Overcast Podcast Player Gains New Siri Shortcuts and Apple Watch Complications

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Overcast version 5.0.2 was released today, bringing additional Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12 and new Apple Watch complications to the popular third-party podcast player.

The new Apple Watch complications can be located on the central or corner positions of the Infograph watch face that features on Series 4 models, offering users another way to quickly launch the app from their wrist.

For fans of Siri Shortcuts, Overcast now supports three additional options. One lets you quickly enable or cancel the sleep timer, while the other two allow you to generate either standard or timestamped links for the podcast episode you're currently listening to, making for easier sharing.

Elsewhere in this update, the Nitpicky Details menu includes an option to reduce the haptic level related to certain functions, and users now have more control over the Auto-Sync to Watch feature, with toggles available for playlists as well as individual episodes.

Lastly, this point update fixes a handful of bugs and crashes, and adds a one-tap preset for the previous interval to the sleep timer. Overcast 5.0.2 is available as a free ad-supported app for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Love the update, in theory, but after updating to it and to watchOS 5.0.1 my battery completely drained last night while charging. Anyone else experience this?
 

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I updates the app. But I do. It see any complications on my Apple Watch.
 
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lodolfo

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Love the update, in theory, but after updating to it and to watchOS 5.0.1 my battery completely drained last night while charging. Anyone else experience this?
Ever since the update to version 5 it kills the battery on my 5S. I have to charge it 2 or 3 times a day now, and it's because of Overcast. It seems to be running some kind of process to find out how often new episodes of podcasts come out, and I attribute the battery killing to that. The problem is I don't care about that function, there's no way to disable it, and all my podcasts are already loaded there, so instead of switching to another App, I decided to wait it out until a version comes out that fixes it.

I hoped this version would fix it, but seeing your post has made me lose that hope.

Edit: Oh, and it's sloooow as hell. It used to be snappier, and now every. Single. Time. I. Do. Anything. I. Have. To. Wait. A. Few. Seconds. Until. It. Responds. Again.

Edit edit: I've been using the updated app for a while today. It seems the slowness and battery killing has been fixed, or at least significantly reduced.
 
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Overcast version 5.0.2 was released today, bringing additional Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12 and new Apple Watch complications to the popular third-party podcast player.

The new Apple Watch complications can be positioned on the central or corner positions of the Infograph watch face that features on Series 4 models, offering users another way to quickly launch the app from their wrist.

For fans of Siri Shortcuts, Overcast now supports three additional options. One lets you quickly enable or cancel the sleep timer, while the other two allow you to generate either standard or timestamped links for the podcast episode you're currently listening to, making for easier sharing.

Elsewhere in this update, the Nitpicky Details menu includes an option to reduce the haptic level related to certain functions, and users now have more control over the Auto-Sync to Watch feature, with toggles available for playlists as well as individual episodes.

Lastly, this point update fixes a handful of bugs and crashes, and adds a one-tap preset for the previous interval to the sleep timer. Overcast 5.0.2 is available as a free ad-supported app for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Overcast Podcast Player Gains New Siri Shortcuts and Apple Watch Complications
Still waiting for at least 1 of 6 emails I’ve sent since January to be answered, or one of the MANy tweets.....about some podcasts downloading old/expired shows...

Support from the Developer is horrible :( shouldn’t take 6+ months to get an issue resolved)
 
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Still waiting for at least 1 of 6 emails I’ve sent since January to be answered, or one of the MANy tweets.....about some podcasts downloading old/expired shows...

Developer is horrible :( shouldn’t take 6+ months to get an issue resolved)
Couldn’t that be a result of action in the RSS feed? I’ve had old podcast episodes re-download, but the podcast producers usually note that it was their fault, or unavoidable due to distribution changes of some kind.
 
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Still waiting for at least 1 of 6 emails I’ve sent since January to be answered, or one of the MANy tweets.....about some podcasts downloading old/expired shows...

Developer is horrible :( shouldn’t take 6+ months to get an issue resolved)
There's an Accidental Tech Podcast episode the developer talked about this. I'll find it and get you a timestamp in a minute.

