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Parallels 15 - Part 1

Date: 1st November 2019

Duration: 42:27

Show ref: SCOM0887

In the first of a two-part tutorial, Lee introduces you to Parallels Desktop 15, an application that allows you to run a Windows operating system from the comfort of your Mac.

In this episode, you will learn about installation, how to create a new virtual machine, as well as how to share files, folders, and applications between your Windows and Mac environments.

Tip - Forecast Bar

Date: 22nd October 2019

Duration: 07:55

Show ref: SCOM0885

Forecast Bar is neat and tidy menu bar or Dock application for macOS that presents the current weather in your area as well as locations you choose.

In this tip, Lee walks you through the configuration of Forecast Bar, and goes through its multiple settings and preferences, so you can view your weather in a style that works for you.

macOS Clean Install

Date: 18th October 2019

Duration: 40:41

Show ref: SCOM0884

There are many good reasons you might consider doing a clean install on your Mac. Perhaps it has gotten sluggish over the years, you may have had a hard drive replaced which necessitates the process, or you'd like to have as close to a stock operating system as possible before installing the next major release of macOS.

But performing a clean install (some call it a "nuke and pave") may seem like a daunting task, one you may be reluctant to take on. In this week's show, Allison talks about all the reasons why you might want to do it, suggests some strategies to attacking the task, and then shows the process in action.

Tip - Trickster

Date: 15th October 2019

Duration: 09:47

Show ref: SCOM0883

This week, we look at a clever macOS menu bar utility called Trickster. This application presents filtered views of your most commonly accessed applications and files.

After installing the app, Lee shows you how to set up and edit filters, configure file tracking, as well as some useful keyboard shortcuts.

Tip - Mosaic

Date: 17th September 2019

Duration: 12:37

Show ref: SCOM0874

In this video, Lee walks you through Mosaic, a fully customisable window management utility for macOS. This useful app allows you to keep your desktop tidy and efficient, while keeping everything you need to get your work done easily accessible.

Copy'em Paste

Date: 13th September 2019

Duration: 49:00

Show ref: SCOM0873

All day long on our Macs, we copy and paste information between applications, switching context each time which invites us to become distracted. We have no choice because the Mac system clipboard is reset with every new item we copy. Using a clipboard manager however, you open the door to much more efficient copying and pasting.

This week, Allison shows you Copy'em Paste, a fantastic macOS utility that brings copying and pasting to a whole new level. With it, you can transform text, copy URLs with their titles intact, as well as paste several items sequentially very quickly. Copy'em Paste also gives you tools to keep your favorite clippings at the ready using dedicated lists that help you stay organized. These are just a few of the amazing things you will learn to do easily and intuitively using Copy'em Paste.

Tip - HomeRun

Date: 3rd September 2019

Duration: 08:28

Show ref: SCOM0870

In this video, Lee introduces you to HomeRun, a HomeKit-friendly application for your Apple Watch. It allows you to customise and activate Scenes at the tap of a button, as well as automate complications to change their actions depending on the time of day.

Tip - Unclutter

Date: 20th August 2019

Duration: 08:51

Show ref: SCOM0866

In this video, Lee introduces you to one of his favourite macOS applications: Unclutter.

You learn how to access clipboard snippets, store frequently used files for easy access, as well as making notes on the fly without cluttering up the screen, all thanks to Unclutter's clean interface.

Tip - Reeder 4 for macOS

Date: 6th August 2019

Duration: 10:36

Show ref: SCOM0862

This week, Lee revisits Reeder 4 for macOS and guides you through its most important new features.

You learn how to sync your favourite RSS feeds and news sources using an aggregation service like Feedly, and take a look at the revamped user interface. Lee also goes through several of the preferences and customization options that Reeder now offers, including useful Trackpad gestures.

Tip - Sofa for iOS

Date: 2nd July 2019

Duration: 08:31

Show ref: SCOM0852

In this tip video, Lee shows you how to keep track of the various types of media you would like to consume using a simple, yet effective application called Sofa.

You learn how to add items via the interface, 3D Touch, and with a Siri Shortcut, how to create new sections and new lists. Lee also gives you some example use cases.

Tip - Grammarly on iOS

Date: 25th June 2019

Duration: 09:14

Show ref: SCOM0850

In this video, Lee covers a utility that will help keep your grammar and spelling in check when writing.

Grammarly is a cloud-based service with apps available on most platforms. You learn how to install the Grammarly keyboard for iOS, correct basic spelling and grammar, as well as use this great utility with an external keyboard. Lee also shows you the various pricing options.

Tip - Deliveries

Date: 7th May 2019

Duration: 06:20

Show ref: SCOM0836

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

Show ref: SCOM0834

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.

Yoink for Mac and iOS

Date: 12th April 2019

Duration: 43:13

Show ref: SCOM0829

By providing a temporary space to park your files and app data, Yoink makes moving those items around more intuitive and efficient.

This handy utility accepts any file from Finder, as well as data from almost any app. Whether you want to move or copy files to a different folder or hard drive on your Mac, or wish to collect images from a website before you move them to your desired destination, Yoink has got you covered. On iOS, Yoink is your shelf for all the things you drag, copy, and share.

This week Richard gives you a tour of Yoink, and shares a few of his favourite tips on the Mac.

Tip - CARROT Weather

Date: 9th April 2019

Duration: 13:33

Show ref: SCOM0828

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!

Path Finder 8 Foundation

Date: 29th March 2019

Duration: 39:32

Show ref: SCOM0825

In this screencast, Lee walks through an alternative to the native Finder application on macOS: Path Finder 8 from Cocoatech.

Using this powerful and feature-rich application, you learn how to be more efficient when navigating and organising files using features such as Dual Browser and Tab Sets. Lee also covers other built-in tools, like Convert Image, Batch Renaming, FolderSync and the very flexible Find feature.

Jump Desktop

Date: 1st February 2019

Duration: 43:13

Show ref: SCOM0809

If you need or want to connect into other Macs or PCs in your home or business via your Mac or your iPad, you'll want to take a look at Jump Desktop. This remote desktop application supports standard protocols like RDP (to connect to Windows Server and Windows Professional machines) and VNC, but those protocols require advanced networking knowledge to use outside of a local network.

Jump Desktop includes its own remote desktop protocol called Fluid which allows you to connect from anywhere in the world with no network configuration at all.

In this week's show, Allison walks through how to install a free application called Jump Desktop Connect on the machines you want to control. She'll also show how to connect from an iPad and introduce the features that allow you to easily control a desktop interface using a touch interface.

Monitoring Disk Usage

Date: 7th December 2018

Duration: 36:40

Show ref: SCOM0793

The new SSDs in our Macs are fabulous for speed but they're smaller than our older spinning hard drives. This means that space is at a premium, so it can be very useful to have some tools to identify where disk space is being unnecessarily wasted.

In this tutorial, Allison looks at two utilities: a purely text-based tool called OmniDiskSweeper from the Omni Group, and a beautiful graphical app called GrandPerspective. Both can help you make the most out of the disk space you have, but take a completely different perspective in attacking the problem.

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 - 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.

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