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Tip - macOS - PopClip

Date: 31st October 2017

Duration: 06:18

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PopClip is one of my go-to apps; I use it multiple times every day!

Although at first glance PopClip looks like a simple utility to speed up copy and paste, it is so much more. With over 160 free extensions, PopClip is a fantastic boon to your productivity, enabling all sorts of workflows between most of your favourite apps.

In this week's tip, I take you through PopClip's basic operation. You should also check out the PopClip extensions page to see just what it's capable of.

SetApp - Productivity Apps

Date: 13th October 2017

Duration: 52:06

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Many apps are embracing a subscription-based pricing model, which is great for developers but can cause subscription fatigue for consumers. MacPaw (the developers of CleanMyMac and Gemini) have a different idea: a service that provides developers with a predictable income stream while limiting the number of subscriptions that consumers have to pay for each month.

That service is called SetApp, and it has been described as the "Netflix for quality Mac apps."

Parallels Toolbox

Date: 6th October 2017

Duration: 48:56

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Parallels Toolbox is a very unusual application. It's a toolbox that is filled with over 20 tools that each do one thing and do it well. While much of its capability can be accomplished via other utilities, Parallels Toolbox contains them all in one simple interface. It replaces the need for complicated Terminal commands or hard-to-remember keystrokes. Whether it's keeping your Mac awake, finding duplicate files, or making animated GIFs, Parallels Toolbox has got it. (It even works on Windows!)

In this episode, Allison Sheridan will walk you through each tool, and show you how to configure them to get the most out of each one.

Tip - macOS - ScreenFloat

Date: 12th September 2017

Duration: 06:31

Show ref: SCOM0664

A very useful utility for the Mac that allows you to take a partial screen capture and have it float on top of all your windows. Great when you want to capture part of your screen for reference purposes and have it available at all times.

You can also create floating panels or Shots, as the app calls them from files and also from your clipboard.

If you have shots you refer to often (as l do) you can build a library of them in the Shots Browser and create manual or smart collections.

Alternative Email Clients for Mac

Date: 1st September 2017

Duration: 50:09

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Apple Mail is a solid app that has pioneered some innovative features over the years (like VIPs and Handoff), but it also has some shortcomings that can make processing your email harder than it has to be. In this episode, we take a look at several third-party email clients for the Mac to take your email management workflow to the next level. Whether you're looking for something with a better user interface or that has more power and flexibility, there are a wealth of options for Mac users. In this video we compare some of our favorites, side by side.

  • The problems with Apple Mail
  • What to look for in a third-party email client
  • Airmail
  • Postbox
  • Spark
  • MailMate
  • Mailplane
  • Newton
  • Side-by-side comparison

Tip - Picatext

Date: 22nd August 2017

Duration: 04:00

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You know the frustration: you go to select some text on your Mac to copy and paste and it isn't selectable!

Picatext is a great little utility that allows you to capture text you never thought could be highlighted. Just select the area on screen that your want to capture and Picatext (using OCR) converts the text into selectable text, it's like magic.

You can extract text from images, too!

Check out this week's tip video to see it in action.

Alfred 3 Workflows - Part 2

Date: 4th August 2017

Duration: 41:20

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We're revisiting Alfred 3 to take a closer look at Alfred Workflows. In show 0643, we showed you how to use the basic building blocks to construct your own Alfred workflows.

In this episode, Mike Schmitz will dive deeper into some specific examples of what's possible with Alfred Workflows using several simple scripting examples.

Alfred is a really powerful application, and in this episode Mike shows you how to tie things together and solve common problems on your Mac by using specific workflows. He'll also show you some more complex examples, and point you to some great online resources if you're looking for even more workflows as inspiration.

Transmit 5

Date: 28th July 2017

Duration: 43:24

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Over seven years in the making, Transmit 5 has just been released.

Transmit is the gold standard of file transfer applications with support for a multitude of file transfer protocols and 10 new cloud services. With a refreshed UI and a ton of performance enhancements under the hood, Transmit covers pretty much every file transfer task you could imagine.

In addition, Panic have brought Panic Sync to Transmit for the first time. Panic Sync is a free sync service that allows you to sync your configuration settings seamlessly between your Macs as well as your iOS devices running Transmit and Coda.

Tip - Stickies on the Mac

Date: 18th July 2017

Duration: 04:17

Show ref: SCOM0648

Sometimes you really just want to slap a Post-it sticky note on your desktop. Reminders, to-do lists, notes, keyboard shortcuts - anything you want to be reminded about visually.

