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Feeder Tutorial

The steps below will give you an idea of how easy it is to create a Podcast feed using the software Feeder from reinventedsoftware.com by Steve Harris. A Podcast feed is a small text file that tells podcatching clients all about your show – what it’s called, artwork to be shown, and most importantly how to find the audio or video recording to fetch every time you post a new episode. This feed file created for you by Feeder is commonly called an RSS file.

Opening Screen of Feeder

This screen shows the many different feeds I manage currently in Feeder

Create New Podcast Feed

In the upper left, click the green plus button, andpull down to New Podcast…

Introductory information About your Podcast

On this first screen we can include the album artwork that will show in the podcatching client, along with the Podcast title and other information.

Enter Podcast Information

1 – You can either drag album artwork to this window, or click the triangle and pull down to upload the image from your computer (or from a URL)
2 – Enter the Podcast Title (not to be confused with an episode title, this is the WHOLE podcast)
3 – Enter the website where the blog/podcast is hosted
4 – Enter a short description of the Podcast – this will show in iTunes as your description
5 – Enter the author’s name
6 – Enter some keywords or tags that will help users find your Podcast. Entering a comma after each term makes them turn blue as shown and be separate terms

Setting the Show Advisory

As a courtesy to potential subscribers, declare your Podcast as Explicit or Clean. Select Continue.

Choose iTunes Categories

Click on the plus sign to add categories into which you want your Podcast shown, again to help your listeners to find your Podcast.

Identify Yourself to iTunes

The information you enter here is for Apple to be able to communicate with you. Hit continue

Name your Feed

It helps to make this name descriptive if you end up having more than one Podcast feed. You can save it in the Feeder Library which on your disk is found at username/Library/Feeder/Feeds. Remember to back these files up!

Add New Items

Your Podcast feed has now been created, you’re now ready to add new items, or episodes. Click on New Item at the top menu bar.

Enter Episode Information

This screen is where you’ll enter all of your episode information.

Example Information

1 – Enter the Episode title
2 – Enter the link to the episode on your blog. In my case I enter a link to the specific blog posting about this show, which is sort of a chicken and egg problem – in order to do that I have to finish this first. Not sure I am doing that exaclty correcltly!
3 – I leave the publication date to Auto unless I’ve messed something up and have to fix it retroactively which would make the episode out of proper time sequence, and then I set it manually.
4 – Enter the episode author
5 – click the Enclosure button (ignore the duration)

Upload the Enclosure File

The whole trick of Podcasting is that an enclosure (your audio or video recording) is attached to your RSS feed file. Click on the little gear symbol next to the URL and upload your enclosure file from your computer. If you’ve chosen to upload your file manually (in my case I upload to Libsyn separately first), then choose Fetch Attributes from File and Feedeer will automatically figure out the file type and length.

Enter a Description

As you can see on this screen, Feeder entered they type and size for me, and shows my episode artwork (that I put in when I converted to mp3 using iTunes). I now enter the Description, which is the short text that will show if the user clicks the little "i" symbol on the file in iTunes.

Note that Feeder even performs spell checking for you as you type.

Hit Command-S or Choose File–>Save from the menu to save your episode information. Don’t worry, if you forget, Steve will remind you.

Enter additional information About Your Feed

In the upper right of the Feed window, you’ll see an info button. Clicking this will slide out a tray offering you endless opportunities to add more information t your show. For simplicity I’ll leave the selection of this additional information to the student!

Publish!

We’ve got everything ready, we can finally publish the feed. Click the blue Publish arrow.

Another Chance to Define the Server Where Your Files Will Be Hosted

You can use an existing server, or if you select Create a New Server and select Continue…

Enter Server Information

Now you can enter your server information. This lesson does not include instructions on how to identify your server information as that should be provided by your hosting service. This template will give you the questions to ask of your hosting service. I suggest making a screen snapshot of this information once you get it figured out, as you won’t be worrying about it for a long time. If you ever have to re-enter it, you’ll never be able to remember it if your’e anything like me! Hit Continue.

More Server Information

Don’t be discouraged, we’re ALMOST done! The good news is that Steve gives us so much flexibility, the bad news is sometimes the menus are daunting!

1 – You can choose where on your server to store your feed file (the xml file above)
2 – Enter the file name for your Feed file – you can leave this alone or name it the more standard rss.xml. if you don’t care, leave it alone
3 – You can choose to publish enclosures to a different location than your feed. As I explained earlier, I publish my enclosures (my audio files) to Libsyn, while my feed itself is on podfeet.com. This menu allows you to specify a different server and the path to the file. If you’re putting your media files on the same server as your Feed, then leave this alone.
4 – Just like with the media files, you can also publish images to a different directory. I’d leave this one alone for sure!

FINALLY Publish!

We’re finally ready to publish! In my example, you can see I’m uploading my feed file (the .xml file), the enclosure (the audio .mp3 file) as well as the image that will be shown on iTunes when my show is playing (the .jpg file). Click PUBLISH!

Now go over to iTunes, and subscribe to your Podcast, and you should see your inaugural episode download.

Congratulations!