Over the weekend, the podcast client Overcast launched some new features in its latest update. Mostly, the app's recommendation engine to propose new podcasts is completely upgraded and enhanced in a big way. In addition, it recently added the podcast video clip sharing feature to an extended length restriction, and you can now set per-podcast settings for new parameters.
Overcast recommendations that are visible when you press the app + button in the upper right corner have historically been divided into two categories: customized recommendations and generalized that are divided into categories such as comedy, technology, and more. However, these categorized recommendations are the same as in the past, but custom recommendations have now completely changed and become more relevant to a wider user group.
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While recommendations are in the center of Overcast's latest update, there are also a few other nice features that are packed in as well. Video clip sharing, previously limited to a maximum length of 60 seconds per clip, has now been expanded to allow 90 second clips. In most cases, the expectation is that longer clips will not be needed, but when they will be useful, the app now gives more flexibility than before. Finally, Overcast added per podcast settings whether a show should be downloaded or downloaded, and what should happen after an episode is finished playing – if it is deleted immediately after 24 hours, or saved until it is deleted manually. These options are available from a separate settings page.
Summer is a slower time for meaningful app updates, as developers are often concerned with working towards larger releases that come in autumn along with new OS versions. As such, it is nice to see substantive updates like this that honor the benefits of iterative improvement.