Updating content via email

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I would like to be able to send email to a special address and have the contents end up on a presentation.

Amazon allows me to email PDF's and they end up in my Kindle.

My Unix friends tell me to use Procmail and generate web pages or anything else.

Has anyone done this?

A workaround might be to have the content creators create blog entries, and I can display the blog in an iFrame with scrolling.

Thanks!
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Not sure what is the benefit of that as opposed to just logging in to your RV control panel and updating the content from there.

You can also setup the system 'Dreamweaver-server-Rise Vision' and have your content updated locally and pushed to your server, from where is is going to be pushed to your Rise Vision with Custom Webpage Widget... which is pretty much the same as emailing.
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Hi Darius:

Here's the background:  I want to set up a display to show updates to volunteers and replace paper.  The display will be in the room where volunteers sign in.

The volunteer coordinator currently sends email blasts to volunteers.

My idea was to add an email address to her list that will get the message on the display.

I will look at Dreamweaver-server-Rise Vision.

Thanks for replying!
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I see. I have never even thought about such way for updating content, but now I am interested too ))) If you can figure this out please let us know too. But just off the top of my head... what if you make a spreadsheet with the message, which would be pulled to the Rise Vision display with the Spreadsheet Widget... duh ))) but also it can be emailed to the contributors. Something like that. The main idea is to use something, some sort of document that can be pushed to RV automatically and emailed as well.
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Hello Darius:

I thought of doing this with a blog, but that would be extra work for the content creator.

My current thinking is to learn Procmail and then use it to accept emails and write the text out to a file on my personal web server, and have the filename hard-coded into my Presentation.  Every time a new email gets sent the display should get updated. 

Getting spam could be a problem!

Cheers,

Bert
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Hi Bert,
If you are embedding content or adding content via something like the Web Page Widget and that third party content has the ability to be updated via email, it may be possible. Would be interesting to know if anyone else has a similar set up with their digital signage content.

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Wordpress and other CMS's have the ability to post via email.  You could set that up and then use the webpage widget to show the latest posts in a category.
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My end-user doesn't know Wordpress and neither do I.

An email address to add to her list of volunteers would be easy to add to her email distribution list.

My latest thought would be to have her tweet or blog and get them into an iFrame or something else.
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She'd never have to 'know' wordpress.  Once wordpress (or many other CMS/blogging systems) are set up (which is fairly easy with most hosts as an automatic install) then you could update them using an email address alone.

A benefit is if the organization does not yet already have a website, this could give a web presence (with emailed content always updating the website) which could increase volunteers.
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And spreadsheet widget is still the easiest option here )))
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Bert,

So u got me interested. Here is what I did. I created new Google Docs File> typed the message in> published to the web (copy EMBED code at this step)> made it thru 'Share' (top right corner) visible to anyone with the link. In Rise vision editor created new presentation>added new placeholder with custom HTML> replaced everything in there with EMBED code from Google Docs file I copied earlier> added 'width', 'height' and 'frameborder="0" to <iframe> and here it is: http://preview.risevision.com/?type=presentation&id=18a647ec-db25-4ec2-a459-98d9f25e6eee&sho...

link to docs file: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HlRkPGAEyR2dmHuQjQhbqm_WGYRrVxgUJPGOxs6R_sQ/pub

Now I still recommend using Google sheets as RV allows more customization for them and Google Docks actually doe not allow custom page size, so it gets a bit messy when u try to squeeze in the page size into RV. It is doable, but Sheets would be easier to work with.

So this file would get pushed to RV and you also can attache email recipients for emailing obviously.

Cheers!
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I experimented with sheets a bit more. While it is still easier to work with because of existing spreadsheet widget, it is impossible to have images attached to the message and in the email you get the link to an actual sheet document. While it is possible to make it work, it just does not give you that clean page look. Google docs, however, would be better in this situation. And all this is sort of asking for the Google Docs Widget...