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Adding and reading RSS feeds

From: Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Video: Adding and reading RSS feeds

Safari is not only a web browser, but also an RSS reader. RSS means really simple syndication and it's a way to quickly read a list of headlines and story topics on websites that support RSS feeds. It works this way. So I'll launch Safari. I'll go to a website that has an RSS Feed. I have one that I've recently visited and here is the RSS button. Now when I click on there, it will show me the RSS feeds for that site. So if a site has an RSS feed, you will see this box.

Adding and reading RSS feeds

Safari is not only a web browser, but also an RSS reader. RSS means really simple syndication and it's a way to quickly read a list of headlines and story topics on websites that support RSS feeds. It works this way. So I'll launch Safari. I'll go to a website that has an RSS Feed. I have one that I've recently visited and here is the RSS button. Now when I click on there, it will show me the RSS feeds for that site. So if a site has an RSS feed, you will see this box.

if it doesn't, you won't. Now it gives me the option to view it in two forms. RSS Feed or Atom Feed. We're going to choose RSS Feed. Atom is just another way of getting these kinds of headlines. Below you see summary items from that website. So you'll see the headline and you may see a blur below that. You'll also see artwork in many cases. This is not the full article. You can change the article length if you like by using the Article Length slider. So you can see less information or you can see more.

You can use a search field to look with in the RSS Feed to see if there's something you like. You can also sort in other ways. So now we're sort of by Date, Title, Source, New, and so on. You can also look for recent articles. All, Today, Yesterday, Last Seven Days, and so on. You can bookmark an RSS Feed just as you can any other URL. So let's press Command+D to create a bookmark. Notice this is a little different than we've seen with other bookmarks. In this case, you name your bookmark. Now, you can not only add your bookmarks to Safari and choose where you want to put it, but you can also add it to Mail.

So I click Mail and I click Add. Now let's go to Mail and see what's happened. Here is Mail and here is the RSS entry within Mail. Mail can also act as an RSS reader. Here's the RSS Feed from Apple's Hot News and as we've just added, here is the lynda RSS. All I have to do is select an item within Mail and I can see that item that's related to that RSS Feed. Pretty slick! If I want to read the full article, all I have to do is click on the headline and here we are.

So the full article linked from the RSS Feed. Now this is a reasonably slick way to view RSS feeds. Personally, I continue to use a dedicated RSS reader for this kind of thing, but then I have a lot of feeds I'd like to read in dedicated newsreader such as NetNewsWire or Reader, which I find a better way to go, but if you like to glance it just a few feeds, Safari plus Mail is a very good option.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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