The Downloaded Files window Awasu can automatically download files (also known as enclosures) that have been attached to feed items so that they are ready for use on your PC when you need them.

Enclosures are most commonly used for podcasting although they are by no means restricted to only this. They can be used to distribute any kind of file e.g. new versions of software, updated Office documents or perhaps audio segments that are part of an online language lesson.

Unlike email attachments, enclosures are not transmitted together with the feed item. Instead, only a link to the file is included so if you want to open the file, you must first download it. Awasu can be configured to either automatically download enclosures when they are received or if you want to save bandwidth, simply let you know that a feed item has a related file and you can selectively choose which ones to download.

Managing enclosures

Most of the settings relating to automatically downloading files can be found in the Enclosures page of the Program Options dialog.

Channels can also be individually configured from the Channel page of their Channel Properties dialog.

Related links in the channel summary pageIf feed items have any related links, they will be shown in the channel summaries [1]. Files that have already been downloaded will be shown with a small icon that you can click to open the file directly from your computer. Otherwise, you will see them as a normal link that you can click to start downloading them.

You can also manage all your enclosures from the Downloaded Files window.