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Path Finder 10

Date : 28th January 2022

Duration: 44:04

Show ref: SCOM1121

Finder is a staple application for every Mac user out there, but it does have its limitations. CocoaTech's PathFinder 10 is an excellent alternative to Finder that builds on that feature set and adds a slew of new options to make managing the files on your Mac much more powerful. With Lee as your guide, you go over the basics of Path Finder and then dive into its more advanced features.

Tip - CleanShot X Update

Date : 18th January 2022

Duration: 17:02

Show ref: SCOM1118

Don last covered CleanShot X back in June of 2020, and since then it's had no less than 33 updates!

This video takes you through most of those new and improved features that make CleanShot X the premier screen capture utility for the Mac, and one that Don uses daily. If you're a Setapp subscriber, you can also get access to 10GB of free cloud storage with CleanShot Cloud, allowing you to store your screen captures and recordings and easily share them.

Tip - Repeat

Date : 28th December 2021

Duration: 11:01

Show ref: SCOM1112

When the New Year rolls around, building new habits — or breaking old ones — is an exercise many of us undertake. Using an application can help with this and Repeat by Lab11, a software company that specializes in producing wellbeing applications, can be a wonderful companion.

Available on the Mac App Store and through Setapp, Repeat doesn't just track your habits, it also goes to great lengths to explain the science behind how habits are formed.

Tip - Tab Finder

Date : 21st December 2021

Duration: 07:10

Show ref: SCOM1110

After watching Lee's recent deep dive into different browsers on macOS, you may well find yourself using more than one browser to suit different needs. And if you are like the majority of users out there, you will have lots of tabs open at once, perhaps spread across a few browsers.

Tab Finder by MacPlus software allows you to search for the tab you want from one central location, rather than navigate the different browsers and losing time. You learn all about this clever utility in this episode.

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.

MindNode Revisited

Date : 13th August 2021

Duration: 32:39

Show ref: SCOM1073

There are many times when you have an idea and thought that is not fully formed and you need a space to think it through and connect the dots. These types of situations are perfect for a mind mapping application like MindNode.

MindNode is an application we have covered in the past but has had so many features added across both Mac and iOS versions that we felt we needed to do a MindNode Revisited show. In this screencast Todd Olthoff uses MindNode to handle the aspects of his own home remodel and finds that the application can handle everything he needs to get the job done and does it well across all his devices.

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 - 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.

Tip - Paste for macOS and iOS

Date : 29th June 2021

Duration: 12:09

Show ref: SCOM1060

Available as an in-app purchase from the App Store or as part of your Setapp subscription, Paste allows you to copy, organize and paste all sorts of information across all of your devices.

In this screencast, Don takes you through the core functionality of Paste on both macOS and iOS and shows you how to use the app using real world examples.

Tip - Hook 3.1 Update

Date : 15th June 2021

Duration: 09:52

Show ref: SCOM1056

In this video, Lee walks through some of the new features with Hook on macOS (now known as Hookmark). First covered in May 2019 as a beta application, Hook continues to improve and with the release of version 3.1, has innovated and continues to add more features to its already impressive arsenal. Lee reviews why Hook is so useful, as well as looks at some of the new applications that have compatibility and new features such as Deep PDF Linking.

Keysmith

Date : 7th May 2021

Duration: 31:17

Show ref: SCOM1045

Performing a computer action sometimes involves a lot of mouse clicks and key presses to get to the end result you're looking for. Keysmith is an application that can record these actions and chain them together to form macros. Those can be invoked with a hotkey and save you lots of time!

In this screencast, Lee shows you the basics of how to create a macro. He then runs through a few of his real-world examples that will surely inspire you to create Keysmith recipes of your own.

Tip - CleanMyMac X

Date : 20th April 2021

Duration: 12:04

Show ref: SCOM1040

Over time, your Mac device can get bloated with applications, old files, and system junk, to name a few. All of this can result in slower performance, usually when you are trying to do something of importance!

Enter CleanMyMac X, a one-stop solution for managing storage, keeping applications optimised, and your computer protected.

In this video, Lee walks you through the functionality that this toolbox application has to offer, including running regular scans, carrying out maintenance scripts, uninstalling application, and more.

