Creating Custom User Feeds
Although Message Analyzer enables you to stay current with the latest item collections and OPN Parser packages through the download and auto-syncing features, it also enables you to share item collections directly with other users for collaboration and mutual use, as part of Sharing Infrastructure capabilities. You can do this by configuring your own custom feeds. After you configure a user feed, you can export one or more items from any user Library as an asset collection and post it to a file share or other location to which the feed points. To perform an export, you must use the Manage<Items> dialog for the particular Library with which you are working. After you export an asset collection to a user feed, other team members can then acquire the collection by importing it into their local user Library for the specific collection type, by using the same Manage<Items>dialog for the particular Library. When exporting items, you can select specific items that you want to distribute to others, including any items that you have created or modified. When importing items, users can select which items they want to retrieve and the category in which to place them in a local user Library.
Configuring a User Feed
When you configure your own feed you must specify a feed Location, such as an SMB file share, web service, or other designated location, and you must also specify a Feed Name. The name you provide can be at your own discretion, but you might consider naming it in accordance with the team that will access the item collection. To configure the user feed, go to the Settings tab on the Message Analyzer Start Page and click the Add New Feed button to display the Add Feed Location dialog. In the dialog, enter the name of the feed in the Feed Name text box and specify the file share or other designated location in the Location text box. After you have entered this information, click the Add button to exit the dialog and create the new feed. Note that you can create a feed and then place item collections at the feed location; or you can place item collections in a directory location that you intend to designate as the feed location, and then point to that location when you actually configure the Location value in the Add Feed Location dialog. However, if you use a file share as the location, keep in mind that you will need to configure the share with user permissions.
Working with a User Feed
After you configure a user feed, it displays on both the Downloads tab and Settings tab beneath the Start Page tab labels. When you click the user feed name on the Downloads tab, all the item collections that exist on the feed are displayed in the Downloads list along with server download status icons to the right of each collection, just as it does for collections that are sourced from the default Message Analyzer subscriber feed. Thereafter, you can update existing items or add others and make them available to team members or other users who subscribe to your feed. Other users can add your feed to their Message Analyzer installation by using the Add New Feed feature on the Settings tab. To subscribe to your feed, you will need to provide the feed location to other users and ensure that they have permissions to the feed location as appropriate. They can then view and download your item collections by clicking the server download status icon for an item collection and selecting the download option to retrieve the collection for use in a particular local user Library. However, for users to synchronize with item collection updates, some manual configuration is necessary in the current Message Analyzer release, as described in Manual Item Update Synchronization. In future Message Analyzer releases, the Sharing Infrastructure publishing features will automatically enable others to synchronize to updates that you make to your item collections on any user feed that you create.
ConceptsManual Item Update Synchronization