AccessiblePodcatcher, Version 1.4 (16 June 2005). Available from www.webbie.org.uk as a free program This HELP file was prepared by a user, not the software publisher: (no tech support is offered by preparer) NOTE1: The program was designed using MS Windows conventions, and uses Windows Media Player to play podcasts. NOTE2: The status line (read with JawsKey+PageDown) provides a variety of messages depending on current program function. NOTE3: The manual brought on screen from the program menu is a text file that can be modified by the user if loaded into a text editor. Then the modified file will be available from the program. -- At startup 1) The program will always open at the list view of available podcaster websites. 2) Arrow keys, Home, End, PageUp, and PageDown will navigate this list, and letter keys can be used. NOTE: the above-described navigation also works in other list views in the program. -- playing podcasts from a podcaster website 1) Press enter on the podcaster name you want: the website will connect, and open an items list view of available podcasts. If this takes very long, the status line will display intermediate messages, until the final message is "done." If the address is not correct, an error message will display. 2) Move through the list of podcasts to make your selection, and press enter (or ctrl+p) to play. The status line will display "connecting to media", it may display "buffering", then it will display the Kbps rate of the file being played when buffering is 100% complete. 3) While you are listening to the streaming podcast: ctrl+u pauses (in mid-stream), ctrl+p resume play, ctrl+i increases volume, and ctrl+d decreases volume. Escape closes the podcast stream, so it will start over if selected again. 4) There is no facility for rewind or fast forward during play. 5) You can move through the items list from the podcast website after stop, after pause, or while one is still playing, and then play another selection. If one is playing, it automatically stops when another is selected. 6) You may tab or back tab until the podcasters website list view appears for a new selection of a podcaster website. When you make a new podcaster selection, a new items list view of podcasts will replace the one from the previous site. 7) By tabbing to the percent list view, you can make controlled volume settings to any percentage, for playback volume. PageUp and PageDown will change volume in 10% increments, END sets 100%, arrow keys change by 1%. Whatever volume setting you have when you exit the program, will be retained for the next start up, whether you use this list view method, or the ctrl+I/ctrl+D keys for volume changes. -- saving a single podcast 1) Wile the cursor is on a podcast in the items list view, ctrl+S will open a dialog box with standard Windows save commands. You can choose the folder where you want to save the podcast, and the program will remember that folder even if you restart the program for a new session later. 2) Each time you manually save a program, the dialogue appears and you can use the pre-set path, or select a new folder. 3) When the save function begins, the status line will first indicate, "downloading audio file", and will display "done" when the download is complete. 4) The program folder is the default folder for manually save podcasts, and you may want to choose a different folder to keep downloaded podcasts separate from program files. 5) You can save a podcast while it is playing, but you will not be able to stop the audio of the play function until the save is complete, and most other podcatcher program controls will not respond. [Next is recommended alternative] 6) If you start the manual podcast save routine without playing the podcast, you can minimize the window and perform other computer tasks while the save is in progress, but most podcatcher program controls still will not respond until the save is complete. -- Adding to, or removing from, the podcaster website list 1) Press ALT to activate the menu bar, right arrow to podcasts, down arrow to add, and press enter. 2) Alternatively, press ALT, C, then A to use the menu shortcuts. 3) A dialog will appear, prompting for the podcast name. This will be the name of the podcaster website, not an individual podcast item. Then tab to OK and press enter. 4) The name is completely your choice, because the next dialog will prompt you for the actual website feed address. 5) In the second dialogue, enter the correct podcast feed address, then tab to OK and press enter. 6) When the cursor is on any podcaster website name in the list view, you can use the menu bar (ALT,C,E), to edit that name, and/or the website address, at any time. 7) When the cursor is on any podcaster website name in the list view, you can delete it from the program with the delete key, or you can use the menu to do the same. There will be a prompt to make sure you have not done this accidentally. If the selected podcaster website was also in the subscription list, it will be deleted there simultaneously. -- Adding or removing a podcaster site on the "subscription list" 1) When your cursor is in the list view of podcaster websites, move to your choice and press ctrl+B to add it to the subscription list. 2) Alternatively, you can use the menu bar to select that action, or the menu bar shortcut keys: ALT,B, then A to add the selected podcaster website to the subscription list. 3) Either method will keep the list view of podcast websites in focus to allow additional selections, if desired. 4) Use tab or reverse tab if you want to move to the "subscribed podcasts" list view. 5) You can remove any selected podcast website from the subscription list with ctrl+r, using the menu bar, or by pressing the delete key. 6) There is no precautionary warning before removal from the subscription list, because the podcast website remains on the podcasts list to be used again. -- updating subscribed podcasts 1) Select the updating feature from the menu bar. All items from each podcaster website in your subscription list will be saved to your hard drive. This could be a very large number of files, so you should choose subscriptions carefully. 2) This process could be manually started just before you plan to be away from the computer (e.g. overnight) with all other non-essential programs closed, for the lightest load on the computer processor. 3) Accessible Podcatcher has a command line switch (-us) that can be used to run the program in a scheduler for automated operation. After updating of subscribed podcasts is complete, the program exits from memory. 4) when the subscription update feature is used, all files and folders not in the program subscription list will be deleted from the default subscriptions folder. 5) If the podcast website keeps only the latest podcasts (for example, 1 week or 1 month), any older ones on your hard drive will be automatically deleted during updating. -- Subscribed podcasts saved on the hard drive 1) You can select a podcaster name from the subscription list view, and press enter to display in the items list view, the various podcasts saved on your hard drive. Select the one you want and press enter or ctrl+P to play. 2) If you have Winamp, you can select saved podcast items directly from the My Documents folder in the folder called AccessiblePodcasts. There will be folders for each podcaster name with the podcast items in those folders. Playing the files with Winamp provides more control of playback. 3) You can also transfer saved files from the My Documents folder and the folder called AccessiblePodcasts, to a portable MP3 player (such as BookPort).