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Introducing Play, Look and Listen 4.5 with an All-New Look Plus An Update on Google Reader Support

posted Apr 1, 2013, 8:43 PM by Paul Barnett   [ updated Apr 1, 2013, 8:46 PM ]
Google Reader might be going away, but Play, Look and Listen is not.  In fact, it will be better than ever.  


New version 4.5 brings and all-new interface with exciting new features:
  • The new "Now Playing" panel is accessible from any screen in the application.  From here you can control playback, volume, AirPlay, playback speed and jump back to the detail screen for the episode.
  • Better AirPlay support.  You can now manage AirPlay from within the app.
  • Support for playing video using AirPlay while still managing your podcasts.
  • Change the look-and-feel of the application to fit your mood.  Current themes include a variety of colors as well as inverse/high-contrast and 'classic' black-and-gray.
  • All new icons and startup screen.
  • Smoother application launch including going directly to your subscription list if you're already authenticated.
  • A new simplified status indicator in the upper right corner of the subscription list shows when downloads are active, paused or waiting for WiFi or if all downloads are completed.
  • New pull-down-to-refresh your subscription list.
  • When looking at episode lists that contain episodes from multiple podcasts, the icon for the podcast is displayed next to the name.
  • New layout for the 'episode detail' screen includes support for extra-long episode titles, including the ability to scroll extra-extra long titles, a new giant "play" button that starts or resumes playback, a new summary that shows if the episode is downloaded or streaming as well as the percentage complete and time remaining along with a new button for viewing episode notes and links provided as part of the feed in a full-screen browser window.
  • If you don't want to always play videos full screen but want to play multiple episodes full-screen, playback will remember the last mode independent of your app setting (iPad only).
  • Set the volume and playback rate for video and audio podcasts independently and we'll remember them for new sessions.
  • New setting to let you choose your sync service.  Currently, only Google Reader is displayed but additional services will be enabled before Google Reader shuts down.
Version 4.5 will be available very soon for those who have purchased the app on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Mini.  

Users of the free version will have to wait a bit longer.  For users of the free version, some features may require an additional in-app purchase.  Additional versions for other platforms are coming soon.

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