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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.

Shortcuts Gallery

Date : 26th April 2024

Duration: 33:18

Show ref: SCOM1355

If you are looking to get into automating actions on your Apple device, Shortcuts is a wonderful Apple utility. However, many people are deterred by the learning curve that comes with it. That doesn't have to be the case though: the Shortcuts Gallery has a large number of ready-made shortcuts for you to download and use right away.

In this video, Lee briefly runs through the components of a shortcut before entering the Gallery and showing you how to search, download and run some useful, real-world examples. You experience shortcuts that can adjust the volume to specific levels on your Mac, send emails to yourself, organise your app windows, and more.

If you are unsure about Shortcuts and want to know more without being overwhelmed with configuring them, this is the video for you.

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.

Calendar on Mac

Date : 19th April 2024

Duration: 40:26

Show ref: SCOM1353

Continuing our focus on the apps we get as part of our operating systems, this week we are looking at Calendar on the Mac. There is no shortage of third-party calendar applications to tempt us, and it's true that many of them are compelling and offer unique power user features along with beautiful, modern interfaces. However if you need an application that is reliable, connects with a large number of calendar providers, and interacts with other built-in applications like Mail and Contacts, then you need only look at Apple's Calendar app.

In this video, you learn about all of the main features with Lee as your guide, from the basics of event entry and management, all the way to configuring time-to-leave alerts as well as printing full-size planners.

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.

Tip - Using Siri and Shortcuts with Notes

Date : 9th April 2024

Duration: 08:15

Show ref: SCOM1350

This short video complements shows 1341 and 1343, Lee's deep dive into Apple Notes. There are a few commands you can use with Siri to create, find, and read your notes, and Lee shows you how this is done here. There is also one feature that has been unavailable since iOS 16 and that's the ability to append to a note. There is a simple workaround using Shortcuts however, and you learn about it in this video.

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.

Superlist

Date : 22nd March 2024

Duration: 34:13

Show ref: SCOM1345

Those of you who liked Wunderlist back in the day are going to be happy, because the developer is back with a lovely application called Superlist. As you would expect, there is a lot of attention to detail and one of the features that elevates Superlist above competitors is its flexibility. Whilst there is a Pro tier available, everything you see in this video is free; Superlist provides one of the most generous free tiers out there. After setting up an account, Lee shows you how to create and customise lists, create tasks, share and collaborate with others, and much more.

Tip - Clear Lists

Date : 19th March 2024

Duration: 08:02

Show ref: SCOM1344

After a multi-year hiatus, Clear Lists is back with a surprising new update to version 2.  It is now completely free to use, and in this short video, Mike walks you through one of his all-time favorite iOS apps.  You learn what's new, including sharing lists via screenshots, and discover the flexible interactive widgets.

Deep Dive on Apple Notes - Pt 2

Date : 15th March 2024

Duration: 41:23

Show ref: SCOM1343

In episode 1341, Lee released the first part of his deep dive into Apple Notes, covering how to create notes, format them, create links and work with attachments.  In this second instalment, he focuses on organising your notes using folders, tags and Smart Folders. Lee also covers collaborating with others and exporting your notes for use with other applications.

Tip - Arc Search for iOS

Date : 12th March 2024

Duration: 10:33

Show ref: SCOM1342

Arc Search for iOS is the latest app from The Browser Company, the developers behind Arc. Arc Search has been developed as a new way of searching the Internet from your mobile device, including the innovative "Browse for Me" feature. Join Don as he explores this fresh take on finding information on the web.

Deep Dive on Apple Notes - Pt 1

Date : 8th March 2024

Duration: 37:56

Show ref: SCOM1341

Some of the stock applications on our Apple devices can be overlooked when the latest, greatest third-party application releases a new update, or a trendy new app gets launched. Apple's own Notes app is an example of one such application that deserves to be covered more, as it's a solid option for a large majority of users who need a place to store short notes, long-form text, attachments, and more.

In this first video in a two-part series, Lee shows you how to add different accounts to your Notes application, create and format notes and work with attachments. You also learn how to create links between your notes.

Arc Browser Updates

Date : 16th February 2024

Duration: 32:17

Show ref: SCOM1335

Since covering the Arc browser back in June and July of 2023, it has become Don's primary browser on the Mac and he has not looked back. With a relentless update cycle, The Browser Company has continued updating and refining Arc, adding in features and services.

In this update show, Don does a quick review of the basics of Arc, and then guides you through several of the new features that make this browser unique, with real world examples along the way.

Tip - Planning a Vacation with Citymapper

Date : 13th February 2024

Duration: 11:53

Show ref: SCOM1334

In show 1332, Lee introduced you to Citymapper, a great iOS application and web service that allows you to find the most efficient ways to travel between two locations. In this follow-up tip video, Lee takes it a step further and shows you how to use it to effectively plan a vacation, by saving routes and points of interest as well as looking at maps and timetables for destinations that you may not be familiar with.

Tip - Citymapper

Date : 6th February 2024

Duration: 12:03

Show ref: SCOM1332

Whilst preparing for the family vacation, Lee discovered Citymapper, a web service with an easy-to-use iPhone app that made the planning of this break a breeze. Using Citymapper, Lee was able to map all of the points of interests that the family wanted to cover, look at the most cost-efficient ways of travelling between them and make the most of his time there.

In this video, you see how to find the city you want to visit, add favourite places, look at different modes of transportation, as well as identify the best routes for you.

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.

Apple's Journal

Date : 26th January 2024

Duration: 28:27

Show ref: SCOM1329

With the release of iOS 17.2, Apple joins the journaling space with their own app, Journal. It does a lot of things well, including making it easy to reflect on significant events that have happened recently, and the ability to add entries in a variety of ways. It also offers a Journaling Suggestions API, that other apps can use to enhance their own journaling experiences.In this video, Mike walks through the basic types of info and media that you can use for journal entries, and explains how to send things to the Journal app using the Share Sheet. He also shows you how the Journaling Suggestions API works in the popular app Day One.

Tip - Zinnia

Date : 16th January 2024

Duration: 09:58

Show ref: SCOM1326

Creativity can be the most enjoyable aspect of a physical planner. This can be restricted with other apps that focus on the more logical elements of a journal such as calendar events, reminders and notes. Zinnia brings these two worlds together, giving users an infinite amount of creativity in a journal that serves an organisational purpose.

In this short video, Darcy shares his findings as he takes you on a tour of Zinnia on iPad to show you how it approaches planning and journaling, complete with decorative elements to make your journal personal.

Using Focus Modes

Date : 12th January 2024

Duration: 28:56

Show ref: SCOM1325

Focus Modes have been a part of our Apple devices since 2021, yet find a little resistance among the more casual user. They can look a little complex to set up and as a result many people simply don't use them. In this video, Lee explains what Focus Modes are and how to set them up on both iOS and the Mac. You learn how to configure notifications for both people and applications, set up automatic schedules as well as Focus filters. Lee also offers some inspiration by sharing a few of his custom Focus Modes, that you use as a starting point for your own.

Photos on iPad

Date : 29th December 2023

Duration: 30:03

Show ref: SCOM1321

The Photos app on iPad can easily be overlooked. Many people think of their phone for easily viewing their camera roll, and turn to the Mac when editing the sharing their images. Photos on iPad offers a nice middle ground on the larger display this mobile device offers. In this episode, Darcy takes you on a full tour of the app and showcases its many features, including For You, Photos' full editing capabilities and organization features, and much more.