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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.

Tip - Find My app - Tips and Tricks

Date: 18th February 2020

Duration: 06:47

Show ref: SCOM0918

In this tip, Rosemary shows you how you can use the Find My app inside of Messages, and how you can send and receive notifications based on your location.

Tip - Adding Captions to Video

Date: 4th February 2020

Duration: 10:59

Show ref: SCOM0914

It's 2020 and all videos should have subtitles or captions. These can assist both non-native language viewers and the hearing impaired, and also help optimise your video engagement.

Rather than laboriously typing out your voiceovers and other sounds into captions, Don shows you how easy and cost-effective it is to use an online service called Rev. Once you have your captions back, he demonstrates using HandBrake to generate video files with either embedded or burned in captions.

Tip - Streaks

Date: 28th January 2020

Duration: 08:18

Show ref: SCOM0912

Creating and establishing habits is hard, and it's easy to fall off the bandwagon if you don't have a little help.

In this week's tip, Rose shows you how Streaks for iOS can help you choose and track your habits. You learn about its integration with the Health app for automated tracking, as well as setting up timers for habits like "Read for 10 minutes."

Tip - CheapCharts for iOS

Date: 21st January 2020

Duration: 08:29

Show ref: SCOM0910

This tip video is all about CheapCharts, a handy iOS application that helps you track prices of iTunes media, including movies and TV programmes, as well as books, audiobooks and apps. Focusing on movies in this tip, Lee shows you how to browse content currently on sale, create targeted filters, and set up price alerts. You also learn how to keep track of specific actors and directors, whilst keeping on top of notifications so you can take advantage of the best deals on movies you love.

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.