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Microsoft Teams - Pt 2

Date: 20th November 2020

Duration: 44:00

Show ref: SCOM0997

In this video, Lee continues his detailed walkthrough of Microsoft Teams. Building on the foundations that were laid in Part 1, the core elements of Teams are covered, namely Calls, File Management and Meetings. You learn how to send and receive calls, share your screen or an individual application, as well as upload and edit files. Lee also shows you how to schedule and join meetings from both Teams and Outlook. 

Microsoft Teams - Pt 1

Date: 6th November 2020

Duration: 50:05

Show ref: SCOM0993

With so many of us working remotely, we are now using tools and adopting practices that are oftentimes new to us. One service that has proved to be very popular in businesses and communities alike is Microsoft Teams. Teams allows you to communicate, collaborate on files and socialise with your friends, colleagues and loved ones even when you can't be with them.

In the first part of this series, Lee walks you through the different Teams pricing plans and shows the interface for the first time. You also learn how to set up and modify new Teams and Channels, as well as posting conversations and announcements.

Logoist 4

Date: 30th October 2020

Duration: 36:57

Show ref: SCOM0991

Logoist 4 is a vector design program that helps you create unique art for logos, business cards, and more. In this project-based tutorial, Allison Sheridan shows how she used the software to create the cover for the Taming the Terminal book, available in Apple's Books Store. She explains how the templates in Logoist 4 give inspiration and walk you through the vast array of modification options available that allow the user to customize their design.

Telegram

Date: 11th September 2020

Duration: 42:19

Show ref: SCOM0977

In this week's show, Allison takes you on a detailed exploration of a popular messaging app, Telegram.

Telegram is a cross-platform and secure messaging service that works with Apple devices as well as Android, Linux, and Windows. It supports end-to-end encryption with private chats and allows you to set timeouts on messages so they disappear on both ends. It's got a superb search engine, and fun features like stickers and the ability to conduct polls inside group messages.

Airmail 4 - Pt 2

Date: 4th September 2020

Duration: 43:22

Show ref: SCOM0975

In the second of this two-part series, Lee concludes his tour of Airmail 4. Expanding on the topics covered in the first screencast, you learn how to configure templates and set up rules to automate and streamline email management.

Lee also runs through the wealth of configuration options available, then switches to iPhone to show you the interface and how to compose an email on Airmail for iOS.

Agenda Update

Date: 21st August 2020

Duration: 33:57

Show ref: SCOM0971

We last covered Agenda back in 2018 when it won an Apple Design Award. Since then it has continued to grow and improve and is now at version 10. Agenda is a date-focused note taking application with a unique approach. It takes your notes and connects them to both your calendar and reminders apps.

In this screencast Todd walks you through the various improvements and updates, including the ones that are part of the premium version of Agenda.

Airmail 4 - Pt 1

Date: 14th August 2020

Duration: 41:34

Show ref: SCOM0969

In the first of a two-part series, Lee walks you through the basic functionality of his email application of choice: Airmail 4.

Airmail is more than just an email client. It can integrate with a lot of different applications, making it a real productivity tool. In this video dedicated to the Mac version of Airmail 4, you learn how to add mailbox accounts, send, receive, and process emails, and configure actions. Lee also shows you how to make the most out of VIPs, as well as integrating your email workflow with calendar and task management applications.

Taskheat

Date: 7th August 2020

Duration: 36:36

Show ref: SCOM0967

In this tutorial, Rosemary introduces you to Taskheat, a flowchart-friendly project management system that uses flowcharts. This approach allows you to quickly create a series of tasks and connect them together as you see fit, much like organizing your ideas using a mind map program.

Rose also shows you what Taskheat looks like on both iPhone and iPad, discusses its similarities and differences, and goes over the import and export options this useful app offers.

AdGuard for macOS and iOS

Date: 24th July 2020

Duration: 35:39

Show ref: SCOM0963

AdGuard is a cross-platform application for ad blocking as well as a host of other privacy-related functions. Available on both macOS and iOS, this app makes the browsing experience faster and less irritable. No more ads taking up acres of screen real estate. It also allows you to stop websites and advertisers from tracking your every move and even filters out ads from Mac applications. AdGuard is available direct or as part of a Setapp subscription on the Mac, and via the App Store for iOS.

In this episode, Don takes you through the installation and configuration of AdGuard and demonstrates many of its benefits, on both the Mac and iPad.

Tip - Safari Private Browsing

Date: 21st July 2020

Duration: 07:27

Show ref: SCOM0962

A little-known feature of Safari on both macOS and iOS is the ability to browse in private. This allows you to keep your browsing history private as well as take advantage of some additional privacy features.

In this tip video, Don takes you through the standard usage of Private Browsing in Safari, on both the Mac and iPad, as well as pointing out issues to be aware of on iOS.

Tip - CustomShortcuts for macOS

Date: 7th July 2020

Duration: 08:55

Show ref: SCOM0958

We all know custom keyboard shortcuts are a boon to productivity, but it's such a faff to set them up via System Preferences. Time-consuming and prone to typos, the traditional way of setting up custom keyboard shortcuts can present some friction.

CustomShortcuts by Houdah Software is a free, easy-to-use utility that greatly simplifies the process. No need to navigate System Preferences, as auto-exposure of available menus per application plus auto-completion, makes the creation of custom keyboard shortcuts a breeze.

