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RSS Ticker

August 25th, 2006 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox no pointLink

Last week, I was talking about SportsFox and wondering if there was a way to create a ticker across the bottom of the status bar. Well, one of my friends pointed me to an extension that eluded me.

The RSS Ticker adds another status bar to the bottom of Firefox when its activated. If you have Firefox Live Bookmarks, your RSS list is automatically added to your RSS Ticker extension. If you don't use Firefox Live Bookmarks, then you need your OPML file to load into your Firefox Live Bookmarks. However, most of you know that there isn't any OPML file support in Firefox. If you continue reading after this review of RSS Ticker, you'll find another extension to help out with this.

To activate the Ticker, right-click on the toolbar and click "Customize..." You'll see the RSS Ticker icon. Click and Drag it onto your toolbar somewhere in Firefox. Click Done to save your changes. Clicking on the RSS Ticker Icon toggles the ticker bar on and off. Don't add too much to your Firefox Live Bookmarks because I've noticed a little bit of a lag inbetween each RSS feed.

Another thing I've noticed about the extension is the exclusion of adding an OPML import/export feature. Even if it was saved in the Bookmarks file storage, importing an OPML would've been a lot easier. Select the file to import, read it in, and save your bookmarks out to a Live Bookmarks folder of your choice.

Aside from the above observations, the extension is really quite handy. I use it strictly for my NFL news and weather. That's it. If I want more news, I go to a RSS news reader. Don't want to bog down Firefox with tons of RSS feeds, now, do we?