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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.

Archive Utility & Keka

Date: 22nd June 2018

Duration: 46:28

Show ref: SCOM0745

Sending and storing files and folders in the most secure and efficient way means you need to adopt some or all of three core technologies - compression, archiving and encryption.

Thankfully, these are all available via macOS, either as part of the OS or in the Archive Utility application.

In this week's tutorial, Allison starts with some definition of just what compression, archiving and encryption means and the many standards that are available. In the next part, she goes over the many options available in Archive Utility. Whilst Archive Utility is available and provides basic functionality, it's possible to use additional features and functionality with an inexpensive 3rd party app called Keka.

Keka was updated to version 1.1 during the post production phase of the tutorial, so we've added an extra section describing the additional features and changes to the UI in v1.1.

Tip - macOS Get Info Panel

Date: 12th June 2018

Duration: 08:36

Show ref: SCOM0742

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.

BetterTouchTool

Date: 8th June 2018

Duration: 44:35

Show ref: SCOM0741

One of the joys of having a Mac is having access to tools that allow you to automate common tasks which increase your productivity. BetterTouchTool is a unique twist on automating your Mac as it does so using various input devices that are connected to your Mac such as the Magic Trackpad, Mouse, Keyboard, and even your iOS device. Each of these devices can be set up using BetterTouchTool to run automations with the click of a mouse, taps on a trackpad or even by drawing gestures on your trackpad.

In this screencast we will walk through how to set these automations up on various devices. We will also show practical ways to set up your automations based on global settings or even on an app by app basis. So if you have ever wanted to run automations with minimal effort, then BetterTouchTool may be for you.

Tip - Text Auto-correction

Date: 29th May 2018

Duration: 06:30

Show ref: SCOM0738

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

Show ref: SCOM0734

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.

Travelling with Your iOS Device

Date: 20th April 2018

Duration: 35:34

Show ref: SCOM0727

Following on from episode SCOM0719 - Travelling with your Mac, we take a look at how you can optimise your iOS device for security and privacy. We also learn how to configure a VPN to secure your network connections whilst out and about.

In addition, we look at the implications of using your iPhone or iPad as you primary camera and what steps you can take to backup your photos and videos when you are away from a decent Wi-Fi connection.

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