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Tip - Trickster

Date: 15th October 2019

Duration: 09:47

Show ref: SCOM0883

This week, we look at a clever macOS menu bar utility called Trickster. This application presents filtered views of your most commonly accessed applications and files.

After installing the app, Lee shows you how to set up and edit filters, configure file tracking, as well as some useful keyboard shortcuts.

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.

iOS 13 Deeper Dive

Date: 4th October 2019

Duration: 27:05

Show ref: SCOM0879

There are so many new features in iOS and iPadOS 13 that we needed a second show to dive deeper and show you more of the essentials.

In this episode, Rosemary shows you some of the new features in core applications, including operating system changes, to allow us to use our devices more effectively and efficiently with all that iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 has to offer.

Timepage for iOS

Date: 27th September 2019

Duration: 35:33

Show ref: SCOM0877

In this tutorial, Lee walks you through a visually stunning calendar application on iOS called Timepage, by Moleskine. Whilst focusing on looking amazing, it doesn't miss out on functionality and allows you to work with contacts, maps and even the weather, all from a single interface.

In this episode, you learn about navigating the interface, using the HeatMap view, and adding and editing events. Lee dives a bit deeper to reveal Timepage's Smart Alerts, how to configure notifications, as well as its Siri Shortcuts integration.

First Look at iOS 13 & iPadOS Preview

Date: 19th September 2019

Duration: 38:45

Show ref: SCOM0875

For the first time, the iPhone and the iPad each have their own version of iOS: iOS 13 and the brand new iPadOS.

In this episode, Don takes a first look at these operating systems and highlights some of the new and changed features across both devices.

In the upcoming months, we will take a look at many more new features for both iOS and iPadOS

Copy'em Paste

Date: 13th September 2019

Duration: 49:00

Show ref: SCOM0873

All day long on our Macs, we copy and paste information between applications, switching context each time which invites us to become distracted. We have no choice because the Mac system clipboard is reset with every new item we copy. Using a clipboard manager however, you open the door to much more efficient copying and pasting.

This week, Allison shows you Copy'em Paste, a fantastic macOS utility that brings copying and pasting to a whole new level. With it, you can transform text, copy URLs with their titles intact, as well as paste several items sequentially very quickly. Copy'em Paste also gives you tools to keep your favorite clippings at the ready using dedicated lists that help you stay organized. These are just a few of the amazing things you will learn to do easily and intuitively using Copy'em Paste.

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.

Zenkit - Part 2

Date: 23rd August 2019

Duration: 41:29

Show ref: SCOM0867

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 - Unclutter

Date: 20th August 2019

Duration: 08:51

Show ref: SCOM0866

In this video, Lee introduces you to one of his favourite macOS applications: Unclutter.

You learn how to access clipboard snippets, store frequently used files for easy access, as well as making notes on the fly without cluttering up the screen, all thanks to Unclutter's clean interface.

Luminar 3

Date: 16th August 2019

Duration: 55:53

Show ref: SCOM0865

When it comes to photo editing and organization there are a number of applications in the market including Adobe's Lightroom and Apple's Photos application.

Luminar 3 is another entry into this market, that brings along some unique features. It includes a photo management system that stays in sync with your photos in the Finder and includes some advanced and modern editing tools that you just won't find in other photo editing apps.

In this screencast, Todd walks you through managing your photos in Luminar 3 and then covers some of the many editing tools available in the app. He also shows you how this flexible program can be used as a plug-in within Photos, and how to back up your Luminar catalog.

iA Writer

Date: 9th August 2019

Duration: 34:06

Show ref: SCOM0863

iA Writer is a powerful plain text editor built to give you total ownership of the words you write. It gives you a clean, simple, and distraction-free writing interface that is available all on Apple platforms, as well as Windows and Android. iA Writer bucks the subscription trend by offering a quality productivity app as a one-time purchase for each.

In this tutorial, Mike walks you through some of the unique features in iA Writer like the Keyboard Bar (and how to customize it), syntax highlighting, tasks, export options, and more.

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.

We've covered Drafts for iOS in the past, and it is now available on macOS!

Drafts is where text starts and is intended to be the first app you think of when wanting to input text. Just open Drafts and start writing. Once in Drafts, you can decide where to send your text using the Share sheet or copy and paste. With Drafts Pro, you can sync your drafts using iCloud, so use Drafts on the iPhone or iPad and your text will be waiting for you when you sit at your Mac.

Drafts for iOS has an extensive library of Actions that allow you to integrate with a huge number of apps and perform seemingly limitless multi-step tasks. Actions have yet to be implemented on the Mac version, but it's still a hugely powerful application as it stands.

In this tutorial, Don takes you through the basics of using Drafts on macOS, and gives you a quick refresher on the latest iOS version.

Zenkit - Part 1

Date: 19th July 2019

Duration: 45:33

Show ref: SCOM0857

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.

TextSoap 8

Date: 12th July 2019

Duration: 36:19

Show ref: SCOM0855

TextSoap is a fantastic application that allows you to transform and manipulate text in many different ways. If you find you're constantly editing or fixing the same badly formatted text over and over again, TextSoap can save you hours.

Pre-loaded with many different pre-defined text cleaners, you can access the power of TextSoap through clipboard integration, a menu bar app, macOS services or even AppleScript.

TextSoap also allows you to create your own custom cleaners, with virtually unlimited flexibility.

In this tutorial, Don takes you through using the many different facets of TextSoap 8

GoodTask for macOS and iOS

Date: 5th July 2019

Duration: 49:36

Show ref: SCOM0853

Good news: you don't have to wait until the release of iOS 13 and macOS Catalina to get access to features like Subtasks and Smart Lists in Apple's Reminders app. GoodTask gives you these features right now, plus a whole lot more including Start Dates, Quick Actions, and automatic snoozing, just to name a few.

GoodTask is a powerful task manager that uses your Reminders database for Mac and iOS. In this episode, Mike dives into how this app handles Subtasks and Smart Lists, and introduces you to the different view options that are available. You also learn how to build you own Smart Lists using custom filters, and much more.

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

Show ref: SCOM0849

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.

Notability for iOS

Date: 14th June 2019

Duration: 46:48

Show ref: SCOM0847

Notability for iOS allows you to combine handwriting, sketching, photos and typing in a single note to bring your projects to life. Use a wide range of note-taking and sketching tools to capture every detail. You can even add and annotate PDFs in Notability. It's the perfect place to create and organize work, school, and life's information!

In this episode, Richard takes you from start to finish with this versatile application. After going through the downloading and installing process, he looks at the various tools and options available, how to organise your notes in subjects, and shows you how to export your work.