RSS Feeds Plugin

The RSS Feeds PlugIn allows you to display news titles as news ticker over gPhotoShow/WallpaperSS slideshow and to download media files from RSS Feeds.

RSS Feeds plugin is compatible with the following RSS standards:

- RSS 0.91
- RSS 1.0
- RSS 2.0
- ATOM

This means the plugin is compatible with almost all news and media feeds available on internet. The plugin can be used with any kind of feed but in order to make configuration easier they are flagged as "News" feeds or "Download" feeds. News feeds are displayed in the news ticker, the plugin download the feed, get the titles of the articles and displays them as a single news ticker. Download feeds are used only to download files, the text inside the feeds can be saved as a description for the downloaded images. Of course feeds marked as "Download" must contains some kind of media, for example photos or videos. The plugin is compatible with most photo sharing sites that offers RSS feeds, for example Flickr, smugmug, picasa, panoramio are compatible and the plugin can download public images from user galleries and photo streams.

RSS Feeds Plugin

 

How to configure the plugin

Open the gPhotoShow Pro configuration window and go to the plugin configuration window. See this tutorial if you don't know how to do it.

If you don't see the plug in the gPhotoShow list then you need to download and install the plugin.

First of all the PlugIn must be enabled by checking the control "Enable PlugIn". Then you must add some RSS feeds to the list in the main window and configure news ticker and download settings.

How to display a news ticker

Click on the "Add..." button, the "RSS Feed" window will open.

Add RSS Feed

Enter here the Feed URL. The easiest way to find the url of a feed is to open the web site with a browser then find the "RSS" icon RSS or the writing "Subscribe to ... feed", copy the link and paste it in this window. Choose the action "Add to news ticker"and click on the "Check" button, the plugin downloads the feed and checks whether it contains valid items or it is not correct.

Repeat the procedure for all feeds you like.

Next step is to configure the ticker, click on the "Ticker Settings" button, the settings window will open:

News Ticker Settings

Here you chose text position, size, color and other attributes by clicking on the "Text Settings" button. Then you can choose from a scrolling ticker or a static one. Scrolling ticker usually takes more computer resources so in case you choose this type of ticker in order to have a smooth scrolling ticker keep text size small and configure gPhotoShow to use DirectX transitions.

 

How to download photos from web sites

The RSS feeds plugin can download photos and video from web sites that offers RSS media feeds. Some sites are Flickr, Picasa, Panoramio, Tumblr, Smugmug and many others.

Click on the "Add..." button, the "RSS Feed" window will open.

Add RSS Feed

Enter here the Feed URL. The easiest way to find the url of a feed is to open the web site with a browser then find the "RSS" icon RSS or the writing "Subscribe to ... feed", copy the link and paste it in this window.

Panoramio is an exception to this rule since it doesn't have links to its feeds, however you can access to RSS feeds in this way:

http://www.panoramio.com/userfeed/xxxxxx

where xxxx is the userid, the same you see in the address bar when you see the profile of the user

After you entered the URL of a feed choose the action "Download Media "and click on the "Check" button, the plugin downloads the feed and checks whether it contains media items or not.

Repeat the procedure for all feeds you like.

Next step is to configure the download settings, click on the "Download Settings" button, the settings window will open:

RSS media download settings

Enter here the name of a folder (with full path !) where to store downloaded media (photo and video) and choose the options you prefer. Then add the same folder to the gPhotoShow Pro folders list.

That's all. When the slideshow will start gPhotoShow will download the configured feeds and media, if any.