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Tip - macOS - ScreenFloat

Date: 12th September 2017

Duration: 06:31

Show ref: SCOM0664

A very useful utility for the Mac that allows you to take a partial screen capture and have it float on top of all your windows. Great when you want to capture part of your screen for reference purposes and have it available at all times.

You can also create floating panels or Shots, as the app calls them from files and also from your clipboard.

If you have shots you refer to often (as l do) you can build a library of them in the Shots Browser and create manual or smart collections.

Airport Networking

Date: 19th August 2016

Duration: 37:20

Show ref: SCOM0571

Setting up a WiFi network and connecting it to the Internet is something we do very infrequently. In this episode, I take a high level look at setting up an Airport Extreme to create a brand new Wifi Network, as well as extending it wirelessly with an Airport Express.

I also take a look at my current network configuration and using an Airport Express to create some remote Airport Speakers, and configuring a standard USB printer to share via an Airport Express.

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. 



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

TextExpander 6 & Alternatives

Date: 13th May 2016

Duration: 39:26

Show ref: SCOM0557

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.


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.


1Password for Families & Teams

Date: 18th March 2016

Duration: 47:09

Show ref: SCOM0549

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.

Airtable is an amazing cloud based database app that runs in your browser as well as natively on your iPhone and iPad (with an Android app on the way). Being cloud based, it’s truly cross platform and updates are synchronised almost instantaneously across all platforms and devices.

Best of all, there is a generous free version, it’s really easy to use and it’s extremely powerful!

It takes a lot to impress me, but I’ve been blown away by Airtable! 



Airtable is an amazing cloud based database app that runs in your browser, and has native iPhone, iPad Apps (with Android apps on the way). Being cloud based, it’s truly cross platform and synchronises across all your devices almost instantaneously.

There is a fully featured free version, it’s really easy to use and it’s extremely powerful!

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.

Interact - iOS Contact Management

Date: 19th February 2016

Duration: 16:26

Show ref: SCOI0249

One of the failings of the standard iOS Contacts App is the lack of control over groups. In fact, you can’t organise or add to groups from the Contacts App at all!

Interact gives you that feature and more.

Using the same contacts information as managed by iOS and synced via iCloud, Interact allows you to create, update and delete Contacts groups all from your iPhone or iPad.

Not only that, you can send messages or emails and attachments to multiple members of groups from within the app itself, or using share extensions, from virtually any app.

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.

Duet Display, AstroPad & Bookpedia

Date: 22nd January 2016

Duration: 49:58

Show ref: SCOM0541

This episode demonstrates two great ways to use your iOS devices with your Mac - using your iPad as a secondary monitor to gain some valuable screen real estate, or as a digital trackpad or drawing device to control your Mac and draw directly onto the Mac screen.

Allison also takes a looks at Bookpedia for Mac and Pocketpedia on iOS to catalogue and manage your physical and digital book collection.

Voila & Vidyo - Screen & Video Capture

Date: 16th January 2016

Duration: 44:41

Show ref: SCOM0540

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.

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!

Status Board v2 - Part 2

Date: 21st August 2015

Duration: 17:27

Show ref: SCOI0231

Part two of our coverage of Status Board v2

With Status Board you can turn your iPad or HDTV into a rich status screen with multiple status boards which can transition automatically. Publish your boards and allow others to subscribe to them - they'll receive updates to your status boards as you change them. With Status Board v2, there are lots of new panel types now available.

In this show, I take a look at some of the extra panel types available as in-app purchases.

Status Board v2 - Part 1

Date: 7th August 2015

Duration: 15:31

Show ref: SCOI0229

Status Board v2 has just been released, and is a significant upgrade of an already stellar iPad app, allowing you to turn your iPad or HDTV into a rich status screen.

With the new version, Panic have added a slew of new features.

Now you can create multiple status boards which can transition automatically. You can publish your boards to allow others to subscribe and have them receive updates when you make them. There are also some brand new panel types now available.

Webcam Settings & iStat Menus

Date: 24th July 2015

Duration: 30:27

Show ref: SCOM0513

Two great utilities for your Mac.

This week, Allison Sheridan takes us through two of her favourite utilities for the Mac - WebCam Settings & iStat Menus.

