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Tue, 12 Aug 2008 17:16:14 +0100
Allison Sheridan has created a ScreenSteps (which looks very cool) tutorial on how to create a podcast feed for Feeder as part of her Podcasting on Podcasting series.
The Podcasting on Podcasting (PoP) series should prove very useful to budding podcasters as the entire process can be very daunting, as it covers everything from the technical side of recording equipment, software and web hosting on the one hand, and the creative aspect on the other, not to mention considerations such as time and family commitments.
Allison’s been podcasting for a long time now, and occasionally brings in other experienced contributors such as Don McAllister of the excellent ScreenCastsOnline.
Mon, 04 Aug 2008 18:26:27 +0100
Nick Brawn has written a post on scripting Feeder to publish Sparkle appcasts using Leopard’s Scripting Bridge and RubyCocoa, which as well as being potentially useful for developers, serves as an interesting example for this combination of technologies:
Fri, 30 May 2008 21:16:20 +0100
Konrad Lawson at The AppleScript Studio Workshop has written a comprehensive tutorial about including Sparkle for automatic software updates in an AppleScript Studio project. The tutorial also mentions Feeder as a way to create the appcast feed:
Fri, 08 Feb 2008 22:26:57 +0000
Feeder 1.5 includes a number of useful new features and improvements, particularly for video podcasters. Just about every part of the app has been tweaked in some way though, so here are the highlights.
Firstly, the user interface has been updated for 10.5 Leopard, and because Feeder’s minimum system requirements are now for 10.4 and later, gets some new controls such as date pickers and token fields for things like iTunes keywords.
Feeder has worked fine on Leopard since the big cat’s release, but Leopard’s darker theme almost eradicated the subtle borders on some toolbar icons and the increased contrast made some of the colours appear too saturated. Also, the sidebar gets Leopard gradient and colours, and turns grey when the main window is inactive. These are minor changes but make a big difference.
Feeder’s podcasting support has been improved in particular for video podcasters. Video podcasts can now have thumbnails via Yahoo’s Media RSS extension. These thumbnails are used for video search results and application such as Miro (formerly Democracy Player).
(image) Using the Media RSS extensions is as straightforward as checking “Use Media Extensions” in the Extensions section of the Info drawer (below the iTunes extensions, if you’re using them). That will show the Media Thumbnail field in the editor, where you can drag an image file to upload or specify the URL of an image that is already online.
Finally for video podcasters, this version improves performance when reading and tagging MP4 files, including those used for iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, etc.
(image) Another change useful for any podcaster is that Feeder now has the ability to redirect uploaded enclosure URLs through a site. This is useful for podcast sites concerned with statistics such as Blubrry. You can find the settings for this in the Enclosures section under Settings in the Info drawer.
Feeder’s publishing is now improved to (finally!) support password-less SFTP. This can be enabled by clicking the Options button in the Servers window for an SFTP server. It also allows the creation of additional servers for enclosures and images during publishing setup.
Last but not least, Sparkle appcasting support has been improved. It is now possible for Feeder to automatically generate MD5 sums and DSA signatures for enclosure files. The settings for these can be found in the Sparkle section under Extensions in the Info drawer. Finally, Feeder’s AppleScript has been improved and now includes the ability to edit Sparkle attributes.
Mon, 15 Jan 2007 21:51:58 +0000I released Feeder 1.4 today and thought I could give a quick guide to the new features here. Scheduled Publishing [...]
Fri, 09 Jun 2006 19:34:23 +0100
Templates in Feeder serve two purposes. Firstly, they control which fields you see when editing items and secondly, they can contain default values for fields.
The idea is borrowed from page layout applications and the like, which help you to know what content is needed for a particular purpose and where to place it.
While there is only so much you can do to control the appearance of your feed in the various online and desktop feed readers, RSS feeds have so many different uses they almost resemble a blank piece of paper. Templates help you to know exactly what is needed.
Feeder comes with a number of templates suited to various tasks such as a news feed, a podcast and so on. These standard templates can be easily customized and you can create your own.
(image) You normally choose a template when creating your feed, but you can change the template for a particular feed at any time by choosing Item > Template from the menu or by clicking the Template button in the editor windows.
Once there, you can choose an existing template from the pop-up menu, or click the Customize button.
