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MS Word - 2018 - Part 1

Date: 13th April 2018

Duration: 50:32

Show ref: SCOM0725

Word's state-of-the-art editing, reviewing, and sharing tools make creating and polishing documents easy. Designed for Mac with full support for Retina displays, it will help you create beautiful, professional-looking documents in no time.

Join Richard as he takes you through the basics of Word on Mac and iOS.

Day One for Mac and iOS

Date: 6th April 2018

Duration: 58:03

Show ref: SCOM0723

Day One is a journaling application for Mac & iOS that is well designed and a complete joy to use. It makes journaling nearly frictionless, which is important if you want journaling to become a consistent habit. In this episode, we cover the ins and outs of Day One and show you several practical examples of how you can put Day One to work for you.

Pagico for Mac & iOS

Date: 16th March 2018

Duration: 58:31

Show ref: SCOM0717

This week we will take a look at a productivity and project management application called Pagico, by Note 17 Software.

Pagico 8 includes the ability to add tasks, lists, projects and files in one interface. It also allows you to store your contacts and collaborate with others who may be working on your projects and link different tasks and documents to the users and projects you are managing.

You will also learn about the companion iOS app that lets you take your projects and tasks with you on the go.

OneNote is a note-taking application from Microsoft that can be used on Mac and iOS. You can type, write or draw with the free form feel of pen to paper. OneNote allows you to search and add clips from the web to better illustrate your ideas. Tags can be used to sort and order your notes so you can easily find them later. Collaborate with anyone, stay on the same page and in sync wherever you are!

OneNote is also adept at handwritten notes on iOS, allows you to highlight what's important and express ideas with colors or shapes. It's easy to pull up your content from anywhere, even if you're offline. You can start on your laptop then update notes directly on iPad.

In Part 2, we move on to cover more advanced features in OneNote on Mac and IOS. We look at inserting audio and video, clipping information from the web, as well as sharing notebooks for collaboration.

MindNode for Mac & iOS

Date: 2nd March 2018

Duration: 46:44

Show ref: SCOM0713

In this week's show, you'll learn how to quickly and easily create digital mind maps for collecting and sorting information and ideas. MindNode is an absolutely beautiful application for Mac and iOS that strikes a balance between form and functionality. With a great user interface that makes mind mapping approachable for anyone, MindNode is a great productivity tool whether you use mind maps for note taking, brainstorming, problem solving, book summaries, or anything else where thinking visually about ideas can be helpful.

With MindNode version 5, every part of the application has been reconsidered. It's a huge upgrade to previous versions, but because many of the changes are subtle, you may not notice it right away. Much of the design and layout has been completely revamped to make it easier to use and to discover the important features.

The full tutorial covers:

MindNode's pricing structure Application preferences Attaching Files and Stickers The Inspector and Toolbar Advanced Features Tasks Export options Styles and Themes Quick Entry iOS interface

Tip - Email Signatures in Apple Mail

Date: 13th February 2018

Duration: 05:47

Show ref: SCOM0708

Apple Mail on macOS allows you to create multiple email signatures and format them with a range of fonts and colours. You can have multiple email signatures per account, and across different accounts.

It's also possible to copy the formatted email signatures across to iOS, although Mail on iOS supports a single email signature per account.

In this short tip video, I demonstrate how to create your email signature in Mail on macOS and transfer across to your iPad using Universal Clipboard.

OneNote is a note-taking application from Microsoft that can be used on Mac and iOS. You can type, write or draw with the free form feel of pen to paper. OneNote allows you to search and add clips from the web to better illustrate your ideas. Tags can be used to sort and order your notes so you can easily find them later. Collaborate with anyone, stay on the same page and in sync wherever you are!

OneNote is also adept at handwritten notes on iOS, allows you to highlight what's important and express ideas with colors or shapes. It's easy to pull up your content from anywhere, even if you're offline. You can start on your laptop then update notes directly on iPad.

In this week's show, we show you the basics of OneNote on both macOS and iOS. You learn how notebooks work and how to break them down into different sections to better organise your ideas.

Cloud Outliner

Date: 5th January 2018

Duration: 40:57

Show ref: SCOM0697

Cloud Outliner is an inexpensive and yet powerful outlining app for the Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Cloud Outliner is available through the Mac App Store or through Setapp. Outlines are stored within Cloud Outliner and can be synced across devices through iCloud (App Store version only), Evernote, or through Cloud Outliner's free syncing service.

The Mac app includes easily-discoverable menus, handy menu bar buttons or a vast array of keyboard shortcuts. The choice is yours on how to interact with Cloud Outliner.

The iOS apps include full functionality for editing outlines from the Mac app and use intuitive gestures for manipulating outline content.

Adobe Lightroom Update

Date: 13th December 2017

Duration: 48:13

Show ref: SCOM0691

Adobe recently announced some changes to it's Creative Cloud options for Lightroom. With users moving more and more to mobile devices, Adobe decided to go towards a mobile-first solution for Lightroom. In the process, they've separated their desktop and cloud-based products, calling them Lightroom Classic for the desktop version and Lightroom CC for the cloud-based one. This has caused some confusion not only over the names of each of the products but also which one to use in your photography workflow. With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to do an update show on Lightroom.

In this screencast, we will look at the differences between the two versions of Lightroom, and go over some of the feature updates and user interface changes in each. We'll also take a look at some ways you can use features from both the desktop and CC versions in your photo workflow, using a real-world example.

Tip - AirPrint using Printopia

Date: 12th December 2017

Duration: 08:28

Show ref: SCOM0690

In order to print from your iPad or iPhone, you need an AirPrint-compatible printer connected and configured to use your Wi-Fi network. If you already have a printer connected to your Mac, there's no need to buy a new printer; just use Printopia.

