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Can I setup HTML-enabled e-mail notices?
 
No. This is possible with Platinum version only.
How to add poetry
 
First you have to prepare HTML page with a poem of your choice - exactly as you want it to appear on cards. Name it for example "mypoem.html".

Upload "mypoem.html" to your server and make sure it looks ok.

Then copy all HTML code between <BODY> </BODY> tags and paste to a new file named "mypoem.txt". Upload "mypoem.txt". using your account manager. Make sure it looks ok using preview feature.

After that you can add poetry selection to one of your card composition HTML pages. Selection can look like this:

<input type=radio value=mypoem.txt name=poem>My Poem

You can use any form elements for poems selections, not necessarily radio buttons.
How to set up java applets
 
First you have to prepare an HTML page with full applet view - exactly as you want it to appear on cards. Name it for example "applet.html". Upload it to your server and make sure it looks ok.

Then copy all HTML code between <BODY> </BODY> tags and paste to a new file named "applet.jav".

Upload "applet.jav" to our server using your account manager. Make sure it looks ok using preview feature.

After that you can add this java card selection to one of your card composition HTML pages. Use suffix *.jav to differentiate applet from usual pictures

<input type="radio" value="applet.jav" name="filename">

You can use any java applets. We don't need class files or any source files used in applets (pictures, sounds, etc.) Everything will be stored on your server.

As a sign of common courtesy please include either a warning text for non java enabled browsers (for example WebTV) or an alternate image.

For those who prefer to learn by example - visit Bowcreek Postcards. Laurie had greatly influenced our decision to add java cards support to the Pro service.
What are the most common problems with setting up cardshop?
 
Most mistakes or difficulties are caused by misspeling! People often misspell their form code, page names, links, etc. If you are not sure about what are you doing - don't think, use cut and paste! And, of course, visit other postcard sites and take a note of other people's code - it will help you a lot! Don't borrow other people's code without asking first! Someone will definetely do the same with you!
Why I can't see my images on cards?
(most frequently asked question ever)

 
Most often this happens because you either made mistake when registering URL of your images directory OR you added directory info to the form fields - for example:
<INPUT TYPE=radio VALUE=./yourimgdir/image3.jpg NAME=filename>.

It is NOT necessary, as long as you specified this directory as primary source of your pictures storage - you don't need to add it to the image name.

Another easy workaround for mistakes like this is to provide FULL URL of your images - for example

<INPUT TYPE=radio VALUE=http://yoursite.com/img3.jpg NAME=filename>

You will always see this mistake if you DID NOT put the names of your images into the generated HTML template.

For those who wonders how much is "frequently" - 3-4 questions a week, others manage to figure it easily.
What is the best way to start working on postcard site?
 
1. Read all instrcutions carefully and follow them exactly.

2. Don't try to start with fancy layout - all stock template generated in account manager, make sure your cards function perfectly and only after this move on to real design

3. Learn HTML!!! It's not as hard as you were told-:)
Can I enable mutlisend features?
 
No. Those are the features available with My Postcards Platinum program only, not with PRO or free remotely-hosted service.
Can I add Flash cards?
 
Yes, you can. Use exactly the same procedure as for the java applets described above.
How do I add "use any picture" capability to my cardshop?
 
Easily. By changing the form element for the picture on your composition page like this <input type=text name=filename>. This can be applied to any card composition element as well.
Can I translate the text of card pages into some other language?
 
Yes. Only in PRO service. Use "power user tools" in your account manager to edit "cards layout". You can edit HTML of receive, preview and sent pages by hand, including the text.

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