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.

iBank 5 for iOS

Date: 10th July 2015

Duration: 21:42

Show ref: SCOI0225

iBank 5 is a personal finance app from IGG Software.  Update and maintain all your accounts, investments and manage your budgets on your iPhone or iPad.

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. 

Paper by 53 - Update

Date: 22nd May 2015

Duration: 17:38

Show ref: SCOI0218

Paper is a fantastic drawing application for the iPad that allows anyone to create beautiful, stylistic images for presentations and illustrations.

I've covered Paper by 53 before, but the application has been steadily improved and enhanced over time. The current release now includes Smart Shapes, making it even easier to draw business diagrams and much more - no artistic skills required!

Adobe Slate - Part 2

Date: 17th April 2015

Duration: 12:50

Show ref: SCOI0213

Adobe Slate is a great way to create stunning stories using words and images, directly from your iPad.

In this second of a two part series, I take a look at using themes and publishing your “slates to various services.

Adobe Slate - Part 1

Date: 10th April 2015

Duration: 16:39

Show ref: SCOI0212

Adobe Slate is a great way to create stunning stories using words and images, directly from your iPad.

Think of it as your own personal designer, guiding you to create beautiful and responsive articles for sharing on any device or on the web.

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!

BitTorrent Sync for iOS

Date: 3rd April 2015

Duration: 13:51

Show ref: SCOI0211

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!

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.

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.

1Password for iOS - Update

Date: 6th March 2015

Duration: 16:47

Show ref: SCOI0207

Time for another update show and it's 1Password for iOS.

I did cover the 1Password iOS 8 extension when it first appeared, but it may not have received the prominence it deserved in the flurry of activity immediately following the launch of iOS 8.

As it's such an important application, and it's recently been updated, I thought it would be useful to do a refresher and bring things up to date.

Chrome Remote Desktop & 4K Downloader

Date: 6th February 2015

Duration: 25:37

Show ref: SCOM0489

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.

Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Date: 6th February 2015

Duration: 14:58

Show ref: SCOI0203

We've covered apps and services that allow you to conect to and control your Mac from your iOS device before. This one is a bit different as it's from Google - Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS.

Simply install the client on your Mac using the Chrome Browser and you'll be able to magically access your Mac from your iPad or iPhone. Even better, it's free!

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.

Twitter for iOS

Date: 30th January 2015

Duration: 17:57

Show ref: SCOI0202

Twitter... you either love it or hate it! I'm strictly in the "love it" camp, but have been disappointed by the lack of updates to my favourite Twitter app - Tweetbot for iPad.

So recently, I decided to switch over to the official Twitter client on the Mac, iPad and iPhone. I'm delighted to say that it worked out just fine, once I'd made some adjustments to my muscle memory.

In case you feel like a change, here's an overview of some of the new features in the Twitter for iOS app.

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.

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.

Workflow for iOS - Part 2

Date: 16th January 2015

Duration: 15:54

Show ref: SCOI0200

A deeper look at some of the more involved workflows possible in Workflow for iOS.

Workflow brings easy workflow automation to the iPad and iPhone. Workflow automation has been available on iOS for a while, but only really accessible to those with a pioneering spirit who like tinkering with long and complex URL schemes.

With the release of Workflow for iOS, Automation is now available for the rest of us!

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.

Workflow for iOS - Part 1

Date: 9th January 2015

Duration: 15:17

Show ref: SCOI0199

Workflow brings easy workflow automation to the iPad and iPhone.

Workflow automation has been available on iOS for a while, but only really accessible to those with a pioneering spirit who like tinkering with long and complex URL schemes.

With the release of Workflow for iOS, Automation is now available for the rest of us!

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.

Transmit iOS - Part 2

Date: 12th December 2014

Duration: 16:25

Show ref: SCOI0195

Following on from last week, I take a more in-depth look at Transmit iOS.

Panic have created a brand new version of Transmit specially for iOS 8, with support for Share Extensions and iCloud Drive.

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.

Transmit iOS - Part 1

Date: 5th December 2014

Duration: 15:04

Show ref: SCOI0194

Transmit on the the Mac has been my go to file transfer application for as long as I can remember. Now Transmit is available on iOS!

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)

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.