Tuesday 10 June 2014

Android App: RSS Media Grabber

My second android app is now available on the Google Play store. It's a port of a desktop Java application I wrote a while back, which will retrieve image media from RSS feeds - useful for web comics/cartoons, pic-of-the-day sites etc.

When using the app for the first time, use the menu button and select "Add New Source".
On the next screen, enter the URL for the feed, and give a folder name (this will be where the app stores the files it downloads - eg, if you enter "MyFolder", the directory will be sdcard/RSSMediaGrabber/MyFolder/)
Select OK to return to the main screen, and select menu->Load sources. This will list all the RSS feeds you've added.
Select one of the feeds to be prompted to retrieve the feed. Select OK and it will load the feed, grabbing any image media, and saving them to the folder.

You'll then be able to view the downloaded media through your photo app of choice.

Future development plans
  • Wider media selection (MP3 for podcasts etc).
  • Integrated media viewer/player
  • Scheduling to check feeds at set intervals.

As with my other apps, it's free (ad-supported), and I welcome feedback. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to offer any kind of official support for this, so use entirely at your own risk. If you have any trouble with it, then feel free to contact me on twitter/G+/leave a comment, and I'll try to help as and when I can, but I make no guarantees!

Any feedback, particularly with regard to different phone/tablet hardware and android versions is appreciated.

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