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Tip - Signals for HomeKit

Date: 18th May 2021

Duration: 10:33

Show ref: SCOM1048

In this tip show, Rosemary shows you how to use Signals for HomeKit, an iOS app that allows you to send a signal to yourself and others via your smart lights. You learn how to create custom Signals and the app integrates with Personal Automations and Shortcuts.

Moom

Date: 14th May 2021

Duration: 28:00

Show ref: SCOM1047

Although macOS has some basic built-in window management options, many users can benefit from something more flexible that fits a little more snugly with their day-to-day tasks on the Mac.

Moom is a utility that brings forth many useful additions to window management on the Mac. With Rosemary as your guide, you learn the many ways you can put Moom to good use.

Tip - TextSniper

Date: 11th May 2021

Duration: 07:23

Show ref: SCOM1046

In this week's tip, Don introduces you to TextSniper, a utility on macOS that can capture text from pretty much any digital source, including images, diagrams and videos. You learn about its features and various options, alongside real-world examples.

Keysmith

Date: 7th May 2021

Duration: 31:17

Show ref: SCOM1045

Performing a computer action sometimes involves a lot of mouse clicks and key presses to get to the end result you're looking for. Keysmith is an application that can record these actions and chain them together to form macros. Those can be invoked with a hotkey and save you lots of time!

In this screencast, Lee shows you the basics of how to create a macro. He then runs through a few of his real-world examples that will surely inspire you to create Keysmith recipes of your own.

Tip - Annotable for iOS

Date: 27th April 2021

Duration: 08:48

Show ref: SCOM1042

In this tip show, Rosemary shows you how Annotable, a flexible annotation and markup utility for iOS. It offers a variety of useful tools, from a simple crop to a flexible loupe, as well as the ability to obscure parts of your image with blurring or pixelation.

Tip - CleanMyMac X

Date: 20th April 2021

Duration: 12:04

Show ref: SCOM1040

Over time, your Mac device can get bloated with applications, old files, and system junk, to name a few. All of this can result in slower performance, usually when you are trying to do something of importance!

Enter CleanMyMac X, a one-stop solution for managing storage, keeping applications optimised, and your computer protected.

In this video, Lee walks you through the functionality that this toolbox application has to offer, including running regular scans, carrying out maintenance scripts, uninstalling application, and more.

Tip - Customise CARROT Weather

Date: 13th April 2021

Duration: 10:05

Show ref: SCOM1038

In this week's tip, Rosemary shows you how you can change the preferences in CARROT Weather to see the data you want, quickly and easily. From using the built-in preset to making your own from scratch, you can customise this popular app any way you like.

Homebridge

Date: 9th April 2021

Duration: 27:54

Show ref: SCOM1037

The number of home automation devices being released with HomeKit support is increasing but there are still lots of them that don't work natively with Apple's automation protocol. Help is at hand with Homebridge, a free open-source application that allows you to add non-supported devices to HomeKit.

This week, Don takes you through the installation and configuration of Homebridge on a Mac. He also reviews his home setup and shows you how Siri can control non-HomeKit devices.

Tip - WaterMinder for iOS

Date: 16th March 2021

Duration: 09:36

Show ref: SCOM1030

This week, Rosemary shows you the features and benefits of WaterMinder, an app that helps you stay hydrated. You learn how to log and customize your beverages, how you can use Shortcuts to enter how much you drink, as well as add a widget to your home screen.

Tip - Time Machine Local Snapshots

Date: 9th March 2021

Duration: 08:06

Show ref: SCOM1028

In this tip, Rosemary shows you the Time Machine local snapshots feature, and how it can be used to retrieve a file you might have deleted by mistake, even if your backup drive isn't plugged in.

Tip - Headlines

Date: 23rd February 2021

Duration: 08:54

Show ref: SCOM1024

With the recent influx of apps on iOS that provide functional widgets, it's easy to be overwhelmed with their sheer number. Lee has been spending some time working with a lot of the options out there with a view to relaying some of his favourites to the SCO community. One that has merited its own tip is Headlines.

This application allows you to display customisable news widgets that connect to a variety of sources, and this week Lee walks you through its configuration and shows you how to make it your own.

A Better Finder Rename

Date: 19th February 2021

Duration: 36:23

Show ref: SCOM1023

Renaming files in macOS can be a laborious process. There is a tool out there that not only makes the process easy but also gives you lots of flexibility, with granular renaming options: A Better Finder Rename.

Lee walks you through the application in detail, from the basics of renaming files through to creating mini-applications (called droplets) — before wrapping things up with a bonus tip.

Tip - SwiftScan on iOS

Date: 16th February 2021

Duration: 13:28

Show ref: SCOM1022

Lee has been testing lots of mobile scanning applications recently as he tries to remove his reliance on his desktop ScanSnap. After finally settling on SwiftScan, he shows you how it's used and how much depth there is to this versatile application.

Tip - Widgetsmith

Date: 9th February 2021

Duration: 15:06

Show ref: SCOM1020

Lee shows you in this tip how to use a widget creation tool called Widgetsmith. This iOS application is able to retrieve photo, calendar, reminder, and health data and create amazing-looking widgets. Widgetsmith also offers stunning formats for displaying the date and time, battery information, weather, and more.

Stream Deck for Productivity

Date: 5th February 2021

Duration: 30:34

Show ref: SCOM1019

This week, Rosemary introduces you to Stream Deck from elgato, a piece of hardware that has become quite popular with many power users using their Mac. You learn how to create custom buttons to trigger a variety of useful actions.

Rose also shows you the iOS app for Stream Deck, as well as some of the profiles she uses in her work.

Tip - Shortcuts Updates in iOS 14.3

Date: 2nd February 2021

Duration: 13:44

Show ref: SCOM1018

In this week's tip, Rosemary covers recent updates to the Shortcuts app. This includes the Set Wallpaper action, Home Screen Launchers, and getting the details of emails and messages which can prompt you to run a shortcut.

Craft

Date: 29th January 2021

Duration: 43:05

Show ref: SCOM1017

Craft is an application that is rapidly gaining cult status amongst creative people in the Apple ecosphere. Using this software you are able to create beautiful, modular documents, and publish to users and viewers with the touch of a button.

With Lee as your guide, you learn how to create and edit these documents on both macOS and iOS, as well as export your files to different formats.

ForkLift

Date: 22nd January 2021

Duration: 34:11

Show ref: SCOM1015

In this screencast, Rosemary shows you ForkLift, a dual pane file manager packed with useful features. Whether you have servers to connect to, invisible files that you need to work on, or folders that you want open side by side in a single window, ForkLift comes to the rescue with functionality not available in Finder.

Tip - Maps in Big Sur

Date: 19th January 2021

Duration: 08:51

Show ref: SCOM1014

In this tip, Rosemary is your guide on a tour of the refreshed Maps interface in Big Sur where you learn about bike directions, editor's guides, and the Look Around feature.

Bartender 4

Date: 15th January 2021

Duration: 32:15

Show ref: SCOM1013

If you live on a small screen or have a lot of menu bar items, you need Bartender. This great utility, which has gone through a major redesign only for Big Sur, brings huge advancements in how you can control your menu bar items. With Allison as your guide, you learn about Bartender's many features and how to best customize them for your specific workflow.