Automate getting your RSS fix
Over time I’ve messed around with a number of OS X applications that automate the finding and downloading of content that I subscribe to with RSS.
Some of the applications that I have been using have not been updated in a long time and they have begun to become more and more unreliable.
Fortunately I recently came across “Automatic”:
Automatic allows you to set up subscriptions for virtually any content linked in RSS feeds: podcasts, videocasts, torrentcasts… Rule of thumb: if it ends in ‘-cast’, you can get it with Automatic.
Once set up, there’s nothing else to do but sit back and wait. Automatic will fetch and deliver the latest content for your subscriptions right to your download folder*, so all that’s left for you is to find some time to enjoy it!
For example, just imagine you wanted to ensure that you were always up to date with your favorite TV show. For this example, we’ll assume that “The Big Bang Theory”is the show in question.
Hit the best TV Show RSS feed, select “The Big Bang Theory” from the drop down list, click the “Get public feed” button and copy the URL that it spits back at you.
Open up Automatic (it lives in your System Preferences).
Click on the “Subscriptions” tab at the top and the on the “+” button to add a new subscription.
Click the “+” button again on the next screen to add a feed. Paste the URL into the top field and Automatic does the rest.
In this case I’ve made use of a feed that will only return episodes for this show. You can obviously use a general feed and then use the filter function to view only the items you want.
Play with it for a few minutes and you’ll get the idea. Pretty simple stuff really.
Note: This show used as an example only. Make sure you only use this only to download content that you have rights to. Otherwise you will probably get into trouble.
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