When editing a custom tempate, you can check fields to show them in the editor or enter default values in the fields themselves. The default values will be used even if the field isn’t displayed.
Note also the Show pop-up. This allows you to see fields from RSS extensions - at present only the iTunes extension, and mix and match these in your feed.
If you have a custom template you wish to use for other feeds, you can click the Save As… button, give the template a name and it will then appear in the pop-up menu of templates.
You can edit these global templates in Feeder’s Template preferences.
Tue, 02 May 2006 01:54:55 +0100
Feeder is an RSS editor, not a weblog editor like ecto or MarsEdit. All modern blogs produce their own feeds. However, RSS feeds created by Feeder can compliment a blog in a number of ways and Feeder itself has some tricks for working with other RSS feeds.
There are a number of reason why people include separate RSS feeds on their weblog. These are some real world examples:
(image) Feeder can read your most recent entries from your blog’s RSS feed. Your weblog must generate RSS 0.9x or 2.0 feeds (as opposed to RSS 1.0 or Atom feeds).
To download your blog’s feed into Feeder:
To use items (individual posts) from your blog feed in another feed you can just drag the item from one feed to the other feed in the sidebar. You can also cut and paste items between feeds.
After adding and changing new posts on your blog, the feed in Feeder will get out of step. You can quickly get the latest version of your blog’s entries by clicking on the Reload button in the toolbar.
You can publish your non-blog feed anywhere you like and put a link on the blog to the Feeder-generated feed, if necessary. How to do this is entirely dependant on the weblog system you are using.
If you are using WordPress 2 you can add an RSS widget to your blog’s sidebar. You can find out more about WordPress widgets here.
If you use an RSS reader application that uses the External Weblog Editor Interface, you can send news items to the selected feed in Feeder.
To do that, you need to set Feeder as the Weblog editor in the reader application, and use the reader app’s Post to Weblog (or equivalent) command to send those items to Feeder.
Feeder also supports the RSS clipboard format, which means you can drag and drop or copy and paste news items from a reader application to Feeder.
Fri, 21 Apr 2006 13:56:43 +0100
Here are some tips for editing items in Feeder.
(image) Feeder can autocomplete from other items in your feed, email addresses from Address Book and so on. You can enable or disable this feature in Feeder’s Editing preferences.
If you don’t want auto-completion on all the time, you can still get an auto-completion list by hitting Option-Esc or F5 after typing some text.
You can use the Insert HTML menu in the toolbar to insert HTML tags into the description. If text is selected, Feeder surrounds the text in the tag. If no text is selected, Feeder places the cursor between the two tags.
Feeder has keystrokes for some frequently used tags, which you can see in the menu. The keystrokes are fairly standard, such as Command-B for a bold tag.
(image) You can insert the HTML for images and links using the Image and Link buttons in the toolbar, when the cursor is in the Description field at the bottom of the window.
You can also edit existing images and links by selecting the whole tag before clicking the Image or Link buttons.
Feeder also keeps the last 10 recent images and links inserted. Just click on the Recents button next to the URL.
For images, you can use quickly retrieve the dimensions of the image, and constrain the proportions of the image using the action menu next to the height and width. Specifying the image size can help with layout problems that can occur in Safari.
This is a really handy feature. If you have a URL on the clipboard, you can quickly create a link by hitting Command-Shift-K.
Credit: This was actually a feature request by someone who was addicted to this functionality in MarsEdit.
Thu, 13 Apr 2006 22:15:55 +0100
Feeder is now much more flexible about where and how you upload your feed, images and enclosure files.
Sat, 08 Apr 2006 13:35:53 +0100
Feeder can tag audio and video files with values from your feed to match what iTunes does when it downloads podcast episodes. (image) This ensures that everyone who receives your podcast, whether using iTunes or another application, has a consistent experience.
Feeder will also set the artwork on your media files using your feed’s artwork as a default.
The tagging changes happen automatically when you save an item in your feed that has a compatible enclosure file set to be uploaded. Feeder can tag files in MP3, M4A, M4V, MP4 and QuickTime movie formats.
Thu, 06 Apr 2006 23:59:44 +0100
(image) Feeder can upload an image for your feed, artwork for your podcast’s listing in the iTunes Music Store and shows a preview of these in the Info drawer.
Thu, 06 Apr 2006 00:55:26 +0100
This is the first in a series of tips exploring the new functionality in Feeder 1.3.
