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UniFi Express

Date : 7th June 2024

Duration: 36:53

Show ref: SCOM1367

Following on from years of frustration with an unreliable and outdated home Wi-Fi network, Don has upgraded to a new UniFi powered system using a number of inexpensive UniFi Express access points. More commonly used in large scale, professional network setups, UniFi have introduced a low-cost yet powerful device which is an all in one cloud gateway, firewall and Wi-Fi access point.

Supporting up to 4 additional devices, the UnFi Express is a superb way to provide and extend your WiFi network at home or in a small office. Join Don as he sets up a new UniFi system and shows you many of its features and benefits along the way.

Flighty

Date : 31st May 2024

Duration: 24:38

Show ref: SCOM1365

When it comes to air travel, it’s important to stay informed about your flights and related information as you make your way to your destination. Flighty brings together various sources of information into one place, significantly simplifying the flight experience. Forward your booking email straight into the app to get started, save your seating information and receive live updates about changes and delays along your journey. There are many more features in this app, so join Darcy as your guide and discover the many benefits to having Flighty take care of managing your air travel.

Tip - Keyboard Maestro and App Management

Date : 21st May 2024

Duration: 08:18

Show ref: SCOM1362

In episode 1361, Lee demonstrated some of his project management workflows, allowing you to peek behind the scenes and offer some inspiration for those who struggle to keep their notes organised.

In this short follow-up, you learn about an additional workflow that improves your efficiency when communicating with a colleague or member of your team. This Keyboard Maestro Macro allows you to open your note-taking application and task manager at the same time, with a list of tasks you've assigned to them. As an added bonus, Lee shows you how to assign this to a Stream Deck device.

How Lee Manages Projects

Date : 17th May 2024

Duration: 39:16

Show ref: SCOM1361

When Lee appeared as a special guest on the Mac Power Users podcast, he talked about his Project Management workflows and how he uses his Mac to keep all the plates spinning.  In this video, Lee builds on that to help visualise the process.  You see how he is able to set up processes and systems for management using tools like OmniFocus, Obisidian, DEVONthink and Anybox, along with a few other utilities.  You also get a high-level overview of how he leverages MindNode, OmniOutliner and OmniPlan to plan a project effectively from start to finish.It's very much a high-level peek into some processes that you may find useful in your own work and projects.

Keynote on Mac

Date : 3rd May 2024

Duration: 30:42

Show ref: SCOM1357

Keynote like many of the stock Apple applications just keeps getting better over time.  With a significant amount of new features launching since our last video, we thought it was time to take a fresh look at the Mac version.  Join Darcy as he walks you through the basics of creating a presentation in Keynote, as well as some recently added enhancements to the app.

Tip - Using FaceTime

Date : 30th April 2024

Duration: 11:54

Show ref: SCOM1356

FaceTime has had a number of incremental updates over the years, with new features being added that can easily slip under the radar. In this video, Lee walks you through how to send FaceTime links to non-Apple users, leave video voicemails, and pep up your calls with Reactions.

Tip - Passkeys Explained

Date : 23rd April 2024

Duration: 09:49

Show ref: SCOM1354

Many websites and services are now offering passkeys instead of the more traditional username and password combination as a way to authenticate and log in to their site. Passkeys offer many benefits including higher security and faster login. The best thing is you don't have to remember anything. Passkeys are unique and stored on your local device for instant login and authentication.

In this episode, Don explains what passkeys are, and follows up with a demonstration using 1Password as a passkey manager. You also learn how Apple has integrated passkeys when you log in to your Apple ID on recent iOS and macOS versions.

Tip - Simple Scan

Date : 2nd April 2024

Duration: 13:21

Show ref: SCOM1348

The developer of Drafts has released an application that solves one of Lee's challenges: scanning on the go. Whilst there is no shortage of scanning apps in the App Store, they tend to be either too expensive, or strewn with ads making it difficult to just pick up your phone, scan, and move on. Simple Scan is different because it's inexpensive and allows you to lightly configure it make sure you can quickly scan documents and carry on with your day. Lee walks you through the current feature set in this video.

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!