RSS Feed Software Options
If actually writing an RSS feed file is something that does not hold much
) is the RSS feed creator of choice right now. With a very simple wizard that asks a few questions about the podcast, the link to the podcast, and the addition of some descriptive text, FeedForAll automatically creates an RSS file that you can set up on your Web site immediately for your podcast to be published. Available for the PC (and currently in beta for the Macintosh), FeedForAll is a powerful tool that allows the
At $39.95, FeedForAll is reasonably priced for
Simple Feed Creation Wizard that walks users through the process step by step
Image editor for creating RSS feed images
Automatic feed repair option
Automatic date management
Support for an unlimited number of feeds
The most appealing feature of FeedForAll is the Feed Creation Wizard. Using the wizard, you can create an RSS feed simply by answering a few questions, one of which is shown in
. For anyone who's serious about podcasting but not serious about spending time learning XML and RSS, FeedForAll is an
Interview with Sharon Housley
Sharon Housley is vice president of marketing for NotePage, Inc., the creator of FreeForAll.
NotePage, Inc. was founded in 1996 as a software company with a focus on communications software. In the fall of 2004, NotePage launched the FeedForAll product line, which involves RSS feed creation, editing, and publishing. Housley has written
Farkas: Where did FeedForAll come from?
FeedForAll was the result of a need that our marketing team had. In their attempts to create RSS feeds for product promotion, they realized the difficulties that an erroneous character or
Farkas: What are the future plans for FeedForAll?
Housley: There are a number of enhancements planned for FeedForAll. I've detailed the enhancements that I can share below:
Improved uploading capabilities
We will be working on a easy way to upload files associated with a feed, all in one simple process. For example, with podcasts, there are audio files referenced in the feed that also need to be uploaded to your Web server. There will be a way to have FeedForAll upload your feed and the audio files, images, etc., all with the click of a button.
We will also be adding a way to import items easily from other feeds into the current feed. One possible use for this feature would be to create a new feed by picking and choosing items from other existing feeds.
WYSIWYG description editor improvements
We are constantly trying to add small improvements to make FeedForAll more powerful without losing any of its ease of use. For example, the
How do you see the realm of podcasting changing in the next few
Housley: I think the quality of podcasts will significantly improve. Businesses will embrace podcasting as a means to further streamline corporate communications, by finding innovative new uses for both internal and external podcasts.
I think online learning will blossom with the
Farkas: What impact do you think FeedForAll has had on podcasting?
FeedForAll currently makes it extremely easy for
to podcast, for very little expense. Some will make a
Published by Reinvented Software (www.reinventedsoftware.com; Figure 4.14 ), Feeder is a Macintosh RSS feed creator that makes creating an RSS feed as easy as pie. Feeder is an excellent tool for podcasters who are producing multiple podcasts on a regular basis.
The features of Feeder include:
Templates to edit and create feeds
Preflight check that checks the feed before it's published
Quick-start feature for creating, importing, or downloading a feed
Ability to publish finished feeds to your server via FTP
Feeder uses a very intuitive interface to guide you through the process of creating an RSS feed. After the feed has been created, clicking the New Item button allows you to add
Mentioned in Chapter 3, Propaganda (www.makepropaganda.com) is an all-in-one podcast creation/publishing program that takes you from recording the podcast through editing and finally to creating and publishing the RSS feed. If an all-in-one solution is what you need, Propaganda does the job adequately. That said, there are more elegant individual pieces of software that do what Propaganda does, but the process is not confined to one piece of software.
Also mentioned in Chapter 3, iPodcast Producer is a commercial product that runs $149.95 from Industrial Audio Software's Web site. iPodcast Producer is an all-in-one solution that is acceptable, but again, if
BlogMatrix, the creator of Sparks! 2.0 (also mentioned in Chapter 3), offers a free service for sharing your podcasts via its Web site (www.
For all-in-one solutions, it's hard to beat this piece of software, but there are limitations in terms of the free BlogMatrix account and RSS feed publishing. The feed is available to other BlogMatrix users but not to the world at large. Still, this is a