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OmniFocus 3 for Mac - Pt 2

Date: 23rd November 2018

Duration: 47:04

Show ref: SCOM0789

In this episode, we dig deeper in OmniFocus 3 for Mac by focusing on Capture and Custom Perspectives.

Mike looks at additional capture methods, including Mail Drop, the Clippings shortcut, importing from TaskPaper-formatted text, as well as direct integration with a few email clients. PopClip also makes a cameo as an additional tool to send things to your OmniFocus Inbox. You also learn about the extremely useful Custom Perspectives feature available in the Pro version of OmniFocus, and how to create them using several real world examples from Mike's workflow.

Tip - Text Case for iOS

Date: 20th November 2018

Duration: 05:22

Show ref: SCOM0788

Without a cursor as a selection tool, text manipulation on iOS can be a pain. Fortunately, Text Case makes this much easier.

In this episode, Mike walks you through how to change text on your iOS device into one of several popular formats using a simple iOS utility. You learn how to use Text Case's input tool, importing existing text, and even use Siri Shortcuts to put Text Case to good use.

iThoughts - Foundation

Date: 14th September 2018

Duration: 61:22

Show ref: SCOM0769

Mind maps are a terrific method to capture and then organize ideas for any kind of project. iThoughts from toketaWare is a power user mind mapping tool. It's designed for the Mac and iOS, and also runs on Windows. With advanced features like built-in research tools, Markdown support, and animated slide creation, iThoughts might be the tool you need to help organize anything from a complex project to writing the next great novel.

In this week's show, Allison dives deep into iThoughts on both macOS and iOS to show you how incredibly useful and powerful this top-notch mind mapping application is.

Tip - Scanning with Office Lens

Date: 11th September 2018

Duration: 07:51

Show ref: SCOM0768

Apple Notes is great but is sorely missing Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, for scanned documents. This enables you to search for words inside scanned documents. Perhaps we'll see that in a future release.

In the meanwhile, using Office Lens, you can scan documents, whiteboards, and business cards today on your iPhone or iPad and make them fully searchable. Unfortunately, you can't bring the searchable documents into Apple Notes, but if you use an application like Microsoft OneNote, you can search the entire contents of your scanned items - it can even search your handwritten notes.

In this tip, I show you the basics of using Office Lens and OneNote.

Tip - Managing Apps on Apple Watch

Date: 28th August 2018

Duration: 06:08

Show ref: SCOM0764

Spend some time organising your Apple Watch watch faces, complications and Dock and boost your productivity.

After a time spent using the Apple Watch, you become aware of the Apps you most commonly access. This tip video shows you how to customise your watch faces, complications and the dock to have these most commonly used apps available to you.

Drafts v5 for iOS - Part 2

Date: 17th August 2018

Duration: 53:54

Show ref: SCOM0761

Manipulating text on iOS can be tricky. But with the powerful export actions available in Drafts version 5, it gets a whole lot easier. In the first of two tutorials Drafts v5 for iOS - Part 1 Mike explored the basics of using Drafts.

In this tutorial, Mike walks you through the export actions available in the Pro version of Drafts 5. You learn how many of them work using practical, real world examples. You can then start building your own text-based workflows using Drafts and start saving time on your iOS devices today.

Agenda - Note Taking

Date: 27th July 2018

Duration: 39:17

Show ref: SCOM0755

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.

Tip - macOS Hot Corners

Date: 24th July 2018

Duration: 06:11

Show ref: SCOM0754

You can configure the four corners of your Mac display to instantly invoke some pre-defined system commands. It's really simple to set up, and a very useful Mac customisation.

In this week's tip, I show you how it all works.

Things 3 Update

Date: 20th July 2018

Duration: 44:45

Show ref: SCOM0753

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.

If you're sick and tired of the constant exchange of emails to try and schedule a meeting or book an appointment, WhenWorks might be your ideal solution.

WhenWorks is an iOS app for iPhone or iPad that integrates with most calendar services.

