spell check. Nothing looks worse that a typo, and word programs can save you that embarrassment. Saved content. It can take a lot of time to create and edit your web-pages, or blogs. Over time you can create a lot of different content. By saving all the content on your personal computer, you'll have a copy of all your history of changes. It may come in handy, and at least it provides a full record. A bigger page to see what you are editing. In many cases, only a small portion of the text is visible in the entry box. By using a word program, you can see the entire entry. Keep a back up. When making complex changes using HTML codes, especially when tables and various fonts are involved, it is good to have your original copy in case your new version is not quite ready for primetime. That way, you can try the new copy out online, and if it does not appear to work, paste back the old copy while you adjust the new copy. Here is a quick way to copy the text from the current box. You should be logged into your site and looking at where you make changes to a text box. Place your cursor anywhere inside the text box of interest, and using windows, the short cut is to hold down the ctrl key, and press the 'a' key at the same time. The whole text box is now highlighted even the parts you cannot see. Now hold the ctrl key again and press 'c' at the same time to copy. Move to your word program and place the cursor on the word program where you want the text, then hold down the ctrl key and press 'v' at the same time to paste the copied data into the word program. Now save the word file call it 'original copy'. Save the word file again this time call it 'edited copy'. Edit this second copy, with all your changes, and save the file again. Use the ctrl key and 'a' key at the same time to highlight all the edited text to put back in the internet text box. Hold the ctrl key again and press 'c' at the same time to copy this text. Move to your internet program and place the cursor on the text box where you want the text, then hold down the ctrl key and press 'a' to highlight all the text and press the delete key, then hold down the ctrl key and press 'v' at the same time to paste your edited copy back into the text box. Voila, your text is re-written, and you have a saved copy of both the original and the new text. This article was first published in the My Art News Letter #25 read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 08:08
Jan 13,2013
Get rid of pesky ? marks for apostrophes, quotes
Filed under: Support Feature Tags: HTML Documents Formatting+Text

MyArtClub uses HTML so you have opportunity to put links everywhere you have text, and that includes links to videos etc. But sometimes there are drawbacks when you have the advantages HTML provides, and curly marks is one. It turns out that if your computer or word program inserts a curled apostrophe, or curled quote mark, the HTML code can't read it. HTML code gives the � response, meaning HTML can't interpret this character. So what to do? If you can please use a straight version not curled version of apostrophe. Basically change all the double quotes to " and the single quotes to ' marks. A better way, is to use the HTML special character codes: ' for apostrophes, " for quotes, ‐ for dash and © for copyright symbol. Other special character symbols are shown in full here. By the way, the HTML names sometimes work, but I find the HTML number codes always seem to work, so may be the safer choice. I suspect not every browser supports the names in the same way as the numbers, which no doubt came first in HTML development. Let's show how this works. For example, Ian's "painting". would be: Ian 's " painting ". You could try just typing in the straight (not curly) versions of the characters, such as Ian's "painting".Sometimes writing in the text in Word pad (as opposed to MS Word, which adds formatting and curls the characters) will give you the straight, not curled, versions. That may be worth a try too. But in my experience, the results have been mixed. So somewhat resignedly, I find it easiest to write in the code for one apostrophe, copy the code I mean type in the ' once, copy it, and then paste it where ever there turns out to be a � character that is an apostrophe. Then do the same for quote marks, type in " and copy it and paste it around all the quote marks Bit of a big pain I admit, but it always works. And if you want you can use the MS word program Find and Replace feature to speed this up. Using that you can type as normal, and then review and replace all the codes. Big tip: Important! If you update the blog live, and then go back and do it again, some of the corrections will re-occur as problems. Best advice is if you save a copy of your blog in word, you can do all your substitutions there, of quote marks and other characters, and then you can copy paste the entire corrected copy again and again. Do you have any questions on this? Email us at webmaster@MyArtClub.com read more ...

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