16th February 2013
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This week, it's time to revisit the de facto alternative to the standard OSX Calendar application - BusyCal.
BusyCal is a fully featured calendaring and to-do list application that syncs your iCloud calendars, your Google calendars and most other CalDAV based services. It also integrates with your iCloud reminders, allowing you to view your reminders and events from a single application. As it uses iCloud data, events and to-dos created or updated in BusyCal are seamlessly synced across all your Mac and iOS devices.
The standard views in the built in Calendar application of OSX can be a bit limiting, but BusyCal has the flexibility to allow you to tailor your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly views to your particular requirements, and allows you to navigate your calendars quickly and easily. You can even display both events and to-dos in the main calendar view.
With extremely powerful and customisable alarms, BusyCal allows you to integrate with the standard OSX notification service, or even better, use it's own custom notifications. This allows you to dismiss or snooze alerts, not just once, but for minutes, hours or days - you specify how long to snooze for.
The new Menu bar helper app runs independently of the main application, and gives you immediate access to you events and to-dos, and allows you to create new events and to-dos using natural language.
Finally, I take a look at using Smart Filters to create and store multiple bespoke views of your events and to-dos, as well as using graphics to annotate your events.
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|Introduction to BusyCal||[8m 19s]|
|Using Views||[3m 49s]|
|Entering Events & To-Dos||[8m 20s]|
|BusyCal Menu Bar Helper App||[2m 18s]|
|Alarms in BusyCal||[3m 29s]|
|Smart Filters||[2m 42s]|
|Using Graphics||[1m 6s]|
WordPress is an extremely powerful web publishing platform. Previously acknowledged as the premier blogging tool, WordPress has been extended and enhanced to allow WordPress to be much more than just a blog.
In this episode, I take a look at setting up Wordpress on a self hosted website using a low cost Siteground account.
I also cover some of the basic features of creating and managing blog posts and a brief look at themes to change the overall look of the website.
In next week's episode I'll cover plugins and some additional advanced features.
Three applications in this week's show:
Scapple - Scapple is a great app from the makers of Scrivener - it's like a mind mapping tool but without the constraints of a fixed or hierarchical structure. Completely free form in its approach, Scapple is ideal for roughing out ideas on a huge canvas.
AccessMenuBarApp - Is your laptop resolution causing menu bar icons to become hidden? AccessMenuBarApp allows you to show them all with a single keystroke or mouse gesture.
VideoGIF - Create animated GIFs for support or just for fun. VideoGIF allows you to capture or convert any video clip into an animated GIF and share via social networks, email or via websites. In this segment, I demonstrate using QuickTime X to do a video screencapture, convert to a GIF and incorporate into a Clarify document.
Two desktop utilities in this week's show:
TotalSpaces2 - Spaces are a way of organising your desktop and has been in OSX for many years. However, you may have given up on standard Spaces in Mavericks due to it's limitations and inflexibility. TotalSpaces2 could be said to be what Spaces should have been originally. TotalSpaces2 gives you back full control of managing your virtual desktops, with many useful configuration options. TotalSpaces2 finally makes desktop spaces usable!
Screens - A neat solution to control and access your Mac desktops locally or remotely using both Macs and iOS devices. With a fully featured Mac client, Screens allows you to setup remote access via its elegant UI and includes a number of easily configurable options such as Quick Connect and custom keyboard shortcuts. Install ScreensConnect and use iCloud to sync your settings and also access your Macs remotely via the separately available Screens for iOS application.
Two applications in this week's show - Ember and Pixa
Ember is a beautiful application for creating and organising an image library. With iCloud (Mac App Store version only) and Dropbox syncing built in, it will sync your image library between other Macs and iOS devices. Full image annotation support as well as a unique subscription module that allows you to subscribe to the images in your favourite RSS services.
Pixa is another image library manager with a slightly different focus. Auto tagging will sort your images by size and colour. No library sync, but Pixa has Live folders that allow you to catalogue and update folders of images on your Mac direct from Pixa. With support for many third party graphics application file formats and robust, customisable export features, Pixa may just find a place in your graphics toolbox.
Launchbar has recently had a major update with the release of Launchbar V6. Primarily known as an "Application Launcher", Launchbar is actually much more complex, and much more capable than that.
This episode is not a full review of Launchbar 6, but is intended to give a flavour of some of the new features, especially for Alfred users who are intrigued as to how Launchbar now differs from Alfred.
Clarify 2 is the brand new version of the app designed to make producing screenshot based documentation a breeze.
With built in screenshot tools and comprehensive annotation tools, making support documentation has never been easier.
Whether it's to show friends, family or colleagues how to step through simple or complex processes, or even as a reminder to yourself, Clarify 2 takes away the friction of producing outstanding and easy to follow documentation.
Following on from last week’s show, if you work with a group of people or need to collaborate on a project or task, Podio is for you!
Podio is a free web based service that allows you to create Apps and Workflows to monitor and control collaborative working. Don't be put off by the terminology, it's actually more useful and less intimidating than it sounds.
In this episode, I take a look at adding extra functionality to your Podio apps by adding App Workflows - a really easy way to create re-usable task lists to assign to people with a Podio “job”. I also take a look at accessing the App market to download hundreds of pre-designed Podio Apps for free, to use as is, or to use as the basis for your own Podio apps.
Finishing off with a look at some of the very smart ways you can get data both into and out of Podio.
BusyCal 2 - An alternative to OSX Calendar tutorial is also available to watch in Issue 8 of the ScreenCastsOnline Monthly
This issue is available for individual purchase as a back issue in the ScreenCastsOnline Monthly Magazine iPad App