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Keynote - What's New

Date: 7th December 2021

Duration: 11:18

Show ref: SCOM1106

Apple continues to improve and add new features to the iWork trio of applications. In this short video, Don takes you through adding live video sources to your Keynote presentation so your viewers can see you as well as your iOS or iPadOS device, if you so choose.

Don also demonstrates the multi-user presentation feature using two Macs, showing you how two people can collaborate and share responsibilities while doing a presentation.

Firefox & DuckDuckGo

Date: 3rd December 2021

Duration: 34:53

Show ref: SCOM1105

In the last of Lee's series based on browsing the internet on macOS, he touches on one browser and one search engine that pride themselves on their levels of privacy and security.

Firefox, by Mozilla, is a great option for those who crave security but also need to work on different platforms. DuckDuckGo is an excellent choice for those who simply don't want to be tracked by third parties when browsing. It can be used as a full-featured search engine and as an extension for Safari. Lee shows you both in today's episode.

Service Station

Date: 30th November 2021

Duration: 12:14

Show ref: SCOM1104

Service Station is a Finder extension that can show you relevant apps inside the contextual menu's Quick Action area. What you see there is dependent on the file(s) you select. With Don as your guide, you learn the basics of the app, and then start creating custom rules using an interface that will be familiar to Hazel users out there.

Cardhop on the Mac

Date: 26th November 2021

Duration: 34:10

Show ref: SCOM1103

Creating and organizing your contacts is a very important piece of the productivity puzzle. Apple's Contacts does a fairly good job with this, but what if you want to do more?

In this episode, Todd takes a look at Cardhop for the Mac. This excellent app from Flexibits has a number of features that make it a joy to use. It supports natural language parsing and incorporates many useful tools to help you take control of your contacts.

Pivot Tables in Numbers

Date: 19th November 2021

Duration: 33:02

Show ref: SCOM1101

You may think pivot tables are for spreadsheet nerds, and there's some truth to that. Allison's goal, however, is to show you how enjoyable and useful they can be.

Now that Apple has finally brought pivot tables to Numbers, we can create them on our Macs, iPads, and even iPhones. Faced with a pile of data, pivot tables can help you can turn that mess into actionable information.

Allison uses data she's collected about solar energy generation and power consumption to demonstrate how to take a long spreadsheet and turn it into a simple 4x4 pivot table that answers the question, "Am I generating more power than I'm consuming?"

Google Chrome In Depth

Date: 5th November 2021

Duration: 40:34

Show ref: SCOM1097

Whilst Safari is the default web browser for many of us on macOS, Google Chrome has worked hard recently to shake off its reputation for taking up lots of machine resources. With a heavy feature set and ever-growing list of extensions available, it can be a great default browser.

Lee goes into Chrome in-depth in this video, looking at the basics of installing and setting up individual profiles, putting its many useful features to good use, all the way through to configuring your own security and privacy settings to make your browsing experience as comfortable as possible.

Tip - PhotoSync

Date: 26th October 2021

Duration: 13:13

Show ref: SCOM1094

This week Don revisits PhotoSync, an old faithful and still his go-to app for transferring images and videos between multiple devices and destinations.

Instead of relying on slow clunky iCloud sync to transfer media from your iPhone to your Mac, PhotoSync does it in a split second. You can also set up different types of triggers to automatically back up new photos and videos from your iPhone to multiple locations, and Don shows you real-world examples in this screencast.

Joplin

Date: 8th October 2021

Duration: 41:15

Show ref: SCOM1089

Joplin is a free open source note-taking app that works on all major platforms. It has a very active lead developer and community supporters, and provides a clean and functional interface that is a joy to use.

In this week's episode, Allison shares her passion for Joplin and takes you on a tour of its features to get you started on an app that may very well be a perfect fit for your needs.

Tip - Universal Actions in Alfred 4.5

Date: 24th September 2021

Duration: 09:10

Show ref: SCOM1085

Alfred is one of the most popular launcher utilities on macOS and in version 4.5, a new feature was released that takes it to yet another level. Universal Actions allow Powerpack users to take text, URLs and files and carry out actions on them directly from a hotkey.

In this special Friday tip video, Lee shows you the basics of how to configure Universal Actions as well as how to use the built-in sample workflow.

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.