Using PodBreeze on multiple machines

I’ve received some questions about how to use on several machines, like your work and home computer. The easiest thing to do is what I do, setup PodBreeze to backup it’s database to your MP3 player. Do this setup on both computers, and PodBreeze will always use the newest database, either the one on the local computer or on the player. This of course requires that you always connect the MP3 player before starting PodBreeze.

Major bugfix and a couple of tweaks – v2.01 released

Major bugfix
The settings form has been broken for some time, but I haven’t received any reports about it. The error was with the settings with a checkbox controlling a group of sub-settings, maybe those aren’t widely used. It’s fixed now anyway, toggling the checkmark enables or disables the sub-settings as needed.

Torrent support – EXPERIMENTAL
PodBreeze now has very limited, not to say rudimentary, support for downloading podcasts that use torrent files for sharing the bandwidth load. This is done by simply detecting that a torrent has been downloaded, and handing that file over to your regular BitTorrent client (ĀµTorrent, Azureus, BitComet or similar). That client downloads the file, and moves it to a special folder, where PodBreeze picks it up and proceeds as per a regular download. Please report back to me on this!

USB improvement
I’ve been aiming at making the process of running PodBreeze off of your USB MP3 player easier from the start, but without much luck. At least not for myself – I’ve seen multiple downloads, and had reports from people successfully using the program that way. My issue is that my Creative Zen Stone Plus 2GB player is so slow that it isn’t usable when downloading directly to the player. I’ve had to either install the regular version, or move the whole program onto the hard drive and run it there. No more of that, thank you very much.

The new UseTempFolder setting does that operation for you in one fell swoop, like this:

1) Add the following to your settings.xml file:

<USB>
<UseTempFolder>-1</UseTempFolder>
</USB>

2) Start the program from your USB MP3 player

What happens next is as follows:

1) PodBreeze creates a new __PodBreeze__ directory off your regular temp folder
2) Downloads are set to go there
3) PodBreeze downloads any files, might sit here for hours, days or weeks
4) You exit the program the normal way (File/Close)
5) PodBreeze copies anything inside the folder created in step 1 to your regular download folder on your USB player
6) The folder is then deleted

New display in the statistics window
I realized that I hadn’t included the total number of downloads and bytes downloaded. It’s there now.

Download links

  • Normal version for installation on your hard disk
  • USB version for installation on your USB MP3 player
  • Update version for existing users
  • Accessible version with basic menus