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Image Descriptions for Social Media

Date : 9th February 2024

Duration: 28:12

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We all love to post images on social media and often we're trying to figure out how to gain more followers to get more reach. One of the ways you can increase your audience is by adding descriptions to your images so that visually impaired people can enjoy them, too. These descriptions have different names: alt tags, alt text, alternative text, descriptions, or sometimes simply captions. In this tutorial, Allison teaches you how to add alt text in several social media platforms using her iPhone. You also learn how to use a free application called Be My Eyes to add incredibly good captions for your images using AI, saving you the trouble of thinking them up yourself.

Amico Apps Showcase

Date : 5th January 2024

Duration: 24:42

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Rather than showcasing a single app, in this full show Darcy introduces four applications designed and released by Amico Apps.

The first is a utility that allows you to quit multiple programs at the same time, as well as schedule app quitting due to inactivity. Another that makes accessing emoji on the Mac very easy, using shortcuts.

A third that is aimed at designers and overlays the golden ratio on your screen and finally, software to manage your calendars, reminders, notes and photos using widgets.

Photos on iPad

Date : 29th December 2023

Duration: 30:03

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The Photos app on iPad can easily be overlooked. Many people think of their phone for easily viewing their camera roll, and turn to the Mac when editing the sharing their images. Photos on iPad offers a nice middle ground on the larger display this mobile device offers. In this episode, Darcy takes you on a full tour of the app and showcases its many features, including For You, Photos' full editing capabilities and organization features, and much more.

Tip - iOS 17.2 New Features

Date : 19th December 2023

Duration: 13:10

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As this dot release of iOS comes with some great new features, we thought we’d dedicate a tip video to it to get you up to speed as soon as possible! With the 17.2 release the long-awaited Journal application makes its debut on iPhone, allowing users to record activities, thoughts and feelings in a secure, portable manner.

Lee does an "unboxing" of the app before your eyes, and he also touches on other nice 17.2 features: updates to the Action Button, recording Spatial Video (iPhone 15 Pro only), Messages, and a favourites playlist in Music.

Peakto for Mac

Date : 1st September 2023

Duration: 30:58

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If you love to take photos and have done so for a while, it's likely that they're spread out in a bunch of different places: on your Mac, on external drives or within a specific photo application, like Apple's Photos or maybe Lightroom.Peakto by CYME software focuses on bringing all of those sources under one roof, and gives you the tools to manage that collection. Like so many other apps these days, Machine Learning is a bit part of its experience, especially when searching through your various catalogs. If you have trouble organizing your photos, Peakto may be just what you need. Join Todd as he guides you through its many features.

Photomator 3.0 on Mac

Date : 16th June 2023

Duration: 25:27

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We have covered a number of photo editors here on ScreenCastsOnline and over time they keep getting better at making advanced image editing a lot more efficient. Photomator is one of those applications that combines the power of AI with a simple interface that integrates with your Apple Photos database. In this episode, Todd takes you through several real-world editing workflows and run them through the Photomator app to see how it can help enhance common types of photos. You also learn about many of its unique features, including the AI subject, background, and sky selection tools, as well as the ability to create custom editing workflows.

Tip - Midjourney

Date : 30th May 2023

Duration: 09:51

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Midjourney is another AI-powered service that allows you to create a huge range of stunning images, including photo realistic landscapes, people, cartoons, sketches, logos and more. It's fairly simple to operate, but not as straightforward to get started. So, in this tip, Don walks you through the entire process of creating your Discord and Midjourney accounts, along with generating your first images.

Create Projects with Apple Photos

Date : 10th March 2023

Duration: 31:45

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One of the ways you can save your memories is by creating physical books, calendars, and more out of your photos. In Apple Photos, you can create projects using extensions from different companies to do just that. In this tutorial, Allison uses her Mac to explain how to install these extensions from the App Store to make projects, and then takes a closer look at two of them: Mimeo Photos and Motif. For her project, she creates a photo book and walks you through the many options each service offers to make your photo book memorable.

TouchRetouch

Date : 9th December 2022

Duration: 40:41

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TouchRetouch is an iOS and Mac app that is designed to help you remove unwanted objects from your photos. With a touch-first interface, it is trivially easy to remove things like power lines, smudges, and even fences forming a mesh. In this video, Allison shows you how the app works, mainly on iPad, but also on iPhone and the Mac. TouchRetouch is an amazingly capable app and worth well more than its $4.00 price tag!

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.

Synology Update

Date : 2nd September 2022

Duration: 30:39

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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 - PictureThis

Date : 2nd August 2022

Duration: 13:35

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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.

Tip - HandBrake

Date : 12th July 2022

Duration: 10:23

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In this tip Darcy gives you a quick tour of HandBrake, the free and open-source video converter utility that's been around since 2003! You learn what media containers are before looking at the process of importing a video to convert it into another format, or make it more suitable for specific platforms. HandBrake offers many presets as well, and Darcy runs them down for you, pointing out the advantages they might offer.

Tip - Jacquie Lawson Ecards

Date : 31st May 2022

Duration: 10:42

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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.

Tip - Play

Date : 10th May 2022

Duration: 15:19

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The brains behind the MusicHarbor app on iOS, Marcos Tanaka, has switched gears from audio to video, with a Universal application called Play that allows you to find and catalogue YouTube videos for future viewing. In this short video, Lee goes through its features using his iPad, including the ability to organise your favourites using tags as well as descriptions.

Luminar Neo

Date : 29th April 2022

Duration: 35:30

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There are a lot of photo editors on the market but many require you to know some advanced skills like layering and masking to make the changes you want in your images. That's where Luminar Neo by Skylum Software comes in.

This AI-driven tool looks at the photo as a whole to perform some really impressive photo edits by simply moving a few sliders. Todd gets you started with this modern software package, a direct descendant of Luminar 4.

NeoFinder 8

Date : 11th March 2022

Duration: 37:26

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NeoFinder is an application that allows you to create catalogues of your hard drives, SSDs, USB drives, DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, NAS drives, etc. Pretty much any external storage device can be analyzed for future searching inside a stand-alone database. Add metadata, create Smart Folders, geotag photos, and much more. NeoFinder really is a fantastic cataloguing solution and Don takes you on a tour of its interface and features in this screencast.

Tip - Gemini on iOS

Date : 1st March 2022

Duration: 07:20

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In this ScreenCastsOnline debut, Darcy showcases a few features from Macpaw's Gemini Photos, an app that he uses to manage his digital photo collection. This utility is equally efficient at sorting videos by size, extracting blurry photos, as well as revealing duplicates, all in their respective groups, so you can regain space on your device and on iCloud.

Adobe Lightroom

Date : 25th February 2022

Duration: 34:02

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Adobe has been hard at work refining their suite of photo management and editing products. Lightroom (formerly Lightroom CC) has seen a number of major edits over the last few years. In fact in many ways Lightroom has caught up to the Lightroom Classic application, making it a more viable option for photographers to use who are on the go. With Todd as your guide, you discover how Lightroom has evolved and take a peek at many of its recent improvements.