Feature List

@Podder 1.5 Experimental (Beta)
(October 2007)

Listen to @Podder Description (MP3)

Summary of System Requirements:

Windows XP/VISTA, recent Java Virtual Machine (probably installed with your browser); User Requirements: sufficient vision and manual dexterity to handle large font buttons; Limitations: Does not (yet) support screen readers
Recommended: Text-to-speech application that reads from clipboard.

Version 1.5 @Podder Features

  1. @Podder is designed for easy viewing as "Large Print Software"
    • Themes are: 16 pt, aqua or gray, enlarged with focus highlights as italic and larger, often causing screen movements for further contrast
    • Focus moves by tab key and jumps. jumps begin with PERIOD to avoid sticky keys and use mnemonics for screen parts and buttons
    • An on-screen keyboard opens to show all buttons and options with tool tips and help available
    • Dark background, large font tool tips for buttons and feed/podcast information in tables
    • Enter feeds into large box with copy-paste
    • All functions appear as bold buttons with no menus or overlapping text areas
    • Easier viewing without MAGNIFIERS or SCREEN READERS
  2. @Podder works consistently with 3 tables using check marks for selection. Tables are feeds, downloading podcasts, and mp3 files
    • Key mnemonics to reach buttons and tabs
    • Sort podcasts by title, feed, or date downloaded
    • Move by key to first, last, next, and previous rows
    • (If installed) Read aloud descriptions of feeds and podcasts
    • Large tooltips also display descriptions
    • View selected podcats in the mp3 table by feed, tags, notes, and ratings. Also search for terms in podcast descriptions.
  3. @Podder speaks! using low-cost, natural sounding desktop text-to-speech tools
    • informs you on downloading progress and user confirmations
    • tells you when podcasts are ready to play
    • reads descriptions of feeds and podcasts in short and long forms
    • (in verbose mode) describes parts of screens
    • Help arranged in trees can be read item by item and is also available as a .txt file and an audio reading of the help file
    • Caveat: @Podder requires a 3rd party text reader such as TextAlound, ACEHIGH, or any that read from the clipboard
  4. @Podder uses HTML for browsing, search
    • HTML directory of podcasts ordered by feed, download time, or alphabetical title
    • user-selected (marked) podcasts (example Vision-related Podcasts)
    • compiled show notes at end of each download session - follow show note links
    • use your browser to select and play podcasts or share your favorite podcasts using a web page
  5. Integrated with Windows Media Player
    • optional AutoPlay at end of downloading session
    • mark and play selected podcasts after download sessions
    • set up autoplaylists for your desired time frame
  6. @Podder now supports simple tags for annotating and identifying podcasts
    • Notes (personal tags) are your terms describing podcasts, added by editing a field
    • Ratings are special personal tags entered as 0 through 9 "community" tags are standard terms for topic areas, automatically matched to feed and podcast descriptions. Tags are maintained in a .txt file you edit, for example Eyesight Community tag
    • browse using an HTML directory of podcasts organized by Personal and community tags
    • Use tags and notes to restrict or mark selected podcasts in the mp3 table
    • Don't just listen and throw away podcasts - build your podcast library using @Podder.
  7. Additional information includes:
  8. Not yet available:
    • Screen reader accessibility
    • Customized fonts and colors
    • Tested Windows 2000 or NT (2000 test shows an error message "no main to start")
  9. Instructions to Install or Update @Podder

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