The user interface changes in Feeder 1.3 are focused around getting more out of the space on your screen.
The Info drawer has been split into three different tabs to separate what is in the feed from Feeder’s own settings and reduce visual clutter:
Fri, 15 Sep 2006 23:18:42 +0100
A quick and easy way to password protect a feed is to set your web server to require HTTP authentication for the directory where the feed and any enclosure files reside. Here are some instructions on how to set up this authentication with Apache: Comprehensive guide to .htaccess
All the best RSS readers support this authentication including NetNewsWire, NewsMac Pro and NewsFire. As for podcatchers, iTunes and Juice Receiver support this but iPodderX (renamed Transistr) needs the URL tweaked - see the workaround below. Also there are the online services: NewsGator supports it, Bloglines needs the URL tweaked (again, see below) but Google Reader didn’t support it at the time of writing.
Feeder supports HTTP authentication for downloading, reloading and previewing feeds.
iPodderX and Bloglines can’t read a normal URL that requires authentication. The workaround is to include the user name and password in the URL itself. For example:
This URL also works in the other RSS reader applications mentioned above.
Updated September 15, 2006 - iTunes 7.0 no longer requires the workaround mentioned above.
Mon, 03 Apr 2006 16:31:00 +0100
There may come a time when you want to move your podcast feed to another server, another location on your server or start using a service such as FeedBurner.
In their technical specification, Apple suggests two ways to change your podcast feed’s URL. The preferred method is to set up (or have your hosting company set up) a redirect to the new URL. This will cause both the iTunes Music Store (iTMS) and any subscribers to your feed to pick up the new URL and should also work for other podcatcher applications, including podcast-aware RSS readers.
Setting up a redirect is not always possible; Apple’s alternative suggestion is to use the
The trick to moving your feed successfully is to ensure you have two different versions of your feed. The old version should contain the New Feed URL and the new version must not. Here are some tips for how to go about this using Feeder:
If everything looks good in iTunes, you can now select the old feed, put the new URL in the New Feed URL field and publish the feed. If you intend to start using FeedBurner, have FeedBurner burn the new feed and put the FeedBurner URL in the New Feed URL field instead.
You can test the New Feed URL tag is working by updating a subscription to your existing feed in iTunes and clicking the info button next to your podcast’s description. It should show the new feed’s URL.
The iTunes Music Store will switch to using the new feed URL the next time it checks your feed, and your iTunes-using subscribers will pick up the new URL the next time they update their podcast subscriptions. Users of other podcatchers will need to update manually, and you will need to update any other directories that list your feed. Apple suggests keeping the old feed around for two weeks to give everyone enough time to update.
Mon, 03 Apr 2006 16:25:39 +0100
Here are some Feeder tips for Libsyn users.
Libsyn has a feature to automatically move your media files from their high performance servers to slower archive servers after a month returning the space taken by the archived files to your allocation.
However, this is not a good place to host your feed, because your feed will also be moved to Libsyn's archive servers after a month, and uploading new versions will have no effect because Libsyn will redirect from your current media to the archive server where the old copy is kept.
Instead you should upload your feed to the _static folder to prevent it from being archived. The URL for your feed will be http://libsyn.com/podcasts/username/_static/feedname.xml
Feeder can be set up to publish different kinds of files to different locations, here is how to set Feeder to publish your feed to the _static folder and your podcast's media files to the media folder.
These instructions can be used to set up any kind of publishing where different kinds of files exist on different servers.
Step 1 - Create the Libsyn Media Server
The first step is to create the Libsyn FTP servers. You need two separate servers because the web URLs for the media and static folders are different.
Name: Libsyn Media
FTP Address: ftp.libsyn.com
User Name: your username
Password: your password
Site Folder: leave blank
Protocol: Standard FTP
Step 2 - Create the Libsyn Static Server
Next you can create a duplicate of the Libsyn Media server to use as the static server:
You can now close the Servers window.
Step 3 - Set the Feed to Use the Servers
Now all that remains to be done is to set up the feed to use the servers
Mon, 03 Apr 2006 16:20:00 +0100
Some web browsers (e.g. Safari, Firefox, OmniWeb) and newsreader apps can auto-detect feeds on a web page or site.
They do this by checking for an alternate link with type "application/rss+xml" in the section of your web page, similar to this: