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Automation in iOS 14

Date: 16th October 2020

Duration: 30:22

Show ref: SCOM0987

In this show, Rosemary demonstrates where to find automation in iOS 14, how to customize, and how to use it. From Siri Suggestions to Reminders, and of course the Shortcuts app, automation is everywhere, and this year it's better than ever.

Toolbox Pro & Charty

Date: 2nd October 2020

Duration: 33:51

Show ref: SCOM0983

In this show, Rosemary shows you what you can do with Toolbox Pro and Charty, two companion apps for Shortcuts on iOS.

Toolbox Pro simplifies some commands and allows you to do things that otherwise would not be possible in Shortcuts. Charty allows you to create a variety of beautiful charts and plot your data using Shortcuts.

Tip - Anybuffer

Date: 29th September 2020

Duration: 16:02

Show ref: SCOM0982

With the iPad becoming more prevalent as a direct laptop replacement, file management needs to be quick and easy. Anybuffer is a shelf utility that allows you to access frequently used files as well as store them quickly and easily.

With Lee as your guide, you learn several ways for getting files into Anybuffer, as well as how to organise them using the Shelves feature within the application, so you can quickly find and use your content.

Tip - Twitter Lists + Threads

Date: 25th September 2020

Duration: 08:47

Show ref: SCOM0981

When used properly, Twitter can be a valuable source of both information and entertainment.

In this tip video, Don takes you through two aspects of Twitter that both help you control the firehose of information, as well as being able to store and reference threads of information for future reference. The first is finding and subscribing to existing Twitter lists, the second is using an App called "Thread It" to save and share Twitter threads in PDF format.

Tip - FE File Explorer Pro

Date: 15th September 2020

Duration: 10:02

Show ref: SCOM0978

In this week's tip, Rosemary takes you on a tour of FE File Explorer Pro for iOS.

Connecting to multiple servers and services is what File Explorer Pro is all about. This flexible utility remembers your connections, and also allows you to create files within its interface. You can it as an additional location within the Files app, and access your various connections from there as well.

Tembo for macOS

Date: 8th September 2020

Duration: 09:31

Show ref: SCOM0976

We've covered HoudahSpot from Houdah Software in the past on ScreenCastsOnline. It's my go-to app if I want to do some serious searching on my Mac. But if you want to do a simple search and Spotlight just doesn't cut it, I'd recommend Tembo for macOS.

Tembo, also developed by Houdah Software, is a quick and efficient way of searching for files on your Mac. In this tip video, Don takes a look at its core functionality and shows you how to customise some of the settings.

Airmail 4 - Pt 2

Date: 4th September 2020

Duration: 43:22

Show ref: SCOM0975

In the second of this two-part series, Lee concludes his tour of Airmail 4. Expanding on the topics covered in the first screencast, you learn how to configure templates and set up rules to automate and streamline email management.

Lee also runs through the wealth of configuration options available, then switches to iPhone to show you the interface and how to compose an email on Airmail for iOS.

Tip - DaisyDisk

Date: 28th July 2020

Duration: 13:43

Show ref: SCOM0964

In this video, Lee brings you a utility application that has helped him manage his storage on macOS for years. DaisyDisk is a utility that combines functionality with impressive aesthetics, making storage management easy.

In this video, you learn how to scan your disk, delete files individually and in batches, as well as manage hidden files. Lee also shows you how DaisyDisk can scan and monitor individual folders, and more. 

Tip - CustomShortcuts for macOS

Date: 7th July 2020

Duration: 08:55

Show ref: SCOM0958

We all know custom keyboard shortcuts are a boon to productivity, but it's such a faff to set them up via System Preferences. Time-consuming and prone to typos, the traditional way of setting up custom keyboard shortcuts can present some friction.

CustomShortcuts by Houdah Software is a free, easy-to-use utility that greatly simplifies the process. No need to navigate System Preferences, as auto-exposure of available menus per application plus auto-completion, makes the creation of custom keyboard shortcuts a breeze.

In this tip video, Don takes you through that process using CustomShortcuts, using a few practical examples.

Tip - Ghostnote 2

Date: 30th June 2020

Duration: 10:32

Show ref: SCOM0956

Ghostnote 2  is a fantastic app which allows you to 'pin' formatted notes and to-do lists to many different types of objects on your Mac, including individual emails in Apple Mail.

Want to add some notes to a website? Just navigate to it in Safari and open Ghostnote. You'll be presented with a blank note where you can enter plain or formatted text, lists, even clickable to-do lists. The next time you open the website, that note will be available in Ghostnote 2.

In this week's tip, Don demonstrates different types of objects supported by Ghostnote 2, along with some practical examples. You also learn about its note browser, and how to set up keyboard shortcuts for quick access.

xkpasswd

Date: 26th June 2020

Duration: 31:09

Show ref: SCOM0955

This week, Allison takes you on a tour of xkpasswd, a web app that helps you create long, strong, and yet memorable and easy-to-type passwords. It comes with several presets such as one for creating Apple ID passwords that are easy to type on an iOS keyboard. You can tailor this flexible password generator's settings to your exact specifications.

