iPodder is the first cross-platform Podcast receiver. You can use it to Subscribe to Podcasts, receive them and listen to them on your computer or portable audio player.
With iPodder you can easily Subscribe to your favorite Podcast feeds, or any Podcast you find on the Internet.
You can have iPodder make periodic checks for new episodes, or even schedule a time for checking yourself.
Bringing you always the freshest Podcasts as they are made available, iPodder makes it easy for you to organize and synchronize content.
This User Guide will introduce you to the basics of iPodder, and will help you to better enjoy your experience with it.
To begin receiving the Podcast shows of your choice, you need to download and install iPodder on your computer.
To download the latest version of the iPodder software, please visit the website, at: http://ipodder.sourceforge.net
iPodder requires the following in order to work properly in your system. Make sure your system meets the minimum requirements before you install the software.
Operating Systems: Windows 2000 or Windows XP
Audio Playback: Windows Media Player or iTunes
Free Disk Space: 100 MB
RAM: 256 MB
After you have downloaded the iPodder installer, double click on it to commence the Installation. If you cannot remember where you downloaded / saved the installer try a Search on your computer files and folders for iPodder*Setup.exe
Once you locate the installation file, double click on it.
The installation process will begin, and you can see the iPodder Setup Wizard window.
Click on the Next button and then read the License Agreement. You need to agree to the License Agreement by clicking the "I Agree" button in order to continue with the installation.
Next you have to choose the location on your hard disk drive where iPodder will be installed. By default it will create a folder named "iPodder" within the Program Files folder and place all needed files for the software to operate in there. We recommend you don't change the default destination folder unless you know what you're doing. Click on the Next button.
Now is time to Choose Components. Here you can tell the Setup Wizard to create a shortcut to iPodder on your desktop by leaving the check box next to that option checked. If you also check the option "Add to Startup Group", iPodder will be started every time to boot your computer.
Click on the "Install" button, sit back and relax. The installation process should not take more than a few seconds, so don't relax too much. On the final screen you are informed that the installation process is completed and you have the option to Run iPodder and view the useful Readme file when you click on the "Finish" button.
Congratulations, you now have iPodder running on your system and are ready to get those Podcasts delivered to you!
You can easily start iPodder by either double clicking on the iPodder shortcut icon on your desktop, or if you opted not to have one, by clicking on the iPodder shortcut located in the Start » All Programs » iPodder group.
A splash screen featuring the iPodder Lemon logo will appear and the software will appear on your screen.
The iPodder User Interface is organized in Tabs. There Tabs provide one-click access to different sets of information and control tools over the iPodder software. The next few pages will introduce you to this environment and will guide you into gaining absolute control over your Podcasting experience.
First Tab from the right is Downloads. Here iPodder lists the various Podcast episodes you may be downloading at any given time. Separate types of information are provided on 6 different columns, while information on each download is grouped in a row.
In the Downloads Tab, you can see the Podcast episode's Name, State, Progress, Date, Playlist association and Location on the Internet.
In addition, the Tab's Status Bar displays information as to how many downloads are in progress, and the upload/download speed of the files. In the Status Bar of the window, live information on what iPodder is currently doing and what it results to are provided (Such as scanning a number of feeds).
You can select items in the Download tab by clicking on them (Select multiple items by holding down the Ctrl or Shift keys), and then Remove or Cancel them with the red "x" and "–" buttons. You can even search the Download List by entering search terms in the available text box next to these buttons and pressing the "Enter" button.
Removing a download from the Downloads Tab will not delete the downloaded or partially downloaded file from your computer. To do this you need to use the Cleanup Tab.
If you right click on a Download from the list, you will see a pop-up menu with the options to play an Episode in your chosen Player software, remove the download from the list with "Clear selected items", or check any available information on it with "Show Notes".
The Subscriptions Tab is key to the iPodder application. It allows you to manage everything about your subscriptions to Podcasts. Here you can add a Podcast's Feed, check it, and begin receiving content. Every Podcast you add is displayed in the Subscriptions Tab's upper list, allowing you to easily check for new episodes which display in the list on the lower part of the window, and do several other things which we discuss here.
Some of the functions discussed as accessible via the Subscription Tab's buttons are also available if you right click on a Podcast Feed. A pop-up menu will appear, allowing you to Check and download new Episodes from it, Remove it, open the local folder on your computer where content from that Feed is stored at, or even open the Feed's URL with your web browser.
In the Episodes listing of a Podcast Feed, if you right click on an episode, another smaller pop-up menu "Show Notes" will appear, allowing you to visit a web page with more information on that particular Episode (such as a related blog post).
The Podcast directory Tab displays a "folder tree" type listing of Podcast directories. Podcast directories are where Podcast producers list their Feeds, much like a website owner would add her website to an Internet website directory.
You can use these to find all kinds of interesting, popular or content specific Podcast shows for you to subscribe to and get with iPodder.
