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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.

Microsoft Teams - Pt3

Date: 4th December 2020

Duration: 41:09

Show ref: SCOM1001

In the third and final part of this deep dive into Microsoft Teams, Lee moves away from basic messaging, communications and file sharing and into some of the different applications and integrations that can be made with the software. He shows you how applications like OneNote and Microsoft Planner can be used in a Teams environment, and how you can configure third-party applications using Trello as an example. The series concludes with a look at Teams on iOS.

Tip - 1000th show

Date: 1st December 2020

Duration: 16:00

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For the 1000th show, I thought I'd take a walk down memory lane and take a look at how ScreenCastsOnline has developed over the last fifteen years. I take a look at some of the old website designs and bring us up to date with the current features and scope of ScreenCastsOnline and its companion apps.

There's also an announcement of a special prize draw for this week! 

Microsoft Teams - Pt 2

Date: 20th November 2020

Duration: 44:00

Show ref: SCOM0997

In this video, Lee continues his detailed walkthrough of Microsoft Teams. Building on the foundations that were laid in Part 1, the core elements of Teams are covered, namely Calls, File Management and Meetings. You learn how to send and receive calls, share your screen or an individual application, as well as upload and edit files. Lee also shows you how to schedule and join meetings from both Teams and Outlook. 

Microsoft Teams - Pt 1

Date: 6th November 2020

Duration: 50:05

Show ref: SCOM0993

With so many of us working remotely, we are now using tools and adopting practices that are oftentimes new to us. One service that has proved to be very popular in businesses and communities alike is Microsoft Teams. Teams allows you to communicate, collaborate on files and socialise with your friends, colleagues and loved ones even when you can't be with them.

In the first part of this series, Lee walks you through the different Teams pricing plans and shows the interface for the first time. You also learn how to set up and modify new Teams and Channels, as well as posting conversations and announcements.

Logoist 4

Date: 30th October 2020

Duration: 36:57

Show ref: SCOM0991

Logoist 4 is a vector design program that helps you create unique art for logos, business cards, and more. In this project-based tutorial, Allison Sheridan shows how she used the software to create the cover for the Taming the Terminal book, available in Apple's Books Store. She explains how the templates in Logoist 4 give inspiration and walk you through the vast array of modification options available that allow the user to customize their design.

Tip - New in Notability on iPad

Date: 13th October 2020

Duration: 09:12

Show ref: SCOM0986

Notability from Ginger Labs has been around for over ten years. It turned the iPad into a full-featured note-taking app and has remained a favourite with countless users since.

In her very first ScreenCastsOnline tip video, Allison Sheridan walks you through some recent improvements to Notability that enhance handwriting. You learn about drawing shapes, creating various types of lines, and take a peek at the handwriting recognition feature.

Tip - Anybuffer

Date: 29th September 2020

Duration: 16:02

Show ref: SCOM0982

With the iPad becoming more prevalent as a direct laptop replacement, file management needs to be quick and easy. Anybuffer is a shelf utility that allows you to access frequently used files as well as store them quickly and easily.

With Lee as your guide, you learn several ways for getting files into Anybuffer, as well as how to organise them using the Shelves feature within the application, so you can quickly find and use your content.

Tip - FE File Explorer Pro

Date: 15th September 2020

Duration: 10:02

Show ref: SCOM0978

In this week's tip, Rosemary takes you on a tour of FE File Explorer Pro for iOS.

Connecting to multiple servers and services is what File Explorer Pro is all about. This flexible utility remembers your connections, and also allows you to create files within its interface. You can it as an additional location within the Files app, and access your various connections from there as well.

Telegram

Date: 11th September 2020

Duration: 42:19

Show ref: SCOM0977

In this week's show, Allison takes you on a detailed exploration of a popular messaging app, Telegram.

Telegram is a cross-platform and secure messaging service that works with Apple devices as well as Android, Linux, and Windows. It supports end-to-end encryption with private chats and allows you to set timeouts on messages so they disappear on both ends. It's got a superb search engine, and fun features like stickers and the ability to conduct polls inside group messages.

Tembo for macOS

Date: 8th September 2020

Duration: 09:31

Show ref: SCOM0976

We've covered HoudahSpot from Houdah Software in the past on ScreenCastsOnline. It's my go-to app if I want to do some serious searching on my Mac. But if you want to do a simple search and Spotlight just doesn't cut it, I'd recommend Tembo for macOS.

Tembo, also developed by Houdah Software, is a quick and efficient way of searching for files on your Mac. In this tip video, Don takes a look at its core functionality and shows you how to customise some of the settings.