|Note: Before you begin to use AmiPodder it is a good idea to ensure it is configured correctly for your system, please see the Configuration section for more details.|
The aim of this section is to describe how to perform common podcast-related tasks in AmiPodder. For a complete description of the program's user interface please use the Reference and Configurationsections.
Click the "Update" button in the toolbar to check all the channels for new podcasts.
AmiPodder marks channels with new podcasts in bold, if you select the channel you will see that the new podcasts themselves are also highlighted.
Select "Download new items" from the "Update channels" sub menu of the "Project" menu. AmiPodder will check all your channels from for new podcasts and download any it finds.
To exclude a channel from automatic updates, select the channel in the "Channels" list and click "Edit". In the "Edit channel" window, uncheck the "Include this channel in bulk updates" option and click "Okay".
Note, once a channel has been deleted all its status information such as which podcasts have been downloaded is lost. If you have changed the order of the channels list since you started AmiPodder, any changes will be lost when you delete a channel and the list will revert to its original order. To avoid losing your order changes, quit AmiPodder and reload it before deleting a channel.
To change the status of one of more podcasts, select them in the "Items" list and click "Status...". In the "Edit podcast" window select the new status you want using the cycle gadget and click "Okay".
Click on the "Sync" toolbar button, AmiPodder first checks to see if any "Queued" podcasts have completed downloading. It then copies any files with status "Downloaded" and which have not already been synced to the sync directory set in prefs. When the podcast has been copied, its status is set to "Synced" so AmiPodder doesn't try to copy it again (even if you later delete it from the portable device).
AmiPodder's toolbar "Sync" button copies all downloaded podcast episodes that have not previously been synced to your selected portable player. If your player has a limited capacity, you may prefer to pick and choose which episodes you sync.
To do this, select the channel which shows the episodes you want to sync. The "Downloaded" smart channel is particularly useful as this shows all the podcast episodes which are downloaded and therefore ready to be synced. Next select all the episodes you would like to sync in the list. You can click and drag or hold down shift while clicking to select multiple episodes. If you have your portable player connected, AmiPodder displays the amount of free space it has available in the status bar at the bottom of the window. The bar fills up to show you how much of the free space will be taken up by the episodes selected:
If the selected episodes are too large, the bar will fill completely and the text becomes bold as shown below:
If you wish, AmiPodder can download new podcasts it finds during its automatic check. To enable this tick the "Download new podcasts automatically" option in prefs, this takes effect immediately.
Usually, channels only send data about a few of the most recent podcasts available. If you wish, AmiPodder can limit its display to only these recent podcasts this prevents the "Items" list from becoming cluttered with older podcasts you listened to ages ago. To do this tick the "Remove old items from items list" option. Items are removed from the "Items" list the next time, you select a channel and when you quit AmiPodder the information on those podcasts (such as their status) is permanently deleted. Please note that downloaded podcasts are not deleted by this process.