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]|
Mail Pilot is an alternative to using Apple's Mail application.
With support for most of the leading Mail platforms (except for Exchange), Mail Pilot has a different spin on traditional email. It makes it simple to start "processing" your email, rather than just reading it and leaving it in your inbox.
Mail Pilot allows you to read, file, organise, add reminders and other actions to your emails, all with a few simple keystrokes.
In this week's show, Todd Olthoff takes you through the basics of Mail Pilot on the Mac, and also explores Mail Pilot on iOS on this week's iOS show - SCOI0152
The third and final application in the revised iWork suite - Keynote - Apple's cinematic presentation tool.
Create and deliver amazing looking presentations with Keynote.
The application has been re-written to provide cross platform compatibility with iOS enabling you to use your Mac, iPad or iPhone in all stages of your presentation production and delivery.
Apple have simplified the user interface, without removing the power and have made it easier than ever to manipulate and animate objects and text on your slides.
In this first of a two part series, I take a look at the new user interface as well as exploring slide transitions (including the fantastic Magic Move transition) and creating complex builds and animations on objects.
One of the most common questions I get asked is "How do you access your Mac remotely?", followed by "How do you access your friends and family's Macs to offer remote support".
The answer is TeamViewer!
TeamViewer is a fully featured remote support solution that is free for private use. It's really easy to access other Macs or set up your own Mac for remote access. In this week's show, I take you through the installation and setup, as well as going through some common scenarios. I also take a brief look at the TeamViewer for iOS application, which allows you to access and control any Mac from your iPad.
A Mac app for taking notes, creating outlines and managing your To-dos, all in one integrated package.
If support for all sorts of different file formats plus integration with some of the major file sharing and read it later services wasn't enough, NoteSuite also has an iPad app and syncs via iCloud.
In this episode, Todd Olthoff takes a look at the Mac app that is causing quite a stir.
Three of my favourite apps have had some significant updates recently - Hazel, Skitch and Evernote.
In this week's show, I take a look at the updates, to bring you up to speed with the latest functionality.
Note: The new Skitch integration with Evernote is available in Evenote v5.2 which is currently in beta. If you don't have the "Update to beta versions when available " checkmark checked in Evernote preferences, you will need to download the beta or wait for the next official update to Evernote.
At the time of publication, Google Reader has only 8 days before the service is shutdown. So we'd better get on with deciding on an alternative!
The good news is there are plenty to choose from, many are as fully featured as Google Reader and some are even better!
In this show, I take a look at some of the alternative services available as well as how to safely extract your current Google Reader subscriptions to import into an alternative service.
In the companion iOS show - SCOI0116 - I take a look at some of the services that work with Mr Reader on the iPad, as well as taking a look at the Feedly iPad and iPhone apps.
Two parts to this week's tutorial, covering two fantastic Mac utilities:
Bartender - It's so easy to run out of space on your Menu Bar as it seems every app wants to install a MenuBar icon. Take back control of your MenuBar with Bartender.
Clarify - There are sometimes when a step by step guide is just what you need. Clarify takes the pain out of creating and updating documentation with a built in screen capture tool, and optimised annotation tools. Once you've created your documentation, export as PDF, share to DropBox or Evernote or host using a free account on Clarify-it.com.
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