What is podcasting all about?
What is a podcast?
Example of adding a Podcast to LMAC RSS Reader (click images to enlarge screen shots)
Step 1 - Find and add a podcast feed into Tristana
Open LMAC RSS Reader and locate your podcast RSS or Atom feed by either entering a search word in the "Search web for feeds:" text input box at the top of the page, or type in the URL where the feed is located in the "Address:" text input box mid-way down the page. Now find the orange RSS or XML feed icon on the web-page shown in the Topic Panel (bottom right), hover over the icon and right-click your mouse to select "Add feed to LMAC Reader". If you are using your browser outside of Tristana Reader, you can add a feed by simply left-clicking over the orange feed icon and dragging it into the "Folder Panel" of LMAC Reader. Alternatively, with some browsers you will need to right-click and select "Copy Link Location" and then click "Add" once you confirm the URL.
Step 2 - Queue files for download
To view and manage your downloaded media files, click on "View
/ Downloads" from the top pull-down menu to open the "Downloads" Panel
at the bottom of LMAC Reader. You will see that the "When Idle" tab
is opened by default - which means that these downloaded files are
"queued" for download when your PC is idle (ie. no keystrokes for
15 minutes). You will also notice that there is the destination directory
indicated where the file will be saved to your computer, which can
be. You can have attachments downloaded immediately by changing preferences
in the "View / Attachments and Podcasting... / General Options" menu.
Step 3 - Download files to your PC
To begin downloading an attachment, select the file in the "Downloads" window and click the green arrow to "Start" the download. If you click on the "Priority" tab, you will see the downloads in progress, with their % complete, file size and the file destination all indicated. At any time, you can stop all downloads by clicking on the circle with the red slash (No Downloads), or view downloads that were blocked as potentially harmful in the "Blocked" tab. Once the downloads are complete, they will then appear in the "Completed" tab area. Note that at any time, if you double-click a topic in the Channel Panel (top right) you will automatically start to play the attachment in your default media player (ie. iTunes, QuickTime).
Step 4 - Playing your media file
Options for iTunes and other media players
If you wish to change the directory of saved podcasted files or automatically add downloaded music or audio files into iTunes, you can set this option in "View / Attachments and Podcasting..." and click on "Podcasting Options". You may also wish check the option to immediately synchronize your iPod with the download files. Other options are available for automatically populating Windows Media Player or WinAmp play lists with downloaded music or audio files.
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