With 2008 under way, Power Downloader knew it was time to get back to work. His first order of business would be to sift through e-mails that had piled up over the holidays. After scanning through the messages from various contacts around the world, Power came upon an e-mail from Francois Foto, one of Power's most trusted contacts from France.
After wishing Power Downloader a happy new year, Francois Foto mentioned that one of his new year's resolutions was to use his vast photo library in a some sort of project. One idea he thought of was to study the work of other photographers to see what sort of methods they used for framing shots and how they presented their work to get started. The only problem was Francois wanted a way to look through several photos quickly, while not limiting the content to a single subject. He explained his previous efforts searching photo-sharing Web sites took a long time to find images that caught his eye. With nowhere else to turn, Foto wondered whether Power had any ideas which might help him scan through online photos.
Thinking quickly, Power Downloader did his own search at Download.com. He quickly found a unique program called Roxio MediaTicker. This RSS media reader would make it possible for Francois to browse through photos as they slowly streamed across his desktop. By entering RSS URLs from photo sharing sites into the program, Francois could quickly browse hundreds of images without the slow process of using a Web browser. He could also use the scroll wheel on his mouse for faster scanning. When he saw a picture he liked, Francois could bring it up in a window for closer inspection and even rotate, save, or send photos quickly in an e-mail. The free Roxio MediaTicker also had options for scanning his own photo library, changing the size of the photo stream, and controlling where he wanted the photo stream on his desktop.
After sending a link to Roxio MediaTicker in an e-mail to Francois, Power Downloader decided he'd like to experiment with his own photos. Using images he had collected from around the world, Power created his own photo media ticker to remind him of all the great places he had explored on his adventures. Power could see how this program might be useful to just about anyone who liked browsing through images.