Exciting Bing Map Enhancements in Paragon!

As part of Paragon’s version 5.31 software enhancements we got a new look and feel for Paragon Bing Maps! The NNRMLS staff is really excited to share this news and a brief summary of the enhancements. Soon we’ll be concentrating on each section with more details to help guide you through the process. Continue reading

Resizing Photos in Microsoft Paint

If you have a photo that is too large to upload to Paragon and you use a Windows computer, one quick way to resize it is to use your computer’s Paint program.

Note: these instructions assume you’re using Windows 7 for your operating system and that you want to resize one picture at a time

1. Click on the Start button

2. In the Search Programs and Files field type in “Paint”

3. Under results from programs click Paint

4. Once the program opens click on the blue tab in the upper left above the Paste icon, which looks like a clipboard

5. Click Open and locate the photo on your computer that you want to edit

6. Click on the photo

7. Click the Open button

8. Use the canvas zoom control (it likely says 100% next to it) located in the lower right corner, to view the entire image

9. Click the Resize button

10. Click on the Pixels radial

11. Make sure the Maintain aspect ratio check box is checked

12. Make the largest dimension of the photo 640

13. Don’t worry about adjusting the smallest dimension of the photo as long as you have checked the Maintain aspect ratio check box (the ideal size for Paragon photos is 640 by 480 pixels but if the numbers aren’t exact, don’t worry the photo should still upload into Paragon

14. Click the OK button

15. Click on the blue tab in the upper left above the Paste icon, which looks like a clipboard

16. Click Save As and choose JPEG Picture

17. In the Save As window choose where on your computer you would like to save the resized image

18. In the File name field, give your photo a name

19. Click the Save button

That’s it! The photo is resized and ready to upload to Paragon. Note: If you would like to resize multiple photos at once you should use Microsoft Office Picture Manager; and that how-to will be the subject of another blog post.

andrew@nnrmls.com or 775-823-8838

I Can’t Log into Paragon / Scroll Bar Where Password Goes

Hello Paragon users!

Have you tried to log into Paragon and found a scroll bar in the password field?

It looks like this if you’re using Internet Explorer as your browser:

When this happens you won’t be able to log in until we somehow exorcize those pesky scroll bars.

Following are are a few ways to correct this issue:
1. Hold down your computer keyboard’s “Ctrl” key and the tap the “+” key.

-if that doesn’t work:
2. In Internet Explorer, click on the “Page” button, then click on “Zoom” and make sure that is set at “100%”

-if that doesn’t work:
3. In Internet Explorer click on “View” in the browser’s “menu bar,” then click on “Zoom,” then click on “100%.”

-if that doesn’t work:
Contact the NNRMLS at 775-823-8838 or support@nnrmls.zendesk.com

Please note: The NNRMLS tech team is aware of a similar issue to this one that affects Mozilla Firefox users. The fix is not the same as the advice above. That error looks like this:

-and will likely be the subject of a future post!

Thanks for reading, I hope this post helps to make your life just a little easier!

Open .DAT File

Hello readers!

Have you ever received an email attachment that you couldn’t open and found that it was “.DAT” file?

I have, and it’s a real pain. I was just helping an NNRMLS Member figure out how to open one of these .DAT, or data files, and I found a great little free tool that allowed me to do so!

It’s called WinMail Opener and you can get it here: http://download.cnet.com/Winmail-Opener/3000-2369_4-10469892.html

Once you download it to your computer, you just open it, then click on the “open file” link. Check out the screen shot below of what this looks like:

After that the program will ask you to navigate to the file you want to open. Once you pick the file the program opens it in a readable format and will allow you to save it as a .RTF file, which was developed by Microsoft, and provided you have some version of Word on your computer, you’ll be able to open it and share it.

A couple of definitions for you:

1. .DAT file (from About.com): A file with the DAT file extension is a Data file. Other types of files that use the DAT extension include VCD video files and some email program file attachments. You might also see a DAT file alongside a DLL file. These DAT files might be simple help files or might be necessary for the DLL, and associated program, to work properly.
2. .RTF file, or Rich Text Format file, (from wikipedia): The Rich Text Format (often abbreviated RTF) is a proprietary document file format with published specification developed by Microsoft Corporation since 1987 for Microsoft products and for cross-platform document interchange.

There you have it! Now you can open .DAT file!

Make it a great day!

Changing Outlook’s Email Message Colors

Being a busy Real Estate professional you likely receive gobs of emails, and you might even want to read some of them!

For those of you that have challenges sorting the important from the more mundane, this article will explain how to assign a color to a certain attribute of an incoming email. Please note this applies to those of you that use Microsoft Outlook.
Check out the screenshot below to see an example of what I’m talking about:
In this example I’ve assigned a different color to each sender, incidentally the inside of the email does not change, just the inbox message list view.
Microsoft calls this Conditional Formatting and it’s fairly simple to set, here’s how:
1. Open your Microsoft Outlook program
2. Click on the View tab:
3. Click on View Settings:
4. Click on Conditional Formatting in the Advanced View Settings: Compact window
5. Click on the Add button in the Conditional Formatting window and an “Untitled” rule will appear in the “Rules for this view:” window and in the “Name:” field:
6. Type the name of the rule into the Name field
7. Click the Font button and pick your desired color:
8. Click the OK button
9. In the “Rules for this view:” window make sure that your new rule is highlighted, and then click on the Condition button in the Conditional Formatting window. This will bring up the Filter window:
10. In the From field enter the exact full name that appears on messages that you receive.
11. Click the OK button on the Filter, Conditional Formatting, and Advanced View Settings windows.
That’s it! You’re done and on your way to color coded organizational bliss!
By the way you can also use conditional formatting to set the color of all email messages that contain a certain word in the subject and/or the body.
Thanks for reading this post! Please feel free to use the comment section for questions or well…comments.
-Andrew Cristancho
NNRMLS Help Desk Representative