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Affinity Photo 1.5 Update

Date: 10th February 2017

Duration: 48:03

Show ref: SCOM0603

In SCOM0560 and SCOM0565, Allison Sheridan introduced us to the highly capable image editor, Affinity Photo from Serif. This $50 Mac App Store application is turning the photo editing world on its head.

In the previous tutorials, Allison taught us how to use the Affinity Photo extensions within Apple Photos, and then revealed the full power of this excellent application.

In this week's tutorial, Allison is going to show us the massive capabilities that Serif added (for no upgrade cost) with their update to Affinity Photo 1.5. In addition to being able to round trip images to Affinity Photo from Apple Photos now, you can edit 360 photos, record macros of common tasks, do batch processing on many photos at once, focus merge, shallow depth of field images, and they've even added HDR and Tone Mapping.

Whether you're a professional photographer or an amateur who just enjoys photography, Allison promises you'll find these tools easy and intuitive.

Tip - macOS - Preview Tips - Pt 2

Date: 7th February 2017

Duration: 03:41

Show ref: SCOM0602

Tip Video: Preview on the Mac is known for its PDF capabilities, but it really is a "Swiss Army Knife" amongst applications. Supplied free as part of macOS, Apple are continually updating and improving Preview with additional functionality.

In this second part of a short series, I take a look at some of the file manipulation and export capabilities of Preview.

Backups & iCloud Drive

Date: 3rd February 2017

Duration: 42:05

Show ref: SCOM0601

With the introduction of iCloud Drive Desktop and Documents sync in macOS Sierra, I felt it was time to revisit the how, what and where of backups.

Even with the prevalence of online backups and services, local backups are still advisable including bootable backups if you want to get back working in a hurry. In this episode, I take you through the principles of creating a local bootable backup to a USB drive, as well as setting up a Time Machine backup to the same USB drive.

In addition, I demonstrate using a NAS or Network Attached Storage device (in my case a Synology NAS) as an expandable Time Machine Backup.

Another requirement is to sometimes backup or sync files across two Macs or more, and I demonstrate setting this up using ChronoSync and ChronoAgent on your Mac.

Finally, I take a look at the recent changes to iCloud Drive with Desktop and Documents sync and assess how these changes impact on your backup strategy, as well as demonstrating how to restore deleted files and folders from iCloud Drive within the 30 day limit.

Tip - macOS - Preview Tips - Pt 1

Date: 31st January 2017

Duration: 6:18

Show ref: SCOM0600

Tip Video: Preview on the Mac is known for its PDF capabilities, but it really is a "Swiss Army Knife" amongst applications. Supplied free as part of macOS, Apple are continually updating and improving Preview with additional functionality.

This first part of a short series takes a look at some of the graphical functionality of Preview including resizing, adjusting and cropping digital images, as well as using the "Magnifier" to examine your photos. I also take a look at some of the new tools in the Markup Toolbar.

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.

Tip - iOS - 3D Touch

Date: 24th January 2017

Duration: 4:04

Show ref: SCOM0598

3D Touch is a great boon for iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 users, but the feature needs to be explored to get the most benefit.

In this tip video, I demonstrate some of the more useful 3D Touch features in Control Centre and Settings.

Mac Automation - Part 1

Date: 20th January 2017

Duration: 53:21

Show ref: SCOM0597

There are some really powerful Mac automation tools out there, but it can be difficult to know where to start. In Part 1 of this Mac automation series, we introduce some basic automation principles and some key ideas for developing a systems thinking mindset.

We also take a look at five common automation tools for the Mac (TextExpander, Hazel, Keyboard Maestro, Automator, and AppleScript). For each tool, we go through its strengths and weaknesses and explain what situations they are best suited for, so you can start to recognize opportunities for automation in your own everyday use.

Tip - AirPods & Apple TV

Date: 17th January 2017

Duration: 3:06

Show ref: SCOM0596

Following on from last week's full AirPod episode - SCOM0595 - in this short tip video I demonstrate how to pair and use your Apple AirPods with the 4th generation Apple TV.

Apple AirPods

Date: 13th January 2017

Duration: 21:18

Show ref: SCOM0595

Apple's new AirPods have been out for a month or two now and I've had time to have a good play with them.

In this slightly shorter, live video show, I take you through the initial setup and usage of the AirPods on all the supported Apple platforms - iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac. I also take a look at setting up the AirPods on a slightly older Apple device - an iPod touch.

I have to say, I've been delighted with the AirPods and Apple have added their secret source to make the setup and switching a breeze.

Tip - macOS & iOS - Using Emoji

Date: 10th January 2017

Duration: 3:06

Show ref: SCOM0594

Tip Video: This week I take a look at a very simple tip, but one that addresses one of my pet peeves - customising Emojis in your messages.

iOS 10 and macOS brought with them a new range of emojis, but you don't have to accept the defaults every time!

Stop sending yellow Emojis with this simple little tip.

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.

Tip - macOS & iOS - Duet & Touchbar

Date: 3rd January 2017

Duration: 04:19

Show ref: SCOM0592

Tip Video: The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro is a significant addition to the functionality on macOS Sierra, but until Apple release a Touch Bar enabled external keyboard, Mac Pro, iMac and Mac mini users are excluded from trying it. That is, unless you have an iPad!

With Duet Display, you can connect your iPad to your Mac and have a fully featured touch enabled Touch Bar running on your iPad.

2016 - End of Year Update

Date: 31st December 2016

Duration: 03:56

Show ref: SCOM0591

Just a short update advising you of some changes to ScreenCastsOnline in 2017 as well as a reminder for you to subscribe to the 2017 feeds if you're still using iTunes or a 3rd party podcast app.

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 Email App for iPad, iPhone & Mac

Date: 16th December 2016

Duration: 42:49

Show ref: SCOM0588

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.

MacBook Pro & Touch Bar

Date: 9th December 2016

Duration: 35:55

Show ref: SCOM0587

The new MacBook Pro and Touch Bar has certainly courted controversy since its launch a few weeks ago. In this episode, I take a first look at the new MacBook Pro and the impact of using the new Touch Bar.

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

Members iOS App & Airtable Update

Date: 25th November 2016

Duration: 34:49

Show ref: SCOM0585

Finally! 

At long last, the SCO Member iOS app is available for download in the App Store. So now you don’t need to subscribe with RSS feeds, or the Apple Podcast App, or 3rd party Podcast players (unless you still want too - they will all still work).

Now you can download the custom built SCO Members app for iPad and iPhone and stream or download tutorials for your viewing pleasure.

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.