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<h3>What is Feed Notifier?</h3>
<p>Feed Notifier is a Windows application that resides in the system tray and displays pop-up notifications on your desktop when new items are discovered in subscribed RSS/Atom feeds. By default, the pop-ups look like this...</p>
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<p>Feed Notifier is for you if you want a news aggregator that focuses on real-time feed notifications and leaves out all the other stuff that comes with most news readers.</p>
<h3>Download the latest release.</h3>
<p>Last updated: 2010-02-17</p>
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<h3>What features does it have?</h3>
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<li>Supports all common RSS and Atom web feed protocols.</li>
<li>Clean look and feel with user selectable themes.</li>
<li>Supports launching from Firefox and other browsers via feed:// protocol.</li>
<li>Supports enabling/disabling individual feeds.</li>
<li>Configurable polling interval for each feed.</li>
<li>Configurable popup duration.</li>
<li>Configurable popup size and position.</li>
<li>Configurable popup transparency.</li>
<li>Popups do not steal keyboard or mouse focus from other applications.</li>
<li>Popups show item age and author.</li>
<li>Navigation controls in popups to view next/previous items.</li>
<li>Deactivates when user is idle to save bandwidth and processing time.</li>
<li>Supports using a proxy server.</li>
<li>Displays favicon for feeds when available.</li>
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<h3>What's new?</h3>
<p><strong>2010-02-17 : Feed Notifier 2.1 released!</strong> Feed Notifier 2.1 includes performance enhancements and a fix for occasional popup errors on Windows 7 and Vista. Version 2.1 also includes a software update feature to automatically check for new versions. The default theme was ported to pure Python code instead of HTML rendered by an Internet Explorer ActiveX control. The result is better performance, less memory overhead, no more quirky behavior on Windows 7 and better cross-platform support. A Linux release is probably not too far off (<a href='images/linux-popups.png'>see screenshot</a>), but a Mac release will require tweaking some other cross-platform issues.</p>
<p><strong>2010-02-05 : Mac and Linux support looks promising.</strong> Feed Notifier 2.0 currently uses an Internet Explorer ActiveX control to render the popup windows. This works great but isn't cross platform. Since 2.0 was released, I've been working on porting the application to use WebKit (the wxPython port of it) so that Mac and Linux support can be possible. The new code is working but there are still a few minor quirks to work out. The bottom line is that cross-platform support definitely looks feasible and shouldn't be too far off!</p>
<p><strong>2010-01-27 : Feed Notifier 2.0 released!</strong> Feed Notifier launched one year ago and received lots of user feedback and feature requests. Version 2.0 is the result of integrating all of these requests into an even better application!</p>
<h3>What's on our wishlist?</h3>
<p>Here are some features that we hope to add to Feed Notifier in upcoming releases. Have an idea that's not listed? Let us know.</p>
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<li>Keyword filters - include/exclude certain keywords on a per-feed basis.</li>
<li>Multi-threaded downloads - check feeds on multiple threads in parallel to read feeds faster.</li>
<li>OPML support - import/export feed information.</li>
<li>Authorization improvements - separate username/password fields when adding a feed.</li>
<li>Quiet mode - instead of popping up new items, change the system tray icon to something that will let the user know new items are available.</li>
<li>Folder structure - to keep feeds better organized and to be able to enable/disable whole groups of feeds with one click.</li>
<li>Theme configuration - user configurable popup colors and fonts.</li>
<li>Better popup positioning - let user put popup anywhere on the screen, not just in predetermined locations.</li>
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<h3>Who did this?</h3>
<p><a target='_blank' href='http://www.michaelfogleman.com/'>Michael Fogleman</a>, a full-time software engineer who likes to work on useful applications in his spare time.</p>
<p>I can be contacted at: <img src='images/contact.png' /></p>
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<p>What Feed Notifier is made of...</p>
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<li><a target='_blank' href='http://www.python.org/'>Python 2.6</a></li>
<li><a target='_blank' href='http://www.wxpython.org/'>wxPython 2.8.10</a></li>
<li><a target='_blank' href='http://www.feedparser.org/'>Universal Feed Parser</a></li>
<li><a target='_blank' href='http://jinja.pocoo.org/'>Jinja 2</a></li>
<li><a target='_blank' href='http://www.py2exe.org/'>py2exe 0.6.9</a></li>
<li><a target='_blank' href='http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php'>Inno Setup</a></li>
<li><a target='_blank' href='http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/'>Silk Icons</a></li>
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