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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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!

Cardhop for macOS

Date: 24th November 2017

Duration: 34:15

Show ref: SCOM0685

Cardhop by Flexibits is a new way to access and update your iCloud contacts.

Beautifully designed with a powerful built-in parsing engine, it's never been easier to create, search for, or update contacts information.

Your contacts are now just a keystroke away and Cardhop allows for all sorts of interactions and actions with your contact data.

Because the application uses your iCloud contacts database, any changes, deletions or additions you make are synchronised with your other devices via iCloud.

MailButler

Date: 17th November 2017

Duration: 46:14

Show ref: SCOM0683

Ever find yourself wanting more from Apple's Mail app? With MailButler, a popular Apple Mail plugin, you may not have to switch to a third-party email client to get the features you're looking for.

In this episode, we'll show you how to supercharge Apple Mail using MailButler so you can:

Snooze emails in your inbox

Create tasks from individual messages

Track whether emails you've sent have been opened

Trigger automatic follow-ups for messages that don't receive a response

Create beautiful email signatures

Do much, much more!