If you are interested in the news, then this is an ideal way to keep abreast of things without having to go back to your home page. F5 will refresh the ticker for you and update all the RSS feeds to keep the news up to date.
Roxiolabs Media Ticker Features
If you wish, you can choose a folder to have your own images scrolling along the bottom by going to Options, choosing My Folders on the drop down menu (automatically set to RSS Feeds), then going to Add folder and browsing for the folder you want to use. You may decide to set up a special folder for these images and then your favourite pictures will brighten up your desktop. If you decide to leave it as it is, pictures from the local news sites will load onto the ticker and scroll along and all you have to do to read the news item is click on it. The images can also be downloaded for editing so if you have been on holiday and have loads of images you don't want, simply load everything from the folder onto the ticker, click the image to full size then it can be deleted if necessary. Likewise, with the RSS feed images, the full size images can be saved onto your computer if you like them.
The ticker can be suppressed to your task bar by closing the application down. However, it will continue as normal in the taskbar.
The ticker can be scrolled along your desktop as you'd expect or you can set the images to fade from one to the next by going to Options and changing the Display mode from Scrolling to Fade-in. Options also allows changes to the location of the ticker. It can be placed at the top, bottom, left or right of the screen.
Roxiolabs Media Ticker Verdict
The Media Ticker is actually very entertaining, however the idea is just for fun and that is all you can really use it for . Since I downloaded it, I have had pleasant images from the net rolling along the bottom of my screen and have never read so much news as the images are very eye catching. It seems that the Ticker is programmed to only download the best.
Their are no reasons I can think of why you wouldn't want it on your computer as it doesn't use much space and can be quickly turned on and off. I found I used it quite often to see what story a picture was telling.
Media ticker is Vista compatible and as a free program, I think it could come in useful.
Roxiolabs Media Ticker can be downloaded for free here.