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Last Updated: Mar 09, 2016 08:18AM EST
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes OPML file association issue preventing importing OPML
    • Fixes issue with refreshing certain feeds
    • Fixes issue with deletion of some episodes shortly after downloading
    • Fixes issue with truncated episode description
    • Crash fixes
    • Fixes issue with pub dates not showing for search results
    • Fixes issue causing error message when transitioning to next episode

  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes crash when importing OPML
    • Fixes deadlock on startup after a crash
    • Fixes several other crash conditions

  • Enhancements
    • Performance improvements
    • New icon
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes iCloud sync issue leading to episode deletions
    • Fixes several crash scenarios
    • Fixes issue leading to episodes being marked as played when starting playback
    • Fixes issue where adjusting the play position scrubber would restart playback if paused
    • Fixes issue with episode description alignment
    • Fixes reordering of manually sorted playlists
    • Fixes issue preventing new episodes from being added to manually sorted playlists
    • Fixes issue preventing menu items from working for manually sorted playlists
    • Fixes issue with starting playback from a manually sorted playlist
    • Fixes issue causing html encoded characters not to be decoded in episode titles
    • Fixes issue with refreshing authenticated feeds

  • Enhancements
    • Now easier to switch between local & non-local episodes
    • Improved performance and selection behavior for all lists
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes several major performance issues and crashes
    • Fixes deadlocks when searching disks for associated resources
    • Fixes a couple of issues related to iCloud Syncing and unintended resetting of episodes

v1.1.11 - July 26th, 2015
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes issue causing network speed reduction
    • Fixes com.opml.opml file association
    • Fixes encoding issue causing some special characters to be stripped from episode titles and/or descriptions.
  • Other Changes
    • Drops support for OS 10.8
v1.1.10 - May 4th, 2015
  • Enhancements
    • Adds settings for episode start/finish times to help with skipping annoying intros and outros.
    • Adds button for jumping to 1Password to find credentials for protected podcasts.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes UI glitches in 10.8 & 10.9
    • Fixes issue preventing running the app in 10.8
    • Fixes a couple of potential crashes.
    • Fixes issues with ID3 chapter extraction.
v1.1.8 - April 18th, 2015
  • Enhancements
    • iCloud syncing improvements
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes bizarre UI glitches when switching between Podcast & Playlist tabs
    • Fixes issues with loading chapters
    • Fixes issue preventing correct updating of the Dock icon badge
    • Fixes issues with keeping the empty/non-empty playlist groups in sync
    • Fixes multiple potential crashes
v1.1.7 - February 26th, 2015
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes parsing issue for some feeds that include invalid characters
    • Fixes several potential crashes
    • Fixes broken context menu and short cuts when using the available episodes list
    • Fixes issue preventing application of incoming iCloud changes
    • Fixes OS X 10.8 related issue with changing the media library location
v1.1.6 - January 27th, 2015
  • Enhancements
    • Adds support for additional playback speeds: 2.25x, 2.5x, and 2.75x. The full list of supported speeds is 0.5x, 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2x, 2.25x, 2.5x, 2.75x, and 3x. (more info)
  • Bug Fixes
    • Resolves issue preventing display of any sheet style window (podcast settings, playlist settings, etc) more than once when running Downcast on Mac OS 10.8 or 10.9.
    • Fixes issue preventing continuous play from working when disabled globally and enabled for specific podcasts.
    • Restores the CMD+L shortcut for locking episodes. The “Go to Now Playing Episode” feature is now bound to CMD+SHIFT+L
    • Fixes issues with using keyboard shortcuts on all lists
    • Fixes issue with the play now shortcut in the playlist episodes list (CMD + Shift + S)
    • Fixes accessibility label for podcast & episodes lists as well as the top podcast categories & results tables in the Add UI.
    • Fixes issue with refresh button on status bar on non-retina displays being clipped at the bottom.
    • Fixes issue with pause/resume/retry button on rows in the downloads view
    • The red bar indicating resources were inaccessible has been removed entirely. You can still get to the window for resolving issues with inaccessible resources via the File menu or the context menu for podcasts or episodes.
    • Episode Details view now shows “Yes”, “No”, or “Partially” next to the “played” label.
    • Fixes several potential crashes
v1.1.5 - Dec 7th, 2014
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes startup crash for 10.8 users
    • Fixes issue where some feeds would timeout during refresh
    • Fixes issue where consolidating your library would delete certain podcast folders
    • Fixes issue preventing dock icon badge from updating

