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Tip - Morpho Converter

Date : 28th October 2022

Duration: 12:19

Show ref: SCOM1199

In this video, Lee takes a look at a really useful multi-platform unit conversion application, Morpho Converter. Using the iPhone as his device of choice, he shows you how to perform simple conversions and configure the home screen with quick access conversions of your choice. You also learn about accessing country-specific units and currency information to help with your travels, and much more.

Home App (New Look)

Date : 14th October 2022

Duration: 26:58

Show ref: SCOM1195

Once upon a time, having a smart home was something people only dreamed about. Having the option to have devices run on their own or be fully customizable in your house is the perfect blend of real life and tech. This week, Todd shows you Apple's Home app's new look. He walks you through basics of the application from initial setup to adding devices, and goes over some of the control and automation features that take your smart home experience to the next level.

Tip - HomeCam for HomeKit

Date : 11th October 2022

Duration: 09:47

Show ref: SCOM1194

In this tip you learn about another app that assists you in making your smart home and HomeKit experience a lot smoother, and that's HomeCam for HomeKit, by indie developer Aaron Pearce. It focuses squarely on your Wi-Fi cameras and allows you to monitor them as a group, as well as control other HomeKit-compatible accessories alongside your camera. HomeCam adds some unique features and functionality as well, which Todd covers in this video.

Tip - Shazam

Date : 6th September 2022

Duration: 10:36

Show ref: SCOM1184

As a music lover, there are lots of apps that Lee has recommended here at SCO to help you build your music library. However the most used app has gone uncovered—until now. Shazam allows you to identify the title and artist of a song that is currently playing. More than this, it can automatically add this track to a playlist in either Apple Music or Spotify, as well as view similar music, track concert information for artists, and more.

Synology Update

Date : 2nd September 2022

Duration: 30:39

Show ref: SCOM1183

After using his original Synology NAS for about 5 years, Don decided to upgrade it to a newer model when his unit started exhibiting some performance issues. There have been a lot of changes and improvements since we first covered Synology hardware back in 2017, so in this episode Don takes a fresh look at features that are part of the operating system. After going over the basics, you discover options like setting up Time Machine backups, as well as setting up Synology Drive on both Mac and iPad.

Tip - ReelTime

Date : 23rd August 2022

Duration: 13:50

Show ref: SCOM1180

As a productivity coach, Lee has always been mindful of the fact that downtime is as important as uptime. He loves applications that allow him to make the most of this. Reeltime is a movie and TV show tracker that keeps a log of everything you have watched, informs you of upcoming releases, and helps you discover content from your favourite stars. In this video, Lee show you how to set up the app on iPhone, sync it with a Trakt account, and maintain lists of your preferred media titles.

Tip - Tripsy

Date : 9th August 2022

Duration: 11:20

Show ref: SCOM1176

This week Darcy showcases an app that can assist you in visualising and organising you holidays on your device. With Tripsy you can enter all information related to your trip such as flights, accommodation and locations, into a single event which you can then view on an interactive map. Darcy demonstrates how to collect information from emails as well as import travel documents. You also learn about calendar sync and templates.

Tip - PictureThis

Date : 2nd August 2022

Duration: 13:35

Show ref: SCOM1174

In a departure from the type of app he usually covers, Lee looks at a practical application to help with the maintenance of his garden. PictureThis can help any gardener, from beginner to expert, care for their plants and greenery. In this short screencast, you look at how PictureThis is able to identify plant types using the iPhone camera and create care plans for them. You also learn how to set reminders for watering and fertilising, and take a look at the vast amount of resources available in the app.

Numbers - Pt 2

Date : 22nd July 2022

Duration: 31:39

Show ref: SCOM1171

In the second video in this three-part series on Numbers for Mac, Lee focuses on organising the data contained in your various tables. When working on particularly complex spreadsheets, with many rows of data, finding the information you need can be tricky. In this video, you learn how to sort, filter and categorise your information so that you only see what is relevant. Lee also walks you through conditional formatting down to an individual cell and demonstrates how it can help you visually.

Tip - HomePass for HomeKit

Date : 19th July 2022

Duration: 11:26

Show ref: SCOM1170

Today's HomeKit-driven smart home invariably includes many devices of various types, each with their unique code, serial number, and related information. This is normally not something you need unless one device stops working as expected and needs to be reset. Aaron Pearce's HomePass for HomeKit utility comes to the rescue by storing all the information you need for your devices and making it easily accessible. In this tip show, Todd walks through the process of adding your smart accessories to the app in two ways, and shows you how to properly organize and back up your database.