Also you can use the text box at the top of the Tab to add a Podcast directory's Feed which is not currently among the preselected Feeds available in iPodder.
The three available buttons allow to (from left to right) Refresh the contents of the directories, Open all folders, and Close all folders.
To Open a particular directory's folder, simply click on it.
The Cleanup Tab allows you to clean up your system from all the clutter of Podcast shows you've listened to in the past and are now just taking up valuable space.
You can select one of the Podcast Feeds you are subscribed to from the "Select a feed" drop-down menu.
According to the checked options in the "Look for episodes in" box, iPodder will search for Episodes of that Feed in the "Player library" or / and the "Downloads folder". All Episodes found there will be listed in the available box below.
Than you can manually check any Episodes you wish to clean up, or use the "Select all" button and manually uncheck those you wish not to be disturbed by the Cleanup process.
You can also check the options "Delete library entries" or / and "Delete files" according to the type of Cleanup (Delete) you wish to perform.
The Log Tab displays technical information about what the iPodder does when it is prompted by the user to perform a task. It can be useful for troubleshooting or trying to establish whether a particular Feed is not functioning as it should.
You can delete the contents of the Log Tab by clicking the "Clear" button. The text that displays in the Log Tab's text box, can be Copied and Pasted as you do with any text on your computer. However the contents of the Log Tab are produced automatically by iPodder and text cannot be entered there by the user.
Display of the Log Tab among the tabs of the main iPodder window, is optional and can be enabled by checking the available option at File / Preferences... / Advanced (tab) / "Show log tab in application".
To open the "Preferences" window in iPodder, which allows you to edit / set options for the application, please click on File / Preferences...
The "Preferences" window will appear where you will see six different Tabs each containing options for different parts of the iPodder, giving you maximum control over how the application works and how you enjoy your Podcast Receiving experience.
In this User Guide, we discuss each Tab and the options it provides the user with. Some of these options you may have been prompted for before, within the iPodder main window. Here you can change or edit them.
The "General" Tab, allows you to set the General option relating to the iPodder application. The check boxes in the upper section of this tab, will make the statements next to them true if they are checked by the user.
There you can opt to have iPodder do the following:
At startup only show iPodder in the system tray
The application stays minimized in a system tray iPodder Lemon icon when it is started.
Run a check for new podcasts when the application is started
Have iPodder automatically check within your subscriptions for new content every time it is started.
Play downloads right after they're downloaded
iPodder will automatically call on your chosen Player to start playing a newly downloaded Podcast Episode.
Check for new versions of the application at startup
This will allow iPodder to check if a new version of the application is available for download. This is better left checked as new versions may offer bug fixes and more functions.
Always use iPodder for one-click subscription
Check this if you want iPodder to catch Podcast Feeds available through one-click subscription and it will allow you to subscribe to them with a single click.
Catch-up skips older episodes permanently
If this is checked, every time you run "Catch-up" in the main Subscriptions Tab, any older than the latest available Podcast Episodes you have not downloaded yet will be permanently skipped by iPodder.
Continue running in the background when I close the main window
If this option is checked, every time you close the iPodder window (either by the x button, File / Close window, "Ctrl+w" or "Alt+F4") it will continue to work in the background and stay minimized in an iPodder Lemon icon in the system tray. To quit the application you would then need to use File / Quit, Ctrl+q, or right click on the iPodder Lemon system tray icon and select "Quit" from the menu. To restore the iPodder window from the system tray, right click on the icon and select "Open iPodder".
On the lower part of the "General" Preferences Tab, are the "Location and storage management" settings.
There you can set a minimal amount of available space on your hard drive that would trigger iPodder to stop downloading should it ever be reached. This is a nice protective measure against absentmindedly having the free space on your hard drive all taken up by old Podcast Episodes.
Also you can choose the folder into which Podcasts will be downloaded. Remember, iPodder makes new folders automatically for each Podcast you download Episodes from. All these folder and their content will be located where you indicate here. The default option is a wittily named "My Received Podcasts" folder in your "My Documents" folder.
The Threading Tab allows you to set a number for:
Maximal threads for feedscanning per session (Available options range between 1 and 16)
Maximal downloads per session (Available options range between 1 and 6)
These setting can be very useful in improving download performance. If your bandwidth allows it you can experiment by changing the defaults and seeing which setting works best for you.
Any changes you make to how multiple downloads are treated should be saved by clicking the "Save" button on the Threading Tab.
On the "Network Settings" Tab you are given the option to use a proxy server with iPodder. To enable this option you must make sure the box next to "Use a proxyserver" is checked and that you enter the full URL address of the proxy server you want to use as well as the port number.
The other available option, in experimental use in iPodder 2.1 is "Coralize URLs". It is aimed at placing URLs in order.
