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Tip - Synology Drive - Part 1

Date: 25th February 2020

Duration: 11:52

Show ref: SCOM0920

There are a plethora of cloud-based services available, but most are expensive and hosted on corporate infrastructure. Synology have introduced Synology Drive, a potential replacement for many cloud-based services, all hosted on your personal Network-attached Storage (NAS) device. Sync files between your Mac, backup data to your NAS and access files from your mobile devices. Free yourself from ongoing monthly costs and rest easy knowing that your files and folders are stored on your own personal hardware. Accessible from your local network or via the internet using Synology's web apps, as well as desktop and mobile apps. In this first of two parts, Don takes you through the basic setting up Synology Drive and demonstrates how to sync using the Synology Drive Client on the Mac.

Capto

Date: 21st February 2020

Duration: 47:50

Show ref: SCOM0919

In this week's episode you learn about Capto, a versatile and feature-rich utility for capturing screenshots and recording screencasts.

Using Capto, you can capture an entire web page and catalog those screenshots right inside its built-in library. Taking screenshots of application menus, as well as floating panels is also very easy. Allison shows you the many screencasting features also available inside the application, including the ability to record your webcam along with your computer's desktop. After going through the many annotation tools available to enhance your captures, she wraps up with a look at exporting them.

Luminar 4 - Part 1

Date: 14th February 2020

Duration: 38:50

Show ref: SCOM0917

There are many photo management and editing applications on the market, including Adobe's Lightroom and Apple's Photos. When it comes to combining managing and editing images, it's important to look at the features that you value most so you can choose the application that is right for you.

Luminar 4 from Skylum is another entry into this market. It boasts some unique features that address some missing features in other applications. In this first of two episodes, Todd shows you how to get started with Luminar 4 including setup, how to import and organize your photos, as well as some of its basic editing features.

Microsoft To Do

Date: 7th February 2020

Duration: 40:14

Show ref: SCOM0915

In this video, Lee introduces a task management application that has recently undergone a change of ownership.

Formerly known as Wunderlist, Microsoft To Do is a cross-platform task management solution that allows you to make quick lists of tasks that require completion. You learn how to create tasks and lists, configure notifications, use attachments and notes, and collaborate with others. Lee also walks you through the configuration of Siri Shortcuts to add tasks to lists on the move. After switching to the Mac, he wraps up with a short section that shows how Outlook and To Do work together.

Drafts for Mac Update

Date: 31st January 2020

Duration: 43:07

Show ref: SCOM0913

In this tutorial, Rosemary shows you the new features added to Drafts for Mac since its launch. You learn about dictation, multiple window support, and merging drafts, before diving deep into the headline feature: Actions.

As well as finding out what Actions and Action groups are, you learn how to install and edit them. You also see how Actions can be created from scratch. Rose concludes this screencast with a look at Workspaces, which combines tags and Actions to help you improve your efficiency and productivity while using Drafts.

DEVONthink 3 - Part 3

Date: 24th January 2020

Duration: 49:05

Show ref: SCOM0911

DEVONthink is one of the most powerful database applications made for the Mac. In fact, some people have said this one application makes it worth getting a Mac just to run it!

In the third of this three-part foundation tutorial, Todd covers how to work with your data once it is inside DEVONthink. He then goes on to show how to use the powerful search AI to find the files you have in your database and some of the automation features that are new to version 3. From there he shows how to sync your databases with your other devices and ways you can get your information out of DEVONthink if you want to use it somewhere else.

Carbon Copy Cloner - Foundation

Date: 17th January 2020

Duration: 47:49

Show ref: SCOM0909

Carbon Copy Cloner is a modern, powerful and yet simple to use backup utility.

It includes the usual methods of cloning to an external drive on a schedule, but it also allows you to back up to another Mac, or even a disk image stored on network-attached storage.

If you want more advanced features, it can do things like power on your Mac to execute the clone, only clone on weekdays, run scripts before and after the clone, and much much more.

Unibox Mail Client

Date: 10th January 2020

Duration: 41:21

Show ref: SCOM0907

In this tutorial, Rosemary walks you through Unibox, a modern email client for Mac and iOS.

Unibox's fresh approach groups your emails by sender rather than chronologically. Alongside many of the things you would expect of your mail program, it incorporates unique features. These include an attachment view which you can filter by type, a clever way to compose emails and keep track of your drafts in one window, as well as flexible swipe gestures on iOS so you can quickly process your inbox.

Tip - Pulltube

Date: 7th January 2020

Duration: 09:25

Show ref: SCOM0906

In this tip video, Lee shows you how to use Pulltube, a macOS application that can retrieve video files from a variety of online sources and download them to your Mac for offline viewing. Lee explains how to download videos, convert them to different file formats, use browser extensions, and more. You also learn about various useful settings inside of Pulltube.

