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Craft Updates

Date: 12th April 2024

Duration: 28:12

Show ref: SCOM1351


Craft is a fantastic tool for writing and organising information in a variety of ways. It is an app that gets frequent updates so it can be challenging to keep up with all that is new and improved. In this week's tutorial, Don takes you through most of the updates released in the last 12 months, that make Craft even more attractive than before.

Amico Apps Showcase

Date: 5th January 2024

Duration: 24:42

Show ref: SCOM1323


Rather than showcasing a single app, in this full show Darcy introduces four applications designed and released by Amico Apps.

The first is a utility that allows you to quit multiple programs at the same time, as well as schedule app quitting due to inactivity. Another that makes accessing emoji on the Mac very easy, using shortcuts.

A third that is aimed at designers and overlays the golden ratio on your screen and finally, software to manage your calendars, reminders, notes and photos using widgets.

NotePlan

Date: 15th December 2023

Duration: 43:19

Show ref: SCOM1317


We've been spoiled with the quality of Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) applications recently. One such app that has been around for a while is NotePlan.

NotePlan has some great features found in similar products, such as backlinking, Daily Notes and utilising Markdown syntax to create your notes. It does, however, bring some new ideas to the table, such as integrating with your calendar to allow you to timeblock directly from the interface, using ChatGPT to answer queries in-line and also introduces the concept of weekly, monthly, even annual notes to keep you on track with your goals. Join Lee for a thorough look at this modern PKM solution.

Spark Mail for Mac

Date: 8th December 2023

Duration: 30:12

Show ref: SCOM1315


Readdle's email app Spark has been around for quite some time. But with a major new version sporting some great AI features and a fresh new user interface with some opinionated choices about email productivity, it was time to take another look.

In this episode, Mike takes you on a tour of Spark Mail on the Mac, and points out several of its signature features along the way. You also get to see its iOS version on iPhone.

Bartender 5

Date: 1st December 2023

Duration: 26:54

Show ref: SCOM1313


Bartender 5 is required for macOS 14 (Sonoma) and also comes with big improvements in capability. You can now create Profiles for the different contexts in which you work, and you can set up automations with Triggers based on apps, battery, location, WiFi network, time, and even scripts.Allison demonstrates how all of this works, and also shows you how this version of Bartender lets you style your menu bars like never before.

Default Folder X

Date: 24th November 2023

Duration: 39:06

Show ref: SCOM1311


One thing all macOS users have in common is the need to interact with Finder when opening and saving files. Sometimes, the process of finding either the source folder for opening, or the destination one for saving can be laborious, involving a lot of pointing and clicking. Default Folder X allows you to streamline this experience, by sending you to default locations depending on the application or extension you are saving.

As well as this, Default Folder X now comes bundled with a Quick Search function, for getting to files, folders and applications quickly. Join Lee as he shows you around this long-standing feature-rich utility on the Mac.

Tip - BetterTouchTool

Date: 29th September 2023

Duration: 08:04

Show ref: SCOM1295


Mike shows you how to set up a Hyper Key in BetterTouchTool so that the Caps Lock key simulates pressing all four modifier keys at once. With this special key configured, he shares a couple of examples of using it to create keyboard shortcuts with Keyboard Maestro. You also learn how to set up a Magic Trackpad gesture as another way to trigger an automation using BetterTouchTool.

Elephas

Date: 4th August 2023

Duration: 21:23

Show ref: SCOM1279


Elephas uses the power of ChatGPT with its own customisations to help users with all their writing needs. It offers features such as intelligently generating press releases, marketing material and email responses, with minimal information provided. Darcy shows you in this screencast how the app goes beyond robot replies and truly generates writing that feels like it's from a real person. Whether you're using it for work or take advantage of its powerful smart brain to index and query your own PDFs, Elephas has you covered.

Tip - TypingMind

Date: 4th July 2023

Duration: 12:07

Show ref: SCOM1270


With all the buzz and noise around ChatGTP it can be hard to really understand its use case. How can this amazing technology help in my day-to-day life? In this tip Darcy walks you through Typing Mind, an app designed to simplify the ChatGPT experience with features and customisations that make it feel even more like interacting with a professional. No matter your goal, Typing Mind will help you on your journey. Besides the macOS version available via a Setapp subscription, you also learn about its web app, along with the various pricing options depending on your needs.

Tip - Structured

Date: 27th June 2023

Duration: 10:14

Show ref: SCOM1268


Structured is an all-in-one app for your calendars and reminders, but without all the clutter, and a modern look and feel. In this short screencast, Darcy shows you on iPad how he organises his life from the time he wakes up right up to bedtime. You learn how he uses features like subtasks to break down bigger tasks, widgets to quickly view his day and an AI assistant which can turn your voice prompt into a fully organised schedule.