v1.1.4 - Dec 5th, 2014
  • Enhancements
    • Showing episode media URL as well as the link URL (if available) when displaying episode details
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes bug preventing resuming of paused episode
    • Fixes bug preventing downloading of episodes from some servers
    • Fixes bug causing "(null)" to be displayed for an episode's description when viewing details
    • Fixes bug causing crash when right-clicking an unselected podcast
v1.1.3 - November 17, 2014
  • Enhancements
    • Performance improvements for all lists, context menus.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes several crashes
    • Fixes Mac OS 10.8 specific crashes after displaying a sheet window
    • Fixes restoration of main window in Mac OS 10.10
    • Fixes issue with new episodes when New Episode Action is Download All New or Mark All New for Streaming
    • Fixes issue causing some artwork to be skewed
    • Fixes typo in podcast "Delete" menu item
    • Fixes issue leading to empty podcast after certain iCloud operations
    • Fixes issue leading to episode playback starting at 1x even when preference is set to something besides 1x
    • Fixes issue with high CPU usage related to scoped bookmarks
v1.1.2 - October 31, 2014
  • New Features
    • Adds Now Playing menu item for jumping to the now playing episode (CMD + L)
  • Enhancements
    • Several iCloud Improvements
    • Several UI improvements for Yosemite
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes issue leading to bogus inaccessible content warnings and breaking access to content outside of the default storage location
    • Fixes playback issue causing player to jump to beginning of episode
    • Fixes issue potentially hiding very old podcasts or episodes
    • Fixes background refreshing
    • Fixes VO issue preventing preferences tabs from being selected

v1.1.1 - October 31, 2014
  • Enhancements
    • Enables vibrancy in Yosemite
    • Improves main view animations
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes many bugs and crashes introduced by v1.1.0
    • The inaccessible content warning no longer shows up briefly when the app starts up.
    • Fixes issue potentially hiding very old podcasts or episodes
    • Fixes error message while searching for podcasts
    • Fixes issue preventing episode link from displaying on episode details view 
    • Fixes issue with lists in popovers in Yosemite
    • Custom podcast titles read by VO in downloads popover
v1.1.0 - October 9, 2014
  • New Features
    • Bookmark Storage - Switching to bookmarks instead of paths when maintaining references to files managed by Downcast. This allows Downcast to maintain access to managed content that is moved or renamed using Finder. (1)
    • Find Local Media - Added various methods for finding local resources that were once associated with Downcast and re-associating them.
    • Artwork Quicklook - Clicking a podcast's artwork in the now playing area, the podcast details view, or the episode details view, will now invoke a Quick Look UI for viewing the full quality version of the artwork.
    • Custom Artwork - You can now set custom artwork for podcasts. Your custom artwork is processed and copied into your media library. The original image is not used after processing.
    • eTag Support for Artwork - Artwork is no longer re-downloaded unless it has changed, assuming it resides on a modern server with eTag support.
  • Enhancements
    • Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) compatible
    • iCloud Drive support
    • Artwork is now stored on disk in your media library. This increases performance, allows you to access the images, and use the new Quick Look feature.
    • Changing the name of a podcast will rename its corresponding content folder in your media library.
    • Improved podcast and episode detail views by tweaking the layout as well as providing a link to the local storage folder for the podcast or episode being viewed.
    • Significant performance and stability improvements throughout the app.
    • iCloud preferences panel has been replaced with a more useful view. The new view shows each of the categories of data we sync over iCloud, and shows the live status of each, including a much more accurate last local/last remote change date.
    • iCloud syncing performance improved.
    • iCloud syncing consistency improvement.
    • Condensed context menus to include only options that can be valid for the view they are displayed from.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes numerous crashes
    • Fixes issue where rows in download view did not use customized podcast titles
    • Fixes voice over issue where customized podcast titles were not used
** Bookmark storage has limitations due to limitations in Mac OS and Apple's sandbox technology. Please see this help article for details: Bookmark Storage & Inaccessible Resources
v1.0.12 - April 1, 2014
  • Enhancements
    • Default import destination can now be set for local media
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes bug preventing import of OPML files
    • Script blocks are now stripped from episode details
    • Fixes crash causing issue related to corrupted playlists
    • Fixes issue preventing new episode action from being applied when manually refreshing podcasts set to not refresh automatically
    • Fixes accessibility issue with podcast table rows where the wrong podcast title was being announced after overriding the title.

