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Carbon Copy Cloner - Foundation

Date: 17th January 2020

Duration: 47:49

Show ref: SCOM0909

Carbon Copy Cloner is a modern, powerful and yet simple to use backup utility.

It includes the usual methods of cloning to an external drive on a schedule, but it also allows you to back up to another Mac, or even a disk image stored on network-attached storage.

If you want more advanced features, it can do things like power on your Mac to execute the clone, only clone on weekdays, run scripts before and after the clone, and much much more.

Tip - Pulltube

Date: 7th January 2020

Duration: 09:25

Show ref: SCOM0906

In this tip video, Lee shows you how to use Pulltube, a macOS application that can retrieve video files from a variety of online sources and download them to your Mac for offline viewing. Lee explains how to download videos, convert them to different file formats, use browser extensions, and more. You also learn about various useful settings inside of Pulltube.

Alfred 4 Update

Date: 3rd January 2020

Duration: 35:54

Show ref: SCOM0905

This week, Lee walks through some of the improvements made to the popular Spotlight alternative for macOS - Alfred - which is now on Version 4.

In this video, you will be shown how to configure themes from scratch, run through the new preferences setup, look at new workflow utilities such as Conditional Utility and Split and much, much more.

Tip - Bobby for iOS

Date: 31st December 2019

Duration: 06:29

Show ref: SCOM0904

Do you have a few different subscriptions to keep track of?

This week's tip video shows you how Bobby for iOS can help you stay on top of any subscriptions or even regular bills you have. With reminders, custom intervals, and even suggested bills there's plenty to love.

Tip - Just Timers

Date: 24th December 2019

Duration: 06:32

Show ref: SCOM0902

In this tip video, Lee shows you a handy little utility application for iOS that allows you to create multiple timers and give them unique names. This allows them to be activated by Siri with ease.

Shortcuts on iOS

Date: 20th December 2019

Duration: 38:57

Show ref: SCOM0901

In this episode, Rosemary shows you the new Shortcuts application for iOS and iPadOS. There are a lot of changes in this greatly improved version of the app, now part of the iOS and iPadOS operating systems. They range from home and personal automation, the addition of many actions to automate common tasks, as well as much broader support for third-party apps.

Rose also shares two of her custom shortcuts and shows you, step by step, how to build them from scratch.

Tip - Grocery for iOS

Date: 3rd December 2019

Duration: 12:18

Show ref: SCOM0896

In this week's tip video, Lee introduces you to an iOS application that can intelligently create shopping lists: Grocery.

You will learn how to create shopping lists and configure different stores with geofencing data. Lee also shows you how to configure stock levels and expiry dates for your inventory, as well as create recipes, complete with ingredients and timers.

Tip - CalZones

Date: 26th November 2019

Duration: 08:40

Show ref: SCOM0894

This week, Lee introduces you to CalZones, an iPadOS & iOS application that helps solve the problem of scheduling appointments with people across different time zones.

You learn how to add and remove time zones, as well as create and view appointments. Lee also shows you how to set up the widget for quickly viewing time zone information, and configure the different versions of the Apple Watch complications.

Tip - Slidepad

Date: 19th November 2019

Duration: 10:15

Show ref: SCOM0892

Slidepad is a fantastic utility for your Mac. It allows you to have all of your most commonly used websites, webapps, documents, PDFs and more in a super useful slide-out panel.

Inspired by the Slide Over feature on iPadOS, Slidepad appears with a keyboard shortcut or by moving your cursor to either edge of your screen. It's easy to configure and is a great boon to productivity.

In this week's tip video, Don takes you through the setup and usage of Slidepad.

Tip - LookUp for iOS

Date: 12th November 2019

Duration: 09:30

Show ref: SCOM0890

In this tip video, Lee walks you through the features of a dictionary application on iOS called LookUp.

As well as learning how to find definitions of words and phrases, Lee shows you how to leverage other functionality within this clever utility. This includes translations, creating collections, configuring Siri Shortcuts, and much more.

Hazel Foundation

Date: 25th October 2019

Duration: 46:22

Show ref: SCOM0886

As a Mac user, there will invariably be tasks you perform on your files and folders that are repetitive in nature. Wouldn't it be nice to have some way to automate those actions so you can focus on more important work?

Hazel is a popular utility that can monitor folders and files, and then take action based on rules you set up.

