Creating an RSS feed where there is none

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Creating an RSS feed where there is none

Postby ricks » Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:47 am

From the files of "Try it at your own risk" :D

I often want to get text into ML from a web site that doesn't have an RSS feed. Typically this is difficult or impossible without screen scrappers and scripts. Today's GiveAwayoftheDay http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/rss-wizard-00/ has an app that allows you to scrape a screen of data and convert it into an rss feed which can be handled by MLRSS. I tried it on Vista and XP without problems. Haven't tried to down load images yet.

It's pretty simple to use:
1. Start the app
2. Put in the url
3. View the source of the web page
4. Select the title
5. Select the start of the text you want
6. Select the end of the text you want
7. Choose where to download the file on your hdd
8. Set up a schedule for when you want it to run
9. Add it to MLRSS using the disk location instead of a url

Two issues. The first is that the program needs to be running when you schedule it to get an updated feed. Simpliest way would be to start it minimized via MLS just before the scheduled update and then close the program in windows.

Second issue I've found is that it sometimes doesn't interpret some punctuation well ('). I've fixed this by using an automation rule and MLStrings to replace the misread characters.

If you're not familiar with GAOTD its a site that gives away free, fully operational software. Each program is only available free for that day and must be donwloaded and registered before midnight.

Hint: If you've ever wanted to create a recipe manager without manually adding all of the info this may be a good way to add recipes, especially if you're using MLDatabase. Simply take a daily feed from a recipe site and then move the MLRSS data into MLDB.

Hopefully it works for you.

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Re: Creating an RSS feed where there is none

Postby mnkynifefite » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:56 pm

Good find. Have you tried Yahoo Pipes yet? I find it does pretty much the same thing except you don't have the overhead of running your own "server", keeping the software up to date, etc.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/

Quick how-to video here-
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/5260536/13878389

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Creating an RSS feed where there is none

Postby ricks » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:31 pm

Thanks. I'll give it a try.

Rick


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