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Tip - macOS - PopClip

Date: 31st October 2017

Duration: 06:18

Show ref: SCOM0678

PopClip is one of my go-to apps; I use it multiple times every day!

Although at first glance PopClip looks like a simple utility to speed up copy and paste, it is so much more. With over 160 free extensions, PopClip is a fantastic boon to your productivity, enabling all sorts of workflows between most of your favourite apps.

In this week's tip, I take you through PopClip's basic operation. You should also check out the PopClip extensions page to see just what it's capable of.

Back Up Your Mac Update

Date: 27th October 2017

Duration: 50:22

Show ref: SCOM0677

With the recent news of CrashPlan discontinuing their home backup service, we thought it would be a good time to take another look at other options for backing up your data. CrashPlan allowed users to not only back up their entire Mac to the cloud, it also let you use the software to back up to other drives on your network as well as to remote destinations.

In this screencast we look at a few options to replace each of those features and give you additional ways to back up your Macs. We take a look at Backblaze as a replacement for online backups, along with their B2 cloud storage option in conjunction with an application called Arq for encrypting, uploading, and managing that online storage. We also walk through setting up Arq to do remote backups to drives you have in a remote location. We then take a look at the changes Apple have made to Time Machine with macOS High Sierra. You can now set up network Time Machine backups so that all of your Macs can back up to one central location on your local network.

Tip - Screen Recording in iOS 11

Date: 24th October 2017

Duration: 05:13

Show ref: SCOM0676

iOS 11 brings with it native screen recording to your iPad or iPhone. You can record video only or both video and audio using your iOS device's microphone.

It's a great tool for creating short instructional videos for friends or family.

Once recorded, you can trim your video directly in the iOS Photos app, or use a special iMovie extension for more advanced tasks such as adding titles and music.

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!

SetApp - Productivity Apps

Date: 13th October 2017

Duration: 52:06

Show ref: SCOM0673

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.