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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jun 12, 2011

RSS Ticker is a free Firefox extension that displays your subscribed RSS feeds in a scrolling toolbar. It's easy to use, customizable, and an effective way of staying on top of things without cutting away from your browsing.

We installed RSS Ticker and restarted Firefox. RSS Ticker began scrolling preloaded headlines along the bottom of our browser window. A pop-up notified us that our saved RSS feeds would appear shortly and also offered a link to instructions for adding new feeds, which is as easy as saving a page in Live Bookmarks. We browsed to some news sites and a few others that update fairly frequently and added them to RSS Ticker's queue. Hovering the cursor over any item in the scrolling tape paused the toolbar and produced a small pop-up with a concise summary and a Web link; clicking on an entry opened its page in Firefox. We accessed RSS Ticker's tabbed options dialog via Firefox's add-ons manager page. These configured General settings like placement, Advanced settings such as ticker speed and update frequency, and the Context Menu, which is what appears in the menu that pops up when you right-click RSS Ticker's toolbar. Two additional entries, Feeds and Feature Feeds, let us view and manage our RSS feeds as well as subscribe to some free feeds that help pay some bills (though certainly there are worse ways to waste time than reading Conan's tweets). We moved the toolbar up underneath the Bookmarks Toolbar and slowed the scrolling speed a bit, too.

RSS Ticker is a neat addition to Firefox, one that has the potential to stick around a while. If you're the sort who is always checking up on news, sports scores, and other changing content, try it; we think you'll like it.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 12.0

Version 12.0 switched to addLivemark instead of createLivemark.

General

Release October 19, 2012
Date Added October 19, 2012
Version 12.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements Firefox 13.0

Popularity

Total Downloads 4,879
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

RSS Ticker loads your Live Bookmarks and scrolls their entries across your screen while you surf. It's perfect for staying informed without having to actively browse entries in an RSS reader. The ticker can be placed at the bottom of the screen (below the status bar) or at the top of the screen (underneath your bookmarks toolbar). Nearly all aspects of the ticker's display are customizable, including the scroll speed, smoothness, and link width. You can even set a limit for the number of items that appear from each feed.