Libsyn3.4 hits the ground running

The focus for libsyn 3.4 is all about producer publishing. We spent this sprint making sure we make as easy a transition between old libsyn and libsyn3 as possible, welcome new users into a system that is ready for them, and just really think about the individual podcaster.

There are several areas which are getting the most attention:

  • Publishing form
  • FTP
  • “previous posts”
  • Language/syntax

Here’s the stories the team is working off of:
UI Publish section modifications (LIBSYN-464)

Changes to the publishing section (now renamed “Publish”) to reduce confusion especially for libsyn classic migrated users. All Items is now referred to in the classic libsyn syntax of “Previous Posts”

1. Simplify publishing navigation and align naming with libsyn indie to reduce confusion, errors and need for education.
2. Allow for the removal of non-episodic media file clutter from within the posts tab addressing a top support complaint.

The ‘new episode / post’ button now becomes “new post” and moved to the top of the list of options on the left. When editing a post, instead of a second “create new” button being present, the new post button becomes “editing post” and is the button you would click to get back to the post you are editing.

If you are editing and wish to start a new post instead, you must discard the post you are editing first. If you are creating/editing a post and select another post from the list you will be prompted to discard changes to the open post (only if any changes have been made).

To make things clean and easy, remove created date from previous posts and change release date label to “post date”

The publishig section shall have 4 options:
1) new post (editing post)
2) previous posts
3) drafts
4) FTP Dropbox / Queue

The filters for audio/video/text are moved from the left panel to a dropdown menu on the previous posts grid. In addition to filtering by media type, there are also options to filter by Download Only and Posts with destinations. DO refers to any file which has been published to only the simple download destination. Posts with destinations hides DO posts.

The specific use of such a categorization is to allow the publishing UI to filter out those items from the searching/displaying of posts based on what the user needs to get to.

The filtering options are:
– All Posts
– Posts with destinations
– Download Only (public folder)
– Audio
– Video
– Text Blog Posts

Drafts are no longer displayed along with previous posts, they are accessible via their own list.

FTP Dropbox / Queue is simply a rename from the “Unpublished Media”


UI- Provide simple/advanced publishing workflow (LIBSYN-521)
For users coming from, or anyone else who does not need destination management or advertising options the basic mode will be the default view when creating a new post. For all existing PRO network users, the default option will be advanced. All new users across the board will get basic as their default view.

The basic view will consist of step 1 and step 2 combined together in a top-down single view. The producer should be able to toggle between basic and advanced modes while publishing. Whichever mode the user sets, it should be saved and used next time (“sticky”).

The advanced view should have the steps numbered (1-5) to make it clear it’s a publishing wizzard.

The basic view consists of:
Post Image
Release Date/Time (sets all destinations)
Media File selection
iPhone Extras (if applicable)


A read-only text file linked at the root of each users FTP login explaining how the FTP folders work. –
(contents posted in


Asset Manager (Phase 1) (LIBSYN-527)
an FTP /assets is available to upload non-audio/video/pdf files


Show-level + network-level Wizzard advertising feature (LIBSYN-525)
If the network is enabled with Wizzard Advertising feature (libsyn3, In the advertising section the top entry is “Wizzard Advertising Program”. The page simply explains the wizzard advertising program, provides contact information to learn more and a checkbox which sets the master show-level “enable advertising” feature.

When that feature is disabled, the advertising options of step 4 are disabled, and for each post the “Dynamic Advertising” section is hidden. The episode filters and ad slot features of the Advertising section are disabled as well.

For networks which do not have the wizzard advertising feature, all shows are defaulted to have the enable advertising on. For networks that do have that feature, all new shows default to enable advertising off.

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