Archive for September, 2014

uPod 2.2

Written by sven. Posted in releases

I’ve had one week of vaca­tion which was a great chance to imple­ment some fea­tures I want­ed to have in uPod already since some time and here are the results! One of the big­ger changes is the pos­si­bil­i­ty to sort a podcast’s episodes start­ing with the old­est. This is espe­cial­ly use­ful if you dis­cov­ered a new pod­cast and want to lis­ten to it start­ing from the begin­ning.

Anoth­er impor­tant fea­ture for pod­casts which do not deliv­er the full show notes in their RSS is the new »Open in brows­er« but­ton below an episode’s show notes: It open’s the episode’s link in your system’s brows­er. If your pod­cast pub­lish­er has done his job well, this will bring you to the full show notes of the episode. Notice that not all pod­cast providers put a link ele­ment into their RSS, so you will not see this but­ton for all episodes.

If you are using mul­ti­ple pod­cast play­ers, you might like the new OPML export. This fea­ture allows you to export your uPod pod­cast sub­scrip­tions in the stan­dard OPML for­mat which is under­stood by most feed read­ers and pod­cast play­ers.

A tiny change makes the »Play next« action more use­ful: It still adds the affect­ed episode to the sec­ond posi­tion of the playlist when cur­rent­ly a play­back is run­ning or paused, but if no play­back is active it adds the episode to the top of the playlist which might be your inten­tion in this case.

A new option to skip not down­loaded episodes on the playlist avoids you from get­ting ruined as uPod will no longer auto­mat­i­cal­ly start to stream when you are on a mobile net­work. And final­ly the new action to delete a whole pod­cast includ­ing all of it’s episodes makes it eas­i­er for you to get rid of pod­casts you don’t like any more with­out need­ing to delete all of it’s episodes man­u­al­ly.

Here’s the full change log:

  • episode details view: but­ton to open episode’s link in brows­er
  • option to sort episodes old­est to newest in a podcast’s episode list
  • »Play next« action now adds episode to start of playlist when idle
  • action to delete a pod­cast and all it’s episodes from the library
  • OPML export
  • skip not down­loaded episodes on playlist by default
  • dis­missed Pol­ish and Rus­sion trans­la­tions
  • lots of bug fix­es


Written by sven. Posted in features

Start­ing with the next release (which is com­ing very soon) uPod will only sup­port Eng­lish and Ger­man lan­guage — the two trans­la­tions I can main­tain on my own. It wasn’t an easy desci­sion to dis­miss the Pol­ish and Rus­sion trans­la­tion espe­cial­ly because the two main­tain­ers of these lan­guages have invest­ed quite some time and have done a great job, but from my point of view it was nec­es­sary. These are the rea­sons:

  1. The sev­er­al lan­guages made me slow as I need­ed to wait for the trans­la­tions to be fin­ished before being able to pub­lish a new release. Both trans­la­tors were quite fast, but this still meant one to five days delay.
  2. Pro­vid­ing sup­port for Russ­ian and Pol­ish users wasn’t always easy, as they used the Russ­ian and Pol­ish action names in their requests which I couldn’t map to any­thing I know.
  3. The trans­la­tion ser­vice I’ve used (Crowdin) is too expen­sive for such small projects like uPod and has recent­ly fur­ther increased it’s price. I need­ed to sell a lot of licens­es each month just to get this ser­vice paid. And then I need to sell much more to get the serv­er bills paid. At the moment uPod costs me quite some mon­ey and I want­ed to reduce the costs.

I am real­ly sor­ry for those of you how invest­ed time into the trans­la­tions and for those of you who got used to them. But I am hap­py to be more agile again :-)