FrameChannel is like having a 1000+ applications or widgets stuffed and available in a single application or website. It sort of works like iGoogle in which you build a personal collection of feeds and widgets for all types of media you consume on your ipad.
Categories for channels include social networking sites, news and weather, education, sports and entertainment, photography, and custom RSS feeds””all supported by platforms including Flash, Android, iPhone OS, Linux, HTML 5 and more.
As Thinking Screen Media points out, “Content comes from top brands in every category, from major national and international sports scores, news and standings to breaking news headlines, entertainment updates, stock quotes, traffic, trivia and much more. We also keep users up-to-date on their favorite blogs and websites.” Literally thousands of channels are already configured for you on FrameChannel. They include sites like Facebook, Picasa, the Boston Red Sox, Time Magazine, and Woot Wine. The more you dig, the more channels you discover with media available for ipad.
All you have to do is pick and choose the channels you want on your personal channel home page. You can make these selections via your account on your computer or on your iPad. Since your account is the cloud so to speak, whatever additions and deletions you make on you computer will automatically be applied to the application on your iPad, and visa versa.
The interface of FrameChannel is clean and fairly easy to use””only requiring you to make a few configurations, such as adding log-in information if needed, and then tapping the add to my channel button.
You can also quickly add photo files to your account via your computer, which when uploaded will appear on your iPad device. This is just another way to add and view your photos on your iPad without having to connect the device to our computer.
The only drawback to this photo sync feature is that you can’t download and add photos from your FrameChannel account to your iPad photo library.
There are also some limited customization features in FrameChannel.
For example, you can of course add and remove channels from your home page. You can customize the day and time that you want content downloaded, and you can prioritize the amount of content you want for a selected channel relative to other channels.
Unfortunately, however, you can”˜t move channels around. They are placed in the order you added them.
Add Your Own Channel
While you can add your own custom RSS feeds to your channels, you can also submit a form to add your own RSS-based content channel to the service platform that will then be available to other users.
FrameChannel and its iPad companion are really useful apps for media consumers and content providers. Let us know if you use it and what you think of them.
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