So that’s for what I used up until a month ago when I discovered KlipFolio. KlipFolio is a nifty little application that primarily isn’t meant as a feed reader. To be precise, I discovered KlipFolio somewhen in the past and didn’t take a great notice of it then because it is not a feed reader. KlipFolio sits in your tray and waits to be clicked on. Once you click on it, it appears on your screen. It consists of any number of Klip windows, each showing the contents of its own Klip. The windows itself can be of any size and you can change their skin. It’s not that easy to say what Klips are. In their simplest form they look like feeds - headlines with excerpts of articles. If you click on a headline a browser is opened showing the article. But Klips can be more. I have a Klip that shows me the weather forecasts for the next week in Hamburg. There are also other sorts of Klips such as stock tickers.
The kind of Klips that look like normal feeds can have a more sophisticated configuration. The Klip of “Wired News” for example allows you to choose from a number of categories. So you only get the articles you are interested in.
Klips are generally free of charge. There are zillions of them at KlipFarm. You can download them and install them into your KlipFolio. From time to time the Klips will contact their servers and fetch new articles or other kinds of data.
One big feature of KlipFolio is the generic feed viewer Klip. You can configure it to read any feed. With this KlipFolio becomes the news center on the desktop.
Here’s a number of Klips I recommend:
- Feed Viewer : Wrap any RSS feed into a Klip
- MozillaZine : What’s going on in Mozilla-land?
- Neowin : News by nerds for nerds
- CustomWeather : How’s the weather? (Even for German cities)
- The Register : Another of those nerd news sites. A must read!
- Wired News : Sometimes weird, sometimes wired and sometimes even unplugged ;)
- Heise Online : Tech news in German
- Tagesschau : News from outside nerd-land in German
When opened my KlipFolio occupies nearly the whole desktop space. It shows me all the current news. I can browse quickly through the headlines and decide whether there is something interesting for me to read. It’s a real time saver.