Archive for the 'Feeder' Tag

Problems with Feeder, QuickTime 7.2 and Panther

Friday, July 13th, 2007

There seem to be problems with Feeder and QuickTime 7.2 on Panther (Mac OS X 10.3) systems. I’ve reported the problem to Apple and will hopefully find out more soon. Feeder will fail to launch and the following messages will be shown in the console log:

dyld: /Applications/Feeder.app/Contents/MacOS/Feeder Undefined symbols:
QTKit undefined reference to _OSAtomicCompareAndSwap32 expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
QTKit undefined reference to .objc_class_name_NSAffineTransform expected to be defined in Foundation
QTKit undefined reference to .objc_class_name_NSCIImageRep expected to be defined in AppKit
QTKit undefined reference to _OSSpinLockLock expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
QTKit undefined reference to _OSSpinLockUnlock expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
QTKit undefined reference to _OSAtomicAdd32 expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
QTKit undefined reference to _ApplicationTypeGet expected to be defined in Carbon
QTKit undefined reference to _OSAtomicCompareAndSwap32Barrier expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
CoreMediaPrivate undefined reference to _OSAtomicAdd32 expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
CoreMediaPrivate undefined/usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
CoreMediaPrivate undefined reference to _OSAtomicCompareAndSwap32 expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
CoreMediaPrivate undefined reference to _OSAtomicOr32 expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
CoreMediaPrivate undefined reference to _OSAtomicXor32 expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
CoreMediaPrivate undefined reference to _OSMemoryBarrier expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
CoreMediaPrivate undefined reference to _vm_purgable_control expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib

For now, reverting to QuickTime 7.1.6 would presumably fix the problem but would be quite a pain. So, I would advise any Feeder on Panther users (yes, all three four of you) who read this to not install QuickTime 7.2 if you want to use Feeder anytime soon.

Update, July 18: Apple has acknowledged that this is a known issue under investigation.

Übercaster + Feeder

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Podcast production application, Übercaster, hits version 1.0 today. This follows a significant period of private and public beta testing, during which time the application has already built a reputation as a powerful yet intuitive application for recording and producing podcasts.

Übercaster brings everything podcasters need into one application and does this very well, as it has been designed for podcasting from the beginning.

Its comprehensive feature set includes live audio recording, multi-track editing and integration with Skype, iChat or Gizmo for recording interviews – with the neat trick that all participants can hear the audio you play in addition to the regular conversation.

Übercaster can also add tags and artwork, create enhanced podcasts, encode and upload the finished recordings to FTP servers, weblogs, .Mac and specialized podcasting hosting services such as Podshow+.

Übercaster Screenshot

So is there anything Übercaster doesn’t do? Believe it or not, yes! Übercaster doesn’t create RSS feeds. Enter Feeder!

U¨bercaster + FeederAs of today you can purchase Übercaster and Feeder together as part of a special bundle. Übercaster is normally $79.95 and Feeder $29.95, but these two great applications can be purchased together for only $95, saving around 15%.

The bundle is available from the Übercaster store and links are available on Feeder’s product pages too.

Even if you are a podcaster and don’t need the bundle, you really should check out Übercaster for yourself. It is a very impressive application and deserves every success.

Congratulations to Eberhard and Sebastian of Pleasant Software for the People on this much-anticipated 1.0 release.

Feeder on MacBreak Weekly

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

MacBreak WeeklyFeeder gets a very favourable mention on MacBreak Weekly 31 by Merlin Mann, whose recommendation was echoed by Leo Laporte, who uses Feeder for the TWiT podcast feeds.

If you need to do anything with making an RSS feed, Feeder is going to make it very easy for you […] Fantastic application, I bought it in a minute.

– Merlin Mann

You can hear the full review and the rest of the show here: MacBreak Weekly 31

Macworld on Password Protected Podcasts with .Mac

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Anton Linecker has written an interesting piece for Macworld, using Feeder to demonstrate how to create a password-protected podcast feed on .Mac:

Password protected podcasts with .Mac

Feeder 1.4 – New Features

Monday, January 15th, 2007

I released Feeder 1.4 today and thought I could give a quick guide to the new features here.

Scheduled Publishing

Publishing settings screenshotFeeder can now schedule feeds for publication and can even wake your computer from sleep to do that. It’s simple to schedule a feed to be published: tell Feeder to publish future items automatically in the Publishing section of the Info drawer then give an item in your feed a publication date in the future.

There are a couple of other options there, too. One is to “Always Publish” future items – that is the default and will give you behaviour like Feeder 1.3, where everything in your feed was uploaded regardless of its publication date and “Never Publish”, where items with dates in the future aren’t published until they become due. “Publish Automatically” behaves the same as “Never Publish” when the feed is published manually.

Also, all feeds now publish in the background. This works better with the scheduled publishing and prevents the main window from being tied up when uploading large files (e.g. podcast media files). It also means you can publish more that one feed at a time.

Editing Improvements

Feeder now automatically adds paragraphs and line breaks to the HTML Description field, making editing much easier.

Feeder is now also much more smart about when to update an item’s publication date, and will leave those alone for changes to already published or scheduled items.

Feeder also now includes support for the Dublin Core creator tag, often used by blogs, etc to have an author name that doesn’t need an email address. The field will automatically be shown in feeds that use the “News” or “Podcasting” (non-iTunes) template, otherwise you need to edit the feed’s template to display it, like so:

  • Choose Item > Edit Template from the menu.
  • Click Customize if it’s not already disabled.
  • Choose Show: “Dublin Core” from the pop-up menu.
  • Check Use next to the pop-up and check the Creator field to have it displayed in the editing windows.

Sparkle Appcasting

Sparkle IconSparkle is an excellent framework that can be used by developers to give applications self-updating functionality. It’s used by a number of apps, including both of mine, and uses an RSS feed to get the latest version information. This works much like a podcast, but with downloadable applications rather than media files, hence the name “appcast”.

To enhance this experience, Sparkle introduces some additional tags that can be used in the feed and Feeder now supports all of these. Feeder will check whether a feed already uses the Sparkle extensions when the feed is imported and for existing feeds there is a Sparkle Appcasting template. You can use this template by choosing Item > Edit Template from the menu and choosing the template from the list.

When the Sparkle extensions are in use, Feeder will show a preview of the release notes as they will appear in Sparkle’s update alert.

Feeder showing Sparkle release notes

By default, only the Sparkle Version field is shown, but all fields are supported. Customize the template to show more:

  • Choose Item > Edit Template from the menu.
  • Click Customize if it’s not already disabled.
  • Choose Show: “Sparkle” from the pop-up menu.
  • Check the fields you want to show.

The Sparkle documentation and Feeder’s help files include advice on which fields to use (Feeder’s help files probably cover the non-Sparkle fields in more detail).

Developers wishing to buy Feeder for Sparkle appcasts should get in touch to receive a discount code that can be used when checking out.