In this tip video, Don takes you through that process using CustomShortcuts, using a few practical examples.

Tip - Ghostnote 2

Date: 30th June 2020

Duration: 10:32

Show ref: SCOM0956

Ghostnote 2  is a fantastic app which allows you to 'pin' formatted notes and to-do lists to many different types of objects on your Mac, including individual emails in Apple Mail.

Want to add some notes to a website? Just navigate to it in Safari and open Ghostnote. You'll be presented with a blank note where you can enter plain or formatted text, lists, even clickable to-do lists. The next time you open the website, that note will be available in Ghostnote 2.

In this week's tip, Don demonstrates different types of objects supported by Ghostnote 2, along with some practical examples. You also learn about its note browser, and how to set up keyboard shortcuts for quick access.

xkpasswd

Date: 26th June 2020

Duration: 31:09

Show ref: SCOM0955

This week, Allison takes you on a tour of xkpasswd, a web app that helps you create long, strong, and yet memorable and easy-to-type passwords. It comes with several presets such as one for creating Apple ID passwords that are easy to type on an iOS keyboard. You can tailor this flexible password generator's settings to your exact specifications.

Even if you currently use a password manager, there are some passwords you have to frequently type or even speak to your Apple TV remote. Make those passwords easier to say and to type by using xkpasswd to create them.

CleanShot X for macOS

Date: 19th June 2020

Duration: 31:42

Show ref: SCOM0953

macOS Catalina has a tremendous screen capture and screen recording utility built right in - an app called Screenshot. In fact, it is so good that it's difficult to justify using third-party apps for screen captures. However, after reading some brilliant reviews for CleanShot X, Don decided to give it a go: "Wow! I knew within a few minutes of using it that it was my new go-to tool for screen captures."

CleanShot X combines several tools into one and has some pretty unique features. Think of it as a screen capture workflow tool that is customisable to fit your particular needs. In this week's tutorial, Don takes you through all the features of this robust and extremely powerful utility, including all the capture modes, annotations, and the free CleanShot Cloud service.

Well recommended.

Automation with Integromat

Date: 12th June 2020

Duration: 41:19

Show ref: SCOM0951

In this episode, Rosemary introduces you to Integromat, an online automation service which allows you to connect multiple apps and services.

As well as getting an overview of the system and its various options, you learn how to create scenarios and use the companion Integromat iOS app, which allows you to receive notifications.

iMazing 2

Date: 5th June 2020

Duration: 45:02

Show ref: SCOM0949

There are a number of options to choose from when backing up your Mac, from Time Machine to clone backup and more. When it comes to iOS devices there is not as much flexibility. You can choose back up to iCloud or to your Mac but you can't access incremental backups or specific folders on your iOS devices. iMazing 2 is a utility for macOS that brings that flexibility to the iOS platform and give you a lot more control on your backups, their frequency, and the information you can access from those backups.

In this screencast, Todd begins with a quick refresher on what is available as part of the operating system. He then dives into the options that iMazing 2 offers to help you configure and manage your iOS backups, and shows you how to transfer information to and from your device.

Audio Hijack Update and Loopback

Date: 29th May 2020

Duration: 40:22

Show ref: SCOM0947

Loopback from Rogue Amoeba allows you to combine application audio and physical audio input devices together to be used within other applications. For example, combining the Music app with your microphone for a video call. You don't need a complicated mixer if you learn to use Loopback.

Allison also revisits Audio Hijack and shows you new features that enable you to capture the audio from special sources like Siri, Text to Speech, and VoiceOver. She also takes a very brief look at the new capabilities to broadcast Internet radio using Audio Hijack's Broadcast and Live Streaming options.

SuperTab and uBar

Date: 22nd May 2020

Duration: 51:10

Show ref: SCOM0945

This week, Lee shows you two applications that expand on the Dock and Application Switcher functionality in macOS: uBar and SuperTab.

uBar replaces the Dock on your Mac with a horizontal bar that is reminiscent of the one in Windows, and that provides additional options to interact with your open apps, as well as quick access useful tools, like Activity Monitor and any you System Preferences panes.

SuperTab can be configured to launch files, folders and applications, and take screenshots. This flexible utility can also open websites and automatically type text and keystrokes for you, and includes a great feature called Meta-Folder.

1Password 7

Date: 15th May 2020

Duration: 54:06

Show ref: SCOM0943

Creating and managing passwords is an important aspect of online life today. With the many data breaches issues and passwords being exposed, having a solid system that can manage all of your passwords while making them easily accessible is something we all should implement. 1Password is a password management system that helps you create, store, and access your passwords, as well as other sensitive information such as credit cards, passports, and even wills, trusts, and other important documents.

This is all stored in an encrypted database that stays in sync with all of your devices. Once you've created a master password, you can open what 1Password calls your vaults to access all your stored information.

This week, Todd walks through the setup and installation of the application on the Mac, and shows you its many useful features which make managing sensitive information a lot more flexible and secure.

Micro.blog

Date: 8th May 2020

Duration: 46:00

Show ref: SCOM0941

Micro.blog is an independent and unique microblog and podcasting community created with privacy and safety in mind. It supports IndieWeb standards and gives you several options to host your blog and other content while making sure you keep control of it.

Rosemary gives you a tour of the various features that make Micro.blog a unique alternative to other social platforms and introduces you to some apps for Mac and iOS so you can get a native experience on your devices.