Podlove Web Player 2.0

We have just released version 2.0 of the Podlove Web Player and we think it’s great news as it brings quite a few new features on the table.

First of all, the player has been recoded at the core to be completely independent from PHP and WordPress so you can integrate it into any CMS you want. The API is now JavaScript-only but still provides the WordPress-Integration many are using right now (and probably will continue to do so).

We have also brushed up the look and feel of the player and we think it looks much better right now. The default appearance is with all extra panes collapsed in a rounded rectangle style. The chapter list can be expanded on demand as the summary and a new chapter/time navigation pane that also features a simple sharing feature to get a link to the current playback position and to bring up Twitters post interface.

Here is an example on how it looks and works:

New controls allow users to expand and collapse all additional views in the player. This technique keeps the general player interface clean and easy to understand while the power users get what they want too. Parameters allow to set the default state for these views.

There is even more in this release apart from these most visible features and updates to the player engine should result in more robustness and browser compatibility overall. Check out the Changelog for the details.

Many thanks to Gerrit van Aaken and Simon Waldherr who were behind this release and also thanks to everybody who contributed with ideas and bug reports.

We are going to include the new player in the Podlove Publisher soon so if you are using that plugin, just wait for the next release and you will get the benefits of an already integrated player.

23 thoughts on “Podlove Web Player 2.0

  1. I installed the new version and am now getting a FATAL ERROR!!

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_FUNCTION in /wp-content/plugins/podlove-web-player/settings.php on line 43

    Is there somewhere I can download the old version again!

    • No. that’s not our concept at all. The chapters are provided by the enclosing CMS and should be available before any media file is loaded.

      If you want to do an integration with your CMS, extract the chapter files externally with tools like mp4chaps (for MP4 files, other tools for other media file types) and publish them alongside the media file.

  2. Hi. Bekomme beim Podlove Web Player 2.0 in Firefox 19 nur noch schwarze Balken zu sehen. Opera und Chrome stürzen einfach gleich kommentarlos ab.

  3. Hi guys,

    Great job with the web player. Sleek and smart.

    Where can I get a full list of the short codes available? I want the sharing controls to always be visible.

  4. Wie erhalte ich einen Link auf die Abspielposition, bzw. auf ein Kapitel? Ich bekomme über Share->Link immer nur die Blog-URL.


  5. Kann der podlove-player in einem Playerwidget mehrere Audiodateien hinterinander abspielen?

    Ich würde ihn gerne für Musikalben verwenden. Wenn man einfach auf den Playbutton klickt, soll er Song für Song abspielen, dabei immer den aktuellen Titel bzw. Text einblenden. Likes o.ä. sollen auf den aktuellen Song verweisen.

    Anstelle der Kapitel soll eine Liste der Songs erscheinen.

    Im Prinzip alles so wie in den Demos gezeigt, nur dass jedes Kapitel aus einer eigenen Audiodatei kommt.

    Geht das prinzipiell oder ist der podlove-player da der falsche Ansatz?


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