Well don't clutter up your monitor with bits of paper, clutter up your Desktop with Sticky Notes!

Stickies is a free app supplied with macOS which can be very useful. Create multi-coloured sticky notes containing formatted text or images, and position them where you want. Arrange them, colour-code them and they'll open in the same position each time you open Stickies.

Ninox Database for macOS & iOS

Date: 14th July 2017

Duration: 44:38

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Ninox is a simple but elegant database application for the Mac & iOS, that provides a number of pre-made database templates, as well as the option to create your own database from scratch.

Ninox allows you to create your own custom databases for storing all kinds of information, and it does it in an easy to use interface. You can create multiple tables to hold different types of information, import and export information to and from your database, and create forms and reports for analyzing, sharing and printing your database information. It also syncs with iCloud, which lets you take your databases with you no matter what device you are using.

There are two versions of Ninox: Personal and Cloud. The Cloud version provides a web version of the application, that can be accessed by multiple users and requires a subscription.

In this episode, Todd Olthoff covers the Personal version of Ninox Database.

Alfred 3 & Workflows

Date: 30th June 2017

Duration: 51:57

Show ref: SCOM0643

Alfred 3 is a powerful application launcher and general productivity app for the Mac that makes many common actions easier and more efficient. Alfred 3 brought new features and functionality, including a complete revamp of how Alfred handles workflows. Once you understand a few essential principles about how the basic building blocks fit together, Alfred's workflows become much easier to master.

In this episode, we dive deep into Alfred's new workflow format. We'll walk you through some of the example workflows in Alfred, show you how to build your own workflows from scratch, and explain how you can quickly and easily install workflows using online workflow directories.

Things 3

Date: 9th June 2017

Duration: 44:42

Show ref: SCOM0637

Things 3 is the latest update to the popular task management application by Cultured Code, and is is currently receiving rave reviews. So much so that we've been inundated with requests to cover it on ScreenCastsOnline!

Things 3 is available for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad and includes syncing between all three platforms. Redesigned from the ground up, Things 3 has with a brand new UI design, along with many new features and enhancements which we cover in this screencast.

UPDATE: Things 3 has just been awarded an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2017!

MailMate - Email Client for the Mac

Date: 26th May 2017

Duration: 45:23

Show ref: SCOM0633

MailMate is a keyboard-centric email application for Mac. It may not be the prettiest, but it is a very powerful, flexible, secure, and standards-compliant email application that allows you to plough through mountains of email in record time.

In this episode we dive into the basic features of MailMate and show you how to set everything up. We walk you through the many settings, different views, and how to use MailMate integration with other productivity apps to process your email faster and more effectively.

In this tutorial we demonstrate:

  • Recommended settings
  • Setting up integration with other productivity apps
  • Using the powerful search feature to quickly locate any message
  • How to use the Thread Arc view to get the entire message history
  • Using Markdown to compose new messages
  • Setting up Smart Mailboxes by using tag searches
  • Creating your own key bindings

EagleFiler - Digital Filing Cabinet

Date: 7th April 2017

Duration: 43:15

Show ref: SCOM0619

EagleFiler is a digital filing cabinet for your data. It includes a finder style layout that allows for a variety of ways to import and organize your information, add metadata, and quick and easy search methods for finding your information.

What makes EagleFiler unique is the way it stores your files and folders in the finder in an easily accessible way allowing you to use the database and finder side by side to navigate and access your files and folders.

Reminders is a surprisingly powerful application that comes with macOS, iOS and watchOS. With Reminders, you can bridge the gap between your calendar and a to do list. Reminders can be set for when you arrive or leave a location, they can be set for specific times and dates, they can repeat, and they can even be set to remind you to do something when you get into or out of your car.

Reminders even lets you share lists with other Apple users so you can collaborate on tasks. You can use Siri to set up Reminders on your Mac, but Siri on iOS and the Apple Watch, makes Reminders the best tool for when you're on the run.

Curio 11 - Note Taking and more

Date: 3rd March 2017

Duration: 47:51

Show ref: SCOM0609

Curio 11 is a freeform notebook with just about every tool you can think of to help you take notes, brainstorm ideas, collect research, and organize your tasks and documents. Curio is a powerful tool that includes the functions of many stand alone applications, allowing you to focus on the task at hand, without having to worry about switching applications for different aspects of your project.

Curio is available in three versions Core, Standard, and Professional with each adding a few more features than the previous version. In this screencast, Todd Olthoff walks us through the Professional version to give you an overview of all of the features packed into Curio 11.