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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 two episodes. This first part looking at the basics of ScreenFlow, followed in a couple of weeks with a second episode highlighting and explaining some of the more advanced features.

Tip - Screenshots on macOS Mojave

Date: 19th February 2019

Duration: 10:24

Show ref: SCOM0814

Apple has done a terrific job in macOS Mojave in facilitating taking screenshots and screen recordings. All done using a single, easy to remember keyboard shortcut with immediate access to markup and editing tools.

It's never been easier to manage screenshots with the new Screenshot app.

This tip video walks you through the basic features of Screenshot, including annotating and editing, organizing your screenshots and screen recordings using Stacks, and even sharing them using iCloud Drive.

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.

Timing

Date: 28th December 2018

Duration: 46:21

Show ref: SCOM0799

Time tracking is a great way to give your productivity a boost, but manual time tracking is a pain. Fortunately, Timing makes it easy by tracking the time you spend on your Mac (or Macs) automatically!

In this tutorial, Mike shows you how to make the most of Timing by tracking tasks and projects using automated rules. You learn what kind of insights you can glean from the data it collects and how to use the powerful reporting features to organize and export your time-tracking data.

MS Excel - Part 2

Date: 21st December 2018

Duration: 29:32

Show ref: SCOM0797

Excel is Microsoft's premier spreadsheet package, which helps you get work done and be more productive.

In Part 2 of this tutorial, Richard takes you through how to manipulate the data on Mac and iOS, as well as showing different ways to view it. He also demonstrates how Apple Pencil can be used in Excel on iOS to freely mark up your document with various writing tools.

Tip - iCloud Shared Albums

Date: 18th December 2018

Duration: 05:11

Show ref: SCOM0796

The holidays are the perfect time to share photos with the people closest to you using the Shared Albums feature in iCloud Photos.

In this week's tip video, Mike shows you how to set one up, add your favorite photos, then invite friends and family to view it. He also goes over the Public Website option so your album is accessible from a web browser on any device.

RapidWeaver 8 Foundation - Part 2

Date: 30th November 2018

Duration: 43:00

Show ref: SCOM0791

In Part 1 of our Foundations series on RapidWeaver 8 we covered the basics of setting up your own personal website. You learned everything you needed to know to build a website, do some basic customization, and then publish to the internet. For a lot of people, this is all they need to get a great website up and running using RapidWeaver.

In Part 2, Todd digs a little deeper into some of the settings in RapidWeaver 8 and explore more advanced topics. This includes designing snippets of code and text that can be used across your site using drag and drop, using Add-ons such as Stacks to customise your website, and optimizing it so search engines on the web can find it more easily.

MS Excel - Part 1

Date: 16th November 2018

Duration: 43:16

Show ref: SCOM0787

Excel is Microsoft's premier spreadsheet package to help you get work done and be more productive. In Part 1 of this tutorial Richard takes you through the basics of Excel on Mac and iOS including a tour of the interface, adding and formatting text and data, creating formulas, adding charts, and much more.

Mac Montage

Date: 9th November 2018

Duration: 35:52

Show ref: SCOM0785

This week we bring back the Mac Montage format. In this episode, Don takes a look at three of his favourite Mac applications (MacUpdater, Workspaces & Dropshare) and demonstrates how he uses them in his daily workflow.

OmniFocus has been a favorite task manager amongst productivity nerds for a long time, and with version 3 for Mac it's gotten even better. In this first part of our series on OmniFocus 3 for macOS, Mike walks you through the app interface and explains the basic concepts you need to know to start getting things done. This includes how to manage your Inbox, search for tasks, as well as learning about the Inspector and View Options.

Mike also introduces you to Projects, how to set up repeating tasks, using tags, the all-important Review, and much, much more.

Have you ever wanted to create your own website but the thought of learning HTML and CSS scared you away? Thankfully, you don't have to know how to write HTML or any other web language to use RapidWeaver 8!

RapidWeaver is an all-in-one website design and publishing application that has everything you need to create and publish a website. It has a simple to understand interface that allows you to customize your website in a "what you see is what you get" way - while the coding happens behind the scenes. We have covered RapidWeaver in the past but with the new RapidWeaver 8 combined with our new Foundations series, we thought it was worth covering this great application from start to finish.

iMovie v10 for Mac - Foundation

Date: 31st August 2018

Duration: 48:59

Show ref: SCOM0765

iMovie is a fantastic video editing package built on the Final Cut Pro codebase and as such, shares many features with its pro-level cousin.

In this Foundation tutorial, Don takes you through configuring and using iMovie v10 to create stunning videos with minimal effort. The tutorial assumes no prior knowledge of iMovie and is designed for people who want to learn how to master the basics of iMovie on the Mac, from scratch.

iMovie is available for free via the Mac App Store and is pre-installed on all new Macs.

Once you get the hang of the basic principles, iMovie is super simple to use and allows you to create professional-looking videos and movie trailers in minutes.

We'll take a look at iMovie for iOS in a future Foundation video.

