Upcoming version

Version 2.02 will be released shortly, with one major fix – the CPU eater has been found, and dealt with. There might be some other minor things added too, but the CPU issue is the reason for releasing it.

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PodBreeze and Jungledisk – another way to run PodBreeze on multiple machines

I haven’t tried this myself, but listening to Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson discuss Jungledisk on “The Tech Guy” gave me an idea.

If you need to run PodBreeze on multiple computers, and don’t want to store a backup of PodBreeze’s database on your MP3 player (or are not able to, as in the case with MTP players), Jungledisk is a viable option. Just make a folder on your Jungledisk drive, and tell PodBreeze to place it’s backup there. Do this on each computer you run PodBreeze on, and you’ll always be synchronized – provided that you close PodBreeze on each computer before starting it on another one, of course.

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

PodBreeze v2.0 final released

Here it is at last, version 2.0 final of your favorite podcatcher. The only fix in this version is in the stats system. One of my feeds passed the 2gig mark, and suddenly the stats wasn’t displaying. It works now.

And the fact that there’s only one fix is good, since there simply hasn’t been anything else to fix.

Download links:

  • Normal verison 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

Resume in action

I hadn’t acutally seen this before, so here’s a clip from my log:

2008-04-26 12:44:20 http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.m4v?http://download.gamevideos.com/Podcasts/042508.m4v: The operation timed out 2078720
2008-04-26 12:45:21 Resume http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.m4v?http://download.gamevideos.com/Podcasts/042508.m4v from 2088960

The first line shows the download failing at about the 2MiB point. The second line shows PodBreeze resuming the download where it left off, a minute later. The reason for having a minute delay is to avoid having endless retries on servers that simply don’t answer.

Mainly minor tweaks this time – v2.0 rc4 released

A few very minor tweaks

  • The initial settings after a new install were set to move downloaded files to an MP3 player at B:\. Now move is disabled until you turn it on.
  • The test podcast was no longer being added to new installs, since I forgot to add that code when moving to SQLite
  • PodBreeze now asks you whether you wish to force the program to close despite it being busy downloading or checking feeds. This may cause errors and should be used with caution
  • A few texts were not translated into swedish

Failed downloads causing some trouble
Nothing major here either. I got reports, which I later confirmed, that failed downloads weren’t being treated as regular downloads, i.e. they don’t show in the global CPS rate. What was worse was that this also meant that if a regular feed check occurred while a failed and then restarted download was running, the file would start downloading from there too, so you’d have two downloads of the same file running at the same time. Fixed.

Download links

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