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Adding Feeddemon to Internet Explorer

Posted on January 14, 2004 at 06:58 PM in Web/Tech | Permalink

Feeddemon is a great RSS Aggregator program by Nick Bradbury. Regular readers will already know that I love this program (Download trial version). One thing that would be great that was mentioned on the FeedDemon support forums, is a way to integrate FeedDemon into Internet Explorer, so that you could easily add a feed from a site into FeedDemon. Conveniently, I have a way to do this, shown below. This procedure will add an option to the Internet Explorer "context menu", or the menu that comes up when you right-click on something. This option will send the address of what you've selected to FeedDemon to be added to it's list of RSS Feeds.

UPDATE:The procedure described below is now probably unnecessary, as Neil Jones from Codeforge has taken this idea & run with it. He's created an installer program that you just need to run that will create the context menu for you, no copying files, no registry editing. Brilliant stuff Neil!

For those still interested in the manual option, read on:

Manual Process

Requirements for this to work:

  1. FeedDemon (duh!)
  2. Windows 95 or higher
  3. Internet Explorer 4 or higher (I'll write something for Firebird later)
  4. An understanding that this procedure is followed at entirely your own risk. This worked fine on my computer, but I'm not guaranteeing anything.

Note: This procedure requires you to edit your Windows registry, which is not really all that scary, but I highly recommend you backup your registry! If you're not comfortable with editing your registry, either get someone to help you, or give this a miss use the installer program mentioned above.

OK, having now backed up your registry, we can proceed.

The first thing you'll need is this file here called fdsend.html. It's a HTML file that you'll need to save to your computer (yes, it's meant to be a blank page). It doesn't matter where you put it, but you need to remember where you put it because you're going to need to reference it later. For simplicity, I suggest just putting it in the C:\ drive, but it just needs to be somewhere. This file contains the code to send the address from Internet Explorer to FeedDemon.

RegeditThe next step is to create the context menu item in the registry with regedit. To open regedit go to 'Start' then 'Run' and type 'regedit' and click 'OK'. You then want to go to the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt. Right-click on MenuExt and select 'New' -> 'Key'.

Type the the name 'Add to FeedDemon' & press enter. On the right hand side of the screen there will now be an item with Name: '(Default)', Type: 'REG_SZ' and Data: '(value not set)'. Right click on '(Default)' and select 'Modify'. This will bring up a new window with an empty text box labeled 'Value data'. In there type the location of the HTML file you saved earlier. i.e. If you put the file in c:\fdsend.html then put c:\fdsend.html into the text box there.

Click 'OK', close the registry and you're done. You'll need to restart Internet Explorer before this will take effect.

Once back in Internet Explorer, when you right-click you should now see 'Add to FeedDemon' as an option. If you right-click on a web page and select that option it will send the address of the current page to FeedDemon. This is useful because FeedDemon can often automatically discover the address of RSS feeds from some websites. Alternatively, if you right-click on a link and select 'Add to FeedDemon' it will send the address of that link to FeedDemon. So if you right-click on the image located at the top-right of my site and select 'Add to FeedDemon' you can subscribe to my RSS feed.

Only one known limitation at the moment: If FeedDemon is minimised when you select 'Add to FeedDemon', it won't maximise it. On my computer it brings the program off the system tray onto the task bar but it doesn't actually bring the window up. Minor problem, but it's a bit annoying. I've been mucking about with the window settings but I can't find a solution to this one. For those interested I'm using the Run method from WScript.Shell to run the program, which has intWindowStyle, but none of them seem to make a difference.

As with all things, your mileage may vary. I'm running this on WinXP Pro/IE 6. Let me know if this does/doesn't work on other version. I also hope to get something similar up for Mozilla/Firebird in the not-too-distant future.

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Comments

Change your script to:
var oExec = WshShell.run('"' + sFDPath + '" "' + sFile + '"', 9);

9 Activates and displays the window. If the window is minimized or maximized, the system restores it to its original size and position. An application should specify this flag when restoring a minimized window.

# Posted by: antitorgo (157.130.170.94) at Jan 15, 2004 3:54:44 AM

Yeah, that's what the doco says, but it doesn't seem to work on my computer, it just flashes on the task bar. Is there a setting somewhere in XP that stops an application from stealing focus? I have a vague memory of this.

# Posted by: Glenn Slaven (144.137.117.145) at Jan 15, 2004 8:33:48 AM

The problem with FeedDemon not restoring from a minimized state is one I can fix in the next build, but the focus issue is due to the way XP handles 'SetForegroundWindow' - see:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/winui/winui/windowsuserinterface/windowing/windows/windowreference/windowfunctions/setforegroundwindow.asp?frame=true

# Posted by: Nick Bradbury (68.52.219.112) at Jan 15, 2004 9:12:14 AM

I'm having problems getting this to work. The script is executing, but it seems to be bombing out on the

var FDIECom = new ActiveXObject("FDIEServer.FDIEServ");

line. Any suggestions?

# Posted by: matt-v (195.173.15.12) at Jan 15, 2004 9:28:36 PM

Hi..what a great TP site you have!!

Question:
- how do you manage to write text to the right of the picture (the file tree)? I only manage to write above and below pictures :)

# Posted by: Olaf (195.240.181.136) at Jan 16, 2004 3:25:34 AM

Hi..what a great TP site you have!!

Question:
- how do you manage to write text to the right of the picture (the file tree)? I only manage to write above and below pictures :)

# Posted by: Olaf (195.240.181.136) at Jan 16, 2004 3:25:37 AM

pretty sweet trick Glenn! now if it would work with Firebird I'd be set.

# Posted by: Joel (68.97.178.141) at Jan 16, 2004 4:38:47 AM

matt-v: I'm not sure, that's Neil's program. You could jump on the feeddemon support forums at nntp://news.bradsoft.com & ask Neil.

Olaf: it's using CSS, with "float: left; margin-right: 10px;" on the image.

# Posted by: Glenn Slaven (203.51.3.99) at Jan 16, 2004 8:43:00 AM

matt-v: There were a couple of problems with the program that were uncovered after I initially wrote it. Everything should be OK now, so just download it again from the link at the top of this page. If you have any further problems, just give me a shout.

# Posted by: Neil Jones (81.178.243.18) at Jan 16, 2004 12:04:24 PM

Trying to download fdsend.html but all I get is an empty file with just the HTML tags .

Would be nice if the file would be avail for download in zipped format.

# Posted by: Just Me (217.224.222.220) at Jan 16, 2004 9:20:52 PM

Not sure why the javascript isn't showing, maybe you're better off just downloading the installer program instead. I'll try & get a ziped version up later anyway.

# Posted by: Glenn Slaven (203.91.225.20) at Jan 17, 2004 9:07:27 AM

FireFox support would be AWESOME!!!
This is a great help for FeedDemon. Thanks.

# Posted by: Paul Mayne (24.10.147.74) at Feb 15, 2004 6:25:24 AM

About Firefox: I think, that it is possible using XUL file + XPI to install it, because Firefox is Mozilla based browser- is`nt? For more info search mozilla.org about XUL and XPI!

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its good to be added.....so that we can experience feeddemon.....

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