The main player screen has two modes: Control Panel Mode and Driving Mode. You can switch between the modes by swiping up or down on the lower, left edge of the player screen. There are three small, faint horizontal bars to identify the area (see indicator below).
Driving Mode provides an easier/safer way to pause or skip forward/backward while in the car. While in Driving Mode, tap on the cover image to play/pause, and swipe left or right to skip forward or backward. The default skip value is 30 seconds for both directions, but this can be configured in the Preferences area.
In this mode, you can control most playback operations, including skipping within an audio file, playback speed, volume, and AirPlay output. You can also quickly play a different part/chapter/episode, and set the sleep timer. These functions are described in more detail below.
The two round sets of skip buttons allow you to move forward or backward by fixed increments, in either seconds or minutes. The top set of buttons skips by seconds, and the bottom is skip-by-minutes, indicated by a red background and a red clock hand.
The skip button values can be changed in the Preferences area. You can change the seconds and minutes of each button from 1-99. You can also change the sec/min label suffix (for example, to "s" and "m").
The Part Selector shows a listing of Parts, Chapters, or Podcast Episode titles available for the selected audiobook or podcast. Simply tap on a title to play that item. Note: different audio sources and file types provide varying amounts of chapter information, some provide all chapters, titles, durations, etc. and some with nothing at all. The app will display whatever chapter information is available for any particular audio file.
On the left margin of each title, there can be one or two symbols. The upper symbol denotes the play status of the audio: a red circle means the podcast has not been played or marked as seen, a blue and white pie shape shows how much of the audio has been played, and a black circle indicates the item was completed. The lower symbol denotes the download status of the audio file: A miniature download symbol (arrow pointing down) means the audio file is currently being downloaded, a paper/file symbol means the audio file is available to play.
On the iPad, the speed controls can be found in the lower right area of the Control Panel. Tap on the rabbit to increase the playback rate, and the turtle to decrease it. The values for the speed settings are: 0.6x, 0.7x, 0.8x, 0.9x, 0.95x, 1.0x, 1.1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 1.75x, 2.0x.
Swipe left or right in the upper title area to go to the next/previous part. You can also double-tap the title area to jump to the management listing of all parts/chapters/episodes. There you can do things like view audiobook or podcast information, download files, and delete files.