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Tip - Screenshot Shortcuts in macOS

Date: 17th April 2018

Duration: 09:10

Show ref: SCOM0726

There are plenty of third-party screen and video capture tools available for macOS, but you might be surprised at just how capable the built-in macOS capture tools actually are.

This tip video gives you some examples of just how powerful screen capture is on the Mac - once you master a variety of keyboard combinations!

Change ScreenShot Location Command

defaults write com.apple.screencapture location

Monosnap

Date: 30th March 2018

Duration: 42:40

Show ref: SCOM0721

Monosnap is an incredibly capable screen snapshot and screen capture tool for the Mac (and Windows.) It has simple screenshots as well as timed ones, and allows multiple screenshots that are resizable from within the same image. It gives you fantastic annotation tools that work intelligently. Monosnap will also record video - including picture-in-picture from a webcam - and allows on-the-fly annotations while you record. It can capture two audio input sources during video recording, so you can record your voice and the audio from an application at the same time.

You can store your Monosnap screen snapshots and video recordings on their servers or a vast number of cloud services. It will even sync iOS screen snapshots directly to your Mac for easy annotation and upload.

Monosnap is so much more than a screen snapshot tool!

Productivity Utilities

Date: 26th January 2018

Duration: 49:42

Show ref: SCOM0703

In this episode, we'll be taking a look at several utilities that can give your productivity a boost. Most of these applications aren't big enough to warrant their own show, so we've decided to combine them into one for people who are looking to make their work on their Mac a bit more efficient. We'll also show you some workflow examples using these utilities to make working on your Mac a little bit easier as well as more productive.

The full tutorial covers twelve of our favorite productivity utilities:

  • nvALT
  • PopClip
  • Napkin
  • Tapes
  • Dropzone
  • Moom
  • Flux
  • Vitamin-R
  • Bumpr
  • Shush
  • Desktop Curtain
  • Amphetamine

Tip - Gemini De-Duplication

Date: 2nd January 2018

Duration: 08:23

Show ref: SCOM0696

Space is always a premium on your Mac, and keeping it uncluttered can give you a performance boost. Gemini 2 from MacPaw makes de-duplicating your Mac a breeze. It won the Prestigious International Design Award - the Red Dot.

Available from the App Store or via your Setapp subscription, Gemini finds identical files and even similar files on your Mac, allowing for automatic removal. It also gives you the option to manually select duplicates or similar files for deletion. Not sure if you want to delete immediately? Setup Gemini to move your duplicate files to a temporary folder before deletion - just in case.

Tip - Gladys

Date: 26th December 2017

Duration: 08:43

Show ref: SCOM0694

Drag & Drop is great on iOS 11, but sometimes it can be difficult to drag to an application that's not immediately available. If you're dextrous, it's doable, but more often than not it can be quite troublesome.

Wouldn't it be great to just drag content to a storage area that you can access easily later on?

That's where Gladys comes in!

Gladys is a "shelf" app for all your dragged content. Just drag to Gladys and worry about where to use it later. Build a persistent library of content that you can search or filter, then just drag it out of Gladys when you're working in another application and need that content.

Gladys syncs using iCloud, so you can access your library across all of your iOS devices. It's a very useful and polished utility for iOS.

Keyboard Maestro Update

Date: 22nd December 2017

Duration: 38:31

Show ref: SCOM0693

Keyboard Maestro is an essential productivity app that provides you with a a simple user interface to automate just about any action on your Mac. Version 8 brings a bunch of new features to help you take your automation game to the next level - even if you've never written a single line of scripting code in your life. This update is focused on making the creation of macros as easy as possible, making it quicker than ever to automate common functions so you can start saving time on your Mac today.

The full tutorial covers:

Set up a Hyper Key to make hotkey triggers more convenient Gesture-based triggers iMessage actions Drag-and-Drop editing Idle triggers Cron triggers Prompt with List actions Macro palettes on the Touch Bar and much more!

iStat Menus

Date: 3rd November 2017

Duration: 47:54

Show ref: SCOM0679

iStat Menus 6 from Bjango is a terrific update to an essential Mac utility. This update brings a host of new options on how to display information about the performance of your Mac. New colors, new icons, new graphs; it's all about tailoring to your needs.

In this update show, Allison Sheridan will demonstrate the new features that have been added since her tutorial from July 2015, SCOM0513.

You'll learn about the enhanced options in tracking CPU/GPU performance, memory management, disk speed, network speed, thermal sensors, battery and power, including connected Bluetooth devices, date and time, and an entirely new section providing local weather.

The folks at Bjango have even added notifications to alert you of problems such as a process that has been chewing up too much CPU for too long, a sensor that's reading high temperatures, or if your disk is getting dangerously full.

Allison will also demonstrate a pair of utilities (iStat Server and iStat View) that allows you to monitor the computers (Macs, PCs or Linux boxes) on your network. This can be done from either an iOS device or a Mac.

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.