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How to use Awasu with yacs?

"Awasu (TM) is a free Windows news-reader that runs in the background on your computer and monitors these sites for you. When it sees that something new has appeared, it will let you know. Awasu will also keep track of what you have already read which saves you even more time since you no longer need to search through your favorite sites for new stories."

[title]What is Awasu?[/title]

Quoted from Awasu web site:

"If you're like most people, you have at least a few web sites that you go to on a regular basis. Whether it be BBC World News, Wired or Slashdot, there's a wealth of information out there, constantly changing."

"Just imagine. No more surfing the web looking for interesting stuff to read. Instead, Awasu will watch what's happening around the globe and let you know about events almost as soon as they happen. No more trawling through pages full of ads or popups. Now you can get only the stuff you're interested in, delivered to your desktop."

"You're not limited to just news services either. You can keep an eye on the current weather in New York, the latest sales data from your London office or which band is playing at your favorite club this weekend. You are limited only by your imagination!"

"And using its powerful plugin architecture, Awasu can easily be customized to monitor absolutely anything at all. Want to keep track of stock levels in your warehouse's inventory database? Awasu comes with a sample Java program that lets you monitor a database. Got a web service that you want to query? It's easy to write a plugin that talks to it and feeds the results back into Awasu for convenient viewing."

"Awasu also allows you to hook into the flow of information to perform your own custom actions. You can analyze the information as it arrives, send out emails or SMS messages, update databases, whatever you like! No longer are you restricted to using a passive tool like a web browser. Using Awasu, you can monitor information as it comes in, analyze it and then respond to it. "

[title]How to setup this stuff?[/title]

1. Download the software package from http://www.awasu.com/ and start the installation process.

2. Launch the Awasu application

3. Choose the command File | New channel. Type the URL of the selected RSS feed from your web site. For example, the main RSS feed at YetAnotherCommunitySystem is at http://www.yacs.fr/yacs/feeds/rss_2.0.php Click the Next button and follow instructions.

[title]How to subscribe to new channels?[/title] Place the mouse arrow on one of the XML or RSS pictograms and click the right mouse button, then choose "Copy Shortcut". Start Awasu and choose the command File | New channel. Then paste (click right mouse button) the url and press ok. Add as many feeds to this free RSS reader as you want and use it as free news aggregator.

Also, Internet Explorer users will have a shortcut. Right-click over any RSS link, and select in the pop-up menu the command Subscribe in Awasu. Done!