In this week's Foundation screencast Todd introduces you to the latest version of Hazel. He goes from installation and setup to the anatomy of a rule, as well as the various settings Hazel gives you. Todd then walks you through building a task made up of several pieces that work together to create a more complex and efficient workflow.

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 - One Switch

Date: 24th September 2019

Duration: 05:33

Show ref: SCOM0876

A very neat menu bar app that gives you direct access to a host of utilities and system functions.

In this tip video, Don explores some of the options and demonstrates just how useful One Switch can be.

Tip - TrackMySubs

Date: 10th September 2019

Duration: 10:12

Show ref: SCOM0872

With the ever-increasing number of subscriptions for software, apps and services, TrackMySubs is a great way to keep on top of everything.

This week, Don shows you TrackMySubs' free plan which allows you to track up to 10 subscriptions to assess your costs as well as receive optional alerts when subscriptions are due. This allows you to decide if you want to proceed or cancel before the subscription payment is taken.

Ironically, TrackMySubs also offers a subscription service if you want to monitor more than 10 subscriptions. Depending on your situation, the potential savings you could make on your unused subscriptions could easily offset that cost!

Tip - Opener

Date: 16th July 2019

Duration: 05:25

Show ref: SCOM0856

Ever wish you could open up links on iOS in other apps? Well with Opener, now you can.

This week Mike shows you how to open up web links in other apps you have on your device using this handy iOS utility.

TextSoap 8

Date: 12th July 2019

Duration: 36:19

Show ref: SCOM0855

TextSoap is a fantastic application that allows you to transform and manipulate text in many different ways. If you find you're constantly editing or fixing the same badly formatted text over and over again, TextSoap can save you hours.

Pre-loaded with many different pre-defined text cleaners, you can access the power of TextSoap through clipboard integration, a menu bar app, macOS services or even AppleScript.

TextSoap also allows you to create your own custom cleaners, with virtually unlimited flexibility.

In this tutorial, Don takes you through using the many different facets of TextSoap 8

Tip - Vignette for iOS

Date: 9th July 2019

Duration: 05:34

Show ref: SCOM0854

Do your contacts need a little TLC?

This week's tip video shows you how Vignette for iOS can change all those unattractive grey circles with initials into something more useful. A simple search within the app will update all of your contacts' icons to their most recent photo or other image.

Soulver 3 for macOS

Date: 28th June 2019

Duration: 32:02

Show ref: SCOM0851

Do you ever get tired of loading a full-blown spreadsheet application just to do a few simple calculations?

Soulver 3 is a small, highly effective and powerful mathematical notepad. It's perfect for working out simple (and some not-so-simple) calculations, conversions, and much more. Even better, you don't need to load Soulver each time you need to use it, you can take advantage of it via macOS System Service, a Command Line Interface (CLI), through Alfred, or even via Automator.

In this tutorial, Don takes you through the basic steps of using Soulver 3 and demonstrates the external integration with other apps and services.

MAMP & WordPress

Date: 21st June 2019

Duration: 40:58

Show ref: SCOM0849

If you've ever wanted to learn WordPress but don't want to spend the money on hosting a site on the internet, how about running it locally on your Mac? Or perhaps you have a WordPress blog but you want to experiment with changing the look and feel to modernize it. Instead of interrupting your online presence, you could experiment with a local installation of WordPress on your Mac.

In this tutorial, Allison will walk you through the installation of a free piece of software called MAMP. She'll explain in detail how MAMP gives you a web server, a database and a scripting language, and the easy steps to configure them so you can run WordPress locally.

The steps themselves will probably take you into unknown territory but they're not that hard to follow. After WordPress is running, she'll give you some very basic instruction in creating Pages and Posts in WordPress and then installing Themes and Plugins. She'll show you where these files go on your Mac so you understand what's happening under the hood.

Tip - Scanbot for iOS

Date: 18th June 2019

Duration: 07:11

Show ref: SCOM0848

Scanbot for iOS is a scanning application that can automatically apply Optical Character Recognition (or OCR) to your scans and upload them to your cloud service provider.

This week, Mike shows you how to use Scanbot to scan receipts, a common workflow for many people who have to travel for work. You learn how to connect Scanbot to your cloud service provider, set up Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in multiple languages, automate file naming using Scanbot's built-in tokens, and scan and crop images so they turn out just right.