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Desktop Ticker for Windows

By Mike BattFreeUser Rating

Key Details of Desktop Ticker

  • Display your favorite RSS feeds and stock information in a scrolling ticker on your desktop
  • Last updated on 05/30/19
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Desktop Ticker is a free scrolling RSS feed display that you can place anywhere on the desktop for an unobtrusive yet instantly accessible and highly customizable news crawl. It's easy to use yet offers lots of options. It can follow news, stocks, and pretty much any other feed you can subscribe to.

Desktop Ticker's small dock-style interface resembles a ticker tape, only with small directional arrows at either end for quickly scrolling forward and back and, on the right, an icon to minimize the display and close the program. A left-side menu has three entries: File, for managing and reloading feeds as well as deselecting the default option to have Desktop Ticker store our settings as a User Profile, should we wish to do so; Tools, for setting the dock's position, speed, and opacity as well as accessing the Options; and Help, which accesses a Web-based User's Guide. The Options dialog let us configure updates, color and sound schemes, and other items such as always-on-top. Desktop Ticker handles most feeds, including a variety of popular feeds supplied as samples, such as BBC News. Under the compact Feed Manager, we could select our feeds, move them up or down in the list order, delete them, and add new ones by pasting in URLs. We could also edit stock symbols for stock feeds. The display's default desktop position is Float, which let us place it anywhere, but we could also fix it to the top or bottom of the desktop. The Opacity control offered a series of levels, while the Speed control worked via simple Faster and Slower commands. The program remembered our changes automatically under our User Profile.

While Desktop Ticker isn't the only scrolling RSS freeware, it's one of the best we've seen. We like its options, especially the ability to change the color schemes to keep things from getting dull. After all, you're going to be looking at it all day, more or less!

What's new in version 1.12.1.520

  • Font can now be changed
  • Added support for Windows 10 virtual desktops
  • Added support for TLS 1.2 servers
  • Added support for HTTP compression
  • Added option to show icon in the notification area
  • Taskbar icon can now be completely disabled
  • Corrected link URL for Atom feeds
  • Atom feeds can now be set to use either updated time or published time (useful for YouTube feeds)
  • Ticker can be stopped from scrolling (speed 0)
  • Startup feed error window can be disabled, and is by default
  • The feed list can now be sorted
  • Feed tooltips can now be disabled
  • Added delay to feed loading when PC is resuming from sleep to allow network to connect
  • Clicking on a feed item with the middle button will now hide it
  • Changed menu button icon
  • Maximum font size increased to 96
  • Yahoo stocks feed removed

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
May 30, 2019
Latest update
April 15, 2020
Version
1.12.1.520
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Windows
Operating System
Windows Server, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows 10, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8
Additional Requirements
.NET Framework 2.0
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
151,563
Downloads Last Week
28

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3.5/5

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Developer's Description

Display your favorite RSS feeds and stock information in a scrolling ticker on your desktop.
Desktop Ticker is a free RSS and Atom web feed aggregator application that allows you to keep an eye on the latest news from your favourite websites whilst you work on your computer. Once feeds have been added, the article titles scroll horizontally across the screen. Article summaries are displayed when the mouse cursor is placed over an article title, and the full article can be opened in a web browser by clicking on the article title. The RSS feeds are automatically downloaded after the specified interval to show updated content. Options include specifying whether all articles are displayed from the RSS feed or just articles created within a set time period, colour coding articles based on their age, and adjusting the scroll speed. Desktop Ticker is compatible with RSS feeds provided by news sites such as BBC News and CNN, and many other sites including Gmail, Facebook and Flickr. In addition to RSS feeds, Desktop Ticker can also display text files and images.