iOS 7 brings a completely new look to iOS, and Instacast 4 embraces this by taking cues from iOS 7’s design philosophy. You can expect a much cleaner, subtler look in addition to other, more functional features.Sidebar menu
Instead of floating buttons, Instacast 4 now has a sidebar menu that allows you to quickly access the Subscriptions, Lists and Bookmarks views, maximizing vertical space. You can also quickly access the Directory, the Up Next queue, Downloads and Settings from here too.Up Next
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. Single or multiple episodes can be sent to the Up Next queue quickly and easily.Improved multitasking and background download management
Instacast 4 is able to automatically refresh your subscriptions and download new episodes when your device is idle, meaning that you don’t have to wait for the refresh and download process to complete when opening the app.New notification behavior
Previously, push notifications let you know when new episodes were available to play or download. But because Instacast 4 now refreshes and downloads episodes automatically, notifications now inform you that the episode is available to listen to instantly.
Instacast collects all your subscriptions in a single view, allowing you to quickly browse episodes or set custom settings for each subscription. You can also explore our online directory, paste a subscription’s URL and import old subscriptions with an OPML file.Lists and Smart Lists
Lists are a quick and easy way to collect a number of podcasts for sequential playback. Smart Lists are especially useful because they automatically collect and sort episodes based on predefined values such as ‘partially played’ or ‘downloaded’.Bookmarks
Bookmarks allow you to name and save specific points in an episode so that you can quickly return to them later, which is especially useful if you use particular episodes for reference.
Instacast’s elegant media player has a host of playback controls that allow you to output to AirPlay speakers, adjust playback speed, set a sleep timer, quickly add a bookmark and share the current episode. Other settings, such as the length covered when skipping forwards or backwards, can also be customized.Save playback position
We’ve made sure the Instacast is able to remember exactly where you paused the playback of an episode and then resume from that exact spot when you play that episode again – whether that’s in a few minutes, hours, days or weeks. And thanks to Instacast Cloud, you can continue playback from the same position on another device.Audio, video and audio-only video playback
Instacast is able to play the audio track of a video podcast while your screen is locked, which means that you can continue to enjoy your podcast when you don’t have the opportunity to view at your device’s screen.
Streaming episodes requires a reliable internet connection – something that isn’t always available when you might want to listen to a podcast. Thankfully, Instacast lets you download multiple episodes via your home internet connection and conveniently collects them in the ‘Downloads’ Smart List.Automated download settings
We want Instacast to allow you to listen to your podcasts without getting in the way, and with this philosophy in mind Instacast automates your downloads and updates your feeds when your device is idle. You can apply auto-download settings to individual subscriptions, and you can also limit the amount of space Instacast uses to save downloaded episodes.Quick downloads with Instacast for Mac
If you have a copy of Instacast for Mac running on your local network, Instacast for iOS will automatically copy episodes directly from your computer if they have been previously downloaded with Instacast for Mac, meaning that you can enjoy significantly reduced download times.
Instacast presents show notes in a comfortable, easy-to-read format. Additionally, Instacast also lets you view a list of links in the show notes separately from the rest of the text, maximizing the iPhone’s limited screen space.Sharing
We live in a hyper-connected world, and Instacast reflects this by being able to share a link to an episode, including the full show notes, via a number of different methods such as email, Twitter and and various read-later services.Flattr
Flattr is an important third-party service that lets users give financial contributions to support content providers. If you own a copy of Instacast for Mac, you can choose to automatically and seamlessly donate to creators of podcasts via Flattr the next time you sync with Instacast Cloud.
Instacast Cloud is our own cloud synchronization service that automatically synchronizes your subscriptions, deleted episodes, played and unplayed states, playback position, favorites, lists and bookmarks between devices.For iPhone, iPad and Mac
Instacast Cloud synchronizes your data between each version of Instacast you own.