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Tip - BetterMouse

Date : 11th June 2024

Duration: 11:30

Show ref: SCOM1368

In this episode Darcy explores the deep scroll, cursor, button and keyboard customisations offered by BetterMouse. Use this simple and affordable utility to fine-tune your scrolling and cursor speed, acceleration and smoothness. Then go on to assign hotkeys to the extra buttons on your mouse and make new ones for your system as a whole. There is a lot more you can do with BetterMouse and Darcy goes through several more useful tips in this video.

Tip - Actions for Obsidian

Date : 4th June 2024

Duration: 08:14

Show ref: SCOM1366

Obsidian is great, but lacks deep integration with Apple's Shortcuts application. Actions for Obsidian fixes by adding over 50 actions that turn Obsidian into a first-class Shortcuts citizen.

In this short video, Mike shows you how to set it up and walks you through his daily journaling workflow which makes good use of Actions for Obsidian in Shortcuts.

Tip - Mastering the iOS Keyboard

Date : 28th May 2024

Duration: 10:02

Show ref: SCOM1364

Everyone who uses an iPhone has to negotiate the keyboard from time to time and sometimes it can feel laborious. However there are some little-known tricks available that will elevate your typing skills and help you master your device. Whether it's discovering new keyboards or the hidden trackpad feature for precise cursor movement, this video from Lee is worth ten minutes of your time.

Tip - Keyboard Maestro and App Management

Date : 21st May 2024

Duration: 08:18

Show ref: SCOM1362

In episode 1361, Lee demonstrated some of his project management workflows, allowing you to peek behind the scenes and offer some inspiration for those who struggle to keep their notes organised.

In this short follow-up, you learn about an additional workflow that improves your efficiency when communicating with a colleague or member of your team. This Keyboard Maestro Macro allows you to open your note-taking application and task manager at the same time, with a list of tasks you've assigned to them. As an added bonus, Lee shows you how to assign this to a Stream Deck device.

How Lee Manages Projects

Date : 17th May 2024

Duration: 39:16

Show ref: SCOM1361

When Lee appeared as a special guest on the Mac Power Users podcast, he talked about his Project Management workflows and how he uses his Mac to keep all the plates spinning.  In this video, Lee builds on that to help visualise the process.  You see how he is able to set up processes and systems for management using tools like OmniFocus, Obisidian, DEVONthink and Anybox, along with a few other utilities.  You also get a high-level overview of how he leverages MindNode, OmniOutliner and OmniPlan to plan a project effectively from start to finish.It's very much a high-level peek into some processes that you may find useful in your own work and projects.

Shortcuts Gallery

Date : 26th April 2024

Duration: 33:18

Show ref: SCOM1355

If you are looking to get into automating actions on your Apple device, Shortcuts is a wonderful Apple utility. However, many people are deterred by the learning curve that comes with it. That doesn't have to be the case though: the Shortcuts Gallery has a large number of ready-made shortcuts for you to download and use right away.

In this video, Lee briefly runs through the components of a shortcut before entering the Gallery and showing you how to search, download and run some useful, real-world examples. You experience shortcuts that can adjust the volume to specific levels on your Mac, send emails to yourself, organise your app windows, and more.

If you are unsure about Shortcuts and want to know more without being overwhelmed with configuring them, this is the video for you.

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.

Craft Updates

Date : 12th April 2024

Duration: 28:12

Show ref: SCOM1351

Craft is a fantastic tool for writing and organising information in a variety of ways. It is an app that gets frequent updates so it can be challenging to keep up with all that is new and improved. In this week's tutorial, Don takes you through most of the updates released in the last 12 months, that make Craft even more attractive than before.

Tip - Using Siri and Shortcuts with Notes

Date : 9th April 2024

Duration: 08:15

Show ref: SCOM1350

This short video complements shows 1341 and 1343, Lee's deep dive into Apple Notes. There are a few commands you can use with Siri to create, find, and read your notes, and Lee shows you how this is done here. There is also one feature that has been unavailable since iOS 16 and that's the ability to append to a note. There is a simple workaround using Shortcuts however, and you learn about it in this video.