Craft

Date : 29th January 2021

Duration: 43:05

Show ref: SCOM1017

Craft is an application that is rapidly gaining cult status amongst creative people in the Apple ecosphere. Using this software you are able to create beautiful, modular documents, and publish to users and viewers with the touch of a button.

With Lee as your guide, you learn how to create and edit these documents on both macOS and iOS, as well as export your files to different formats.

ForkLift

Date : 22nd January 2021

Duration: 34:11

Show ref: SCOM1015

In this screencast, Rosemary shows you ForkLift, a dual pane file manager packed with useful features. Whether you have servers to connect to, invisible files that you need to work on, or folders that you want open side by side in a single window, ForkLift comes to the rescue with functionality not available in Finder.

Bartender 4

Date : 15th January 2021

Duration: 32:15

Show ref: SCOM1013

If you live on a small screen or have a lot of menu bar items, you need Bartender. This great utility, which has gone through a major redesign only for Big Sur, brings huge advancements in how you can control your menu bar items. With Allison as your guide, you learn about Bartender's many features and how to best customize them for your specific workflow.

HoudahSpot 6

Date : 8th January 2021

Duration: 32:23

Show ref: SCOM1011

Finding files on your Mac can be a difficult and sometimes a frustrating task because of their sheer number — we all have so many! HoudahSpot is an application that allows you to do refined searches to get just the files you are looking for and includes several useful presets right out of the box.

We have covered HoudahSpot in the past so this screencast from Todd focuses on the updates that version 6 brings to the search party.

Tip - Setapp on iOS

Date : 1st September 2020

Duration: 07:04

Show ref: SCOM0974

Setapp is a wonderful service that gives you access to hundreds of top-quality macOS apps for a monthly or annual subscription. The service has been enhanced to now allow some iOS companion apps to be enabled using the service.

This week Don explains the principles behind the changes and demonstrates how to install and enable one of the apps featured in Setapp for iOS, MindNode.

You can subscribe to Setapp using the ScreenCastsOnline affiliate link.

AdGuard for macOS and iOS

Date : 24th July 2020

Duration: 35:39

Show ref: SCOM0963

AdGuard is a cross-platform application for ad blocking as well as a host of other privacy-related functions. Available on both macOS and iOS, this app makes the browsing experience faster and less irritable. No more ads taking up acres of screen real estate. It also allows you to stop websites and advertisers from tracking your every move and even filters out ads from Mac applications. AdGuard is available direct or as part of a Setapp subscription on the Mac, and via the App Store for iOS.

In this episode, Don takes you through the installation and configuration of AdGuard and demonstrates many of its benefits, on both the Mac and iPad.

Tip - Ghostnote 2

Date : 30th June 2020

Duration: 10:32

Show ref: SCOM0956

Ghostnote 2  is a fantastic app which allows you to 'pin' formatted notes and to-do lists to many different types of objects on your Mac, including individual emails in Apple Mail.

Want to add some notes to a website? Just navigate to it in Safari and open Ghostnote. You'll be presented with a blank note where you can enter plain or formatted text, lists, even clickable to-do lists. The next time you open the website, that note will be available in Ghostnote 2.

In this week's tip, Don demonstrates different types of objects supported by Ghostnote 2, along with some practical examples. You also learn about its note browser, and how to set up keyboard shortcuts for quick access.

CleanShot X for macOS

Date : 19th June 2020

Duration: 31:42

Show ref: SCOM0953

macOS Catalina has a tremendous screen capture and screen recording utility built right in - an app called Screenshot. In fact, it is so good that it's difficult to justify using third-party apps for screen captures. However, after reading some brilliant reviews for CleanShot X, Don decided to give it a go: "Wow! I knew within a few minutes of using it that it was my new go-to tool for screen captures."

CleanShot X combines several tools into one and has some pretty unique features. Think of it as a screen capture workflow tool that is customisable to fit your particular needs. In this week's tutorial, Don takes you through all the features of this robust and extremely powerful utility, including all the capture modes, annotations, and the free CleanShot Cloud service.

Well recommended.