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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.

Tip - Space Lens

Date: 4th June 2019

Duration: 07:52

Show ref: SCOM0844

CleanMyMac X is a fantastic utility for ensuring that your Mac is always kept in tip-top condition. We've covered the overall functionality of Clean My Mac X in several episodes but in this tip video, Don takes a look at a new module in CleanMyMac X and that's Space Lens.

HoudahSpot 5 Foundation

Date: 31st May 2019

Duration: 35:55

Show ref: SCOM0843

macOS has a hugely powerful indexing feature called Spotlight built right into the operating system. Spotlight can index hundreds of thousands of files, folders, email messages and more and store a multitude of information about each object. The problem is how to search this rich database of information and find the stuff you want, quickly and effectively.

That's where HoudahSpot comes in.

HoudahSpot gives you an expanded UI to allow you to craft complex and powerful search queries with the minimum of fuss.

With the recent release of HoudahSpot 5, this essential application has become even more useful and offers some additional features.

In this full tutorial, we take you through the basics of HoudahSpot, the enhanced UI, the HoudahSpot Helper and the integration of HoudahSpot with the Finder and many third-party utilities.

It really is an essential app for all macOS users.

Tip - Scan QR Codes Using iPhone

Date: 28th May 2019

Duration: 05:12

Show ref: SCOM0842

You've probably seen QR code readers at the top of the App Store before. But with iOS 11 and above, you already have the ability to read these codes, no third-party app required.

This week, Mike shows you how to scan QR codes using your iOS device. You learn how to open up your camera ready to scan using 3D Touch, and also take a look at a few examples of what's possible with QR codes.

Tip - Karabiner Elements

Date: 21st May 2019

Duration: 09:04

Show ref: SCOM0840

In this tip video, Lee introduces us to an open source application he has been used to modify the output of keys on his macOS keyboard for some years: Karabiner Elements.

You learn how Karabiner Elements makes entering a series of modifier keys a lot more practical, and how this will open the door to assigning special keyboard shortcuts. Lee also demonstrates some handy real-world use cases for this technique using Keyboard Maestro and macOS keyboard shortcuts

Tip - AirBuddy for MacOS

Date: 26th March 2019

Duration: 05:06

Show ref: SCOM0824

If you use AirPods on multiple devices, you probably already know how much of a pain it can be to get them to connect to your Mac after using them on your iOS device. AirBuddy brings the same AirPods connecting experience you have on iOS to the Mac.

In this week's tip, Mike shows you how to set up and install AirBuddy so you can quickly and easily connect your AirPods to your Mac, even after they've been connected to a different device. You'll also learn how to use the Today Widget in Notification Center to quickly check the charge of not only your AirPods and the AirPods case, but your iPhone as well.

Tip - Aerial Screensavers

Date: 19th March 2019

Duration: 08:55

Show ref: SCOM0822

If you've ever used an Apple TV, you've probably gazed in awe at the beautiful aerial screensavers displayed in all their glory. Well now you can download and display that same collection on your Mac, thanks to an Open Source project called Aerial.

In this week's tip video, Don walks you through the installation and operation of this additional screensaver option, and shares some useful hints and tips on how to run it without using up a significant amount of your system drive's storage.

Tip - Screenshots on macOS Mojave

Date: 19th February 2019

Duration: 10:24

Show ref: SCOM0814

Apple has done a terrific job in macOS Mojave in facilitating taking screenshots and screen recordings. All done using a single, easy to remember keyboard shortcut with immediate access to markup and editing tools.

It's never been easier to manage screenshots with the new Screenshot app.

This tip video walks you through the basic features of Screenshot, including annotating and editing, organizing your screenshots and screen recordings using Stacks, and even sharing them using iCloud Drive.

Tip - Travel Shortcuts

Date: 5th February 2019

Duration: 08:29

Show ref: SCOM0810

One of the problems with Shortcuts on iOS is finding a use for them!

This week's tip video demonstrates some real-life examples that Don used on a recent holiday. If you've ever cruised, you know just how expensive Internet access can be, and what a palaver it is, switching Wi-Fi on and off, accessing the ship's webpage and messing about with Mobile Data settings.

Why not create some shortcuts and add them to your Today View as Widgets? Or even trigger them using Siri?

This tip video explains all...

Tip - Voice Memos on Mac & iOS

Date: 22nd January 2019

Duration: 08:56

Show ref: SCOM0806

A quick and easy way to create voice memos or any audio recordings and have them sync across your iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

Voice Memos has had a full redesign and is now available on all of your devices (except Apple Watch!).

