Version 0.99.9 Build 2 of Ziepod and Ziepod+ are ready for download. With this new release, we are most likely one baby step away from the Version One.
Wrapping up this release kept a little bit longer than we expected as we are also working hard on "Reborned" version of Feedzie.com. We will launch new Feedzie.com hopefully next week with its brand new feature set and look.
Lets get back to the Ziepod. This new release may not include powerful features but we tried to put as much as possible while not disturbing any existing module. As we are one more step closer to the 'Version One', we don't want to add any instability with new functionalities but rather remove as much as possible. Yet we believe that this is an *attractive* release. How attractive? Lets dive into it.
Seekbar Handle in Deskbar Mode
This is one of the things you may have felt its absence everytime you needed to roll backward or forward while listening to podcasts. Now, a new handle, shown in the sample screenshot, lets you seek the position while playing and without having to switch to other visual mode.
Improving performance for 'Portability'
This release is an important step for people who use "Portability" feature because we added one switch to improve the performance.
As disk read/write operation speed for portable mediums are low compared to conventional harddisks and "write" operation is used a lot while downloading episodes, you shouldn't be using space from your portable medium to keep your imcomplete downloads. Rather you should be able to use space from your harddisk so that Ziepod can download episodes faster. New version allows you to customize that "Imcomplete Downloads" path so that you can separate it from actual Download Base Folder and gain performance, while still keeping your fully downloaded episodes on your portable medium.
New set of keyboard shortcuts
Some people may not want to use keyboard shortcuts but with each release we are trying to add as much as we can. Because, if one of them help you gain speed, it improves your performance and lets you consume more content in less time, which is why we are developing Ziepod.
One of the new shortcuts is to play last played item, which is infact a very neat one. Always happens; you listen to something and then you realize you want to play it again. Then, volla!, your playlist is empty. This is that time you need to use this shortcut. There are two more version of this shortcut; to play last downloaded or rated episode.
Keep in mind that Ziepod provides lots of keyboard shortcuts. You don't necessarily use them all, but we are sure that you can find couple of them useful.
Two new filtering related features help you maintain Ziepod better. First one is the feature that keeps your subscriptions away from the 'Sweeper' so that non of saved items inside those subscriptions is swept accidentally by the Sweeper.
Another new filtering feature looks for posts and rejects the ones with text-only content so that you only deal with the ones that have associated enclosure. In other words, if you have a subscription that publishes both audio and text-only posts, you can make Ziepod automatically filter out those text-only posts. This actually saves your time if you are the one deleting them manually.
This is "bug eats bug world"
Tough days are not over for bugs poking inside Ziepod but most of them will not be able to gnaw Ziepod any more. Like with any other release, we tried to catch as much bug as possible. We responded to the feedbacks we got, then tracked and busted couple of them while chewing Ziepod. Some of them were rookies coming onboard with the previous version, so was easy to catch. However some are so professional that they appear in certain cases. They may be still out there, chewing Ziepod and having a good time but we took precoutions and updated couple of parts and hope we will never hear from them again.
In this new release, we removed couple of important bugs related to iPod support, dynamic OPMLs and download module which generated crashes and undesired cases, such as adding an episode to the wrong playlist in your iPod, opps! We also made proper changes so that non of downloads are automatically got paused because of connection failures but rather kept retrying till successful connection or you cancel them manually.
In short ...
We are one more step closer to the Version One and looking forward to hearing the word "Go" from you. As mentioned before, we will keep this release for a while and keep our ears open. If we do not get any feedback about any important issue from our users, we will rename it as the *Version One*.
We just also want to point out that when bugs are considered, there is no software on this solar system that is without them. All our effort is to make things run as smoothly as possible. Hope you like this new release, and get ready for a brand new Feedzie.com that is coming out very soon.
Have a smooth ride with the newest Ziepod and don't forget to uninstall your old version before installing the new one.
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