The "Player" Tab allows the user to pick between iTunes and Windows Media Player for the default Player they want to play and manage synchronization of Podcast Episodes with.
Of course if you want to use one of the listed Players you must first have it installed on your computer. If you want to use a different media manager / player, your best chance is to set the option to "No player" and then iPodder will check with your system for the default media player you are using and use that.
Another option on this tab is for setting track genre options in iTunes. Of course "Podcast" is the recommended setting here.
The "Feed Manager" Tab allows you to Synchronize your subscriptions to a remote service you may be using to store the URLs to your favorite Podcasts (Such as in my.podnova.com)
Simply enter the full URL to the OPML file holding your favorite Podcasts and it will automatically be synchronize your iPodder subscriptions to it.
A link to PodNova, an online Feed Manager compatible with this iPodder feature is also provided in the form of a button.
On the "Advanced" Tab of the "Preferences" window the ability for Power Users to run custom commands after each download is given. The command's code is entered into the text box, and the box next to "Run this command after each download" should be checked in order for it to execute.
Another available option is the "Show log tab in application". The Log Tab in the main iPodder window, offers valuable technical information about how iPodder executes various tasks, and what problems such as a corrupt Feed could be hindering a download. Although ineligible to the uninitiated this Log output is of great use when troubleshooting or seeking expert advice.
iPodder boasts an easy to use, self explanatory user environment which is under continuous watch for improvements. The more you use iPodder, you will soon realize which of the several paths, keyboard shortcuts, you can use to do something best suits you. Some of the Features not accessible via the iPodder Tabs but only through the top drop-down menus are explained in this section.
iPodder allows you to import your favorite Podcast Feeds from an OPML file you have stored locally on your computer. Alternatively you can also export your current subscription list on another OPML file for backup purposes, or to use somewhere else.
iPodder will then import the OPML file you selected.
iPodder will then export the OPML file of the feeds in your Subscriptions and store it in the location you have designated on your computer.
If you would like to change the User Interface language of iPodder to one of the many (more than 15) different locales available, please do the following:
To manually check for a more recent version of the iPodder application to the one you are using, click on the "Help" drop-down menu and then choose "Check for Update..."
Keeping your software applications up to date is vital to maintaining an up to speed, safe and enjoyable computer environment!
Donations from satisfied users like yourself is what keeps the iPodder project alive and constantly improving. If you enjoy using iPodder and you would like to support its development, one easy way to do that is by clicking on the "Help" drop-down menu, and then selecting "Make a Donation".
Some people prefer to be guided step by step the first time they use something, such as a software application. In this section of the User Guide you will find a series of walk-throughs to some of the essential functions of the iPodder.
When you Subscribe to a Podcast with iPodder, it checks for new Episodes on that Podcast and makes it easy to discover and download them. Each Podcast publishes a news Feed in RSS or less commonly Atom. You need to give iPodder that Feed's address in order to Subscribe to it.
A Podcast's Feed URL (Address) is usually given on the web page where you discover a Podcast. Look for a Feed's URL or a text or graphic link that says something like "RSS" or "Podcast Feed" on it.
If the Podcast Feed's address is in the form of a link on a web page, right click on it on your web browser and select "Copy Shortcut" on IE, or "Copy link location" on Firefox. Then you can paste instead of typing it as described on step number 4.Steps
That's it, iPodder checks that Feed URL and if it is a valid Podcast Feed it will add it to your Subscriptions so you can check and download Episodes from it.
Lets assume you are Subscribed with iPodder on a number of Podcasts and you want to actually get the shows brought to you. What do you do?
The following steps show you how to get the latest or all missed Episodes of a Podcast.
That's it! iPodder will automatically check the Podcasts you are Subscribed to for new content and start downloading them. If you don't wish to download new Episodes for all these Podcasts, you can go to the "Downloads" tab, select the undesirable Podcasts and click on the "Cancel selected download".
From All Podcasts in your SubscriptionsSteps
That's it! iPodder will check all Feeds in your Subscriptions for new content and start downloading them. All content since the last time you downloaded from a Podcast that is still available will be downloaded.
From A Selected Podcast in your SubscriptionsSteps
That's it! iPodder will check that particular Podcast Feed and download any Episodes from it you haven't downloaded already.
This User Guide is intended for users of the iPodder software application on a compatible Windows operating system. Some or all of the information contained herein may not apply to the versions of iPodder for the Linux or Macintosh operating systems. For more information on those, please check the iPodder Documentation website.
The iPodder Documentation is an ongoing project, with changes and updates on a frequent basis. If you would like to check for a more recent version of this User Guide, or the Online (constantly updated) version, please visit:
iPodder Online Documentation (iPodderpedia)
More information and user support can also be found at
iPodder Lemon Support Forum
Project: iPodder Documentation ( http://ipodder.sourceforge.net/docs/ )
File: iPodder User Guide (For iPodder on Windows systems)
The iPodder Team
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