v1.0.12 - April 1, 2014
  • Enhancements
    • Default import destination can now be set for local media
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes bug preventing import of OPML files
    • Script blocks are now stripped from episode details
    • Fixes crash causing issue related to corrupted playlists
    • Fixes issue preventing new episode action from being applied when manually refreshing podcasts set to not refresh automatically
    • Fixes accessibility issue with podcast table rows where the wrong podcast title was being announced after overriding the title.

v1.0.11 - March 13, 2014
  • Enhancements
    • Adds "Switch to Audio-Only" menu item to video context menu. Closes video and continues playing audio. Close button now closes the video and pauses playback. 
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes issue causing file extensions to be dropped for imported episodes 
    • Fixes priority play for playlists 
    • Fixes issue preventing statistics for partially played episodes from being refreshed often enough 
    • Fixes issue preventing last selected podcast/playlist from being reselected after Downcast is restarted 
    • Fixes playback speeds in the Now Playing -> Playback Speeds menu 
    • Fixes multiple potential crash causing bugs

v1.0.10 - February 27, 2014
  • New Features
    • Adds local episode sorting options for sorting by time remaining and file size.
  • Enhancements
    • Adds 1.25x playback speed option.
    • Local & Available episode lists now show the episode count in their respective header group row.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes issue preventing episode duration from displaying in certain scenarios.
    • Fixes issue preventing sharing via email.
    • Fixes issue that could lead to authentication failures for password protected podcasts. Note: You may need to re-enter your credentials.
    • Fixes issue preventing deletion of media files.
    • Fixes issue where Preferences menu item was checked.
    • Fixes crash caused by feeds whose enclosure URLs do not contain a URL scheme.
    • Fixes issue where global play speed and continuous play preferences weren't updated when toggling these settings in the now playing area.
    • Fixes issue where the playback speed for the currently playing item wasn't updated when changing it's podcast's playback speed setting or the global preference.
v1.0.9 - February 22, 2014
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes issue preventing syncing of preferences changes from the iOS version to the Mac version
    • Fixes crash when choosing to quit from the status item menu
    • Fixes potential crash when refreshing a podcast
v1.0.7 - February 18, 2014
  • New Features
    • Adds search/filtering support for podcast, playlist, and episode lists.
    • Adds support for Chrome's RSS Subscription Extension via custom url scheme (Important Details)
  • Enhancements
    • Improves streaming of password protected episodes (Important Details)
    • Improves parsing of non-standard date formats
    • Adds additional actions to the status menu
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes several crashes
    • Fixes issue preventing downloads from resuming when resuming a paused download queue
    • Fixes issue preventing most recently played episode from being auto-deleted
    • Fixes issue where previously imported media files were not actually deleted when choosing to delete them.
    • Fixes issue causing Downcast to deminiaturize when skipping episodes or using the status bar menu when Downcast was miniaturized or in the background.
    • Fixed video scaling issue noticeable when skipping between video episodes.
    • Fixed numerous issues with support for podcast URL schemes (Important Details)
v1.0.6 - February 6, 2014
  • Improvements & Bug Fixes
    • Significant stability improvements including a major fix for deadlocks/hangs.
    • Fixed issue causing downloads to become stuck in download queue
    • Fixed issue causing frequent resetting of your selections in lists​
    • Fixed issue preventing streaming of non-local episodes
    • Fixed issue that caused the episode list to disappear
    • Fixed rendering issue in played/empty podcast list group
    • Fixed issue causing broken links in episode details
    • Fixed VO issue where episode download status was incorrectly read.
    • Fixed VO issue where back button & button next to "Other Available Episodes" button had no label
