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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.

Tip - Help with macOS

Date: 14th April 2020

Duration: 08:51

Show ref: SCOM0934

In this video, Lee invites you to take a closer look at the built-in macOS Help Guide. Whilst offering casual advice for the beginner when it comes to using core macOS features, you learn that this guide is also for advanced users, as Lee shows you some hidden gems along the way.

SoundSource

Date: 3rd April 2020

Duration: 31:55

Show ref: SCOM0931

SoundSource from Rogue Amoeba takes your Mac's audio capabilities to the next level with a host of flexible options. This week, Allison shows you how it can route audio to different outputs on a per-app basis, change the volume independently by app, and even process the audio with equalizers and other built-in Audio Unit effects.

Rogue Amoeba builds accessibility into their apps from the ground up, and Allison gives you a demonstration of how SoundSource can be used with VoiceOver on macOS. You also learn how to use Magic Boost and the new Volume Overdrive, as well as getting around the SoundSource window using keyboard shortcuts.

Tip - Book Track

Date: 24th March 2020

Duration: 11:21

Show ref: SCOM0928

This week, Lee shows you a new application designed to keep track of the books you currently own or wish to buy in the future, and that's Book Track. Although he focuses on the iOS version, it's also available for the Mac, and your library stays in sync across your devices using iCloud.

You learn how to add both physical and digital books to your library, import from a third-party application, as well as organise your library with tags. Book Track also keeps track of the books you've read.

Pushcut

Date: 20th March 2020

Duration: 44:54

Show ref: SCOM0927

In this screencast, Rosemary opens the door to another level of personal automation with Pushcut for iOS. From simply adding options when setting a HomeKit scene, to diving all the way into the deep end with an automation server, Rose provides plenty of automation ideas to tickle your fancy.

Pushcut works by sending notifications to let you run your automations. You can connect these to times or locations (or even to web services like Zapier or Integromat) to trigger shortcuts based on other events.

Tip - Synology Drive - Part 2

Date: 17th March 2020

Duration: 10:09

Show ref: SCOM0926

There are a plethora of cloud-based services available, but most are expensive and hosted on corporate infrastructure.

Synology has introduced Synology Drive, a potential replacement for many cloud-based services, all hosted on your personal Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. Sync files between your Mac, backup data to your NAS and access files from your mobile devices. Free yourself from ongoing monthly costs and rest easy knowing that your files and folders are stored on your own personal hardware. Accessible from your local network or via the internet using web apps, desktop apps, and mobile apps.

In this second part, Don takes you through using the iOS Synology Drive App and shows you some more advanced features such as setting up a Team Folder and using an alias to directly access the web app.

Pocket

Date: 6th March 2020

Duration: 41:14

Show ref: SCOM0923

In this video, Lee walks you through a popular Read It Later service that has been around for a long time, and was covered here last in 2013, and that's Pocket.

We don't always have time to read articles as we discover them, so sending them to a service like Pocket for reading at our leisure enables us to maximise the time that we have. You learn how to add content, discover new articles, organise them with tags, and consume them by either reading or listening. Lee also shows you how to view your collection using filtered lists, share content with friends, and much more.

Tip - HazeOver

Date: 3rd March 2020

Duration: 10:15

Show ref: SCOM0922

This week, Lee shows you how to use a utility application on macOS that helps you deal with focusing when you have multiple windows cluttering your desktop.

HazeOver will fade out non-active windows and bring focus to the currently used window(s) in the active application, allowing you to work without the need to minimise application windows to remove distractions in the background.

Tip - Synology Drive - Part 1

Date: 25th February 2020

Duration: 11:52

Show ref: SCOM0920

There are a plethora of cloud-based services available, but most are expensive and hosted on corporate infrastructure. Synology have introduced Synology Drive, a potential replacement for many cloud-based services, all hosted on your personal Network-attached Storage (NAS) device. Sync files between your Mac, backup data to your NAS and access files from your mobile devices. Free yourself from ongoing monthly costs and rest easy knowing that your files and folders are stored on your own personal hardware. Accessible from your local network or via the internet using Synology's web apps, as well as desktop and mobile apps. In this first of two parts, Don takes you through the basic setting up Synology Drive and demonstrates how to sync using the Synology Drive Client on the Mac.

Capto

Date: 21st February 2020

Duration: 47:50

Show ref: SCOM0919

In this week's episode you learn about Capto, a versatile and feature-rich utility for capturing screenshots and recording screencasts.

Using Capto, you can capture an entire web page and catalog those screenshots right inside its built-in library. Taking screenshots of application menus, as well as floating panels is also very easy. Allison shows you the many screencasting features also available inside the application, including the ability to record your webcam along with your computer's desktop. After going through the many annotation tools available to enhance your captures, she wraps up with a look at exporting them.