Improved Publication Interface and Updating your Metadata for Free

You may have heard it already, or seen it on one of your colleagues' screens that we improved one of your most fundamental workflows in Podigee - publishing a new episode! Additionally, your metadata will now be updated for you automatically in the background without any additional cost.

We want to introduce all the changes to you one by one in more detail in the following sections.

Single “Schedule publication” button

We merged the “Publish now” and “Publish later” buttons into just a single button. Yeah, you heard right, we removed a button. You now simply click the “Schedule publication” button, whenever you want to publish your episode.

New "Schedule Publication" button
  • You want to publish now? Click the button.
  • You want to publish later? Click the button and select a date in the future.
  • You want to publish in the past? Magic, but click the button and select a date in the past.
  • You want to change your scheduled publication? Click the button...alright, we called it “Change publication” then.
  • You want to change your already published publication? Click...oh wait, either replace or update your audio file - no need to unpublish the entire episode.
  • You want to unpublish your publication? Click on the red “Unpublish” button.

New Publication Dialog

Once you do click the “Schedule publication” button, you are greeted by an updated dialog, that might look a bit overwhelming compared to the one before, but it’s actually straightforward.

New publication dialog when publishing an episode

You can select the date and time when you want to publish your episode. If you want to publish it immediately, you can either quickly click the green “Schedule publication” button at the bottom, or when you were looking around to explore all the new shiny options for too long, then you might want to press the “Now” button first, before you are good to go.

New Notification Options

Yes, you can now choose how you want to be notified when an episode gets published. You can select “Email”, “Desktop notifications” or both. What it essentially means is that you either get an email or desktop notification (which is that little window that flies in from the side of your screen on top of your browser) in the moment the episode gets published.

The two options serve different needs. The email notification is a good choice, when you like to do something else and will close your browser or if you want a reference of your episode publications in your email inbox. The desktop notification is a good choice, in case you keep working with Podigee and leave the browser open.

By the way, in order for the desktop notifications to work, you need to allow the browser to show these notifications for “app.podigee.com”. You will be asked the first time you try to enable them.

allow desktop notifications in your browser

Oh, and not to forget, in case there should be an error while trying to publish your episode, you will always receive an email notification. We will give our best, that you will never see that email, but at least now you know that you can rely on being fully informed.

Advanced Publication Options Moved

To be honest, how often did you want to publish an episode and noticed either right before or unfortunately right after you clicked the publish button, that you actually wanted or needed to change the audio quality, enable transcripts or that noise and hum reduction or just wanted to play around with the leveler?

You will from now on be able to change it for every episode you are going to publish. Simply go to the “Advanced options” tab in the publication dialog and select whatever you need. No need to go back to the podcast settings anymore just to come back and try to publish your episode again. And another nice thing is that other, already scheduled publications are not affected, as they keep their own settings.

advanced publication options (part 1)

Did you notice the “Save as default settings” checkbox? With this you can make sure that whatever you have selected, will be preselected the next time you schedule a publication.

advanced publication options (part 2)

Make sure to scroll down a bit for the audio algorithm settings. All in one place, right where you need it. Enjoy!

Metadata Updates in the Background

Did you know that some of your episode’s metadata information is not only part of your RSS feed, but also encoded directly into the audio file? The following metadata is stored directly in your audio file.

  • Episode title
  • Episode subtitle
  • Episode description
  • Episode keywords
  • Episode year of publication
  • Episode permalink
  • Podcast title
  • Podcast copyright
  • Podcast authors
  • Chapter marks
  • Ad marker

If you changed any of this information, then you actually would need to re-encode your audio file, because otherwise the information in your RSS feed would be different to what is stored directly in your audio file.

We know that most of you have not done this extra step for consistency, mainly because most podcatchers do not have a closer look at these information within the audio file. It was also a bit expensive, because it would have cost you encoding minutes, especially when updating your older episodes.

But, we have you covered now, because you simply don’t need to worry anymore. We will update the metadata information of your audio files for you automatically in the background, without additional cost. Only if you actually want to replace your entire audio file or you really want to change the advanced publication options like the audio quality for example. But only In these cases, you still need to update the audio file from now on.

 

Lots of changes, but as always it is our quest to improve your workflow, being more consistent with our wording and helping you to manage your podcasts more efficiently. Please send us your feedback or suggestions as always to hello@podigee.com.