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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.

Tip - Dropzone 4

Date: 28th April 2020

Duration: 17:16

Show ref: SCOM0938

This week, Rosemary revisits a useful app that we looked at back in 2018, Dropzone. Now on version 4, this menu bar utility for Mac acts as a temporary storage shelf where you can drop folders and files that you want to act on later. It also offers various actions so you can perform repetitive tasks more easily.

In this tip you discover the ins and outs of Dropzone 4 using common scenarios you might encounter while using your Mac.

Fantastical 3 - Part 2

Date: 24th April 2020

Duration: 38:39

Show ref: SCOM0937

In the second part of his Fantastical two-part series, Lee looks at some at some of the more advanced features that version 3 of the calendar application has to offer, such as Time Zone support, Invitee Availability and Weather. You also learn about template creation and get a tour of the configuration options within Fantastical's Preferences.

NetNewsWire

Date: 17th April 2020

Duration: 40:26

Show ref: SCOM0935

In this video Rosemary walks you through the newest version of NetNewsWire on the Mac and iPad. After getting a tour of the user interface, you learn how to add news feeds, organise them into folders, and sync all your content between your Mac and iOS devices using Feedbin.

HoudahGeo 6

Date: 10th April 2020

Duration: 55:41

Show ref: SCOM0933

Modern-day photo management usually involves choosing an app and then managing all of the metadata for your photos within it. Using that metadata across applications is sometimes problematic because that information lives inside the original application and cannot always be shared easily.

HoudahGeo 6 is a program that streamlines the process of adding geocode and other metadata to your files. It can communicate with photo apps like Photos and Lightroom to make sure any changes made to your files show up inside those applications as well.

After demonstrating how to get your photos in the application, Todd Olthoff covers all of the geocoding and metadata options, how to add that data to your files, and then shows you how to send this information back to your photo library.

Tip - Zoom

Date: 7th April 2020

Duration: 41:57

Show ref: SCOM0932

Zoom is an extremely popular video conferencing application, that is used by the British government for press conferences, as well as by schools, universities, and businesses around the world.

In this special tip show, Rosemary shows you how to configure Zoom and quickly host your first meeting, even before creating an account. She then goes on to show you many of its great features including the ability to schedule recurring meetings, create templates that make hosting the same type of meeting or webinar more efficient, how to use the built-in chat, and much, much more. You also learn the many settings Zoom offers to customize your experience.

Some privacy-sensitive issues where Zoom installed a local server on your Mac, or the iOS app sending data to Facebook, have both been resolved and should no longer be a concern for users.

SoundSource

Date: 3rd April 2020

Duration: 31:55

Show ref: SCOM0931

SoundSource from Rogue Amoeba takes your Mac's audio capabilities to the next level with a host of flexible options. This week, Allison shows you how it can route audio to different outputs on a per-app basis, change the volume independently by app, and even process the audio with equalizers and other built-in Audio Unit effects.

Rogue Amoeba builds accessibility into their apps from the ground up, and Allison gives you a demonstration of how SoundSource can be used with VoiceOver on macOS. You also learn how to use Magic Boost and the new Volume Overdrive, as well as getting around the SoundSource window using keyboard shortcuts.

Fantastical 3

Date: 27th March 2020

Duration: 40:47

Show ref: SCOM0929

In the first video of a two-part series, Lee starts to take a deep dive into the new version of Fantastical, by Flexibits. Fantastical 3 has added a lot of premium features and in this screencast, you learn how to get started with the application on all platforms. First by understanding the new licensing model, installing the app, and adding calendar accounts.

Lee also goes over creating and editing new events, adding calendars within an account, how to create Calendar Sets, as well as subscribing to external calendars that focus on your key interests.

Tip - Synology Drive - Part 2

Date: 17th March 2020

Duration: 10:09

Show ref: SCOM0926

There are a plethora of cloud-based services available, but most are expensive and hosted on corporate infrastructure.

Synology has 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 web apps, desktop apps, and mobile apps.

In this second part, Don takes you through using the iOS Synology Drive App and shows you some more advanced features such as setting up a Team Folder and using an alias to directly access the web app.

Luminar 4 - Part 2

Date: 13th March 2020

Duration: 48:53

Show ref: SCOM0925

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 fill-in gaps in other applications.

In the second episode of this two-part series, Todd gives you an overview of his favorite editing tools. You learn how masks and layers can be used to handle specific edits in a photo, how to export your images, as well as backing up your catalog. Luminar 4 can also be used as a plugin for other photo applications (such as Apple's Photos) and Todd walks you through that workflow.

Pocket

Date: 6th March 2020

Duration: 41:14

Show ref: SCOM0923

In this video, Lee walks you through a popular Read It Later service that has been around for a long time, and was covered here last in 2013, and that's Pocket.

We don't always have time to read articles as we discover them, so sending them to a service like Pocket for reading at our leisure enables us to maximise the time that we have. You learn how to add content, discover new articles, organise them with tags, and consume them by either reading or listening. Lee also shows you how to view your collection using filtered lists, share content with friends, and much more.

Tip - HazeOver

Date: 3rd March 2020

Duration: 10:15

Show ref: SCOM0922

This week, Lee shows you how to use a utility application on macOS that helps you deal with focusing when you have multiple windows cluttering your desktop.

HazeOver will fade out non-active windows and bring focus to the currently used window(s) in the active application, allowing you to work without the need to minimise application windows to remove distractions in the background.

Finances 2

Date: 28th February 2020

Duration: 33:20

Show ref: SCOM0921

In this video, Rosemary shows you how to use Finances 2 for Mac, iPad and iPhone. Finances is a financial software application that can let you track all of your income and expenses across multiple apps and see which categories take up the most when it comes to your money.

Finances offers both automatically generated graphs as well as a traditional register or spreadsheet-like view. It comes with two templates to help you get started with personal or business accounting and lets you attach scans, screenshots or photos of invoices to transactions to keep everything running smoothly. On iOS it also has support for template transactions and Siri Shortcuts, to let you track the flow of your money with just a few taps.

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.