Global Drag And Drop Priority List
Instead of setting priorities with numbers in the individual podcast settings, have a priority list in the global settings where we can drag and drop podcasts higher or lower on the list.
In order to use the current system, we have to remember the arbitrary number we've assigned to each podcast and then go into individual settings and change them all. A drag and drop list is easier and faster.
Thanks Xavier! You're awesome!
Edit: delivered in v3.10
Edit: Please update to the latest BETA: v3.10 build 569 and let me know what you think of the new Priority setting screen.
You will also find this screen in Settings/Display/Podcasts
I will improve the way to set the podcast priority in the next version, but because it makes sense to have multiple podcasts using the same priority I’m not sure a drag and drop list might be doable.
I’ll let you know once the beta is available to get your feedback
Sorry but after doing some tests I think the Drag and drop wasn't working properly.
You can 'rename' a priority by pressing on the priority line 'Settings button'. This allows you to change the priority for every podcast having this priority.
Hopefully the should work fine for you
Steven Bunker commented
Thanks for the update Xavier! Being able to see the podcasts listed is a huge improvement!
Since this is a beta, I assume you're looking for suggestions. I have one:
Can you do this without numbers? Numbers could be limiting. For example, I have about 30 podcast subscriptions. Say I give the podcast I always want played first (a daily news podcast in my case) a 1, then the next a 2, then next a 3, etc. and sort ascending. Then later I decide I want a different podcast to be in the second position. In order for me to do this, I have to manually change all the numbers for all of the podcasts except for the first one. That's way too irritating. The way I've gotten around this is to number my podcasts 5,10,15,20, etc., and then I have some space in between if I want to move things around later. But this may not work indefinitely, and you're limited to how many podcasts you can rank that way.
Perhaps you can still have a drag-and-drop, but allow the user to drag podcasts on top of other podcasts to create groups (kind of like creating folders on the Android home screen). This would satisfy the users' requests below to be able to have multiple podcasts at the same priority. Then the groups could be dragged around via a header bar and individual podcasts can be moved around in and out of groups.
What you've done, though is still a huge improvement and I'm glad you've done it. I wish more podcast developers were as active as you are in keeping their users happy and I wish every app was as feature-rich and customizable as yours. Keep going!
This should come after implementing multiple playlists. A per playlist priority sort would make sense but a global one is only necessary because all podcasts are still sharing the same playlist.
I came here just to suggest this very thing. I love the custom sort option, but its a real pain to go into settings and try to remember what number you've used for all the other podcasts. The difficulty goes up the more you subscribe to. A drag and drop list would solve the problem 100%. The one objection is from those who would like to weigh two at the same priority. Maybe you could have an option to have a second hierarchy, If you hover one on another for 3 seconds they drop into the same slot?
I mentioned this in another comment, but will add it again.
I used to use BeyondPod, which allowed setting priorities by moving them around in a list. But I've come to prefer the way that PA does it. The reason is this: with BeyondPod, there is no way to set podcasts to EQUAL priority, and you have to listen to ALL episodes of a given podcast before moving "down" the list. In PA, on the other hand, you can choose to rotate through episodes of different equally-weighted podcasts. So I have my truly high-priority podcasts with highest priority, and then "shuffle" through others (set to equal priority) so as not to get bored.
This perhaps be done graphically also, but I'd want to be sure that this "equal priority" capability doesn't get lost. If I have to choose between "equal priority" and a more graphical list, I'd stick with equal priority the way it is.
To me, this is the second biggest improvement that can be made second only to a computer based component for managing the app.
Could this also affect the order in which feeds are checked and downloaded?
Good point. i have to keep the podcast priority number jotted down in a notebook and when adding a new podcast, i have to rearrange the numbers assigned. the good thing is that two or more podcasts can have the same number so there's little re arragnment to do.