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EagleFiler is a digital filing cabinet for your data. It includes a finder style layout that allows for a variety of ways to import and organize your information, add metadata, and quick and easy search methods for finding your information.

What makes EagleFiler unique is the way it stores your files and folders in the finder in an easily accessible way allowing you to use the database and finder side by side to navigate and access your files and folders.

Tip - macOS - iTunes Views

Date: 21st March 2017

Duration: 04:27

Show ref: SCOM0614

This week's tip is all about using iTunes views to access your music.

The main views all look very pretty, but they aren't very information dense, at least, not enough for my liking.

In this tip, I cover the main views, but focus mainly on the Song view, and take a look at using the Column Browser. The Column Browser allows you to display more information on screen, and allows you to filter your music with a greater degree of control.

Using Genres is a bit of a blunt instrument to organise and categorise your music. What if you have a ton of Rock tracks but many many different "sub genres"? Well it's possible to create your own "sub genres" using the "Groupings" feature.

All is revealed in this week's tip show.

Tip Video - We have covered Apple Photos in depth on ScreenCastsOnline, but in this short tip video, I want to revisit how to create and manage metadata with your iCloud Photo Library.

On both the Mac and iOS, Apple Photos is getting smarter by applying machine learning technology on the device, to automatically categorise photos. However, there are still instances when you want to add your own personal metadata in the form of titles, descriptions, keywords or location information.

In this tip video, I focus on adding title and keyword metadata via the Info Panel and the Keyword Manager.

Curio 11 - Note Taking and more

Date: 3rd March 2017

Duration: 47:51

Show ref: SCOM0609

Curio 11 is a freeform notebook with just about every tool you can think of to help you take notes, brainstorm ideas, collect research, and organize your tasks and documents. Curio is a powerful tool that includes the functions of many stand alone applications, allowing you to focus on the task at hand, without having to worry about switching applications for different aspects of your project.

Curio is available in three versions Core, Standard, and Professional with each adding a few more features than the previous version. In this screencast, Todd Olthoff walks us through the Professional version to give you an overview of all of the features packed into Curio 11.

Tip - macOS & iOS - Using Twitter Lists

Date: 28th February 2017

Duration: 06:06

Show ref: SCOM0608

Tip Video - We looked at filtering your Twitter timeline with Mute filters a couple of weeks ago in episode SCOM0604.

Another option to take control of Twitter is to create and subscribe to Twitter lists. Twitter lists allow you to create multiple timelines based on specific people, it's a great way to organise the Twitter firehose into something more manageable.

In this short tip video, I take you through the mechanisms built into Tweetbot on the Mac and iOS to allow you to setup and subscribe to Twitter lists.

Tip - Integration with Marked 2

Date: 21st February 2017

Duration: 03:25

Show ref: SCOM0606

Tip Video - Following on from our recent tutorials on Bear & Ulysses, I take a look at previewing Markdown formatted files with Marked 2.

Bear is the new kid on the block as far as plain text editing on the Mac, iPad and iPhone is concerned.

Despite being a committed Ulyssess and Scrivener user, my interest was piqued by the glowing reviews and the fact that Bear was selected as "App of the Year" 2016 by Apple.

After using Bear for a couple of weeks (and the fact that I received many requests), I decided that it would be remiss of me not to cover Bear on ScreenCastsOnline - it really is a beautiful app!

However, there is one aspect of the app that may not sit well with some people, and that's to enable syncing between devices (and to switch on some other functionality), you need to upgrade to Bear Pro, which just happens to be a subscription service.

Consequently, in this tutorial, I focus mainly on the features in the free version, but still take a look at the Bear Pro options.

Well worth taking a look!

Tip - macOS & iOS - Twitter Mute Filters

Date: 14th February 2017

Duration: 06:16

Show ref: SCOM0604

Tip Video - There's never been a better time to start filtering and muting parts of your Twitter stream.

In this short tip video, I take you through the mechanisms built into Tweetbot on the Mac and iOs to allow you to mute People, Keywords, Hashtags and Twitter Clients.

DEVONthink Pro Office [Pt 3]

Date: 27th January 2017

Duration: 54:16

Show ref: SCOM0599

DEVONthink is one of the most powerful database applications made for the Mac & iOS.

In this third and final screencast (for now!), Todd looks at creating and editing documents inside your DEVONthink Database on both the Mac and iOS. In addition he covers syncing your databases between your Mac and iOS devices and ways to share and export your documents.

Although this tutorial features DEVONthink Pro Office, many of the features are also included in the other version of DEVONthink.

Wunderlist for Mac & iOS

Date: 6th January 2017

Duration: 42:18

Show ref: SCOM0593

Mike Schmitz did a fantastic job of teaching us the Getting Things Done philosophy in his three part series. In those tutorials, he concentrated on using OmniFocus as the task manager. Whilst OmniFocus is a great task manager, it's extremely powerful and may be overkill for some people.

If you'd still like to try out some GTD principals, why not use an alternative task manager to OmniFocus called Wunderlist.

Wunderlist is cross platform with free apps for iOS, Mac, (and Windows, Android, Windows Phone, Amazon Kindle Fire and even Chromebooks!)

In this tutorial, Allison Sheridan will teach how to to use this fantastic tool, keep your action items synced across all of your Mac and iOS devices, how to share to-do lists, and even assign action items to other people.

DEVONthink Pro Office [Pt 2]

Date: 30th December 2016

Duration: 52:11

Show ref: SCOM0590

DEVONthink is one of the most powerful database applications made for the Mac. In this second episode, Todd Olthoff takes us through some of the core and advanced features of DEVONthink Pro Office.

In this second of three screencasts, Todd looks at grouping, classifying and explores the powerful search features of DEVONthink Pro Office. In addition, he also takes a look at DEVONthink on the iPad with the new iOS app - DEVONthink to Go

Although this tutorial features DEVONthink Pro Office, many of the features are also included in the other version of DEVONthink.

When it comes to getting things done, a little planning and organizing can go a long way.

In Part 3 of the GTD Productivity series, we show you how to leverage the hard work you did in capturing (Part 1), clarifying, and organizing (Part 2) into increased efficiency by utilizing your task management tools to display just the tasks you need to do, when you need to do them.

Spark is a beautiful and intelligent Email app with a huge following. It's been available for iPad and iPhone for quite a while and last month saw the release of a brand new version for the Mac.

DEVONthink Pro Office [Pt 1]

Date: 2nd December 2016

Duration: 45:16

Show ref: SCOM0586

DEVONthink is one of the most powerful database applications made for the Mac. In fact, some people have said this one application makes it worth getting a Mac just to run it!

In this introductory episode, Todd Olthoff takes us through all of the core features of DEVONthink Pro Office

Following on from the extremely popular GTD Part 1 episode (SCOM0578), Mile Schimtz takes a look at two other important facets of the GTD system - Clarify & Organise.

Underscoring the core principal of using a trusted system as your task manager, in this case OmniFocus, Mike looks at using other applications we’ve previously covered on ScreenCastsOnline to set up reference files.

More updates for macOS, iOS 10, watchOS 3 & tvOS.

Some minor changes to Mail on the Mac and iOS, some big changes to Maps on iOS and a first look at setting up Home Automation with HomeKit and the new Home App on iPad and iPhone.

Apple Photos Update

Date: 4th November 2016

Duration: 40:03

Show ref: SCOM0582

Time for an update on Apple Photos across the board.

Apple continue to improve and update Apple Photos with some brand new features. 



In this episode we take a look at the improvements to Apple Photos on macOS, iOS, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

Tap Forms 5 - Database for Mac & iOS

Date: 28th October 2016

Duration: 47:37

Show ref: SCOM0581

Tap Forms 5 is an extremely capable database application for the Mac, iPad and iPhone. 



Rather relying on spreadsheets to store your data, Tap Forms 5 gives you the additional power of multiple database "documents" and forms, as well as the ability to create useful layouts to both view and enter your data. 



All of your data is stored locally making it perfect for offline use, with the added advantage of a robust syncing mechanism provided by IBM.



