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First Look at macOS Catalina - Part 2

Date: 11th October 2019

Duration: 18:54

Show ref: SCOM0882

In this episode, Don looks at two new facets of macOS Catalina.

Sidecar - a brilliant way to utilise your Apple Pencil and iPad. Extend your Mac Desktop on to your iPad or mirror your Mac onto your iPad and control it with your Apple Pencil. Sidecar turns your iPad into a dedicated sketching and drawing tablet connected to your Mac.

Voice Control - it's now possible to do pretty much everything on your Mac with your voice. A full suite of navigation commands, cursor commands, dictation commands, text navigation and editing and more. It's really impressive how Apple has implemented such a feature-rich implementation of Voice Control.

First Look at macOS Catalina - Part 1

Date: 8th October 2019

Duration: 20:08

Show ref: SCOM0881

macOS Catalina has now been released.

In this tutorial, Don gives you a first look at some of the great new features in macOS Catalina, including the new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, as well as Notes and the revamped Reminders application.

We will take a more in-depth look at Sidecar and Voice Control in Part 2, due out in the next few days.

Tip - macOS Catalina Prep

Date: 7th October 2019

Duration: 09:27

Show ref: SCOM0880

With the imminent advent of macOS Catalina, Don takes you through some sensible steps to prepare your Mac for an upgrade.

Using four separate utilities, you can clean and update your Mac, as well as check that all of your applications are ready for macOS Catalina, which will only support 64-bit applications. Don also reminds you of the importance of creating a fresh clone of your system disk before you take the leap and upgrade.

This week, Allison brings you two unrelated topics: useful keyboard shortcuts to speed up text editing, and a hidden gem in your Applications folder, and that is Image Capture.

Writing on a computer is much faster than doing it by hand. Editing text, however, can quickly become tedious because you often have to stop the flow of typing to reach for a mouse or trackpad. In this first segment, Allison shows you her favorite keyboard shortcuts to help you get rid of that friction when editing text, and also when navigating a web page or a PDF.

in the second half of the tutorial, you're introduced to a macOS utility called Image Capture. You learn how to import photos from your iOS devices and how to triage large files to free up storage if you don't use iCloud Photos. Allison also shows you how to make contact sheets of your images, and even how to make little web pages with selected photos.

Tip - macOS Emoji & Symbols

Date: 11th June 2019

Duration: 06:11

Show ref: SCOM0846

There are hundreds of Emoji & Symbols available to virtually every application on your Mac. Previously known as "Special Characters," these are available at the press of a keyboard shortcut or via the Edit menu.

In this tip video, Don takes your through the Emoji & Symbols panel and demonstrates how to get access to many more useful symbols for use in your documents and communication.

Sending large attachments via email can be troublesome and invariably requires third-party services or applications. However, with Mail Drop and Apple Mail, the complexities are swept away and it's never been easier to send large files. Even better, it's built into macOS and iOS.

With a generous limit of 5GB per email, you can send huge files to any recipient. Files transferred via Mail Drop are available to download for 30 days, and you can transfer up to 1TB of data in that 30-day period, without impacting on your iCloud storage.

In this tip video, Don takes you through configuring and using Mail Drop on macOS, iOS, and iCloud.com.

Tip - Screenshots on macOS Mojave

Date: 19th February 2019

Duration: 10:24

Show ref: SCOM0814

Apple has done a terrific job in macOS Mojave in facilitating taking screenshots and screen recordings. All done using a single, easy to remember keyboard shortcut with immediate access to markup and editing tools.

It's never been easier to manage screenshots with the new Screenshot app.

This tip video walks you through the basic features of Screenshot, including annotating and editing, organizing your screenshots and screen recordings using Stacks, and even sharing them using iCloud Drive.

Tip - iCloud Content Caching

Date: 8th January 2019

Duration: 06:47

Show ref: SCOM0802

With the plethora of iOS and Mac devices in the average Apple home, the frequency and size of app installs and updates can make a significant dent in your internet bandwidth. Add in the amount of iCloud data that now needs to be synced with all your devices and the amount of internet-based traffic increases considerably.

With just a few clicks, you can switch on Content Caching and use your Mac as a staging post for all your shared content and iCloud data to reduce bandwidth usage and speed up installation on supported devices.

In this tip video, Don demonstrates just how easy it is to set up Content Caching on your Mac.

Tip - Fonts on macOS

Date: 27th November 2018

Duration: 04:07

Show ref: SCOM0790

macOS Mojave comes with a slew of fonts in many different styles, allowing you to create beautifully formatted documents in your app of choice.

But what if you can't find a font you like or are looking for that special look? Using Font Book on the Mac, you can download and install extra fonts, both free or purchased.

In this tip video, Don demonstrates how to get the most out of this handy utility.

Tip - Full & Split Screen in macOS

Date: 30th October 2018

Duration: 07:51

Show ref: SCOM0782

Full Screen and Split Screen are two extremely useful modes when using your Mac, especially with limited screen real estate.

However, they can also be very useful on a larger Mac as I found out when reverting to a single monitor iMac Pro when my secondary monitor developed a fault.

