The Juice interface is very nice, it takes a wee bit of playing around with the settings and modes to get the hang of it.
If you open the Juice application, you’ll find that each function actually has several ways of reaching the same effect. For example, let’s add a podcast feed to the receiver first.
You can click on the top line: Tools > Add a Feed, hit [Ctrl]N (^N), or click the Subscriptions tab, and click my favorite one, the big green + button. The “add a feed” box will pop up. After you find the URL of an interesting podcast or RSS feed, you simply cut and paste the URL into this box.
With this first podcast added, let’s give the application a test run.
Click the green double arrow button, the first one, “check for podcasts”, or as we’ve seen, from the top menu, Tools > Check All, or press F5. I can pop on the buttons, or use control codes, or the F keys, all depending upon whether I have a cup of coffee in my free hand. It’s the large amount of options that makes this interface a bit intimidating. The programmers left all options open, so the user can use whichever method feels best.
For starters, use the buttons.
If you go to the Downloads tab, it will populate with the latest podcasts from that new URL that was added. Now go back to the Subscriptions tab. Your new podcast should be there. You can click the second button to the right of the big green Add button. As you mouse over the button, note that the name of the function will pop up.
First, click Select the Subscriptions tab, and click once on your podcast, so that it highlights in blue.
Let’s give the buttons a test drive. Click “Feed Properties”, the second smaller one after the green +Add button.
Under the main General tab, the URL and podcast title will display. Click on the Cleanup tab next.
Here’s where you decide how many days old the eldest podcast download should be. Remember that this will be based upon your podcast’s update rate (daily, weekly, et cetera), and your listening habits. If you would like podcasts older than, say, five days, here’s where it is decided. This limit is set separately for EACH individual podcast feed.
The Authentication tab is for password protected podcasts, like Audible news feeds, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and such, as examples. If you subscribe to a special financial, sports, talk, or news cast, and you’ve been entering that password every time you go for the 'cast, those days are over! Juice will log in for your subscriptions for you. Cool, huh?
Now that we have a single podcast, go crazy and find a few more, entering them the same way.
Let’s set up this wee beastie for synchronizing with Windows Media Player, and then on to your Sansa automatically!
Go to the top tab line, and select File > Preferences > player, and you’ll see WiMP listed right there, plus Winamp, is that’s your preferred synchronization application.
Have a look around at the multitude of options available in this window. There are quite a few options.
In WiMP, your podcasts will show up, in your library. Select Library, then playlists (add playlist). This is where I placed the podcast titles. Once you set up automatic synchronization (The Sync tab, then the settings button below it…this is a discussion all in itself!), your podcast can be sent whenever you Sync.
As Juice deletes the old podcasts, here’s the cool part: WiMP follows in step, deleting the old ones automatically from the Sansa.
Try setting up Juice first. Don’t worry, it’s a simple interface, and I haven’t heard of anyone getting zapped by cosmic rays from the screen or anything like that. You can delete entries and easily correct them.
Let me know if you run into any snags!
Message Edited by neutron_bob on 08-27-2008 10:23 PM