JRSST: A Java RSS and Atom Ticker/Aggregator/Reader

example of JRSST
from http://www.concordesst.com/

This is a simple, lightweight, RSS ticker/aggregator/reader. I had checked out a number of tickers that look pretty as they scroll etc., but took a lot of CPU cycles and cost money. I wanted a simple, OS independent ticker so I wrote this one in Java. JRSST read RSS 0.91, 1.0, 2.0, and Atom feeds. A jar file containing both the .class bytecode files and the source files and a Windows executable built with launch4j can be downloaded from: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jrsst/. Executables for various platforms are also available there. To use, do:

java -jar JRSST-2.2.2.jar [args] [URL...] where URL... is the list of RSS URLs to display. If no URLs are given, a RSS feed of the BBC world news is shown.

Specific instructions for creating a Windows shortcut to make launching easier can be found here.

Command-line arguments:
--init=URL Read the specified JRSST initialization file.
--opml=URL Read an OPML reading list.
--pause=seconds The time between changing the display from the default 10 seconds.
--verbose Show site names as they are being read
--font=FONT Set the font to FONT.
--font-size=SIZE Set the font size to SIZE.
--font-style=STYLE Set the font style to STYLE (currently PLAIN, BOLD, and ITALIC).
--version Display the version number and exit.
--undecorated[=TRUE|FALSE] Whether the frame is decorated by the operating system.
--growleft[=TRUE|FALSE] Whether the windows grows to the left.
--upperright[=TRUE|FALSE] Position the window at the upper right corner of the screen.
--lowerright[=TRUE|FALSE] Position the window at the lower right corner of the screen.
--lowerleft[=TRUE|FALSE] Position the window at the lower left corner of the screen.
--x=# Position the window with an X coordinate of #.
--y=# Position the window with an Y coordinate of #.
--do_nothing_on_close ignore window close requests.

Example URL's include:

More RSS feeds can be found at: http://www.syndic8.com/

The title bar will display the current URL title. A mouse click in the window should bring a browser up with the current item displayed. For items that have a longer description, hovering over the window will display that.

You can create a configuration file by hand that contains your URL's. The format of the file is simple, just a list of channels and their URL's:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<jrsst version="1.0">
JRSST will automatically look for a .jrsst file in your home directory. For Windows, this will look something like: C:\Documents and Settings\Steve.BEATY-88AC5C2C5\.jrsst You can create one in Notepad, but when you save the file, make sure you put the file name in quotes: ".jrsst" so that Notepad will not append a .txt extension. You can also specify the location of a configuration file with the --init= command line option, and either a http: or a file: URL. OPML files are also supported with the --opml command line option.

In progress: drag and dropping RSS feeds, and a configuration panel.