Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Podcaster 1.4 Update
An update to Podcaster has arrived. We will be releasing it to all our users in the upcoming days. Here is what you can expect in the update. No more 14 day trial, instead, we have limited trial users to 3 subscriptions, maximum, without expiration. Paid users will not have this limitation.
- Added Setting tab
- Sync options (Automatically downloads and deletes)
- Auto continue on end of Podcast
- Recovery Mode - Gets activated when program cannot start up properly
- News icons and titles of tab bar
- Made the app more colorful to make it stand out from other apps, including Apple
- Made start up faster (First time is a bit slow, but after that, much faster then now)
- Uploads podcast data to podcaster.fm for interactive map. If a username and password are entered, then your username will be uploaded along with the podcast. If not, the data uploaded will be anonymous. Location accuracy set to 1 kilometer.
- Sync with podcaster.fm, keeps podcast lists identical (A good backup of your subscriptions)
- Made font bigger for my podcasts
- Import text boxes do not clear themselves
- Added indicator of how much space is remaining on the iPhone
- Removed get 3 button
- Limited importing to 25 items per podcast (Helps with feeds that have 100's of items in them)
- No more tabs on search page
- No longer show blue dot/podcast type (video or audio) in My Podcasts . Still displayed in drill down
For a discount on Podcaster, go to http://www.nextdayoff.com/shaun
Friday, October 03, 2008
Ad hoc users, if you go to nextdayoff.com and login. You will be presented with a download link and an activation code. Please use this link to download the latest version of Podcaster (verison 1.1.2 as of this post). You can update your existing version by dragging the files into itunes. Podcaster will continue to work until it expires in a little less then a year.
So you may be wondering how you can still use ad hoc installer even though Apple has stopped me from making provisions. Well, Apple blocked me from making future provisions. All existing provision will keep working and are unaffected.
I just want to remind users to rate the app and post a review. You can also subscribe to reviews via rss feed at http://www.nextdayoff.com/reviewsxml.aspx
Any questions can be sent to our mailing-list group at email@example.com
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Available for install using a jail broken device. We are located in the Cydia installer. Listed in entertainment by modmyi. For those of you that are not familiar with Cydia, it is an alternative to the AppStore. You can use QuickPwn (windows download or mac download) to jailbreak your device and get Cydia store and Install.app store. It only takes a few minutes and preserves all settings and apps. Users that already have Podcaster, you will be able to download an updated version and use iTunes to install it. If you didn't get an email about the update, you will very soon.
We are releasing the app as a 14 day free trial. You can purchase an activation code at http://www.nextdayoff.com
What did we update?
We had several reports of podcasts not playing after being downloaded. We have build in a way to play podcasts using the quicktime media player. This solved the problem until we can find a more elegant solution. We also brought back the "play in safari" button. I'm not sure if I can get audio to play in the background but at least this is a step in the right direction. We also made several minor UI changes and added a Pause Downloads button.
We will continue to work hard on this project so if you have suggestions, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In other news, I have been a guest on several podcasts over the past few weeks. Check out iPhone Alley Podcaste episode 22 and MyMac podcast, espideo 201. It was really a good time and I am glad that I had a chance to talk to then.
As always, you can follow what's going on with development of Podcaster at twitter.com/iphonepodcaster.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Apple Rep says: Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.
That's right folks, it duplicates the functionality of the desktop version of iTunes.
Therefore, it was denied from sale in the app store. Although my app does allow you to listen to podcasts (like iTunes), it also allows you to download them directly to device and that is something Apple does not offer.
I find this a bit strange considering there are numerous apps that duplicate the functionality of other apps. For example, any calculator app is duplicating the functionality of Apples calculator app. Any app that tells you the weather is duplicating the Yahoo weather app. Any app that let's you listen to music is duplicating the iPod portion of the iPhone.
There are also several apps that simply allow you to listen to a podcast (Diggnation and Mobility Today just to name a few) that are not denied from the app store.
Apple had nothing in the terms prohibiting developers from duplicating features currently available on desktop application. I followed all the guidelines and made sure everything is in the correct place. Yet Apple denies me because I allow users to download podcasts just like iTunes.
I have emailed them back to find out what I must do in order for the app to be approved. I still have not received a reply. In the mean time, I have started to distribute the app via the Ad Hoc Method. If you would like to purchase a copy, please head over to http://www.nextdayoff.com and submit your UDID.
UPDATE: I used the word donation instead of pay because that's how I had it for the web app (podcaster.fm). The price of this application is $9.99.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Now for some bad news, Podcaster is still waiting to be approved. It has NOT been rejected. It's just sitting there, wont let me push an update until it is approved. Apple needs to get a few more employees, I think, so they can test apps faster. I don't feel that it's really fare to me or to you (The users). Podcaster is actually something useful. I don't really need my phone to tell me how fast I am going in the car? I suggest there should be a new approval process. 100 users get the app and get to use it and vote on it (Similar to testing it, but each user votes Ready or Not Ready) Once the majority of the users says yes, it gets approved. I am sure that would eliminate a lot of waiting and improperly executed apps.
