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    Can someone point me in the right direction for how to make an RR skin show an indicator for the # of emails in a pop account? Is this possible?

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    Guino> See post #7 for plugin by festy.
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  • #3
    Originally posted by Enforcer View Post
    You'll need a plugin that can get the info and the create a custom label.
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    • #4
      writing a plugin sounds like the solution, however, you'll have to write something to obtain the number of emails from whatever application or server you're using -- most likely different for each application/email server. Honestly seems a whole lot of work for something little.
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      • #5
        Originally posted by Hark View Post
        Thanks - you know, since my daughter was born and I've been reading books to her, I finally get your blurb you have in your location.

        The bit about the high rise I used to have swimming around in my head for years, it was only about two years ago I actually looked at the whole of the proper verse and added the second half.

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        • #6
          Thanks for the replies - I guess I'll just have to use a widget/gadget from konfabulator/yahoo, desktopx, etc. for getting the counts of unread pop mail.

          Since I deinstalled my car pc, I want to use my Xenarc as a secondary screen to my desktop, sort of a touchscreen mini control panel. My plan was to use Roadrunner for this, to display the time, date, weather, rss news, and I thought it'd be neat to have some email indicators, to know when I have new mail without openining up Outlook, etc. Perhaps I can crack open the code from some of the afore mentioned widgets to see how they do it, and write something that will return values to a label in RR. Perhaps it would be easier to have outlook running in the background, and have the label just represent # unread emails. The windows xp login screen has access to that info, perhaps it's easy to reuse?
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          • #7
            Here's a quick and dirty extension plugin for counting emails waiting on a pop3 server. Is this what you were after?

            It implements one label "emailcount_emails" and one indicator "emailcount_indicator" - the label is the number of emails on the server, the indicator is on when there's emails on the server, off when there's not.
            If there's a problem logging into the server (password wrong etc) the emailcount_emails label contains "ERR".

            There's a config file emailcount.ini that supplies pop3 server, port, username and password, and poll interval (in seconds).
            To use, stick the emailcount.dll somewhere on your system, and run "regsvr32 \path\to\emailcount.dll". Stick the emailcount.ini in the same directory as the dll, and change the server/username/password lines.
            In your menu.skin, add the line:
            X,emailcount

            then add the label/indicator to your skin somewhere.
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            • #8
              I was about to say that pop3 is probably one of the easiest methods to get that info from.. nice going festy -- I'll move this to the Plugin section.
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              • #9
                Thanks Festy - good on you mate.
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                • #10
                  pretty cool
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                  • #11
                    works with yahoo plus mail (regular yahoo mail requires plus to access pop3)
                    cant get it to work with gmail, i think because gmail requires SSL (port 995)
                    hotmail/windows live mail etc only uses HTTP mail

                    not sure of any other mail providers.
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                    • #12
                      if you could get this plugin working with gmail festy that would be sweet!
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                      • #13
                        doesnt appear that EMAILCOUNT_EMAILS sends to flash
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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
                          doesnt appear that EMAILCOUNT_EMAILS sends to flash
                          There's no limitation or even relation as to what label codes flash can read -- if it displays in the screen, then you should be able to poll it from flash as well. However, I am unsure of the effects of the character _ in the label code. I would try getting info from a label with _ from another plugin to see if that works right, then re-do the testing on this one.
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                          • #15
                            This is awesome... but I do have two requests if possible...
                            Is it possible to add in the SSL support for the likes of Gmail, etc? and/or is it possible to get an indicator that just shows the count of new emails, not the total email count?

                            Thanks

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