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Tip - macOS Hot Corners

Date: 24th July 2018

Duration: 06:11

Show ref: SCOM0754

You can configure the four corners of your Mac display to instantly invoke some pre-defined system commands. It's really simple to set up, and a very useful Mac customisation.

In this week's tip, I show you how it all works.

Tip - AirDrop 101

Date: 17th July 2018

Duration: 08:26

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AirDrop is a safe and secure way to transfer files between Apple devices. It requires virtually zero configuration and only needs Bluetooth and WiFi to create an encrypted connection between devices. However, there are some precautions you need to take to ensure you remain in control of AirDrop.

In this tip video, I take a look at setting-up and using AirDrop on both the Mac and iOS.

Tip - iWork Updates

Date: 10th July 2018

Duration: 08:33

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Following on from the recent update shows, a final quick update on Pages, Number and Keynote.

In this tip video, Don takes a look at some changes to Smart Annotations and Drawing in Pages, as well as the common changes in Charting and the support for displaying LaTeX or MathML equations across all of the iWork Apps.

Tip - Text Expansion & Safari

Date: 3rd July 2018

Duration: 06:57

Show ref: SCOM0748

Two quick updates in this week's tip show:

Text Expansion

Back in episode 0738, we covered using the built-in features of Text Auto-correction in both macOS and iOS. This is an easy way to use abbreviations to expand to simple words and phrases. However, text expansion is not just limited to simple words and phrases. It can also be used for multiple paragraphs, making Text Auto-correction so much more useful! In this tip, Don shows you how to create a multiline text snippet that will sync across your devices.

Subtitles or Captions in Safari

One of the main support issues we come across are people being unable to switch off subtitles when viewing tutorials on the ScreenCastsOnline website or, even worse, seeing two sets of subtitles displayed at once. This is easily fixed and is due to Safari itself displaying subtitles. In this segment, Don shows you how to easily switch both sets of subtitles off, giving you an uninterrupted view of your tutorials.

Tip - Audio in iWork

Date: 26th June 2018

Duration: 08:11

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The iWork suite of Pages, Numbers and Keynote has been updated to allow you to record audio clips into your word processing document, spreadsheet or presentation slide, directly from your iPad or iPhone.

In this tip video, Don shows you the common method for creating and editing these clips.

In addition, he also demonstrates how these clips are presented and can be replaced or updated in the macOS versions of the apps. You can also include audio in those, but it's necessary to record your audio externally - at least for now!

Tip - Photolemur

Date: 19th June 2018

Duration: 06:49

Show ref: SCOM0744

We've covered many applications for enhancing your digital images before, but never one quite so simple yet effective.

Photolemur uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to analyse your photos and apply selective enhancements to make them pop. No need for a multitude of tweaks to different settings; Photolemur applies them automatically. All you can do is adjust the level of enhancement and that's the beauty of this simple app. It works in either standalone mode for single of multiple photos, or it can be used as a plugin for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as an Apple Photos extension.

In this week's tip video, Don takes you through the different ways Photolemur can be used and shows off some of its stunning results.

Tip - macOS Get Info Panel

Date: 12th June 2018

Duration: 08:36

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Want to know more about your files or folders? Want to change its default icon? How about changing which files are opened by specific applications? All this and more can be achieved by using the Get Info panel built right into Finder on macOS.

In this week's tip video, Don takes you through the basics of mastering the Get Info panel.

Tip - Messages in iCloud

Date: 5th June 2018

Duration: 04:38

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With the introduction of iOS 11.4 & macOS 10.13.5, Apple have delivered on Messages for iCloud. No longer are messages hit and miss on your various devices, now you can store an encrypted archive in iCloud for use by all devices.

In this week's tip video, Don takes you through some of the limitations of the old Messages architecture, demonstrates switching on the new Messages in iCloud and takes a look at how it works in operation.

This tip video was recorded prior to the release of macOS 10.13.5, so to setup Messages in iCloud on your Mac, open Messages - Preferences - Accounts - Select your iCloud Account and switch on "Enable Messages in iCloud"

Tip - Text Auto-correction

Date: 29th May 2018

Duration: 06:30

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There are plenty of very capable and very sophisticated text auto-correction apps on the market. However, if your needs are simple, why not use the text auto-correction features built into macOS and iOS?

In this week's tip video, Don walks you through setting up and using auto-correction and auto-completion on the Mac and iPhone, and shows you how those text snippets sync in real time between devices.

Tip - HoudahSpot Tips & Tricks

Date: 22nd May 2018

Duration: 08:06

Show ref: SCOM0736

Spotlight is great but HoudahSpot is so much better!

