Scripting News for 2/19/2008

Podcatcher for FlickrFan users 

If you’re using FlickrFan, you should have a copy of podcatcher.root in your Tool folder. If not now, at the top of the next hour (launch the OPML app so it can do the update).

I want to get started with a small group of people, develop features, and then figure out how to broaden it, if that turns out to be the right thing to do. For now, I just want a testbed to develop, and a group of interested users.

I’ve put together a brief cheat sheet for FlickrFan users.

http://codecasting.org/podcatcher/00001.html

If you have a question please post it there and we’ll try to get you the answer.

Hope it works, and hope you like it.

Busy day 

I’m working today on getting the first release of podcatcher.root out to FlickrFan users.

In the meantime, the BlogTalkRadio people are responding to support questions and updating the service in response to feedback in the comments on yesterday’s post.

I think people are beginning to get the idea that this is an API, not an end-user service, although if you don’t mind reading XML, it can be a pretty handy way to create a podcast when you’re caught in Bay Bridge traffic or riding on a bus, or happen to have an idea while you’re talking with a friend on your iPhone (it’s really easy to turn a call into a conference call with the iPhone).

I hope people build apps for end-users with this back-end. I plan to use it to facilitate communication between people who use my podcatcher. And of course any other app that can read RSS 2.0 feeds with MP3 enclosures.

It’s not meant to be a replacement for high quality studio-created podcasts, rather it’s very good for instant note-taking type casts. I want to use this with Scoble to talk about some of the media hackery we hash out when we have brainstorming talks.

Not revolutionary, or earth-shaking, but easy, and a nice thing to have.

Anyway, if you use FlickrFan watch your Tools folder for podcatcher.root.🙂

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