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Any.do

Date: 10th September 2021

Duration: 32:24

Show ref: SCOM1081

Task managers seem to be everywhere within the App Store at the moment so whenever one hits the market, it's important for it to have some form of hook that separates it from the competition. Any.do shares many features with its rivals, such as cross-platform access, integration with cloud-based automation tools, as well as a tiered subscription level.

However, it offers a nuanced view on focusing, scheduling your day and setting up grocery lists on mobile that is slightly more unique. This week Lee helps you discover Any.do and its many features on iPad and iPhone.

Tip - Templates in Fantastical

Date: 7th September 2021

Duration: 09:27

Show ref: SCOM1080

Creating repeating events in calendar applications can save a lot of time, however what about those events that don't follow a regular schedule, yet are similar in configuration? Creating these again and again can be tiresome.

With Fantastical, there is no need for this as it allows you to create both event and task templates. Lee shows you how to do this on both Mac and iOS in this week's tip.

Ulysses Updates

Date: 3rd September 2021

Duration: 39:25

Show ref: SCOM1079

Ulysses has just reached version 23 so we thought it would be a good idea to spend time looking back at some of the major iterations and feature releases that this excellent writing application has undergone in the last five years. (Hint: there are a ton and it's easy to miss some!)

In this roll-up video, Lee shows you the basics of Ulysses before diving in into features like Split Editor, Revision Mode, Grammar and Spell Checking, Filters, and more, on macOS, iOS and iPadOS.

Digitising Photos

Date: 20th August 2021

Duration: 32:24

Show ref: SCOM1075

Faced with the gargantuan task of digitising thousands of photos, Don decided to make this project-based tutorial to assist if you are ever faced with such a task. The secret is the speed and quality of scanning along with capable automation tools to make the whole process easier.

In this screencast, Don takes you on a tour of his chosen method along with the tools he uses along the way, from scanning his images all the way to a final import into Photos.

Tip - More Useful Zoom Tricks

Date: 17th August 2021

Duration: 08:05

Show ref: SCOM1074

This week, Tim is back with three more Zoom tips that can take your experience further, especially when you are the host. You learn about the vanishing pen, how to use the live transcripts feature, then take a closer look at statistics and what they can tell you.

Tip - Keystroke Pro

Date: 10th August 2021

Duration: 09:15

Show ref: SCOM1072

If you need to visualise the keystrokes you press, whether recording videos or screen sharing, a utility that is dedicated to this function may be needed. Whenever macOS is updated however, screen recording applications that have this functionality built-in can be unreliable.

Keystroke Pro is a great utility that not only presents your keystrokes on screen as you type, but allows you to configure the size, type, colour and position on the screen. Lee is your guide on the Keystroke Pro tour in this week's tip.

Maintaining Focus

Date: 6th August 2021

Duration: 31:22

Show ref: SCOM1071

In this video, Lee takes a shift from the normal approach to our full videos and looks at a number of utilities that share a common theme: focus. These apps, included as part of the Setapp subscription, will help you achieve this.

Serenity will help reduce the number of notifications you hear, PliimPRO cleans your desktop and environment ready for giving presentations and screen sharing, NoNotify will let the applications control your Do Not Disturb settings, Time Out forces you to take regular breaks and finally, Be Focused allows you to work in focused blocks of time.

Tip - Useful Zoom Tricks

Date: 3rd August 2021

Duration: 07:28

Show ref: SCOM1070

Videoconferencing has seen a big surge in the last couple of years and has become an integral part of how many of us get work done and interact with the world around us.

Tim Stringer has been a Zoom power user for a long time, and in this week's tip show, he shares 3 ways you can get more out of your Zoom sessions.

Slack for Mac Update

Date: 30th July 2021

Duration: 19:38

Show ref: SCOM1069

For many of us working from home, Slack is a tool that we use to collaborate with teams and is also popular with software companies that want to connect their users so they can provide feedback and interact with each other.

This week, Rosemary shows you some tips, tricks, and plenty of keyboard shortcuts to help you use Slack more efficiently on the Mac.

Tip - Paletro

Date: 27th July 2021

Duration: 08:28

Show ref: SCOM1068

Remembering and accessing the available menu bar commands on your Mac can be a little daunting, especially for apps that you don't use as often. Paletro is a clever utility that can help you make sense of this. Lee introduces you to the app and shows you its many useful options so you can navigate your app's menus more efficiently with Paletro as your assistant.