Matter Reader

Date : 1st July 2022

Duration: 34:34

Show ref: SCOM1165

Matter is a relative newcomer to the Read-it-Later app space. Using either an iOS share extension or a Safari extension on your Mac, this free service allows you to collect articles, newsletters, Twitter feeds and PDFs all in a single place, and syncs across all of your devices. It is also accessible via a fully-featured web app. Optimised for organising, reading, and discovering new authors and sites, you'll wonder how you lived without it! Don takes you through the many features of this excellent service on iPad, and gives you a peek at the web app as well.

Tip - MusicBox

Date : 21st June 2022

Duration: 16:25

Show ref: SCOM1162

Sometimes an app comes around that you didn't know you needed. With a proven pedigree in app development around media, thanks to releases like MusicHarbor and Play, Marcos Tanaka gives us MusicBox, a music application based on the premise of a Read-it-Later service. In this video, Lee shows you how to add music into MusicBox from a variety of sources, organise it with tags both manually and automatically, as well as create Smart Searches.

Tweetbot for Mac

Date : 3rd June 2022

Duration: 32:29

Show ref: SCOM1157

There are a number of Twitter clients available these days, and one of our favorites is Tweetbot from Tapbots. In this screencast Todd shows you many of the features of Tweetbot 3 for the Mac, including Lists, Columns, and Search, and he shows you how to connect multiple Twitter accounts right within the app.

Tip - Jacquie Lawson Ecards

Date : 31st May 2022

Duration: 10:42

Show ref: SCOM1156

In this screencast, Judy introduces you to Jacquie Lawson and her online greeting card service. Each one of Jacquie's cards is a work of art that combines painting, animation, and music. Using the Jacquie Lawson Ecards app on iPad, Judy shows you how to create and send a card, and shares her favorite one, along with a bonus iPad tip.

1Password 8 for Mac - Pt 2

Date : 27th May 2022

Duration: 33:35

Show ref: SCOM1155

In this second 1Password 8 for Mac screencast, Don dives deeper into the new features that make this software the ultimate password manager, including Watchtower and Collections. You also learn about 1Password Families and how to share logins and other information using additional vaults.

Tip - Automating Focus Modes

Date : 12th April 2022

Duration: 10:29

Show ref: SCOM1142

In this tip video, you learn how activating a Focus mode can automate the changing of your Apple Watch face, and how a Personal Automation in Shortcuts can trigger a Focus mode. Rose guides you through these two real-world examples that will surely inspire you to create your own with Focus mode as their main ingredient.

Tip - Albums for iOS

Date : 15th March 2022

Duration: 15:13

Show ref: SCOM1134

Apple Music has become a very popular subscription option for streaming music. The native Music app, however, still leaves a lot to be desired, especially for those of us who favour listening to albums from front to back, in the original order. Albums, by Adam Linder, is an excellent option that can help with this. It allows you to easily find music in your library, create playlists from collections of albums that can be filtered, and provide useful stats on your listening history.

Mela - Recipe Manager

Date : 4th February 2022

Duration: 33:43

Show ref: SCOM1123

A good recipe management application can be a thing of beauty because it opens a gateway to a world of taste and pleasure. One of the best out there is Mela, by Silvio Rizzi, the developer of the popular RSS app Reeder. Mela solves one of the key problems with many recipe applications out there: getting recipes into the app. It's an easy process with a variety of methods available, all of which you learn about, along with its many useful food preparing features.

Tip - Digital Legacy Contacts

Date : 11th January 2022

Duration: 08:53

Show ref: SCOM1116

We typically focus on protecting our digital assets whilst we are alive, but not much thought or planning goes into what happens to them when we die.

Kudos to Apple for introducing Digital Legacy Contacts with iOS 15.2. This is a mechanism built into iCloud to allow nominated individuals to have access to some of your iCloud data when you pass. Don shows you how to set it up in this video.

Chronicle

Date : 17th December 2021

Duration: 35:45

Show ref: SCOM1109

Chronicle is a lightweight bill tracking option that can help you with your finances on Mac, iPhone and iPad. Available both as a stand-alone application and through the Setapp service, it offers a beautiful and practical solution to an otherwise mundane undertaking.

After an initial look at the two ways to acquire the app, Lee shows you how you how to set up your bills and income streams, log payments, view reports, synchronise between devices, and a lot more.