Alfred 4 Update

Date: 3rd January 2020

Duration: 35:54

Show ref: SCOM0905

This week, Lee walks through some of the improvements made to the popular Spotlight alternative for macOS - Alfred - which is now on Version 4.

In this video, you will be shown how to configure themes from scratch, run through the new preferences setup, look at new workflow utilities such as Conditional Utility and Split and much, much more.

MarginNote 3

Date: 27th December 2019

Duration: 46:27

Show ref: SCOM0903

In this episode, Lee shows you how to use the macOS version of MarginNote 3, a study aid that allows you to annotate a variety of text-based file types, as well as extract content to provide a more focused view on a topic.

You learn how to import documents, notes from Evernote, web pages, as well as annotate and highlight text. Lee also goes over creating mind maps to link subjects and ideas together, and shows you how to create a flashcard deck to test your understanding of a topic.

DEVONThink 3 - Part 2

Date: 13th December 2019

Duration: 44:23

Show ref: SCOM0899

DEVONthink is one of the most powerful database applications made for the Mac. In fact, some people have said this one application makes it worth getting a Mac just to run it!

In the second of this three-part foundation tutorial, Todd covers the many ways you can view your database and goes over setting up workspaces. He also shows you how to work with the rich metadata that you can assign to your files inside of DEVONthink, then goes over how you can use groups and tags as a way to organise the information inside your databases.

Tip - SideNotes

Date: 10th December 2019

Duration: 08:05

Show ref: SCOM0898

This week, Don shows you SideNotes, a macOS app that gives you a simple but effective way to create and organise notes from a side panel. Create notes using Markdown syntax, plain text or monospaced code blocks, and organise by colour or folders.

With support for drag and drop and the ability to paste directly from the clipboard, SideNotes is a useful application to have on hand.

draw.io

Date: 6th December 2019

Duration: 46:02

Show ref: SCOM0897

draw.io is a fantastic diagramming app that runs either through your web browser or as a standalone desktop app. It's cross-platform and easy to use, but with a lot of depth. It also has great resources to get help. On top of all this, it's free and open source. The developers have their own enterprise business model incorporating draw.io, so they don't sell or store your data.

This week, Allison is your guide on a draw.io expedition, where you learn how you can use this app for various types of diagrams. She also shares a few real-world examples of her own.

ScreenFlow 9 Update

Date: 29th November 2019

Duration: 26:52

Show ref: SCOM0895

ScreenFlow is the ultimate video production tool for screencasting and is the core tool we use every day here at ScreenCastsOnline to record and edit our weekly shows. Since recording the ScreenFlow 8 Foundation course in early 2019, Telestream has released ScreenFlow 9, a major update to this amazing application.

In this update episode, Don walks you through all of the new features of version 9, which turns ScreenFlow from a niche screencast production tool to a fully-featured video recorder and non-linear editor, capable of tackling most video projects.

DEVONthink 3 - Part 1

Date: 22nd November 2019

Duration: 51:15

Show ref: SCOM0893

DEVONthink is one of the most powerful database applications made for the Mac. In fact, some people have said this one application makes it worth getting a Mac just to run it!

In this first of three foundation screencasts, Todd covers how to install and set up DEVONThink for the first time. He then walks you through all of the ways to get information into your databases. DEVONThink is a really rich application that has a plug-in for just about every type of information gathering you can think of, and some you may not have thought of!

Tip - Slidepad

Date: 19th November 2019

Duration: 10:15

Show ref: SCOM0892

Slidepad is a fantastic utility for your Mac. It allows you to have all of your most commonly used websites, webapps, documents, PDFs and more in a super useful slide-out panel.

Inspired by the Slide Over feature on iPadOS, Slidepad appears with a keyboard shortcut or by moving your cursor to either edge of your screen. It's easy to configure and is a great boon to productivity.

In this week's tip video, Don takes you through the setup and usage of Slidepad.

Parallels Desktop 15 - Part 2

Date: 15th November 2019

Duration: 41:13

Show ref: SCOM0891

In the second episode of this two-part tutorial, Lee continues his exploration of Parallels Desktop 15, an application that allows you to run a variety of operating systems from the comfort of your Mac.

Here you learn how to configure your input devices, set up application shortcuts, as well as back up your virtual machines using various techniques. Customising your hardware options to optimise performance is also covered. Finally, Lee shows you how to install the latest beta of macOS Catalina as a virtual machine.

BBEdit 13 Foundation

Date: 8th November 2019

Duration: 34:26

Show ref: SCOM0889

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

Show ref: SCOM0886

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.