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Shortcuts on iOS

Date: 20th December 2019

Duration: 38:57

Show ref: SCOM0901

In this episode, Rosemary shows you the new Shortcuts application for iOS and iPadOS. There are a lot of changes in this greatly improved version of the app, now part of the iOS and iPadOS operating systems. They range from home and personal automation, the addition of many actions to automate common tasks, as well as much broader support for third-party apps.

Rose also shares two of her custom shortcuts and shows you, step by step, how to build them from scratch.

Tip - What's New in OmniFocus 3.4 for iOS

Date: 17th December 2019

Duration: 11:16

Show ref: SCOM0900

Tim Stringer is our special guest presenter this week. Tim has been a contributor to ScreenCastsOnline before, covering Daylite in three separate screencasts, but for this tip he brings us up to date with the improvements to OmniFocus 3.4 on iPhone and iPad. Since contributing to ScreenCastsOnline, Tim has set up his own video tutorial service, Learn OmniFocus. You can learn more about this terrific service at the end of these show notes, along with a special offer for ScreenCastsOnline members.

OmniFocus 3.4 is a significant update that taps into new functionality that Apple introduced in iOS & iPadOS 13. Most notably, it's now possible to automate OmniFocus in many new ways, thanks to a set of actions available in Shortcuts.

DEVONthink 3 - Part 2

Date: 13th December 2019

Duration: 44:23

Show ref: SCOM0899

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 second of this three-part foundation tutorial, Todd covers the many ways you can view your database and goes over setting up workspaces. He also shows you how to work with the rich metadata that you can assign to your files inside of DEVONthink, then goes over how you can use groups and tags as a way to organise the information inside your databases.

Tip - SideNotes

Date: 10th December 2019

Duration: 08:05

Show ref: SCOM0898

This week, Don shows you SideNotes, a macOS app that gives you a simple but effective way to create and organise notes from a side panel. Create notes using Markdown syntax, plain text or monospaced code blocks, and organise by colour or folders.

With support for drag and drop and the ability to paste directly from the clipboard, SideNotes is a useful application to have on hand.

ScreenFlow 9 Update

Date: 29th November 2019

Duration: 26:52

Show ref: SCOM0895

ScreenFlow is the ultimate video production tool for screencasting and is the core tool we use every day here at ScreenCastsOnline to record and edit our weekly shows. Since recording the ScreenFlow 8 Foundation course in early 2019, Telestream has released ScreenFlow 9, a major update to this amazing application.

In this update episode, Don walks you through all of the new features of version 9, which turns ScreenFlow from a niche screencast production tool to a fully-featured video recorder and non-linear editor, capable of tackling most video projects.

Tip - CalZones

Date: 26th November 2019

Duration: 08:40

Show ref: SCOM0894

This week, Lee introduces you to CalZones, an iPadOS & iOS application that helps solve the problem of scheduling appointments with people across different time zones.

You learn how to add and remove time zones, as well as create and view appointments. Lee also shows you how to set up the widget for quickly viewing time zone information, and configure the different versions of the Apple Watch complications.

DEVONthink 3 - Part 1

Date: 22nd November 2019

Duration: 51:15

Show ref: SCOM0893

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 this first of three foundation screencasts, Todd covers how to install and set up DEVONThink for the first time. He then walks you through all of the ways to get information into your databases. DEVONThink is a really rich application that has a plug-in for just about every type of information gathering you can think of, and some you may not have thought of!

Tip - Slidepad

Date: 19th November 2019

Duration: 10:15

Show ref: SCOM0892

Slidepad is a fantastic utility for your Mac. It allows you to have all of your most commonly used websites, webapps, documents, PDFs and more in a super useful slide-out panel.

Inspired by the Slide Over feature on iPadOS, Slidepad appears with a keyboard shortcut or by moving your cursor to either edge of your screen. It's easy to configure and is a great boon to productivity.

In this week's tip video, Don takes you through the setup and usage of Slidepad.

Parallels Desktop 15 - Part 2

Date: 15th November 2019

Duration: 41:13

Show ref: SCOM0891

In the second episode of this two-part tutorial, Lee continues his exploration of Parallels Desktop 15, an application that allows you to run a variety of operating systems from the comfort of your Mac.

Here you learn how to configure your input devices, set up application shortcuts, as well as back up your virtual machines using various techniques. Customising your hardware options to optimise performance is also covered. Finally, Lee shows you how to install the latest beta of macOS Catalina as a virtual machine.

Tip - LookUp for iOS

Date: 12th November 2019

Duration: 09:30

Show ref: SCOM0890

In this tip video, Lee walks you through the features of a dictionary application on iOS called LookUp.

As well as learning how to find definitions of words and phrases, Lee shows you how to leverage other functionality within this clever utility. This includes translations, creating collections, configuring Siri Shortcuts, and much more.

BBEdit 13 Foundation

Date: 8th November 2019

Duration: 34:26

Show ref: SCOM0889

BBEdit has been around for over 25 years and is well known as being a rock-solid plain text editor for Mac - but it can do much more than that! Whether it's previewing Markdown or HTML documents, or creating them from frameworks or inserting reusable sections, BBEdit makes working with text easy.