Todd Olthoff takes us through the core features of this newly updated app.

RecoLive MultiCam for iOS & Mac

Date: 21st October 2016

Duration: 42:46

Show ref: SCOM0580

In this week’s episode, Allison Sheridan takes us through the setup and usage of a hidden iOS gem - RecoLive Multicam. 

For just $4.99 USD and a few spare iPhones or iPads, you can create a Multicam setup with live camera switching, selectable audio and a huge range of professional transitions - you can even use your Mac Desktop or any camera connected to your Mac as a video source in the MultiCam shoot.

Record all your video devices live simultaneously, and let RecoLive MultiCam composite a final video directly on your iOS device, or export the multiple camera angles to separate video files and use iMovie or FCP X to create your final video. 

You’ll be amazed at what can be achieved with this inexpensive yet incredibly powerful app.

A new presenter for this week - Mike Schmitz.

Mike is a productivity wizard and takes us through some of the first principles of being productive on your Mac and iOS device - how to effortlessly capture thoughts, ideas, tasks and reference files for later action.

BusyCal for Mac & iOS

Date: 2nd September 2016

Duration: 52:18

Show ref: SCOM0573

We’ve covered BusyCal before but the Mac version has had a big upgrade and they’ve recently released a brand new iOS version of BusyCal too!



BusyCal has for a long time been one of the premier calendaring applications for the Mac, and with the introduction of the new iOS version, you can now also use BusyCal to manage your calendars via your iPad and iPhone.

The iOS App will work completely independently from the Mac app, as it uses your iCloud calendar data as well as supporting integration with Google Calendar, Exchange and more. So you don’t need both the Mac and iOS app, you can use either or both. The underlying calendar data is also accessible from your standard Mac and iOS Calendar apps.



In this episode, Todd Olthoff gives you a refresher on the existing features of BusyCal on the Mac and take a look at some of the brand new features, as well as taking a look at the new iOS app on the iPad.


One of the problems of keeping on top of the latest developments in Mac and iOS is the sheer number of updates to apps over time. These can range from minor to major updates, and are designed to fix issues or introduce brand new functionality. So for this week, I’m going to take a look at a number apps that I’ve previously covered on ScreenCastsOnline, and bring you up to speed with the latest updates. 

The three apps are Hazel, Ulysses & Garageband Live Loops

FotoMagico & Scanner Pro 7

Date: 12th August 2016

Duration: 54:33

Show ref: SCOM0570

Two great apps this week - FotoMagico to take your slide shows to the next level, and Scanner Pro 7, the portable scanner in your pocket.

You may thing you’ve got slide shows covered with Apple Photos, but you really haven’t when you take a look at the functionality built into FotoMagico!

We had a brief look at Scanner Pro 7 in a previous show, but I was very impressed with its capabilities and wanted to drill down a bit more. 



Scrivener for Mac & iOS - Part 2

Date: 5th August 2016

Duration: 43:51

Show ref: SCOM0569

Scrivener is an awesome writing tool for authors, writers, trainers, bloggers, business people, hobbyists… basically anyone who writes text!

In this second of a two part series, I take a look at some of the more advanced concepts of both Scrivener on the Mac, and the brand new version of Scrivener for iOS. As well as being a fantastic writing environment, Scrivener has many advanced tools such as Composition mode, Scratch Pad and Quick Reference Windows. It also has rich meta data support allowing you to organise your writing projects and even enables you to view progress at a glance.

Scrivener for Mac & iOS - Part 1

Date: 29th July 2016

Duration: 41:38

Show ref: SCOM0568

Scrivener is an awesome writing tool for authors, writers, trainers, bloggers, business people, hobbyists… basically anyone who writes text!

Even though it is one of the most respected Mac (and now Windows apps), it has always been difficult to use Scrivener using your Mac and iOS device. But now with the introduction of Scrivener for iOS that is no longer the case!

In this first of a two part series, I take a look at some of the core concepts of Scrivener on the Mac, how to set up syncing via Dropbox and a first look at the brand new version of Scrivener for iOS.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff takes a look at some sample workflows to automate the capture and manipulation of digital files using some of our favourite tools - Hazel & DEVONthink Pro. He also takes a look at a great iOS app that allows you to scan and process documents directly on your iOS device - Scanner Pro 7

iOS9 has really improved the ability for iOS Apps to interchange files and documents, but it’s still very confusing.



In this episode, I take a look at iCloud Drive on iOS and the Mac and try to explain how it all works. I also take a look at local storage options in various apps on iOS to explain just what is a “Document Provider”, as well at how the system wide Document Picker can be used in many different scenarios.

Affinity Photo - Part 2

Date: 8th July 2016

Duration: 48:04

Show ref: SCOM0565

Photoshop is a fantastic app, but for some people it’s much too powerful (or too complex) for their limited needs, and for others, they don’t want to be paying for an app on a ongoing subscription basis.

Affinity Photo is a terrific alternative to Photoshop - all for a single one off payment!

As well as some fantastic Apple Photo extensions that can be used in the Apple Photos app, Affinity Photo can also be used as a standalone application, with some incredibly powerful features - all aimed at helping you edit your digital images like a Pro.

Allison Sheridan previously covered the Affinity Photo extensions in episode SCOM0559.


In this episode, she takes a look at using Affinity Photo as a standalone application, and exposes some of the power of this fully featured app.

Time for an update show on two of my favourite apps - ScreenFlow and LiquidText.

Airmail for OS X & iOS - Part 2

Date: 24th June 2016

Duration: 39:49

Show ref: SCOM0563

Airmail is not a new email app, but with the advent of Airmail 3 for the Mac and Airmail 1.1 for the iPad and iPhone, it’s actually a very robust and feature packed alternative to the standard Apple Mail client.



In this second and final tutorial, I take a look at some of the more advanced features as well as customising Airmail on both OS X and iOS
.

The 4th and final installment in our Adobe Photoshop series.

In this episode, Todd takes a look at some of the powerful editing and retouching tools in Photoshop CC for the Mac, as well as exploring some of the photo adjustments available in Photoshop Express for iOS.

Airmail for OS X & iOS - Part 1

Date: 10th June 2016

Duration: 42:18

Show ref: SCOM0561

Airmail is not a new email app, but with the advent of Airmail 3 for the Mac and Airmail 1.1 for the iPad and iPhone, it’s actually a very robust and feature packed alternative to the standard Apple Mail client.



In this first of a two part series, I take a look at setting up Airmail with an iCloud account and a Gmail account, followed up by a look at some of its basic features. 



In two weeks, (SCOM0563), I’ll take a look at some of the more advanced features and customising Airmail.

Affinity Photo - Part 1

Date: 3rd June 2016

Duration: 29:08

Show ref: SCOM0560

Photoshop is a fantastic app, but for some people it’s too powerful (or too complex) and for others, they don’t want to be paying for an app on a subscription basis.

Affinity Photo is a terrific alternative to Photoshop - all for a single one off payment!

There’s so much to cover, Allison will be featuring Affinity Photo in two parts - in this initial episode, she’ll take a look at using the wide range of Apple Photo Extensions provided as part of Affinity Photo. 

In a future episode, she’ll take a look at using Affinity Photo as a standalone application.

Following on from the previous episode, I take a look at some of the more advanced aspects of Slack including installing and configuring some sample integrations, as well as building and configuring Teams. 



Slack is a great way to centralise your communications, all within a single app. Slack also integrates with over 80 web services making it as flexible or as powerful as you want.

In this episode, I take a look at integrations with services we’ve previously looked at on ScreenCastsOnline - Dropbox, Twitter, Trello and Airtable.

 I also show you how you can request an automated invitation to the SCO Demo Slack team and try it out for yourself!

Email is great but sometimes Slack is better!

Slack is a collaboration tool that allows you to message, chat and share files. It also integrates with most of the top online services making it a great way for everyone, from small teams to large organisations, to communicate and collaborate. 

With support for multiple teams, all your communications can be centralised within a single app.

