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Post by Cloud Mountain » December 30th, 2006, 10:34 am

(If this advice should be in off topic, would someone please move it? Thanks.)

It's not often that I find something to jump up and down about,
something that does exactly what it says it will do,
is as easy as it says it will be —and is exactly what I need.

Podcast Maker Link

Some may say the price is steep ($30*) but time is money. Sure, I could snatch someone else's RSS XML file and adapted it to my own, but this little wonder has lots of bells and whistles and a support forum where I can post questions. Plus, I love seeing my mugshot on iTunes.

Here's part of the Potion Factory blurb:

RSS Podcast Maker creates RSS 2.0 and iTunes compatible RSS XML files for your podcast so that you don't have to fuss over the details of getting it right and fully standards compliant.

Enhanced Podcast Add chapters with images and links to your podcast. With enhanced podcasts your audience will be able to see what you are talking about and visit the websites that you are talking about with a click of the mouse. This is a great way to podcast your lecture or presentation. Podcast Maker is considered by many to be the best enhanced podcast creator. You can't even do this stuff on Windows.

Here's a sample tutorial, if you can't find the link on the Podcast Maker page (upper right.)

(No, I am not getting a kick back of any kind. I paid for it.)



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Post by kayray » December 30th, 2006, 11:53 am

*WOW*!!!

Alan this looks really really cool. I'll definitely be checking out the demo! This is the bit that got me hooked:
You already have a podcast. But, you are finding out that podcasting takes too much time and effort. Import your feed into Podcast Maker. Let Podcast Maker save your podcast.
Thanks for the link!
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Post by earthcalling » December 30th, 2006, 1:20 pm

I don't podcast, but I watched the tutorial out of interest. Looks superb. One of those great bits of Mac software that does exactly what you need it to do. No fuss. Perfect.

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Post by Cloud Mountain » January 13th, 2007, 2:43 pm

Update on Podcaster

All in all, after using it for awhile I have found it to be VERY useful. It has made the entry into podcasting so much easier than the on-going frustrating attempts to do so using more knitpickitty ways, including writing/updating the xlm file.

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The most difficult thing to get straight are the directory paths. There are several places to enter them.

The iTunes graphic is a bit confusing, as PodCast re-builds those with each additional podcast file. This can be a problem if you didn't get the directory path correct the first time. Unfortunately iTunes store locks you into the intial path you give them and it's a nusance to fix a mistake. There are work arounds, including hand scripting the xlm file after Podcaster builds it, and other such methods.

One def. shortcoming is the documentation and support. Support only by email. (Haven't tried it.) The documentation never once returned a solution to a problem I had. Just the basic info. That's it. More descriptive than informative. Which is to say, it seems more brochurish than manual.

Still, all-in-all, I love Podcaster. Once you figure out how and why things happens, it makes the whole podcasting experience to much easier.
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Post by Cloud Mountain » January 13th, 2007, 2:44 pm

Kara, did you eventually try this out?
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Post by kayray » January 13th, 2007, 4:03 pm

No... I've been too busy/lazy to go through the process of downloading, installing, and then figuring out how to deal with an already-existing feed. :)
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Post by Cloud Mountain » January 13th, 2007, 5:31 pm

kayray wrote:No... I've been too busy/lazy to go through the process of downloading, installing, and then figuring out how to deal with an already-existing feed. :)
Sorry to hear that. Hoping things will work out better for you...
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Post by Jazbees » January 14th, 2007, 9:35 pm

I just gave it a whack last night, and I LOVE it! I recently began creating an audio version of a weekly family letter that I send to friends and family, and as of today it's a podcast thanks to Podcast Maker. I'm not going to list it on iTunes or anything as it's semi-private, but I figured it would make it easier for folks who want to listen to it to automatically get the latest "episode" when it's ready, so I just gave out the XML link in the text version of the letter so people can manually subscribe.

As for Kara's concern about conversion, I notice there is an "Import Podcast Feed" option that should make it fairly easy. Mine wasn't a podcast to begin with, so I didn't use it, but I could have used a similar option to import individual episodes...but I didn't find it until after I'd already dropped the files in manually and published everything. Oh well....
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Post by Cloud Mountain » January 14th, 2007, 11:19 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience Justin. It's looking good!
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