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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.

Overcast for iOS

Date: 7th June 2019

Duration: 51:21

Show ref: SCOM0845

If you listen to a lot of podcasts but want something that offers more options than Apple's Podcasts app, Overcast may be for you.

In this episode, Mike dives deep into Overcast on iPhone – since this is the primary place people download and listen to podcasts.

He covers numerous ways to discover and download podcasts and shows you all the ins and outs of the Overcast interface. You learn how to search for podcasts and build your library, record Overcast-friendly Siri shortcuts, create Smart Playlists, upload files via Overcast Premium for testing, and much more.

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.

MoneyWiz 3 for macOS & iOS

Date: 24th May 2019

Duration: 54:07

Show ref: SCOM0841

In this week's episode, Lee walks us through the basic features of MoneyWiz 3, a personal finance application for both macOS and iOS.

You will learn about setting up new accounts, connecting to online banks and institutions, creating budgets, as well as running reports and syncing your data between devices. If you're having difficulty managing a system for creating budgets, or are drowning in spreadsheets, this may be just the tutorial for you.

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.

Cardhop for iOS

Date: 26th April 2019

Duration: 33:10

Show ref: SCOM0833

Cardhop is now on iOS!

Widely acknowledged as one of the best (if not the best) contacts app on macOS, Flexibits has recently launched Cardhop for iOS.

This new version brings the same power and ease of use as the macOS version, with some subtle new additions for the mobile platform.

In this tutorial, Don looks at the basics of setting up and using Cardhop, as well as customising and getting the most out of the versatile Parser or Search Bar. He also shows you the brilliant new "Business Card" feature, perfect for use on iPhone.

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.

Ferrite for iOS

Date: 19th April 2019

Duration: 40:48

Show ref: SCOM0831

The touch interface of your favorite iOS device combined with the simple design of Ferrite provides a great environment for editing and publishing audio for the web. There's something about editing audio with your finger or Apple Pencil that makes this task more personal and more enjoyable.

This week, Mike explains how you can use Ferrite to edit, and even record, a podcast. He shows you some basic editing techniques and guides you through the built-in tools and effects that make Ferrite such a great tool for podcasters. You also learn how to set up automation like fading out an intro track, adding artwork and chapter markers for export, and leveling your audio for the final mix.

Yoink for Mac and iOS

Date: 12th April 2019

Duration: 43:13

Show ref: SCOM0829

By providing a temporary space to park your files and app data, Yoink makes moving those items around more intuitive and efficient.

This handy utility accepts any file from Finder, as well as data from almost any app. Whether you want to move or copy files to a different folder or hard drive on your Mac, or wish to collect images from a website before you move them to your desired destination, Yoink has got you covered. On iOS, Yoink is your shelf for all the things you drag, copy, and share.

This week Richard gives you a tour of Yoink, and shares a few of his favourite tips on the Mac.

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