HoudahSpot gives you a more detailed and powerful interface into your Spotlight searches. By exposing a multitude of metadata attributes and combining that with a highly flexible and customisable query engine, you'll never lose a file again.

In this week's tip video, Don gives you some of the reasons why HoudahSpot is his go-to search utility on the Mac.

Tip - Managing Messages - PhoneView

Date: 15th May 2018

Duration: 07:02

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Following on from a request from a ScreenCastsOnline member, Don went on a quest to find out the best way to extract messages from the Messages app for use in emails or other applications. The best solution he found was PhoneView from Ecamm - but it does so much more!

In this week's tip video, Don takes you through the initial setup of PhoneView and demonstrates how easy it is to create PDFs, Text files, CSV files and more from your messages. You can even extract the media files and play them independently. PhoneView is also a great way to create permanent archives of your messages.

Tip - Dropbox Syncing

Date: 8th May 2018

Duration: 09:00

Show ref: SCOM0732

Dropbox is fantastic service for cloud-based storage. With the Plus service and above, you can store up to 1TB of data within Dropbox - even more if you're a Dropbox Business user. Not many of us can sync our entire Dropbox account on our Mac however, so how do we manage with a Mac that has limited space?

In this week's tip video, Don shows you two very useful Dropbox features to help manage your storage: Selective Sync and Smart Sync.

Tip - Full Keyboard Access on macOS

Date: 1st May 2018

Duration: 06:09

Show ref: SCOM0730

Whilst using a trackpad and mouse can be easy and effective, having full control of your keyboard is a must.

Many people take this to the next level by invoking "Full Keyboard Access" allowing them to reach parts of macOS you never thought possible with the keyboard.

This week's tip video shows you how to switch on "Full Keyboard Access" and demonstrates its usage.

Tip - iOS 11 Keyboard Tips

Date: 24th April 2018

Duration: 06:07

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Some oldies but goodies: One of the benefits of using a soft keyboard is that it can do so much more than a conventional hardware keyboard.

In this week's tip I remind you of some of the not-so-obvious features hidden in the standard iOS soft keyboard.

Tip - Screenshot Shortcuts in macOS

Date: 17th April 2018

Duration: 09:10

Show ref: SCOM0726

There are plenty of third-party screen and video capture tools available for macOS, but you might be surprised at just how capable the built-in macOS capture tools actually are.

This tip video gives you some examples of just how powerful screen capture is on the Mac - once you master a variety of keyboard combinations!

Change ScreenShot Location Command

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location

Tip - iCloud.com on iOS

Date: 10th April 2018

Duration: 06:01

Show ref: SCOM0724

This weekly tip video covers a workaround to allow people without Macs (or any computer) to access iCloud.com on an iPad or iPhone.

This is necessary in order to create iCloud-based Mail rules and to access some additional preferences not available on iOS devices.

Tip - Creating a Secure Disk Image

Date: 3rd April 2018

Duration: 06:21

Show ref: SCOM0722

Your Mac already has a host of security measures to keep your files and folders safe, but what if you want to add an extra layer of security?

With Disk Utility, it is possible to create a secure disk image, protected by 128- or 256-bit encryption. Simply create your disk image and copy your files over and you'll have a secure, portable container that you can sync via iCloud or upload to Dropbox.

Tip - Siri News & macOS Hidden Files

Date: 27th March 2018

Duration: 05:01

Show ref: SCOM0720

Two tips this week...

Siri News on iOS

No need to feel left out if you don't have a HomePod. You can get the news spoken to you from your iOS devices and as long as they support hands-free "Hey Siri" commands.

Hidden Files & Folders in macOS

Display your hidden files and folders with a simple keyboard shortcut. No longer do you need to conjure up some obscure Terminal command to make this happen.

Tip - Apple ID 101

Date: 20th March 2018

Duration: 07:55

Show ref: SCOM0718

Your Apple ID is a crucial part of how you access your devices, apps and all Apple services.

It goes without saying that you really need to look after your Apple ID and make sure that you can regain access in the event of some mishap.

In this week's tip video, we take a look at the website that's designed to help you maintain your Apple ID: appleid.apple.com

Tip - Messages - Screen Sharing

Date: 13th March 2018

Duration: 06:10

Show ref: SCOM0716

This week's tip demonstrates how easy it is to share screens via the standard Messages app in macOS.

If you ever find yourself needing to give remote support to friends, family or colleagues, there's no need to have them install third-party software. Just fire up the Messages app and use the built-in screen sharing mechanism.