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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I am trying to help a colleague integrate FFA with Macromedia Contribute. (Contribute is a wysiwyg Web publishing program.) In this way, non-technical people can update RSS feeds from within an application they're familiar with. Contribute also provides for file locking, republishing to the server, and use of SFTP when needed.

Contribute launches FFA just fine, but one cannot see the XML file retrieved from the Web server by Contribute without some pretty painful manual manipulation.

Presumably Contribute is supplying a file path as a parameter to FFA, and, since FFA gets its feed file info from its settings file, FFA is ignoring the file path parameter.

The requested enhancement is this: If FFA is called with a file path as a parameter, show in the "feeds" panel only the feed associated with that file path, and not all feeds in the settings file. Additionally, if there is no feed associated with that path, create one in the settings file just as though the path were passed to FFA in the "feed --> open" dialog.

A neat addition would be to remove the upload and download buttons for feeds in a Macromedia Contribute directory. Such directory paths look like this: C:\Documents and Settings\bbrown\Local Settings\Application Data\Macromedia\Contribute 3\Sites\Site1\news\opportunities.xml Disabling upload and download forces publishing through Contribute, and so protects the integrity of the file locking mechanism.

Another neat addition would be to suppress showing any feeds in a Contribute directory if FFA is *not* launched through Contribute.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks Bob,

That is an interesting thought. We have discussed integration possibilities a little in the past, but haven't actively worked on any solutions. I will keep your post handy for the next conversation in that area.

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