In this episode, Rosemary walks you through the core features of BBEdit 13, showing you a combination of both free and paid features available in the application.

Hazel Foundation

Date: 25th October 2019

Duration: 46:22

Show ref: SCOM0886

As a Mac user, there will invariably be tasks you perform on your files and folders that are repetitive in nature. Wouldn't it be nice to have some way to automate those actions so you can focus on more important work?

Hazel is a popular utility that can monitor folders and files, and then take action based on rules you set up.

In this week's Foundation screencast Todd introduces you to the latest version of Hazel. He goes from installation and setup to the anatomy of a rule, as well as the various settings Hazel gives you. Todd then walks you through building a task made up of several pieces that work together to create a more complex and efficient workflow.

Zenkit - Part 2

Date: 23rd August 2019

Duration: 41:29

Show ref: SCOM0867

Zenkit is a web-based project management tool that also provides native applications for macOS and iOS.

In this episode, the second of our two-part series, Lee builds on the foundations laid in Part 1 and shows you how to deploy Zenkit in a team environment. Integration with third-party web services is also covered, as well as using Zenkit efficiently on iOS.

This week, Allison brings you two unrelated topics: useful keyboard shortcuts to speed up text editing, and a hidden gem in your Applications folder, and that is Image Capture.

Writing on a computer is much faster than doing it by hand. Editing text, however, can quickly become tedious because you often have to stop the flow of typing to reach for a mouse or trackpad. In this first segment, Allison shows you her favorite keyboard shortcuts to help you get rid of that friction when editing text, and also when navigating a web page or a PDF.

in the second half of the tutorial, you're introduced to a macOS utility called Image Capture. You learn how to import photos from your iOS devices and how to triage large files to free up storage if you don't use iCloud Photos. Allison also shows you how to make contact sheets of your images, and even how to make little web pages with selected photos.

We've covered Drafts for iOS in the past, and it is now available on macOS!

Drafts is where text starts and is intended to be the first app you think of when wanting to input text. Just open Drafts and start writing. Once in Drafts, you can decide where to send your text using the Share sheet or copy and paste. With Drafts Pro, you can sync your drafts using iCloud, so use Drafts on the iPhone or iPad and your text will be waiting for you when you sit at your Mac.

Drafts for iOS has an extensive library of Actions that allow you to integrate with a huge number of apps and perform seemingly limitless multi-step tasks. Actions have yet to be implemented on the Mac version, but it's still a hugely powerful application as it stands.

In this tutorial, Don takes you through the basics of using Drafts on macOS, and gives you a quick refresher on the latest iOS version.

Tip - Focus for macOS

Date: 23rd July 2019

Duration: 11:19

Show ref: SCOM0858

We all struggle with distractions when we're working on our devices and trying to get stuff done.

This week, Lee shows you how you can avoid these distractions on macOS by using an application called Focus. This clever utility can block websites and applications for a given period of time so you can get yourself in the zone and work more efficiently.

Zenkit - Part 1

Date: 19th July 2019

Duration: 45:33

Show ref: SCOM0857

Zenkit is a web-based project management tool that also provides native applications for macOS and iOS.

In this episode, the first of a two-part series, Lee shows you how Zenkit handles project management using Workspaces and Collections. You learn how to create and modify collections using various field types depending on your needs, configure useful views for your data, as well as filtering and searching through your workspaces and collections.

TextSoap 8

Date: 12th July 2019

Duration: 36:19

Show ref: SCOM0855

TextSoap is a fantastic application that allows you to transform and manipulate text in many different ways. If you find you're constantly editing or fixing the same badly formatted text over and over again, TextSoap can save you hours.

Pre-loaded with many different pre-defined text cleaners, you can access the power of TextSoap through clipboard integration, a menu bar app, macOS services or even AppleScript.

TextSoap also allows you to create your own custom cleaners, with virtually unlimited flexibility.

In this tutorial, Don takes you through using the many different facets of TextSoap 8

GoodTask for macOS and iOS

Date: 5th July 2019

Duration: 49:36

Show ref: SCOM0853

Good news: you don't have to wait until the release of iOS 13 and macOS Catalina to get access to features like Subtasks and Smart Lists in Apple's Reminders app. GoodTask gives you these features right now, plus a whole lot more including Start Dates, Quick Actions, and automatic snoozing, just to name a few.

GoodTask is a powerful task manager that uses your Reminders database for Mac and iOS. In this episode, Mike dives into how this app handles Subtasks and Smart Lists, and introduces you to the different view options that are available. You also learn how to build you own Smart Lists using custom filters, and much more.

Soulver 3 for macOS

Date: 28th June 2019

Duration: 32:02

Show ref: SCOM0851

Do you ever get tired of loading a full-blown spreadsheet application just to do a few simple calculations?

Soulver 3 is a small, highly effective and powerful mathematical notepad. It's perfect for working out simple (and some not-so-simple) calculations, conversions, and much more. Even better, you don't need to load Soulver each time you need to use it, you can take advantage of it via macOS System Service, a Command Line Interface (CLI), through Alfred, or even via Automator.

In this tutorial, Don takes you through the basic steps of using Soulver 3 and demonstrates the external integration with other apps and services.