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Agenda - Note Taking

Date: 27th July 2018

Duration: 39:17

Show ref: SCOM0755

One thing we're not short of is note taking apps for the Mac or iOS.

Agenda approaches note taking in a new and unique way. With close integration with your calendars, you can now organise and access your notes based on events. With a beautiful user interface and a full-featured editing environment, Agenda can adapt to many different functions to boost your productivity and make you more organised.

Available for both macOS and iOS, Agenda utilises iCloud for seamless syncing between all of your devices and recently was awarded an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2018.

Agenda is free (and will remain so) but has a unique business model to ensure the app is continually developed and supported: An in-app purchase option unlocks current premium features, and any new ones that are added in the twelve-month period following the purchase. Agenda does not have a subscription model.

In this week's full tutorial, Don shows you Agenda in great detail on the Mac, including its current premium features. He also goes over the app on iPad, showing some of the main features so you can see how they translate to iOS.

Pages - 2018 Update

Date: 11th May 2018

Duration: 46:23

Show ref: SCOM0733

Pages is a tremendous application from Apple and is included for free with all new Macs and iOS devices. We've covered Pages in depth in previous tutorials but recently Apple announced some significant new features across the iWork suite.

In this tutorial, Don takes you through the significant new features of Pages on both the Mac and iOS. We'll look at Numbers and Keynote in a future tutorial.

Day One for Mac and iOS

Date: 6th April 2018

Duration: 58:03

Show ref: SCOM0723

Day One is a journaling application for Mac & iOS that is well designed and a complete joy to use. It makes journaling nearly frictionless, which is important if you want journaling to become a consistent habit. In this episode, we cover the ins and outs of Day One and show you several practical examples of how you can put Day One to work for you.

OneNote is a note-taking application from Microsoft that can be used on Mac and iOS. You can type, write or draw with the free form feel of pen to paper. OneNote allows you to search and add clips from the web to better illustrate your ideas. Tags can be used to sort and order your notes so you can easily find them later. Collaborate with anyone, stay on the same page and in sync wherever you are!

OneNote is also adept at handwritten notes on iOS, allows you to highlight what's important and express ideas with colors or shapes. It's easy to pull up your content from anywhere, even if you're offline. You can start on your laptop then update notes directly on iPad.

In Part 2, we move on to cover more advanced features in OneNote on Mac and IOS. We look at inserting audio and video, clipping information from the web, as well as sharing notebooks for collaboration.

Pages Automation

Date: 29th December 2017

Duration: 33:01

Show ref: SCOM0695

As 2017 comes to a close, the newest version of Pages still does not support basic mail merge.

However, all is not lost as Sal Soghoian and the macosxautomation.com website has it covered.

This episode takes a look at some of the scripts and utilities available from this tremendous resource, and demonstrates how to:

  • Generate a template form letter and populate it with data from a Numbers spreadsheet using a special app.

  • Use the Contacts App, Pages and Mail to generate a personalised letter to a single group within your Contacts.

Ulysses is yet another app to switch from a traditional single payment purchase to a new recurring subscription model.

As with previous apps, this has caused much consternation as many people refuse to adopt a subscription model for software applications.

In this episode, I take a look at Ulysses and the changes to the app, along with a potential way of sticking with Ulysses using SetApp, another subscription-based service, but one that gives you access to over 80 Mac apps in addition to Ulysses.

If you really don't want to go down the subscription route, I also take a look at two alternatives to Ulysses: Byword and iA Writer, two terrific, cross-platform, single-payment apps.

Of course, we can't forget to mention Scrivener when considering powerful writing apps. Since I've already covered Scrivener extensively on other shows, you'll find the link to those in the show notes.

Time for an update show this week, with updates to some of our favourite apps!

Plex - We've covered Plex many times for managing recorded media, but now you can watch and record Live "off the air" TV with the addition of a hardware tuner. This segment describes what you need and demonstrates how easy it is to configure.

iWork - After recently finishing a series of update shows for Pages, Numbers and Keynote, Apple have just released a slew of updates - some minor, some quite significant. Learn all about them with this latest update segment.