Instacast allows you to manage a large collection of podcast subscriptions using an intuitive and well-designed user interface. You can import your favorite subscriptions from an OPML file and browse Instacast's podcast directory to discover new podcasts to subscribe to.Lists and Smart Lists
As well as browsing your podcast collection by subscription, you can also drag and drop episodes into lists for quick and easy listening. To make things even simpler Instacast also features Smart Lists, which automatically add and remove episodes based on certain parameters. For example, you can quickly see which episodes you've started listening to by selecting the convenient 'Partially Played' Smart List.Local Search
When you have a large collection of podcasts, finding a specific episode can be difficult – especially if you forget the name of the episode! To help you find what you're looking for, Instacast can quickly search your entire episode collection for specific keywords. What's more, Instacast also indexes and searches the show notes of each episode in addition to subscription and episode names. With such a detailed search facility you should never have trouble tracking down a specific episode!View Filters
Smart Lists are a great way of sorting episodes, but some people require even more customisation. This is where Instacast's view filters come in: by selecting a specific view filter, such as 'Unplayed', you will be able to view episodes that meet these terms from the subscriptions view instead of scrolling through a large Smart List.
Up Next functions as a dynamic playlist where you queue episodes for playback without having to create a specific list or worry about enabling continuous playback between episodes. Multiple episodes can be sent to the Up Next queue by right-clicking the episodes or dragging them into the MiniPlayer.MiniPlayer
The MiniPlayer is a quick and convenient way to control playback that only takes up a tiny amount of screen space. In addition to controlling playback, you can also use the MiniPlayer to change your audio output source and view a drop-down list of the current episode's chapters, bookmarks and the Up Next playback queue.Fullscreen Video
Podcasts used to be an audio-only experience, but high-definition video podcasts are becoming increasingly popular. In response to this trend, Instacast plays video podcasts in fullscreen and automatically hides the user interface, playback controls and mouse cursor, leaving you to enjoy a distraction-free viewing experience.
Downloading episodes is an important feature of Instacast for iOS because it allows you to listen to your favorite podcasts on the go. Although you're less likely to want to use Instacast for Mac for offline, on-the-go playback, access to a substantial capacity of available memory on your computer allows you to download and save a large number of episodes indefinitely. This is great if you want to personally archive your favorite subscriptions without relying on their servers to keep hosting episodes for future playback.Local File Sharing
Instacast for Mac is able to share downloaded episodes to other versions of Instacast running on your local network, including the iOS version of Instacast and other copies of Instacast for Mac. This is useful for two reasons: first, it drastically reduces the time your second device takes to download episodes in comparison to using the internet (which is especially useful if you subscribe to high-definition video podcasts). Second, it prevents the likelihood of the iOS version of Instacast reaching Apple's ten minute time limit on apps being allowed to operate in the background of iOS, which results in less automatically paused downloads.
Podcasts often make additional notes and external links accessible to their listeners through show notes embedded in an episode. Reading lengthy and informative show notes isn't always an easy thing to do with other podcast applications, but thanks to the additional screen space Instacast devotes to them, each episode's show notes are given ample space to allow you to read and explore with comfort.Sharing
We live in a hyper-connected world, and Instacast reflects this by being able to share individual links and full show notes to a number of third-party services, including social networks like App.net and Twitter, and read-later services such as Pocket and Readability.Flattr
Flattr is an important third-party service that lets users give financial contributions to support content providers. In Instacast, we have included the option to automatically donate to the creators of podcasts via Flattr. This can be configured to be done by either starting or finishing an episode, or by marking it as a favorite. Donations are seamlessly sent from the credit in your Flattr account when Instacast next connects to the internet.
Instacast Cloud is a fast and reliable, custom built cloud synchronization service. Instacast Cloud automatically synchronizes your subscriptions, deleted episodes, played and unplayed states, the playback position of individual episodes, favorites, lists and bookmarks.