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iA Presenter

Date : 1st March 2024

Duration: 29:34

Show ref: SCOM1339

Apple's Keynote has loads of great features, but this abundance of options can sometimes get in the way of building your presentation. iA Presenter brings a simpler approach which helps you focus on your story. It creates slides automatically based on what you write using its clean Markdown text editor.

In this screencast, Mike walks through how to use iA Presenter to make great looking presentations quickly and easily, using only plain text.

OmniFocus 4

Date : 2nd February 2024

Duration: 33:39

Show ref: SCOM1331

Users of OmniFocus have waited for a long time for an upgrade to be released, and as they say, the wait is over. The Omni Group have rewritten the Mac version of the app using SwiftUI and with it, improved the user experience considerably. Coupled with extensive improvements on both iOS and iPadOS, OmniFocus is more universal than ever, without compromising on the existing feature set that makes it a class leader in the Task Management space. In this video, Lee guides you through some of the key improvements brought to OmniFocus 4 on macOS, iOS and iPadOS, and even watchOS.

Tip - Bezel

Date : 23rd January 2024

Duration: 09:22

Show ref: SCOM1328

There are many ways to display and capture the screen of your iOS device. You can do a screen recording on device and save the video to your Photo Album, use Quicktime on your Mac (when it works), or a third-party screen capture app like ScreenFlow. All of these methods only capture the screen itself, and each presents some challenges. Bezel is an innovative "plug-and-play" app that tackles those challenges. It generates high-quality videos on your Mac's desktop, identifying your device and adding a matching bezel, including its colour. With full rotation support and the ability to showcase multiple devices, Bezel is the ultimate screen display tool for screencasting and online presentations, using iPhone or iPad. In this video, Don walks you through Bezel's features and demonstrates how you can have two devices at once on your screen. He also adds a tip for configuring an on-screen pointer to help your viewers follow along, something we do here at ScreenCastsONLINE.

Sparkle

Date : 19th January 2024

Duration: 28:51

Show ref: SCOM1327

Web development has certainly been a hot topic over the decades with apps coming and going, overall making it easier to design your own website. Follow along with Darcy as he shows you Sparkle, an app that integrates AI-generation into a website builder. Simply type in the core idea of your website and a fully fledged and individualised template will be generated with multiple pages, layouts, buttons and even contact forms. You also learn how to use the many navigation and structural elements Sparkle offers.

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.

Tip - Timepage

Date : 21st November 2023

Duration: 12:10

Show ref: SCOM1310

In the first of two tip shows on apps designed by Moleskine Studio, Darcy walks you through Timepage, their calendar app. It brings a simplified approach to creating calendar events and their clever UI helps untangle multiple calendars into single views quickly and easily. With a wealth of alert and scheduling features, Timepage may very well take the place of your current calendar management application.

Google Forms

Date : 13th October 2023

Duration: 35:32

Show ref: SCOM1299

With the free Google Forms, you can create surveys, polls or organize events that you can customize, including adding photos and choosing a theme. In this episode Allison walks you through the settings for Google Forms, and then shows you how the answer format you choose affects how people interact with your form. Multiple-choice vs. checkboxes, and grids vs. linear scales can provide a different type of answer and give you the right results. Join Allison and start creating forms easily.

Curio

Date : 18th August 2023

Duration: 25:02

Show ref: SCOM1283

Previously covered in 2017 by Todd, Curio has received a lot of updates over the years. Today Darcy takes you through many of them and shows you how one of the most robust researching apps on the market has become even better. Learn more about journalling, working with PDFs in multiple spaces, tagging, using web archives in your work, syncing figures, and so much more.

Tip - Umbrel Home Server

Date : 15th August 2023

Duration: 12:08

Show ref: SCOM1282

Umbrel have recently released a small, compact powerful home server to host a run your own services in a de-centralised and self-sovereign way. With a beautiful UI, the Umbrel Home Server is optimised for both performance as well as ease of use.

UmbrelOS is based on Linux and allows you to run the server with no keyboard or monitor - just plug it in and access it from your browser. In this video, Don takes you through the initial setup of the Umbrel Home Server, and illustrates its ease of use by setting up a Bitcoin node. You also learn about some of the other apps available in the Umbrel App Store.

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 - Shift

Date : 1st August 2023

Duration: 09:07

Show ref: SCOM1278

Shift provides people with complex workflows requiring many apps a platform to combine them all. In this video Darcy showcases how to add accounts from Slack, Dropbox, Airtable and more into a streamlined interface, allowing you to increase ease of access between them and a more focused environment for your projects. Shift is a great way to declutter your desktop of windows by bundling them all together into one, with dozens of apps available to integrate. You also learn how to add extensions within Shift.

