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News Ticker Style RSS Feeds

I have been looking for an RSS reader for quite some time that would display the latest feeds in a news ticker style known from television news channels such as CNN. I quickly found an interesting Czech freeware that would display all my RSS feeds in a news ticker either at the top or at the bottom of my screen.

RSS feeds in OPML format can be imported into the software which is great if you are already using another service such as Google Reader or Netvibes to display your feeds online. You do need to export the feed listing though from those services if you plan to import them. The news order of the RSS ticker can be set to chronological, alternating or random.

If you do not have OPML data you can add single feeds to FeedLiner with ease. Folders and different colors change the layout of the feed catalog which is helpful if you have a lot of feeds.

feed liner

A little bit strange is that I found no way to delete the default categories and feeds that come preinstalled with the software. Most of them are in Czech which should only appeal to a handful of users who read this article. If you find a way to delete those folders and feeds let me know please.

It is also possible to increase the size and the speed of the news ticker. Hovering your mouse over an entry displays that entry directly as an overlay which is really nice if you want to quickly read something.

Feedliner is a unique rss reader distinguishing itself from others with its rss ticker display.

Update: The developer website and the program itself are no longer available. We have reviewed alternatives in the past. This includes Feed Roller and Desktop Ticker which can display news feeds in ticker style on the desktop.

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Comments

  1. Vivek said on August 12, 2007 at 11:35 am
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    Nice find …

    and on a side note … nice wallpaper :P

  2. Ace_NoOne said on August 12, 2007 at 1:13 pm
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    Nice find indeed – this might prove really useful!
    Although the issue with the default categories might be annoying…

    btw: A hires version of the screenshout might have been nice.

    PS: “I have been looking for a rss reader for quite some time ” vs. “I quickly found an interesting Czech freeware” ;P

  3. Tobey said on August 12, 2007 at 3:03 pm
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    THE PREINSTALLED (“passive”) FEEDS CAN BE EASILY DELETED BY SELECTING THE LINE AND PRESSING DELETE OR RIGHT-CLICKING AND CHOOSING DELETE FROM THE CONTEXT MENU.

    (you can also prevent the feeds from being displayed on the news ticker)

    Worked fine for me…

  4. Martin said on August 12, 2007 at 3:23 pm
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    Tobey Delete was greyed out for me..

  5. Tobey said on August 13, 2007 at 9:36 am
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    Well, that’s weird. I can delete predefined feeds without any problem. I’m only unable to delete them when the checkbox next to them is checked but otherwise it works fine.

    The only feed you can’t delete is called “Bizz” but you can easily prevent it from being displayed on the news ticker.

    Alternatively, try selecting the feeds and clicking the trash icon in the menu.

    I suppose you might need all permissions to the application’s folder… No better ideas :\

  6. Tobey said on August 13, 2007 at 9:41 am
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    One more tip:

    You need to left-click the feed first so that it’s selected in blue before deleting it; right-clicking without selecting it first won’t allow you to delete the line.

  7. Sarah said on September 22, 2009 at 6:19 am
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    TVNZ, Vodafone, Ericsson and lots of other media type organizations use desktop news feeds from SnapComms. This tool allows administrators to push out RSS feed sources to targetted employees (employees can also opt in). Or simple headlines with hyperlinks or message boxes can be sent. It isn’t freeware but the cost is as little as $1 per employee per year.

    More info here:
    http://www.snapcomms.com/products/news-feed.aspx

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