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Preview In Depth

Date: 9th July 2021

Duration: 34:25

Show ref: SCOM1063

Preview is a long-standing core application on macOS that is frequently overlooked in favor of more feature-rich, often costly programs. It is a great utility for viewing and annotating both PDF files and images alike.

In this video, Lee shows you the basics of Preview and highlights little-known annotation functions, such as Mask and Loupe effects.

Microsoft Excel Tips

Date: 21st May 2021

Duration: 31:31

Show ref: SCOM1049

Continuing the theme of looking at the Office 365 suite of applications in more detail, Lee takes you through some tips and tricks that he has picked up whilst trying to master Excel.

Whilst lots of people know the basic functionality the app provides, some of the more complex functions can be overwhelming. In this screencast, Lee covers Pivot Tables, and Data Validation, as well as other useful tips that will make your life in Excel Land more joyful.

DEVONthink To Go 3

Date: 23rd April 2021

Duration: 34:42

Show ref: SCOM1041

DEVONthink has long been a favorite database application on the Mac due to its useful features and stellar search capabilities. The previous companion iOS application allowed you to take your databases with you, but it did not have feature parity with its macOS counterpart.

Enter DEVONthink To Go 3 for iOS, which adds a number of key features previously only available on the Mac version. In this screencast, Todd takes you on a tour of the app and shows you how someone might use DEVONthink To Go as their primary database on iOS, separate from the desktop application.

Microsoft Word

Date: 16th April 2021

Duration: 30:56

Show ref: SCOM1039

In this first video in a series of deeper dives into the Microsoft Office suite of applications, Lee takes a look at Microsoft Word. Rather than walking through the basics of the application, which is a staple for the majority of users, you will learn a few hints and tips that Lee uses daily to help format, personalise and streamline your experience.

You learn how to create your own shortcuts, use AutoText for regular snippets, use Find and Replace in a creative way, and much more.

Increasing Productivity with TextExpander

Date: 2nd April 2021

Duration: 31:12

Show ref: SCOM1035

In this week’s episode, Lee puts TextExpander through its paces and shows you some workflows that you may find both useful and time-saving. You learn how to use TextExpander as a tool to aid memory, eradicate mistakes, simplify repetitive tasks via the use of templates, and much more.

Screenium 3 Advanced

Date: 26th March 2021

Duration: 32:45

Show ref: SCOM1033

Allison introduced you to Synium Software's Screenium 3 as an excellent app for screencasting in a previous show (SCOM1029) and showed you some basic functionality.

In this advanced tutorial, you learn many useful techniques and tools to take your screencast to the next level. These include recording Apple TV's user interface, multi-language generated speech and subtitles, animating shapes, text, and other objects, as well as more advanced configurations for the keyboard, desktop, and mouse clicks.

Microsoft Lists

Date: 19th March 2021

Duration: 39:32

Show ref: SCOM1031

Microsoft have recently added a new application to their ever-growing suite, and that's Lists. Office 365 subscribers are now able to create lists that are pinned to Microsoft Teams, and collaborate on them with colleagues. These can be created either from a template or a blank canvas. Lee shows you how to do both in this video, and walks through a real life scenario, step by step. He wraps up with a quick look at Lists on iPhone.

Screenium 3 Basics

Date: 12th March 2021

Duration: 30:29

Show ref: SCOM1029

Screenium is inexpensive, and yet a remarkably capable video recording and editing application, perfect for making professional screencasts. It is so extensive in fact that we're going to give you this basic tutorial, followed by an advanced tutorial at a later date.

In this first part, Allison goes over the interface and explains in detail how to configure Screenium. You also learn how the timeline works, see how transitions and chapter markers are created, and more.

Tip - Time Machine Local Snapshots

Date: 9th March 2021

Duration: 08:06

Show ref: SCOM1028

In this tip, Rosemary shows you the Time Machine local snapshots feature, and how it can be used to retrieve a file you might have deleted by mistake, even if your backup drive isn't plugged in.

What's New in iWork

Date: 5th March 2021

Duration: 36:19

Show ref: SCOM1027

Apple's decision to completely rewrite its iWork suite of apps way back in 2013 brought with it numerous changes to the overall feature set of those programs. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are still being updated frequently, bringing back features that had been removed, and introducing some new functionality.

