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macOS Monterey Preview - Pt 2

Date: 15th October 2021

Duration: 33:00

Show ref: SCOM1091

In this second preview video, Don explores another set of new features to be released as part of macOS Monterey. These include photo collections in Messages, Shortcuts for Mac, the greatly-improved Maps, as well as a new built-in password manager.

macOS Monterey Preview - Pt 1

Date: 1st October 2021

Duration: 32:17

Show ref: SCOM1087

In this first pre-release look at macOS Monterey, Don explores some of the new features, including Live Text, Quick Note, and Focus.

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.

System Preferences - Hidden Gems

Date: 27th August 2021

Duration: 33:09

Show ref: SCOM1077

You're probably very familiar with System Preferences if you've been using macOS for any length of time. Over the years, however, Apple has added more and more functionality and options into the various Preference Panes so it's hard to know every trick buried within.

This screencast is not a methodical walk-through of every available feature. Instead, Allison cherry-picks some of the more interesting and buried options that you may not know about.

Preview In Depth

Date: 9th July 2021

Duration: 34:25

Show ref: SCOM1063

Preview is a long-standing core application on macOS that is frequently overlooked in favor of more feature-rich, often costly programs. It is a great utility for viewing and annotating both PDF files and images alike.

In this video, Lee shows you the basics of Preview and highlights little-known annotation functions, such as Mask and Loupe effects.

Tip - Speed reading on macOS

Date: 1st June 2021

Duration: 07:19

Show ref: SCOM1052

In this tip video, Lee shows you a feature that's been a part of macOS for years, yet switched off by default and largely unnoticed. The Summarize feature allows you to select a portion of text and condense it into a more manageable format for reading, providing you with as much key information as possible.

Lee also demonstrates how you can use BetterTouchTool to invoke Summarize on a web page with a custom Trackpad gesture.

Reminders - Deep Dive

Date: 28th May 2021

Duration: 29:47

Show ref: SCOM1051

On the face of it, Apple Reminders is a simple application. So simple in fact that you may have overlooked just how powerful it is. Combined with Siri, it can be extremely flexible and is available on every device. Reminders is not just for setting up things you want to be reminded about; you can use it for so much more.

In this episode Don covers most of the features of Reminders on both macOS and iOS, some of which may even surprise you.

Tip - Apple Contacts Tips and Tricks

Date: 4th May 2021

Duration: 08:20

Show ref: SCOM1044

The standard Contacts app has some hidden gems of functionality that need to be exposed. In this tip video, Don explores some of these and demonstrates some useful but not obvious features of Contacts.

Homebridge

Date: 9th April 2021

Duration: 27:54

Show ref: SCOM1037

The number of home automation devices being released with HomeKit support is increasing but there are still lots of them that don't work natively with Apple's automation protocol. Help is at hand with Homebridge, a free open-source application that allows you to add non-supported devices to HomeKit.

This week, Don takes you through the installation and configuration of Homebridge on a Mac. He also reviews his home setup and shows you how Siri can control non-HomeKit devices.

Tip - Apple Notes and Productivity

Date: 30th March 2021

Duration: 08:47

Show ref: SCOM1034

In this second tip video covering some of the handy features of Apple Notes on the Mac, Don looks at using the various views and the Attachments Browser. You also get a few tips on organising and identifying important notes using custom images.

Tip - Time Machine Local Snapshots

Date: 9th March 2021

Duration: 08:06

Show ref: SCOM1028

In this tip, Rosemary shows you the Time Machine local snapshots feature, and how it can be used to retrieve a file you might have deleted by mistake, even if your backup drive isn't plugged in.

Tip - Apple Notes - Pt1

Date: 2nd March 2021

Duration: 09:08

Show ref: SCOM1026

Apple Notes is a very capable app and as it's available on Mac as well as iOS, it can be the go-to app for your note-taking needs, and more.

This week, Don takes you through organising your notes, using emojis to make folders more identifiable, and creating a makeshift tagging system.

Dictation and Voice Control in Big Sur

Date: 12th February 2021

Duration: 24:49

Show ref: SCOM1021

With the advent of Voice Control in macOS Catalina and its further refinement in Big Sur, it's now possible to not only use hands-free dictation but also fully edit and format your text. In this episode, Don takes you through using basic keyboard dictation commands before pulling the curtain on the full power of Voice Control.

Tip - System Preferences in Big Sur

Date: 26th January 2021

Duration: 12:34

Show ref: SCOM1016

In this tip Don covers some of the changes to System Preferences in Big Sur as well as some useful new features around Family Sharing and Apple ID.

Tip - Maps in Big Sur

Date: 19th January 2021

Duration: 08:51

Show ref: SCOM1014

In this tip, Rosemary is your guide on a tour of the refreshed Maps interface in Big Sur where you learn about bike directions, editor's guides, and the Look Around feature.

Tip - Calendar and Contacts in Big Sur

Date: 5th January 2021

Duration: 10:53

Show ref: SCOM1010

Not a lot has changed in Calendar and Contacts in Big Sur, other than the expected visual refresh. With that in mind, Don shows you some lesser-known features from both of these core macOS applications, and adds a little Automator trick as a bonus!

Photos on Big Sur

Date: 25th December 2020

Duration: 46:49

Show ref: SCOM1007

Finding the right solution for working with your photos on the Mac can be difficult with many options available on the App Store. One of the best options already exists on every Mac: Photos.

Photos has been growing over the past few years, adding more features and options for organizing, editing, and sharing your images. Since we haven't had a look at Photos in a while, this week Todd is giving you a fresh tour of the app running in macOS 11 Big Sur.

On behalf of all of us at ScreenCastsOnline to all who celebrate it, Merry Christmas.

Tip - Apple Mail in Big Sur

Date: 22nd December 2020

Duration: 08:26

Show ref: SCOM1006

This week's tip show takes another look at Apple Mail in Big Sur and explores some of the new features and enhancements to the existing functionality of the app.

Tip - Control Center & Notifications in Big Sur

Date: 15th December 2020

Duration: 11:02

Show ref: SCOM1004

The latest version of macOS, Big Sur, brings with it an overhaul of much of the core functionality. Here, Lee takes a deeper look at how the Control Center and Notification Center have been modified to look a lot more like their iOS counterparts. You learn how to configure both areas, and how to add and remove widgets from the Notification Center.

Tip - Home App in Big Sur

Date: 8th December 2020

Duration: 09:20

Show ref: SCOM1002

In this tip, Rosemary shows you some of the changes to the Home App in Big Sur, while giving you a tour of the application using her home setup.