How It Works
Coalesys NewsWire Client
A Windows application that you customize and distribute to your users. The NewsWire Client runs in the Windows taskbar status area and periodically checks the designated web server to see if there are any new messages. It retrieves the latest message and displays the information inside a popup NewsWire balloon. All communications occur via the HTTP protocol.
Popup balloons that contain URL information can be clicked by the user to launch the default web browser and go directly there.
Customization of the NewsWire Client is performed via a simple text-based *.ini file. Among your options are configuring the server and port address, changing the name of the executable, changing the notification sound and changing the icon used to represent your news service.
Coalesys NewsWire Editor
A Windows desktop application used by you as the administrator to send newswire messages out through the network. Messages are created along with the desired appearance of the popup balloon your users will see.
The NewsWire Editor can be used to configure and manage multiple, independent feeds. The configuration of each feed is saved in a *.nws file.
When you are ready to send a newswire message, open the related *.nws file with the NewsWire Editor, create and "compile" your message. The message data is written to the hard-disk as a new text file and is ready to be placed on your web server in the directory polled by the NewsWire Client.
Coalesys NewsWire Server
An optional Windows service application dedicated to hosting the NewsWire feeds that you create. It is an HTTP server that is only capable of serving NewsWire messages.
Any web server can be used to host the NewsWire feeds in place of the NewsWire Server. The entire system requires no more than a typical shared web hosting account, and requires no additional running processes.