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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.

Tiny Mac Tips 2024

Date : 29th March 2024

Duration: 25:10

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If you're new to the Mac or even a seasoned user, it's always helpful to learn more ways to become a master of macOS. In this third series of Tiny Mac Tips, Allison gives playful and interesting examples to teach you how to add shortcuts to menu items that don't have them, how to get that elusive "Save As…" option back, close all windows with a single click, and a lot more. You're sure to learn new tips, and even remember ones you'd forgotten about!

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.

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.

Tip - All About Find My

Date : 5th March 2024

Duration: 12:13

Show ref: SCOM1340

Keeping track of your Apple devices, AirTag items, and even loved ones, is easy with Apple's Find My app. Regardless of the platform you are using, you can keep track of your devices whereabouts, notify friends and family when you are leaving or arriving at a location, mark devices as lost if you fear they won't be returned and much more. In this video, Lee gives you a tour of Find My and its features.

Tip - Making the Most of Spotlight

Date : 9th January 2024

Duration: 11:02

Show ref: SCOM1324

If you want to get to items quickly on macOS, you don't have to use a third-party launcher program such as Alfred, LaunchBar or Raycast. For years, there has been a built-in utility at your fingertips, and that's Spotlight, which has received a lot of love from Apple recently. It's more than just a way to get to your files and launch applications and in this video, Lee shows you many different use cases for it, many of which might be new to you.

Tip - Creating Custom Shortcuts on Mac

Date : 2nd January 2024

Duration: 10:35

Show ref: SCOM1322

Keyboard shortcuts are baked into almost every application on macOS, as well as the system itself. However, what happens when there is a command you frequently use that doesn't have a keyboard shortcut? Or perhaps there is a system-wide shortcut that is difficult for you to remember, and that you'd like to change.

Join Lee in this video and learn how to create additional application shortcuts, as well as change existing system ones so you can remember them more easily.

Sonoma Tips and Tricks

Date : 10th November 2023

Duration: 25:05

Show ref: SCOM1307

So many updates have come with macOS Sonoma that we’ve had to spread them out over two full shows. In this episode, Darcy showcases several improvements and new features across a variety of apps and settings. Some are quite simple, like a new icon to show Mail attachments in Finder. Others more complex like a new stand-alone Screen Sharing app with high performance mode. Apple continue their commitment to privacy with automatic URL tracker removal and for gamers, a new mode that frees up additional resources for performance.

Tip - Tab Groups in Safari

Date : 24th October 2023

Duration: 12:57

Show ref: SCOM1302

Tab Groups in Safari were first introduced with the OS updates of 2021 and have undergone some improvements in the last couple of years. Whilst we recently touched on Tab Groups in the wider context of the OS release, Lee thought it would be good to dive a little deeper on their use cases. Tab Groups are not just for power users, everyone can make good use of them!

macOS Sonoma Preview

Date : 22nd September 2023

Duration: 32:15

Show ref: SCOM1293

Don takes you through some of the new features of the latest Mac operating system from Apple. This new release, called Sonoma, focuses on performance and stability with some great new additions and enhancements to some of Apple's built-in applications. Many of these macOS features are also available on iOS and iPadOS, but in this show Don points his lens squarely at the Mac.

Tip - Quick Actions on macOS

Date : 29th August 2023

Duration: 09:02

Show ref: SCOM1286

Covering apps and utilities is great but sometimes it's nice to dive under the hood and look at something that's been with us for a while, but may not have noticed or used at all.

Quick Actions in macOS are accessed via a contextual menu within Finder and allow you to access some tools for manipulating image and movie files, as well as access Shortcuts and Automator actions. Lee shows you how to both access and customise this menu, as well as add Shortcuts actions to it, allowing you to get to your favourite tools quickly.

Curio

Date : 18th August 2023

Duration: 25:02

Show ref: SCOM1283

Previously covered in 2017 by Todd, Curio has received a lot of updates over the years. Today Darcy takes you through many of them and shows you how one of the most robust researching apps on the market has become even better. Learn more about journalling, working with PDFs in multiple spaces, tagging, using web archives in your work, syncing figures, and so much more.

Tip - Apple Music Classical

Date : 11th April 2023

Duration: 07:19

Show ref: SCOM1246

In this tip, Darcy brings you Apple's new music app, Classical, which Apple Music subscribers now have access to. This a dedicated app that focuses on how classical music is found and organised to create a better searching and listening experience. Whether you're looking for composers, conductors, or your favorite soloist or even instrument, Apple Music Classical's Browse tab makes finding (and favoriting) the exact version you want a lot easier.

Tip - Stage Manager on macOS

Date : 7th March 2023

Duration: 09:47

Show ref: SCOM1236

Introduced in macOS Ventura, Stage Manager has had mixed reactions amongst Mac users. While some love it, many can't quite grasp what it's trying to do. Don takes you through the basics of using Stage Manager on macOS and shares some useful tips on how to use it.

Shortcuts for Mac

Date : 17th February 2023

Duration: 22:06

Show ref: SCOM1231

Do you sometimes wonder if you can get more out of your Mac? In this video, Darcy takes you through the Shortcuts app, which helps you automate repetitive tasks using actions that you can connect in a myriad of ways. Learn how to easily combine PDFs, split screens, rename files, and a lot more. These examples all come from the Gallery, and are a great way to introduce you to Shortcuts without the need to dive deep into actions as you get your first glimpse of the app. Darcy wraps up by showing you how to build a simple shortcut to track a saving goal, using a third-party app's Shortcuts actions.

Mac mini Setup

Date : 10th February 2023

Duration: 30:40

Show ref: SCOM1229

As suggested in the weekly newsletter (and subsequently requested by many members) Don demonstrates in this week's show how he has set about configuring his new Mac mini and Apple Studio Display. And rather than trading in his 2017 iMac Pro, he is utilising both machines in his desktop setup and shows you how they’re connected to work together.

Tip - Quick Look on macOS

Date : 31st January 2023

Duration: 08:07

Show ref: SCOM1226

Quick Look on the Mac is a powerful tool that lets you quickly preview the contents of files without having to open them. It allows you to view documents, images, video and audio, and even plain text files, just by pressing the spacebar. Quick Look also features built-in sharing and preview options, so you can easily share files with colleagues or quickly open them in an appropriate application. With Quick Look, you can view information about the file, such as its size, location, and creation date, without having to open it in another application. Lee guides you through some of these in this short tip video.

Tip - Context Menus on macOS

Date : 24th January 2023

Duration: 14:06

Show ref: SCOM1224

Context menus are an integral part of macOS, however over time, as more applications are installed, they can become heavy and bloated with lots of different options that often need cleaning up. In this video, Lee shows you some simple tips on how to keep your context menus streamlined and relevant. He also gives you a refresher on how flexible Quick Actions, Share, and Services can be in your everyday workflow on the Mac.

Apple and Security

Date : 20th January 2023

Duration: 25:48

Show ref: SCOM1223

Darcy takes you on a deep dive of Apple's security systems in this screencast. You learn about advancements in hardware protection with Apple's custom processors, and how encryption is handled. Customisable privacy features as well as enhanced iCloud protection are also covered in this video.

Tip - Siri Tricks

Date : 17th January 2023

Duration: 07:35

Show ref: SCOM1222

We've all come to know Siri over the years, but today Darcy is focusing his lens on the lesser-known commands you can use with the automated assistant. You learn how to perform actions on calls and text, general knowledge, and your parked vehicle. Darcy thinks you might just pick up a new trick or two, as he did while preparing for this tip video.