Archive for May, 2014

uPod 2.0 brings Chromecast Support

Written by sven. Posted in features, releases

The lat­est and hottest release brings two major changes: Sup­port for chrome­cast and the a new tri­al mod­el. Lets focus on Chrome­cast sup­port as I’ve already report­ed about the new tri­al mod­el a few days ago.

Chrome­cast is a top sell­er and ama­zon — a tiny lit­tle HDMI stick for just about 40 bucks which you plug into your TV’s or AV receiver’s HDMI input port. In con­junc­tion with uPod you can now bring your favorite pod­casts to the big screen or to your music sys­tem. Once con­nect­ed to a chrome­cast stick, you can start and con­trol play­back from with­in uPod. All the great fea­tures like stor­ing the play­back posi­tion still work. So you can start your favorite pod­cast show on your mobile dis­play in the train and con­tin­ue play­back on your TV at home.

uPod 2.0 also brings some addi­tion­al tiny nifty fea­tures:

  • Option to use »Add to playlist« action as pri­ma­ry action for not down­loaded episodes
  • Pre­view image in video play­back view
  • Bet­ter play­back error han­dling
  • Lots of bug fix­es (includ­ing huge fixed mem­o­ry leak)

New Trial Model

Written by sven. Posted in features

Start­ing with uPod 2 — which is about to come soon — uPod’s tri­al mod­el will change: You will then be able to check out all the great fea­tures with­out any restric­tions for sev­en days. After­wards you will need to pur­chase the license to con­tin­ue using uPod. Already have a license? Great, then noth­ing will change for you!

Dis­miss­ing the free usage mod­el wasn’t an easy deci­sion. But unfor­tu­nate­ly the cur­rent »freemi­um« mod­el, which looked like a great idea in the begin­ning, turned out to be a bad one. For a serv­er backed app like uPod each addi­tion­al user caus­es addi­tion­al serv­er costs and the bad thing is, that these costs occur on a month­ly basis. So I rely on the license pay­ments to get the servers paid which isn’t pos­si­ble with the cur­rent ratio of non-pay­ing users.

Thanks for your under­stand­ing, loy­al­ty and sup­port!

Version 1.7

Written by sven. Posted in features, releases

This release comes packed with pro­duc­tiv­i­ty fea­tures. But first things first: Thanks to Dmit­ry Kyrov uPod is now avail­able in Russ­ian lan­guage!

The next big thing are the new fil­ter sec­tions in the nav­i­ga­tion draw­er: You can now eas­i­ly browse unfin­ished down­loaded episodes, audio episodes and video episodes. Not inter­est­ed in one of them? No prob­lem: Sim­ply hide it in the user inter­face set­tings.

Anoth­er set of new user inter­face options allows you to spec­i­fy which pri­ma­ry episode actions you pre­fer. The pri­ma­ry action is the one shown as a but­ton on the right of an episode list item. Until now you need­ed to live with what we decid­ed for you, now you can choose your pre­ferred action (for exam­ple »Stream« instead of the »Down­load« but­ton or »Down­load« instead of »Add« for new episodes). All actions are still avail­able in the list item’s over­flow menu (the three dots).

And even the tiny addi­tion­al fea­tures will make your life eas­i­er:

  • con­fir­ma­tion dia­log for clear­ing playback/download list
  • adding mul­ti­ple select­ed episodes to playlist adds them ordered ascend­ing by pub­lished date

And final­ly here is a screen­shot show­ing the new fil­ter sec­tions and the stream but­ton as pri­ma­ry action for not-down­loaded episodes:
New uPod filter sections