FeedTicker
FeedTicker
2.0.4

2.0

FeedTicker free download for Mac

FeedTicker

2.0.4
08 May 2006

RSS newsreader, scrolls entries across your desktop.

Overview

FeedTicker is a simple RSS news reader that scrolls entries across your desktop like tickertape. It's great for news feeds that are constantly updated. It will make your Mac into a dead-sexy information nexus or realize your dreams of turning your monitor into CNN Headline News.

Features:

  • Polls news feeds every half hour and scrolls the news across your screen whenever there is a change. Alternatively you can set FeedTicker to loop the entries so you have a constant supply of news.
  • A click on a news entry will open the link in your default browser.
  • A control-click or right-click on a news entry will open an information window with additional entry detail.
  • A set of entries can be prefaced with a Title entry labeling the group. Clicking on the title will bring up the site the feed is from.
  • Control-clicking or right-clicking on a Title entry will open a menu with a list of all of the feed's entries.
  • Can be positioned anywhere on the screen or on additional screens by dragging the "tape" to the new position.
  • Can be configured to run floating on top of all of your windows or under your icons on the desktop.
  • Fonts as well as background and foreground colors are all configurable. It does transparency too!
  • Tickertape sound effects when new entries are introduced.
  • Cool transition animations!
  • Scrolling speed is configurable.
  • All configuration is done through a preferences window in real time; no need to restart the FeedTicker.

What's new in FeedTicker

Version 2.0.4:
  • FeedTicker is now a Universal Binary.
  • Empty feed titles will no longer cause Feedticker to lock up.
  • Feeds with multi-lined titles (like Yahoo News) no longer render oddly.
  • A bug in title's hashing function will no longer cause crashes for 10.3 users.
  • Fix for users having problems dragging to a left monitor.

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2 FeedTicker Reviews

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Anonymous
06 August 2004

Most helpful

Great! Been waiting/looking for this very thing. I work in a newsroom and the updated feeds are helpful. Best $7 spent in a long time.
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Version 1.0
Anonymous
13 September 2004
Shows potential but has a few very bad things: - major CPU hog!!! this bug needs to go! Really!!! It doesn't happen "sometimes" as mentioned in the read.me, it happens ALL the time on my PowerBook G4 667mhz and it EVEN slows down a G5 dual processor till it feels like a G3. THIS IS A SHOWSTOPPER!! - Dual screen: the ticker should be placable on the screen you wont it to be on: now I cant control it. - Scrolling: stops sometimes in left corner and then 1 word remains after wich words start scrolling until that word - order of display of headlines: I have no clue if there is any order or not? I would like to be able to control this myself - update time: who says it can only be 30 minutes? Come' on this is something I would like to set myself and if possible per feed! Other then this: again a potentially good RSS feeder.
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Version 1.0
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Douglas McInnes
Douglas McInnes
13 September 2004
> - major CPU hog!!! this bug needs to go! Really!!! It doesn't happen > "sometimes"  as you mention in the read.me, it happens ALL the time on > my PowerBook G4 667mhz and it EVEN slows down a G5 dual processor till > it feels like a G3. THIS IS A SHOWSTOPPER!! Yeah I'm actually very aware of this problem and have been working on a solution.  I have been able to eke out some gains but nothing substantial. I actually do my development on a 12" PowerBook G4 867 MHz and it only takes 10-15% of my processor.  Admittedly that is much more then I'd like but it's understandable considering the amount of screen real-estate I have to redraw 24 times a second to keep it on the smooth side. Slowing down a dual G5 processor until it feels like a G3 seems a bit suspect. You might be seeing this kind of a slow down due to the dotted line that appears when the preference pane is open.  This is a MAJOR processor hog and has been removed from the next version.  It was unnecessary and doesn't even look as cool as I first thought ;) My current plan is to use OpenGL to offload the drawing routines to the graphics card.  This should make a major difference but it will require a extensive rewrite so I've put it off until the version after next. > - Dual screen: the ticker should be placable on the screen you wont it > to be on: now I cant control it. Funnily enough I just finished implementing that last week when someone else asked for it, it will be in the next version coming out by the end of this month hopefully. > - Scrolling: stops sometimes in left corner and then 1 word remains > after wich words start scrolling until that word I'm not sure what you're talking about.  This sounds like the Feed Titles?  If so this is by design.  The titles remain so show the user what Feed the entries scrolling past belong to.  It's more of a use when there are multiple feeds; the old feed title gets pushed out by the new feed title. You can disable this on the preference pane. > - order of display of headlines: I have no clue if there is any order > or not? I would like to be able to control this myself The entries are displayed in the order they appear in the feed. The feeds are polled in the order they appear in the preference pane (the next version allows the user to drag them to change the order). They may not be displayed in the same order though; a poll on a particular feed may take longer then another, the first one to return is shown first. > - update time: who says it can only be 30 minutes? Come' on this is > something I would like to set myself and if possible per feed! Yeah you're right.  I have been planning on implementing some way to configure this after I expand the polling routines.  It is dangerous though; some idiot would gladly set it to poll slashdot.org every ten seconds and then yell at me when he gets blacklisted. > Other then this: again a potentially good RSS feeder. Thanks!
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Version 1.0
Anonymous
06 August 2004
Great! Been waiting/looking for this very thing. I work in a newsroom and the updated feeds are helpful. Best $7 spent in a long time.
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Version 1.0
2 answer(s)
Doug McInnes
Doug McInnes
09 August 2004
Thanks a lot! I really appreciate the comments :) Are you having stability issues? Let me know any problems you are having and I'll see if I can fix it in the next release.
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Version 1.0
Doug McInnes
Doug McInnes
09 August 2004
And I of course appreciate the registration as well ;)
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Version 1.0