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iOS 11 - Part 3

Date: 20th October 2017

Duration: 40:43

Show ref: SCOM0675

In this third and final full show on iOS 11, I take a look at some of the extra features of iOS we've not previously covered.

Since iOS 11 was launched, we've seen some changes in a number of major apps, as well as some new features exposed since the final beta release.

Tip - macOS - Type to Siri

Date: 17th October 2017

Duration: 05:02

Show ref: SCOM0674

Siri has been available for the Mac for a while now, but it's not always convenient to talk to your Mac, or have it talk back to you!

Perhaps you're in a coffee shop or a library, or you just don't feel comfortable talking to your Mac.

With macOS High Sierra, it's now possible to type your Siri commands as well as switch off the audio feedback from Siri.

Much more civilised!

Many apps are embracing a subscription-based pricing model, which is great for developers but can cause subscription fatigue for consumers. MacPaw (the developers of CleanMyMac and Gemini) have a different idea: a service that provides developers with a predictable income stream while limiting the number of subscriptions that consumers have to pay for each month.

That service is called SetApp, and it has been described as the "Netflix for quality Mac apps."

Tip - Family Sharing - iCloud Storage

Date: 10th October 2017

Duration: 05:00

Show ref: SCOM0672

If you have an iCloud account, you are allocated 5GB of iCloud storage for free, as part of your iCloud account.

The problem is, with the increasing need for iCloud storage, 5GB is not enough for most people.

Up until now, the only option was for each individual to pay for additional iCloud storage each month.

However, with the introduction of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, it's now possible for families using iCloud Family Sharing to have a single paid tier of iCloud storage and use it as a shared pool of storage.

In this weekly tip, I demonstrate how to set up iCloud Storage Family Sharing, and how each family member can access it, on both macOS and iOS.

Parallels Toolbox

Date: 6th October 2017

Duration: 48:56

Show ref: SCOM0671

Parallels Toolbox is a very unusual application. It's a toolbox that is filled with over 20 tools that each do one thing and do it well. While much of its capability can be accomplished via other utilities, Parallels Toolbox contains them all in one simple interface. It replaces the need for complicated Terminal commands or hard-to-remember keystrokes. Whether it's keeping your Mac awake, finding duplicate files, or making animated GIFs, Parallels Toolbox has got it. (It even works on Windows!)

In this episode, Allison Sheridan will walk you through each tool, and show you how to configure them to get the most out of each one.

Tip - iOS 11 - CC Apple TV Remote

Date: 3rd October 2017

Duration: 06:12

Show ref: SCOM0670

There's been an Apple TV app for iOS for quite a while now. With iOS 11, it's now available within the iOS Control Centre.

In this tip video we demonstrate how to enable the app and use its common features.

Even if you don't use the app to control your Apple TV, the ability to enter text in Apple TV text boxes or use Siri with your Apple TV via the app is a godsend.

Tip - iOS - Home Screen

Date: 29th September 2017

Duration: 03:33

Show ref: SCOM0669

iOS 11 brings with it new ways to re-arrange the icons on your home screen in bulk no more dragging individual icons. You can now grab a bunch to move to a different screen, or even to create folders.

All is revealed in this week's tip video.

macOS High Sierra Release

Date: 25th September 2017

Duration: 36:07

Show ref: SCOM0668

If all goes to plan, this episode will be published on the same day as macOS High Sierra is formally released to the public.

macOS High Sierra is Apple's latest operating system release for the Mac. In fairness, it's not high on feature count; instead, Apple have been focusing on improving performance and stability in this release.

There are still some subtle changes in High Sierra, however, and some new features to try out. In this episode we take a look at some of these useful additions and changes brought to macOS.

iOS 11 - Part 2

Date: 22nd September 2017

Duration: 44:49

Show ref: SCOM0667

iOS 11 contains many new and updated features for both the iPad and iPhone.

This second tutorial continues our in-depth look at some of these new features.

Tip - Getting Ready for macOS High Sierra

Date: 19th September 2017

Duration: 06:28

Show ref: SCOM0666

macOS High Sierra will soon be here - due for release on the 25th September 2017 - and there are a few things you might want to do before you commit to upgrading.

This tip video suggests one or two critical considerations that may save you a ton of trouble.

iOS 11 - Part 1

Date: 15th September 2017

Duration: 44:03

Show ref: SCOM0665

Only a few short days and iOS 11 will be released to the public - the official release date being the 19th September 2017.

In a break from tradition, rather wait for the release day itself, I thought it would be useful for you to have an advance viewing of this first iOS 11 tutorial - to familiarise yourself with some of the core concepts.

Apple's flagship operating system for both the iPad and iPhone brings with it a host of new and updated features. In this first of a multi-part tutorial, we take you through some of the fundamental changes to iOS and demonstrate how they can be applied in your day-to-day usage of your Apple devices.

