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10.4: Combine feeds for RSS screensaver System 10.4
Tiger only hintI fell in love with Tiger's RSS Screensaver as soon as I saw it, but the fact that it couldn't use more than one feed at once annoyed me - why could I not get the latest headlines from the BBC and MacOSXHints, for example, on the same saver?

So, not one to give up easily, I wrote a script in PHP called FEEDcombine that automatically combines RSS feeds into one 'metafeed.' You just select the feeds you want from the predefined options (or enter your own as an alternative), choose how many entries from each feed you want, and click "Generate." Finally, bookmark the page which comes up in Safari. And there you go -- multiple feeds in the one screensaver.

Remember, the screensaver will only show up to 10 items -- so if you've got multiple feeds, don't set the number of entries from each feed too high, or entries from the later feeds won't come up.
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Authored by: hayne on May 27, '05 11:29:10AM

Just to avoid confusion, this hint is about a service that this developer is kindly providing via their web site - it is not a script that you can download and run on your machine. At least, not at the moment - the FAQ page refers to the possibility that the script might be made available later.



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10.4: Combine feeds for RSS screensaver
Authored by: borgendorf on May 27, '05 12:06:22PM

What would really be a cool hint is to figure out how to increase the number of feeds the screensaver will display. Ten is just not enough. I understand it's probably because you have the option to type a number and see that article, but I'd rather have an option to see lots of articles with no interactivity.

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10.4: Combine feeds for RSS screensaver
Authored by: pavao on May 27, '05 01:19:37PM

You can probably do that and much more by fiddling with the inner workings of the RSS screen saver using Quartz Composer (installed alongside the rest of the Tiger Developer Tools / Xcode).



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10.4: Combine feeds for RSS screensaver
Authored by: toshoklabs on May 27, '05 11:39:47PM

You can! The screensaver is just a Quartz Composer document. You can find it in /System/Library/Screen Savers/RSS Visualizer.qtz

You have to edit the JavaScript object, and the associated keyboard inputs. Interestingly, there appear to be a global "feed items" parameter, but changing it has no effect on the aforementioned objects or the output.



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10.4: Combine feeds for RSS screensaver
Authored by: piney-b on Jun 14, '05 04:16:38PM

by using quartz desktop to run rss visualizer u can manipulate the number of feeds :)
but u loose the ability to access feeds directly:(



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10.4: Combine feeds for RSS screensaver
Authored by: LotzaPhunn on May 27, '05 12:42:37PM
You can achieve the same result using RSS Mix, which is also not something you install and run locally, but a site that provides a (rather helpful) service.

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10.4: Combine feeds for RSS screensaver
Authored by: jmstriegel on Feb 24, '06 10:03:03PM
This was really bugging me too, so I created a new RSS screensaver that supports multiple feeds. You can download it for free here:
Site Feedz RSS Screensaver

Feel free to comment here or on my site with any suggestions or questions. Hope you like it!

-Jason

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