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Tip - macOS Tips

Date: 18th August 2020

Duration: 11:40

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There are lots of keyboard shortcuts and tools built into the operating system that can help you improve the speed of your text creation in macOS. Lee spent some time rediscovering some and learning others, all with the goal of making his typing more efficient.

In this week's tip, you learn many of the ones he uses each day.

Tip - File Renaming in macOS

Date: 11th August 2020

Duration: 09:33

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In this week's tip video Don covers one of the surprisingly effective features of the Finder: file renaming.

Although there are plenty of dedicated third-party Mac applications that do this, we thought it was worth revisiting what can be accomplished using the built-in features of macOS.

Tip - Safari Private Browsing

Date: 21st July 2020

Duration: 07:27

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A little-known feature of Safari on both macOS and iOS is the ability to browse in private. This allows you to keep your browsing history private as well as take advantage of some additional privacy features.

In this tip video, Don takes you through the standard usage of Private Browsing in Safari, on both the Mac and iPad, as well as pointing out issues to be aware of on iOS.

Apple Media Apps

Date: 17th July 2020

Duration: 49:07

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When Apple transitioned away from iTunes to a series of application in macOS Catalina, the way you manage your media changed in several ways. We briefly covered these changes and new apps in the past, but we felt it was time to take a deeper dive.

In this screencast, Todd gives you a tour of each one, beginning with Music. He also goes over the Home app, which can help you manage your audio sources, such as HomePod and AirPlay 2 speakers.

Tip - Spotlight on macOS

Date: 16th June 2020

Duration: 13:18

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In this video, Lee continues the current theme of examining the core OS functionality of our devices in more detail, with another look at Spotlight on macOS. Spotlight is much more than an application launcher. Lee shows you how it can be used to convert units, get calendar and contact information, find specific files and folders, as well as get information about your favourite sports teams!

Tip - Managing Video Clips with QuickTime

Date: 2nd June 2020

Duration: 08:23

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When working with videos, we don't always have time to fire iMovie or Final Cut Pro to edit and export our home movies. Whilst Photos gives you a few bits of functionality, QuickTime Player offers quite a bit more.

In this tip, Don shows you how to string together several movies using the QuickTime app on your Mac. You also learn useful single-key shortcuts (the same ones pro video editors use!) to play and trim your movies, or watch a ScreenCastsOnline tutorial.

Tip - Safari Bookmarks in macOS

Date: 19th May 2020

Duration: 08:13

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It's so easy to build up a collection of hundreds and hundreds of bookmarks in Safari, and so easy to fall into bad habits of not organising them properly. By using a combination of Safari Bookmark folders and some clever tricks with descriptions, you'll soon be able to navigate your bookmarks in a flash and find any bookmark in an instant.

In this tip video, Don gives a refresher on creating bookmarks in Safari for Mac, along with some invaluable tips on organising and searching.

Tip - Help with macOS

Date: 14th April 2020

Duration: 08:51

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In this video, Lee invites you to take a closer look at the built-in macOS Help Guide. Whilst offering casual advice for the beginner when it comes to using core macOS features, you learn that this guide is also for advanced users, as Lee shows you some hidden gems along the way.

macOS Clean Install

Date: 18th October 2019

Duration: 40:41

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There are many good reasons you might consider doing a clean install on your Mac. Perhaps it has gotten sluggish over the years, you may have had a hard drive replaced which necessitates the process, or you'd like to have as close to a stock operating system as possible before installing the next major release of macOS.

But performing a clean install (some call it a "nuke and pave") may seem like a daunting task, one you may be reluctant to take on. In this week's show, Allison talks about all the reasons why you might want to do it, suggests some strategies to attacking the task, and then shows the process in action.

First Look at macOS Catalina - Part 2

Date: 11th October 2019

Duration: 18:54

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.