Edit: Here you go. (the discussion is about 12 minutes long)
 
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tom5304

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Overcast is the most overrated app I’ve ever used. Overcast has gone from being buggy to being just plain broken.

And with each version becoming buggier and more broken, the developer doubles down with his refusal to address his app’s major functionality issues.

Normally I would move on from a garbage app, but the developer has $10 of mine, and he did not deliver a functional experience. I want my $10 back.
 

adamjackson

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Finally went Premium in Overcast. Marco added a ton of new features and this really is an amazing product version 5 and he's moving quickly to improve Apple Watch and shortcuts integration. He certainly deserves my money (even though most of us know he doesn't need it) :p Thanks Marco for the great work! Also, all of the issues I had with version 4 and CarPlay are now gone. version 5 is rock solid.
 

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Overcast is the most overrated app I’ve ever used. Overcast has gone from being buggy to being just plain broken.

And with each version becoming buggier and more broken, the developer doubles down with his refusal to address his app’s major functionality issues.

Normally I would move on from a garbage app, but the developer has $10 of mine, and he did not deliver a functional experience. I want my $10 back.
wow my experience has been the total opposite... this has been an amazing podcast app for me. Absolutely no issues, very easy, simple and straightforward. And all the updates have made the experience more pleasing to the eyes and nice to use.... and on top of that its 100% free.
 

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Still waiting for at least 1 of 6 emails I’ve sent since January to be answered, or one of the MANy tweets.....about some podcasts downloading old/expired shows...

Developer is horrible :( shouldn’t take 6+ months to get an issue resolved)
I disagree about the developer. As he says himself in the app settings, he is a one person show and he is trying to have good work/family balance. He does not answer emails or generally respond to Tweets, but he is constantly updating the app. We should thank him for making the free version on on par feature-wise with the paid one (for the most part). It's a great app. Voices sound so much better. I have a hard time using the native Podcast app now.

BUT, because he does work alone, the users are often beta testers in effect. If this battery drain issue is related to Overcast I can all but promise you that he will fix it quickly.
 

cwanja

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Love the update, in theory, but after updating to it and to watchOS 5.0.1 my battery completely drained last night while charging. Anyone else experience this?
Ever since the update to version 5 it kills the battery on my 5S. I have to charge it 2 or 3 times a day now, and it's because of Overcast. It seems to be running some kind of process to find out how often new episodes of podcasts come out, and I attribute the battery killing to that. The problem is I don't care about that function, there's no way to disable it, and all my podcasts are already loaded there, so instead of switching to another App, I decided to wait it out until a version comes out that fixes it.

I hoped this version would fix it, but seeing your post has made me lose that hope.

Edit: Oh, and it's sloooow as hell. It used to be snappier, and now every. Single. Time. I. Do. Anything. I. Have. To. Wait. A. Few. Seconds. Until. It. Responds. Again.
Exact same issue. I suspect the auto-sync of podcasts to the watch app might be a culprit.
Open the app > settings > Sync to Watch > turn it off? I did that as I do not want podcasts stored on my watch.
 
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There's an Accidental Tech Podcast episode the developer talked about this. I'll find it and get you a timestamp in a minute.

Edit: Here you go. (the discussion is about 12 minutes long)
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I disagree about the developer. As he says himself in the app settings, he is a one person show and he is trying to have good work/family balance. He does not answer emails or generally respond to Tweets, but he is constantly updating the app.

BUT, because he does work alone, the users are often beta testers in effect. If this battery drain issue is related to Overcast I can all but promise you that he will fix it quickly.
I've been hearing this "reason" for a year. SO basically if you have issues with the app, too bad........he only answers select emails/tweets.... if yours isn't one of them, find another app. Nice.
 

jarman92

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I disagree about the developer. As he says himself in the app settings, he is a one person show and he is trying to have good work/family balance. He does not answer emails or generally respond to Tweets, but he is constantly updating the app. We should thank him for making the free version on on par feature-wise with the paid one (for the most part). It's a great app. Voices sound so much better. I have a hard time using the native Podcast app now.

