A podcast is a series of video/audio files provided as a (RSS/XML) feed. There is a vast spectrum of content available on the internet, try http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts as a starting point.
Adding podcasts from the browser with one click (iTunes-style integration) should work on Android, but is not supported on the HP Touchpad. In addition, you can also reach the integrated podcast finder from the "Add Podcast" dialog. It offers a small list of nice podcasts in order to get you going. Feel free to send me suggestions to add to the podcast finder.
If the simple way of adding your favourite podcast is not available, please follow these steps: The most difficult task when adding a new podcast is finding the correct podcast feed URL. Most podcasts have a web page offering integration of the podcast to various media players and, in addition an option to copy the direct podcast URL. This URL has to be copied to the Podcatcher application. An example from the BBC would be "http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/today/rss.xml" (complete example below).
In the Podcatcher App for Android, press "New Podcast" in the menu and insert the podcast address into the pop-up window. You can omit the "http://"-part of the URL, since it will be added automatically if not present. If you copied the URL from the browser, keep your finger on the input field a bit longer in order to get the paste option. Tap "Add" to add the feed.
In the Podcatcher app for webOS, tap on "Add" at the bottom of the left hand slide pane and type the URL into the pop-up window. You can omit the "http://"-part of the URL, since it will be added automatically if not present. If you copied the URL from the browser, keep your finger on the input field a bit longer in order to get the paste option. Tap "Add Podcast" to add the feed. You can then tap a podcast's title to explore its contents.
Complete example on how to add a podcast
Go to "http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/newshour", tap "RSS feed" (sometimes named "XML feed" or "direct address"), copy the URL ("http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/newshour/rss.xml") from the browser bar on the top, tap "Add" in the Podcatcher application and paste the URL (if it does not show up automatically). Click "Add Podcast" to confirm.
Import/Export OPML files
Importing an OPML file is easily done from the "Add Podcast" dialog. Select the file in the file dialog presented and all your podcasts are added to the subscription list. For export, enter the podcast list context menu (press and hold any podcast), check all the podcast you want to export and select to export menu item.
Long-click any podcast to activate the context menu of the podcast list. From there you can select and delete one or more podcasts at the same time.
To delete a podcast simply swipe the podcast out of the feed list.
After adding one or more podcasts, you can start listening to their episodes. Tap a podcast to see the episodes available and tap an episode to see its details displayed in the main pane of the Podcatcher app. Video Podcatcher Deluxe will automatically detect video associated with the current episode. Please note, that video files are generally quite large and depending on your internet connection you might have to wait a few seconds and/or experience a slight lag in initial playback.
Press "Play" in the menu to start playback. Depending on your internet connection, playback may take a few seconds to start.
Tap "Play" at the bottom to start playback. Depending on your internet connection, playback may take a few seconds to start. Slide away the podcast and episode list panes to enlarge the video (if any).
Use the progress bar at the bottom of the episode view to seek within an episode. Please note that seeking may take some time, depending on your Internet connection, and may not be possible before an episode begins to play.
Select the "Download" icon in the action bar to save the current episode to the device and make it available offline. The same menu item also deletes downloaded episodes. Touch and hold any episode in the episode list to enter the list's context menu. From there you can download or delete multiple episodes at once. For an overview on all currently downloaded episodes, select "Downloads" from the menu.
The deluxe versions of the app will also allow for download folder selection. If a SD card is present, episode downloads can be stored on the removable device in order to preserve internal storage. Please note that the episode downloads will not be available any longer as soon as the SD card is removed.
Hit the "Download" button on top of the episode description to store an episode to your device, the episode will then be available offline. Progress feedback is given during downloading and you can cancel downloads at any time. To access your downloaded episodes, tap the "Downloads" button at the bottom of the episode list. Once downloaded, the episode view will show an option to delete the file from the device.
While downloading any episode a progress bar is displayed, alongside a button indicating the number of active downloads. Hit this button to open the download manager window. The window allows you to monitor active download at a glance and to cancel any of them at any time.
Auto update and auto download (Pay for versions only)
The app will scan your feeds for new episodes on start-up and every 30 minutes thereafter while running. In the podcast list, there is an indication given on how many new episodes are available. If enabled (see menu), the Podcatcher will automatically download new episodes. When auto update is finished, each feed will be checked for new episodes. The latest episode for each podcast will be queued for download unless it is marked old or already downloaded.
Playlist (Pay for versions only)
The Podcatcher Deluxe versions also have a playlist feature, allowing you to queue up episodes for playback. Whenever an episode finishes playing and there is any other episode remaining in the playlist, the Podcatcher will continue playback with the queued episodes.
Use the episode list context menu (press and hold any episode to enter) to add or remove episodes to/from the playlist. The playlist position of each episode is indicated. Select "Playlist" from the app's menu to see the complete list. Swipe episodes to reorder (swipe left moves up, swipe right moves down).
Swipe any episode in the episode list (centre pane) to the right in order to add it to the playlist. Swipe again to unqueue. Queued episodes are shown in italics. Press the "Playlist" button at the bottom of the center pane to see the complete playlist. When in the playlist view, sliding episodes has a slightly different meaning: Swipe any episode but the last in queue to move it back one position; swipe the last item to remove it from the playlist. This way you can reorder the playlist items to your liking.
Resume (Pay for versions only)
The premium versions of the Podcatcher offers the option to resume playback. They store the last position upon shut-down. Tap "Resume at XX:XX" to continue listening.
Mark Episodes (Pay for versions only)
Episodes are marked "old" or "listened to" once the playback of the episode finishes.
Use the star icon in the menu to filter for new episodes. Push the same icon again to deactivate the filter. To mark episodes as new or old manually, use the context menu of the episode list. This is activated by tapping and holding any episode in the episode list.
By tapping on the star next to the episode title, you can mark an episode as old (listened to). Old episodes appear grey in the list of episodes (centre pane). Use the star at the top of the list to filter for new episodes. To mark/unmark all episodes in the episode list at once, please select the corresponding item from the app's menu.
The podcatcher app's synchronization features allows for the app to communicate and keep in sync across multiple devices. For example, your podcast list will be updated on all devices if you add a new podcast in one installation. The premium versions of Podcatcher Deluxe will also sync episode action and metadata such as downloads, deletes, old/new state, and resume times. To configure synchronization, open the app's preferences and tap the corresponding entry.
You can select and enable one or more sync services. You will need to setup (log-in to) each service before it becomes available. Each service supports two modes: send and send/receive. In send mode, the service will be informed about changes on the device, but the local data will not be changed. In send/receive mode, the synchronization will work both ways and the local data will be changed depending on actions occurring on the other devices linked. Only one service can be in send/receive mode at any given time.
If in doubt and there are multiple devices, start by enabling the Dropbox service. If you are already on gpodder.net or only have one device, try this service instead. Please note that the app will not create files or folders in your Dropbox account, the sync data is not accessible via the Dropbox homepage.