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Tip - Ghostnote 2

Date: 30th June 2020

Duration: 10:32

Show ref: SCOM0956

Ghostnote 2  is a fantastic app which allows you to 'pin' formatted notes and to-do lists to many different types of objects on your Mac, including individual emails in Apple Mail.

Want to add some notes to a website? Just navigate to it in Safari and open Ghostnote. You'll be presented with a blank note where you can enter plain or formatted text, lists, even clickable to-do lists. The next time you open the website, that note will be available in Ghostnote 2.

In this week's tip, Don demonstrates different types of objects supported by Ghostnote 2, along with some practical examples. You also learn about its note browser, and how to set up keyboard shortcuts for quick access.

CleanShot X for macOS

Date: 19th June 2020

Duration: 31:42

Show ref: SCOM0953

macOS Catalina has a tremendous screen capture and screen recording utility built right in - an app called Screenshot. In fact, it is so good that it's difficult to justify using third-party apps for screen captures. However, after reading some brilliant reviews for CleanShot X, Don decided to give it a go: "Wow! I knew within a few minutes of using it that it was my new go-to tool for screen captures."

CleanShot X combines several tools into one and has some pretty unique features. Think of it as a screen capture workflow tool that is customisable to fit your particular needs. In this week's tutorial, Don takes you through all the features of this robust and extremely powerful utility, including all the capture modes, annotations, and the free CleanShot Cloud service.

Well recommended.

MarginNote 3

Date: 27th December 2019

Duration: 46:27

Show ref: SCOM0903

In this episode, Lee shows you how to use the macOS version of MarginNote 3, a study aid that allows you to annotate a variety of text-based file types, as well as extract content to provide a more focused view on a topic.

You learn how to import documents, notes from Evernote, web pages, as well as annotate and highlight text. Lee also goes over creating mind maps to link subjects and ideas together, and shows you how to create a flashcard deck to test your understanding of a topic.

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.

Tip - One Switch

Date: 24th September 2019

Duration: 05:33

Show ref: SCOM0876

A very neat menu bar app that gives you direct access to a host of utilities and system functions.

In this tip video, Don explores some of the options and demonstrates just how useful One Switch can be.

Tip - Unclutter

Date: 20th August 2019

Duration: 08:51

Show ref: SCOM0866

In this video, Lee introduces you to one of his favourite macOS applications: Unclutter.

You learn how to access clipboard snippets, store frequently used files for easy access, as well as making notes on the fly without cluttering up the screen, all thanks to Unclutter's clean interface.

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

Tip - Space Lens

Date: 4th June 2019

Duration: 07:52

Show ref: SCOM0844

CleanMyMac X is a fantastic utility for ensuring that your Mac is always kept in tip-top condition. We've covered the overall functionality of Clean My Mac X in several episodes but in this tip video, Don takes a look at a new module in CleanMyMac X and that's Space Lens.

Tip - Ulysses 15 Update

Date: 14th May 2019

Duration: 07:03

Show ref: SCOM0838

With the advent of Ulysses 15, some great new features have been added to this very capable writing tool.

In this tip video, Don takes us through the important additions to Ulysses 15 on macOS.

Yoink for Mac and iOS

Date: 12th April 2019

Duration: 43:13

Show ref: SCOM0829

By providing a temporary space to park your files and app data, Yoink makes moving those items around more intuitive and efficient.

This handy utility accepts any file from Finder, as well as data from almost any app. Whether you want to move or copy files to a different folder or hard drive on your Mac, or wish to collect images from a website before you move them to your desired destination, Yoink has got you covered. On iOS, Yoink is your shelf for all the things you drag, copy, and share.

This week Richard gives you a tour of Yoink, and shares a few of his favourite tips on the Mac.

TaskPaper for macOS

Date: 22nd March 2019

Duration: 41:06

Show ref: SCOM0823

TaskPaper is a plain text to-do list app for Mac that is surprisingly adept. It may feel like a plain text editor, but it's backed by a powerful outliner to help you fold, focus, and filter any size to-do list.

In this episode, Mike introduces you to the TaskPaper app and its formatting, which can be used in other applications. You'll learn how TaskPaper handles projects, tasks, tags, and notes, how to set up custom searches, as well as import and export from the Reminders app. Also covered is how to customize the stylesheets to make your own themes, and install scripts to extend the functionality of TaskPaper to make it do just about anything you might want.

