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Carbon Copy Cloner - Foundation

Date: 17th January 2020

Duration: 47:49

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Carbon Copy Cloner is a modern, powerful and yet simple to use backup utility.

It includes the usual methods of cloning to an external drive on a schedule, but it also allows you to back up to another Mac, or even a disk image stored on network-attached storage.

If you want more advanced features, it can do things like power on your Mac to execute the clone, only clone on weekdays, run scripts before and after the clone, and much much more.

Tip - Capture Taps in iOS

Date: 14th January 2020

Duration: 08:14

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A huge missing part of iOS has been the support for capturing taps and gestures system-wide. This has resulted in the need for manual annotation and animation, greatly increasing the effort and time needed to produce iOS screencasts.

With the newly introduced support for Bluetooth pointing devices in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, we are now able to capture taps and gestures during recording. In this tip video, Don gives you some pointers (excuse the pun) on how you can optimise this new mechanism for use in your own screen recordings.

Unibox Mail Client

Date: 10th January 2020

Duration: 41:21

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In this tutorial, Rosemary walks you through Unibox, a modern email client for Mac and iOS.

Unibox's fresh approach groups your emails by sender rather than chronologically. Alongside many of the things you would expect of your mail program, it incorporates unique features. These include an attachment view which you can filter by type, a clever way to compose emails and keep track of your drafts in one window, as well as flexible swipe gestures on iOS so you can quickly process your inbox.

DEVONThink 3 - Part 2

Date: 13th December 2019

Duration: 44:23

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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 the second of this three-part foundation tutorial, Todd covers the many ways you can view your database and goes over setting up workspaces. He also shows you how to work with the rich metadata that you can assign to your files inside of DEVONthink, then goes over how you can use groups and tags as a way to organise the information inside your databases.

draw.io

Date: 6th December 2019

Duration: 46:02

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draw.io is a fantastic diagramming app that runs either through your web browser or as a standalone desktop app. It's cross-platform and easy to use, but with a lot of depth. It also has great resources to get help. On top of all this, it's free and open source. The developers have their own enterprise business model incorporating draw.io, so they don't sell or store your data.

This week, Allison is your guide on a draw.io expedition, where you learn how you can use this app for various types of diagrams. She also shares a few real-world examples of her own.

ScreenFlow 9 Update

Date: 29th November 2019

Duration: 26:52

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ScreenFlow is the ultimate video production tool for screencasting and is the core tool we use every day here at ScreenCastsOnline to record and edit our weekly shows. Since recording the ScreenFlow 8 Foundation course in early 2019, Telestream has released ScreenFlow 9, a major update to this amazing application.

In this update episode, Don walks you through all of the new features of version 9, which turns ScreenFlow from a niche screencast production tool to a fully-featured video recorder and non-linear editor, capable of tackling most video projects.

DEVONthink 3 - Part 1

Date: 22nd November 2019

Duration: 51:15

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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 first of three foundation screencasts, Todd covers how to install and set up DEVONThink for the first time. He then walks you through all of the ways to get information into your databases. DEVONThink is a really rich application that has a plug-in for just about every type of information gathering you can think of, and some you may not have thought of!

Parallels Desktop 15 - Part 2

Date: 15th November 2019

Duration: 41:13

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In the second episode of this two-part tutorial, Lee continues his exploration of Parallels Desktop 15, an application that allows you to run a variety of operating systems from the comfort of your Mac.

Here you learn how to configure your input devices, set up application shortcuts, as well as back up your virtual machines using various techniques. Customising your hardware options to optimise performance is also covered. Finally, Lee shows you how to install the latest beta of macOS Catalina as a virtual machine.

Tip - TrackMySubs

Date: 10th September 2019

Duration: 10:12

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With the ever-increasing number of subscriptions for software, apps and services, TrackMySubs is a great way to keep on top of everything.

This week, Don shows you TrackMySubs' free plan which allows you to track up to 10 subscriptions to assess your costs as well as receive optional alerts when subscriptions are due. This allows you to decide if you want to proceed or cancel before the subscription payment is taken.

Ironically, TrackMySubs also offers a subscription service if you want to monitor more than 10 subscriptions. Depending on your situation, the potential savings you could make on your unused subscriptions could easily offset that cost!

Notion

Date: 6th September 2019

Duration: 40:10

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In this episode, Don takes you through the basics of Notion, a fantastic cross-platform workspace environment. With Notion, you can create, share, and publish documentation, knowledge base articles, wikis, project schedules, databases, and much more.

Once you master the basic concepts of creating pages and sub-pages, it's easy to publish information to the web or share with individuals or teams. In a future episode, we will cover some of the more advanced aspects of Notion, as well as the iOS version. This initial episode focuses on getting you up and running.

Tip - MacRumors Buyer's Guide

Date: 27th August 2019

Duration: 04:44

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Something different for this week.

Is now the right time? That's one of the issues to consider before buying Apple equipment. There's no point buying something if a newer version is on the way.

