Anchor are continuing their march to podcast dominance with the launch of the new Anchor iPad app. Although you could always use the iPhone version of the app on an iPad, the experience, like most iPhone apps on an iPad, was less than ideal. The new app makes much better use of the larger screen and will of course sync all your recordings from the web and your phone. However, the iPad app also brings a collection of brand new iPad specific features, so here’s a look at what you can expect.
Split Screen Support
Anchor now works in split view. This is great for when you are recording a new episode because it allows you to have an app like Safari, Apple Notes or Google Docs open on the side with show notes or links to use as a reference. Not all apps are compatible with split view, but those that are will be right at home here.
Drag and Drop
Now that you have split view open, why not take advantage of drag and drop. This allows you to have an app like the Files app open on one side so that you can drag and drop pre-recorded audio from Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud services, into your Anchor podcast episode. This is perfect for those times when you have audio that you recorded on from Skype or from an another device.
One of the things I have missed most in the Anchor platform is the ability to edit audio. Tapping the three dots on any recorded audio track will let you trim the beginning and end of a track by dragging the sliders to the appropriate position to choose your start and end points. It’s quick and easy.
Trimming audio is useful, but sometimes you need to split a track so that you can take out a mistake, or insert music to transition from one section of your podcast to the next. Tracks can be split from the same menu that you use to trim audio. So, tap those three dots again move the playhead to where you want your clip to be split. Next, tap on the purple wavelength. You will then see a Break option above the playhead. Tap that to split the audio in two. Once you are done, tap Save and Split to save both tracks to your Library.
When I tested the split audio feature, it took me a few times to to get it to work the way I wanted, but with practice, it can be done with precision. The ability to zoom in to a track by pinching with two fingers definitely helps, but it can take multiple taps to find the exact point you are looking for. If you want, you can add more than one break points by tapping on additional places on the waveform before you hit Save and Split. This is great for dividing a longer track up into multiple short audio tracks. I’ve noticed more and more of the teacher podcasts I listen to are moving to Anchor, and with updates like this, it’s easy to see why. The new Anchor iPad app really is an all-in-one podcasting studio that is easy for students and teachers to get to grips with and to produce great sounding podcasts. Anchor is still free for all devices, so if you haven’t tried it out yet, then today is a great day to do just that!