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Tip - Gladys

Date: 26th December 2017

Duration: 08:43

Show ref: SCOM0694

Drag & Drop is great on iOS 11, but sometimes it can be difficult to drag to an application that's not immediately available. If you're dextrous, it's doable, but more often than not it can be quite troublesome.

Wouldn't it be great to just drag content to a storage area that you can access easily later on?

That's where Gladys comes in!

Gladys is a "shelf" app for all your dragged content. Just drag to Gladys and worry about where to use it later. Build a persistent library of content that you can search or filter, then just drag it out of Gladys when you're working in another application and need that content.

Gladys syncs using iCloud, so you can access your library across all of your iOS devices. It's a very useful and polished utility for iOS.

Tip - macOS - Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Date: 19th December 2017

Duration: 06:06

Show ref: SCOM0692

Most people know that the keys to enhanced productivity are the mastery of keyboard shortcuts and a good muscle memory!

But what if your most-used command doesn't have a keyboard shortcut?

Well, the good news is that macOS allows you to add your own keyboard shortcuts, either within a specific application, or for all applications on your Mac.

This tip video walks you through the process of setting up custom keyboard shortcuts.

Tip - AirPrint using Printopia

Date: 12th December 2017

Duration: 08:28

Show ref: SCOM0690

In order to print from your iPad or iPhone, you need an AirPrint-compatible printer connected and configured to use your Wi-Fi network. If you already have a printer connected to your Mac, there's no need to buy a new printer; just use Printopia.

Printopia is an app that automatically converts any printer connected to your Mac into an AirPrint-compatible printer. Extremely easy to set up, it requires no additional software to be installed on your iOS devices. Your printer simply appears as a network printer to all your iOS devices.

Tip - iOS 11 - Long Presses in Mobile Safari

Date: 5th December 2017

Duration: 06:07

Show ref: SCOM0688

Mobile Safari is one of the most used applications in iOS and as such, is very feature-rich. However, many of its features are hidden behind long presses, which by their very nature are hard to discover.

In this tip video, we expose some of the more useful long press-triggered features to help you get the most out of Mobile Safari.

Tip - iOS 11 - Further Tips

Date: 28th November 2017

Duration: 06:29

Show ref: SCOM0686

We may have covered the major points of iOS 11 in the full shows, but there are still further hints and tips to share.

This tip show covers three really useful tips when using iOS 11.

Cardhop

Date: 24th November 2017

Duration: 34:15

Show ref: SCOM0685

Cardhop by Flexibits is a new way to access and update your iCloud contacts.

Beautifully designed with a powerful built-in parsing engine, it's never been easier to create, search for, or update contacts information.

Your contacts are now just a keystroke away and Cardhop allows for all sorts of interactions and actions with your contact data.

Because the application uses your iCloud contacts database, any changes, deletions or additions you make are synchronised with your other devices via iCloud.

Tip - macOS HS - Further Tips

Date: 21st November 2017

Duration: 06:26

Show ref: SCOM0684

macOS High Sierra was primarily an under-the-hood upgrade and we covered many of the new features recently in a full ScreenCastsOnline tutorial.

This tip show uncovers some features that didn't make it into that full tutorial.

One of the problems of moving to a new iPhone is that the restore process brings everything across. As well as the important information, you also end up with a tonne of applications that you never use and just can't be bothered to weed out.

Wouldn't it be nice to start off with a fresh build of iOS and just the stock apps? You can do this of course (instead of restoring your iPhone) but you'll loose all your Activity, Health and Watch data.

In this tip video, I demonstrate how you can do a partial restore to a new or existing iPhone to remove all the detritus, yet keep all your Activity, Health and Watch data. A third-party utility is used to achieve this (do so at your own risk) and there is no guarantee that it will work with future releases of iOS. However, I used it on my iPhone X and it worked amazingly well! The developers have stated that it is supported on iOS 11.2 beta so it looks promising!

Decipher Activity Transfer is free, but there is a paid version that allows you to transfer additional components in addition to your Activity and Watch data.

watchOS 4

Date: 10th November 2017

Duration: 34:46

Show ref: SCOM0681

watchOS 4 is Apple's latest update to the operating system powering the Apple Watch.

In this week's episode, we take a look at some of the new features and changes to the already-familiar apps on the Apple Watch.

Tip - iPhone X First Look

Date: 7th November 2017

Duration: 10:24

Show ref: SCOM0680

The new iPhone X is out and in this video, I take you through the unboxing and initial setup of the iPhone X.

After a just a few days of use, it feels like Apple have reinvented the iPhone. Face ID and the new gestures are a delight to use.

Face ID works flawlessly, although there are some areas where it can't replace Touch ID -- such as when leaving your iPhone on a desktop -- but in most instances, it's comparable or even better than Touch ID.

