The web is all abuzz about the deadline for the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, also known as DSGVO in Germany). For those who are concerned about how Podlove adds to your mix, we have updated our documentation with a summary of what kind of personal information Podlove software and services store (spoiler: not much).
Feel free to link to this page or copy text from it for your own data protection declaration. Information is provided in English and German so far.
Our Web Player has been a major breakthrough when it first surfaced in 2012 featuring a new approach to presenting podcasts on the web with the introduction of clickable chapter marks.
The initial work of Gerrit van Aaken was then quickly continued by Simon Waldherr in 2013 which brought the widget to a new level with a revamped UI adding more audio navigation and metadata features. Apart from some minor tweaks and fixes, Podlove Web Player 2 has been mostly unchanged ever since.
Behind the scenes we started thinking about and working on version 3 of the player trying to incorporate new ideas and a fresh UI. A beta version of this player sneaked in to release 2.3.4 of the Podlove Publisher but was never finalised. After some time, we found development is stuck in a dead end and so we have stopped development in favour of a new plan for a version 4 of the widget. This will take some time however.
Version 2.1 is available now in the standalone Podlove Web Player plugin for WordPress and will be included in the upcoming 2.4 release of the Podlove Publisher. Developers using the button in their code base might want to update via GitHub.
Depending on how the new project comes along we might or might not add additional tweaks to Web Player 2 but don’t hold your breath for major enhancements as the dog is too old to teach it new tricks.
At Podlove, we use GitHub issue pages for bug reports and in the last years there have been a lot of helpful feedback. We have also received a lot of support questions which was fine.
But in order to get to a more sustainable model for support we have recently opened the Podlove Community web site. This is the place where you can not only get in touch with developers but with all the other Podlove users too. So it should be your first address for posting questions, finding answers, sharing solutions, workflows and templates too.
There are categories for all major Podlove projects and we are also posting information about major releases there too so you can discuss and ask questions about it right there.
We hope you all join the Podlove Community and make it an ever better place to share your experiences. We closely follow the discussions and use the feedback to further improve our software and standards.