Apple Podcasts App Review

I listen to quite a few podcasts on music, tech, language and photography. There have been 3rd party podcast apps around for some time but I have never bothered. I am sure many of them had lots of useful features but the built in player was good enough and trying out a bunch of apps for a few features wasn’t worth the trouble. Since Apple released their Podcast app I figured I would try it out.

Overall I like the app. The Podcast Catalog very prominent and pretty easy to use. Typically I look for podcasts I have heard of from other shows and don’t browse for podcasts. Using the search option I added some of the podcasts I already listen to.

Podcasts app
Apple Podcasts app

I have beed using the skip forward 30 and back 10 seconds. Skipping a particular rant by the podcaster, or when I realize that I was not paying attention it is easier than trying to scrub back or forward 30 seconds or a minute.

The main player view is based on a dark Tape-Deck looking UI. When was the last time you saw a tape deck? I guess it is intend to look retro but it takes up a good amount of the UI space and provides no functionality. The 2x faster and half speed slower speed button is now replaced by a turtle/hare switch. It’s cute, I get it, but I would preferred this switch function with finer adjustments. Other buttons include the social sharing buttons, because everything now must include social sharing buttons. Unfortunately rather than sharing the episode you are listening to it only sends out the general podcast feed URL.

A couple things I did notice that appear to be missing.

  • The description is no longer available. Some podcasts put useful information here, notes on the speaker than can be reviewed during the podcasts, or translations for some of the foreign language podcasts.
  • The ability to manually sort the playlist, you can sort the podcasts by data either ascending or descending. This is not a big deal I did use a synced iTunes playlist that was not always sorted by date.

I was surprised that podcast subscriptions where not synced over iCloud. Especially since the episodes can be streamed and no longer need to downloaded. Podcasts can still be managed under iTunes and if you want them synced you must use iTunes. I hope this is the beginning of Apple moving some of the clutter out of iTunes and perhaps making it a better music manager.

The Apps does require iOS 5.1 and will run on the iPhone 3GS and higher.
Podcasts at the App Store


Aperture Presets & Plugins

Filters, filters, filters from the iPhone to the desktop there are a ton of apps to apply filters to your photos. From subtle to garish there are many many options.

But if you are an Aperture (or lightroom user for that matter) you can easily add some of the same effects with presets. This is only a small list of free presets I have run across, there are more and many commercial preset packs out there as well.

One Software has released a great set of presets for Aperture (lightroom version available as well)

Gavin Seim


Export Plugins

  • BorderFX – “an Aperture plug-in for adding borders and titles to images”

Web Sharing Plugins


Of course Apple maintains a much bigger list of plug-ins,
Pug-ins, Workflows and …

Export Presets for iPad and new iPad

Since the first iPad I have been using the same export settings that I have always used for the web. With the “new iPad” I started reading that it is recommended that images be exported in the native resolution of the iPad. So i dug up the resolution of the original iPad as well. If you want the image to fit the screen perfectly you may want to crop it to the same aspect ratio. The iPad’s native aspect ratio is 4:3 (1024 x 768 or 2048 x 1536).

So these are the export Presets I have set up for iPads.

Color space sRGB

iPad 1 & 2 – 1024 132 dpi

iPad (third gen) – 2048 x 1536 264 dpi

Deleting Keywords from Aperture from multiple images

I don’t do this often, but every time I have had to try to delete keywords from multiple images I have had to figure it out all over again. The process is not difficult, it is just not obvious. 


  1. Before you start make sure the keyword controls are visible (Shift-D or Window -> Show control bar, Window -> Show  keyword controls)
  2. Select the images with the keyword you want to remove
  3. Type the keyword you want removed in the keyword box
  4. Press Shift-Enter.