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Amy Martin
Simplifing the Web Design Process
on Feb 2, 2009 at 3:19:21 pm

Currently I am publishing newsletters on the web for my employer, and I feel like there is a better more efficient process out there rather than the one that I am using. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Right now, I design the newsletter in Publisher, and print to get the pdf version. Then I take the text and format at into Dreamweaver to put it on the web. Then I take the text and format into PHP to send the newsletter out.

I guess the problem I have come across most often is that I have to take the text back to a notepad everytime because the formating between programs doesnt seem to talk.

In college I used a mac with Dreamweaver and I remember it being efficient, but not sure if it would be worth the cost to buy a new computer or a new program.

Like I said any opinions would be appreciated.
Thank you.


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Fernando Mol
Re: Simplifing the Web Design Process
on Feb 2, 2009 at 8:04:33 pm

Why are you making a PDF?

I used to send mail invitations for an art gallery. Here is a look at the process I used to do. I hope this can help.

1.They make a design for print.
2.I receive a PDF version.
3.Made an HTML adaptation in Dreamweaver.
4.Upload the images to a server.
5.Fix the links to the images, if needed.
6.Insert the HTML into Outlook.
7.Send the email.
8.Pray for the users to have their "view HTML content" option selected.



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Mike Smith
Re: Simplifying the Web Design Process
on Feb 5, 2009 at 4:54:24 pm

Why couldn't you use the html as formatted in dreamweaver in your php - maybe using an echo - three left angle brackets - EOT type construction ?


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Mike Smith
Re: Simplifying the Web Design Process
on Feb 6, 2009 at 11:22:07 am

Or even try a direct include - pull the html into a php variable and echo it, using something like
ob_start();
include('file.php');
$content = ob_get_clean();
from
http://www.codingforums.com/archive/index.php/t-124537.html
or

ob_start(); // start buffer
include ("file-to-include.php");
$content = ob_get_contents(); // assign buffer contents to variable
ob_end_clean(); // end buffer and remove buffer contents
echo $content;

from
http://www.acuras.co.uk/articles/88-php-include-a-file-and-store-contents-t...


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