Text expansion is one of the best ways to increase your productivity. Just type abbreviated keywords and have them expand into words, sentences, paragraphs or whole pages of text. Expand into images or formatted text, or use fill in snippets to prompt you to complete boilerplate text. These are just some of the options available using TextExpander and other text expansion utilities.



In this episode, we take a look at the newly released TextExpander 6 as well as some other alternative apps.


Another information packed episode in our short Photoshop series, this time focussing on using Masks to improve and adjust selected areas of your photos. Even if you’re not a Photoshop user, this episode covers some of the basic principles of using masks and translates to almost every other photo manipulation app.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff also takes a look at Photoshop Mix for the iPad & iPhone, and demonstrates how to create masks, adjust your photos and mix photos together - all using the free Photoshop Mix app.

Ulysses is a fantastic plain text editor for the Mac, iPad and iPhone. It allows you to create plain text documents or “sheets” and use markdown formatting to control the final look and format of your writing. PDF, ePub, HTML, Text, DOCX and even publishing to Medium are all included in this great app, giving you ultimate control of your writing.

As well as a wealth of formatting and exporting capabilities, Ulysses takes away the pain of managing your documents across all your devices. All your sheets are contained in a single Ulysses library, that syncs amazingly well with iCloud. It will even allow you to edit external files from a multitude of sources.

Ulysses is a fantastic text editor for the Mac, iPad and iPhone. It allows you to create plain text documents or “sheets” and use markdown formatting to control the styling of your documents, allowing you to export them in a multitude of formats. 

It's really simple to export to PDF, ePub, HTML, Text, DOCX and even publish direct to Medium from the Mac, iPad or iPhone. 

As well as the wealth of formatting and exporting capabilities, Ulysses takes away the pain of managing your documents across all your devices. All your sheets are contained in a single Ulysses library, that syncs amazingly well with iCloud. It will even allow you to edit external files from a multitude of sources.

This first episode focuses on the basic principles of Ulysses and we will follow up in the next episode with a look at some of its more advanced features.

Notability is a fantastic note taking app for the iPad, iPhone and now the Mac.

It has excellent stylus support for hand-written notes and typed notes, including a unique "Zoom" feature. You can sketch drawings and annotations, type notes, and even audio record lectures and other events that stay timed with your notes. 

Editing your hand-written notes is easy because they're all vectors. This means with the swipe of an eraser, you can erase large or small sections of words or sketches, and moving or changing colour and line thickness is a snap.

An iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is not required, but it makes Notability even more natural and useful.

And now with a new Mac App and iCloud syncing, you can now access all of your notes across all of your devices.


In this episode I cover the basics of Copy and Paste.

Starting with the basic built in keyboard commands, to an easy way to copy and paste using the Mouse or Trackpad with PopClip, finishing off with a look at one of the best clipboard managers I’ve seen for a long time - Copied.


Photoshop Pt 2 - Layers & Photoshop Fix

Date: 25th March 2016

Duration: 47:58

Show ref: SCOM0550

The second in our multipart series on Adobe Photoshop on the Mac and the Adobe Photoshop apps on iOS.

Many people have opted to use Adobe Lightroom as a replacement for Apple's recently retired photo management application Aperture. Adobe Photoshop is a pro-level photo manipulation and is available to supplement Lightroom in a special bundle from Adobe.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff drills down into using Layers in Photoshop to non-destructively edit your images. The basic principals of using layers are very similar across many applications, so even if you're not a Photoshop user, you may still find this episode useful.

Todd also looks at the iOS companion app - Photoshop Fix.

Photoshop Fix is a free universal app for the iPhone and iPad and allows you to edit your images non-destructively. It also has some unique features for face manipulation and some other cool tools.

Photoshop Fix is free to download and use, but if you're a Photoshop user, you can transfer the updated images from your iOS device with all the layer changes accessible in Photoshop - very smart!


As not everyone has opted for Lightroom or has a need for Photoshop, the Photoshop series will be limited to a three or four part series, published once a month. We will also be looking at some low cost Photoshop alternatives in the near future.


Introducing 1Password for Families & Teams.

You may already be familiar with the 1Password app for the Mac and iOS and know that 1Password is a fantastic way of securing all your passwords, credit card information, account details and much much more. 



With the standard 1Password app, it is possible to share your secure data with family members and colleagues, but you need to sync your data using third party services. It works, but it's not so easy to setup and maintain.

Enter 1Password for Families and 1Password for Teams - These new subscription services make it so much easier to share your secure information with trusted family members and colleagues. There's no need for third party syncing services, it's easy to setup plus you get control over who accesses what, as well as the ability to recover lost or forgotten passwords for members of your family or teams. Even better, there's full integration with your familiar 1Password applications, in fact, everyone gets the full versions of the apps on all platforms as part of your 1Password for Families or 1Password for Teams subscription.

Together 3 for the Mac, and Together Mobile for iOS are apps that allow you to collect and organise all your stuff - together!



With a multitude of capture and organisational features, Together 3 acts as a repository for many different types of files and documents. With the App Store version, it allows you to store your Together 3 library in iCloud, allowing you to sync it across your Macs and also your iOS devices using Together Mobile.

Default Folder X 5

Date: 19th February 2016

Duration: 32:46

Show ref: SCOM0545

Default Folder X has been completely re-written for El Capitan.

One of the truly indispensable utilities, Default Folder X adds several layers of functionality to the Finder, as well as the standard Open and Save Dialogue boxes.

Adobe Photoshop Pt1 & Photoshop Sketch

Date: 12th February 2016

Duration: 46:52

Show ref: SCOM0544

Many people have opted to use Adobe Lightroom as a replacement for Apple's recently retired photo management application Aperture.

Adobe Photoshop is a pro-level supplementary application to Lightroom and is available with Lightroom in a special bundle from Adobe.

In this multipart series, Todd Olthoff takes you through some of the useful features of Adobe Photoshop from a photographers stand point, as well as the Adobe Photoshop iOS apps, starting this week with Adobe Sketch.

1Password v6 - Advanced

Date: 5th February 2016

Duration: 49:03

Show ref: SCOM0543

Management of your passwords and your digital identity has never been more important. Following on from the last episode, I take a look at some of the more advanced features of 1Password v6.


1Password 6 - Basics

Date: 29th January 2016

Duration: 45:41

Show ref: SCOM0542

Management of your passwords and your digital identity has never been more important. In this episode, I revisit a truly indispensable application - 1Password 6.

There’s a general theme in this week’s episode - Screen and Video Capture on the Mac and iOS.

I cover Voilà for the Mac - a fully featured screen and video capture app and Vidyo, a controversial app that was only on the App Store for 24 hrs.

Please note - Voilà has been superseded by Capto from the same vendor

CleanMyMac 3, Colorfy, Pigment & Touchpress

Date: 9th January 2016

Duration: 42:12

Show ref: SCOM0539

Last week we had a single topic that covered all platforms. This week, it's a combined Mac, iOS and Apple TV episode. With the new single episode each week, we can now be flexible to accommodate either single cross platform topics or break the show into multiple, unrelated segments - just like this week.

In this week's episode I show you how to optimise your Mac, de-stress by colouring in on your iPad (!) and appreciate classical music on your Apple TV.

The first episode for 2016 and I take a look at a great tool for organising and planning - Trello.

Adobe LightRoom - Part 3

Date: 26th December 2015

Duration: 38:04

Show ref: SCOM0536

Part 3 of a 3 part series. In this episode, Todd Olthoff takes us through some of the editing and sharing features of Adobe Lightroom.

The third and final Plex instalment. Following on from the previous Plex episodes, I take a further look at some of the benefits of a full Plex Pass subscription.

Adobe LightRoom - Part 2

Date: 11th December 2015

Duration: 34:21

Show ref: SCOM0534

Part 2 of a 3 part series. In this episode, Todd Olthoff takes us through some of the very capable editing and enhancement features of Adobe Lightroom.