    • Fixed issue preventing menu options in the "List" menu from functioning
    • Fixed issue allowing playlist time left to get out of sync
    • Deleting imported episodes now completely deletes them instead of just resetting them
    • Fixes crash caused by attempting to play an imported episode after manually deleting it's media from disk
    • Fixed issue with incorrect summary information above the podcasts list
v1.0.5 - January 6, 2014
  • Improvements
    • Menu bar icon can now be disabled via the Preferences window (General tab)
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes crash when deleting podcasts if you don’t have the option enabled to allow Downcast to auto-organize your downloaded media by podcast
    • Fixes crash caused when resetting episodes (rare)
    • Fixes crash caused when an audio device has no name available (will now be labeled Unnamed Device in the Airplay menu)
    • Fixes crash caused when changing media folder location (only occurred if there was an issue finding the size of one of the files to be relocated)
    • Fixes crash caused when trying to remove duplicates episodes from a feed during refreshing. This would occur only with mostly broken feeds missing so much data that we can’t find a unique identifier for an episode.
    • Fixes issue where clicking the iCloud status bar item wouldn’t pre-select the iCloud preferences panel
v1.0.4 - January 4, 2014
  • New Features
    • Support for choosing where downloaded episodes are stored
    • Support for organizing your downloaded media by podcast title
    • Added status bar menu
  • Improvements
    • Downloaded episode files are now stored in a non-hidden folder and with friendly file names
    • Significant iCloud syncing improvements
    • Significant stability and performance improvements
    • Significantly reduced the total processing time when refreshing a large podcast feed
    • Reduced memory and CPU usage while refreshing podcast feeds
    • Improved accessibility for the hotkey buttons in the preferences window
    • Improved iCloud preferences pane
    • Improved performance of all lists
    • Multi-Output audio devices are now supported. See the Apple KB article on how to set these up:
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes crash when exporting episodes
    • Fixes syncing bug causing episodes to be deleted
    • Fixes visual glitch in playlist view when there are no playlists
    • Fixes issue causing published dates to be incorrect for imported media
    • Fixes issue where loading a podcast URL in Safari would open Downcast without prompting you to subscribe to the podcast
    • Fixes bug preventing chapters button from displaying in the now playing area
    • Fixes truncation issues with the time left and duration labels on episode rows
    • Fixes issue where playlist episodes with identical titles and published dates could appear in an order that didn't match the iOS version
    • Fixes issue where some episodes' details could be truncated
    • Fixed accessibility issue with the Add UI that made it difficult to navigate search results
    • Fixed issue that caused the download badge to be out of sync
    • Fixed syncing issue that could have caused new episodes to be ignored
v1.0.3 - October 14, 2013
  • New Features
    • Audio Airplay support
    • Added preference for preventing screen from dimming while playing videos
  • Improvements
    • Significant iCloud syncing improvements
    • Significant stability and performance improvements
    • Preferences for Podcasts & Playlists are now in a standard sheet style window instead of a popover
    • Voice Over improvements when selecting which podcasts are included in a playlist
    • Voice Over improvement for Chapters list, chapters can now be selected using the standard VO shortcut
    • Improved presentation of video episodes
    • Cursor now hidden with playback controls during video playback
    • Adds 'Info' button to the Now Playing area and each episode row
    • Condensed the Now Playing area and updated all icons
    • Progress indicator now displayed when importing media files
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes bug causing episodes to be incorrectly marked for streaming instead of downloaded
    • Fixes issue preventing played/unplayed status from syncing correctly
    • Fixes issue causing some unplayed episodes to be deleted depending on your Episodes to Keep setting
