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SolutionBase: Get the latest news with RssReader

Using RSS can be a great way to keep up with all of the new content that appears on Web sites you visit. Here's how you can keep track of RSS feeds using RssReader.

Wouldn't it be nice to have all the news that you want to see in one simple location instead of browsing from Web page to Web page with your browser? RSS makes that a reality. All you need is an RSS Reader such as RssReader by YKoon. In this article, I'll show you how it works.

What's RSS?

Simply stated, RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allows you to centrally collect updates from Web sites when they've posted new content. The content provider updates their RSS feed, and with a reader, you collect the feed, and see the updates. Then by clicking on the link you can view the site in an RSS or default browser. You can choose from your own locations or any or all of the 168 that the program has to offer. For example, you can subscribe to the RSS feed that provides updates to the TechProGuild Media Center.

What's RssReader?

RssReader is freeware software that allows you to collect RSS feeds on your workstation. It's produced by a company called YKoon. You can download it either from YKoon's Web site or from CNET's Download.com. With a file size of only 1.41 MB this program takes no time at all to download.

After you've downloaded the RssReader.zip file, extract the files to a temporary location on your workstation. To install RssReader, run Setup. It will install like any other Windows program you've ever done with no gotchas to look out for.

Running RssReader

Once you've installed RssReader, you can start using it. Click Start | All Programs | RssReader | RssReader. You'll then see a blank RssReader screen appear. To add some or all of the pre-configure RSS feeds already loaded into the program simply click on File | Add Feeds From Directory".

Doing so will bring up an entire list of pre-loaded RSS feeds. You can select a few at a time by clicking the Status check box and then clicking Add. To select all the feeds, click Select All and click add. The program will add all the feeds you have selected, connect to them, and download the newest feeds.

To select an individual feed, click the Add button. You can then enter the URL for the RSS feed into the Please Enter field. You can get this URL from the Web site featuring the feed. Usually, you'll see an orange XML or RSS icon. Right click it and select Copy Shortcut to get the URL information. Paste it into the field and click Next.

You'll then see a Feed Title window appear. You can use the default feed title or add one of your own. Click Next again.

You then must add the feed to a group. If you don't have any groups, just click OK. You can create a new group by clicking New and giving it a name. That will allow you to categorize your feeds.

When you're done, RssReader will connect and download all of your feeds. You'll see a screen similar to the one in Figure A.

Figure A

RssReader downloads the RSS feeds to your workstation.

You can then scroll through the newest updates and click the links you find. You can have the sites appear either in your browser or inside of RssReader.

To view articles from a feed click on the feed on the left hand column and in the top window titles of articles from that feed will appear, click on the article you wish to read it will appear in the bottom window.

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