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moderated QCast?

ann
 

Hi,


 For years, I have used the QCast program to download or play podcasts, but although I was able to install and even activate it, it either won't download podcast episodes or in many cases won't even add the podcast at all.


Anyone have any suggestions or a suggestion for other programs?


Thanks,

~Ann

David Griffith
 

I think the best Podcast App for Windows is Speak On Media Suite. It has certainly been fuller featured than QCast for years.

 

I confess an interest as I am nearing the end of making a Podcast series on Speak On – ironically I was recording the first part of  the 9th Podcast on the range of features in Speak On  today actually focussing on the app’s abilities as a Podcast Reader.

This should be ready in the next day or so.

It actually has 3 Podcasts apps within it application.

  1. Tunein Radio – if you have a free or paid Tunein account you  can search all the Podcasts and downloadable Radio Shows within  Tunein.  As well as streaming from Tunein you can download all downloadable content as well.
  2. The Main Podcast app – here you can search for Podcast in the normal way as in QCast.
  3.  However in addition you can also browse  a library for suggested other Podcasts. It is effectively a BBC Sounds app for example with Podcasts from all the BBC Stations. It also has categories from for example 50 most popular Podcasts etc. Of course you can also import and export OPML file of podcast or individual Podcast feeds from the web.
  4. There is also an optional VI Podcast app plugin which you can download and install from within the program which provides  a categorised  array of pre-selected specialist community and commercial Podcasts targeted at Visually Impaired users.
  5. All the Podcast apps allow on the fly adjustment of volume, audio playback speed and navigation via hot keys. Podcasts can be bookmarked and there is an auto resume feature which will always take you back to the place you left off listening to  a Podcast after you have shut down and re-started the program.

 

The Suite also has what is, as far as I am concerned by a country mile the best featured ePub Book reader,  far more featured than QRead, an Audio / Daisy Book app which again I think is the best featured audio book player. It is my preferred Audio Daisy Book reader more than FS Reader  but it does not support text based xml formats.

It also has a CD app for playing Audio and Daisy Audio CDs and also includes a full featured Music player.

If you are in the UK it also integrates directly into the RNIB Newsagent service for downloading Newspaper and Magazines, again via an optional additional app  Plugin downloadable within the app itself.

As well as Tunein Radio there is a specialist optional VI Radio app and also in one of my Podcasts I show how the Other Media app can also be used as a third  Internet Radio app using a downloadable Internet Radio folder playlist structure.

It is very full featured I am constantly astonished at how little attention it has garnered over the few years. This is why I have  been doing the Podcast series over the last few months demonstrating the capabilities of the app.

The main obstacle people tend to have is that the app is self voicing and uses eSpeak as the default voice on install. However I show in my first Podcast this can easily be changed to a Sapi 5 voice to make the app sound far more friendly. There are a few other aspects of the app which take a little getting used to, the main one being that the confirmation OK or cancel options are in the alt based menu system rather than buttons on dialogues boxes. This is fine once you get used to it however.

 

David Griffith

 

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From: ann
Sent: 27 March 2020 22:02
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: QCast?

 

Hi,

 

 

 For years, I have used the QCast program to download or play podcasts,

but although I was able to install and even activate it, it either won't

download podcast episodes or in many cases won't even add the podcast at

all.

 

 

Anyone have any suggestions or a suggestion for other programs?

 

 

Thanks,

 

~Ann

 

 

 

 

David Diamond
 

Q cast?  I thought they shut down years ago. A few years ago I asked multiple times for technical help and got no response.  I suspect they just took our money and ran.   

David Diamond
 

So, how do we get thispodcast player?  Sorry, I tried scrolling down to your message but for some reason I could not. 

ben <swigjr23@...>
 

Hi Anne,

I have been using Grover Podcasts. You can get it from the Windows Store. The interface is not the greatest to navigate, but I am able to subscribe and linsten to podcasts.

Ben

On Mar 27, 2020, at 5:02 PM, ann <@etheria> wrote:

Hi,


For years, I have used the QCast program to download or play podcasts, but although I was able to install and even activate it, it either won't download podcast episodes or in many cases won't even add the podcast at all.


Anyone have any suggestions or a suggestion for other programs?


Thanks,

~Ann



james hooper
 

Is this a desktop application?

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Griffith
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:30 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: QCast?

 

I think the best Podcast App for Windows is Speak On Media Suite. It has certainly been fuller featured than QCast for years.

 

I confess an interest as I am nearing the end of making a Podcast series on Speak On – ironically I was recording the first part of  the 9th Podcast on the range of features in Speak On  today actually focussing on the app’s abilities as a Podcast Reader.

This should be ready in the next day or so.

It actually has 3 Podcasts apps within it application.

