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Tip - macOS - PopClip

Date: 31st October 2017

Duration: 06:18

Show ref: SCOM0678

PopClip is one of my go-to apps; I use it multiple times every day!

Although at first glance PopClip looks like a simple utility to speed up copy and paste, it is so much more. With over 160 free extensions, PopClip is a fantastic boon to your productivity, enabling all sorts of workflows between most of your favourite apps.

In this week's tip, I take you through PopClip's basic operation. You should also check out the PopClip extensions page to see just what it's capable of.

Parallels Toolbox

Date: 6th October 2017

Duration: 48:56

Show ref: SCOM0671

Parallels Toolbox is a very unusual application. It's a toolbox that is filled with over 20 tools that each do one thing and do it well. While much of its capability can be accomplished via other utilities, Parallels Toolbox contains them all in one simple interface. It replaces the need for complicated Terminal commands or hard-to-remember keystrokes. Whether it's keeping your Mac awake, finding duplicate files, or making animated GIFs, Parallels Toolbox has got it. (It even works on Windows!)

In this episode, Allison Sheridan will walk you through each tool, and show you how to configure them to get the most out of each one.

Tip - iOS 11 - CC Apple TV Remote

Date: 3rd October 2017

Duration: 06:12

Show ref: SCOM0670

There's been an Apple TV app for iOS for quite a while now. With iOS 11, it's now available within the iOS Control Centre.

In this tip video we demonstrate how to enable the app and use its common features.

Even if you don't use the app to control your Apple TV, the ability to enter text in Apple TV text boxes or use Siri with your Apple TV via the app is a godsend.

Tip - macOS - ScreenFloat

Date: 12th September 2017

Duration: 06:31

Show ref: SCOM0664

A very useful utility for the Mac that allows you to take a partial screen capture and have it float on top of all your windows. Great when you want to capture part of your screen for reference purposes and have it available at all times.

You can also create floating panels or Shots, as the app calls them from files and also from your clipboard.

If you have shots you refer to often (as l do) you can build a library of them in the Shots Browser and create manual or smart collections.

Tip - Fing Network Scanner

Date: 5th September 2017

Duration: 05:06

Show ref: SCOM0662

If you want to shock yourself and discover just how many devices are hanging off of your network, download Fing and take a look.

Fing is a fantastic utility that gathers all sorts of data about your local area network and the devices attached to it.

Great for diagnostics and troubleshooting, Fing is also great fun if you like that sort of thing!

Tip - Picatext

Date: 22nd August 2017

Duration: 04:00

Show ref: SCOM0658

You know the frustration: you go to select some text on your Mac to copy and paste and it isn't selectable!

Picatext is a great little utility that allows you to capture text you never thought could be highlighted. Just select the area on screen that your want to capture and Picatext (using OCR) converts the text into selectable text, it's like magic.

You can extract text from images, too!

Check out this week's tip video to see it in action.

ScreenFlow 7

Date: 11th August 2017

Duration: 35:41

Show ref: SCOM0655

ScreenFlow is the ultimate video capture and editing tool for creating screencasts. In addition, it's one of the simplest yet powerful linear video editors for standard video projects.

With the recent release of ScreenFlow 7, Telestream have improved performance and added even more features to this very capable app.

In this tutorial, we bring you up to date with all the new features of this great new release.

Tip - Stickies on the Mac

Date: 18th July 2017

Duration: 04:17

Show ref: SCOM0648

Sometimes you really just want to slap a Post-it sticky note on your desktop. Reminders, to-do lists, notes, keyboard shortcuts - anything you want to be reminded about visually.

Well don't clutter up your monitor with bits of paper, clutter up your Desktop with Sticky Notes!

Stickies is a free app supplied with macOS which can be very useful. Create multi-coloured sticky notes containing formatted text or images, and position them where you want. Arrange them, colour-code them and they'll open in the same position each time you open Stickies.

Tip - macOS - Preview Tips - Pt 4

Date: 30th May 2017

Duration: 06:55

Show ref: SCOM0634

Preview really is the Swiss Army knife of Mac applications, and it's free with macOS.

In this fourth tip show covering Preview, we take a look at some more not so obvious features of this versatile app.

These include:

  • Password protecting PDFs

  • Reducing the size of your PDFs

  • Arranging, merging and deleting pages in PDFs

  • Using Instant Alpha & Smart Lasso on your image files

Webcam Settings & iStat Menus

Date: 24th July 2015

Duration: 30:27

Show ref: SCOM0513

Two great utilities for your Mac.

This week, Allison Sheridan takes us through two of her favourite utilities for the Mac: Webcam Settings & iStat Menus.