Setapp - New Arrivals and Updates

Date: 19th May 2023

Duration: 28:27

Show ref: SCOM1257


This week we are covering some apps that have recently been added to Setapp: ClearVPN, PopClip, and Hookmark. Don provides an overview of these new apps their main features. He also explains what a VPN is and what its main benefits are, gives a demo of PopClip's text manipulation and action capabilities, and finally showcases Hookmark's ability to create bi-directional links to files, documents, and email messages, to name a few.

*See link section below for the "SCO Search" PopClip extension code snippet.

Craft Update

Date: 27th January 2023

Duration: 38:47

Show ref: SCOM1225


Craft is your ultimate writing companion. It's an intuitive, customisable tool that works hard to help you craft any document and keep it organised with ease - perfect for those creative projects!

Lee Garrett originally covered Craft in 2021, not long after receiving an Apple Design award. The application was impressive then, and it's continued to improve and add additional functionality ever since. In this week's tutorial, Don refreshes the basics of Craft on the Mac, focusing on the new features rolled out over the last 24 months.

Tip - Xnapper

Date: 22nd November 2022

Duration: 12:49

Show ref: SCOM1206


Xnapper (pronounced "snapper") is a new utility for grabbing free-form selections and full window screenshots on macOS (with an iOS version coming soon). Having recently come out of beta release—and now a part of the Setapp collection—Xnapper has some useful features which make it stand out from its competitors, such as the ability to locate screen captures' version history as well as exporting for a variety of specific social media formats. Lee shows you all of it in his screencast.

Receipts

Date: 4th November 2022

Duration: 48:07

Show ref: SCOM1201


Tax season can be stressful and time-consuming for individuals and business owners alike, so it's good to have a tool that can relieve some of that burden. Receipts for macOS (included in Setapp) is one such software package. In this video, Lee shows you how to import your receipts and invoices, both manually and automatically, using a variety of techniques. He also goes over Receipts' text recognition ability, allowing information to be pulled from your imports. You also discover how to create detailed reports and export your receipts, making the end-of-the-year chore of preparing for taxes much smoother.

Tip - Pile

Date: 1st November 2022

Duration: 07:17

Show ref: SCOM1200


In this tip video, Darcy takes you through Pile, an app set to consolidate your bookmarks and organise them into different folders and categories. It is designed to make an experience out of managing articles, links, photos and notes by centering them around your own topics. Use tagging to maximise the organisation and collaborate with others when researching.

Tip - WidgetWall

Date: 30th August 2022

Duration: 09:22

Show ref: SCOM1182


Widgets have been a popular addition to iOS and iPadOS for some time now, however macOS has been left short. WidgetWall, by AmicoApps, allows you access to a limited set of widgets by simply pressing function and F11 on your keyboard. Whilst there are just a few stock widgets available within the app, they are extremely functional and in this video, Lee shows you how to add and configure them.

Tip - PopClip Favourites

Date: 5th July 2022

Duration: 11:46

Show ref: SCOM1166


PopClip, the popular macOS utility that allows you to highlight text and perform a variety of actions on it, has been touched on in previous ScreenCastsOnline videos. Now that it's reached over 180 compatible extensions, Lee thought it was as good a time as ever to share with you his Top 10 extensions. Buckle up, and get ready to take your text manipulations to new heights with PopClip.

Tip - MenubarX

Date: 28th June 2022

Duration: 12:40

Show ref: SCOM1164


Lee looks at a new addition to Setapp called MenubarX. Although it looks like a simple app launcher at first glance, it's much more than that. With MenubarX, you can create a number of mini-applications that sit in the menu bar, waiting for you to access, and that use very little of that precious screen real estate. You learn about many of its use cases in this screencast — and watch Lee play Wordle!

Setapp Recommendations

Date: 15th April 2022

Duration: 29:56

Show ref: SCOM1143


With over 230 apps to choose from, Setapp is a no-brainer subscription service for Mac and iOS. In this show, Don gives a brief overview of 8 utilities that are offered in Setapp, and that he uses daily to enhance his computing experience.

Tip - iBoysoft MagicMenu

Date: 22nd March 2022

Duration: 08:25

Show ref: SCOM1136


Utility applications that solve a problem you never knew you had can be a great find. iBoysoft MagicMenu does exactly that by simplifying the creation of a new file, accessing web sites or locations on your system, and even copying or moving files. It does all of this using a simple right click inside a Finder window on your Mac.