Plex - Photos, Music & Plex Pass - Part 2

Date: 4th December 2015

Duration: 41:51

Show ref: SCOM0533

Following on from the previous Plex episode [SCOM0531] I take a look at the Photos and Music Libraries in the free versions of Plex.

Whilst Plex is more commonly known for allowing you to manage and view Movies and TV Shows, it's also very capable of managing Photo collections and Music libraries.

I also take a look at some of the benefits of a full Plex Pass subscription.

Adobe Lightroom - Part 1

Date: 26th November 2015

Duration: 37:55

Show ref: SCOM0532

Even with the addition of Extensions in Photos, some people are looking for a more sophisticated photo editing and management application.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff takes a first look at the basics of Adobe Lightroom.



With the advent of the Plex Apple TV app, Plex has suddenly become hugely popular with the Mac community.

Use Plex to organise, play and share your local media library.

Time for an update on two of my favourite productivity applications - TextExpander 5 and Keyboard Maestro 7

VidConvert & Mactracker

Date: 18th September 2015

Duration: 27:49

Show ref: SCOM0521

In this episode, Allison Sheridan takes you through two of her favourite utilities - VidConvert and Mactracker.

Office 365 - PowerPoint 2016

Date: 11th September 2015

Duration: 25:33

Show ref: SCOM0520

Office 365 is Microsoft’s new subscription service that allows Mac users to access the latest versions of their Office suite of applications - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and Outlook.

In this short series of shows, I take a look at the three core applications finishing this week with an overview of Microsoft PowerPoint 2016.

Office 365 - Excel 2016

Date: 4th September 2015

Duration: 28:34

Show ref: SCOM0519

Office 365 is Microsoft’s new subscription service that allows Mac users to access the latest versions of their Office suite of applications - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and Outlook.

In this short series of shows, I take a look at the three core applications continuing this week with an overview of Microsoft Excel 2016.

Office 365 - Word 2016

Date: 28th August 2015

Duration: 26:11

Show ref: SCOM0518

Office 365 is Microsoft's new subscription service that allows Mac users to access the latest versions of their Office suite of applications - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and Outlook.

In this short series of shows, I take a look at the three core applications starting this week with a look at the install process and an overview of Microsoft Word 2016.

PowerPhotos

Date: 21st August 2015

Duration: 21:06

Show ref: SCOM0517

Still finding some limitations in the Apple Photo UI? Want to split your photos into multiple libraries, yet still search across them all? Want easier access to the rich metadata? Want to search for and identify duplicates in your Photo libraries?

You might want to check out PowerPhotos!

2Do Task Manager

Date: 14th August 2015

Duration: 35:56

Show ref: SCOM0516

Still trying to find your perfect task manager? We all have different priorities and methods of working. so it’s not always easy to find the the task manager that’s just right. 

In this week’s episode, Todd Olthoff takes us through 2Do, a simple task manager with hidden depths!

Apple Music - Under The Hood

Date: 7th August 2015

Duration: 31:40

Show ref: SCOM0515

Apple Music has now been out for a couple of months, and it’s still the cause of much frustration for some people.

There seems to be a deep misunderstanding of some of the core concepts, as well as a feeling that Apple is perhaps expecting too much of iTunes, by shoehorning too many features into this very old application.

In this show I’m going to try and dispel some of the FUD - that’s Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, that seems to be prevalent, and try and explain in detail what Apple Music is, and how the various components work together.

Google Photos on the Mac

Date: 31st July 2015

Duration: 27:15

Show ref: SCOM0514

Not long after Apple launched Photos on the Mac and iOS, Google launched Google Photos. 

Google Photos is a similar service allowing you to store all your photos and videos on the web, and have them accessible on all your devices. 

iBank 5 - Personal Finance Manager

Date: 10th July 2015

Duration: 39:33

Show ref: SCOM0511

iBank 5 is a personal finance app from IGG Software. 

Update and maintain all your accounts, investments and manage your budgets on your Mac, iPhone or iPad.

Apple Music & iTunes 12.2

Date: 3rd July 2015

Duration: 31:42

Show ref: SCOM0510

Apple Music is here! 

Apple Music is is the latest offering from Apple combining three new services - a new music streaming service, a new global Radio channel and Connect - a new way for fans to follow and interact with artists.

Launched just a few short days ago, this episode brings you up to speed with installing and configuring this new service. 

Following on from looking at the basic features of SaneBox last week, I take a look at even more features designed to allow you to manage your email overload effectively.

Email can rapidly become overwhelming, unless you put steps and processes in place to manage it effectively.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone stepped in and started to organise your email automatically, allowing only important emails into your Inbox. Even better, imagine someone constantly monitoring how you process email, learning as it goes and stepping in to help you out.

That’s exactly what SaneBox does for you. 

Backing Up Photos

Date: 5th June 2015

Duration: 28:23

Show ref: SCOM0506

It’s great having your Photos stored in the cloud, but you still need a backup!

If you rely on just a single cloud service to keep copies of your photos, it’s not a complete solution. Without a secondary backup, either locally or on another cloud service, you may find deleted photos are permanently gone. 

In this episode I look at some solutions for implementing secondary local and remote backups for your precious photos.

Command-C & PDF Toolkit +

Date: 29th May 2015

Duration: 29:11

Show ref: SCOM0505

Allison Sheridan takes us through two of her favourite utilities - Command-C and PDF Tookit+

Command-C is a great utility that allows you to transfer the contents of your clipboard between your Mac and iOS devices both ways.

PDF ToolKit + allows you to manipulate PDFs easily and quickly - remove pages, extract images and compress your PDFs to allow for smaller file sizes. 

Finishing my look at Photos, this week I examine Faces, Exporting and Projects.

Continuing my look at Photos, this week I examine Keywords and Searching. In addition, I also take a look at importing photos, and how to add GPS information to your photos before importing them.

Fantastical 2 for Mac

Date: 8th May 2015

Duration: 35:46

Show ref: SCOM0502

Fantastical 2 is a terrific calendaring app for the Mac, previously only available as a menu bar application. Now it has been re-vamped and relaunched as a powerful desktop application (and yet is still available from your menu bar).

Todd Olthoff takes us through a tour of the enhanced and improved features of this new version of the application, a credible alternative to the OS X Calendar app.

Photos - Part 2 - Using Photos

Date: 1st May 2015

Duration: 28:42

Show ref: SCOM0501

Following on from last week, I continue my look at Photos.

Photos is the new photo management application to replace iPhoto and Aperture. Not a standalone application, Photos is baked into OS X, with deep integration with iCloud Photo Library. In this second of a three part series, I take a look at some of the features of the Photos App itself.

Photos for Mac is here! Well it's been out for a few weeks, but always best to let things settle down a bit!

Photos is the new photo management application to replace iPhoto and Aperture. Not a standalone application, Photos is baked into OS X, with deep integration with iCloud Photo Library. In this first of a three part series, I take a look at some of the preparation tasks required before migration, as well as the migration process itself.

BusyContacts - Part 2

Date: 17th April 2015

Duration: 23:36

Show ref: SCOM0499

BusyContacts is a great new contacts management application that integrates with most of the popular online address book systems.

With customisable views, rich support for customisation plus integration with Mail, Messaging and Social Media, BusyContacts is well placed to be a flexible and easy to use CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) suitable for both business and personal use.

BusyContacts - Part 1

Date: 10th April 2015

Duration: 26:24

Show ref: SCOM0498

The Contacts application (or Address Book as previous known) is fairly basic in OS X, with limited functionality and integration. BusyMac have tackled these limitations with the release of BusyContacts, a great new contacts management application that is able to replace Contacts, as well as integrate with most of the popular online address book systems.

BitTorrent Sync for OS X

Date: 3rd April 2015

Duration: 30:48

Show ref: SCOM0497

So many iCloud sync services to choose from - iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, Google Drive and many, many more.

All these services rely on a central server infrastructure and all require you to pay for extra storage or bandwidth.

What if you could remove the need for centralised servers, sync unlimited files across multiple platforms securely and best of all, have all this at no cost?

Well you can with BitTorrent Sync!

