Podcast Manager 1.8 Alpha has been released today and is now available for download.
NOTE: This is an ALPHA release, meaning it is NOT intended for use on production sites and may contain critical bugs which may cause the extension suite to not perform as expected
Feature Packed and User Driven
Podcast Manager 1.8 brings to the table several new features, many of which were requested from users of the suite. New to this release includes:
- A front end view of your podcast feed which lists a number of episodes you specify in a sortable table (by default sorted with the newest episode listed first). This view outputs the podcast's title, which is linked directly to the media file, and publish date in separate cells and can optionally display the podcast's summary. The heading can optionally display the title and description of the feed.
- Podcasts and feeds can now be added and edited from the front end. From the feed view, for authorized users, an edit icon is present next to the podcast title for podcast editing and just below the feed title for feed editing (based on the default Beez_20 layout). Menu items exist to allow users to create links to add additional feeds and podcasts.
- A simple display module has been added which has the same data output as the HTML view in the convenience of a module. Look for the "Podcast Manager Feed Display" module in your Module Manager to use this new module.
- Taking advantage of new features to the Joomla! 1.7 release, batch processing for podcasts is now available. Since the access parameter is not used, the form currently only lists the copy/move functionality.
Supports only Joomla! 1.7
Joomla! 1.7 is scheduled for release in two weeks, on July 19 to be specific. Joomla! 1.6 will have official support dropped one month after the 1.7 release. Because 1.7 is set to be a release no more complicated than updating between 1.5.22 and 1.5.23, for example, Podcast Manager 1.8 will not install on Joomla! 1.6 thanks to quick version checks in each sub-extension.
Upgrade from Previous Releases
Users of all previous Podcast Manager releases will be able to upgrade their pre-existing installation without having to delete the existing version or their media files. Since this is not a production release, users will need to download the installation package from this site and install it via their Joomla! site's Extension Manager.
As of this release, basic local testing has been completed on all new features and they should be working based on my tests. That does not mean there are no bugs. If you notice any bugs or missing translations, feel free to report the issue so it can be resolved. As well, since this is an alpha release, there still exists the possibility that new features can be added for this release. If you would like to see an additional feature or help create code for existing requests, feel free to review the Issue Tracker and filter for the "Feature" label.
Support the Project
You can contribute to the project by visiting the space on GitHub at https://github.com/BabDev/Podcast-Manager and report bugs, provide patches for known issues, suggest new improvements, or download a working copy of the Git repository.
Download the newest posted release from the Latest Releases listing. Don't see this specific release listed? Check the Archived Releases listing for all of the installation packages that are available.