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We are trying to use ACT to email and have a logo in the email...ACT normally only supports text....and we have ben told that if we convert a logo to delimited text we can then put it in our ACT template and it will go out as a graphic.



My problem is that I cannot seem to find a way to convert a graphic ( like a bmp or jpg ...whatever) to a delimited text format.


Anyone know a way to convert a grpahic to a delimted text format?


I have paint, photoshop, frontpage , office 2000 etc etc...but have come up blank even in web searches


Thanks!


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by:DCS092999
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Whoever told you that is steering you the wrong way - You cannot convert a graphic to delimited text format.   Delimited text format is for text data in a table, such as spreadsheet data.  (The "Delimited" part means either a comma or a space or a tab is being used to define where a table's columns would be.)

Not familiar with the ACT software, but perhaps they meant you can insert a path or a link to the image where you want the image to go.  That's all I can think of.
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I'm wondering if maybe they meant "contert it to raw text" or something like that. A graphic file is made up of code, just like any file. If you opened the file in a hexeditor or something and copied the raw information, and pasted it into a template......i dunno just a thought. Probably wouldnt work but im not familiar with ACT.
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by:stevekorb
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Try inserting the graphic into an excel spreadsheet, then saving (exporting) as delimited text. Then link to that file.
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delimited text is basicaly just that ... plain common or garden ascii text ... including no special chars and especialy no delimiters and definately no graphics. I dont think the exel thing will work ... unless u just want the text that refers to the link ... but I dont even think itll work as a hyperlink ... maybe it will, try it, see what happens. Maybe, just maybe, if u put the  .jpg / .gif image at a url. Then create a web page that refers to the image ... then cut the html code fragment that loads and displays the image, maybe ... just maybe, if the endusers browser is smart, itll recognise the text as a html code fragment and substitute the graphic at the specified text ... but, i must admit, its a long shot, but definately worth trying.  
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Usually, when companies want to send e-mails containing their logo, they send HTML mails. HTML is a text-only file in which you can add formatting code and links to pictures that reside on your servers (that way, you don't have to send the images to your customers via e-mail)

Here's an example of an html mail containing logos:
http://sachoben.8m.com/message.html

I'm pretty sure it is the only way to include graphics in a mail.. Sure you could encode the image in the text file, but what's the point of doing this if no one can decode it?

And nowadays, every respectable e-mail client can read HTML mails. Else they would receive the HTML file as an attachment, and could view it with their browser.



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Actually...im using an email client that doesnt read HTML email. If i upgraded to the newest version i could but im not going to blow $50 on it. When people send me HTML mail it comes through as HTML garbage making the actual content VERY hard to read. And im not the only one. People who get their mail via telnet wont see HTML email either for obvious reasons.
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To weed:

well, I guess it is the only way to include a logo in a mail.. Sure someone could use its own encoding to somehow store the image in a text.. but why not use the world standard HTML? There's a lot more chance that the receiver will support HTML..  and if he does not, well at least his e-mail client will be smart enough to use the default web browser to view the mail..  or will "clear-out" all html codes from the mail and show a text-only version of the mail. Mine does and cost only 20$ ;-)
Anyway, most people use Windows with the free version of Outlook, or they use free web-based adresses like hotmail or yahoo..









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Yeah its better than encoding it into the email. Unfortunately either way someone is going to end up getting a bunch of garbage code in their email. Like me or telnet users. Most people wont have problems but its that one client you REALLY want that wont have an email client that supports it...and garbage code in the email doesnt look good. I always encourage people to stick to plain text email. It is afterall just an email. Come up with a creative signature in plain text to substitute for the logo.
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It is entirely possible to convert an image to text - that's what newsreader apps do with binary files. The method is known as uuencoding. The resulting file is not 'delimited' though.

Have a look here for a free DOS app...

http://www.execpc.com/~adw/uu.html
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Ahem <cough>, I just discovered that WinZip has support for both uuencoding and uudecoding (as well as MIME encoding which will also do the job). Has to be a better bet than my suggested link.....

There is a tutorial and an FAQ at their site:

http://www.winzip.com/uuencode.htm
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