Posted by: glasskeys | 01/20/2011

Bypass iPad 3G 20MB data limit part 4/5.

After you click OK to download the RSS file return to the main menu (My Documents) screen in GoodReader. Note the recent downloads section, and the long file name that begins with “itunes.stanford.edu-“:
My Documents


Now select the Manage Files section, and then select the file we have just downloaded (itunes.stanford.edu-dz…): Manage Files

We need to rename this file so that we can use built in editors to view the contents of this file. So click the Rename button, and type in a new name. Be sure to leave a “.txt” extension at the end of the name. I renamed my file “stanford.txt”:
Enter a new name

After the file has been renamed, click on the file in the list at left and it will immediately be opened using GoodReaders built in editor. You will see a screen like the following:GoodReader Editor

We are now looking at the structure of the RSS feed. All podcasts, netcasts, and RSS feeds have an internal structure similiar to this. With episodes and the files that are downloaded by the users RSS application of choice. For most users of Apple products this is iTunes.
So, by examining this file we can find out where the video file we want to watch is actually stored “in the cloud”. Click the edit icon at the bottom, it has a square box with a pencil sticking out diagonally (just left of the open book icon).Scroll down until you see this section: Sections of interest

We know that we are looking for the first podcast of the class. It began with the text “1. Introduction…”. So we need to search for titles of podcasts beginning with this text. The RSS structure contains a tag called <TITLE>, which we can use to find the proper place in the file. We are also looking for a video file, and sure enough we see a “video/mp4” next to the type= line.
We now know we are on the right track, and see the URL= and the text inside the quotes contains the real location of where this file is stored. All that remains now is to copy this full location to our clipboard. Select the text inside the quotes, then use the copy function like so:Copy video file location.
In the next and final part of this tutorial, we use this copied text to download the video, so we can watch our high quality video podcast!


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