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HoudahSpot 5 Foundation

Date: 31st May 2019

Duration: 35:55

Show ref: SCOM0843

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

Show ref: SCOM0830

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

Show ref: SCOM0825

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

Show ref: SCOM0807

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

Show ref: SCOM0805

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

Show ref: SCOM0799

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.

Tip - Agenda Attachments

Date: 25th December 2018

Duration: 09:01

Show ref: SCOM0798

A great new enhancement to Agenda, a very impressive note-taking app. Check out the previous ScreenCastsOnline tutorial to see the full scope of its capabilities.

With the addition of support for all kinds of embedded file types, Agenda just became a lot more useful.

MS Excel - Part 2

Date: 21st December 2018

Duration: 29:32

Show ref: SCOM0797

Excel is Microsoft's premier spreadsheet package, which helps you get work done and be more productive.

In Part 2 of this tutorial, Richard takes you through how to manipulate the data on Mac and iOS, as well as showing different ways to view it. He also demonstrates how Apple Pencil can be used in Excel on iOS to freely mark up your document with various writing tools.

MS Excel - Part 1

Date: 16th November 2018

Duration: 43:16

Show ref: SCOM0787

Excel is Microsoft's premier spreadsheet package to help you get work done and be more productive. In Part 1 of this tutorial Richard takes you through the basics of Excel on Mac and iOS including a tour of the interface, adding and formatting text and data, creating formulas, adding charts, and much more.

OmniFocus has been a favorite task manager amongst productivity nerds for a long time, and with version 3 for Mac it's gotten even better. In this first part of our series on OmniFocus 3 for macOS, Mike walks you through the app interface and explains the basic concepts you need to know to start getting things done. This includes how to manage your Inbox, search for tasks, as well as learning about the Inspector and View Options.

Mike also introduces you to Projects, how to set up repeating tasks, using tags, the all-important Review, and much, much more.

Tip - iWork Updates

Date: 10th July 2018

Duration: 08:33

Show ref: SCOM0750

Following on from the recent update shows, a final quick update on Pages, Number and Keynote.

In this tip video, Don takes a look at some changes to Smart Annotations and Drawing in Pages, as well as the common changes in Charting and the support for displaying LaTeX or MathML equations across all of the iWork Apps.

Tip - Audio in iWork

Date: 26th June 2018

Duration: 08:11

Show ref: SCOM0746

The iWork suite of Pages, Numbers and Keynote has been updated to allow you to record audio clips into your word processing document, spreadsheet or presentation slide, directly from your iPad or iPhone.

In this tip video, Don shows you the common method for creating and editing these clips.

In addition, he also demonstrates how these clips are presented and can be replaced or updated in the macOS versions of the apps. You can also include audio in those, but it's necessary to record your audio externally - at least for now!

Numbers & Keynote - 2018 Update

Date: 15th June 2018

Duration: 33:00

Show ref: SCOM0743

Following on from the recent Pages 2018 update tutorial, Don explores in this week's tutorial the 2018 updates to Numbers and Keynote, Apple's spreadsheet and presentation applications.

Numbers

As Apple have rewritten all of the iWork applications with the same code base, many of the new features are present in all three applications. With Numbers, some specific improvements have been made to controlling the import of external files on both the Mac and iOS, as well as some long-overdue enhancements to sorting and filtering in the iOS version.

Keynote

The Mac version of Keynote receives all of the standard updates delivered with Pages and Numbers including new shapes, image galleries and collaboration, and more. Most notable however is the addition of Apple Pencil support in the iOS version, along with the ability to animate line drawings on your slides. No Apple Pencil? Then you can use your finger!

MS Word - 2018 - Part 2

Date: 24th May 2018

Duration: 32:56

Show ref: SCOM0737

State-of-the-art editing, reviewing, and sharing tools make creating and formatting documents in Word easy. Designed for Mac with full support for Retina displays, Word helps you create beautiful, professional-looking documents.

Join Richard for Part 2 of this series as he shows you additional features in Word such as adding tables and charts, formatting headers and footers within sections, collaborating, and marking up documents on iOS using the Apple Pencil.

MS Word - 2018 - Part 1

Date: 13th April 2018

Duration: 50:32

Show ref: SCOM0725

Word's state-of-the-art editing, reviewing, and sharing tools make creating and polishing documents easy. Designed for Mac with full support for Retina displays, it will help you create beautiful, professional-looking documents in no time.

Join Richard as he takes you through the basics of Word on Mac and iOS.

OneNote is a note-taking application from Microsoft that can be used on Mac and iOS. You can type, write or draw with the free form feel of pen to paper. OneNote allows you to search and add clips from the web to better illustrate your ideas. Tags can be used to sort and order your notes so you can easily find them later. Collaborate with anyone, stay on the same page and in sync wherever you are!

OneNote is also adept at handwritten notes on iOS, allows you to highlight what's important and express ideas with colors or shapes. It's easy to pull up your content from anywhere, even if you're offline. You can start on your laptop then update notes directly on iPad.

In Part 2, we move on to cover more advanced features in OneNote on Mac and IOS. We look at inserting audio and video, clipping information from the web, as well as sharing notebooks for collaboration.

OneNote is a note-taking application from Microsoft that can be used on Mac and iOS. You can type, write or draw with the free form feel of pen to paper. OneNote allows you to search and add clips from the web to better illustrate your ideas. Tags can be used to sort and order your notes so you can easily find them later. Collaborate with anyone, stay on the same page and in sync wherever you are!

OneNote is also adept at handwritten notes on iOS, allows you to highlight what's important and express ideas with colors or shapes. It's easy to pull up your content from anywhere, even if you're offline. You can start on your laptop then update notes directly on iPad.

In this week's show, we show you the basics of OneNote on both macOS and iOS. You learn how notebooks work and how to break them down into different sections to better organise your ideas.

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