an picture of the RSS iconWe’re pleased to introduce a new & improved RSS News Feed App! This app allows you to build dynamic text feeds right into your media as a way to keep your audiences engaged with dynamic, up-to-date information.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is an industry standard way of pulling serialized content updates from a news source, website or blog, for presentation by a third-party application (in this case a digital sign). For convenience users can choose a popular feed from among a curated list of news sources, or presets, to serve as their data source, or they can copy the URL of ANY valid RSS feed of their choice and paste it right into the App.  The app also supports most Atom feeds as well – which is another format that is very similar to RSS.  The W3C offers this handy tool for making sure your RSS or Atom feed is valid, and we recommend you test your feed there if your own feed doesn’t work on your first try.

The RSS App is very flexible and can be used when designing a new media item from scratch.  However, to give users a head start we’re also releasing three new professionally designed templates that are pre-formatted for displaying serialized text data. The themes are sports news, world news, and blogs. A template is a great starting point, especially for non-designers, and of course they can be easily customized by adding your own custom news feed, by toggling off a few fields, or by changing the look and feel entirely. Keep reading this post to learn more.

Follow along with this step by step guide to get acquainted with how to use the RSS News Feed App.

Questions, comments, or tutorial ideas? Reach out to us at mediacorner@screenscape.com