Turn your RSS into a live Opera Speed Dial extension
By Arnstein Teigenespirobind. Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:17:00 PM
The above screenshot shows the extension in 'image mode' (left) and 'text mode' (right)
I've created an extension template that makes it easy to convert any RSS feed into an Opera Speed Dial extension. So if you have, or know of, a website you want to turn into a Speed Dial extension, this is a good place to start!
Note: before you get going, make sure you have the latest version of Opera. Only Opera 11.50+ supports Speed Dial extensions.
Here's how you create your own extension from a RSS feed:
- Extension template (.oex) Download this file and unzip it like a normal zip-file.
- Open up the file
background.jsin your favourite text editor. Change
_rssURLto point to the RSS you want to use
- Open up the file
config.xmland fill in wherever it says 'UPDATE' (the extension name, description etc).
- Zip up the files and change the filename so it ends with .oex, e.g. 'myExtension.oex'. Note: make sure you don't include the root folder when zipping up - instead, select all the files (and images/ folder) and then zip!
Open up your extension in Opera by dragging it onto the Opera logo, or by using File > Open. When you're happy with the extension, make sure you upload it to http://addons.opera.com.
Here are two versions of the template in action, using the RSS feed from BollywoodHungama.com:
When you're playing around with
'background.js'you might notice a few options. Here's a quick overview:
_imageMode- set this to 'true' if the RSS contains images and you want the images to fill the speed dial
_cycleTime- how long (in ms) one news item will be displayed
_useLogoFromFeed- if the RSS feed have a company logo, display it. This is turned off if _imageMode=true
_showTitleOnly- only show the heading of the news item, no content or images
tl;dr: easily convert a RSS into a live speed dial extension for Opera. Here's a template: