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Alfred 3 & Workflows

Date: 30th June 2017

Duration: 51:57

Show ref: SCOM0643

Alfred 3 is a powerful application launcher and general productivity app for the Mac that makes many common actions easier and more efficient. Alfred 3 brought new features and functionality, including a complete revamp of how Alfred handles workflows. Once you understand a few essential principles about how the basic building blocks fit together, Alfred's workflows become much easier to master.

In this episode, we dive deep into Alfred's new workflow format. We'll walk you through some of the example workflows in Alfred, show you how to build your own workflows from scratch, and explain how you can quickly and easily install workflows using online workflow directories.

Tip - Spotlight on macOS

Date: 27th June 2017

Duration: 07:34

Show ref: SCOM0642

Spotlight is the underlying indexing technology built into both the macOS and iOS that allows you to quickly find various types of information on your Mac and iOS devices.

In this week's tip video, we take a look at configuring Spotlight on the Mac, as well as looking at some Spotlight party tricks, and cap it off with a look at using natural language to invoke Spotlight searches with Siri.

Keynote for macOS & iOS

Date: 23rd June 2017

Duration: 50:52

Show ref: SCOM0641

Keynote is Apple's premier presentation software application.

Along with Pages and Numbers, Keynote has been updated and enhanced with multiple features since a major rewrite several years ago.

In this episode, we take you through the core functionality of Keynote on both the Mac and iOS, and explore the many new features this latest update brings.

Tip - Spotlight on iOS

Date: 20th June 2017

Duration: 7:30

Show ref: SCOM0640

Spotlight is the underlying indexing technology built into both macOS and iOS, which allows you to quickly find many different types of information on your Mac and iOS devices. In this week's tip video, we take a look at configuring Spotlight on iOS to include "Siri Suggestions", "Suggestions in Search", as well as "Suggestions in Look Up".

We also take a look at how apps can be included in Spotlight Search using the SCO Members app and SCO Magazine as examples.

++ Apps for Activity

Date: 16th June 2017

Duration: 43:11

Show ref: SCOM0639

Whether you're already athletic, or if you want to get into better shape with the help of the Apple Watch, these ++ apps from Cross Forward Consulting might enhance your activity tracking.

The Apple Watch comes with both standard Workout and Activity apps that can show metrics on the watch as well as on the iPhone. Unfortunately, you can't control what metrics you see on the Apple Watch whilst doing a workout. With Workouts++ you can create custom watch faces for each type of workout you do, allowing you to display different metrics and even graphs on the Apple Watch.

In this tutorial, Allison Sheridan demonstrates the configuration of Workouts++ using real workout data, as well as how to use the information collected from your workouts in Activity++ and Pedometer++.

Whether you're an athlete, or just want to get more active, these apps will help make your workouts more fun.

Tip - Misc. iPhone Tips

Date: 13th June 2017

Duration: 06:19

Show ref: SCOM0638

This week's Tip video includes three separate tips for iPhone users:

  • How to add favourite contacts to the Today View for quick access.

  • Using Low Power Mode to extend your battery life.

  • Managing App Store downloads using 3D Touch.

Things 3

Date: 9th June 2017

Duration: 44:42

Show ref: SCOM0637

Things 3 is the latest update to the popular task management application by Cultured Code, and is is currently receiving rave reviews. So much so that we've been inundated with requests to cover it on ScreenCastsOnline!

Things 3 is available for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad and includes syncing between all three platforms. Redesigned from the ground up, Things 3 has with a brand new UI design, along with many new features and enhancements which we cover in this screencast.

UPDATE: Things 3 has just been awarded an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2017!

Tip - Mac Security & Privacy - Pt 1

Date: 6th June 2017

Duration: 06:57

Show ref: SCOM0636

One of the simplest things you can do to secure your Mac is to configure it to request a password when exiting Sleep or a Screen Saver.

This tip walks you through the process of setting this up, and gives you some best practices on setting Screen Savers and putting your display to Sleep.

If you're a MacBook Pro user with TouchBar, we also take a look at customising the TouchBar Control strip with single buttons for Sleep, Screen Lock and ScreenSaver.

Numbers for Mac and iOS

Date: 2nd June 2017

Duration: 42:33

Show ref: SCOM0635

In the second of this occasional series, we take a look at the changes to the latest version of Apple's premiere spreadsheet application: Numbers for macOS and iOS.

With lots of extra features, Numbers is still the best way to crunch numbers and present them beautifully!

Also in this episode, we take a look at protecting your Apple ID using two-factor authentication. This is due to a mandatory requirement starting June 15, 2017, for any third-party apps to use app-specific passwords if they access iCloud services.

Tip - macOS - Preview Tips - Pt 4

Date: 30th May 2017

Duration: 06:55

Show ref: SCOM0634

Preview really is the Swiss Army knife of Mac applications, and it's free with macOS.

In this fourth tip show covering Preview, we take a look at some more not so obvious features of this versatile app.

These include:

  • Password protecting PDFs

  • Reducing the size of your PDFs

  • Arranging, merging and deleting pages in PDFs

  • Using Instant Alpha & Smart Lasso on your image files

MailMate - Email Client for the Mac

Date: 26th May 2017

Duration: 45:23

Show ref: SCOM0633

MailMate is a keyboard-centric email application for Mac. It may not be the prettiest, but it is a very powerful, flexible, secure, and standards-compliant email application that allows you to plough through mountains of email in record time.

In this episode we dive into the basic features of MailMate and show you how to set everything up. We walk you through the many settings, different views, and how to use MailMate integration with other productivity apps to process your email faster and more effectively.

In this tutorial we demonstrate:

  • Recommended settings
  • Setting up integration with other productivity apps
  • Using the powerful search feature to quickly locate any message
  • How to use the Thread Arc view to get the entire message history
  • Using Markdown to compose new messages
  • Setting up Smart Mailboxes by using tag searches
  • Creating your own key bindings

Tip - Apple Watch - Activity

Date: 23rd May 2017

Duration: 05:26

Show ref: SCOM0632

One of the top reasons for using an Apple Watch is to motivate you to track your activity with the Activity app.

This tip video takes you through some hints and tips on optimising your usage of the Activity app. Including such things as:

  • Using Apple Watch faces with the Activity & Workout apps

  • Easy ways to start workouts

  • Bypassing the Stand Up reminders and still achieving your goals

  • Adding in missed workouts manually

Pages for macOS & iOS

Date: 19th May 2017

Duration: 47:04

Show ref: SCOM0631

Apple have continued to update and refine Pages, Numbers and Keynote, since they had a complete re-write several years ago.

This tutorial is the first in a number of "update" shows, designed to get you up to speed with the changes and improvements in the latest versions.

In this first tutorial, we take a look at the latest version of Pages on both macOS and iOS.

Tip - Automator - Re-scale Action

Date: 16th May 2017

Duration: 04:02

Show ref: SCOM0630

The Mac is extremely customisable and it's really easy to extend its functionality by harnessing the power of Automator.

In this short and handy tip, we demonstrate just how easy it is to create an Automator action to rescale images, and install it as a service, right in the contextual menu in the Finder. So now you can re-scale any image with a few clicks.

Disk Repair Utilities

Date: 12th May 2017

Duration: 48:32

Show ref: SCOM0629

Monitoring and maintaining the drive(s) on your Mac is essential to keeping your Mac running and your information accessible.

Apple includes Disk Utility with every macOS installation which does help with many issues that could affect your hard drive or SSD, but what happens if Disk Utility isn't enough?

In this tutorial, Todd Olthoff takes a look at a number of third party utilities that help to monitor, maintain, repair or recover your disks in the event of problems.

Tip - Photos - Location & Privacy

Date: 9th May 2017

Duration: 04:23

Show ref: SCOM0628

The addition of location data to your photos and videos when using your iPad or iPhone is a tremendous boon. With it, you can search by location or even see your photos and videos on the "Places" map view.

But there may be times when you don't want to publish the location information with shared photos and videos.

In this tip, I demonstrate both switching off location acquisition when taking images, as well as stripping location metadata using a 3rd party tool called ViewExif.

The Finder on macOS

Date: 5th May 2017

Duration: 44:33

Show ref: SCOM0627

In this episode, Allison Sheridan shows you how to use something you already use every day, and that's the Finder in macOS.

You might be a really sophisticated user who has been using the Mac for a long time, or you could be new to the Mac, but either way she's positive she will show you a trick or two when using the Finder.

Allison digs through all of the Finder Preferences first, learning how to customize the Finder Sidebar to configure it to match the way you work, followed by the Finder toolbar, finishing off with a look at the various options in the view menu.

Tip - iOS - WiFi Assist & WiFi Calling

Date: 2nd May 2017

Duration: 03:35

Show ref: SCOM0626

Some hidden features in iOS that utilise WiFi to help improve your iPhone experience - providing you have the bandwidth and your carrier provides support!

IOS Automation - Part 2

Date: 28th April 2017

Duration: 49:05

Show ref: SCOM0625

iOS offers less options for automation than the Mac due to sandboxing, which limits what apps can do. But there are still some powerful automation tools available if you understand how the basic building blocks work.

In Part 2 of this iOS automation series, we dive deeper into automation workflows for iOS and give you several specific examples of how to implement these yourself. We walk you through some important concepts (like setting/calling variables and using prompts for text entry), and show you step-by-step how to construct these workflows for yourself.

In this tutorial we demonstrate:

How to get around the lack of a share sheet in Mail

How to append Amazon links to an Evernote note

How to create multi-step workflows like using AirDrop to send screenshots to your Mac and then automatically delete them from your iOS device

How to integrate prompts and set variables for use in iOS automation workflows in Workflow and Launch Center Pro

How to send multiple tasks to OmniFocus from Drafts and create OmniFocus project templates in Workflow

How to use Editorial to automate writing tasks and use Python scripts inside of Editorial workflows

Tip - watchOS 3.2 & tvOS 10.2

Date: 25th April 2017

Duration: 03:45

Show ref: SCOM0624

A quick update on some of the new features in WatchOS 3.2 including the new "Theatre Mode", a new lock sound when unlocking your Mac and a peek at some new scrolling capabilities using the touchpad on the Apple TV remote.