Continuing the trend of shrtening wrds, here is Snackr, a an RSS feed news ticker, or tickr for your desktop.
Lots of websites have RSS feed options nowadays, allowing you to get updates from them typically in a reader program. Instead, Snackr runs a translucent ticker along the bottom, top or sides of your desktop. If you see a headline that interests you, click it and the ticker will stop as a window pops up with the article to read. Clicking this pop-up lets you read the story on its original web page.
Adding feeds is done by pasting in the feed link, or importing a feed list from your hard-drive, if you have one. Snackr then randomly pulls headlines from your chosen feeds, scrolling them across your screen. It can be minimized easily, if it becomes distracting, and the speed can be altered as you like.
Snackr is an ideal way to keep up with news while at your computer, it's easy to install, adding and removing feeds is a breeze and it looks cool. It would be improved if you could control the translucency and color of the ticker, but at least black is fairly neutral. Currently it doesn't let you sync with your Google Reader account, which would really speed up set up of Snackr although I prefer to use it for more traditional news rather than the professional-related feeds I use in my reader.
Snackr is a slick, functional ticker, perfect for anyone who wants to feel like a stockbroker or newsreader!
- Fixed Google Reader integration to stop using an older unsupported authentication scheme
- Now requires AIR 1.5.3 or later
- Options icon is now a gear instead of whatever that weird icon was I made up originally
- feed:// URLs now work
- Possible fix for reported intermittent memory leaks when Google Reader integration is enabled