HoudahGeo 5

Date: 24th August 2018

Duration: 53:27

Show ref: SCOM0763

Handling the location and metadata for your photos can be an arduous task. Many photo managing apps don't make this easy and often times the metadata is only contained in the library and doesn't go along with your image files if you move them to another library.

HoudahGeo 5 is an application that streamlines adding location and other metadata to your files. The best part is that it writes that information to the files themselves instead of the library's catalog. HoudahGeo can also communicate with programs like Photos and Lightroom to make sure that those libraries are aware of the changes and perform the necessary updates inside the library.

This week Todd takes you on a tour of HoudahGeo 5. He walks you through the various ways to get photos into HoudahGeo 5 and then covers all of the geocoding and metadata options. You also learn how to add metadata to the files and share them with outside libraries. Exporting that added information to other services that read them is covered in the last section of the show.

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Agenda - Note Taking

Date: 27th July 2018

Duration: 39:17

Show ref: SCOM0755

One thing we're not short of is note taking apps for the Mac or iOS.

Agenda approaches note taking in a new and unique way. With close integration with your calendars, you can now organise and access your notes based on events. With a beautiful user interface and a full-featured editing environment, Agenda can adapt to many different functions to boost your productivity and make you more organised.

Available for both macOS and iOS, Agenda utilises iCloud for seamless syncing between all of your devices and recently was awarded an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2018.

Agenda is free (and will remain so) but has a unique business model to ensure the app is continually developed and supported: An in-app purchase option unlocks current premium features, and any new ones that are added in the twelve-month period following the purchase. Agenda does not have a subscription model.

In this week's full tutorial, Don shows you Agenda in great detail on the Mac, including its current premium features. He also goes over the app on iPad, showing some of the main features so you can see how they translate to iOS.

Things 3 Update

Date: 20th July 2018

Duration: 44:45

Show ref: SCOM0753

It was just a year ago that we took a look at the newest version of Things, and examined all of the interface changes and new functionality that were added to an already well-designed application. Since then, the team at Cultured Code have added six new updates to further increase the functionality of Things 3.

In this screencast, Todd takes a look at updates that both improve automation and make managing your tasks easier.

He also demonstrates some new workflows using third-party applications (for both macOS and iOS) that can be leveraged to take advantage of these new automation features included in Things 3.

Tip - iWork Updates

Date: 10th July 2018

Duration: 08:33

Show ref: SCOM0750

Following on from the recent update shows, a final quick update on Pages, Number and Keynote.

In this tip video, Don takes a look at some changes to Smart Annotations and Drawing in Pages, as well as the common changes in Charting and the support for displaying LaTeX or MathML equations across all of the iWork Apps.

Archive Utility & Keka

Date: 22nd June 2018

Duration: 46:28

Show ref: SCOM0745

Sending and storing files and folders in the most secure and efficient way means you need to adopt some or all of three core technologies - compression, archiving and encryption.

Thankfully, these are all available via macOS, either as part of the OS or in the Archive Utility application.

In this week's tutorial, Allison starts with some definition of just what compression, archiving and encryption means and the many standards that are available. In the next part, she goes over the many options available in Archive Utility. Whilst Archive Utility is available and provides basic functionality, it's possible to use additional features and functionality with an inexpensive 3rd party app called Keka.

Keka was updated to version 1.1 during the post production phase of the tutorial, so we've added an extra section describing the additional features and changes to the UI in v1.1.

BetterTouchTool

Date: 8th June 2018

Duration: 44:35

Show ref: SCOM0741

One of the joys of having a Mac is having access to tools that allow you to automate common tasks which increase your productivity. BetterTouchTool is a unique twist on automating your Mac as it does so using various input devices that are connected to your Mac such as the Magic Trackpad, Mouse, Keyboard, and even your iOS device. Each of these devices can be set up using BetterTouchTool to run automations with the click of a mouse, taps on a trackpad or even by drawing gestures on your trackpad.

In this screencast we will walk through how to set these automations up on various devices. We will also show practical ways to set up your automations based on global settings or even on an app by app basis. So if you have ever wanted to run automations with minimal effort, then BetterTouchTool may be for you.

MS Word - 2018 - Part 2

Date: 24th May 2018

Duration: 32:56

Show ref: SCOM0737

State-of-the-art editing, reviewing, and sharing tools make creating and formatting documents in Word easy. Designed for Mac with full support for Retina displays, Word helps you create beautiful, professional-looking documents.

Join Richard for Part 2 of this series as he shows you additional features in Word such as adding tables and charts, formatting headers and footers within sections, collaborating, and marking up documents on iOS using the Apple Pencil.

Tip - HoudahSpot Tips & Tricks

Date: 22nd May 2018

Duration: 08:06

Show ref: SCOM0736

Spotlight is great but HoudahSpot is so much better!

HoudahSpot gives you a more detailed and powerful interface into your Spotlight searches. By exposing a multitude of metadata attributes and combining that with a highly flexible and customisable query engine, you'll never lose a file again.

In this week's tip video, Don gives you some of the reasons why HoudahSpot is his go-to search utility on the Mac.