It's time for another status update on the upcoming gPodder release: Version 4.0.0. Version 4 will (at least initially) be more aimed towards mobile devices and QML, for all other use cases, you can keep using (and contributing to) gPodder 3.
The bleeding edge development happens in the "cuatro" branch in the main gPodder Git repository. From there, code is merged to the "gpodder-core" repository, which only contains the core gPodder library. On top of the core library, there are user interfaces, the single one that we have right now is the QML UI Reference Implementation in the "gpodder-ui-qml" repository. Taking this one step further are then the device/OS-specific repositories for customizations and packaging. Right now, we have "gpodder-bb10" for packaging of gPodder on Blackberry 10 as well as "gpodder-sailfish" for gPodder on Sailfish OS. Both of these use "gpodder-core" and "gpodder-ui-qml" as submodules to import the code from there, but might customize or replace parts of the QML UI Reference Implementation with platform-specific controls (but the Reference Implementation itself is still fully self-contained and functional, and in fact, most of the OS-specific packaging right now reuse everything and don't customize UI elements - yet).
Of course, for all you keyboard cowboys out there, we still have the CLI ("gpo") available. This is actually in the "gpodder-core" repository and is used to test the core library.
The gPodder 4 QML UI is not at all complete yet, but basic subscribing, downloading and playback works already. Stay tuned!
It's time for another release of gPodder, your favorite podcast client. This release brings some improvements and fixes that we've collected over the last few months. An upcoming release of gPodder 3 will contain iPod support that Joseph is currently working on. But for now, here are the highlights of gPodder 3.5.2:
- Support for Flattr'ing extensions and showing documentation (Bernd)
- Option to auto-embed covert art images into files (bug 1742, Bernd)
- Gtk UI
- Various keyboard-related improvements
- Various fixes (Eugene, bugs 1825, 1832, 1834)
- Device sync: Fix to only include episodes in playlist (Joseph)
- QML UI
- Translation updates
- Italian (Maurizio)
- Spanish (Rigoberto)
- Tooling and other fixes
- Disable gpodder.net when authentication failed (Stefan)
- makefile: Add Harmattan an Sailfish to QMLFILES
As always, a detailed changelog is available at gpodder.org/changelog/3.5.2
For packages in distributions, see the downloads page
Thanks to all users who supported the gPodder project by providing bug reports
, patches, documentation
, feedback or donations
A few months ago, I implemented the 'device sync' feature from gPodder 2 back into the gPodder 3 codebase - but for filesystem-based devices only. I wanted to sync my podcasts to my Android phone. (I'm not an Apple guy, even though I live San Francisco, the Apple capital of the world.) It's been working well and since then I've improved it with the addition of playlists and two-way sync, so that deleting a track on your device removes it from gPodder on the next sync.
But you can't support mobile devices without supporting Apple, so after a friend kindly gave me her old iPod Touch (thanks Kendra!) I got to work.
I started with the code from the gPodder 2 branch, and refactored it into the gPodder 3 codebase, much as I did for filesystem-based syncing. With a bit of work, and by using the libimobile
library, I was able to successfully sync my podcasts with the iPod!
I used libimobile tools to mount the iPod before syncing, and gtkpod
to help manage the iPod's internal database. However, I don't expect people will need to use gtkpod during normal operation, only to initialize the iPod prior to the first sync.
I'll be working with Thomas to figure out precisely when and how to get this code merged into the master branch. Code that works on a first generation iPod Touch may not necessarily work on other Apple devices, so we may want to test on more hardware before merging.
We had another short hack day this weekend. This is the last official hack day, there won't be any future public hack days. What we did:
Development efforts are concentrated on gPodder 4 right now, which is a rewrite from scratch.
As you might have figured out by now, some of the gPodder core developers meet up monthly at the Metalab in Vienna to discuss current developments and plans for the future. This also happened this month on the 13th of April.
What we have done:
The next hack day
will be on May 11th, and we will definitely be discussing more about gPodder 4
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