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#1 stevesmename

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 06:29 PM

Here is what I wish to do.

I have created a RSS Feed the other day off of Feedburner.com, and they create this graphic which looks like the following for our feeds

[img src=\"http://feeds.feedburner.com/aaanwohio.gif\" border=\"0\" alt=\"IPB Image\" /]

Now these get dynamically updated from our XML Feed in our Newsroom.

My Question - How do they do it?

I wish to create something like this for our company so we can dynamically change the graphic in our employees email signatures - so we can give out Coupons, Specials, Announcements, and etc.

Sure I could make feeds for each and everyone of em' but that's not what I want, I don't want that graphic, i want to be able to create my own template graphic.

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The only idea I have is to create a Signature for the employees to read like the following

<a href="http://mywebsite.com/emailsig.php"><img src="http://linktoimageonyoursite/image.gif"></a>

I add that code, change the image whenever I wish - and everone's image changes along with it. But I don't beleive that's what Feedburner.com is doing.

And I feel that isn't dynamic enough - I like to do a project, and be done with it. Not constantly do tedious work. (I don't think I'm alone on this - lol)

I think they might be having a cron job, or something similar. I had a feed update yesterday, it took Feedburner 1/2 hour to update everything, on their site, and in my email signatures.

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I have found one site which is a possiblity how they do it.
[a href=\"http://msdn.microsoft.com/coding4fun/weekend/dynemail/default.aspx\" target=\"_blank\"]http://msdn.microsoft.com/coding4fun/weeke...il/default.aspx[/a]

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So I ask you - if you have an idea how to get this to work, please let us all know.

#2 trq

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 06:36 PM

Could be done quite easily using the [a href=\"http://php.net/gd\" target=\"_blank\"]gd[/a] extension.




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