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Photoshop Pt4 - Effects & Photoshop Express

Date: 17th June 2016

Duration: 51:43

Show ref: SCOM0562

The 4th and final installment in our Adobe Photoshop series.

In this episode, Todd takes a look at some of the powerful editing and retouching tools in Photoshop CC for the Mac, as well as exploring some of the photo adjustments available in Photoshop Express for iOS.

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Airmail for OS X & iOS - Part 1

Date: 10th June 2016

Duration: 42:18

Show ref: SCOM0561

Airmail is not a new email app, but with the advent of Airmail 3 for the Mac and Airmail 1.1 for the iPad and iPhone, it’s actually a very robust and feature packed alternative to the standard Apple Mail client.



In this first of a two part series, I take a look at setting up Airmail with an iCloud account and a Gmail account, followed up by a look at some of its basic features. 



In two weeks, (SCOM0563), I’ll take a look at some of the more advanced features and customising Airmail.

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Affinity Photo - Part 1

Date: 3rd June 2016

Duration: 29:08

Show ref: SCOM0560

Photoshop is a fantastic app, but for some people it’s too powerful (or too complex) and for others, they don’t want to be paying for an app on a subscription basis.

Affinity Photo is a terrific alternative to Photoshop - all for a single one off payment!

There’s so much to cover, Allison will be featuring Affinity Photo in two parts - in this initial episode, she’ll take a look at using the wide range of Apple Photo Extensions provided as part of Affinity Photo. 

In a future episode, she’ll take a look at using Affinity Photo as a standalone application.

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Slack - Part 2 - Teams & SCO Demo Team

Date: 27th May 2016

Duration: 41:56

Show ref: SCOM0559

Following on from the previous episode, I take a look at some of the more advanced aspects of Slack including installing and configuring some sample integrations, as well as building and configuring Teams. 



Slack is a great way to centralise your communications, all within a single app. Slack also integrates with over 80 web services making it as flexible or as powerful as you want.

In this episode, I take a look at integrations with services we’ve previously looked at on ScreenCastsOnline - Dropbox, Twitter, Trello and Airtable.

 I also show you how you can request an automated invitation to the SCO Demo Slack team and try it out for yourself!

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Slack - Part 1 - Online Collaboration

Date: 20th May 2016

Duration: 42:05

Show ref: SCOM0558

Email is great but sometimes Slack is better!

Slack is a collaboration tool that allows you to message, chat and share files. It also integrates with most of the top online services making it a great way for everyone, from small teams to large organisations, to communicate and collaborate. 

With support for multiple teams, all your communications can be centralised within a single app.

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TextExpander 6 & Alternatives

Date: 13th May 2016

Duration: 39:26

Show ref: SCOM0557

Text expansion is one of the best ways to increase your productivity. Just type abbreviated keywords and have them expand into words, sentences, paragraphs or whole pages of text. Expand into images or formatted text, or use fill in snippets to prompt you to complete boilerplate text. These are just some of the options available using TextExpander and other text expansion utilities.



In this episode, we take a look at the newly released TextExpander 6 as well as some other alternative apps.


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Photoshop Pt 3 - Masks & Photoshop Mix

Date: 6th May 2016

Duration: 47:47

Show ref: SCOM0556

Another information packed episode in our short Photoshop series, this time focussing on using Masks to improve and adjust selected areas of your photos. Even if you’re not a Photoshop user, this episode covers some of the basic principles of using masks and translates to almost every other photo manipulation app.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff also takes a look at Photoshop Mix for the iPad & iPhone, and demonstrates how to create masks, adjust your photos and mix photos together - all using the free Photoshop Mix app.

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Ulysses Text Editor - Part 2

Date: 29th April 2016

Duration: 50:15

Show ref: SCOM0555

Ulysses is a fantastic plain text editor for the Mac, iPad and iPhone. It allows you to create plain text documents or “sheets” and use markdown formatting to control the final look and format of your writing. PDF, ePub, HTML, Text, DOCX and even publishing to Medium are all included in this great app, giving you ultimate control of your writing.

As well as a wealth of formatting and exporting capabilities, Ulysses takes away the pain of managing your documents across all your devices. All your sheets are contained in a single Ulysses library, that syncs amazingly well with iCloud. It will even allow you to edit external files from a multitude of sources.

Please note that Ulysses has moved to a subscription service as of August 2017

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Ulysses Text Editor - Part 1

Date: 22nd April 2016

Duration: 41:57

Show ref: SCOM0554

Ulysses is a fantastic text editor for the Mac, iPad and iPhone. It allows you to create plain text documents or “sheets” and use markdown formatting to control the styling of your documents, allowing you to export them in a multitude of formats. 

It's really simple to export to PDF, ePub, HTML, Text, DOCX and even publish direct to Medium from the Mac, iPad or iPhone. 

As well as the wealth of formatting and exporting capabilities, Ulysses takes away the pain of managing your documents across all your devices. All your sheets are contained in a single Ulysses library, that syncs amazingly well with iCloud. It will even allow you to edit external files from a multitude of sources.

This first episode focuses on the basic principles of Ulysses and we will follow up in the next episode with a look at some of its more advanced features.

Update: As of August 2017, Ulysses has changed to a subscription model.

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Notability - Note taking on iOS & OS X

Date: 15th April 2016

Duration: 46:15

Show ref: SCOM0553

Notability is a fantastic note taking app for the iPad, iPhone and now the Mac.

It has excellent stylus support for hand-written notes and typed notes, including a unique "Zoom" feature. You can sketch drawings and annotations, type notes, and even audio record lectures and other events that stay timed with your notes. 