I have also been given a shout out on several podcasts. They include episode 785 or Buzz Out Loud, Episode 39 and Episode 40 of Australian Talk. In the upcoming weeks, I will be appearing in another mac podcast this time talking about Podcaster and macs in general. Previously, I spent an entire Episode talking with Cami and Dr Normal about web app on this episode of Strange Love: Tech Edition.
One last thing, I don't have any open ad spots left. Please stop sending me requests. I have been just keeping them "just in case" I get more spots later. I have been thinking of a good way to rotate users that become inactive so tell me what you think of this. I will setup a page that you enter your UDID into, then you have to check in 1 time a week(or so) and reenter the UDID, this way, if you don't come back, the key gets reset and someone else gets it. Nothing like this is currently in place so this is a great time for comments.
Let's hope Podcaster gets approved soon.
Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/iPhonePodcaster
UPDATE: Now is a great time to setup your podcast list so when Podcaster does get released, you can quickly import. Just sign up for an account at http://www.podcaster.fm, then follow instructions at http://www.podcaster.fm/import to import from iTunes. You will later use this account to import to Podcaster iPhone app.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008
The interface is broken out in 3 sections.
My Podcasts - Displays all your podcasts. This screen also allows you to refresh your podcast list to see if there are any new items.
Unplayed - Displays unplayed podcasts.
Downloads - This is where you can see all your downloaded items.
Initially all sections have no items. It is up to you to subscribe to podcasts. We have provided several ways to subscribe. The easiest of which is to search our Podcast Directory. You can search by podcast title. If you cant find what you are looking for, you can use 1 of the other 3 methods to subscribe. Import from podcaster.fm account. Import by feed url and import by opml url.
After you have setup your podcast list. You are ready to listen. Simply select the item you want and click play. The podcast starts streaming in the media player. You also have the option to download the podcast. We have put a max limit of 40 MB for this current release but that is temporary and will be lifted in future updates. You can download as many podcasts as will fit on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
I have worked really hard to bring everyone (including myself) a great product. Similar to podcaster.fm, I am sure I will put out a slew of updates over the following weeks and months that will improve usability. Since I cant send this app out to anyone for testing, I want to hear your comments on the video. Thanks and enjoy.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
On to some more happy news, It is day 22 and I am scrambling for ideas. It has been a very frustrating month. Between work, family and apps, I have not had 10 minutes to myself. Although it has been hard, I will probably miss it when it is over. Here are some stats.I have had 130,000 unique visitors to the apps and I got 2 Staff Picks on Apples Site. Al thought I had to take one of them down :-)
Enjoy the apps and I would like to hear any comments on how I can improve them because I will want to go over each app next month.
Friday, May 02, 2008
May 1st I made a game. Who wants to be Rich? I usually don't make games so it was a nice switch. My partner (wife) and I had decided that we would post each app into Apples web app directory and so we posted the first app. The next day, it was up and it was nice to see that it got a Staff Pick. I definitely want to make more games so I am open for ideas, we still have 28 or 29 days ahead so there is plenty of time to get creative.
May 2nd, day 2 was Brush Timer. The way I see it is that I want one of those smart toothbrushes that tells you where to brush and for how long. I can't really afford a good one but why do I need to buy it when I can just make one using this great gadget (iPhone) as the brain. I hope everyone gets a lot of use out of it. I use it every day and my teeth have never been cleaner. My dentist would be proud.
Due to popular demand, I will be making some great apps that will incorporate Flickr and/or Twitter.
I just want to put in a good word for Barry Velasquez, a great programmer that has created a cool list tool. Check out a list of my may apps at Kalisty.com.
I still use Podcaster.fm everyday and it seems that about 3,000 to 5,000 other people use it daily as well. I am still having problems with server unavailable messages. I have not looked into the problem for a few weeks and I think it will have to wait for the rest of the month. Sorry but I just don't have time. I did find a small bug with sharing and so I upgraded that feature to send out a nice formatted email.
Goodbye for now
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Some of you might have noticed that today, Buzz out loud and some other podcasts have gone missing from your podcast list. That's because of a bug that has been fixed. Buzz out loud and other podcasts are working and will not be deleted in the future.
Updates to Podcast Directory.
We have made several changes to the podcast directory that make it more user friendly. First, you will notice that when clicking on a podcast, you are taken to a new page that shows you the podcast details. You have the option of listening to the most current episode and subscribing. We also added the ability to load more top podcasts. If you scroll to the bottom of the list, you will see a "Show 25 More" button. You can also see the language of the podcast when viewing details.
Our crawler has been updated to crawl hourly. We also have been able to crawl several podcasts that did not work before.
We also made several changes to the podcast details page. The one you might notice is the last updated on date. This is the last crawl date.
Soon we will have a stable version and we can finally bud it version 1.
For anyone adding podcasts to Podcaster, try to get something that works natively with macs.
We also launched a new interface. I think it looks nice. I would love you hear your opinions on it. If you want more features, just email me or post comments here so every can talk about it. Until next time, keep listening.
Friday, January 18, 2008
New features include
Podcast played/unplayed separation
Listen to past and present podcasts (your not limited to the current episode)
Get useful information about podcast including contact email and phone number
Podcast now feature tags
Improvement to the podcast directory include
top 50 podcast list
tag cloud with categories
It's a great app that I designed for myself but I'm sure others will find it useful.