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Adding an RSS Feed

Postby thyme » 24 Jun 2009, 18:21

I thought I try adding an RSS feed to the Seamless3d site.
Untill yesterday I knew next to nothing about RSS so I spent some time reading up on the subject.
The actual RSS feed file seems simple enough to write (assuming I have it filled it in correctly) and now if I go to my home page http://www.seamless3d.com there is an orange RSS icon I can click on to see the contents of my RSS file.
I was hoping I would just need to upload my RSS file with my daily events and twitter would add my new entries automatically.
I set up a twitterfeed account for this but so far I have seen nothing appear in twitter.

I was also hoping facebook and myspace would update automatically from this single RSS feed file but this does not seem to be happening so easily :(

I must say I feel a little demoralized after having spent a day on this and being short of time on other things I must do.
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Re: Adding an RSS Feed

Postby jordi » 25 Jun 2009, 17:22

Hi Thyme,

You may need to go to Twitterfeed and adjust where it says: "Update Frequency
Check for new posts". I have set mine to every hour. Then, twitterfeed will retrieve the new content every lapse of time specified. Although it says that it is for blogs, and I have not posted for other rss files, I think it will work.
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Re: Adding an RSS Feed

Postby thyme » 28 Jun 2009, 18:48

Thanks for your reply Jordi I much appreciate your time and experience on this.
Afraid I already had set updates to check every 30 minutes.
All says everything is connected and so, except I recently noticed when I switch to plain text view there is a message stating:
"We could not find date/time stamps for items" so I added a pubDate tag but I still get this message :(
My last 2 updates have updated fine for facebook but because of this message from twitterfeed I suspect the problem may be in my xml file for twitter.
I need a working example and then I can try colonizing it bit by bit with my own text.

Here is the code I am currently using:

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<rss version="2.0">
  <channel>
    <title> Seamless3d Log </title>

    <description> 3d modelling software, tutorials and help for the 3D artist </description>

    <link> http://www.seamless3d.com </link>

    <item>
      <title>
        Converting many of the shapes for Techuelife Island to NurbsPatches
      </title>
      <description>
        Converting many of the shapes for Techuelife Island to NurbsPatches
      </description>
      <pubDate>Sun, 28 June 2009 02:06:00 GMT</pubDate>
      <link> </link>
    </item>

  </channel>
</rss>
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Re: Adding an RSS Feed

Postby jordi » 29 Jun 2009, 20:02

I have suscribed to the feed and the last item is "Converting many of the shapes for Techuelife Island to NurbsPatches".
The first is "Set up a Twitterfeed account but wondering why still no message has appeared from my RSS feed on Twitter."
They seem to have dates.

I don't make the files myself, so I don't know how they're done by hand. But I'll look or try to get an example that is not a blog one.
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Re: Adding an RSS Feed

Postby thyme » 01 Jul 2009, 10:02

Thanks Jordi but I finally got it to work after fixing some errors highlighted by http://www.feedvalidator.org :)

here is my working RSS code:

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<rss version="2.0" xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom"> 
  <channel>
    <title> Seamless3d Log </title>

    <description> 3d modelling software, tutorials and help for the 3D artist </description>

    <link> http://www.seamless3d.com </link>
    <atom:link href="http://seamless3d.com/rss.xml" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" />
    <item>
      <title>
        Recalculating the Animation to Match Default Poses
      </title>
      <description>
        Recalculating the default pose for this animation Alain made for Zoe using a mocapdata.com file
      </description>
      <pubDate>Wed, 01 Jul 2009 09:44:00 GMT</pubDate>
      <link> http://www.seamless3d.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&amp;t=428#p3432 </link>
      <guid> http://mixed3d.free.fr/alain/ghost/zoejump.htm </guid>
    </item>

  </channel>
</rss>
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Re: Adding an RSS Feed

Postby thyme » 02 Jul 2009, 09:15

I have just written a fast convenient utility for hand coding RSS feed files. It copies a pubDate tag with the current date to your clipboard, so all you have to do is run it and then paste the pubDate to your text editor. I have made it free open source software available under the MIT licence.

Download from: http://www.seamless3d.com/create-rss-date
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Re: Adding an RSS Feed

Postby jordi » 04 Jul 2009, 19:14

That is great! You may also be interested in the free Refcardz that Dzone published, as you like tweaking the RSS files:
http://refcardz.dzone.com/refcardz/rss-and-atom
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Re: Adding an RSS Feed

Postby thyme » 06 Jul 2009, 23:21

Thanks for the link Jordi however I can't say I wanted to edit my RSS files directly, I thought this was what everyone else was doing :lol:
To keep my life simple I have thought about just using my Twitter feed for Seamless3d's home page feed and bypass any RSS hand editing this way.
However I have noticed when you subscribe to a RSS feed directly from twitter, all the title links lead back to the twitter blog and all the links that are intended to be hyperlinks are just plain text (but work as hyperlinks on the actual twitter blog page), where as in my hand edited RSS feed I have more control over my links.
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Re: Adding an RSS Feed

Postby jordi » 07 Jul 2009, 19:39

Also have a look to Feedburner:

http://feedburner.google.com

If you use it with your feed, then you can know things like how many people have subscribed. Also, if you change your rss url, as people subscribe to a feedurner url and not to the real url, they continue suscribed even if you move the file elsewhere.
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Re: Adding an RSS Feed

Postby jordi » 09 Jul 2009, 05:42

Thyme something is wrong, the titles don't link to any article. Before, they had a link on it.
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Re: Adding an RSS Feed

Postby thyme » 09 Jul 2009, 12:59

Hi Jordi

The last 3 entries have no articles to link to, they were just quick and spontaneous entries.

Thanks for the feedburner link and info, I will take a look at it.
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