Ok, so the other day I said I was giving Particls a try and asked if we really needed a desktop based rss solution anymore? You know, we just might …
I’m liking particls a lot. It fits in with how I use my PC at home very well, and allows me to keep up with new feed items from my google reader feeds (added OPML) and keyword monitoring of other web content.
Ok lets break it down a bit. It isn’t an rss reader as such, as you’re not getting all the feeds since you last looked – it is more a real time product. This isn’t a bad thing (for me at least) and it works great with my normal Google Reader reading at home (and at work, where I can not download particls).
When you download the application you get a news ticker bar – which you can set up how you like (including skinning it if you so desire). After a short while item headlines start rolling across the screen. If you hover over them, they stop and display a snippet or more – depending on source. You then can do a lot of rather cool things.
Let’s start with the coolest – you can tear it off the ticker and drop it on your desktop (bit like a post-it-note) to get to it later on. Gimmicky? yes, but a bloody good one.
Alternately, if you right click on any item on your ticker it enables you to:
- bookmark to Magnolia, Furl, Yahoo My Web and Del.icio.us
- post to Digg and Reddit
- Mark Item as Read
- Mark Source as Read
- Show me more/less content – by Author, Source, or Topic
- Remove the source
- Copy URl
- Copy Description
That is not all – if you want it to Particls can scan your browsing history and learn what your interests are. And Particls has the Auto-subscriber automatically subscribe to those sites you visit regularly.
You can also set up a,list of watch words/phrases for Particls to search the web for to add to you ticker.
I’m sure it does much more, but I haven’t had time to try everything out yet. I think one of the reasons I like it is that it reminds me of my favourite desktop based RSS reader, Newzie, which tried to do some of the same things but in a more traditional newsreader kind of way.
I think Particls is on my desktop to stay for the time being. Well worth checking it out.