Align a floating image within the body of a text box

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Overall better image control. It would be nice to have an image aligned right (or left), but part way down the body of the message, not at the very top of the message like now. And better control over sizing and padding.
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Thanks for this idea! You're able to accomplish what you're wanting by pulling over a text box and then a combo block, like this:



Inserting an image into the middle of a text box isn't a capability we're pursuing. I'm adjusting this topic's subject to reflect this.

We will be addressing padding in images, eventually giving the top/bottom/right/left padding settings for image uploads instead of the generic box that adjusts the same amount of padding on all sides.

As far as sizing options, there's no plan right now to build an image-sizing option, outside of being able to select Small/Medium/Large versions of the image, as you're able to simply resize an image outside of Emma and pop it into a placeholder as that size.
The only problem with this, as far as I can see, is that if you have a (same) background color in each of the two boxes, there will be a white gap between them. I am struggling with this right now...
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That’s right, if your mailing has one background color and the combo blocks have another background color, there will be a space in between:



What you can do is remove the margin for each combo box to seemingly merge their background color:



You can edit the margin by hover over a combo box, clicking Options and then adjusting the bar beneath Margin in the sidebar that appears.
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"Inserting an image into the middle of a text box isn't a capability we're pursuing."

WHY??? This would be SO helpful to your customers. It's frustrating that so many of the things that would help us you aren't pursuing; feels like you're only pursuing changes that make YOUR life easier.

And no offense, but those stupid faces at the bottom minimize the frustration your customer's feel.
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I'm so sorry to hear the frustration you feel. As I'm sure you can imagine, we receive scores of requests that run the gamut for product changes, updates and brand-new features. Our developers are working on some really cool capabilities this quarter, but our #1 focus is making Emma work the smoothest and best that she can. Because of that, we aren't able to accommodate every request in lieu of getting Emma in what we consider proper working order.

It's kind of like when you're renovating a house: Much of your money may go toward problems you didn't know you had and can't see, like better insulation and termite prevention; it isn't all granite countertops and heated flooring. But that doesn't mean the work we're doing toward stabilizing the platform isn't time-intensive and of vital importance to you.

I'm sorry that the face selections have caused irritation, too. They're a part of the third-party platform we use to power Emma Community and not something we implemented ourselves. You certainly needn't use them.

Please let me know if I can help to address any other issues you're experiencing that are disrupting your workflow. Expressing those pain points here is the quickest way to get your thoughts to our product owners as they build out their future schedules. We're constantly looking for ways to improve our application, and most of our improvements are built and based from customer feedback and ideas, so I appreciate you sharing your frustrations here.
I totally agree that it would be so helpful to have the ability to move an image around within a text block (much the way that Microsoft Word lets you do). Sometimes I want an image smack in the middle and I'm just not able to do that right now without cobbling together text boxes with photo boxes, and even then it doesn't look right. Maybe for your next update?
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Hi there! Each development sprint is two weeks, and they’re already scheduled out through year’s end. This isn’t something we’re pursuing right now, looking at the schedule through Dec. 31, so that’s why it’s marked as Not Planned.

It’s always possible that we’ll reconsider creating this functionality next year, but it isn’t in the books as of now.
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We too, would like the ability to display an image in the middle of a sentence like this in html editing,  I love <img src=" PGF-letters-sm.png "> Tournaments. 
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It’s always possible that we’ll reconsider creating this functionality next year, but it isn’t in the books as of now.
How do we petition to get it in the books? 
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Hello! I checked in with our Editor Team, and we still don't have plans to create this functionality. It might help to give you some background into how our feature request process works: Every new idea posted here in the community is exported into Jira, where our product team prioritizes their work. They carefully consider each request in comparison to our current goals, and we set an expectation here for if/when we plan to work on the coding for that idea.

The status Not Planned means the product owner who the idea fell to doesn't believe we'll be able to fit in that idea within the next 12 months, yet it doesn't necessarily mean we'll never do it; we've had other Not Planned requests later move to Implemented. Even when we select Not Planned, we keep our eyes on the comments and votes for an idea, so Not Planned doesn't necessarily mean it's over. In this case, though, this particular idea isn't supported in Outlook, which a healthy segment of email recipients use, so it's unlikely we'll pursue this.

I hope this helps give some context!
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Yes that helps in understanding why it is not planned. It also is a big reason why I don't use Outlook personally as well as any Microsoft product.

Thank you
Steve
All I'd like to do today is to add a scanned image of an employee's signature to the closing of a letter...how can I do that?
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Hey there! Since your question is about something a bit separate, I’m creating a new conversation for us to lend a hand and track this. :) Please reference the new topic here: Add employee’s signature to mailing
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I've tried to figure out the coding that would allow an image to float left or right in a text box but all my tests have failed. It's surprising how many times I would like to have a combo box that has an image on the left and and image on the right and text in between.

Do you have some suggested HTML coding that would work for us codeheads? As a work-around, how about adding a combo box that has the ability to put images on either side of a box with text in between?
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Good morning! Since we aren't coders, I'm not sure how you'd code in that type of alignment. Your fellow Emma users here may have an idea for you!
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I've tried floating the image, and it works until I save and then reopen the email. When I reopen the email, the style="float:right" has been stripped from the HTML.
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Hi,
From reading the posts of your users, in this thread, but also others, I have observed that there are long standing issues that haven't been resolved. 
Since you are saying that there are no plans for fixing this or other similar issues, are there any plans for making Emma more flexible, so that us users can just fix things on our own? It has been two years and it seems that it's still not in the plans to fix the specific issue.
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Thanks for checking in here! I'll get an update for you. :)
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Hi friends -- I've updated the status here to Not Planned based on the extensive research our Product Team has done on this topic. 

We would love to provide more robust layout options, including freeform images floating within a block of text, however, the limitation lies in the lack of layout support from email clients. Without getting too technical, the code that drives email design really isn't that smart. Email layout is almost entirely block driven, even when coding from scratch. Arranging blocks of text and images is very much like arranging the blocks in a game of Tetris. Those blocks can't overlap or wrap and thus the inability to arbitrarily position images and text around and over each other.

These types of layout options are beginning to become possible on the web. With email design also being HTML and CSS driven, that means eventually we may see those advanced layout options make their way to email. But as we all know, email clients tend to be well behind the curve of what's possible when compared to the web.

So, until the majority of email clients catch up and support the latest web technologies, we won't pursue these more freeform layout options.