Keet

Date : 21st July 2023

Duration: 24:51

Show ref: SCOM1275

Keet is a free videoconferencing service that removes the need for any third party. It utilises a fully encrypted, peer-to-peer architecture. You don't even need to register for an account. Without any central servers to navigate or throttle your performance, Keet offers superb video quality and responsiveness. As well as the video conferencing feature, It also has a built-in chat service and offers unlimited file transfers of any size between participants.In this screencast, Don takes you through the simple setup process on the Mac and demonstrates all of the core features of the app. He also shows you what the mobile app can do, and gets a little help from someone on the ScreenCastsONLINE team!

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 - Anybox Bonus Content

Date : 13th June 2023

Duration: 09:10

Show ref: SCOM1264

In episode 1259, Lee looked at Anybox, the stunning bookmark manager that now occupies an important place in his workflow, storing links to not just websites, but files on both his machine and cloud services. Whilst that was a detailed video, there were some elements he discovered after recording that he really wanted to share. So in this tip video, you learn how you can use Anybox as a search engine aggregator when you are looking for content outside of your Anybox database, how to set reminders directly from your links and also check for any broken links.

TickTick on iOS - Pt 2

Date : 14th April 2023

Duration: 37:16

Show ref: SCOM1247

In the second part of this two-part series, Lee dives deeper into TickTick by looking at some of its advanced features. These include managing focus with the built-in Pomodoro Timer, prioritising tasks using the Eisenhower Matrix, and developing good habits with the habit tracker included in TickTick.

TickTick on iOS - Pt 1

Date : 31st March 2023

Duration: 30:30

Show ref: SCOM1243

The market may be saturated with task management applications, however there is one that has been around for several years that is now beginning to gain some traction thanks to the number of features it offers. TickTick is a cross-platform application that doesn't just organise your tasks. It can store notes, has a built-in Pomodoro timer and even a habit tracking element that helps separate TickTick from competitors. In part one of this two-part series, Lee looks covers the basics of the application: setting up your tasks and lists, recurring tasks, as well as some light configuration options.

Lightning Network Primer - Pt 1

Date : 17th March 2023

Duration: 37:57

Show ref: SCOM1239

"The Lightning Network" is a solution to enable a global payment system that works instantaneously and for little or no cost. With this new technology and infrastructure, we finally have a working method of dealing with micropayments, which are payments of a fraction of a cent that can be sent anywhere around the globe using just the internet and a mobile device. For the first time, we can even stream money in real-time to pay for services as we use them. In the first of this two-part series, Don takes you through the background of this new technology and gives you two examples of the Lightning Network in action.

Readwise & Readwise Reader

Date : 3rd March 2023

Duration: 37:50

Show ref: SCOM1235

Read-it-Later services have been around for a long time. But few are providing any real innovation. Readwise aims to do so by offering a service that not only helps you get more out of what you read, and Readwise Reader provides a fresh take on RSS. Using his iPhone, Mike shows you how to set up both apps. He walks you through the Library and Feed options in Reader, shows you the various ways to send things to it (including YouTube videos), and how your highlights sync to Readwise automatically. This allows you to review information later and help it stick using a variety of tools.

OmniOutliner - Pt 2

Date : 23rd December 2022

Duration: 30:19

Show ref: SCOM1215

OmniOutliner from the Omni Group is widely regarded as the premier outlining tool on both macOS and iPadOS/iOS. It is both easy to use but also offers advanced features for those who need a bit more power and flexibility. In this second video of a two-part series, Lee shows you how to style your documents to make them both easy to read and impressive to view. You also learn how to save a custom template to use as a starting point for future outlining documents, as well as OmniOutliner's flexible printing options.

OmniOutliner - Pt 1

Date : 2nd December 2022

Duration: 34:19

Show ref: SCOM1209

The Omni Group's OmniOutliner is widely regarded as the premier outlining tool on both macOS, iPadOS and iOS. Currently on version 5, it is popular due to its impressive ability to be both easy to use, yet complex enough for those who need to get that bit more power and flexibility. In this first video in his two-part series, Lee covers the pricing model and compares the two versions of the application. Using the Mac, he then runs through building your first outline from an existing template, explains rows and columns and their many parameters, as well as how to use to toolbar effectively and search for content across your outline.