Drafts Updates 2024

Date : 5th April 2024

Duration: 25:38

Show ref: SCOM1349

It's been a while since we've taken a close look at Drafts, the phenomenal note-taking and quick capture app from Greg Pierce.  In this episode, Mike shows us what's new and shares some of his favorite new features, on both iPhone and Mac.  These include support for widgets on both the iOS Home and Lock screens, a varied collection of Shortcuts actions, the ability to post directly to Mastodon, sending text to Drafts using a special email, and much more.

Tiny Mac Tips 2024

Date : 29th March 2024

Duration: 25:10

Show ref: SCOM1347

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!

Superlist

Date : 22nd March 2024

Duration: 34:13

Show ref: SCOM1345

Those of you who liked Wunderlist back in the day are going to be happy, because the developer is back with a lovely application called Superlist. As you would expect, there is a lot of attention to detail and one of the features that elevates Superlist above competitors is its flexibility. Whilst there is a Pro tier available, everything you see in this video is free; Superlist provides one of the most generous free tiers out there. After setting up an account, Lee shows you how to create and customise lists, create tasks, share and collaborate with others, and much more.

Tip - Clear Lists

Date : 19th March 2024

Duration: 08:02

Show ref: SCOM1344

After a multi-year hiatus, Clear Lists is back with a surprising new update to version 2.  It is now completely free to use, and in this short video, Mike walks you through one of his all-time favorite iOS apps.  You learn what's new, including sharing lists via screenshots, and discover the flexible interactive widgets.

Arc Browser Updates

Date : 16th February 2024

Duration: 32:17

Show ref: SCOM1335

Since covering the Arc browser back in June and July of 2023, it has become Don's primary browser on the Mac and he has not looked back. With a relentless update cycle, The Browser Company has continued updating and refining Arc, adding in features and services.

In this update show, Don does a quick review of the basics of Arc, and then guides you through several of the new features that make this browser unique, with real world examples along the way.

OmniFocus 4

Date : 2nd February 2024

Duration: 33:39

Show ref: SCOM1331

Users of OmniFocus have waited for a long time for an upgrade to be released, and as they say, the wait is over. The Omni Group have rewritten the Mac version of the app using SwiftUI and with it, improved the user experience considerably. Coupled with extensive improvements on both iOS and iPadOS, OmniFocus is more universal than ever, without compromising on the existing feature set that makes it a class leader in the Task Management space. In this video, Lee guides you through some of the key improvements brought to OmniFocus 4 on macOS, iOS and iPadOS, and even watchOS.

Tip - Funnel

Date : 30th January 2024

Duration: 10:27

Show ref: SCOM1330

Obsidian is a powerful app, but it doesn't make it easy to capture things on iOS. Opening Obsidian requires your whole vault and all the associated plugins need to load, so until the developers add an improved workflow for mobile quick capture, iPhone users are left to figure out something using third-party apps. Funnel makes it easy to capture things quickly to Obsidian, including images — even if you don't use iCloud to sync your data. In this short video, Mike shows you how Funnel can assist you with quick capture of text and images in Obsidian, but it can also be used with several other apps to perform the same task.

Using Focus Modes

Date : 12th January 2024

Duration: 28:56

Show ref: SCOM1325

Focus Modes have been a part of our Apple devices since 2021, yet find a little resistance among the more casual user. They can look a little complex to set up and as a result many people simply don't use them. In this video, Lee explains what Focus Modes are and how to set them up on both iOS and the Mac. You learn how to configure notifications for both people and applications, set up automatic schedules as well as Focus filters. Lee also offers some inspiration by sharing a few of his custom Focus Modes, that you use as a starting point for your own.

Amico Apps Showcase

Date : 5th January 2024

Duration: 24:42

Show ref: SCOM1323

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.

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.

NotePlan

Date : 15th December 2023

Duration: 43:19

Show ref: SCOM1317

We've been spoiled with the quality of Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) applications recently. One such app that has been around for a while is NotePlan.

NotePlan has some great features found in similar products, such as backlinking, Daily Notes and utilising Markdown syntax to create your notes. It does, however, bring some new ideas to the table, such as integrating with your calendar to allow you to timeblock directly from the interface, using ChatGPT to answer queries in-line and also introduces the concept of weekly, monthly, even annual notes to keep you on track with your goals. Join Lee for a thorough look at this modern PKM solution.