I tried exporting the my subscriptions from iTunes as OPML and placing them in acast/acast.opml, but when I clicked Import OPML, it said “protocol not found:”. Does importing the OPMLs from iTunes work?
I export from GoogleReader my feeds to OPML format (XML). Renamed that xml to acast OPML and put in respective folder. When I import that file, with “Import LOCAL OPML”. After selecting “import all items directly” option, a list of folders created in GoogleReader appear on screen. All appear to be fine. Then I click on any of that list entries. Then appear “Do you want to add ….?”. When I “accept” then “could not add null null” mesage appears and that’s all. What’s the problem?
I have installer the free version and some feeds do not update as they should. That occurs for example with the feed http://radioclube.clix.pt/rss/money_box.xml
I see in itunes that there are new episodes but acast does not show them.
If I remove the feed and add it again the new episodes are shown.
That is really bothering me and I am almost giving up using it.
Can you give me some help with this?
I just put Acast on my Motorola Droid. It find the feeds I need to listen to, but they are password protected, and when I go to open them I get a “cannot play video” or “download failed: null” for either video or audio file of the same lecture podcast. Do you have an option for password protected podcasts?
I have a HTC Dream.
To add a podcast, I copy the URL given for the podcast. and when I go back in the field text in section + Add, I can’t paste the URL.
the shortcut is menu + V on HTC Dream to paste something.
this works for any other thing I do on my HTC Dream.
But going from my web browser to Acast, it is as if I lose what I copied.
I was wondering if there is a way to display the date the podcast was published instead of how many days ago it was published as it does now. I find it more difficult for me to visually spot what I’m looking for when it’s “2 days ago” or something like that. I would like to change it back.
The next release will have a menu option to open the current feed in filter view where sorting and filters can be set as required. This may be one extra step but I believe it is worth it because of the flexibility of the filter view.
Do you have somewhere where users can submit bugs? When Acast works it’s a great application but there’s one *really* annoying bug where the player resumes about 3 seconds after it’s been closed and the only way I can stop it from doing this is by restarting my phone (T-Mobile pulse).
It’s just not the default feed view now. You can open the category view with the left navigation/view button or check the setting ‘Other -> Enable categories’ to have it open up when pressing the Feeds menu button in the menu view.
What is the deal with the scroll bar? I keep getting a notice message about the scroll bar not being operational and needing to download some file but the notice goes away so fast I can’t figure out what the issue is. I’m guessing this is related to the fact that now when I pause a podcast it reverts back to the beginning of the podcast rather than playing from the point of the pause.
Yes, there’s some work to sort out the character encodings, it’s on the todo list.
The current way to sort a feed is to filter it and then sort it (i.e. from feed item view, menu->Filter/Sort, and then use the sort in the filter view). I’ll add a sort in the Feed Item View to simplify this (don’t know if it will be in the next release or not).
Thanks for the information, I do have the files downloaded but in “air plane” mode they failed to play. I reloaded the app to see if I had a bad installation, after reloading I was able to play the files in “air plane” mode.
I recently received a replacement HTC Droid since I lost mine in King Salmon, Alaska. I redownloaded Acast. It works but now I notice that if I receive a phone call, when the call finishes, the program I was listening to starts over at the beginning. I have to try to figure out how to forward (FF) back to where I was. Is there a bug or something I did not set right? It would be optimal (for me) if it would pause when a call was received and then start again at the point where it paused once the call is finished.
(on an unrelated note, I may be interested in upgrading to the paid version but how do I do that?).
I assume you are streaming content, i.e. not downloading episodes before you listen to them? For downloaded content this should work as you described (pause on incoming call and resume when hanging up from last position). The seek to position, for streaming content, is broken in Android 1.6-2.1 so the stored position can not be used when resuming. This is fixed in Android 2.2.
The only way to upgrade today is to buy the ACast Unlock Key from the Android Market. The Unlock key is only available in countries where Google allows paid apps.
