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Parallels Desktop 15 - Part 2

Date: 15th November 2019

Duration: 41:13

Show ref: SCOM0891

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

Show ref: SCOM0871

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

Show ref: SCOM0851

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!

TextExpander 6 Foundation

Date: 3rd May 2019

Duration: 51:10

Show ref: SCOM0835

TextExpander 6 from Smile includes some incredibly powerful tools to increase your productivity when typing on your Mac. In this Foundation tutorial, Allison starts out slowly introducing simple text expansion snippets to bring the beginners up to speed. Then she quickly accelerates and moves into advanced topics such as nesting snippets, doing math on dates, and fill-in snippets.

You learn how to subscribe to other people's shared snippet groups as well as sharing your own. Each step of the tutorial builds on previous knowledge in a way that brings everyone up to speed for maximum productivity. TextExpander is likely to provide you with the highest productivity boost of any app you can install on your Mac.

Tip - Pages - Table of Contents Update

Date: 16th April 2019

Duration: 09:46

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Recent updates have brought further improvements to Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

In this tip video, Don looks at the new ability to add Table of Contents to Pages for Mac and iOS. The Table of Contents can be used to navigate your Pages documents as well as exported PDF and ePUB documents.

You also learn about the creation and syncing of custom shapes across all your iCloud devices.

Path Finder 8 Foundation

Date: 29th March 2019

Duration: 39:32

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In this screencast, Lee walks through an alternative to the native Finder application on macOS: Path Finder 8 from Cocoatech.

Using this powerful and feature-rich application, you learn how to be more efficient when navigating and organising files using features such as Dual Browser and Tab Sets. Lee also covers other built-in tools, like Convert Image, Batch Renaming, FolderSync and the very flexible Find feature.

Sorted for iOS

Date: 25th January 2019

Duration: 49:04

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Everything on your to-do list must be completed within the context of time, but looking at a huge list of things can be overwhelming. Sorted takes a different approach to task management by giving you powerful tools to quickly create a plan for your day, including both tasks and calendar events, into a timeline.

In this tutorial, Mike shows you how to use features like Auto schedule and Magic Select to keep your daily plan up to date within Sorted. You'll learn how to implement schedule-based task management using the Sorted interface, allowing you to allocate time for the things that you want to do instead of feeling paralyzed looking at a long, daunting to-do list.

Zapier Automation

Date: 18th January 2019

Duration: 44:42

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With so many web applications and services available, it's becoming possible to automate more and more things. Zapier is the glue that can make all your web apps and services work together and do things you never thought possible.

In this episode, Don takes you through the basics of using Zapier using examples with Slack, OmniFocus, and MailChimp - just three of the 1000+ apps and services available to be integrated using Zapier.

You also have a peek at some of the integrations we use here at ScreenCastsOnline to work more efficiently and automate posting to social media.

KeyCue, PopChar X and Typinator

Date: 11th January 2019

Duration: 51:18

Show ref: SCOM0803

Using keyboard shortcuts is something many Mac users do on a daily basis, to speed up their workflow. But remembering them can be challenging, especially the ones that are not used often. This is where KeyCue can come to the rescue.

PopChar X and Typinator are also part of this productivity bundle from Ergonis Software. Organizing and inserting special characters easily, and expanding abbreviations to longer bits of text is made a lot more convenient by using these long-standing apps, which offer many advanced features.

In this week's show, Lee Garrett walks you through the basics of this handy and powerful trio. He shows you how to install and set them up on your system, and gives you some examples of their use in your daily workflow.

Timing

Date: 28th December 2018

Duration: 46:21

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Time tracking is a great way to give your productivity a boost, but manual time tracking is a pain. Fortunately, Timing makes it easy by tracking the time you spend on your Mac (or Macs) automatically!

In this tutorial, Mike shows you how to make the most of Timing by tracking tasks and projects using automated rules. You learn what kind of insights you can glean from the data it collects and how to use the powerful reporting features to organize and export your time-tracking data.