  1. Tunein Radio – if you have a free or paid Tunein account you  can search all the Podcasts and downloadable Radio Shows within  Tunein.  As well as streaming from Tunein you can download all downloadable content as well.
  2. The Main Podcast app – here you can search for Podcast in the normal way as in QCast.
  3.  However in addition you can also browse  a library for suggested other Podcasts. It is effectively a BBC Sounds app for example with Podcasts from all the BBC Stations. It also has categories from for example 50 most popular Podcasts etc. Of course you can also import and export OPML file of podcast or individual Podcast feeds from the web.
  4. There is also an optional VI Podcast app plugin which you can download and install from within the program which provides  a categorised  array of pre-selected specialist community and commercial Podcasts targeted at Visually Impaired users.
  5. All the Podcast apps allow on the fly adjustment of volume, audio playback speed and navigation via hot keys. Podcasts can be bookmarked and there is an auto resume feature which will always take you back to the place you left off listening to  a Podcast after you have shut down and re-started the program.

 

The Suite also has what is, as far as I am concerned by a country mile the best featured ePub Book reader,  far more featured than QRead, an Audio / Daisy Book app which again I think is the best featured audio book player. It is my preferred Audio Daisy Book reader more than FS Reader  but it does not support text based xml formats.

It also has a CD app for playing Audio and Daisy Audio CDs and also includes a full featured Music player.

If you are in the UK it also integrates directly into the RNIB Newsagent service for downloading Newspaper and Magazines, again via an optional additional app  Plugin downloadable within the app itself.

As well as Tunein Radio there is a specialist optional VI Radio app and also in one of my Podcasts I show how the Other Media app can also be used as a third  Internet Radio app using a downloadable Internet Radio folder playlist structure.

It is very full featured I am constantly astonished at how little attention it has garnered over the few years. This is why I have  been doing the Podcast series over the last few months demonstrating the capabilities of the app.

The main obstacle people tend to have is that the app is self voicing and uses eSpeak as the default voice on install. However I show in my first Podcast this can easily be changed to a Sapi 5 voice to make the app sound far more friendly. There are a few other aspects of the app which take a little getting used to, the main one being that the confirmation OK or cancel options are in the alt based menu system rather than buttons on dialogues boxes. This is fine once you get used to it however.

 

David Griffith

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: ann
Sent: 27 March 2020 22:02
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: QCast?

 

Hi,

 

 

 For years, I have used the QCast program to download or play podcasts,

but although I was able to install and even activate it, it either won't

download podcast episodes or in many cases won't even add the podcast at

all.

 

 

Anyone have any suggestions or a suggestion for other programs?

 

 

Thanks,

 

~Ann

 

 

 

 

David Diamond
 

I’ve downloaded it on to my laptop.  I just can’t figure out how to add podcasts to it. There is probably a help section somewhere however, with JAWS speaking I can’t figure out how to access the help menu.  The prompt comes up right away and if I turn off JAWS, I can’t start the program of media suite because you have to allow the computer to get it to work, with no screen reader, you can’t allow the program to load.  Even clicking alt Y, does not seem to work.  Perhaps David could offer some assistance in this matter?   

David Griffith
 

First of all in relation to a guide to using Speak On with Podcasts here is the Podcast I finished only about 2 hours ago.

I think it is OK.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/88efq4jhsumskij/09Speak%20On%20and%20%20Podcasts.mp3?dl=1

Which hopefully will take you through the many different ways of accessing Podcasts with Speak ON.

 

In relation  to the User Access control – provided  the window is in focus – alt  Y should work or tabbing to the yes button and pressing enter.

I am not sure why this is not working for you. It has always worked for me in the past.

 

The only other option  is to reduce your notification levels in User Account to 0%. I can provide some instructions on this if required.

 

If Jaws speaking is disturbing  you then you can amend Jaws settings for Speak On but for  the moment

  1. Load Speak on.
  2. Press jaws key plus space – you should hear a tone.
  3. Press s and Jaws should say speech on demand and you will no longer hear Jaws interfering  and speaking at the same time in most areas of Speak ON.
  4. When you finish with Speak On repeat the key sequence and Jaws will say full speech to return you to normal.

David Griffith

 

 

 

 

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From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Diamond
Sent: 28 March 2020 22:46
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: QCast?

 

I’ve downloaded it on to my laptop.  I just can’t figure out how to add podcasts to it. There is probably a help section somewhere however, with JAWS speaking I can’t figure out how to access the help menu.  The prompt comes up right away and if I turn off JAWS, I can’t start the program of media suite because you have to allow the computer to get it to work, with no screen reader, you can’t allow the program to load.  Even clicking alt Y, does not seem to work.  Perhaps David could offer some assistance in this matter?   

David Diamond
 

Question, would the turning off of JAWS speech mute other sounds as well?  What I was doing before was just exiting JAWS then when needed using the shortcut I created for JAWS and turning JAWS back on. 

David Diamond
 

Thanks.  As for the other message about JAWS and the space key, it works the same way as exiting JAWS to silence the speech.  So, I will try your way the next time JAWS freezes up or goes silent for no reason.