Things 2 for OS X

Date: 27th March 2015

Duration: 38:51

Show ref: SCOM0496

Things 2 is a fully featured task manager application from Cultured Code. Since we last covered it, Things has had many new much requested features added, most importantly cross platform syncing.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff brings us up to speed on the main features of Things 2 and explores some of the new features.

Things 2 for iOS

Date: 27th March 2015

Duration: 21:29

Show ref: SCOI0210

Things 2 is a fully featured task manager application from Cultured Code. Since we last covered it, Things has had many new much requested features added, most importantly cross platform syncing.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff brings us up to speed on the main features of Things 2 on iOS and explores some of the new features.

HoudahSpot 4

Date: 20th March 2015

Duration: 31:57

Show ref: SCOM0495

Spotlight is great, but it could be better!

Enter HoudahSpot 4 - the ultimate search utility for the Mac.

Now re-written from the ground up, HoudahSpot is even faster and more fully featured than previous versions.

Garageband on the Mac - Part 3

Date: 13th March 2015

Duration: 28:35

Show ref: SCOM0494

The third and final episode covering the new features of GarageBand for the Mac.

In this episode, I take a look at using the built in keyboards and connecting external keyboard controllers. I also cover organising your tracks and using track automation to control volume, pans and much more. Finishing off with a look at the various ways you can export your finished masterpiece.

As a special bonus, I also include a section on using your iPad to control Garageband on your Mac - pretty cool!

Audio Hijack 3

Date: 6th March 2015

Duration: 30:08

Show ref: SCOM0493

Take a great application and make it even better! That's what Rogue Amoeba have done with their flagship Audio application - Audio Hijack 3.

Now renamed as simply Audio Hijack, the "Pro" label has been dropped as the application should really be considered as an all purpose tool, rather than a Pro tool. Further to this, they've simplified the user interface and included a number of presets for different project types to get you up and running quickly.

Garageband on the Mac - Part 2

Date: 27th February 2015

Duration: 35:54

Show ref: SCOM0492

Continuing on from last week, I take a look at some of the new features of GarageBand for the Mac.

This episode explores the brand new Drummer feature, as well as recording live instruments such as Guitar and Bass. I also take a look at how you can fix sloppy or problematic recordings using Flex Time and Groove Matching.

Garageband on the Mac - Part 1

Date: 20th February 2015

Duration: 28:31

Show ref: SCOM0491

A long overdue show, this week I return to Garageband on the Mac.

It's been quite a while (can you believe 2008!) since I looked at Garageband on the Mac and since then the app has had a complete re-write.

It may have lost Podcast support, but with a new user interface and some stunning new features, it's still an extremely powerful and impressive application.

Archiving Email

Date: 13th February 2015

Duration: 37:07

Show ref: SCOM0490

If you're like me and find it difficult to delete emails, you'll end up with hundreds of not thousands of emails slowing down your mail application.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff demonstrates four different solutions to archiving your emails.

Two applications to cover this week.

Chrome Remote Desktop - A free cross platform way to access Macs via your Chrome browser - either locally or remotely.

4K Downloader - A simple way to download 4K (or any other resolution) from YouTube or Vimeo.

App Updates - PDFpen, Reeder & Evernote

Date: 30th January 2015

Duration: 31:34

Show ref: SCOM0488

Three of our favourite apps have had recent updates - PDFpen, Reeder & Evernote

This week's show brings you up to speed on updates to these three excellent applications.

ClamXav AntiVirus

Date: 23rd January 2015

Duration: 24:25

Show ref: SCOM0487

Something often asked is "Should I run an AntiVirus app on my Mac?"

There is still no definitive answer, but this week's show covers an easy to install and minimal impact anti virus application - ClamXav.

Air Video HD

Date: 23rd January 2015

Duration: 20:19

Show ref: SCOI0201

Need a really simple way to stream videos to your iOS device? Air Video HD might be just the ticket!

Air Video HD is an inexpensive universal iOS application, that allows you to bypass the difficulties of transcoding video file formats or shoehorning videos onto your iPad or iPhone. Just install the free Mac client, and within minutes you can be streaming videos to your iOS device via your local network or even via the Internet.

Want to download videos to your device for offline viewing? Air Video HD will convert and download with a single click.

It even supports multi user accounts to allow you to share specific folders of videos with friends or family.

ScreenFlow v5 - Part 5

Date: 16th January 2015

Duration: 29:23

Show ref: SCOM0486

Following on from the previous ScreenFlow episode, this week it's the final Screenflow v5 tutorial - phew!

Finishing off with a look at adding and manipulating text and graphics in your project, as well as some more advanced features such as adding closed captions or subtitles. I also take a look at the various exporting and publishing your project once completed.

ScreenFlow v5 - Part 4

Date: 9th January 2015

Duration: 28:34

Show ref: SCOM0485

Following on from the previous ScreenFlow episode, this week I take a further look at manipulating and adjusting video and audio clips using the properties panels, as well as adding annotations and using the new Touch callout features.

ScreenFlow v5 allows you to capture, edit, export and distribute video, all from a single application. Although primarily optimised for screencasts, ScreenFlow can handle most types of video projects.

Path Finder 7

Date: 2nd January 2015

Duration: 32:08

Show ref: SCOM0484

Path Finder is a file manager and potential Finder replacement.

Acknowledged as a heavy weight in the field of Mac utilities, its reputation is further enhanced with the introduction of Path Finder v7, and the inclusion of many new features.

ScreenFlow v5 - Part 3

Date: 26th December 2014

Duration: 30:44

Show ref: SCOM0483

Following on from the previous episode, this week I start to take a look at manipulating and adjusting video and audio clips using the properties panels.

ScreenFlow v5 allows you to capture, edit, export and distribute video, all from a single application. Although primarily optimised for screencasts, ScreenFlow can handle most types of video projects.

Art Text 2

Date: 19th December 2014

Duration: 27:28

Show ref: SCOM0482

Feeling graphically challenged? Art Text 2 comes to the rescue allowing you to create artwork from text automagically.

As well as stylised and textured text objects, Art Text 2 allows you to create shapes, buttons and many different sorts of objects that can be transformed with just a few simple clicks.

ScreenFlow v5 - Part 2

Date: 12th December 2014

Duration: 30:09

Show ref: SCOM0481

Following on from the previous episode, this week I take a look at some of the editing features in ScreenFlow v5.

ScreenFlow v5 allows you to capture, edit, export and distribute video, all from a single application. Although primarily optimised for screencasts, ScreenFlow can handle most types of video projects.

ScreenFlow v5 - Part 1

Date: 5th December 2014

Duration: 29:48

Show ref: SCOM0480

ScreenFlow has been my tool of choice for creating screencasts since it was first released. Although optimised for screencast creation, it's actually a very competent and fully featured video editor, suitable for many different types of video production.

This week takes you through some of the first principles of the latest version of ScreenFlow - the recently released ScreenFlow 5.

RapidWeaver 6 - Part 2

Date: 28th November 2014

Duration: 31:21

Show ref: SCOM0479

Rapidweaver is acknowledged as a fantastic replacement for the long abandoned iWeb. Now with the release of RapidWeaver 6, it's now even easier to create and publish your own stunning websites.

In this week's show, Todd Olthoff takes you through some of the more advanced aspects of RapidWeaver 6. Be sure to checkout RapidWeaver 6 Part 1 (SCOM0477)

Pixelmator 3.3

Date: 21st November 2014

Duration: 30:31

Show ref: SCOM0478

Time for another ScreenCastsOnline favourite!

Pixelmator has long been a viable alternative to Photoshop for the rest of us. With the latest release - 3.3 - Pixelmator has been updated for OS X Yosemite. Now with a beautiful new redesign, support for iCloud Drive and Continuity, as well as integration with the brand new Pixelmator for iPad, Pixelmator has never been as powerful.

