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Tip - Apple Contacts Tips and Tricks

Date: 4th May 2021

Duration: 08:20

Show ref: SCOM1044

The standard Contacts app has some hidden gems of functionality that need to be exposed. In this tip video, Don explores some of these and demonstrates some useful but not obvious features of Contacts.

Homebridge

Date: 9th April 2021

Duration: 27:54

Show ref: SCOM1037

The number of home automation devices being released with HomeKit support is increasing but there are still lots of them that don't work natively with Apple's automation protocol. Help is at hand with Homebridge, a free open-source application that allows you to add non-supported devices to HomeKit.

This week, Don takes you through the installation and configuration of Homebridge on a Mac. He also reviews his home setup and shows you how Siri can control non-HomeKit devices.

Tip - Apple Notes and Productivity

Date: 30th March 2021

Duration: 08:47

Show ref: SCOM1034

In this second tip video covering some of the handy features of Apple Notes on the Mac, Don looks at using the various views and the Attachments Browser. You also get a few tips on organising and identifying important notes using custom images.

Tip - Time Machine Local Snapshots

Date: 9th March 2021

Duration: 08:06

Show ref: SCOM1028

In this tip, Rosemary shows you the Time Machine local snapshots feature, and how it can be used to retrieve a file you might have deleted by mistake, even if your backup drive isn't plugged in.

Tip - Apple Notes - Pt1

Date: 2nd March 2021

Duration: 09:08

Show ref: SCOM1026

Apple Notes is a very capable app and as it's available on Mac as well as iOS, it can be the go-to app for your note-taking needs, and more.

This week, Don takes you through organising your notes, using emojis to make folders more identifiable, and creating a makeshift tagging system.

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.

Tip - System Preferences in Big Sur

Date: 26th January 2021

Duration: 12:34

Show ref: SCOM1016

In this tip Don covers some of the changes to System Preferences in Big Sur as well as some useful new features around Family Sharing and Apple ID.

Tip - Maps in Big Sur

Date: 19th January 2021

Duration: 08:51

Show ref: SCOM1014

In this tip, Rosemary is your guide on a tour of the refreshed Maps interface in Big Sur where you learn about bike directions, editor's guides, and the Look Around feature.

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!

Photos on Big Sur

Date: 25th December 2020

Duration: 46:49

Show ref: SCOM1007

Finding the right solution for working with your photos on the Mac can be difficult with many options available on the App Store. One of the best options already exists on every Mac: Photos.

Photos has been growing over the past few years, adding more features and options for organizing, editing, and sharing your images. Since we haven't had a look at Photos in a while, this week Todd is giving you a fresh tour of the app running in macOS 11 Big Sur.

On behalf of all of us at ScreenCastsOnline to all who celebrate it, Merry Christmas.

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.

Tip - Control Center & Notifications in Big Sur

Date: 15th December 2020

Duration: 11:02

Show ref: SCOM1004

The latest version of macOS, Big Sur, brings with it an overhaul of much of the core functionality. Here, Lee takes a deeper look at how the Control Center and Notification Center have been modified to look a lot more like their iOS counterparts. You learn how to configure both areas, and how to add and remove widgets from the Notification Center.

Tip - Home App in Big Sur

Date: 8th December 2020

Duration: 09:20

Show ref: SCOM1002

In this tip, Rosemary shows you some of the changes to the Home App in Big Sur, while giving you a tour of the application using her home setup.

Apple M1 Mac First Look

Date: 24th November 2020

Duration: 11:47

Show ref: SCOM0998

This week's special tip video isn't a tip video at all!

After taking delivery of the Apple MacBook Air with the new M1 chip, Don decided to takes you through his first impressions of the performance of the new machine. It's quite an eye-opener!

He also explains some of the complexities that come with the various types of apps that can be run on these new M1-powered Macs.

macOS 11 - Big Sur Update

Date: 12th November 2020

Duration: 26:54

Show ref: SCOM0995

macOS 11 - Big Sur - is Apple's latest OS for the Mac.

With it comes a fresh bright new look and some design refinements.

In this first look show, Don takes a look at some of the more important changes to macOS to get you off and running. We'll do some deeper dives in future tips shows.

Tip - macOS Tips

Date: 18th August 2020

Duration: 11:40

Show ref: SCOM0970

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

Show ref: SCOM0968

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

Show ref: SCOM0962

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

Show ref: SCOM0961

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

Show ref: SCOM0952

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!