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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.

ScreenFlow 8 Foundation - Part 3

Date: 5th April 2019

Duration: 37:54

Show ref: SCOM0827

The third and final part of our look at ScreenFlow 8, the fantastic video editor, optimised for creating, editing and publishing screencasts.

In this episode, Don takes a look at some of the more advanced features including nested clips and captioning.

Path Finder 8 Foundation

Date: 29th March 2019

Duration: 39:32

Show ref: SCOM0825

In this screencast, Lee walks through an alternative to the native Finder application on macOS: Path Finder 8 from Cocoatech.

Using this powerful and feature-rich application, you learn how to be more efficient when navigating and organising files using features such as Dual Browser and Tab Sets. Lee also covers other built-in tools, like Convert Image, Batch Renaming, FolderSync and the very flexible Find feature.

MarsEdit 4

Date: 15th March 2019

Duration: 45:15

Show ref: SCOM0821

MarsEdit is a very powerful and easy to use blogging tool that works with many blogging platforms, such as Wordpress and Tumblr. It gives you an easy way to style and upload images, add links, and preview your posts. More advanced bloggers will love being able to create macros for styling images and text. MarsEdit assists but also gets out of your way so that you can get down to the business (and pleasure) of blogging.

In this episode, Allison walks you through the creation of a blog using MarsEdit 4, and explains the various tools that help you create, edit, and publish your posts. Along the way, you learn the benefits of using the Media Manager for your images, and using Markdown to write your posts.

ScreenFlow 8 Foundation - Part 2

Date: 8th March 2019

Duration: 45:08

Show ref: SCOM0819

ScreenFlow 8 is an amazing all-in-one solution for the capturing, editing and exporting of screencasts. This is a fantastic way for you to capture and spread knowledge, whether it's for friends, family, colleagues or even documenting processes or procedures for yourself.

Although both iOS 12 and macOS Mojave already have built-in capabilities for recording your screen, they are fairly rudimentary. ScreenFlow is truly optimised for screen captures and is also a full-featured video editor in its own right.

Due to the complexity and feature-rich nature of ScreenFlow, we're going to spread the tutorial over three episodes: the first episode, SCOM0815, introduced the basics of ScreenFlow. In Part 2, Don covers more hints and tips on working with clips on the timeline, gives you a tour of several of the inspectors, and shows you how they integrate with your screencasting and editing workflow.

The series will conclude in a couple of weeks with the third and final episode, where we'll look at some of the more advanced features in ScreenFlow 8.

GoodNotes 5

Date: 1st March 2019

Duration: 46:22

Show ref: SCOM0817

There are a lot of scenarios where it can be advantageous to take notes with paper and pencil, but going back and finding what you need later can be a pain. With GoodNotes for iOS, you can get the best of both worlds by combining the flexibility and retention benefits of analog note taking with digital search features that use Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

In this tutorial, Mike introduces you to the different note-taking tools in GoodNotes while demoing sketchnoting, a visual note taking method that is typically used when listening to something you're interested in. You learn how to utilize those tools in GoodNotes, convert your handwritten notes into text, as well as search your documents after you've created them. Mike also shows you how to import document templates into GoodNotes, and export your documents after you're done.

ScreenFlow 8 Foundation - Part 1

Date: 22nd February 2019

Duration: 47:16

Show ref: SCOM0815

ScreenFlow 8 is an amazing all-in-one solution for the capturing, editing and exporting of screencasts. Screencasts are a fantastic way for you to capture and spread knowledge, whether it's for friends, family, colleagues or even documenting processes or procedures for yourself.

Both iOS and macOS Mojave already have built-in capabilities for capturing screencasts, but these are fairly rudimentary. ScreenFlow is a full-featured video editor in its own right but is optimised for screen captures.

Due to the complexity and feature-rich nature of ScreenFlow, we're going to spread the tutorial over three episodes. This first part looking at the basics of ScreenFlow, followed in a couple of weeks with a second and third episode highlighting and explaining some of the more advanced features.

Todoist Task Manager

Date: 15th February 2019

Duration: 52:11

Show ref: SCOM0813

In this week's tutorial, Lee walks you through one of the most popular cross-platform task management applications available today, and that's Todoist.

With access to your data from almost any device, as well as advanced features such as recurring tasks, project templates and web integrations, It will help you keep on top of those important tasks, no matter where you are. Lee shows you Todoist on the web, on a Mac, and concludes with a guided tour of the iOS interface on iPad.

Jump Desktop

Date: 1st February 2019

Duration: 43:13

Show ref: SCOM0809

If you need or want to connect into other Macs or PCs in your home or business via your Mac or your iPad, you'll want to take a look at Jump Desktop. This remote desktop application supports standard protocols like RDP (to connect to Windows Server and Windows Professional machines) and VNC, but those protocols require advanced networking knowledge to use outside of a local network.

Jump Desktop includes its own remote desktop protocol called Fluid which allows you to connect from anywhere in the world with no network configuration at all.

In this week's show, Allison walks through how to install a free application called Jump Desktop Connect on the machines you want to control. She'll also show how to connect from an iPad and introduce the features that allow you to easily control a desktop interface using a touch interface.

Sorted for iOS

Date: 25th January 2019

Duration: 49:04

Show ref: SCOM0807

Everything on your to-do list must be completed within the context of time, but looking at a huge list of things can be overwhelming. Sorted takes a different approach to task management by giving you powerful tools to quickly create a plan for your day, including both tasks and calendar events, into a timeline.

In this tutorial, Mike shows you how to use features like Auto schedule and Magic Select to keep your daily plan up to date within Sorted. You'll learn how to implement schedule-based task management using the Sorted interface, allowing you to allocate time for the things that you want to do instead of feeling paralyzed looking at a long, daunting to-do list.

Zapier Automation

Date: 18th January 2019

Duration: 44:42

Show ref: SCOM0805

With so many web applications and services available, it's becoming possible to automate more and more things. Zapier is the glue that can make all your web apps and services work together and do things you never thought possible.

In this episode, Don takes you through the basics of using Zapier using examples with Slack, OmniFocus, and MailChimp - just three of the 1000+ apps and services available to be integrated using Zapier.

You also have a peek at some of the integrations we use here at ScreenCastsOnline to work more efficiently and automate posting to social media.

KeyCue, PopChar X and Typinator

Date: 11th January 2019

Duration: 51:18

Show ref: SCOM0803

Using keyboard shortcuts is something many Mac users do on a daily basis, to speed up their workflow. But remembering them can be challenging, especially the ones that are not used often. This is where KeyCue can come to the rescue.

PopChar X and Typinator are also part of this productivity bundle from Ergonis Software. Organizing and inserting special characters easily, and expanding abbreviations to longer bits of text is made a lot more convenient by using these long-standing apps, which offer many advanced features.

In this week's show, Lee Garrett walks you through the basics of this handy and powerful trio. He shows you how to install and set them up on your system, and gives you some examples of their use in your daily workflow.