Even if you currently use a password manager, there are some passwords you have to frequently type or even speak to your Apple TV remote. Make those passwords easier to say and to type by using xkpasswd to create them.

CleanShot X for macOS

Date: 19th June 2020

Duration: 31:42

Show ref: SCOM0953

macOS Catalina has a tremendous screen capture and screen recording utility built right in - an app called Screenshot. In fact, it is so good that it's difficult to justify using third-party apps for screen captures. However, after reading some brilliant reviews for CleanShot X, Don decided to give it a go: "Wow! I knew within a few minutes of using it that it was my new go-to tool for screen captures."

CleanShot X combines several tools into one and has some pretty unique features. Think of it as a screen capture workflow tool that is customisable to fit your particular needs. In this week's tutorial, Don takes you through all the features of this robust and extremely powerful utility, including all the capture modes, annotations, and the free CleanShot Cloud service.

Well recommended.

Tip - Webhooks

Date: 9th June 2020

Duration: 12:43

Show ref: SCOM0950

In this tip show, Rosemary introduces you to the concept of webhooks and ways you can trigger and use them. From learning the different kinds of hooks, to making the calls yourself, there's a lot that can be done with webhooks!

iMazing 2

Date: 5th June 2020

Duration: 45:02

Show ref: SCOM0949

There are a number of options to choose from when backing up your Mac, from Time Machine to clone backup and more. When it comes to iOS devices there is not as much flexibility. You can choose back up to iCloud or to your Mac but you can't access incremental backups or specific folders on your iOS devices. iMazing 2 is a utility for macOS that brings that flexibility to the iOS platform and give you a lot more control on your backups, their frequency, and the information you can access from those backups.

In this screencast, Todd begins with a quick refresher on what is available as part of the operating system. He then dives into the options that iMazing 2 offers to help you configure and manage your iOS backups, and shows you how to transfer information to and from your device.

Audio Hijack Update and Loopback

Date: 29th May 2020

Duration: 40:22

Show ref: SCOM0947

Loopback from Rogue Amoeba allows you to combine application audio and physical audio input devices together to be used within other applications. For example, combining the Music app with your microphone for a video call. You don't need a complicated mixer if you learn to use Loopback.

Allison also revisits Audio Hijack and shows you new features that enable you to capture the audio from special sources like Siri, Text to Speech, and VoiceOver. She also takes a very brief look at the new capabilities to broadcast Internet radio using Audio Hijack's Broadcast and Live Streaming options.

SuperTab and uBar

Date: 22nd May 2020

Duration: 51:10

Show ref: SCOM0945

This week, Lee shows you two applications that expand on the Dock and Application Switcher functionality in macOS: uBar and SuperTab.

uBar replaces the Dock on your Mac with a horizontal bar that is reminiscent of the one in Windows, and that provides additional options to interact with your open apps, as well as quick access useful tools, like Activity Monitor and any you System Preferences panes.

SuperTab can be configured to launch files, folders and applications, and take screenshots. This flexible utility can also open websites and automatically type text and keystrokes for you, and includes a great feature called Meta-Folder.

1Password 7

Date: 15th May 2020

Duration: 54:06

Show ref: SCOM0943

Creating and managing passwords is an important aspect of online life today. With the many data breaches issues and passwords being exposed, having a solid system that can manage all of your passwords while making them easily accessible is something we all should implement. 1Password is a password management system that helps you create, store, and access your passwords, as well as other sensitive information such as credit cards, passports, and even wills, trusts, and other important documents.

This is all stored in an encrypted database that stays in sync with all of your devices. Once you've created a master password, you can open what 1Password calls your vaults to access all your stored information.

This week, Todd walks through the setup and installation of the application on the Mac, and shows you its many useful features which make managing sensitive information a lot more flexible and secure.

Tip - Dropzone 4

Date: 28th April 2020

Duration: 17:16

Show ref: SCOM0938

This week, Rosemary revisits a useful app that we looked at back in 2018, Dropzone. Now on version 4, this menu bar utility for Mac acts as a temporary storage shelf where you can drop folders and files that you want to act on later. It also offers various actions so you can perform repetitive tasks more easily.

In this tip you discover the ins and outs of Dropzone 4 using common scenarios you might encounter while using your Mac.

Tip - Shortcuts and NFC Tags

Date: 21st April 2020

Duration: 08:42

Show ref: SCOM0936

We've previously seen the power and flexibility of shortcuts and automation on iOS. With NFC tags you can take your automation to the next level. NFC tags are small, discrete and inexpensive "stickers" that can be used as triggers for shortcuts in iOS. With an iPhone XS or newer, you can run a shortcut just by tapping it on an NFC tag.

Don takes you through the simple process of assigning an NFC tag to a shortcut with two real-life examples: Firstly, switching smart LED lights in your home on and off, and then opening the charge port on a Tesla Model 3, with a simple tap of the iPhone.

NetNewsWire

Date: 17th April 2020

Duration: 40:26

Show ref: SCOM0935

In this video Rosemary walks you through the newest version of NetNewsWire on the Mac and iPad. After getting a tour of the user interface, you learn how to add news feeds, organise them into folders, and sync all your content between your Mac and iOS devices using Feedbin.