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Monday, the Tip Day: Exporting subscriptions into an OPML file
posted on Monday, August 20, 2007

If you recall, we previously talked about OPML files, specifically dynamic OPML files. Today we will talk again about OPML files but rather another aspect of it. Lets first make the definition of an OPML file by giving an excerpt from another tip.

OPML files are like repositories which are used to keep list of feeds for archive purposes so that you can use that file to subscribe to those feeds later at once, or share it with your friends. While they are mostly used to backing up subscriptions, websites also use them to provide a list of favorite feeds and podcasts in one file, such as an OPML file for "Top 10 Podcasts". This way you can easily subscribe to those favorite feeds via OPML file.

One of the first features of Ziepod is to allow you to export your subscriptions into an OPML file so that you can keep them archived in a separate file and use it when needed. To give an example, for backup purposes, you may like to keep your subscriptions in OPML file so that when you re-install your Windows, you can quickly subscribe to your favorite podcasts at once by using that OPML file.

In order to export your subscriptions, here is what you have to do:

  • Go to the Home tab
  • Inside "One-click away functions" box located at the left handside, find the link named "Export Subscriptions"
  • Clicking that link will popup a dialog box where you will enter the name of the OPML file into which you like to export your subscriptions
  • Press Save button of that dialog window to save that OPML file
  • That's it. This may not be the feature you use everyday but when time comes, it can save you.

    In fact, if you use this feature for backup purposes, you may consider making use of another feature of Ziepod, which is actually much more powerful than this. What is that? It is portability. Ziepod is a portable application, which allows you to copy its installation folder to any place on your harddrive or another storage device and run it from there. In other words, by copying the folder into which you installed Ziepod, you can backup all your environment without loosing a bit of information. To learn more about portability feature, click here to read HowTo : Portability help tutorial .

    Hope you like this tip and make use of it when time comes. Do you have any feature that you want us to add? Please share your suggestions and questions with us, by using ALT+F keyboard shortcut. Send your messages from inside Ziepod.

    Till the next tip, take care yourself and your Ziepod,

    posted on Monday, August 20, 2007 | Permalink ( # )
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