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Tip - macOS Catalina Prep

Date: 7th October 2019

Duration: 09:27

Show ref: SCOM0880

With the imminent advent of macOS Catalina, Don takes you through some sensible steps to prepare your Mac for an upgrade.

Using four separate utilities, you can clean and update your Mac, as well as check that all of your applications are ready for macOS Catalina, which will only support 64-bit applications. Don also reminds you of the importance of creating a fresh clone of your system disk before you take the leap and upgrade.

Tip - Picsew for iOS

Date: 1st October 2019

Duration: 06:52

Show ref: SCOM0878

In this tip video, Lee shows off Picsew, a fantastic image editor for iOS that focuses on stitching together multiple images, either from the camera, or using screenshots.

Using Picsew, you can also crop images, add annotations and watermarks, capture images from a web browser, and much more.

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 - Mosaic

Date: 17th September 2019

Duration: 12:37

Show ref: SCOM0874

In this video, Lee walks you through Mosaic, a fully customisable window management utility for macOS. This useful app allows you to keep your desktop tidy and efficient, while keeping everything you need to get your work done easily accessible.

Tip - TrackMySubs

Date: 10th September 2019

Duration: 10:12

Show ref: SCOM0872

With the ever-increasing number of subscriptions for software, apps and services, TrackMySubs is a great way to keep on top of everything.

This week, Don shows you TrackMySubs' free plan which allows you to track up to 10 subscriptions to assess your costs as well as receive optional alerts when subscriptions are due. This allows you to decide if you want to proceed or cancel before the subscription payment is taken.

Ironically, TrackMySubs also offers a subscription service if you want to monitor more than 10 subscriptions. Depending on your situation, the potential savings you could make on your unused subscriptions could easily offset that cost!

Tip - HomeRun

Date: 3rd September 2019

Duration: 08:28

Show ref: SCOM0870

In this video, Lee introduces you to HomeRun, a HomeKit-friendly application for your Apple Watch. It allows you to customise and activate Scenes at the tap of a button, as well as automate complications to change their actions depending on the time of day.

iReal Pro

Date: 30th August 2019

Duration: 46:47

Show ref: SCOM0869

iReal Pro is an iOS and Mac-based program to help musicians of all levels, even aspiring ones, make better music. It simulates a three-piece band that can accompany you as you practice and also lets you collect chord charts from your favorite songs for reference. iReal Pro also allows you to export your songs as chord charts or audio files that you can share with other musicians.

In this episode, Mike helps you discover iReal Pro on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. You learn the basic playback options, how to change styles, keys, and tempo, and how to use Practice Mode to help you develop your skills. Mike wraps up by showing you a real-world example: Exporting a song from iReal Pro and using it alongside a home video in iMovie.

Tip - MacRumors Buyer's Guide

Date: 27th August 2019

Duration: 04:44

Show ref: SCOM0868

Something different for this week.

Is now the right time? That's one of the issues to consider before buying Apple equipment. There's no point buying something if a newer version is on the way.

The MacRumors Buyer's Guide is a web-based service that uses history, knowledge, and a little bit of guesswork to determine when a new version of a product might be available. Armed with this information, you can make an educated determination for when is the right time to buy!

Tip - iWork for iOS Update

Date: 13th August 2019

Duration: 10:26

Show ref: SCOM0864

Apple is continuously improving Pages, Numbers and Keynote by adding in new features or adding back functionality that had been removed from the original versions several years ago.

In this tip video, Don takes a look at some of the common features implemented in the most recent iOS release, as well as some app-specific features.

Tip - Reeder 4 for macOS

Date: 6th August 2019

Duration: 10:36

Show ref: SCOM0862

This week, Lee revisits Reeder 4 for macOS and guides you through its most important new features.

You learn how to sync your favourite RSS feeds and news sources using an aggregation service like Feedly, and take a look at the revamped user interface. Lee also goes through several of the preferences and customization options that Reeder now offers, including useful Trackpad gestures.

Tip - iWork for Mac Update

Date: 31st July 2019

Duration: 09:23

Show ref: SCOM0860

Apple is continuously improving Pages, Numbers and Keynote by adding in new features or adding back functionality that had been removed from the original versions several years ago.

In this tip video, Don takes a look at some of the common features implemented in the most recent macOS release, as well as some of the new app-specific features.

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.

Tip - Opener

Date: 16th July 2019

Duration: 05:25

Show ref: SCOM0856

Ever wish you could open up links on iOS in other apps? Well with Opener, now you can.

This week Mike shows you how to open up web links in other apps you have on your device using this handy iOS utility.

Tip - Vignette for iOS

Date: 9th July 2019

Duration: 05:34

Show ref: SCOM0854

Do your contacts need a little TLC?

This week's tip video shows you how Vignette for iOS can change all those unattractive grey circles with initials into something more useful. A simple search within the app will update all of your contacts' icons to their most recent photo or other image.

Tip - Sofa for iOS

Date: 2nd July 2019

Duration: 08:31

Show ref: SCOM0852

In this tip video, Lee shows you how to keep track of the various types of media you would like to consume using a simple, yet effective application called Sofa.

You learn how to add items via the interface, 3D Touch, and with a Siri Shortcut, how to create new sections and new lists. Lee also gives you some example use cases.

Tip - Grammarly on iOS

Date: 25th June 2019

Duration: 09:14

Show ref: SCOM0850

In this video, Lee covers a utility that will help keep your grammar and spelling in check when writing.

Grammarly is a cloud-based service with apps available on most platforms. You learn how to install the Grammarly keyboard for iOS, correct basic spelling and grammar, as well as use this great utility with an external keyboard. Lee also shows you the various pricing options.

Tip - Scanbot for iOS

Date: 18th June 2019

Duration: 07:11

Show ref: SCOM0848

Scanbot for iOS is a scanning application that can automatically apply Optical Character Recognition (or OCR) to your scans and upload them to your cloud service provider.

This week, Mike shows you how to use Scanbot to scan receipts, a common workflow for many people who have to travel for work. You learn how to connect Scanbot to your cloud service provider, set up Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in multiple languages, automate file naming using Scanbot's built-in tokens, and scan and crop images so they turn out just right.

Tip - macOS Emoji & Symbols

Date: 11th June 2019

Duration: 06:11

Show ref: SCOM0846

There are hundreds of Emoji & Symbols available to virtually every application on your Mac. Previously known as "Special Characters," these are available at the press of a keyboard shortcut or via the Edit menu.

In this tip video, Don takes your through the Emoji & Symbols panel and demonstrates how to get access to many more useful symbols for use in your documents and communication.

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 - Scan QR Codes Using iPhone

Date: 28th May 2019

Duration: 05:12

Show ref: SCOM0842

You've probably seen QR code readers at the top of the App Store before. But with iOS 11 and above, you already have the ability to read these codes, no third-party app required.

This week, Mike shows you how to scan QR codes using your iOS device. You learn how to open up your camera ready to scan using 3D Touch, and also take a look at a few examples of what's possible with QR codes.