Tip - Gemini on iOS

Date: 1st March 2022

Duration: 07:20

Show ref: SCOM1130


In this ScreenCastsOnline debut, Darcy showcases a few features from Macpaw's Gemini Photos, an app that he uses to manage his digital photo collection. This utility is equally efficient at sorting videos by size, extracting blurry photos, as well as revealing duplicates, all in their respective groups, so you can regain space on your device and on iCloud.

Yoink - What's New?

Date: 11th February 2022

Duration: 26:04

Show ref: SCOM1125


In his return to ScreenCastsOnline, Richard goes back to an app he knows very well and has previously covered, and that's Yoink. This time though, he focuses on some of the newest features, shows you some tricks, and discusses using Handoff to swiftly move between Mac and iPad.

Tip - Pareto Security

Date: 8th February 2022

Duration: 08:41

Show ref: SCOM1124


Keeping your Mac secure should be at the top of your list of priorities when using your device day to day. One tool that can help with this is Pareto Security, a simple yet very effective tool for monitoring some of the most common security vulnerabilities found in macOS. Running in the menu bar, Pareto Security will carry out checks and provide you with a simple pass/fail status for each one, with instructions on how to resolve the issue.

Path Finder 10

Date: 28th January 2022

Duration: 44:04

Show ref: SCOM1121


Finder is a staple application for every Mac user out there, but it does have its limitations. CocoaTech's PathFinder 10 is an excellent alternative to Finder that builds on that feature set and adds a slew of new options to make managing the files on your Mac much more powerful. With Lee as your guide, you go over the basics of Path Finder and then dive into its more advanced features.

Tip - CleanShot X Update

Date: 18th January 2022

Duration: 17:02

Show ref: SCOM1118


Don last covered CleanShot X back in June of 2020, and since then it's had no less than 33 updates!

This video takes you through most of those new and improved features that make CleanShot X the premier screen capture utility for the Mac, and one that Don uses daily. If you're a Setapp subscriber, you can also get access to 10GB of free cloud storage with CleanShot Cloud, allowing you to store your screen captures and recordings and easily share them.

Tip - Repeat

Date: 28th December 2021

Duration: 11:01

Show ref: SCOM1112


When the New Year rolls around, building new habits — or breaking old ones — is an exercise many of us undertake. Using an application can help with this and Repeat by Lab11, a software company that specializes in producing wellbeing applications, can be a wonderful companion.

Available on the Mac App Store and through Setapp, Repeat doesn't just track your habits, it also goes to great lengths to explain the science behind how habits are formed.

Tip - Tab Finder

Date: 21st December 2021

Duration: 07:10

Show ref: SCOM1110


After watching Lee's recent deep dive into different browsers on macOS, you may well find yourself using more than one browser to suit different needs. And if you are like the majority of users out there, you will have lots of tabs open at once, perhaps spread across a few browsers.

Tab Finder by MacPlus software allows you to search for the tab you want from one central location, rather than navigate the different browsers and losing time. You learn all about this clever utility in this episode.

Tip - Prep for macOS Monterey

Date: 28th September 2021

Duration: 12:36

Show ref: SCOM1086


With macOS Monterey due for imminent release, now is a good time to start preparing for the upgrade to version 12 of the Mac operating system. In this special Friday tip show, Don takes you through some standard tasks you should perform in preparation for this upgrade. He also explains the slight change he has made in his backup recommendations this time around.

Ulysses Updates

Date: 3rd September 2021

Duration: 39:25

Show ref: SCOM1079


Ulysses has just reached version 23 so we thought it would be a good idea to spend time looking back at some of the major iterations and feature releases that this excellent writing application has undergone in the last five years. (Hint: there are a ton and it's easy to miss some!)

In this roll-up video, Lee shows you the basics of Ulysses before diving in into features like Split Editor, Revision Mode, Grammar and Spell Checking, Filters, and more, on macOS, iOS and iPadOS.

MindNode Revisited

Date: 13th August 2021

Duration: 32:39

Show ref: SCOM1073


There are many times when you have an idea and thought that is not fully formed and you need a space to think it through and connect the dots. These types of situations are perfect for a mind mapping application like MindNode.

MindNode is an application we have covered in the past but has had so many features added across both Mac and iOS versions that we felt we needed to do a MindNode Revisited show. In this screencast Todd Olthoff uses MindNode to handle the aspects of his own home remodel and finds that the application can handle everything he needs to get the job done and does it well across all his devices.

Maintaining Focus

Date: 6th August 2021

Duration: 31:22

Show ref: SCOM1071


In this video, Lee takes a shift from the normal approach to our full videos and looks at a number of utilities that share a common theme: focus. These apps, included as part of the Setapp subscription, will help you achieve this.

