As a great fan of comics, I told myself how nice it would be watching them on the cautch in front of the tv and decided to start building my first plugin for MP.
I know its has nothing to do with the basic functionality of MP, but its a very nice thing for me to learn the plugin structure and at least ad something to MP while waiting for my HTPC hardware which is due at the end of this year.
My idea is the following:
== Many sites nowadays offer serveral RSS feeds (either directly or by scraping) for comics. Some even supply the OPML files to make it even easier to use these feeds. My idea is to use these OPML files as a basis for the configuration utility of MP. The user can easily see which comics are available and simply select them without the hassle of finding out the name of the actual RSS feed. Furthermore, if the rss feed is changed, all that is required is to get the new OPML file (containg the actual location of the RSS feed), and that's it again. If no OPML file is available, it even not that difficult to create your own
So that would be the configuration. Fairly easy I think from a user point of view. I already found OPML files for Dutch, German and English comics. Tried to find the Swedish Cook, but had no luck ;-(
== The second thing of course is to download them and view them in MP. As downloading is concerned, I see 2 options:
- Add a comics page which displays the selected/configured list and options to download them all or manually select a single comic
- Do the above automatically every day orso (easier for me, no separate page, no skinning (something I have no idea how to...)). I have no idea if this is possible in the current plugin structure however as the plugin would be active all the time and have no own plugin (comics) page (Frodo ???)
As for viewing: my simple idea was, since it involves images, to use the picture plugin through which the comics can be viewed, ie you have to select the comics directory orso to view the downloaded comics, just as the pictures of holidays..
Since I'm only starting this, have limited time, and in a weeks time will enjoy a month Holiday, I wonder if people have additional ideas for this so I can do this the best way possible, giving the limited time I have. So please comment on the idea itself, manual/automatic download, known comic feeds and whatever you might think of...
To give you an idea of some of the comics:
- User Friendly
- Rudy Park
- Wizard of Id
- Ripley's Believe It or Not!
- Pearls Before Swine
- Big Nate
- Over the Hedge
- Liberty Meadows
- Get Fuzzy
- Penny Arcade
- Iys Bar
- Joy of Tech
- Bob the Angry Flower
- Errant Story
- Nicht Lustig
- Elf Life
are already available using official or scraped feeds all specified using OPML...
PS. Jadz: your plugin manual already gave me more info than I already had found out myself...