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Version 0.99.1 is out!
posted on Monday, February 27, 2006
SUMMARY [ Like a baby taking his first tiny steps before his first birthday, with this new release, Ziepod and Ziepod+ are getting much closer to the version 1.0 while becoming more stable and robust. Other than getting healthier, these new releases also include couple of new features to automate certain desired actions and help you save time. ]

The goal of this new release, which is version 0.99.1, is to make Ziepod and Ziepod+ as much stable and robust as possible. There is a reason for that, and that is, we are getting closer to version 1.0 barrier.

Before getting into, note that new versions of Ziepod and Ziepod+ share same improvements and word 'Ziepod' represents both Ziepod and Ziepod+ in this post.

House Cleaning

In this new release, we tried hard to find any kind of bug rolling inside Ziepod. While it was easy to catch most of those bugs, others showed up in specific cases. To kill those show-stoppers, you either have to have a little bit of sixth sense, or dedicated users, like in our case.

Thanks to couple of dedicated Ziepoders, we managed to find couple of nasty bugs which caused some crashes here and there. Other than that, we detected many tiny hitchhiker bugs. Maybe they didn't bother you but they shouldn't have been there. We gave the list of all those killed bugs in the release notes. Have fun!

While we believe that this is the one of the most stable and robust releases, if you encounter any anomaly, please send us your feedback so that we can start an investigation and take the necessary steps to remove it till version 1.0. Note that you can use 'Send Feedback' dialog from inside Ziepod and send your feedbacks without having to use your email.

NPR Podcasts

It was such an unfortunate fact that till now Ziepod was not able to play episodes from NPR podcasts even downloaded ones. We believed that it has to do with headers of those MP3 files. Evidently, they are not as valid as they should be to be played by DirectShow.

Nevertheless, new release of Ziepod can play and stream NPR podcasts with one exceptional point, which is, it takes a bit more time than usual to stream. Hence we recommend you to download those episodes you like to listen to from NPR podcasts and then play them till we figure out how to cure slow streaming.

Couple of neat features

Other than being desperate to make Ziepod more stable and robust, we also added couple of neat features.

New version of Ziepod can automatically download the latest episode from any subscribed podcast or specific ones as soon as it is detected. Previously, Ziepod only allows you to download all newly detected episodes, rather than the latest one, which may cause some difficulties especially when subscribing to a new podcast.

Futhermore, we also provided more customizable keyboard shortcuts for various actions, such as marking all listed episodes as played or playing only downloaded episodes of focused podcast.

To sum up ...

This release is a new little but important step towards the 'Version 1.0.'

Just a reminder; to make the ride with Ziepod as less bumpy as possible, we will take one more little step like this one before releasing the 'Version 1.0'.

Check out following links to learn more :

  • Version 0.99.1 in Detail : What is New?
  • Ziepod version 0.99.1 (BETA) Release Notes
  • Ziepod+ version 0.99.1 (BETA) Release Notes
  • Download Ziepod (2.56 MB)
  • Download Ziepod+ (3.20 MB)
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