RapidWeaver 6 - Part 1

Date: 14th November 2014

Duration: 31:38

Show ref: SCOM0477

Rapidweaver is acknowledged as a fantastic replacement for the long abandoned iWeb. Now with the release of RapidWeaver 6, it's now even easier to create and publish your own stunning websites.

We've covered RapidWeaver before, but a refresher is well overdue so Todd Olthoff takes us through some of the basics of RapidWeaver 6.

MoneyWell - Personal Finance Budgeting

Date: 27th September 2014

Duration: 33:07

Show ref: SCOM0471

MoneyWell is one of the most respected personal finance applications for the Mac.

Using a unique approach of using "buckets" for your various budgets, it allows to to easily keep track of income and expenditure, ensuring you remain on budget.

Launchbar 6 Update

Date: 1st August 2014

Duration: 30:08

Show ref: SCOM0463

Launchbar has recently had a major update with the release of Launchbar V6. Primarily known as an "Application Launcher", Launchbar is actually much more complex, and much more capable than that.

This episode is not a full review of Launchbar 6, but is intended to give a flavour of some of the new features, especially for Alfred users who are intrigued as to how Launchbar now differs from Alfred.

Keyboard Maestro - Part 2

Date: 5th July 2014

Duration: 35:09

Show ref: SCOM0459

Keyboard Maestro takes away all the limitations of system based keyboard shortcuts, and provides you with a mechanism to automate anything from the simplest action to the most complex macro you can imagine. You're not just limited to keyboard shortcuts either, Keyboard Maestro allows you to configure a whole range of different "triggers" to initiate your actions or macros.

In the second of a two part series, Todd Olthoff takes you through some of the switcher functionality of Keyboard Maestro, and takes a look at some of the more advanced features.

Something different this week, a live episode of ScreenCastsOnline!

Direct from MacMania17, I've included one of the live sessions as this week's Mac show, covering a refresher on Alfred, as well as a look at 9 killer workflows to boost your productivity.

Take a look at the video page for a full list of links to the workflows.

Keyboard Maestro - Part 1

Date: 21st June 2014

Duration: 31:39

Show ref: SCOM0457

Keyboard shortcuts can be a huge boon to productivity, but the scope of what can be achieved is limited using the built in keyboard shortcuts in OSX.

Keyboard Maestro is an application that removes all the limitations of system based keyboard shortcuts, and provides you with a mechanism to automate anything from the simplest action, to the most complex macro you can imagine. In addition, Keyboard Maestro allows you to configure a whole range of different "triggers" to initiate your actions or macros, so you're not just limited to keyboard shortcuts.

A truly indispensable application.

Following on from last week I take a further look at Dispatch - the action based email client for the iPhone.

With fantastic gesture support as well as rich integration with other third party apps, Dispatch can definitely be considered a viable alternative to Apple's standard email client with support for most major iMAP based email systems.

In this second part, I take a take a look at signatures, salutations, using multiple email accounts, TextExpander integration and more.

Dispatch is an action based email client for the iPhone.

With fantastic gesture support as well as rich integration with other third party apps, Dispatch can definitely be considered a viable alternative to Apple's standard email client with support for most major iMAP based email systems.

If you're frustrated with the lack of support for TextExpander in the standard Apple email client, Dispatch has its own built in snippets, but even better is that it allows you to access all your current TextExpander snippets too.

In this first part of a two part series, I take a look at some of the basics of installing and using Dispatch, along with the rich integration of third party apps.

Home Inventory for Mac

Date: 7th June 2014

Duration: 31:56

Show ref: SCOM0455

Home Inventory is an easy to use application that allows you to rapidly build a catalogue of all your possessions, or keep track of your various collections of "stuff".

In conjunction with two free iOS helper apps, Home Inventory takes the friction out of building a personal database of all your belongings, to help you stay organised and give you peace of mind! Highly rated on the Mac App store, Home Inventory has previously been a Mac App Store Editors' Choice and a Mac App Store Best of 2013 pick.

OmniFocus is acknowledged as one of the premier task manager applications on the Mac, iPad and iPhone. With the release of OmniFocus V2 for Mac, some absolutely indispensable features, first seen on the iPad and iPhone versions, have now made it across to the Mac.

In the final of a two part series, we finish off looking at some of the core concepts in OmniFocus 2, as well as taking a look at the brand new Forecast perspective and Review mechanism.

OmniFocus is acknowledged as one of the premier task manager applications on the Mac, iPad and iPhone. With the release of OmniFocus V2 for Mac, some absolutely indispensable features, first seen on the iPad and iPhone versions, have now made it across to the Mac.

In the first of a two part series, we review some of the new features in OmniFocus 2 for the Mac, along with a refresher on some of the core concepts of OmniFocus.

Little Snitch 3

Date: 9th May 2014

Duration: 36:45

Show ref: SCOM0451

Little Snitch 3 gives you absolute control of what your Mac connects to, and what or who connects to it!

Little Snitch is an application designed to improve the security of your Mac by constantly identifying in-bound as well as out-bound connection requests to and from your Mac. Once identified, Little Snitch will enable you to allow or deny such requests, giving you full control of all network connections.

Paprika Recipe Manager is designed to help you with all aspects of your cooking.

With it you can browse the web to research and find new recipes, capture recipes directly from supported websites with a single click, produce smart grocery lists for single recipes or even an entire week's worth at the touch of a button.

Paprika is the ultimate recipe manager, assisting you whilst you cook with multiple timers, pinned recipes and some other clever tools. It can even help you plan your meals and assemble menus.

Add in cross platform support and seamless syncing, and you'll wonder how you ever managed without it!

iThoughtsX for Mac

Date: 25th April 2014

Duration: 28:19

Show ref: SCOM0449

Mind mapping is a great way to quickly capture and organise thoughts.

iThoughtsX for Mac is one of the top mind mapping applications for OSX. As well as including a host of graphical elements to customise your mind maps, iThoughtsX has been optimised for rapid data entry using keyboard shortcuts.

This week, a new guest screencaster, Allison Sheridan, takes you through the basics of iThoughtsX on the Mac.

OneNote for Mac

Date: 18th April 2014

Duration: 28:43

Show ref: SCOM0448

Collect your thoughts and ideas using OneNote from Microsoft.

OneNote is a cross platform digital notebook with clients available for Mac, iPad, iPhone, PC and Android, as well as online access via your favourite browser and it's free!

With 7GB of free online storage as well as seamless syncing, OneNote allows you to create notebooks, sections and pages and populate them with text, tables and images. All your data is stored online and synchronised between all of your computers and devices.

Default Folder X

Date: 11th April 2014

Duration: 34:32

Show ref: SCOM0447

OSX is great, but some things could be better!

Case in point is the File Open and File Save dialogue boxes.

Yes, you can open and save files, but sometimes it would be really useful to do more than that, without having to switch to the Finder. And wouldn't it be great if you could assign a "default folder" to save or open files on an App by App basis?

Well you can do all this and more with the indispensable utility - Default Folder X

OmniOutliner is the premier outlining application for the Mac and iPad, and has recently had a major update on both the Mac and iPad.

In this episode, Tim Stringer will take us through some of the more advanced features including using multiple columns, importing and exporting data and OmniPresence.

One of the strengths of the latest versions of OmniOutliner is the cross platform compatibility, so you can freely exchange documents with both the Mac and iPad. OmniPresence allows for the syncing of documents without relying on iCloud.

Give structure and clarity to any task. OmniOutliner will help you to focus on the important things and not waste time on endless formatting, locating the notes from last week or remembering great ideas that seemed to be so tangible, yet just vanish the next day.

OmniOutliner assumes the job of collecting, organizing and structuring the information you provide, so that you can concentrate on the essence of your work. People from many various disciplines can benefit from this tool, helping them to be productive and organised.

In this first of a two part series, Tim Stringer takes us through the basics of OmniOutliner on the Mac, and demonstrates document creation and how to re-structure your outline, once you have entered some initial information. Tim also takes a look at the changes to the OmniOutliner User Interface and styling your outline using the built in style controls and predefined templates.

The third and final application in the revised iWork suite - Keynote - Apple's cinematic presentation tool.