In this tip video I teach you the keyboard shortcuts and gestures to invoke Full Screen and Split Screen (which I keep calling Split View).

I also show you how to use these techniques with virtually any app, or with two windows in the same app, with some Finder configuration options thrown in for good measure!

Tip - Mac App Store on macOS Mojave

Date: 16th October 2018

Duration: 05:38

Show ref: SCOM0778

With macOS Mojave, we now have a brand new Mac App Store.

Apple have completely redesigned the Mac App Store to bring it more in line with the iOS App Store, and to turn it into a destination service.

With a beautiful new graphical design, Mac apps are now re-organised into new categories and populated with videos and screenshots. As well as curated lists of apps, we now also have editorial content with behind the scenes articles and developer insights. This makes the Mac App Store a pleasure to visit and explore.

In this tip video, Don takes a look at the new features built into the new Mac App Store.

Tip - Books on macOS & iOS 12

Date: 9th October 2018

Duration: 09:44

Show ref: SCOM0776

iBooks is now Books and has had a complete revamp.

The changes are more pronounced on iOS 12 with new "Reading Now" and "Want to Read" sections.

This week I take you on a tour of Books on both macOS and iOS.

macOS Mojave 10.14 - Release Show

Date: 24th September 2018

Duration: 34:16

Show ref: SCOM0772

macOS Mojave is here, and in this special release show, Don takes a look at most of the new features.

With its new elegant Dark Mode, macOS has never looked better and Apple have also introduced some Dynamic Desktops images.

There's also a brand new way to organise your files on the desktop with Desktop Stacks, as well as many updates to the Finder. Don also shows you the smart new Continuity Camera feature that allows you to place images and scanned documents directly from your iOS device straight into your documents or file system on your Mac.

He brings it home with a look at the minor improvements to Mail, Safari and the Dock, as well as a brief look at three newly ported iOS apps: Home, News and Stocks.

We'll be taking a further look at macOS Mojave in upcoming tips videos.

Tip - Getting Ready for Mojave

Date: 20th September 2018

Duration: 06:12

Show ref: SCOM0771

With the forthcoming release of macOS Mojave, there is some essential preparation you need to do in advance to make sure the upgrade goes smoothly, and to make sure you can recover in case of problems.

This tip video gives you some pointers on cleaning your Mac and making a bootable backup to an external drive with SuperDuper.

Tip - Handy Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Date: 21st August 2018

Duration: 06:03

Show ref: SCOM0762

We frequently interact with the Save and Open dialog boxes when using our Mac. This tip video gives you some keyboard shortcuts to help navigate those actions, as well as change the target location when saving your files.

If you really want to supercharge your use of the Save and Open actions, I briefly show you an application that I've covered before, and that's Default Folder X. Well recommended!

Tip - Finder Toolbar

Date: 7th August 2018

Duration: 07:05

Show ref: SCOM0758

In this week's tip video, I take a look at how you can make some simple customisations to your Finder toolbar to increase your productivity.

Tip - Live Photos Effects

Date: 31st July 2018

Duration: 04:22

Show ref: SCOM0756

Live Photos are a great addition to the iPhone and you can further transform them using one of three effects: Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure.

I love using the Long Exposure effect on any running water or fountains. It makes a huge difference on your photos, without the need for specialist photo equipment or in-depth technical knowledge.

However, when out and about recently, I had a brain freeze and couldn't remember how to access the Live Photo effects - not everything in iOS is as discoverable as it should be. So I thought it would be a great topic for a refresher tip video!

Tip - macOS Hot Corners

Date: 24th July 2018

Duration: 06:11

Show ref: SCOM0754

You can configure the four corners of your Mac display to instantly invoke some pre-defined system commands. It's really simple to set up, and a very useful Mac customisation.

In this week's tip, I show you how it all works.

Tip - AirDrop 101

Date: 17th July 2018

Duration: 08:26

Show ref: SCOM0752

AirDrop is a safe and secure way to transfer files between Apple devices. It requires virtually zero configuration and only needs Bluetooth and WiFi to create an encrypted connection between devices. However, there are some precautions you need to take to ensure you remain in control of AirDrop.

In this tip video, I take a look at setting-up and using AirDrop on both the Mac and iOS.

Tip - Text Expansion & Safari

Date: 3rd July 2018

Duration: 06:57

Show ref: SCOM0748

Two quick updates in this week's tip show:

Text Expansion

Back in episode 0738, we covered using the built-in features of Text Auto-correction in both macOS and iOS. This is an easy way to use abbreviations to expand to simple words and phrases. However, text expansion is not just limited to simple words and phrases. It can also be used for multiple paragraphs, making Text Auto-correction so much more useful! In this tip, Don shows you how to create a multiline text snippet that will sync across your devices.

Subtitles or Captions in Safari

One of the main support issues we come across are people being unable to switch off subtitles when viewing tutorials on the ScreenCastsOnline website or, even worse, seeing two sets of subtitles displayed at once. This is easily fixed and is due to Safari itself displaying subtitles. In this segment, Don shows you how to easily switch both sets of subtitles off, giving you an uninterrupted view of your tutorials.

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