The following instructions address issues related to using
version 4.x vLetter fonts in e-mails for Windows.
- If the recipients don't have your custom font installed on their machines, their computers will substitute a standard font (such as Arial) for the custom font.
- You need to send your handwritten note as an image in the e-mail body, or to embed your handwriting in a Word document to send as an attachment in the e-mail, or to create a PDF file with your handwriting to send as an attachment.
Convert the text in the document to handwriting, or insert your signature.
- Word 2002-2003: Go to Tools > Options, and on the "Save" tab, check the option to "Embed TrueType fonts." Click OK. Then save the document and e-mail it to the recipient as an attachment.
- Word 2007: Go to the Office Button (upper left corner), then click Word Options, then click on Save, then check the option to "Embed fonts in the file." Then click OK. Save the document and e-mail it as an attachment.
- Word 2010: Click on the File tab (top left), then choose Options (down by Exit), then click on Save, then check the option to "Embed fonts in the file." Then click OK. Save the document and e-mail it as an attachment.
- NOTE: This only works if you send the document to someone who also has Word on Windows. This does not work for other word processing programs or non-Windows systems (e.g. Word on Mac).
- NOTE: Do not use the option to e-mail directly from Word. This will convert the document to an e-mail message to send, and your signature will no longer be embedded.
- NOTE: Do not check the option to "Embed only the characters used in the document" to try to reduce file size. This sometimes has the unintended effect of not embedding the font at all, which defeats the purpose.
- The vLetterWriter works as a stand-alone application, but it will also work with almost every e-mail application if you want to attach a vLetter graphic to an e-mail message. There are so many applications out there that we can't cover them all here, so we recommend you download the free vLetter demo and try it for yourself.
1. Open the vLetterWriter and type your message. Customize with menu options if you wish.
2. Choose "Convert this vLetter to an e-mail attachment" from the eMail menu in the vLetterWriter.
3. Name the vLetter .GIF image that will be created and save it to your desktop.
4. Drag the .GIF file from your desktop into your regular e-mail message. It will be attached to the message and will display automatically in most e-mail applications when the recipient reads the e-mail message.
5. Send the e-mail message. Easy!
1. Open vLetter and type your message in the Edit Window. Customize with menu options if you wish.
2. Choose "Send this vLetter to" from the eMail menu in the vLetterWriter window (the first time you do this, the Settings window will open. Fill in required information and click "OK").
3. Fill in the e-mail address and other information in the dialog box and click the "Send" button.
- If you are sending an e-mail message from AOL to another AOL user, just drag the .GIF into your e-mail message. If you are sending it from AOL to someone outside AOL, choose the Attach File button and navigate to the .GIF; then double-click the .GIF to attach it.
- Yes. The attached image should remain in the forwarded e-mail.
- If you send the vLetter directly from the vLetter application, just type all the recipients' addresses separated by commas or semi-colons into the "Send To" box.
- If you want to attach the vLetter to different messages in a regular e-mail application, choose "Convert this vLetter to an e-mail attachment" from the eMail menu in the vLetterWriter window and drag the .GIF file from your desktop into each regular e-mail message.
- Yes, in many e-mail applications. For example, in Eudora Pro, you can put multiple vLetters anywhere in an e-mail message, and even mix it with regular text such as Arial or Times New Roman.
- Yes. Just drag the same vLetter .GIF, for example "MySignature.GIF", into as many different e-mail messages as you want.
- The vLetter is received by an e-mail application and, prior to opening and viewing it, looks like an ordinary e-mail with a standard header. Upon opening, or in the preview window, most e-mail applications decode the attachment and display the handwritten graphic message within the e-mail message itself. In a few e-mail applications, the vLetter will be listed as an attachment which just needs to be double-clicked to be viewed (it will open in Picture Viewer, most Draw or Paint applications, or in your internet browser).
- First, check to see if you have "Automatically display (or 'open') picture attachments" chosen in your e-mail application's settings. If that option is not available, if may be because some of the older e-mail applications and some of the "Lite" or free versions of e-mail applications do not support direct viewing of html or picture files (such as .GIF's). When you attach a vLetter to an e-mail message, the html-savvy e-mail applications will show it in the main body of the message. Upgrading to a newer version of your e-mail application will solve this.
- Generally, vLetter attachments will open when they are double clicked. If not, you may need to change some settings in your e-mail application: try choosing "...Send styled mail with HTML..." or "Automatically display (or 'open') picture attachments." If your e-mail application is not capable of doing this (most are), the vLetter .GIF's can be opened in picture viewing applications, most Draw or Paint applications, or in your internet browser.
- No! Tell your friends, so they won't be afraid to get vLetter e-mails from you!