In this second of a two part series, I take a look at animating multiple objects on a slide as well as exploring some of the specific table and chart animation effects, including the new Magic Chart effect.

The Presenter's Display is a fantastic tool, and has been updated with some great new features including the ability to rehearse and time your presentation in real time, viewing all your slide transitions and builds as well as taking notes - all at the same time!

With the new iCloud integration, you can open the same files on your Mac and iOS device, and even play your presentation from the web in a browser!

Keynote still remains one of my favourite applications.

Mail Pilot for Mac

Date: 1st March 2014

Duration: 32:39

Show ref: SCOM0441

Mail Pilot is an alternative to using Apple's Mail application.

With support for most of the leading Mail platforms (except for Exchange), Mail Pilot has a different spin on traditional email. It makes it simple to start "processing" your email, rather than just reading it and leaving it in your inbox.

Mail Pilot allows you to read, file, organise, add reminders and other actions to your emails, all with a few simple keystrokes.

In this week's show, Todd Olthoff takes you through the basics of Mail Pilot on the Mac, and also explores Mail Pilot on iOS on this week's iOS show - SCOI0152

The third and final application in the revised iWork suite - Keynote - Apple's cinematic presentation tool.

Create and deliver amazing looking presentations with Keynote.

The application has been re-written to provide cross platform compatibility with iOS enabling you to use your Mac, iPad or iPhone in all stages of your presentation production and delivery.

Apple have simplified the user interface, without removing the power and have made it easier than ever to manipulate and animate objects and text on your slides.

In this first of a two part series, I take a look at the new user interface as well as exploring slide transitions (including the fantastic Magic Move transition) and creating complex builds and animations on objects.

AppleScript Primer

Date: 15th February 2014

Duration: 31:02

Show ref: SCOM0439

"AppleScript is an English-like language used to create script files and applets that control the actions of the computer and the applications that run on it" - macosxautomation.com

You can do a lot with Services and Automator on the Mac, but unleash the power of AppleScript, and you'll be amazed at what can be achieved.

This week's show is an AppleScript primer, designed to demystify AppleScript and give you some pointers to explore further. Even if you don't want to become an AppleScript guru, the show will help you modify, run and save sample AppleScripts that you may find already written on the web.

Remote Control with TeamViewer

Date: 8th February 2014

Duration: 30:28

Show ref: SCOM0438

One of the most common questions I get asked is "How do you access your Mac remotely?", followed by "How do you access your friends and family's Macs to offer remote support".

The answer is TeamViewer!

TeamViewer is a fully featured remote support solution that is free for private use. It's really easy to access other Macs or set up your own Mac for remote access. In this week's show, I take you through the installation and setup, as well as going through some common scenarios. I also take a brief look at the TeamViewer for iOS application, which allows you to access and control any Mac from your iPad.

The final part of our two part series on Numbers for the Mac.

Apple have re-written Numbers from scratch to add additional compatibility with the iOS version, and to allow you to share and collaborate on iCloud.

In this episode, I take a look at using formulas and functions as well as inserting and manipulating charts and other objects into your spreadsheets.

As part of our ongoing coverage of all the new iWork applications, this week I take a look at Numbers for the Mac.

Apple have re-written Numbers from scratch to add additional compatibility with the iOS version, and to allow you to share and collaborate on iCloud.

This first in a two part series, will take you through the basics of Numbers and give you a good understanding of some of its core features and capabilities.

[Note: The day before publication, Apple released Numbers v3.1 on the Mac as well as an updated iOS version. The new version does not impact on any of the elements covered in this video as it's mainly bug fixes and stabilities improvements, with just a couple of tweaks - I'll cover them next week]

MacMontage - Menu Bar Utilities

Date: 18th January 2014

Duration: 29:04

Show ref: SCOM0435

Time for a Mac Montage show this week, and Todd Olthoff takes us through three Menu Bar utilities.

DeskConnect for Mac: A handy way to share files and more via your Macs and iOS devices either locally or remotely.

Trickster: Access recent files and more.

Menu Mate: Access your application menus with just a quick keyboard shortcut.

iMovie for Mac - Part 3

Date: 11th January 2014

Duration: 28:48

Show ref: SCOM0434

This third and final part of a short series takes you through the basics of iMovie from scratch.

In this week's tutorial I take you through some of the more advanced aspects of iMovie including the different types of connected clips and special effects available. It's really easy to create some very impressive results with iMovie.

iMovie for Mac - Part 2

Date: 2nd January 2014

Duration: 27:35

Show ref: SCOM0433

This second part of a short series takes you through the basics of iMovie from scratch, and follows on from last week by taking a look at creating your own movie projects.

iMovie for Mac - Part 1

Date: 28th December 2013

Duration: 35:30

Show ref: SCOM0432

iMovie has seen a lot of changes over the past few years, but the current version is the most advanced yet.

This first part of a short series takes you through the basics of iMovie from scratch, and leads off with a look at creating trailers - short, professionally produced videos with a punch.

I also take a look at a brand new feature for iMovie - iMovie Theater - a way to distribute yor clips and videos via iCloud to all your Macs, iOS devices and Apple TV.

Pages for Mac - Part 2

Date: 14th December 2013

Duration: 40:08

Show ref: SCOM0430

Following on from last week's show, I complete my coverage of Pages for the Mac.

Pages '13 for the Mac is a complete re-write, and brings parity and a unified file format across the Mac, iOS and the Web.

Whilst some of the more advanced features of Pages '09 have been removed to accommodate the new cross platform support, Pages '13 is still a useful tool for a large percentage of word processing needs.

In this week's show, I continue my coverage of the entire suite of updated iWork and iLife suites, by taking a final look at some of the basics of Pages for the Mac. Be sure to check out episode SCOM0429 for part 1, as well as SCOI0140, 141 & 142 for Pages on iOS

Pages for Mac - Part 1

Date: 7th December 2013

Duration: 31:12

Show ref: SCOM0429

Pages is Apple's latest word processing application and has been completely re-written from scratch.

The re-write brings basic feature parity and a unified file format across the three primary platforms supported by Apple - The Mac, iOS and the Web via iCloud.

Whilst some of the more advanced features of the previous version of Pages have been removed to accommodate the new cross platform support, Pages is still a useful tool for a large percentage of basic word processing needs and it's now free!

In this week's show, I start my coverage of the entire suite of updated iWork and iLife suites, by taking an initial look at some of the basics of Pages for the Mac.

No previous knowledge of Pages is assumed and I start from first principles.

Tap Forms for Mac

Date: 5th October 2013

Duration: 37:34

Show ref: SCOM0420

Bento is no more!

The previously de facto consumer level database has been discontinued by FileMaker. This leaves a lot of Mac and iOS users in the lurch as upgrading to FileMaker could be prohibitively expensive.

So this week, Todd Olthoff takes a look at a relatively inexpensive alternative to Bento - Tap Forms for Mac.

Tap Forms is a fully featured database application with full import and export features. It also supports iCloud syncing, DropBox sync and much more. Tap Forms is also available on iOS and is covered in this week's iOS show.

With iOS 7 now launched, thoughts turn to OSX Mavericks, due out in a month or two. The upgrade process for a Mac is very different than for an iOS device, with potentially a lot more data at stake.

So my recommendation would be to get a bootable backup strategy in place and start thinking about cleaning up your Mac.

So this show runs through two applications that will help you do just that - Carbon Copy Cloner & Clean My Mac 2

Mac Montage 30 - Post Haste & Soulver

Date: 19th September 2013

Duration: 33:05

Show ref: SCOM0418

Time for a Mac Montage show this week, with three separate topics:

Securing Your Apple ID - Part 2 - Completing the process of securing your Apple ID using 2-factor verification.

Post Haste - A great free utility to create complex folder structures over and over again for project work.

Soulver - Stop loading up your spreadhseet to do simple calculations - Soulver is a numeric scratchpad that can handle text and numbers. Just enter the calcualtion as you would say it and Soulver does the rest.