I assume the USA is such a country 😉
How do I purchase the paid version? I am running
Acast now on my droid, and looked at menu but there
was no link. I can purchase it if it is not too expensive,
it will eliminate ads, and pause when I am streaming. Do I look for Acast Unlock Key?
It’s possible to do this manually with the Android Call Forward – Always Forward setting but I would not recommend it. The easiest way is to automatically download episodes until Android 2.2 is pushed to your device and let ACast pause and resume on incoming call.
Well there’s a “download all” under More in the menu but there are too many in my play list to download all. I can’t find a way to download specific ones. Can’t really mark them because touching an item on the playlist brings up a menu but the menu has no “download” on it. Just play, remove, move to top, move to bottom, Information, remove, mark read, mark unread. So does long-pressing.
Hey the unlock key didn’t work. I am still getting ads. I am downloading the old time radio stuff. I know they have the ads
from the 40s and stuff, but I am still getting the current ones (for PetCo, eHarmony, etc). It adds 2 or 3 minutes to the listening time, and if I realize I heard one of the shows already I stop it and play a new one and have to sit through the same commercials I just heard.
The ACast Unlock Key will only remove ads that are displayed at the bottom of ACast, not ads in the podcast episodes. I recommend using the headset fast forward and rewind buttons to skip the commercials, I have the fast forward configured for a 30 sec jump forward and the rewind to a 10 sec, this way it is fairly easy to skip a commercial.
Also the seek bar/buttons does not work properly in Android 1.6 to Android 2.1 when streaming content so it might be worth downloading the episodes before listening to them to get the seek/jump to position functionality.
ACast (kill acast or restart phone) has to be restarted for the ads not to be displayed.
Is it possible to set acast up so all feeds update, but I specify which feeds will auto download. I have a particular podcast that I enjoy listening too, but just not every episode, there will often be 5 or 6 that go by that I don’t want to listen to. So I would like acast to update so I can see the episodes, but then not auto download. But, I still want to autodownload other podcasts where I do listen to every episode. I know other podcatchers can do this. Is it possible with acast?
Yes, that feature was added in the 3.1.24 release. If you long press a feed in the ‘Feeds’ view a popup/context menu will appear, select ‘Toggle download’ to disable auto download for that feed. The feed will be presented with a different background color. I will try and make this a bit more user friendly in an upcoming release. Thanks!
Can you revisit the “pause and resume” issue? There was an update pushed to Droid Incredibles that fixed the turn by turn directions interupting the music, then not resuming the music. It worked in 2.1, then was broken in 2.2, then fixed with the recent maintenance update. The pause and resume in Acast worked on 2.1 was broken in 2.2 and I was hoping the maintenance update would fix it, but no such luck yet.
One other thing, can you add a “move up” and “move down” option to the playlist sorting? I would even be OK with trading “move to top” and “move to bottom” for “move up” and “move down” if there’s not room for them all in the menu.
1. This just started happening recently. Used to be I could go to the playlist (player)
and look around and move things, etc. I still can but now whenever I go to the
player whatever is on the playlist next starts playing automatically. I often
don’t want to hear something right away, and it used to not start playing until
I pressed play or at least selected it. How do I make it not start unless I
actually tell it to?
2. My play list got down to empty today. I did this deliberately because I wanted
to check something. But when I mount the drive on my phone to my PC and go
into the Acast subdirectory there were about 3G of old MP3 files still around
(under the various feeds). I removed all these but why were they still there
months after I was finished listening to them? When I select REMOVE shouldn’t
they get deleted?
I have been having trouble for a while with the skip forwards and backwards in the app.
When I am listening to a podcast with an add in it, when I try to skip the add I press the skip forward 30sec button to skip the add. sometimes when I do so the playback either takes a while to resume (>10sec) or it does not resume at all. To solve this I have to kill acast and start it again. Is this a bug or am I doing something wrong?
There are podcasts I want to listen to, but the creators only provide links to the iTunes store and they dont have an RSS feed. How can I get these podcasts? I tried feed flipper (http://picklemonkey.net/flipper/convert.php) but I just get an error. Thanks!