Zapier Automation

Date: 18th January 2019

Duration: 44:42

Show ref: SCOM0805

With so many web applications and services available, it's becoming possible to automate more and more things. Zapier is the glue that can make all your web apps and services work together and do things you never thought possible.

In this episode, Don takes you through the basics of using Zapier using examples with Slack, OmniFocus, and MailChimp - just three of the 1000+ apps and services available to be integrated using Zapier.

You also have a peek at some of the integrations we use here at ScreenCastsOnline to work more efficiently and automate posting to social media.

KeyCue, PopChar X and Typinator

Date: 11th January 2019

Duration: 51:18

Show ref: SCOM0803

Using keyboard shortcuts is something many Mac users do on a daily basis, to speed up their workflow. But remembering them can be challenging, especially the ones that are not used often. This is where KeyCue can come to the rescue.

PopChar X and Typinator are also part of this productivity bundle from Ergonis Software. Organizing and inserting special characters easily, and expanding abbreviations to longer bits of text is made a lot more convenient by using these long-standing apps, which offer many advanced features.

In this week's show, Lee Garrett walks you through the basics of this handy and powerful trio. He shows you how to install and set them up on your system, and gives you some examples of their use in your daily workflow.

Tip - iCloud Content Caching

Date: 8th January 2019

Duration: 06:47

Show ref: SCOM0802

With the plethora of iOS and Mac devices in the average Apple home, the frequency and size of app installs and updates can make a significant dent in your internet bandwidth. Add in the amount of iCloud data that now needs to be synced with all your devices and the amount of internet-based traffic increases considerably.

With just a few clicks, you can switch on Content Caching and use your Mac as a staging post for all your shared content and iCloud data to reduce bandwidth usage and speed up installation on supported devices.

In this tip video, Don demonstrates just how easy it is to set up Content Caching on your Mac.

Timing

Date: 28th December 2018

Duration: 46:21

Show ref: SCOM0799

Time tracking is a great way to give your productivity a boost, but manual time tracking is a pain. Fortunately, Timing makes it easy by tracking the time you spend on your Mac (or Macs) automatically!

In this tutorial, Mike shows you how to make the most of Timing by tracking tasks and projects using automated rules. You learn what kind of insights you can glean from the data it collects and how to use the powerful reporting features to organize and export your time-tracking data.

Tip - Agenda Attachments

Date: 25th December 2018

Duration: 09:01

Show ref: SCOM0798

A great new enhancement to Agenda, a very impressive note-taking app. Check out the previous ScreenCastsOnline tutorial to see the full scope of its capabilities.

With the addition of support for all kinds of embedded file types, Agenda just became a lot more useful.

Tip - Fonts on iOS - AnyFont

Date: 11th December 2018

Duration: 07:24

Show ref: SCOM0794

Following on from our recent tip show on installing and managing fonts on macOS, this week we turn our attention to font management on iOS.

Although external font support is not built into iOS 12, it is possible to install external fonts using an app such as AnyFont.

AnyFont allows you to install external fonts as configuration profiles so all of your applications can use them. This is perfect for creating and editing documents across platforms, by having access to the fonts on your iPad and iPhone that are also installed on your Mac.

In this tip video Don demonstrates how to convert font files into configuration profiles using AnyFont.

RapidWeaver 8 Foundation - Part 2

Date: 30th November 2018

Duration: 43:00

Show ref: SCOM0791

In Part 1 of our Foundations series on RapidWeaver 8 we covered the basics of setting up your own personal website. You learned everything you needed to know to build a website, do some basic customization, and then publish to the internet. For a lot of people, this is all they need to get a great website up and running using RapidWeaver.

In Part 2, Todd digs a little deeper into some of the settings in RapidWeaver 8 and explore more advanced topics. This includes designing snippets of code and text that can be used across your site using drag and drop, using Add-ons such as Stacks to customise your website, and optimizing it so search engines on the web can find it more easily.

Tip - Fonts on macOS

Date: 27th November 2018

Duration: 04:07

Show ref: SCOM0790

macOS Mojave comes with a slew of fonts in many different styles, allowing you to create beautifully formatted documents in your app of choice.

But what if you can't find a font you like or are looking for that special look? Using Font Book on the Mac, you can download and install extra fonts, both free or purchased.

In this tip video, Don demonstrates how to get the most out of this handy utility.

Mac Montage

Date: 9th November 2018

Duration: 35:52

Show ref: SCOM0785

This week we bring back the Mac Montage format. In this episode, Don takes a look at three of his favourite Mac applications (MacUpdater, Workspaces & Dropshare) and demonstrates how he uses them in his daily workflow.