RSS widgets

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This page is about the RSS data-driven widgets included into Elementi 2016, Elementi 2017 and Elementi 2018. For older versions, see the links below.

RSS news example


Introduction

The RSS widgets can be used to display content syndicated through RSS (Rich Site Summary; often called Really Simple Syndication) feeds provided by different publishers.

RSS feeds are commonly used to share frequently updated information: news headlines, blog entries, audio, video etc.) and can be easily found on the Internet - for instance, several RSS feeds provided by CNN can be found on http://edition.cnn.com/services/rss/.

Video tutorial

RSS widgets

Elementi software comes with several RSS widgets accessible from "Widgets" tab within the Browse panel.

RSS feed widgets
  • Text Bar
    Displays text content using a fixed number of lines and applying a bottom-to-top & line-by-line scrolling effect whenever the entire text doesn't fit into the widget area.
  • Text Ticker
    Displays text content using a continuous horizontal scrolling effect. The font size is adjusted automatically for the text to fit into the widget area.
  • Text Roll
    Displays text content using a continuous vertical scrolling effect. The font size is adjusted automatically for the selected number of lines to fit into the predefined area.
  • Media Playlist
    Displays a playlist of media items (images, videos) included into the RSS feed.
  • Media Crawler
    Displays the media items (images, videos) included into the RSS feed using a continuous scrolling effect.
  • Slideshow
    Displays slides composed of text & media layers, which are automatically filled out with data retrieved from the RSS feed. The slides are displayed one after another, with or without a transition effect in between, similarly to a playlist.
  • Horizontal Table, Vertical Table, and Table
    Displays slides composed of multiple cells of text & media layers, which are automatically filled out with data retrieved from the RSS feed. The slides are displayed one after another, with or without a transition effect in between, similarly to a playlist.
Note Note:
Any formatting present within the RSS feed is discarded (the RSS standard is not designed for formatting, but for carrying plain text) - you can customize how the text appears on the screen within Elementi.

Configuration

Each of the widgets above can be customized using the options provided under "Properties" tab - for more details go to the dedicated page of each widget type, linked above.

Data Properties

To edit the properties related to the data source, click on the Data Feed Properties button. This opens the "Data Properties" dialog, which allows changing the following:

  • URI
    Enter the URI from where the data is retrieved. This can be a local path into the project or a remote HTTP(S) address.
  • Refresh
    Enter a number, optionally followed by s (implicit), m or h, to specify the period after which the widget should refresh the feed data (this is useful especially when the widget is running in a loop); the minimum accepted value is 10 seconds. Using "When document opens" will refresh the data only when the document is re-opened.
  • Limit
    Enable this option and specify the maximum number of items (rows) to be kept from the data set (starting from the first row).
Note Note:
At any point, the data source configuration can be tested by clicking on the "Test..." button.

Troubleshooting

See also

This page was last modified on 4 February 2019, at 14:11.