Serenity will help reduce the number of notifications you hear, PliimPRO cleans your desktop and environment ready for giving presentations and screen sharing, NoNotify will let the applications control your Do Not Disturb settings, Time Out forces you to take regular breaks and finally, Be Focused allows you to work in focused blocks of time.

Tip - Paletro

Date: 27th July 2021

Duration: 08:28

Show ref: SCOM1068


Remembering and accessing the available menu bar commands on your Mac can be a little daunting, especially for apps that you don't use as often. Paletro is a clever utility that can help you make sense of this. Lee introduces you to the app and shows you its many useful options so you can navigate your app's menus more efficiently with Paletro as your assistant.

Tip - Paste for macOS and iOS

Date: 29th June 2021

Duration: 12:09

Show ref: SCOM1060


Available as an in-app purchase from the App Store or as part of your Setapp subscription, Paste allows you to copy, organize and paste all sorts of information across all of your devices.

In this screencast, Don takes you through the core functionality of Paste on both macOS and iOS and shows you how to use the app using real world examples.

Tip - Hook 3.1 Update

Date: 15th June 2021

Duration: 09:52

Show ref: SCOM1056


In this video, Lee walks through some of the new features with Hook on macOS (now known as Hookmark). First covered in May 2019 as a beta application, Hook continues to improve and with the release of version 3.1, has innovated and continues to add more features to its already impressive arsenal. Lee reviews why Hook is so useful, as well as looks at some of the new applications that have compatibility and new features such as Deep PDF Linking.

Tip - TextSniper

Date: 11th May 2021

Duration: 07:23

Show ref: SCOM1046


In this week's tip, Don introduces you to TextSniper, a utility on macOS that can capture text from pretty much any digital source, including images, diagrams and videos. You learn about its features and various options, alongside real-world examples.

Keysmith

Date: 7th May 2021

Duration: 31:17

Show ref: SCOM1045


Performing a computer action sometimes involves a lot of mouse clicks and key presses to get to the end result you're looking for. Keysmith is an application that can record these actions and chain them together to form macros. Those can be invoked with a hotkey and save you lots of time!

In this screencast, Lee shows you the basics of how to create a macro. He then runs through a few of his real-world examples that will surely inspire you to create Keysmith recipes of your own.

Tip - CleanMyMac X

Date: 20th April 2021

Duration: 12:04

Show ref: SCOM1040


Over time, your Mac device can get bloated with applications, old files, and system junk, to name a few. All of this can result in slower performance, usually when you are trying to do something of importance!

Enter CleanMyMac X, a one-stop solution for managing storage, keeping applications optimised, and your computer protected.

In this video, Lee walks you through the functionality that this toolbox application has to offer, including running regular scans, carrying out maintenance scripts, uninstalling application, and more.

Craft

Date: 29th January 2021

Duration: 43:05

Show ref: SCOM1017


Craft is an application that is rapidly gaining cult status amongst creative people in the Apple ecosphere. Using this software you are able to create beautiful, modular documents, and publish to users and viewers with the touch of a button.

With Lee as your guide, you learn how to create and edit these documents on both macOS and iOS, as well as export your files to different formats.

ForkLift

Date: 22nd January 2021

Duration: 34:11

Show ref: SCOM1015


In this screencast, Rosemary shows you ForkLift, a dual pane file manager packed with useful features. Whether you have servers to connect to, invisible files that you need to work on, or folders that you want open side by side in a single window, ForkLift comes to the rescue with functionality not available in Finder.

Bartender 4

Date: 15th January 2021

Duration: 32:15

Show ref: SCOM1013


If you live on a small screen or have a lot of menu bar items, you need Bartender. This great utility, which has gone through a major redesign only for Big Sur, brings huge advancements in how you can control your menu bar items. With Allison as your guide, you learn about Bartender's many features and how to best customize them for your specific workflow.

HoudahSpot 6

Date: 8th January 2021

Duration: 32:23

Show ref: SCOM1011


Finding files on your Mac can be a difficult and sometimes a frustrating task because of their sheer number — we all have so many! HoudahSpot is an application that allows you to do refined searches to get just the files you are looking for and includes several useful presets right out of the box.

We have covered HoudahSpot in the past so this screencast from Todd focuses on the updates that version 6 brings to the search party.

Tip - Setapp on iOS

Date: 1st September 2020

Duration: 07:04

Show ref: SCOM0974


Setapp is a wonderful service that gives you access to hundreds of top-quality macOS apps for a monthly or annual subscription. The service has been enhanced to now allow some iOS companion apps to be enabled using the service.