Printopia is an app that automatically converts any printer connected to your Mac into an AirPrint-compatible printer. Extremely easy to set up, it requires no additional software to be installed on your iOS devices. Your printer simply appears as a network printer to all your iOS devices.

Bitcoin Primer - Part 2

Date: 8th December 2017

Duration: 57:40

Show ref: SCOM0689

Following on from last week's tutorial, we take a further look at the fascinating world of cryptocurrencies, more specifically Bitcoin.

In this second and final episode of our two-part series, we take a look at an alternative method of purchasing Bitcoin using the GDAX exchange. In addition, we learn how to use a dedicated offline hardware wallet to secure your valuable Bitcoins.

Bitcoin Primer - Part 1

Date: 1st December 2017

Duration: 46:25

Show ref: SCOM0687

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general are one of the most misunderstood and, to many people, mysterious areas of technology. Despite a chequered past, Bitcoin is on the cusp of becoming mainstream and has seen its value soar over the past few years.

So what is Bitcoin, what is the blockchain, and why is it important?

In this first of a two-part series, I'll try and unravel the mysteries of Bitcoin and show you some of the common services and software that allow you to gain entry into the world of cryptocurrency.

Although Bitcoin is not Mac-or iOS-related, I explore Mac and iOS software that help you manage your Bitcoins, and take a look at one of the most popular web-based exchanges for converting USD and Euros into Bitcoins or fractions of a Bitcoin.

iStat Menus

Date: 3rd November 2017

Duration: 47:54

Show ref: SCOM0679

iStat Menus 6 from Bjango is a terrific update to an essential Mac utility. This update brings a host of new options on how to display information about the performance of your Mac. New colors, new icons, new graphs; it's all about tailoring to your needs.

In this update show, Allison Sheridan will demonstrate the new features that have been added since her tutorial from July 2015, SCOM0513.

You'll learn about the enhanced options in tracking CPU/GPU performance, memory management, disk speed, network speed, thermal sensors, battery and power, including connected Bluetooth devices, date and time, and an entirely new section providing local weather.

The folks at Bjango have even added notifications to alert you of problems such as a process that has been chewing up too much CPU for too long, a sensor that's reading high temperatures, or if your disk is getting dangerously full.

Allison will also demonstrate a pair of utilities (iStat Server and iStat View) that allows you to monitor the computers (Macs, PCs or Linux boxes) on your network. This can be done from either an iOS device or a Mac.

Tip - Fing Network Scanner

Date: 5th September 2017

Duration: 05:06

Show ref: SCOM0662

If you want to shock yourself and discover just how many devices are hanging off of your network, download Fing and take a look.

Fing is a fantastic utility that gathers all sorts of data about your local area network and the devices attached to it.

Great for diagnostics and troubleshooting, Fing is also great fun if you like that sort of thing!

Ulysses is yet another app to switch from a traditional single payment purchase to a new recurring subscription model.

As with previous apps, this has caused much consternation as many people refuse to adopt a subscription model for software applications.

In this episode, I take a look at Ulysses and the changes to the app, along with a potential way of sticking with Ulysses using SetApp, another subscription-based service, but one that gives you access to over 80 Mac apps in addition to Ulysses.

If you really don't want to go down the subscription route, I also take a look at two alternatives to Ulysses: Byword and iA Writer, two terrific, cross-platform, single-payment apps.

Of course, we can't forget to mention Scrivener when considering powerful writing apps. Since I've already covered Scrivener extensively on other shows, you'll find the link to those in the show notes.

YNAB - You Need A Budget

Date: 18th August 2017

Duration: 50:53

Show ref: SCOM0657

YNAB is a financial software application that has all of the basics needed for tracking and managing your accounts, but it does so using a budgeting interface that helps you track your spending so you are in control of where your money goes.

YNAB includes both a typical register for tracking your individual accounts and daily transactions, as well as a robust budgeting system that can be customized to fit your needs. Where this application differs from other money management programs is that it comes with a method of how to work with your money, and ways to be successful in setting up a budgeting system that is not too rigid and allows you to roll with any changes or challenges that life may throw your way.

YNAB is a web-based application. It lets you view your finances and spending from any computer with a web browser, making it easy to access no matter what device you are using. There is an iPhone and iPad application, and a macOS version is on its way, for those who like having it on their Mac.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff will walk you through the YNAB approach to budgeting, and take you through all the steps to managing your money using the application.

Ninox Database for macOS & iOS

Date: 14th July 2017

Duration: 44:38

Show ref: SCOM0647

Ninox is a simple but elegant database application for the Mac & iOS, that provides a number of pre-made database templates, as well as the option to create your own database from scratch.

Ninox allows you to create your own custom databases for storing all kinds of information, and it does it in an easy to use interface. You can create multiple tables to hold different types of information, import and export information to and from your database, and create forms and reports for analyzing, sharing and printing your database information. It also syncs with iCloud, which lets you take your databases with you no matter what device you are using.

There are two versions of Ninox: Personal and Cloud. The Cloud version provides a web version of the application, that can be accessed by multiple users and requires a subscription.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff covers the Personal version of Ninox Database.

Keynote Update - 2017

Date: 23rd June 2017

Duration: 50:52

Show ref: SCOM0641

Keynote is Apple's premier presentation software application.

Along with Pages and Numbers, Keynote has been updated and enhanced with multiple features since a major rewrite several years ago.

In this episode, we take you through the core functionality of Keynote on both the Mac and iOS, and explore the many new features this latest update brings.