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Tip - Parental Controls - macOS

Date: 16th January 2018

Duration: 09:13

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Following on from a look at setting up restrictions on iOS in last week's tip video, we turn our attention to the Mac. In a similar fashion, it's possible to setup restrictions on the Mac using Parental Controls inside System Preferences.

Parental Controls allow you to restrict access to apps, web browsing and much more. You can even set time periods as well as time limits of allowed usage.

Tip - Gemini De-Duplication

Date: 2nd January 2018

Duration: 08:23

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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

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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

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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!

Tip - macOS - Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Date: 19th December 2017

Duration: 06:06

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Most people know that the keys to enhanced productivity are the mastery of keyboard shortcuts and a good muscle memory!

But what if your most-used command doesn't have a keyboard shortcut?

Well, the good news is that macOS allows you to add your own keyboard shortcuts, either within a specific application, or for all applications on your Mac.

This tip video walks you through the process of setting up custom keyboard shortcuts.

Cardhop

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.

Tip - macOS HS - Further Tips

Date: 21st November 2017

Duration: 06:26

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macOS High Sierra was primarily an under-the-hood upgrade and we covered many of the new features recently in a full ScreenCastsOnline tutorial.

This tip show uncovers some features that didn't make it into that full tutorial.

Tip - Safari Reading List

Date: 29th August 2017

Duration: 05:07

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Apple have continually updated the Reading List feature, transforming it into a very useful utility within Safari.

Capture web pages and links for offline reading, and sync them between all your devices. Capture a web page on your Mac and have it appear within seconds on your iPhone.

Items within your Reading List can be marked read or unread, searched and deleted.

Swiping through your Reading List is effortless and a great way to keep up to date with interesting articles.

Tip - Safari Bookmarks

Date: 15th August 2017

Duration: 04:58

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Use bookmarks in Safari on both macOS & iOS to keep track of all your favourite websites.

In this tip video, we show you how bookmarks are organised and synchronised between all your devices.

We also demonstrate how easy it is to save bookmarks in the location of your choice.

Tip - Spotlight on macOS

Date: 27th June 2017

Duration: 07:34

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Spotlight is the underlying indexing technology built into both the macOS and iOS that allows you to quickly find various types of information on your Mac and iOS devices.

In this week's tip video, we take a look at configuring Spotlight on the Mac, as well as looking at some Spotlight party tricks, and cap it off with a look at using natural language to invoke Spotlight searches with Siri.