As a host, you set up some event types and rules, then send out invitations. The recipients (called guests) receive the email invitation and can pick a suitable date and time from a web-based service - they don't need to be WhenWorks users themselves.

Once the guest picks a time slot, your calendar is updated and an email confirmation is sent out. Either the host or the guest can reschedule or cancel the appointment with just a few clicks. Want to have single point of contact without sending out invitations every time? You can make your available time slots public and send anyone a web link.

If you need to set up one-to-one meetings on a regular basis, WhenWorks can be a tremendous boon!

OmniFocus 3 for iOS

Date: 29th June 2018

Duration: 50:39

Show ref: SCOM0747

OmniFocus 3 is out for iOS, and it makes managing your tasks even easier. While the biggest change is the adoption of tags, there are several new features in OmniFocus 3 that can take your task management to the next level. Whether you're new to OmniFocus or you've been using it for years, there are several compelling reasons to upgrade to version 3.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use the different perspective views to filter your tasks, how to harness the full power of tags for getting things done, and even show you how to set up a few custom perspectives of your own.

BetterTouchTool

Date: 8th June 2018

Duration: 44:35

Show ref: SCOM0741

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.

Drafts v5 for iOS - Part 1

Date: 1st June 2018

Duration: 64:11

Show ref: SCOM0739

Drafts is where text starts on iOS. It's a powerful application that allows you to quickly capture what's on your mind, then process and send that text just about anywhere on iOS. Version 5 of Drafts was released recently, bringing many new features and a revamp of the user interface.

In this first tutorial, Mike shows you how to get up and running with Drafts 5 by walking you through the interface and demoing several of the built-in actions included with the free version. He also explains how to modify and edit custom Actions (Pro feature), walks you through the different Modes and Settings, and goes over using the Messages and Apple Watch apps.

Tip - Text Auto-correction

Date: 29th May 2018

Duration: 06:30

Show ref: SCOM0738

There are plenty of very capable and very sophisticated text auto-correction apps on the market. However, if your needs are simple, why not use the text auto-correction features built into macOS and iOS?

In this week's tip video, Don walks you through setting up and using auto-correction and auto-completion on the Mac and iPhone, and shows you how those text snippets sync in real time between devices.

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.

Keep It

Date: 18th May 2018

Duration: 47:57

Show ref: SCOM0735

Keep It is an app designed to hold notes, videos, audio files, images, web links and any other kind of information you'd like to organize and be able to find later. No matter your organizational style, Keep It can handle it. Folders, bundles, tags, comments, coloured labels, saved searches - all methods are supported!

It is available for the Mac, and as a separate Universal app for iOS. Keep It is the destination for all those things you want to put somewhere, confident you will find them again later. Seamless syncing through iCloud allows you to use Keep it on all of your devices.

This week Allison dives deep into Keep It, goes through its many features, and shows you how it can help you make sense of all the pieces of information you want to keep track of in your digital life.

Tip - Managing Messages - PhoneView

Date: 15th May 2018

Duration: 07:02

Show ref: SCOM0734

Following on from a request from a ScreenCastsOnline member, Don went on a quest to find out the best way to extract messages from the Messages app for use in emails or other applications. The best solution he found was PhoneView from Ecamm - but it does so much more!

In this week's tip video, Don takes you through the initial setup of PhoneView and demonstrates how easy it is to create PDFs, Text files, CSV files and more from your messages. You can even extract the media files and play them independently. PhoneView is also a great way to create permanent archives of your messages.

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.

Tip - Full Keyboard Access on macOS

Date: 1st May 2018

Duration: 06:09

Show ref: SCOM0730

Whilst using a trackpad and mouse can be easy and effective, having full control of your keyboard is a must.

Many people take this to the next level by invoking "Full Keyboard Access" allowing them to reach parts of macOS you never thought possible with the keyboard.

This week's tip video shows you how to switch on "Full Keyboard Access" and demonstrates its usage.

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