Editing your hand-written notes is easy because they're all vectors. This means with the swipe of an eraser, you can erase large or small sections of words or sketches, and moving or changing colour and line thickness is a snap.

An iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is not required, but it makes Notability even more natural and useful.

And now with a new Mac App and iCloud syncing, you can now access all of your notes across all of your devices.


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PopClip & Copied for OS X and iOS

Date: 8th April 2016

Duration: 47:34

Show ref: SCOM0552

In this episode I cover the basics of Copy and Paste.

Starting with the basic built in keyboard commands, to an easy way to copy and paste using the Mouse or Trackpad with PopClip, finishing off with a look at one of the best clipboard managers I’ve seen for a long time - Copied.


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Photoshop Pt 2 - Layers & Photoshop Fix

Date: 25th March 2016

Duration: 47:58

Show ref: SCOM0550

The second in our multipart series on Adobe Photoshop on the Mac and the Adobe Photoshop apps on iOS.

Many people have opted to use Adobe Lightroom as a replacement for Apple's recently retired photo management application Aperture. Adobe Photoshop is a pro-level photo manipulation and is available to supplement Lightroom in a special bundle from Adobe.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff drills down into using Layers in Photoshop to non-destructively edit your images. The basic principals of using layers are very similar across many applications, so even if you're not a Photoshop user, you may still find this episode useful.

Todd also looks at the iOS companion app - Photoshop Fix.

Photoshop Fix is a free universal app for the iPhone and iPad and allows you to edit your images non-destructively. It also has some unique features for face manipulation and some other cool tools.

Photoshop Fix is free to download and use, but if you're a Photoshop user, you can transfer the updated images from your iOS device with all the layer changes accessible in Photoshop - very smart!


As not everyone has opted for Lightroom or has a need for Photoshop, the Photoshop series will be limited to a three or four part series, published once a month. We will also be looking at some low cost Photoshop alternatives in the near future.


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1Password for Families & Teams

Date: 18th March 2016

Duration: 47:09

Show ref: SCOM0549

Introducing 1Password for Families & Teams.

You may already be familiar with the 1Password app for the Mac and iOS and know that 1Password is a fantastic way of securing all your passwords, credit card information, account details and much much more. 



With the standard 1Password app, it is possible to share your secure data with family members and colleagues, but you need to sync your data using third party services. It works, but it's not so easy to setup and maintain.

Enter 1Password for Families and 1Password for Teams - These new subscription services make it so much easier to share your secure information with trusted family members and colleagues. There's no need for third party syncing services, it's easy to setup plus you get control over who accesses what, as well as the ability to recover lost or forgotten passwords for members of your family or teams. Even better, there's full integration with your familiar 1Password applications, in fact, everyone gets the full versions of the apps on all platforms as part of your 1Password for Families or 1Password for Teams subscription.

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Together 3 & Together Mobile

Date: 4th March 2016

Duration: 45:31

Show ref: SCOM0547

Together 3 for the Mac, and Together Mobile for iOS are apps that allow you to collect and organise all your stuff - together!



With a multitude of capture and organisational features, Together 3 acts as a repository for many different types of files and documents. With the App Store version, it allows you to store your Together 3 library in iCloud, allowing you to sync it across your Macs and also your iOS devices using Together Mobile.

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Default Folder X 5

Date: 19th February 2016

Duration: 32:46

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Default Folder X has been completely re-written for El Capitan.

One of the truly indispensable utilities, Default Folder X adds several layers of functionality to the Finder, as well as the standard Open and Save Dialogue boxes.

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Adobe Photoshop Pt1 & Photoshop Sketch

Date: 12th February 2016

Duration: 46:52

Show ref: SCOM0544

Many people have opted to use Adobe Lightroom as a replacement for Apple's recently retired photo management application Aperture.

Adobe Photoshop is a pro-level supplementary application to Lightroom and is available with Lightroom in a special bundle from Adobe.

In this multipart series, Todd Olthoff takes you through some of the useful features of Adobe Photoshop from a photographers stand point, as well as the Adobe Photoshop iOS apps, starting this week with Adobe Sketch.

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1Password v6 - Advanced

Date: 5th February 2016

Duration: 49:03

Show ref: SCOM0543

Management of your passwords and your digital identity has never been more important. Following on from the last episode, I take a look at some of the more advanced features of 1Password v6.


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1Password 6 - Basics

Date: 29th January 2016

Duration: 45:41

Show ref: SCOM0542

Management of your passwords and your digital identity has never been more important. In this episode, I revisit a truly indispensable application - 1Password 6.

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Voila & Vidyo - Screen & Video Capture

Date: 16th January 2016

Duration: 44:41

Show ref: SCOM0540

There’s a general theme in this week’s episode - Screen and Video Capture on the Mac and iOS.

I cover Voilà for the Mac - a fully featured screen and video capture app and Vidyo, a controversial app that was only on the App Store for 24 hrs.

Please note - Voilà has been superseded by Capto from the same vendor

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CleanMyMac 3, Colorfy, Pigment & Touchpress

Date: 9th January 2016

Duration: 42:12

Show ref: SCOM0539

Last week we had a single topic that covered all platforms. This week, it's a combined Mac, iOS and Apple TV episode. With the new single episode each week, we can now be flexible to accommodate either single cross platform topics or break the show into multiple, unrelated segments - just like this week.

In this week's episode I show you how to optimise your Mac, de-stress by colouring in on your iPad (!) and appreciate classical music on your Apple TV.