MarsEdit 4

Date: 15th March 2019

Duration: 45:15

Show ref: SCOM0821

MarsEdit is a very powerful and easy to use blogging tool that works with many blogging platforms, such as Wordpress and Tumblr. It gives you an easy way to style and upload images, add links, and preview your posts. More advanced bloggers will love being able to create macros for styling images and text. MarsEdit assists but also gets out of your way so that you can get down to the business (and pleasure) of blogging.

In this episode, Allison walks you through the creation of a blog using MarsEdit 4, and explains the various tools that help you create, edit, and publish your posts. Along the way, you learn the benefits of using the Media Manager for your images, and using Markdown to write your posts.

RapidWeaver 8 Foundation - Part 2

Date: 30th November 2018

Duration: 43:00

Show ref: SCOM0791

In Part 1 of our Foundations series on RapidWeaver 8 we covered the basics of setting up your own personal website. You learned everything you needed to know to build a website, do some basic customization, and then publish to the internet. For a lot of people, this is all they need to get a great website up and running using RapidWeaver.

In Part 2, Todd digs a little deeper into some of the settings in RapidWeaver 8 and explore more advanced topics. This includes designing snippets of code and text that can be used across your site using drag and drop, using Add-ons such as Stacks to customise your website, and optimizing it so search engines on the web can find it more easily.

Have you ever wanted to create your own website but the thought of learning HTML and CSS scared you away? Thankfully, you don't have to know how to write HTML or any other web language to use RapidWeaver 8!

RapidWeaver is an all-in-one website design and publishing application that has everything you need to create and publish a website. It has a simple to understand interface that allows you to customize your website in a "what you see is what you get" way - while the coding happens behind the scenes. We have covered RapidWeaver in the past but with the new RapidWeaver 8 combined with our new Foundations series, we thought it was worth covering this great application from start to finish.

Tip - Handy Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Date: 21st August 2018

Duration: 06:03

Show ref: SCOM0762

We frequently interact with the Save and Open dialog boxes when using our Mac. This tip video gives you some keyboard shortcuts to help navigate those actions, as well as change the target location when saving your files.

If you really want to supercharge your use of the Save and Open actions, I briefly show you an application that I've covered before, and that's Default Folder X. Well recommended!

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.

Travelling with Your iOS Device

Date: 20th April 2018

Duration: 35:34

Show ref: SCOM0727

Following on from episode SCOM0719 - Travelling with your Mac, we take a look at how you can optimise your iOS device for security and privacy. We also learn how to configure a VPN to secure your network connections whilst out and about.

In addition, we look at the implications of using your iPhone or iPad as you primary camera and what steps you can take to backup your photos and videos when you are away from a decent Wi-Fi connection.

Travelling with your Mac

Date: 23rd March 2018

Duration: 46:31

Show ref: SCOM0719

Travelling with your Mac is great - provided that you take proper precautions. There are various considerations you need to be aware of with respect to security, privacy and to minimise the risk of data theft when away from the confines of your home and office.

There are also things to consider when trying to access online services via a slow or unsecured public Wi-Fi access point. What about if the internet connection is great but expensive?

In this episode, we take you through some simple steps to secure your Mac from prying eyes or attack, and take control over which apps and services can use your internet connection. We also show you how you can create both local Time Machine and bootable backups on an encrypted local external drive in case of emergencies. Finally, we cover a simple way to connect with your home or office Mac to retrieve that file you thought you had with you!

Cloud Outliner

Date: 5th January 2018

Duration: 40:57

Show ref: SCOM0697

Cloud Outliner is an inexpensive and yet powerful outlining app for the Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Cloud Outliner is available through the Mac App Store or through Setapp. Outlines are stored within Cloud Outliner and can be synced across devices through iCloud (App Store version only), Evernote, or through Cloud Outliner's free syncing service.

The Mac app includes easily-discoverable menus, handy menu bar buttons or a vast array of keyboard shortcuts. The choice is yours on how to interact with Cloud Outliner.

The iOS apps include full functionality for editing outlines from the Mac app and use intuitive gestures for manipulating outline content.

Tip - Gemini De-Duplication

Date: 2nd January 2018

Duration: 08:23

Show ref: SCOM0696

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.

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