BUT, because he does work alone, the users are often beta testers in effect. If this battery drain issue is related to Overcast I can all but promise you that he will fix it quickly.
He constantly replies to tweets though...a cursory glance at his Twitter proves that.
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Ever since the update to version 5 it kills the battery on my 5S. I have to charge it 2 or 3 times a day now, and it's because of Overcast. It seems to be running some kind of process to find out how often new episodes of podcasts come out, and I attribute the battery killing to that. The problem is I don't care about that function, there's no way to disable it, and all my podcasts are already loaded there, so instead of switching to another App, I decided to wait it out until a version comes out that fixes it.

I hoped this version would fix it, but seeing your post has made me lose that hope.

Edit: Oh, and it's sloooow as hell. It used to be snappier, and now every. Single. Time. I. Do. Anything. I. Have. To. Wait. A. Few. Seconds. Until. It. Responds. Again.
Did you try to delete and re-install? My app doesn’t have a single problem so idk what’s going on with yours...
 

yegon

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Had excellent customer service from Marco one time when I had a problem with subscription. Gave me a free 3 month extension to my premium sub too.

Also - and I may be imagining it - once there was a minor bug fix release 3 or 4 days after I experienced a specific bug, and I could swear it was directly due to the problem I had. I uploaded some ancient, badly encoded, incredibly low bitrate Howard Stern audio. It played, but the time line/progress was completely screwed and just touching the scrubber or pausing messed it up completely and you’d lose your place. 3 or 4 days later, update which said something along lines of “fixed rare problem with certain low bitrate mp3’s” :)

So no, ime the developer is pretty ####%%% far from being “horrible”.
 
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linus2787

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For some reason the complications aren't showing up when I try to edit the Infograph watch face. I've checked all the different areas and updated the app - any ideas?
 

yegon

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For some reason the complications aren't showing up when I try to edit the Infograph watch face. I've checked all the different areas and updated the app - any ideas?
I’ve had this, not just with the Overcast complication. I find closing the watch app on phone, removing face then starting again usually brings it back.
 

cwanja

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Still waiting for at least 1 of 6 emails I’ve sent since January to be answered, or one of the MANy tweets.....about some podcasts downloading old/expired shows...

Support from the Developer is horrible :( shouldn’t take 6+ months to get an issue resolved)
I disagree about the developer. As he says himself in the app settings, he is a one person show and he is trying to have good work/family balance. He does not answer emails or generally respond to Tweets, but he is constantly updating the app. We should thank him for making the free version on on par feature-wise with the paid one (for the most part). It's a great app. Voices sound so much better. I have a hard time using the native Podcast app now.

BUT, because he does work alone, the users are often beta testers in effect. If this battery drain issue is related to Overcast I can all but promise you that he will fix it quickly.
Link is invalid
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I've been hearing this "reason" for a year. SO basically if you have issues with the app, too bad........he only answers select emails/tweets.... if yours isn't one of them, find another app. Nice.
Why do you feel he owes you a reply? As others mentioned, he is by himself. He cannot respond to everyone. By that same logic, every email I send to Apple and Tim Cook better be responded to. Or otherwise Apple is "horrible" or "takes years to resolve their issues" or never resolve them at all. (the latter is true, let's just look at iOS...)

He likely sees them all, prioritizes the responses and responses as needed. If it is a critical bug or needs more information, he will likely respond. If you send him something he already knows about, he will likely ignore.

I have sent him several tweets and emails about features and bugs. Some resolved, some are not. Such is life.
 

yegon

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I've been looking for an alternative app to Podcasts. I'll try Overcast out. It's pretty impressive that this is all done by a single dev.
Overcast is my choice, but I don’t think you can go wrong with either Overcast, Castro or Pocketcasts. Maybe Downcast too, although it’s many years since I used it.

Heck, in the early years of Overcast, Marco actually suggested alternatives to Overcast right there in the app itself, if you didn’t like his offering. Went against App Store rules or something and he was told to remove the recommendations.

All are infinitely better than the stock Podcast app.
 

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I prefer and use iCatcher on my iPhone and Watch. I bought iCatcher a few years ago, and now I beta test it too. Most weeks I get multiple beta updates to test.
Does that app have a CarPlay option? I've been wanting to try it but this has been keeping me from doing so. Also does it have complications for Series 4 watch faces?
 
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