The MacRumors Buyer's Guide is a web-based service that uses history, knowledge, and a little bit of guesswork to determine when a new version of a product might be available. Armed with this information, you can make an educated determination for when is the right time to buy!

Zenkit - Part 2

Date: 23rd August 2019

Duration: 41:29

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Zenkit is a web-based project management tool that also provides native applications for macOS and iOS.

In this episode, the second of our two-part series, Lee builds on the foundations laid in Part 1 and shows you how to deploy Zenkit in a team environment. Integration with third-party web services is also covered, as well as using Zenkit efficiently on iOS.

Tip - iWork for iOS Update

Date: 13th August 2019

Duration: 10:26

Show ref: SCOM0864

Apple is continuously improving Pages, Numbers and Keynote by adding in new features or adding back functionality that had been removed from the original versions several years ago.

In this tip video, Don takes a look at some of the common features implemented in the most recent iOS release, as well as some app-specific features.

Tip - iWork for Mac Update

Date: 31st July 2019

Duration: 09:23

Show ref: SCOM0860

Apple is continuously improving Pages, Numbers and Keynote by adding in new features or adding back functionality that had been removed from the original versions several years ago.

In this tip video, Don takes a look at some of the common features implemented in the most recent macOS release, as well as some of the new app-specific features.

Zenkit - Part 1

Date: 19th July 2019

Duration: 45:33

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Zenkit is a web-based project management tool that also provides native applications for macOS and iOS.

In this episode, the first of a two-part series, Lee shows you how Zenkit handles project management using Workspaces and Collections. You learn how to create and modify collections using various field types depending on your needs, configure useful views for your data, as well as filtering and searching through your workspaces and collections.

Soulver 3 for macOS

Date: 28th June 2019

Duration: 32:02

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Do you ever get tired of loading a full-blown spreadsheet application just to do a few simple calculations?

Soulver 3 is a small, highly effective and powerful mathematical notepad. It's perfect for working out simple (and some not-so-simple) calculations, conversions, and much more. Even better, you don't need to load Soulver each time you need to use it, you can take advantage of it via macOS System Service, a Command Line Interface (CLI), through Alfred, or even via Automator.

In this tutorial, Don takes you through the basic steps of using Soulver 3 and demonstrates the external integration with other apps and services.

MAMP & WordPress

Date: 21st June 2019

Duration: 40:58

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If you've ever wanted to learn WordPress but don't want to spend the money on hosting a site on the internet, how about running it locally on your Mac? Or perhaps you have a WordPress blog but you want to experiment with changing the look and feel to modernize it. Instead of interrupting your online presence, you could experiment with a local installation of WordPress on your Mac.

In this tutorial, Allison will walk you through the installation of a free piece of software called MAMP. She'll explain in detail how MAMP gives you a web server, a database and a scripting language, and the easy steps to configure them so you can run WordPress locally.

The steps themselves will probably take you into unknown territory but they're not that hard to follow. After WordPress is running, she'll give you some very basic instruction in creating Pages and Posts in WordPress and then installing Themes and Plugins. She'll show you where these files go on your Mac so you understand what's happening under the hood.

Tip - Scanbot for iOS

Date: 18th June 2019

Duration: 07:11

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Scanbot for iOS is a scanning application that can automatically apply Optical Character Recognition (or OCR) to your scans and upload them to your cloud service provider.

This week, Mike shows you how to use Scanbot to scan receipts, a common workflow for many people who have to travel for work. You learn how to connect Scanbot to your cloud service provider, set up Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in multiple languages, automate file naming using Scanbot's built-in tokens, and scan and crop images so they turn out just right.

HoudahSpot 5 Foundation

Date: 31st May 2019

Duration: 35:55

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macOS has a hugely powerful indexing feature called Spotlight built right into the operating system. Spotlight can index hundreds of thousands of files, folders, email messages and more and store a multitude of information about each object. The problem is how to search this rich database of information and find the stuff you want, quickly and effectively.

That's where HoudahSpot comes in.

HoudahSpot gives you an expanded UI to allow you to craft complex and powerful search queries with the minimum of fuss.

With the recent release of HoudahSpot 5, this essential application has become even more useful and offers some additional features.

In this full tutorial, we take you through the basics of HoudahSpot, the enhanced UI, the HoudahSpot Helper and the integration of HoudahSpot with the Finder and many third-party utilities.

It really is an essential app for all macOS users.

Hook for macOS

Date: 10th May 2019

Duration: 31:04

Show ref: SCOM0837

Invariably, working on the Mac involves a multitude of different apps, different information sources, and different file formats. We often struggle to keep all these elements together in one form or another by grouping them into folders or assigning tags. But invariably, it's difficult to manage and it becomes a burden or, we might end up abandoning it altogether. This is where Hook comes in.

Hook is a unique application that solves the problem in an elegant and simple-to-use fashion. Use Hook to "link" documents, images, videos, web pages, and more, using simple keystrokes or drag and drop. Your files can reside anywhere on your system and Hook makes it very simple to switch between them, keep everything accessible.

It's a revelation!