Using Face ID to authenticate within apps is fantastic, and even quicker than Touch ID in most cases. Add in the beautiful design and the gorgeous OLED screen, and I think Apple have a winner.

I've even learnt to embrace the notch as it's really a non-issue if case you're wondering!

Tip - macOS - PopClip

Date: 31st October 2017

Duration: 06:18

Show ref: SCOM0678

PopClip is one of my go-to apps; I use it multiple times every day!

Although at first glance PopClip looks like a simple utility to speed up copy and paste, it is so much more. With over 160 free extensions, PopClip is a fantastic boon to your productivity, enabling all sorts of workflows between most of your favourite apps.

In this week's tip, I take you through PopClip's basic operation. You should also check out the PopClip extensions page to see just what it's capable of.

Tip - Screen Recording in iOS 11

Date: 24th October 2017

Duration: 05:13

Show ref: SCOM0676

iOS 11 brings with it native screen recording to your iPad or iPhone. You can record video only or both video and audio using your iOS device's microphone.

It's a great tool for creating short instructional videos for friends or family.

Once recorded, you can trim your video directly in the iOS Photos app, or use a special iMovie extension for more advanced tasks such as adding titles and music.

Tip - macOS - Type to Siri

Date: 17th October 2017

Duration: 05:02

Show ref: SCOM0674

Siri has been available for the Mac for a while now, but it's not always convenient to talk to your Mac, or have it talk back to you!

Perhaps you're in a coffee shop or a library, or you just don't feel comfortable talking to your Mac.

With macOS High Sierra, it's now possible to type your Siri commands as well as switch off the audio feedback from Siri.

Much more civilised!

Tip - Family Sharing - iCloud Storage

Date: 10th October 2017

Duration: 05:00

Show ref: SCOM0672

If you have an iCloud account, you are allocated 5GB of iCloud storage for free, as part of your iCloud account.

The problem is, with the increasing need for iCloud storage, 5GB is not enough for most people.

Up until now, the only option was for each individual to pay for additional iCloud storage each month.

However, with the introduction of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, it's now possible for families using iCloud Family Sharing to have a single paid tier of iCloud storage and use it as a shared pool of storage.

In this weekly tip, I demonstrate how to set up iCloud Storage Family Sharing, and how each family member can access it, on both macOS and iOS.

Tip - iOS 11 - CC Apple TV Remote

Date: 3rd October 2017

Duration: 06:12

Show ref: SCOM0670

There's been an Apple TV app for iOS for quite a while now. With iOS 11, it's now available within the iOS Control Centre.

In this tip video we demonstrate how to enable the app and use its common features.

Even if you don't use the app to control your Apple TV, the ability to enter text in Apple TV text boxes or use Siri with your Apple TV via the app is a godsend.

Tip - iOS - Home Screen

Date: 29th September 2017

Duration: 03:33

Show ref: SCOM0669

iOS 11 brings with it new ways to re-arrange the icons on your home screen in bulk no more dragging individual icons. You can now grab a bunch to move to a different screen, or even to create folders.

All is revealed in this week's tip video.

Tip - Getting Ready for macOS High Sierra

Date: 19th September 2017

Duration: 06:28

Show ref: SCOM0666

macOS High Sierra will soon be here - due for release on the 25th September 2017 - and there are a few things you might want to do before you commit to upgrading.

This tip video suggests one or two critical considerations that may save you a ton of trouble.

Tip - macOS - ScreenFloat

Date: 12th September 2017

Duration: 06:31

Show ref: SCOM0664

A very useful utility for the Mac that allows you to take a partial screen capture and have it float on top of all your windows. Great when you want to capture part of your screen for reference purposes and have it available at all times.

You can also create floating panels or Shots, as the app calls them from files and also from your clipboard.

If you have shots you refer to often (as l do) you can build a library of them in the Shots Browser and create manual or smart collections.

Tip - Fing Network Scanner

Date: 5th September 2017

Duration: 05:06

Show ref: SCOM0662

If you want to shock yourself and discover just how many devices are hanging off of your network, download Fing and take a look.

Fing is a fantastic utility that gathers all sorts of data about your local area network and the devices attached to it.

Great for diagnostics and troubleshooting, Fing is also great fun if you like that sort of thing!

Tip - Safari Reading List

Date: 29th August 2017

Duration: 05:07

Show ref: SCOM0660

Apple have continually updated the Reading List feature, transforming it into a very useful utility within Safari.

Capture web pages and links for offline reading, and sync them between all your devices. Capture a web page on your Mac and have it appear within seconds on your iPhone.

Items within your Reading List can be marked read or unread, searched and deleted.

Swiping through your Reading List is effortless and a great way to keep up to date with interesting articles.