SwallowCatcher 0.2.0 Released

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After what seems like ages I’m proud to release a new version of SwallowCatcher – version 0.2.0, codenamed “The Black Knight (Come On Ya Pansy!)”. The reason behind the version number jump is twofold: 1. Bigger numbers are better, 2. I think the new features in this version and improved stability warrant a new version. Notable new features in this release include support for more URL schemes, cover art support and the ability to browse show notes from directly within the app.

I’ve had several contributions to this release both in the form of  bug fixes and in code and artwork. In particular I’d like to thank Nick Clark (@nrlucre on identi.ca) for contributing a great icon and Luke (~nobugs on Gitorious) for contributing bug fixes and adding itpc:// and pcast:// URL scheme support. Also, thanks to everyone who’s given me feedback and sent me bug reports.
As always, please check out the project page and the gitorious page where you can download the source code. Feedback and bug reports can again be submitted via identi.ca, email or via the comments on this post.

SwallowCatcher 0.1.3 Released

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I’m again proud to announce a new release of SwallowCatcher. This is a small maintenance update which fixes some of the backwards compatibility issues which people have been experiencing with pre-Froyo versions of Android. Thanks to @diabalomarcus, @fdroid and Henrik Tunedal for their help with this issue.

As always, please check out the project page and the gitorious page where you can download the source code. Feedback and bug reports can again be submitted via identi.ca, email or via the comments on this post.

SwallowCatcher 0.1.2 Released

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Download SwallowCatcher 0.1.2

I’m proud to announce the release of a new version of SwallowCatcher. This version follows hot on the heals of the 0.1.1 release and fixes several bugs reported to me over the last few days. Specific fixes include:

* Fixed empty description tag problem (scratched by Linux Outlaws feed) as reported by @andyc in identi.ca.
* Fixed feed missing scheme validation problem as reported by @andyc in identi.ca.
* Fixed download permissions problem as reported by @andyc in identi.ca.
* Fixed individual feed refresh problem.

Thankfully, I have managed to hold onto my encryption key this time, so upgrading from version 0.1.1 should be smooth. Remember to check out the project page and the gitorious page where you can download the source code. Feedback and bug reports can again be submitted via identi.ca, email or via the comments on this post.

SwallowCatcher 0.1.1 Released

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Download SwallowCatcher 0.1.1

Today sees the release of the second version of SwallowCatcher, version 0.1.1. This version contains many enhancements and bugfixes over the previous version and should so be considered as the main stable release for the 0.1.x series. Further releases in this series will contain bugfixes, with new features being added to 0.2.x.

Obligatory release notes:

Features:

* Import Podcasts from OPML;
* Add Podcasts Via Barcode or URL;
* Open podcast:// and feed:// URLs directly in SwallowCatcher;
* Download Podcast feeds;
* List newly found Episodes;
* List Subscriptions and Episodes;
* Download Podcasts;
* Share via intent (and thence via email, mustard, etc.).
* Basic playback support.

Fixed Issues from Previous Version:

* New episodes screen issue;
* Can now add podcasts directly by feed URL;
* Added basic playback support;
* Prettier downloads list;
* Podcasts list remembers scroll position;
* Fixed text on the first run dialogues;
* Fixed OPML import from Google Reader;
* More robust feed/date parsing;
* Lots of general stability fixes;
* Much improved UI with more options, etc.

Known Issues:

* Downloads still aren’t pausable/resumable;
* I need some icons!

Future Plans:

The 0.1.x series will continue to address the remaining issues above and fix bugs.
The next main release (0.2.0) will include cover art and show notes support.

SwallowCatcher is still not in the Android Market so either download above or check out the project page and the gitorious page where you can download the source code. Feedback and bug reports can again be submitted via identi.ca, email or via the comments on this post. No Spam please (only ham and eggs).

Blogging and Development Haitus

People following me via identi.ca and via the site feed may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet lately. I won’t go into the details about what’s been going on (its all been good stuff though), but its safe to say I’ve been a bit busy. Anyway, I’m back (pretty much).

I’ve decided now to focus my spare time on SwallowCatcher development and poking around with cool technologies that I come across, with some write-ups here. This means that I’m ditching the Unofficial Python Module of the Week segment. This is really because I just can’t hack the schedule and don’t want to be tied down to blogging at specific times.

However, on the up side SwallowCatcher development will resume from today and I hope to have a new release soon. Of course the new release will be posted here as soon as it’s ready.

Also, apologies to anyone who came across my site in its eye-offending pink and grey glory. I’m not sure what happened there. I’m hoping that the site wasn’t hacked in my absence and I can’t find any other evidence of that, but its weird nonetheless.