In this episode, Don takes a look at the new features added since his last look back in 2019.

Tip - Headlines

Date: 23rd February 2021

Duration: 08:54

Show ref: SCOM1024

With the recent influx of apps on iOS that provide functional widgets, it's easy to be overwhelmed with their sheer number. Lee has been spending some time working with a lot of the options out there with a view to relaying some of his favourites to the SCO community. One that has merited its own tip is Headlines.

This application allows you to display customisable news widgets that connect to a variety of sources, and this week Lee walks you through its configuration and shows you how to make it your own.

A Better Finder Rename

Date: 19th February 2021

Duration: 36:23

Show ref: SCOM1023

Renaming files in macOS can be a laborious process. There is a tool out there that not only makes the process easy but also gives you lots of flexibility, with granular renaming options: A Better Finder Rename.

Lee walks you through the application in detail, from the basics of renaming files through to creating mini-applications (called droplets) — before wrapping things up with a bonus tip.

Tip - SwiftScan on iOS

Date: 16th February 2021

Duration: 13:28

Show ref: SCOM1022

Lee has been testing lots of mobile scanning applications recently as he tries to remove his reliance on his desktop ScanSnap. After finally settling on SwiftScan, he shows you how it's used and how much depth there is to this versatile application.

Dictation and Voice Control in Big Sur

Date: 12th February 2021

Duration: 24:49

Show ref: SCOM1021

With the advent of Voice Control in macOS Catalina and its further refinement in Big Sur, it's now possible to not only use hands-free dictation but also fully edit and format your text. In this episode, Don takes you through using basic keyboard dictation commands before pulling the curtain on the full power of Voice Control.

Bartender 4

Date: 15th January 2021

Duration: 32:15

Show ref: SCOM1013

If you live on a small screen or have a lot of menu bar items, you need Bartender. This great utility, which has gone through a major redesign only for Big Sur, brings huge advancements in how you can control your menu bar items. With Allison as your guide, you learn about Bartender's many features and how to best customize them for your specific workflow.

HoudahSpot 6

Date: 8th January 2021

Duration: 32:23

Show ref: SCOM1011

Finding files on your Mac can be a difficult and sometimes a frustrating task because of their sheer number — we all have so many! HoudahSpot is an application that allows you to do refined searches to get just the files you are looking for and includes several useful presets right out of the box.

We have covered HoudahSpot in the past so this screencast from Todd focuses on the updates that version 6 brings to the search party.

Tip - Calendar and Contacts in Big Sur

Date: 5th January 2021

Duration: 10:53

Show ref: SCOM1010

Not a lot has changed in Calendar and Contacts in Big Sur, other than the expected visual refresh. With that in mind, Don shows you some lesser-known features from both of these core macOS applications, and adds a little Automator trick as a bonus!

Raindrop.io

Date: 1st January 2021

Duration: 34:49

Show ref: SCOM1009

Bookmarks saved in any web browser can quickly become disorganised if not given regular love and attention. Raindrop.io is a dedicated bookmarks manager on macOS that allows you to keep your bookmarks organised and that also integrates with third-party utilities to allow you to both use and store bookmarks from a variety of sources.

Lee takes you through Raindrop.io in great detail and shows you just how flexible and useful the service is. You also learn how to install and use an Alfred workflow that makes it easy to add to your bookmarks collection as well as search through it.

Tip - Apple Mail in Big Sur

Date: 22nd December 2020

Duration: 08:26

Show ref: SCOM1006

This week's tip show takes another look at Apple Mail in Big Sur and explores some of the new features and enhancements to the existing functionality of the app.

Loom

Date: 11th December 2020

Duration: 30:17

Show ref: SCOM1003

Loom allows you to capture video of your screen and optionally your webcam while simultaneously uploading the video to the Loom online service. When you're finished recording, you can use the Loom web service to crop out portions of your video screencast, add calls to action, and share a link to your video.

In this week's episode, Allison gives you a tour of Loom and walks you through its workflow for creating screencasts.