The weather feed is just one example of the kind of dynamic data you can add to your InfoVue screens with RSS, Media RSS, XML, and even social media feeds like Twitter and Facebook. Before we get into some of the other types of Feeds you can display with InfoVue, let’s take a moment to understand the Data Feed Manager.
- Data Feeds are what make your InfoVue displays dynamic, by updating timely information like weather and news, constantly and automatically. There is a ton of information on the Internet that is distributed via machine-readable feeds like this. It may not look like much to the human eye, but it can contain the latest information from news sites, event calendars, and more. The TelVue blog, for example, generates an RSS feed which gets updated every time a new blogpost is published. The TelVue HyperCaster can generate an XML feed of its Program Guide. (In one of the later template examples we’ll embed a HyperCaster Program Guide into an InfoVue template.)
- To use an existing Data Feed, choose one from the pulldown menu, and drag one or more data fields across to the template or ticker staging area.
- To create a new Data Feed, click on the darker Data Feed Manager button. There are several feed options, including RSS, Server Feed, and social media options. To help you understand how to use these different reeds, we are going to use a different one in each of the next three design examples.