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RecoLive MultiCam for iOS & Mac

Date: 21st October 2016

Duration: 42:46

Show ref: SCOM0580

In this week’s episode, Allison Sheridan takes us through the setup and usage of a hidden iOS gem - RecoLive Multicam. 

For just $4.99 USD and a few spare iPhones or iPads, you can create a Multicam setup with live camera switching, selectable audio and a huge range of professional transitions - you can even use your Mac Desktop or any camera connected to your Mac as a video source in the MultiCam shoot.

Record all your video devices live simultaneously, and let RecoLive MultiCam composite a final video directly on your iOS device, or export the multiple camera angles to separate video files and use iMovie or FCP X to create your final video. 

You’ll be amazed at what can be achieved with this inexpensive yet incredibly powerful app.

A new presenter for this week - Mike Schmitz.

Mike is a productivity wizard and takes us through some of the first principles of being productive on your Mac and iOS device - how to effortlessly capture thoughts, ideas, tasks and reference files for later action.

BusyCal for Mac & iOS

Date: 2nd September 2016

Duration: 52:18

Show ref: SCOM0573

We’ve covered BusyCal before but the Mac version has had a big upgrade and they’ve recently released a brand new iOS version of BusyCal too!



BusyCal has for a long time been one of the premier calendaring applications for the Mac, and with the introduction of the new iOS version, you can now also use BusyCal to manage your calendars via your iPad and iPhone.

The iOS App will work completely independently from the Mac app, as it uses your iCloud calendar data as well as supporting integration with Google Calendar, Exchange and more. So you don’t need both the Mac and iOS app, you can use either or both. The underlying calendar data is also accessible from your standard Mac and iOS Calendar apps.



In this episode, Todd Olthoff gives you a refresher on the existing features of BusyCal on the Mac and take a look at some of the brand new features, as well as taking a look at the new iOS app on the iPad.


FotoMagico & Scanner Pro 7

Date: 12th August 2016

Duration: 54:33

Show ref: SCOM0570

Two great apps this week - FotoMagico to take your slide shows to the next level, and Scanner Pro 7, the portable scanner in your pocket.

You may thing you’ve got slide shows covered with Apple Photos, but you really haven’t when you take a look at the functionality built into FotoMagico!

We had a brief look at Scanner Pro 7 in a previous show, but I was very impressed with its capabilities and wanted to drill down a bit more. 



Scrivener for Mac & iOS - Part 2

Date: 5th August 2016

Duration: 43:51

Show ref: SCOM0569

Scrivener is an awesome writing tool for authors, writers, trainers, bloggers, business people, hobbyists… basically anyone who writes text!

In this second of a two part series, I take a look at some of the more advanced concepts of both Scrivener on the Mac, and the brand new version of Scrivener for iOS. As well as being a fantastic writing environment, Scrivener has many advanced tools such as Composition mode, Scratch Pad and Quick Reference Windows. It also has rich meta data support allowing you to organise your writing projects and even enables you to view progress at a glance.

Scrivener for Mac & iOS - Part 1

Date: 29th July 2016

Duration: 41:38

Show ref: SCOM0568

Scrivener is an awesome writing tool for authors, writers, trainers, bloggers, business people, hobbyists… basically anyone who writes text!

Even though it is one of the most respected Mac (and now Windows apps), it has always been difficult to use Scrivener using your Mac and iOS device. But now with the introduction of Scrivener for iOS that is no longer the case!

In this first of a two part series, I take a look at some of the core concepts of Scrivener on the Mac, how to set up syncing via Dropbox and a first look at the brand new version of Scrivener for iOS.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff takes a look at some sample workflows to automate the capture and manipulation of digital files using some of our favourite tools - Hazel & DEVONthink Pro. He also takes a look at a great iOS app that allows you to scan and process documents directly on your iOS device - Scanner Pro 7

iOS9 has really improved the ability for iOS Apps to interchange files and documents, but it’s still very confusing.



In this episode, I take a look at iCloud Drive on iOS and the Mac and try to explain how it all works. I also take a look at local storage options in various apps on iOS to explain just what is a “Document Provider”, as well at how the system wide Document Picker can be used in many different scenarios.

Time for an update show on two of my favourite apps - ScreenFlow and LiquidText.

Airmail for OS X & iOS - Part 2

Date: 24th June 2016

Duration: 39:49

Show ref: SCOM0563

Airmail is not a new email app, but with the advent of Airmail 3 for the Mac and Airmail 1.1 for the iPad and iPhone, it’s actually a very robust and feature packed alternative to the standard Apple Mail client.



In this second and final tutorial, I take a look at some of the more advanced features as well as customising Airmail on both OS X and iOS
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Photoshop Pt4 - Effects & Photoshop Express

Date: 17th June 2016

Duration: 51:43

Show ref: SCOM0562

The 4th and final installment in our Adobe Photoshop series.

