RSS (most commonly expanded as “Really Simple Syndication”) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.
They are the hallmark of Web 2.0 sites and provide a great way for the users to flip through their favorite blogs and websites quickly from one place, without needing to go through each of them one by one.
But you need to have start and run a feed reader / aggregator application like Google Reader. If it looks troublesome to you, and you want your favorite websites to deliver content right at your desktop, without you needing to open the feed reader, then FeedNotifier is the application you need.
It allows you to read the feed bits directly on your desktop, just above the system tray, as soon as a new entry is available in your favorite feed. This is in the form of a pop-up notice, which gets displayed in real time as soon as a new entry is available in the feed.
The main features of this handy utility include…
- Supports all common RSS and Atom web feed protocols.
- Clean look and feel with user selectable themes.
- Configurable polling interval for each feed.
- Configurable popup duration.
- Configurable popup size and position.
- Configurable popup transparency.
- Popups do not steal keyboard or mouse focus from other applications.
- Popups show item age and author.
- Navigation controls in popups to view next/previous items.
- Advanced keyword filtering options.
- Supports launching from Firefox and other browsers via feed:// protocol.
- Supports enabling/disabling individual feeds.
- Deactivates when user is idle to save bandwidth and processing time.
- Supports authenticated feeds that require a username and password.
- Supports using a proxy server.
- Displays favicon for feeds when available.
- Multi-threaded feed polling.