Software to Create Ad Layouts To Appear In MS Outlook

Posted on 2012-09-07
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Last Modified: 2012-09-10
Hello Experts -

I am trying to prep an ad layout that would appear directly in Outlook 2010 when the user opens my piece of email.

Is there a tool (utility, application, etc.) that will write the HTML code for me - leaving me free to graphically do a layout by drawing the advertisement in an open window?

Would Dreamweaver do this?  Or, is there a better approach?

I am trying to get away from hand coding the HTML.
Question by:gbmcneil
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I've used Dreamweaver in the past to construct an html template for an Outlook email message.  Do all your layout in Dreamweaver and then import the template into a new message to see how it looks.

OM Gang

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Hi OM Gang -

Thanks for responding. What do you mean by "importing the template"? Cut and paste?

Do you think the left indent is going to be maintained?
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Yes to the 'indent' being maintained (I'm thinking you're asking about margin and padding settings).

In Outlook, create a new email message then from the Insert menu choose Attach File.  Browse to and select the htm (or html) file you've created but instead of clicking Insert in the dialogue choose the little drop down icon and choose Insert As Text instead.

Give it a shot.
OM Gang

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Hi Again OM Gang -

I trust what you are saying is correct. Since I do no currently have a copy of Dreamweaver, I am going to have to order it.

No need for you to have to wait.

I'm accepting your answer as the solution. I appreciate your help.

Is Dreamweaver the best tool for the job?
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<<Is Dreamweaver the best tool for the job?>>

I like it but there are many other tools you can use.  You can construct an html page for use as the Outlook message template using nothing but Notepad (see below for an exmple).  The IDE (Dreamweaver, etc.) is really nice and helps with a lot but it's not required.  You might want to search the web for free/almost free IDEs to try out (see link below) before purchasing something or download and try Dreamweaver CS6 for free for a 30-day trail period.

Link to article on '10 Best Free Web Editors for Windows'  http://webdesign.about.com/od/windowshtmleditors/tp/free-windows-editors.htm

<div style="margin:25px 0 0 25px;"><p>This is a sample -- the div containter is 25px from the top and 25px from the left corner of the window.</p></div>

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