OmniGraffle for Mac Pt. 2

Date: 23rd July 2021

Duration: 32:30

Show ref: SCOM1067

In the second part of this series, Lee continues his walkthrough of OmniGraffle on the Mac. Where the first video looked at the basics of the interface and populating the canvas with objects, Part 2 introduces topics like Object Stacks, Layers, using Stencils, as well as exporting your finished product.

OmniGraffle for Mac Pt. 1

Date: 16th July 2021

Duration: 39:30

Show ref: SCOM1065

OmniGraffle is a diagramming and visualizing application from the Omni Group that is used by web designers, architects and project managers the world over. It's a feature-rich application with a fairly steep learning curve.

In the first of this two-part series, Lee breaks down the interface into four distinct sections to make it easier to understand. You also learn about objects, how to get them on the canvas, and how to format them so they look just right.

Fission for Mac

Date: 2nd July 2021

Duration: 30:56

Show ref: SCOM1061

Fission is an audio editor that is equally at ease with lossless and lossy (compressed) audio file formats. It is designed with speed and ease of use in mind for editing audio, and provides useful tools like trim, split and the combining of audio files into one. Fission can also handle specialized file formats such as iPhone ringtones, chapterized AAC files, and offers direct publishing to SoundCloud.

In this screencast, you get a complete tour of this nifty utility with Allison as your guide.

Tip - Paste for macOS and iOS

Date: 29th June 2021

Duration: 12:09

Show ref: SCOM1060

Available as an in-app purchase from the App Store or as part of your Setapp subscription, Paste allows you to copy, organize and paste all sorts of information across all of your devices.

In this screencast, Don takes you through the core functionality of Paste on both macOS and iOS and shows you how to use the app using real world examples.

Amplenote Pt. 2

Date: 25th June 2021

Duration: 32:12

Show ref: SCOM1059

In part one of this two-part series on Amplenote, you learned how to capture information and create notes from a variety of sources.

In part two, Lee continues down the Idea Execution Funnel, and guides you through the creation of tasks, setting up your own Inbox, and using Amplenote to prioritise what you need to be doing next. You also learn about connecting this information to your calendar.

Amplenote Pt. 1

Date: 18th June 2021

Duration: 33:26

Show ref: SCOM1057

Note-taking applications are everywhere at the moment so as new ones enter the market, they need to do something different. Using the Idea Execution Funnel concept, Amplenote lets you capture information, process it, prioritize it, and finally schedule it.

In the first of a two-part series, Lee shows you how to capture information on macOS and iOS, use Amplecap to capture information from the web, create and collaborate on notes, as well as encrypt and email content directly to Amplenote.

Tip - Hook 3.1 Update

Date: 15th June 2021

Duration: 09:52

Show ref: SCOM1056

In this video, Lee walks through some of the new features with Hook on macOS. First covered in May 2019 as a beta application, Hook continues to improve and with the release of version 3.1, has innovated and continues to add more features to its already impressive arsenal.

Lee reviews why Hook is so useful, as well as looks at some of the new applications that have compatibility and new features such as Deep PDF Linking.

Pixelmator Pro Update

Date: 11th June 2021

Duration: 36:04

Show ref: SCOM1055

Pixelmator has been around as a photo editor on the Mac for quite some time. With the addition of Pixelmator Pro, the developers took a leap forward in making an advanced application that, for many people, can be a Photoshop replacement.

Todd last covered Pixelmator Pro in 2018. Since then there have been a number of important updates that he thought were important to go over. In this screencast, he shows you the new features including the improved machine learning adjustments like auto-enhancing, denoise, matching colors, and more. You also learn about the many export options Pixelmator offers, and much more.

Microsoft Excel Tips

Date: 21st May 2021

Duration: 31:31

Show ref: SCOM1049

Continuing the theme of looking at the Office 365 suite of applications in more detail, Lee takes you through some tips and tricks that he has picked up whilst trying to master Excel.

Whilst lots of people know the basic functionality the app provides, some of the more complex functions can be overwhelming. In this screencast, Lee covers Pivot Tables, and Data Validation, as well as other useful tips that will make your life in Excel Land more joyful.

Moom

Date: 14th May 2021

Duration: 28:00

Show ref: SCOM1047

Although macOS has some basic built-in window management options, many users can benefit from something more flexible that fits a little more snugly with their day-to-day tasks on the Mac.

Moom is a utility that brings forth many useful additions to window management on the Mac. With Rosemary as your guide, you learn the many ways you can put Moom to good use.