This page explains how you can start using Taffy if you don't have an IIS (Internet Information Services) server. First, here's an overview of things you'll need:
  • A podcatcher which supports extended download timeouts.
  • A workstation or server running Microsoft Windows which:
    • ... has the requisite network connectivity to both:
      • ... download your podcasts' original RSS and media files and
      • ... accept requests from your podcatcher
  • LAME MP3 Encoder commandline executable (Taffy will help you download this once it's running)

Next, here's an overview of the steps you'll follow:
  1. Download
  2. Install
  3. Browse to Taffy
  4. Finish installation
  5. Create Taffy Feed
  6. Subscribe to Taffy Feed

1. Download

Download the latest Taffy release. The *-Standalone.exe installs the files necessary to host Taffy as a standalone web server (no IIS required).

2. Install

Execute *-Standalone.exe to perform the Taffy install. The Taffy web server will be installed and started before the installation finishes. Taffy uses UltiDev's Cassini for its web server when it's installed in Standalone mode, so don't be alarmed if you see references to that when you're installing. Also, the installer will download and install .NET 3.5 if it's not already on the machine. A reboot may be required during this install. Also, be patient, as the install may take longer than you'd expect to complete.

If you do have to reboot, and you see an "error occurred attempting to install Taffy" message after the reboot, execute the *-Standalone.exe file again to continue the installation.

5. Browse to Taffy

When the installation is finished, you'll find a "Taffy" shortcut in your Start Menu. Clicking that shortcut will open the Taffy website in your browser. Note that this web server is not hosted on port 80.

6. Finish installation

On the Taffy website (in your web browser), you'll find a link entitled "Before you use Taffy!". Click on this link and follow the instructions. This will install the LAME MP3 Encoder where Taffy can find it -- a very important step.

7. Create Taffy Feed

On the Taffy website, you'll find a link entitled "Create Taffy Feed". Click on this link and follow the instructions. This will help you create a Taffy Feed -- the URL to which your podcatcher should subscribe to download your stretched podcasts.

8. Subscribe to Taffy Feed

Point your podcatcher to your newly created Taffy Feed. In your podcatcher, things shouldn't look much different (than the pre-Taffy podcast feed), but the media will be stretched when you play it. If you have problems, see the Known Issues.

Last edited Feb 6, 2010 at 11:39 PM by lancehilliard, version 3

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