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Tip - Customize Your Trackpad in Ventura

Date : 6th December 2022

Duration: 05:40

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In this tip, Mike walks you through the built-in Trackpad customization in macOS Ventura. From point & click to settings to several multi-finger gestures for things like Mission Control and App Exposé, there's a lot you can do to customize your Apple Magic Trackpad without relying on third-party software.

Tip - BetterTouchTool & Safari

Date : 29th November 2022

Duration: 10:28

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In this tip video, Lee uses a productivity utility on macOS to make navigating tabs in Safari a lot quicker and easier. BetterTouchTool is available through the Setapp subscription and allows you to assign shortcuts to a variety of gestures that you can activate through your Trackpad, Magic Mouse, Keyboard and more. Some of Lee's most used gestures are covered in this short video

macOS Ventura Deeper Dive

Date : 25th November 2022

Duration: 20:22

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In his first full-length SCO screencast, Darcy focuses on a few new macOS Ventura features. You learn about Continuity Camera in detail, are introduced to Passkeys, and dig deeper into System Settings (né System Preferences). This is bound to increase your knowledge of Apple's newest operating system on the Mac.

Photos in Ventura

Date : 11th November 2022

Duration: 21:36

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Alongside their recently-released new operating system, Apple has updated core applications, including Photos, where many of us manage our images across devices. In this screencast Todd walks through these updates on the Mac, which include iCloud Shared Photo Library (which got its own deep-dive coverage in a separate video), a built-in duplicates finder, and more. These additions and tweaks should go a long way to making your Photos experience a lot better.

Tip - iCloud Shared Photo Library

Date : 8th November 2022

Duration: 07:32

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One of Apple's welcome new enhancements to the Photos app is the ability to share selected photos automatically with people you choose, using the newly introduced iCloud Shared Photo Library. This goes beyond Shared Albums in the way it's designed with important differences and advantages. Darcy shows you how to set it up, then goes over the useful features of the iCloud Shared Photo Library, including setting up the Camera app for automatic sharing.

macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16

Date : 25th October 2022

Duration: 31:13

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It's time to take a look at the recently released macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16.1 operating systems from Apple. With the convergence of these two operating systems, many of the features and apps are available across all of Apple's platforms, to create an even more integrated experience. In this introductory tutorial, Don shows you the new way of multitasking on the Mac and iPad, Stage Manager, and goes over some other additions and improvements on both devices.

More Tiny Mac Tips

Date : 21st October 2022

Duration: 33:31

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Allison is back with another series of tiny Mac tips designed to help you be more productive on your Mac. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned veteran, you're bound to learn something new.

She has five blog posts (so far) describing each of the tiny Mac tips she's demonstrated. You can use the written version as a handy reference to refresh your memory: Tiny Mac Tips Part Five with Links to Parts 1-4

Tiny Mac Tips from Allison

Date : 7th October 2022

Duration: 31:34

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If you’ve been using a Mac for a very long time, it’s quite likely that you know a lot of little tricks to get macOS to do exactly what you want, the way you want it. If you're new to the platform however, you may feel as though you could be more efficient. No matter which camp you belong to, Allison shares several hidden gems that will make you more efficient while using your Mac.

Tip - Finder Hidden Extras

Date : 26th July 2022

Duration: 09:09

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Finder is, of course, the core app on the Mac to access and manage your files and folders within the OS. Although there are several third-party options out there for those who want more features and functionality, some built-in options that can improve your overall experience in Finder aren't enabled by default. In this video, Lee brings you a series of tips around these lesser-known features, some of which you may have forgotten about, or perhaps are discovering for the first time.

Tip - Optimizing storage on your Mac

Date : 14th June 2022

Duration: 11:06

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We all collect a lot of information and apps on our Macs and it can sometimes be challenging to keep track of it all — especially when you run low on space. In this tip Darcy explains how the Finder on your Mac can help you get a better grasp on where your information is stored. He then takes you through Apple's built-in tools to optimise your storage by removing what is taking up a lot of space and that you may not be aware is sitting there.

Tip - Universal Control

Date : 29th March 2022

Duration: 07:12

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Universal Control was missing from the initial release of macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15, but Apple have now released this great new feature in a recent OS update. From a single Mac you can easily control additional Macs or iPads from a single keyboard and mouse or trackpad. Your iPad can be accessed to run its own apps or as an extension to your Mac's display. Don shows you all about it in this short video.

Tip - Activity Monitor in macOS

Date : 1st February 2022

Duration: 10:13

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Apple's Activity Monitor is one of the most important troubleshooting tools for your Mac. It allows you to view all of the processes running on your machine and is invaluable when you have a rogue application or process affecting the performance of your Mac. In this tutorial, Don takes you through the updated interface of Activity Monitor and gives some basic guidance on monitoring and, when necessary, killing or terminating processes.

Tip - Digital Legacy Contacts

Date : 11th January 2022

Duration: 08:53

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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.

Mail in Monterey

Date : 24th December 2021

Duration: 29:28

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In this tutorial, Don takes you through some of the new features in Mail on macOS Monterey v12.1, including Mail Privacy Protection and Hide my Email.

In the second half of the screencast, you learn about two apps and one service Don uses each day to manage his email and keep things under control.

Tip - Focus Mode

Date : 16th November 2021

Duration: 14:16

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In this screencast, you take a deep dive into using Focus Modes on the Mac as well as iOS. Don looks at the basic features on both platforms, and shows you a neat way to create custom home screens for your iOS devices, that are based on the Focus Mode you select.

Safari in Monterey

Date : 12th November 2021

Duration: 34:51

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Continuing our profile of browsers in the Mac ecosystem, Lee takes a deeper look at Safari on macOS in this screencast. With competition from other browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox and DuckDuckGo, Safari has been pushed to keep parity with its feature sets in recent years.

Lee shows you how to use this latest version of Safari on the Mac, and takes a leisurely stroll through the preferences, where you learn how you can modify them to make Safari behave the way you want it to. There is quite a bit there that you may not have been aware of!

Tip - Calculator on Mac

Date : 9th November 2021

Duration: 07:46

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It's been a part of macOS for a very long time, yet Calculator is a utility that offers quite a bit to the user. There are hidden depths to this app, far above the basic mathematical operations.

With his admittedly limited knowledge of the topic, Lee shows you the two other views that the calculator offers, Scientific and Programmer, and goes over some of the extra functionality that they contain.

Media Apps in Monterey

Date : 22nd October 2021

Duration: 42:22

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macOS Monterey includes several applications to help you manage and enjoy various types of media. This week, Todd walks you through the main features of the Music, Podcasts, TV, and Books apps on the Mac. These apps have gone through some subtle but important changes over the last few years and this fresh look brings you up to speed.

Todd also covers the benefits of AirPlay 2 for sharing audio throughout your home.

macOS Monterey Preview - Pt 2

Date : 15th October 2021

Duration: 33:00

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In this second preview video, Don explores another set of new features to be released as part of macOS Monterey. These include photo collections in Messages, Shortcuts for Mac, the greatly-improved Maps, as well as a new built-in password manager.

macOS Monterey Preview - Pt 1

Date : 1st October 2021

Duration: 32:17

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In this first pre-release look at macOS Monterey, Don explores some of the new features, including Live Text, Quick Note, and Focus.