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Tip - Due for iOS

Date: 5th March 2019

Duration: 07:46

Show ref: SCOM0818

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

Show ref: SCOM0816

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

Show ref: SCOM0814

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

Show ref: SCOM0812

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

Show ref: SCOM0810

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

Show ref: SCOM0808

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

Show ref: SCOM0806

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

Show ref: SCOM0804

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

Show ref: SCOM0802

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.

Tip - Manage Photos with BestPhotos

Date: 1st January 2019

Duration: 06:11

Show ref: SCOM0800

Photos on iOS is great for accessing your photos on the go, but managing your library or making batch edits can be a pain.

In this week's tip, Mike shows you how to make easy edits on multiple photos using BestPhotos for iOS. You find out how to quickly delete photos or mark them as favorites, add location metadata, as well as clean up "accidental videos".

Tip - Agenda Attachments

Date: 25th December 2018

Duration: 09:01

Show ref: SCOM0798

A great new enhancement to Agenda, a very impressive note-taking app. Check out the previous ScreenCastsOnline tutorial to see the full scope of its capabilities.

With the addition of support for all kinds of embedded file types, Agenda just became a lot more useful.

Tip - iCloud Shared Albums

Date: 18th December 2018

Duration: 05:11

Show ref: SCOM0796

The holidays are the perfect time to share photos with the people closest to you using the Shared Albums feature in iCloud Photos.

In this week's tip video, Mike shows you how to set one up, add your favorite photos, then invite friends and family to view it. He also goes over the Public Website option so your album is accessible from a web browser on any device.

Tip - Fonts on iOS - AnyFont

Date: 11th December 2018

Duration: 07:24

Show ref: SCOM0794

Following on from our recent tip show on installing and managing fonts on macOS, this week we turn our attention to font management on iOS.

Although external font support is not built into iOS 12, it is possible to install external fonts using an app such as AnyFont.

AnyFont allows you to install external fonts as configuration profiles so all of your applications can use them. This is perfect for creating and editing documents across platforms, by having access to the fonts on your iPad and iPhone that are also installed on your Mac.

In this tip video Don demonstrates how to convert font files into configuration profiles using AnyFont.

Tip - Stitching Screenshots with Tailor

Date: 4th December 2018

Duration: 05:41

Show ref: SCOM0792

Taking screenshots on your iOS device is easy, but combining multiple screenshots from a message thread or long website can be difficult.

In this episode, Mike shows you how to stitch multiple screenshots together quickly and easily using Tailor. From combining screenshots, to copying and pasting the finished image out of Tailor and then exporting it using the iOS Share sheet, you can quickly become familiar with this clever tool.

Tip - Fonts on macOS

Date: 27th November 2018

Duration: 04:07

Show ref: SCOM0790

macOS Mojave comes with a slew of fonts in many different styles, allowing you to create beautifully formatted documents in your app of choice.

But what if you can't find a font you like or are looking for that special look? Using Font Book on the Mac, you can download and install extra fonts, both free or purchased.

In this tip video, Don demonstrates how to get the most out of this handy utility.

Tip - Text Case for iOS

Date: 20th November 2018

Duration: 05:22

Show ref: SCOM0788

Without a cursor as a selection tool, text manipulation on iOS can be a pain. Fortunately, Text Case makes this much easier.

In this episode, Mike walks you through how to change text on your iOS device into one of several popular formats using a simple iOS utility. You learn how to use Text Case's input tool, importing existing text, and even use Siri Shortcuts to put Text Case to good use.

Tip - iOS 12 - Battery Health & Settings

Date: 13th November 2018

Duration: 08:18

Show ref: SCOM0786

Battery health is critical when dealing with mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad.

With the introduction of iOS 12, Apple now delivers a wealth of information about your battery's health, its charging history and how the applications you use affect your battery consumption.

In this tip video, I take a look at the new charts and lists available to help you keep on top of your battery usage.

Tip - iOS 12 - Full Screen & Split View

Date: 6th November 2018

Duration: 05:38

Show ref: SCOM0784

With the limited screen real estate on the iPad, you can use Split View to arrange two applications on the screen at the same time - providing they offer support for Split View.

In this episode, Don shows you how to make the best use of split view when working with your iPad, including several tips using Safari and Split View.

Tip - Full & Split Screen in macOS

Date: 30th October 2018

Duration: 07:51

Show ref: SCOM0782

Full Screen and Split Screen are two extremely useful modes when using your Mac, especially with limited screen real estate.

However, they can also be very useful on a larger Mac as I found out when reverting to a single monitor iMac Pro when my secondary monitor developed a fault.

In this tip video I teach you the keyboard shortcuts and gestures to invoke Full Screen and Split Screen (which I keep calling Split View).

I also show you how to use these techniques with virtually any app, or with two windows in the same app, with some Finder configuration options thrown in for good measure!

Tip - Enhancements to iPhone Camera

Date: 23rd October 2018

Duration: 08:18

Show ref: SCOM0780

With respect to the Camera application, most of the changes in iOS 12 are under the hood, while iPhone XS and XS Max bring in some new features.

In this tip video, I revisit the Camera app using the iPhone XS Max by doing a refresher on some old features, as well as taking a look at the new ones.