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.

Quicken 2017

Date: 8th September 2017

Duration: 59:34

Show ref: SCOM0663

Update: Please be aware the Quicken 2017 is only available for the US and Canada.

Quicken has been around for many years and has become the go-to finance management software for the PC. Quicken's history with Apple products has not been as good however, with many of the features either missing, or not functioning as well as their PC counterpart.

Quicken for Mac has seen some software improvements that brings it a lot closer to the PC version in terms of its feature set.

In this screencast Todd Olthoff takes a look at some of the differences, and covers most of the features available in the 2017 version of Quicken for Mac.

Quicken has some great features for tracking your bank and credit card accounts, as well as the ability to track your investments and loans to help you see your overall financial picture. We also take a look at Quicken for iOS, which allows you to see your financial picture on the go, and syncs with the desktop version.

Tip - Fing Network Scanner

Date: 5th September 2017

Duration: 05:06

Show ref: SCOM0662

If you want to shock yourself and discover just how many devices are hanging off of your network, download Fing and take a look.

Fing is a fantastic utility that gathers all sorts of data about your local area network and the devices attached to it.

Great for diagnostics and troubleshooting, Fing is also great fun if you like that sort of thing!

Alternative Email Clients for Mac

Date: 1st September 2017

Duration: 50:09

Show ref: SCOM0661

Apple Mail is a solid app that has pioneered some innovative features over the years (like VIPs and Handoff), but it also has some shortcomings that can make processing your email harder than it has to be. In this episode, we take a look at several third-party email clients for the Mac to take your email management workflow to the next level. Whether you're looking for something with a better user interface or that has more power and flexibility, there are a wealth of options for Mac users. In this video we compare some of our favorites, side by side.

  • The problems with Apple Mail
  • What to look for in a third-party email client
  • Airmail
  • Postbox
  • Spark
  • MailMate
  • Mailplane
  • Newton
  • Side-by-side comparison

Tip - Safari Reading List

Date: 29th August 2017

Duration: 05:07

Show ref: SCOM0660

Apple have continually updated the Reading List feature, transforming it into a very useful utility within Safari.

Capture web pages and links for offline reading, and sync them between all your devices. Capture a web page on your Mac and have it appear within seconds on your iPhone.

Items within your Reading List can be marked read or unread, searched and deleted.

Swiping through your Reading List is effortless and a great way to keep up to date with interesting articles.

Ulysses is yet another app to switch from a traditional single payment purchase to a new recurring subscription model.

As with previous apps, this has caused much consternation as many people refuse to adopt a subscription model for software applications.

In this episode, I take a look at Ulysses and the changes to the app, along with a potential way of sticking with Ulysses using SetApp, another subscription-based service, but one that gives you access to over 80 Mac apps in addition to Ulysses.

If you really don't want to go down the subscription route, I also take a look at two alternatives to Ulysses: Byword and iA Writer, two terrific, cross-platform, single-payment apps.

Of course, we can't forget to mention Scrivener when considering powerful writing apps. Since I've already covered Scrivener extensively on other shows, you'll find the link to those in the show notes.

Tip - Picatext

Date: 22nd August 2017

Duration: 04:00

Show ref: SCOM0658

You know the frustration: you go to select some text on your Mac to copy and paste and it isn't selectable!

Picatext is a great little utility that allows you to capture text you never thought could be highlighted. Just select the area on screen that your want to capture and Picatext (using OCR) converts the text into selectable text, it's like magic.

You can extract text from images, too!

Check out this week's tip video to see it in action.

YNAB - You Need A Budget

Date: 18th August 2017

Duration: 50:53

Show ref: SCOM0657

YNAB is a financial software application that has all of the basics needed for tracking and managing your accounts, but it does so using a budgeting interface that helps you track your spending so you are in control of where your money goes.

YNAB includes both a typical register for tracking your individual accounts and daily transactions, as well as a robust budgeting system that can be customized to fit your needs. Where this application differs from other money management programs is that it comes with a method of how to work with your money, and ways to be successful in setting up a budgeting system that is not too rigid and allows you to roll with any changes or challenges that life may throw your way.

YNAB is a web-based application. It lets you view your finances and spending from any computer with a web browser, making it easy to access no matter what device you are using. There is an iPhone and iPad application, and a macOS version is on its way, for those who like having it on their Mac.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff will walk you through the YNAB approach to budgeting, and take you through all the steps to managing your money using the application.

Tip - Safari Bookmarks

Date: 15th August 2017

Duration: 04:58

Show ref: SCOM0656

Use bookmarks in Safari on both macOS & iOS to keep track of all your favourite websites.

In this tip video, we show you how bookmarks are organised and synchronised between all your devices.

We also demonstrate how easy it is to save bookmarks in the location of your choice.