    • Fixed problem causing hyperlinks in HTML-based episode details not to function
    • Fixed bug where imported episodes weren't given the correct publication date
    • Fixed bug causing search results to occasionally disappear
v1.0.2 - August 28, 2013
  • Adds ability to export downloaded episodes
  • Adds 'Show in Finder' menu item for downloaded episodes
  • Adds ability to configure your own hotkeys for playback control or disable them entirely
  • New unified preferences dialog
  • Added new preferences for optionally suppressing confirmation alerts when deleting items.
  • Significant stability and performances improvements
  • Downcast now detects whether Documents & Data is enabled in System Preferences
  • Improved iCloud syncing of episode information
  • Fixes several causes of hanging
  • Fixes major issue affecting syncing of played status for episodes and whether an episode is listed in the "Local Episodes" list
  • Fixed issue that caused locked episodes to be unlocked once they were downloaded, converted to a stream, or converted to a download.
  • Fixed issue causing episode description to be duplicated in details view
  • Fixed issue that caused locked episodes to be unlocked once they were downloaded, converted to a stream, or converted to a download
  • Fixed issue where locked episodes could be deleted by an iCloud update
  • Fixed issue where Mark as Played/Unplayed was enabled for non-local episodes
  • Fixed issue causing corrupted episode details when there was embedded HTML
  • Fixed issue causing playback errors
  • Fixed issue causing corrupted text for the first episode in a list
  • Fixed issue preventing syncing of episode deletions when their podcast was deleted
  • Fixed issue causing downloaded episodes to be automatically converted to streams when playing from context menu
  • Restored standard window shortcuts for minimizing, toggling fullscreen mode, etc.
  • Fixed date formatting issue in feed refreshing status label
  • Imported media is now copied into the standard storage location for episode media
  • Fixed issues where certain file types couldn't be selected when importing
  • Fixes non-functional "Skip Back 15s" dock menu item.
  • Fixed issue causing main window not to display again if it was closed while playing a video
v1.0.1 - August 7, 2013
  • Fixed multiple startup crash loops that would occur after enabling iCloud
  • Fixed iCloud related crash caused by episodes with no titles
  • Fixed bug causing prior downloads to re-download every time Downcast was restarted
    • Note: The first time restarting Downcast after updating to this release, downloads will again restart. Once they complete though, the problem should be resolved.
  • Fixed issue causing high number of downloads to fail with invalid range errors
  • Fixed label on the "Empty" section of the playlists list. It was incorrectly labeled “Played or Empty”, it is now labeled "Empty"
  • Fixed crash occurring when certain podcast images were saved
  • Fixed bug in the playlist episodes context menu that made it appear as if nearly all episodes were locked.
  • Fixed multiple crashes that could have occurred when deleting downloads
  • Fixed issue preventing importing of OPML. OPML can now be imported using the File -> Import -> OPML menu item or by dragging and dropping an OPML file onto Downcast
  • Fixes bug causing playlist priority to be ignored when sorting playlists unless "priority play" was enabled in Downcast’s preferences
  • Fixed crash occurring when trying to view podcast or playlist preferences while viewing podcast or episode details
  • Fixed bug preventing syncing of podcasts included in playlists
  • Fixed bug preventing manual sorting of playlists
  • Improved loading time when beginning episode playback
  • Improved startup time
  • Improved performance when deleting a playlist
  • Improved performance when deleting multiple podcasts, especially when you have playlists containing large numbers of episodes.
  • Fixed issue causing feed refresh process to freeze when refreshing protected podcasts
  • Fixed issue where password field wasn’t masked in the manual subscription UI
  • Fixed issue where password wasn’t saved when manually subscribing to a podcast
  • Reduced timeout interval when refreshing a podcast feed
v1.0.0 - August 1, 2013
  • Initial release

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