Release Notes — Version 2.0
Not “Synth 2.0”, but we are setting the stage.
Today we are launching two important new capabilities that have been in development for months: podcast moderation and podcast importing.
This is our most frequently requested feature. Now you can create a podcast with a private default. You can leave each Synth private and engage in private dialogue with each creator, or you can make any individual Synth public for all participants of the podcast to see.
Why is this important?
If you are looking to encourage new voice creators to contribute to your podcast, this is the way to provide the privacy necessary for them to get started.
It’s ideal for student applications that require privacy — specifically formative assessment and reflections. And if you are a user of our service Recap, this is the feature that provides you the bridge to make the switch between platforms.
What do you mean by “Podcast importing”?
Starting today, you can upload traditional length, pre-recorded podcasts to Synth and break them down into bytes, automatically. We’ve developed software that analyzes and intelligently divides any podcast.
Why is this important?
This feature sets the stage for Synth 2.0. Where Synth evolves into a unique fusion between the user-generated platform it is today and what is known as a “podcatcher.” It’s a fusion that could transform discovery, listening and curation of podcasts.
What we’re launching today is a basic starting point for this capability. But we plan to evolve the algorithm in response to feedback, integrate with RSS feeds and add a few more bells and whistles over the coming months.
Pretty soon, you’ll be able to search for and find almost any popular podcast on Explore. You’ll be able to preview Synth sound bytes from each one to decide whether listening to the full podcast is worth your time. You’ll be able to bookmark the best sound bytes and curate them into your own podcasts — essentially playlists of Synths for public consumption or private discussion.
There were countless additional optimizations and improvements made in the last two months. This release includes reducing playback time gaps, merging of first and last name fields, improving readability, automatic titles for video Synths and keyboard playback navigation.
Go ahead and check out all the latest on gosynth.com
If you have a specific request, we’d love to hear it at firstname.lastname@example.org.