IOD: Generate Outlook Sigs from an RSS Feed

Today's Idea is simple:  I want the ability to give Outlook an RSS feed.  When I create a new mail I'd like the signature to include the title and link of the most recent posting from the RSS feed.  If I'm lucky someone will tell me that this already exists.

Comments (6)
  1. Mike Flasko says:

    Go to They have a service that generates an animated gif that is a banner which rotates through your latest postings (you provide the RSS feed). You then put a <IMG ..> tag in your signature in outlook. I use it all the time :).

  2. josh ledgard says:

    That’s a pretty cool service they have there. My only complaint is that it looks a little fancy. I think my next appbuilding project will be an outlook add-in that does something simpler (in terms of looking at).

  3. Chris Gastin says:

    I started looking into this since your post. I thought it sounded like an interesting little project. I have a majority of it completed. You are able to click a button on your tool bar, which pops open a window that prompts for RSS url, time limit for refresh, and saves this information. On the scheduled interval it will download the latest RSS post.

    The problem I am having is with the taking the data I have received from the RSS, and putting in the signature. I have search MSDN, but can not seem to find any public hooks into modifying the signature. Is there anything like this? Where is the signature stored?

  4. josh ledgard says:

    Rock On!!! I use outlook 2003 and the signature files are all stored here: C:Documents and SettingsUSERNAMEApplication DataMicrosoftSignatures. There are typically three files to update per signature corresponding to each e-mail template type. (signame.htm, signame.rtf, signame.txt)

    Currently, for example, I’m using a feedburner img in my sig. It’s only valid to do that in the .htm signature since you can’t inline an image in a text or rtf sig.

    Ideally this tool would match the RSS with the sig filename and append the correct information appropriate for each format.

    Does that help?

  5. Chris Gastin says:

    Yes that does. Thanks I will have more information for you soon.

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