This week Don explains the principles behind the changes and demonstrates how to install and enable one of the apps featured in Setapp for iOS, MindNode.

You can subscribe to Setapp using the ScreenCastsOnline affiliate link.

AdGuard for macOS and iOS

Date: 24th July 2020

Duration: 35:39

Show ref: SCOM0963


AdGuard is a cross-platform application for ad blocking as well as a host of other privacy-related functions. Available on both macOS and iOS, this app makes the browsing experience faster and less irritable. No more ads taking up acres of screen real estate. It also allows you to stop websites and advertisers from tracking your every move and even filters out ads from Mac applications. AdGuard is available direct or as part of a Setapp subscription on the Mac, and via the App Store for iOS.

In this episode, Don takes you through the installation and configuration of AdGuard and demonstrates many of its benefits, on both the Mac and iPad.

Tip - Ghostnote 2

Date: 30th June 2020

Duration: 10:32

Show ref: SCOM0956


Ghostnote 2  is a fantastic app which allows you to 'pin' formatted notes and to-do lists to many different types of objects on your Mac, including individual emails in Apple Mail.

Want to add some notes to a website? Just navigate to it in Safari and open Ghostnote. You'll be presented with a blank note where you can enter plain or formatted text, lists, even clickable to-do lists. The next time you open the website, that note will be available in Ghostnote 2.

In this week's tip, Don demonstrates different types of objects supported by Ghostnote 2, along with some practical examples. You also learn about its note browser, and how to set up keyboard shortcuts for quick access.

CleanShot X for macOS

Date: 19th June 2020

Duration: 31:42

Show ref: SCOM0953


macOS Catalina has a tremendous screen capture and screen recording utility built right in - an app called Screenshot. In fact, it is so good that it's difficult to justify using third-party apps for screen captures. However, after reading some brilliant reviews for CleanShot X, Don decided to give it a go: "Wow! I knew within a few minutes of using it that it was my new go-to tool for screen captures."

CleanShot X combines several tools into one and has some pretty unique features. Think of it as a screen capture workflow tool that is customisable to fit your particular needs. In this week's tutorial, Don takes you through all the features of this robust and extremely powerful utility, including all the capture modes, annotations, and the free CleanShot Cloud service.

Well recommended.

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SuperTab and uBar

Date: 22nd May 2020

Duration: 51:10

Show ref: SCOM0945


This week, Lee shows you two applications that expand on the Dock and Application Switcher functionality in macOS: uBar and SuperTab.

uBar replaces the Dock on your Mac with a horizontal bar that is reminiscent of the one in Windows, and that provides additional options to interact with your open apps, as well as quick access useful tools, like Activity Monitor and any you System Preferences panes.

SuperTab can be configured to launch files, folders and applications, and take screenshots. This flexible utility can also open websites and automatically type text and keystrokes for you, and includes a great feature called Meta-Folder.

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Tip - Dropzone 4

Date: 28th April 2020

Duration: 17:16

Show ref: SCOM0938


This week, Rosemary revisits a useful app that we looked at back in 2018, Dropzone. Now on version 4, this menu bar utility for Mac acts as a temporary storage shelf where you can drop folders and files that you want to act on later. It also offers various actions so you can perform repetitive tasks more easily.

In this tip you discover the ins and outs of Dropzone 4 using common scenarios you might encounter while using your Mac.

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Tip - HazeOver

Date: 3rd March 2020

Duration: 10:15

Show ref: SCOM0922


This week, Lee shows you how to use a utility application on macOS that helps you deal with focusing when you have multiple windows cluttering your desktop.

HazeOver will fade out non-active windows and bring focus to the currently used window(s) in the active application, allowing you to work without the need to minimise application windows to remove distractions in the background.

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MarginNote 3

Date: 27th December 2019

Duration: 46:27

Show ref: SCOM0903


In this episode, Lee shows you how to use the macOS version of MarginNote 3, a study aid that allows you to annotate a variety of text-based file types, as well as extract content to provide a more focused view on a topic.

You learn how to import documents, notes from Evernote, web pages, as well as annotate and highlight text. Lee also goes over creating mind maps to link subjects and ideas together, and shows you how to create a flashcard deck to test your understanding of a topic.

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Tip - SideNotes

Date: 10th December 2019

Duration: 08:05

Show ref: SCOM0898


This week, Don shows you SideNotes, a macOS app that gives you a simple but effective way to create and organise notes from a side panel. Create notes using Markdown syntax, plain text or monospaced code blocks, and organise by colour or folders.

With support for drag and drop and the ability to paste directly from the clipboard, SideNotes is a useful application to have on hand.