In this episode, Todd takes a look at some of the powerful editing and retouching tools in Photoshop CC for the Mac, as well as exploring some of the photo adjustments available in Photoshop Express for iOS.

Airmail for OS X & iOS - Part 1

Date: 10th June 2016

Duration: 42:18

Show ref: SCOM0561

Airmail is not a new email app, but with the advent of Airmail 3 for the Mac and Airmail 1.1 for the iPad and iPhone, it’s actually a very robust and feature packed alternative to the standard Apple Mail client.



In this first of a two part series, I take a look at setting up Airmail with an iCloud account and a Gmail account, followed up by a look at some of its basic features. 



In two weeks, (SCOM0563), I’ll take a look at some of the more advanced features and customising Airmail.

LiquidText for iPad

Date: 3rd June 2016

Duration: 13:28

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LiquidText is a unique app for the iPad that allows you to read and annotate your documents in a completely new way.

No longer constrained by the inflexibility of scrolling through pages and pages of documents, with a few simple gestures you can annotate and “scrunch” sections together. It’s difficult to explain, but so simple when you see it in action!


Following on from the previous episode, I take a look at some of the more advanced aspects of Slack including installing and configuring some sample integrations, as well as building and configuring Teams. 



Slack is a great way to centralise your communications, all within a single app. Slack also integrates with over 80 web services making it as flexible or as powerful as you want.

In this episode, I take a look at integrations with services we’ve previously looked at on ScreenCastsOnline - Dropbox, Twitter, Trello and Airtable.

 I also show you how you can request an automated invitation to the SCO Demo Slack team and try it out for yourself!

Email is great but sometimes Slack is better!

Slack is a collaboration tool that allows you to message, chat and share files. It also integrates with most of the top online services making it a great way for everyone, from small teams to large organisations, to communicate and collaborate. 

With support for multiple teams, all your communications can be centralised within a single app.

TextExpander 6 & Alternatives

Date: 13th May 2016

Duration: 39:26

Show ref: SCOM0557

Text expansion is one of the best ways to increase your productivity. Just type abbreviated keywords and have them expand into words, sentences, paragraphs or whole pages of text. Expand into images or formatted text, or use fill in snippets to prompt you to complete boilerplate text. These are just some of the options available using TextExpander and other text expansion utilities.



In this episode, we take a look at the newly released TextExpander 6 as well as some other alternative apps.


Photoshop Pt 3 - Masks & Photoshop Mix

Date: 6th May 2016

Duration: 47:47

Show ref: SCOM0556

Another information packed episode in our short Photoshop series, this time focussing on using Masks to improve and adjust selected areas of your photos. Even if you’re not a Photoshop user, this episode covers some of the basic principles of using masks and translates to almost every other photo manipulation app.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff also takes a look at Photoshop Mix for the iPad & iPhone, and demonstrates how to create masks, adjust your photos and mix photos together - all using the free Photoshop Mix app.

Ulysses is a fantastic plain text editor for the Mac, iPad and iPhone. It allows you to create plain text documents or “sheets” and use markdown formatting to control the final look and format of your writing. PDF, ePub, HTML, Text, DOCX and even publishing to Medium are all included in this great app, giving you ultimate control of your writing.

As well as a wealth of formatting and exporting capabilities, Ulysses takes away the pain of managing your documents across all your devices. All your sheets are contained in a single Ulysses library, that syncs amazingly well with iCloud. It will even allow you to edit external files from a multitude of sources.

Please note that Ulysses has moved to a subscription service as of August 2017

Ulysses is a fantastic text editor for the Mac, iPad and iPhone. It allows you to create plain text documents or “sheets” and use markdown formatting to control the styling of your documents, allowing you to export them in a multitude of formats. 

It's really simple to export to PDF, ePub, HTML, Text, DOCX and even publish direct to Medium from the Mac, iPad or iPhone. 

As well as the wealth of formatting and exporting capabilities, Ulysses takes away the pain of managing your documents across all your devices. All your sheets are contained in a single Ulysses library, that syncs amazingly well with iCloud. It will even allow you to edit external files from a multitude of sources.

This first episode focuses on the basic principles of Ulysses and we will follow up in the next episode with a look at some of its more advanced features.

Update: As of August 2017, Ulysses has changed to a subscription model.

Notability is a fantastic note taking app for the iPad, iPhone and now the Mac.

It has excellent stylus support for hand-written notes and typed notes, including a unique "Zoom" feature. You can sketch drawings and annotations, type notes, and even audio record lectures and other events that stay timed with your notes. 

Editing your hand-written notes is easy because they're all vectors. This means with the swipe of an eraser, you can erase large or small sections of words or sketches, and moving or changing colour and line thickness is a snap.

An iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is not required, but it makes Notability even more natural and useful.

And now with a new Mac App and iCloud syncing, you can now access all of your notes across all of your devices.