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BBEdit 13 Foundation

Date: 8th November 2019

Duration: 34:26

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BBEdit has been around for over 25 years and is well known as being a rock-solid plain text editor for Mac - but it can do much more than that! Whether it's previewing Markdown or HTML documents, or creating them from frameworks or inserting reusable sections, BBEdit makes working with text easy.

In this episode, Rosemary walks you through the core features of BBEdit 13, showing you a combination of both free and paid features available in the application.

Hazel Foundation

Date: 25th October 2019

Duration: 46:22

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As a Mac user, there will invariably be tasks you perform on your files and folders that are repetitive in nature. Wouldn't it be nice to have some way to automate those actions so you can focus on more important work?

Hazel is a popular utility that can monitor folders and files, and then take action based on rules you set up.

In this week's Foundation screencast Todd introduces you to the latest version of Hazel. He goes from installation and setup to the anatomy of a rule, as well as the various settings Hazel gives you. Todd then walks you through building a task made up of several pieces that work together to create a more complex and efficient workflow.

macOS Clean Install

Date: 18th October 2019

Duration: 40:41

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There are many good reasons you might consider doing a clean install on your Mac. Perhaps it has gotten sluggish over the years, you may have had a hard drive replaced which necessitates the process, or you'd like to have as close to a stock operating system as possible before installing the next major release of macOS.

But performing a clean install (some call it a "nuke and pave") may seem like a daunting task, one you may be reluctant to take on. In this week's show, Allison talks about all the reasons why you might want to do it, suggests some strategies to attacking the task, and then shows the process in action.

First Look at macOS Catalina - Part 2

Date: 11th October 2019

Duration: 18:54

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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

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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.

Tip - One Switch

Date: 24th September 2019

Duration: 05:33

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A very neat menu bar app that gives you direct access to a host of utilities and system functions.

In this tip video, Don explores some of the options and demonstrates just how useful One Switch can be.

Copy'em Paste

Date: 13th September 2019

Duration: 49:00

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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

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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.

iReal Pro

Date: 30th August 2019

Duration: 46:47

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iReal Pro is an iOS and Mac-based program to help musicians of all levels, even aspiring ones, make better music. It simulates a three-piece band that can accompany you as you practice and also lets you collect chord charts from your favorite songs for reference. iReal Pro also allows you to export your songs as chord charts or audio files that you can share with other musicians.

In this episode, Mike helps you discover iReal Pro on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. You learn the basic playback options, how to change styles, keys, and tempo, and how to use Practice Mode to help you develop your skills. Mike wraps up by showing you a real-world example: Exporting a song from iReal Pro and using it alongside a home video in iMovie.

Zenkit - Part 2

Date: 23rd August 2019

Duration: 41:29

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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.

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.

Tip - iWork for Mac Update

Date: 31st July 2019

Duration: 09:23

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Apple is continuously improving Pages, Numbers and Keynote by adding in new features or adding back functionality that had been removed from the original versions several years ago.

In this tip video, Don takes a look at some of the common features implemented in the most recent macOS release, as well as some of the new app-specific features.

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.

Tip - Focus for macOS

Date: 23rd July 2019

Duration: 11:19

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We all struggle with distractions when we're working on our devices and trying to get stuff done.

This week, Lee shows you how you can avoid these distractions on macOS by using an application called Focus. This clever utility can block websites and applications for a given period of time so you can get yourself in the zone and work more efficiently.

Zenkit - Part 1

Date: 19th July 2019

Duration: 45:33

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Tip - Space Lens

Date: 4th June 2019

Duration: 07:52

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CleanMyMac X is a fantastic utility for ensuring that your Mac is always kept in tip-top condition. We've covered the overall functionality of Clean My Mac X in several episodes but in this tip video, Don takes a look at a new module in CleanMyMac X and that's Space Lens.