Tools

In this chapter we explain how to use these tools:

Short URL Manager

Create a URL – Short URL Wizard

Media File Manager

Create a Media File – Media File Wizard

You may access these tools from the Tools menu in the Textboom toolbar or by the quick access links under the toolbar on the Dashboard.

Short URL Manager

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The Short URL Manager displays a listing of all the Short URLs for your account. You can filter by OC (Operating Company), Agency, Client, or Status. You can edit, disable, re-enable, and delete Short URL. You may also perform a search for a specific word or number. The listing will change to match any filters that you apply, and you can combine several filters to make your report very specific. To clear away any filter, you can perform a reset at any time.

You may access this feature by choosing Tools > Short URL Manager from the toolbar or access it via the quick access links under the toolbar on the Dashboard.

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After choosing this menu item, you’ll see a page having the characteristics that we describe below.

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Filters

On the left side of the report control panel, you’ll find a group of filters (below). By default, the listing displays all Short URLs, QR Codes, and Media Files links. Uncheck one or more of the boxes to remove a category from the listing:

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You may also choose from one or more of these drop-down menus to filter by OC (Operating Company), Agency, Client, or Status.

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Along with these filters, you’ll also find a Search field. Here you can enter a specific value, such as “GOSSIP” or “57111”. Click the Go button (found at the extreme right of the page) to initiate the search. Any records containing the value in the Search field will appear in the results.

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Click the Go button to update the listing; click the Reset button to revert back to the original filter settings.

Add, Enable, Disable, or Delete Short URLs

In the upper right corner of the page, locate these icons:

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Check the box next to any record, and then click the icon that corresponds to the function you want to apply:

New – add a new short URL .

Enable – enables a record that has been previously been disabled.

Disable – Click this icon to disable the Short URL. A disabled Short URL cannot be used again until it is enabled.

Delete – click this icon to delete a Short URL. A deleted short URL is both disabled and invisible.

Column Headings

The figure below displays the first few column headings. Underneath these headings, you will see a list of all your short URLs.

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Managing Short URLs

At the extreme right end of each record in the listing you’ll find a series of small icons:

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Click this icon to view statistics.

Click this icon to view a popup showing the Short URLs message dialogue. Click this icon to edit the Short URL (you will exit the Short URL Manager). Click this icon to enable the Short URL.

Click this icon to disable the Short URL. A disabled Short URL cannot be used again until it is

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enabled.

Click this icon to delete a Short URL. A deleted Short URL is both disabled and invisible.

Create a Short URL

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With this feature, you may create a Short URL for use with your campaigns. A short URL is a compact web address that is excellent when the target web address is lengthy or cryptic. Read below to see how easy it is to create a short URL.

You may access this feature by choosing Tools > Short URL Manager > Short URL Wizard from the toolbar or click on New in the Short URL Manager. After choosing this menu item, you will see a page much like the figure below:

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Follow these steps to create a Short URL:

  1. Click the Client drop-down list, and then select the correct client name.
  2. Enter a Title for the short URL.
  3. Enter the Long URL-this is the full address of the target web page.
  4. Instead of accepting the default Random setting, you might want to specify your own Custom URL. To do so, simply choose the Custom option, enter the Custom Short URL, and then click the Check Availability button.

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  5. When you’re happy with the entries, click the Save button in the upper right corner of the page. Click Cancel to discard your entries.

    Media File Manager

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    The Media File Manager displays a listing of all the media files for your account. You can filter by OC (Operating Company), Agency, Client, or Status. You can edit, disable, re-enable, and delete media files. You may also perform a search for a specific word or number. The listing will change to match any filters that you apply, and you can combine several filters to make your report very specific. To clear away any filter, you can perform a reset at any time.

    You may access this feature by choosing Tools > Media File Manager from the toolbar or from the quick access icon under the toolbar on the Dashboard.

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    After choosing this menu item, you’ll see a page having the characteristics which we describe below.

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    Filters

    On the left side of the report control panel, you’ll find a group of filters (below). Choose from one or more of these drop-down menus to filter by OC (Operating Company), Agency, Client, or Status.

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    Along with these filters, you’ll also find a Search field. Here you can enter a specific value, such as “GOSSIP” or “57111”. Click the Go button (found at the extreme right of the page) to initiate the search. Any records containing the value in the Search field will appear in the results.

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    Click the Go button to update the listing; click the Reset button to revert back to the original filter settings.

    Add, Enable, Disable, or Delete Media Files

    In the upper right corner of the page, locate these icons:

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    Check the box next to any record, and then click the icon that corresponds to the function you want to apply:

    New – add a new media file.

    Enable – enables a record that has been previously been disabled.

    Disable – Click this icon to disable the media file. A disabled media file cannot be used again until it is enabled.

    Delete – click this icon to delete the media file. A deleted media file is both disabled and invisible.

    Column Headings

    The figure below displays the first few column headings. Underneath these headings, you will see a list of all your media files.

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    Managing Media Files

    At the extreme right end of each record in the listing you’ll find a series of small icons:

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    Click this icon to view statistics.

    Click this icon to preview the media file.

    Click this icon to edit the media file (you will exit the Media File Manager).

    Click this icon to disable the media file. A disabled media file cannot be used again until it is enabled.

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    Click this icon to delete a media file. A deleted media file is both disabled and invisible.

    Add a Media File

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    With this feature, you may create a new Media File for use with your campaigns. Textboom

    supports these types of media files:

    .asf — ASF digital audio/video file format

    .avi — AVI movie file format

    .flv — FLV Flash video file format

    .gif — Graphics Interchange Format image file format

    .jpeg (.jpg) — Joint Photographic Experts Group image file format

    .m4v — raw MPEG4 video format

    .mov, mp4, m4a, 3gp, 3g2, mj2 — QuickTime/MPEG4/Motion JPEG 2000 file format

    .png — Portable Network Graphics image file format

    .wmv — Windows Media Video file format

    .mp3 — mp3 audio files format

    Read below to see how easy it is to add a media file to your account.

    You may access this feature by choosing Tools > Media File Manager > Media File Wizard from the toolbar or by clicking on New in the Media File Manager. After choosing this menu item, you will see a page much like the figure below:

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    Follow these steps to add a media file to your account:

    1. Click the Client drop-down list, and then select the correct client name.
    2. Enter a Title for the media file.
    3. Click the Browse button for the Media File. Locate the file and click Open to return to the page.

    4. Instead of accepting the default Random setting, you might want to specify your own Custom URL for the media file. To do so, simply choose the Custom option, enter the Custom Short URL, and then click the Check Availability button.

    5. When you’re happy with the entries, click the Save button in the upper right corner of the page. Click Cancel to discard your entries.