updated download 0.0.1
Various issues fixed in this latest release and a few addtional features added. The rendering of the RSS feeds is more accurate (but still not perfect) and some setup issues have been addressed. Also, you can choose background colors and scaling style for the screensaver animation. If your system is running slow or stuttering try turning off the MimMap option in the configuration screen.
Special thanks to everyone who tested and provided feed back.
System Requirements: Windows 2000/XP, Hardware Accelerated OpenGL of some sort, the fonts Tahoma and Wingdings still installed, and a few good feeds.
rsssaver open beta
Okay, we now have a working open beta available for the few people who know about this project. Scroll down or click this download link
to get your copy. Please use the comments thread at the bottom of this post to report issues.
I'd say my current build on this Saturday night is pretty much as close as I will get to a "release candidate." I just need to build the installer and add a few web pages to the site for downloading.
All in all, I think the presentation is still a bit boring and could use some images or textures or SOMETHING to jazz it up a bit.
I have a workmate that runs the Apple Hot News Screensaver
, and it has a much better presentation than rsssaver
at this point in time. I'll have to work on that.
I managed to do many RSS reading updates in this last pass. I scraped my hand-coded XML parsing and moved to TXmlParser
a lightweight Object Pascal XML parser. I don't quite know how this will affect my FreePascal port, but it certainly made extracting the headlines out of an RSS feed much easier.
I'm also struggling a bit with the ATOM 0.3 format for site feeds. That's what Blogger uses, so even my feed
has to be run through an ATOM 0.3 to RSS 1.0 converter
before it displays properly.
I took a stab at a rsssaver logo by building on the adopted "RSS feed icon" design that FireFox uses. It's an "open source" design so I should be able to use it in a free project like this. You can find an excelent vector version of this feed logo at www.feedicons.com
Until I can get around to doing something better, this will be it.
screenshots now at flickr
The latest screenshots
for the rsssaver
project are now hosted at flickr
, freeing up this space for news and such.
Check them out!
This site is the home of rsssaver -- the rss screen saver for windows. Currently in open beta, rsssaver will preview RSS feeds from the net and visualize them during your computer's "inactive" time.