Macromedia XML News Aggregator Public Beta

As Christian Cantrell posted earlier, we have just released a public beta of the next version of the Macromedia XML News Aggregator (MXNA 2).

This version was re-written from the group up with performance and extensibility in mind. While there are already a ton of cool new features, the thing I am most excited about is that we now have a solid platform that we can quickly build on top of and add new features.


First thing to note is the new URL:http://weblogs.macromedia.com/mxna/If you have links pointing to MXNA on markme.com, you should update them to use the new URL.We updated the web service API. It now has a cleaner interface, and provides a lot more information. You can find more information on it a here. The old web service API still works, but has been deprecated. If you have an application that relies on it, you should consider updating it to use the new API.We also have added the ability to generate custom RSS feeds that you can aggregate or use to build your own applications. This is actually pretty powerful and essentially creates an alternative to the web service API. You can find more information on generating RSS feeds from MXNA here.If you would like to have your weblog and / or feed added to MXNA, you can submit it here. Note, that MXNA now supports all languages. If your language is not listed, just send us an email at mxna@macromedia.comFinally, if you have a weblog and have a ping url for MXNA, you should change the domain in the url from www.markme.com to weblogs.macromedia.com. We will eventually automatically redirect URLs, but we are not doing that yet.We have created a temporary smart category for MXNA, which you can use to see what everyone is saying about the new version of MXNA. You can view it here.I will post some more information on some of the new features later today. In the meantime, you can check out the new version of MXNA here.

10 Responses to Macromedia XML News Aggregator Public Beta

  1. Pete Freitag says:

    Any plans to make the source code public?

  2. mike chambers says:

    >Any plans to make the source code public?It is something that we have been discussing, but I dont have a definitive answer for you right now.mike chambersmesh@macromedia.com

  3. I encourage you to release the source code as it would be a great learning tool for somebody like me looking to learn more about news aggregators.

  4. Keith Peters says:

    Very cool. I’ve recently started using a stand-alone aggregator, but the jury is out. I might come back to mxna. A couple of comments on the beta: I’d like to see the name of the blog/poster a little more prominent. It’s up their in importance to the title of the post, at least for me. And the “next page” navigation is a little ambiguous, because you don’t know how many pages there are. In the “old” mxna, you could see that there were, say, 4 pages worth of posts, and if you were on page 3, you knew you had time to check out one more page and get back to work.

  5. Jared Riley says:

    Mike, I’ve tried from several different machines and all seem to get a javascript error on line 18 something about setFocus on the form.

  6. Christian Cantrell says:

    “I’d like to see the name of the blog/poster a little more prominent. It’s up their in importance to the title of the post, at least for me.”Agreed. This is on the list of changes. Expect to see this fixed in the next few days.”And the ‘next page’ navigation is a little ambiguous, because you don’t know how many pages there are. In the ‘old’ mxna, you could see that there were, say, 4 pages worth of posts, and if you were on page 3, you knew you had time to check out one more page and get back to work.”I’ll have to give this some thought. Actually, in MXNA 2.0, there are pretty much an unlimited number of pages. If you had the time and inclination, you could page back through more than two years of posts (thousands of pages). The old version was actually misleading. It only showed 4 pages worth or data as an optimization technique that is not longer necessary with 2.0. But as I said, I’ll give this some thought.Thanks for the feedback!

  7. “I’ve tried from several different machines and all seem to get a javascript error on line 18 something about setFocus on the form.”Thanks, Jared. Try again — it’s fixed now.

  8. Mark Walters says:

    Hey Mike,How would I go about updating the MXNA link within Flash Resource Manager? … not just the start page link.Thanks.

  9. kevin baird says:

    This is very cool. Really handy that searches are saveable too, for when someone finally posts about a component I’m interested in or a term like ‘video’. And that I don’t need to have a whole section of RSS feeds for Flash in my reader — MXNA is a MetaFeedReader.Feature request: Could you add the source blog’s name to the rss feeds?When clicking a “Generate RSS” button, Safari may generate an alarming “XML parsing error”. Just ignore it and drag the URL to your RSS reader. At first I though MXNA was being slashdotted, but the clue was that it displayed fine in Firefox.

  10. Mark Walters says:

    Ok, answered my own question above by editing resources.xml … but just as a note, I do receive a Runtime Error when looking at MXNA 2 in the Resource Manager … Line:2 Error:Expected ‘;’Thanks.