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Tip - macOS Emoji & Symbols

Date: 11th June 2019

Duration: 06:11

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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

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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

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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.

Tip - Karabiner Elements

Date: 21st May 2019

Duration: 09:04

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In this tip video, Lee introduces us to an open source application he has been used to modify the output of keys on his macOS keyboard for some years: Karabiner Elements.

You learn how Karabiner Elements makes entering a series of modifier keys a lot more practical, and how this will open the door to assigning special keyboard shortcuts. Lee also demonstrates some handy real-world use cases for this technique using Keyboard Maestro and macOS keyboard shortcuts

Tip - Ulysses 15 Update

Date: 14th May 2019

Duration: 07:03

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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.

Tip - Deliveries

Date: 7th May 2019

Duration: 06:20

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Deliveries for iOS helps you keep track of all your packages, so you always know where they are and when they'll be delivered.

This week, Mike shows you how to set up the Deliveries app so you're notified the moment your packages arrive. You learn how to get detailed information in the app about your deliveries while they are en route, set up notifications so you're alerted when your package gets to your doorstep, and create a Siri Shortcut to check on status.

Tip - Wallpaper Wizard and Endurance

Date: 30th April 2019

Duration: 10:28

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This week, Lee walks you through two very different, and very useful applications for macOS, both available inside of Setapp.

If you are bored with the standard wallpapers that come with the operating system yet don't want the hassle of uploading your own photos and images, Wallpaper Wizard 2 is the application for you.

Endurance is for laptop owners who are concerned about their battery life. It's a menu bar application that will help you maximise the shelf life of your battery through various configurable settings.

Tip - Pages - Table of Contents Update

Date: 16th April 2019

Duration: 09:46

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Recent updates have brought further improvements to Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

In this tip video, Don looks at the new ability to add Table of Contents to Pages for Mac and iOS. The Table of Contents can be used to navigate your Pages documents as well as exported PDF and ePUB documents.

You also learn about the creation and syncing of custom shapes across all your iCloud devices.

Tip - CARROT Weather

Date: 9th April 2019

Duration: 13:33

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In this tip video, Lee walks you through an iOS application that is both fun and informative at the same time: CARROT Weather.

With guidance on how to view upcoming weather forecasts for your area, unlock special feature sets as well as tame the snarky AI assistant, this tutorial will show you that checking the weather doesn't have to be boring!

Tip - Aerial Screensavers

Date: 19th March 2019

Duration: 08:55

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If you've ever used an Apple TV, you've probably gazed in awe at the beautiful aerial screensavers displayed in all their glory. Well now you can download and display that same collection on your Mac, thanks to an Open Source project called Aerial.

In this week's tip video, Don walks you through the installation and operation of this additional screensaver option, and shares some useful hints and tips on how to run it without using up a significant amount of your system drive's storage.

Even though you can save articles in your Safari Reading List, sometimes it's just not possible to read them based on your situation. However, if you can't read them, why not listen to them?

In this tip video, Don demonstrates how to use the built-in Speak Screen feature in iOS 12 to read your articles back to you with the least friction.

He also takes a look at how you can apply the same techniques to have the articles in the ScreenCastsOnline Monthly magazine read back to you!

Tip - Due for iOS

Date: 5th March 2019

Duration: 07:46

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With so many notifications coming in, it can be easy to miss the important ones. Fortunately, Due helps make sure that you never forget by using nagging notifications to pester you into taking action.

In this week's tip, Mike shows you how to set up a reminder quickly in Due and take advantage of the Auto Snooze feature to persistently remind you of something until you mark it as complete or reschedule it. You also learn how to modify reminders straight from the Lock screen, allowing you to postpone reminders without going into the app.

Tip - BitBar for macOS

Date: 26th February 2019

Duration: 08:02

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We all know just how useful the macOS menu bar is for displaying information that we wish to see at a glance. As well as individual apps having their own menu bar icons, it's also possible to use third-party applications such as iStat menus to add additional useful icons.

BitBar is an open-source application that allows you to create scripts or plugins to display information in your menu bar. There is a whole library of plugins available to download and install, all for free.

In this week's tip, Don demonstrates how to install BitBar and configure a couple of plugins.

Tip - Screenshots on macOS Mojave

Date: 19th February 2019

Duration: 10:24

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Apple has done a terrific job in macOS Mojave in facilitating taking screenshots and screen recordings. All done using a single, easy to remember keyboard shortcut with immediate access to markup and editing tools.

It's never been easier to manage screenshots with the new Screenshot app.

This tip video walks you through the basic features of Screenshot, including annotating and editing, organizing your screenshots and screen recordings using Stacks, and even sharing them using iCloud Drive.

Tip - Forest for iOS

Date: 12th February 2019

Duration: 08:33

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Have you ever sat down to work on something and found yourself distracted by your smartphone? That's exactly the problem Forest aims to solve.

In this tutorial, Mike shows you how using an iOS utility called Forest can help you eliminate distractions by incentivizing you to not touch your smartphone, helping you stay focused, be present, and build productive habits.

Tip - Travel Shortcuts

Date: 5th February 2019

Duration: 08:29

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One of the problems with Shortcuts on iOS is finding a use for them!

This week's tip video demonstrates some real-life examples that Don used on a recent holiday. If you've ever cruised, you know just how expensive Internet access can be, and what a palaver it is, switching Wi-Fi on and off, accessing the ship's webpage and messing about with Mobile Data settings.

Why not create some shortcuts and add them to your Today View as Widgets? Or even trigger them using Siri?

This tip video explains all...

Tip - Moodnotes on iOS

Date: 29th January 2019

Duration: 06:32

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Moodnotes is a simple iOS app that allows you to capture and improve your thinking habits through an innovative approach to journaling.

In this week's tip, Mike shows you how to log your emotion state using Moodnotes and the type of insights you can glean from the data that it collects. You'll learn how to track your mood using its simple swipe interface, and how to use trends and insights to detect patterns and avoid negative thinking traps.

Tip - Voice Memos on Mac & iOS

Date: 22nd January 2019

Duration: 08:56

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A quick and easy way to create voice memos or any audio recordings and have them sync across your iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

Voice Memos has had a full redesign and is now available on all of your devices (except Apple Watch!).

Tip - Productive on iOS

Date: 15th January 2019

Duration: 08:13

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Sometimes we all need a little help making positive changes and establishing new habits.

In this week's tip, Mike shows you how Productive for iOS can help you build a regular routine of life-changing habits. Learn how to start creating positive habits, track and analyze your progress with statistics, and set reminders to help make your positive changes stick.

Tip - iCloud Content Caching

Date: 8th January 2019

Duration: 06:47

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With the plethora of iOS and Mac devices in the average Apple home, the frequency and size of app installs and updates can make a significant dent in your internet bandwidth. Add in the amount of iCloud data that now needs to be synced with all your devices and the amount of internet-based traffic increases considerably.

With just a few clicks, you can switch on Content Caching and use your Mac as a staging post for all your shared content and iCloud data to reduce bandwidth usage and speed up installation on supported devices.

In this tip video, Don demonstrates just how easy it is to set up Content Caching on your Mac.