Cloak - Secure VPN for Your Mac

Date: 7th September 2013

Duration: 25:31

Show ref: SCOM0416

You're at your local coffee shop using their free WiFi. Just how secure are you? Not very secure as it turns out!

You need to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network to create a secure "tunnel" out of the free wifi zone, to prevent anyone being able to snoop on your data locally.

This week, Todd Olthoff takes a look at Cloak for Mac, an inexpensive VPN client for your Mac. The iOS version is covered in this week's iOS show. Cloak creates a secure connection between you and the Cloak servers to secure your data. As an added bonus, the built in "Cloak Transporter" service allows you to mimic being connected in other countries, ideal for when you're away from home yet want to access geolocation specific services.

One of my most used applications this week - ChronoSync. ChronoSync is an application I use daily to backup and synchronise my data between my Macs, my Drobo and my Synology NAS server. Highly configurable and customisable, it's really simple to set up synchronisation documents to undertake a variety of tasks. Once created, simply use ChronoSyncs built in scheduler to automate the process.

I also take a look at ChronoAgent, optional software you can install on your Mac targets to give you even more control and flexibility.

Econ Technologies have just released a new app for the iPad - InterConneX - that allows you to utilise ChronoSync and ChronoAgent to sync or access files between your Mac and your iPad, or even iPad to iPad. I take a brief look at this in this week's Mac show but explore further in this week's iOS show.

Family Tree Maker for Mac

Date: 27th July 2013

Duration: 27:58

Show ref: SCOM0410

Following on from last week, I complete my look at an extremely popular and fascinating "hobby" - Genealogy. That's the formal name for the addictive pastime of researching your family tree. It's never been easier with the vast of data now available online, and a host of services and applications for Mac, PC and iOS.

In this week's show I take a look at the Mac application Family Tree Maker and examine how to sync with your online family trees in Ancestry.com, as well as taking a look at the much improved printing features in the Mac app.

Researching Your Family Tree On Your Mac

Date: 20th July 2013

Duration: 28:20

Show ref: SCOM0409

This week, I take a look at an extremely popular and fascinating "hobby" - Genealogy. That's the formal name for the addictive pastime of researching your family tree. It's never been easier with the vast of data now available online, and a host of services and applications for Mac, PC and iOS.

One of the problems is knowing where to start and understanding how to access the different information sources. For my needs, I found that all this was resolved by using Ancestry.com (or in my case Ancestry.co.uk). This is a paid service (with a 14 day free trial) that pulls all the information sources together and gives you easy access. It also does a lot of the leg work for you by analysing your family tree and delivering your automated "hints" to speed up the searching process.

In this week's show I take a look at the Ancestry.co.uk web service and demonstrate just how easy it is to get started.

But be warned, it is highly addictive!

Bartender & Clarify

Date: 15th June 2013

Duration: 27:41

Show ref: SCOM0404

Two parts to this week's tutorial, covering two fantastic Mac utilities:

Bartender - It's so easy to run out of space on your Menu Bar as it seems every app wants to install a MenuBar icon. Take back control of your MenuBar with Bartender.

Clarify - There are sometimes when a step by step guide is just what you need. Clarify takes the pain out of creating and updating documentation with a built in screen capture tool, and optimised annotation tools. Once you've created your documentation, export as PDF, share to DropBox or Evernote or host using a free account on Clarify-it.com.

Using Daylite

Date: 1st June 2013

Duration: 30:18

Show ref: SCOM0402

This week completes coverage of one of the premier business applications for the Mac - Daylite by Marketcircle.

Daylite is an application that allows you to keep everything related to your business in one place - Customers, calls, emails, appointments, notes and more - all in a single multi user application.

Following last week's introduction to Daylite, Tim Stringer takes us through using this powerful application.

Introduction to Daylite

Date: 25th May 2013

Duration: 30:38

Show ref: SCOM0401

Manage your business and your team.

By popular request, this week covers one of the premier business applications for the Mac - Daylite by Marketcircle.

I tend not to cover business applications on ScreenCastsOnline, but I've had many requests to do so over the past couple of years. So rather than learn it from scratch, I've asked Tim Stringer, a Daylite expert to take us through the application.

TextSoap 7

Date: 11th May 2013

Duration: 34:08

Show ref: SCOM0399

If you work with text, you need TextSoap!

TextSoap is the perfect application for fixing or cleaning your text.

With over 100+ built in text cleaners, TextSoap will fix all those niggling problems with your text, from extra spaces and returns to stripping out unwanted strings or even HTML code. You can even create your own simple text cleaners to match your requirements exactly, or built complex conditional cleaners to do things you never thought possible. Either way, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

PopClip & iCloud Web Apps

Date: 16th November 2012

Duration: 26:35

Show ref: SCOM0374

Two parts to this week's tutorial - PopClip and iCloud Web Apps.

PopClip is a brilliant utility that mimics the popup that appears when you select text in iOS, but on your Mac. As well as allowing you to copy and paste, it now also allows you to install extension to do all sorts of things with the selected text.

iCloud Web Apps are just like the standard apps you find on your Mac and iOS device - but on the web!

Fission - Lossless Audio Editor

Date: 19th October 2012

Duration: 29:28

Show ref: SCOM0370

Fast and powerful, Fission V2 is the latest version of the lossless audio editor from Rogue Amoeba.

Trim, split, fade, crop, normalise many different file types losslessly, including MP3, AAC, AIFF, Apple lossless, FLAC and Wav files too. Add in the ability to transcode between different file formats, batch converting and smart splitting, and Fission V2 becomes an essential audio utility.

You can even create iPhone ringtones, share directly with SoundCloud and even create chapterised AAC files.

Housekeeping with Hazel v3

Date: 20th July 2012

Duration: 34:56

Show ref: SCOM0356

Revisiting an old favourite this week, and that's Hazel v3.

Hazel is your own personal housekeeper, constantly monitoring the files and folder you instruct. Set up some simple (or complex) rules on how you want your files and folder organised, and Hazel will do it for you.

As well as the powerful yet flexible file and folder management, Hazel will also monitor your Trash, keeping it within preset limits and assist you in deleting supporting files when uninstalling applications.

QuickTime X vs QuickTime 7

Date: 27th January 2012

Duration: 34:59

Show ref: SCOM0331

Quicktime is the foundation of Apple’s multimedia offerings. With the introduction of QuickTime X in Snow Leopard, Apple have begun the process of re-writing QuickTime from the ground up.

As a result, many of the original capabilities of the QuickTime 7 player have been left out of the latest version of QuickTime X. This first part of a two part series takes a look at both QuickTime X and QuickTime 7, and examines the features still available via the legacy player.

Twitter

Date: 1st January 2012

Duration: 23:39

Show ref: SCOI0004

[Originally published Aug 2008] Twitter! If you haven’t used it, you don’t know what you are missing!

Launched in 2006, Twitter has become the de-facto standard for micro blogging and even after suffering problems with downtime and the famous “failwhale people still go back to it, refusing to jump off Twitter onto the other micro blogging platforms.

Ok, they might try others out, but they always keep one foot firmly in the twitter camp!

Concentrate & Keyboard Maestro

Date: 3rd June 2011

Duration: 44:58

Show ref: SCOM0299

Two applications to cover this week in an extended tutorial:

Concentrate - A brilliant way to help you focus on the task in hand. Concentrate allows you to remove all distractions and will even open the required apps to enable you to get on with the job - automatically!

Keyboard Maestro - If you ever find yourself doing simple tasks over and over again, Keyboard Maestro gives you the ability to create powerful macros to take away the pain

Evernote v2

Date: 31st December 2010

Duration: 01:00:05

Show ref: SCOM0282

A firm favourite of ScreenCastsOnline, Evernote has seen some incremental changes since I last covered it in Episodes 151 and 152. However, with the release of Evernote for Mac v2, it’s time to consolidate all the changes and some of the new features into a brand new show. Consequently, this week’s show brings you fully up to date with all the goodness that is Evernote v2. There are two versions of the show, a full members version and a shorter free version.