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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.

Tip - Dropbox Syncing

Date: 8th May 2018

Duration: 09:00

Show ref: SCOM0732

Dropbox is fantastic service for cloud-based storage. With the Plus service and above, you can store up to 1TB of data within Dropbox - even more if you're a Dropbox Business user. Not many of us can sync our entire Dropbox account on our Mac however, so how do we manage with a Mac that has limited space?

In this week's tip video, Don shows you two very useful Dropbox features to help manage your storage: Selective Sync and Smart Sync.

Deckset 2.0

Date: 4th May 2018

Duration: 44:26

Show ref: SCOM0731

Apple gives you some very powerful presentation tools with Keynote, but if you just need to create a great looking presentation quickly the power of Keynote can be overkill. This is where an application like Deckset can really save you a lot of time.

Deckset is a beautiful and easy to use Markdown-based presentation application for Mac. It takes a simple Markdown document and makes it look like you spent a ton of time creating a killer presentation. With just a few links of plain text, Deckset can create amazing looking slides that will make your next presentation remarkable.

In this episode, Mike shows you the ins and outs of Deckset by creating a sample presentation.

Pixelmator Pro

Date: 27th April 2018

Duration: 45:03

Show ref: SCOM0729

This week we take a look at the next generation of an old Mac favorite, Pixelmator Pro. Pixelmator has been around for a while now and is a solid replacement for work normally reserved for Photoshop. The beauty of Pixelmator is that it has a lot of power under the hood for a very reasonable price.

Well, the Pixelmator Team has done it again by introducing an upgraded version: Pixelmator Pro. With its new interface design, the way it takes advantage of Machine Learning and Metal 2, as well as a host of tools for photo and graphics editing, Pixelmator Pro may just be the only photo editing application you need.

In this screencast Todd covers some of the basics of the Pixelmator Pro mainly as it relates to photo editing. He walks you through the interface so you know where to find what you need and while working on a photo project, explain the tools commonly used for editing and enhancing your images.

Monosnap

Date: 30th March 2018

Duration: 42:40

Show ref: SCOM0721

Monosnap is an incredibly capable screen snapshot and screen capture tool for the Mac (and Windows.) It has simple screenshots as well as timed ones, and allows multiple screenshots that are resizable from within the same image. It gives you fantastic annotation tools that work intelligently. Monosnap will also record video - including picture-in-picture from a webcam - and allows on-the-fly annotations while you record. It can capture two audio input sources during video recording, so you can record your voice and the audio from an application at the same time.

You can store your Monosnap screen snapshots and video recordings on their servers or a vast number of cloud services. It will even sync iOS screen snapshots directly to your Mac for easy annotation and upload.

Monosnap is so much more than a screen snapshot tool!

Travelling with your Mac

Date: 23rd March 2018

Duration: 46:31

Show ref: SCOM0719

Travelling with your Mac is great - provided that you take proper precautions. There are various considerations you need to be aware of with respect to security, privacy and to minimise the risk of data theft when away from the confines of your home and office.

There are also things to consider when trying to access online services via a slow or unsecured public Wi-Fi access point. What about if the internet connection is great but expensive?

In this episode, we take you through some simple steps to secure your Mac from prying eyes or attack, and take control over which apps and services can use your internet connection. We also show you how you can create both local Time Machine and bootable backups on an encrypted local external drive in case of emergencies. Finally, we cover a simple way to connect with your home or office Mac to retrieve that file you thought you had with you!

Productivity Utilities

Date: 26th January 2018

Duration: 49:42

Show ref: SCOM0703

In this episode, we'll be taking a look at several utilities that can give your productivity a boost. Most of these applications aren't big enough to warrant their own show, so we've decided to combine them into one for people who are looking to make their work on their Mac a bit more efficient. We'll also show you some workflow examples using these utilities to make working on your Mac a little bit easier as well as more productive.

The full tutorial covers twelve of our favorite productivity utilities:

  • nvALT
  • PopClip
  • Napkin
  • Tapes
  • Dropzone
  • Moom
  • Flux
  • Vitamin-R
  • Bumpr
  • Shush
  • Desktop Curtain
  • Amphetamine

Tip - Gemini De-Duplication

Date: 2nd January 2018

Duration: 08:23

Show ref: SCOM0696

Space is always a premium on your Mac, and keeping it uncluttered can give you a performance boost. Gemini 2 from MacPaw makes de-duplicating your Mac a breeze. It won the Prestigious International Design Award - the Red Dot.

Available from the App Store or via your Setapp subscription, Gemini finds identical files and even similar files on your Mac, allowing for automatic removal. It also gives you the option to manually select duplicates or similar files for deletion. Not sure if you want to delete immediately? Setup Gemini to move your duplicate files to a temporary folder before deletion - just in case.

Pages Automation

Date: 29th December 2017

Duration: 33:01

Show ref: SCOM0695

As 2017 comes to a close, the newest version of Pages still does not support basic mail merge.

However, all is not lost as Sal Soghoian and the macosxautomation.com website has it covered.

This episode takes a look at some of the scripts and utilities available from this tremendous resource, and demonstrates how to:

  • Generate a template form letter and populate it with data from a Numbers spreadsheet using a special app.

  • Use the Contacts App, Pages and Mail to generate a personalised letter to a single group within your Contacts.

Keyboard Maestro Update

Date: 22nd December 2017

Duration: 38:31

Show ref: SCOM0693

Keyboard Maestro is an essential productivity app that provides you with a a simple user interface to automate just about any action on your Mac. Version 8 brings a bunch of new features to help you take your automation game to the next level - even if you've never written a single line of scripting code in your life. This update is focused on making the creation of macros as easy as possible, making it quicker than ever to automate common functions so you can start saving time on your Mac today.

The full tutorial covers:

Set up a Hyper Key to make hotkey triggers more convenient Gesture-based triggers iMessage actions Drag-and-Drop editing Idle triggers Cron triggers Prompt with List actions Macro palettes on the Touch Bar and much more!