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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 - App Lock

Date : 14th May 2024

Duration: 09:53

Show ref: SCOM1360

App Lock takes app security and privacy to a whole new level of control.  Integrating with Screen Time, you can manually block apps from being accessible or hide them entirely.  With scheduling built in you can control when apps are visible, when you can access them, and for how long. Top it all off with switch controls to prevent new app downloads, deleting apps, changing cellular settings or altering your password and you've got the ultimate security app. Darcy takes you on a complete tour of App Lock in this short video.

Find Any File

Date : 10th May 2024

Duration: 27:07

Show ref: SCOM1359

Find Any File lets you search for files on your disk in ways that Spotlight can’t. It uses the system driver’s fast search operations and lets you search for file properties and inside bundles and packages that are normally hidden. You can think of it as a way to augment Spotlight when searching for files on your system.

In this episode, Allison goes deep on Find Any File and reveals its power with several useful examples.

Tip - Soulver Mini

Date : 7th May 2024

Duration: 10:24

Show ref: SCOM1358

Soulver is a feature-rich calculator app that allows you to do simple and complex calculations on many objects. Simple arithmetic, percentages, unit and currency conversions, date calculations, and much more. With Soulver Mini, this functionality is brought front and centre via a Spotlight-style panel, which is activated by a menu bar icon or global keystroke.

In this screencast, Don does a quick review of Soulver basics before introducing its little brother, and demonstrating its capabilities. If you have a Setapp subscription, you have access to all versions of Soulver.

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.

Tip - Reflector 4

Date : 16th April 2024

Duration: 08:08

Show ref: SCOM1352

There are lots of options for mirroring your iOS devices to your Mac, but few let you connect wirelessly. Reflector not only gives you quality screen mirroring without a cable, but it also lets you mirror multiple devices at once. In this episode, Mike shows you how to set up and use Reflector 4.

Tip - Simple Scan

Date : 2nd April 2024

Duration: 13:21

Show ref: SCOM1348

The developer of Drafts has released an application that solves one of Lee's challenges: scanning on the go. Whilst there is no shortage of scanning apps in the App Store, they tend to be either too expensive, or strewn with ads making it difficult to just pick up your phone, scan, and move on. Simple Scan is different because it's inexpensive and allows you to lightly configure it make sure you can quickly scan documents and carry on with your day. Lee walks you through the current feature set in this video.

Tip - Arc Search for iOS

Date : 12th March 2024

Duration: 10:33

Show ref: SCOM1342

Arc Search for iOS is the latest app from The Browser Company, the developers behind Arc. Arc Search has been developed as a new way of searching the Internet from your mobile device, including the innovative "Browse for Me" feature. Join Don as he explores this fresh take on finding information on the web.

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 - Superkey

Date : 27th February 2024

Duration: 06:01

Show ref: SCOM1338

Superkey is a versatile utility on macOS, giving you a bunch of handy tools to help you navigate your Mac more easily without a mouse or trackpad.

In this tutorial, Mike shows how to set up 2 kinds of hyperkeys so you can add additional keyboard shortcuts without running into conflicts. You also learn about Superkey's clever Seek command.

ScreenFloat 2

Date : 23rd February 2024

Duration: 43:10

Show ref: SCOM1337

The original version of ScreenFloat has been around for a long time and recently, version 2 was released, bringing along a host of features that cannot be ignored.  As well as focusing on capturing portions of your screen, ScreenFloat 2 is great at helping you organise all of these shots, which is incredibly useful for projects you are working on. In this video, Lee shows you the different capturing methods, how to capture as well as redact text, as well as faces! Closing and hiding active shots is a key part of the app and this is covered in detail, as well as the Shots Browser, which lets you organise your captures using Folders, Smart Folders and Tags. SCO screencast mentioned in this episode: Tip - macOS - ScreenFloat (2017)

Tip - Rocket

Date : 20th February 2024

Duration: 08:27

Show ref: SCOM1336

Apple's built-in emoji picker on Mac leaves a lot to be desired. Using Rocket, from developer Matthew Palmer, you can search for and insert emojis, animated GIFs, images, and text snippets into any text field quickly and easily. It's a simple utility that is a joy to use. In this screencast, Mike shows you how Rocket works.

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.

Tip - Bezel

Date : 23rd January 2024

Duration: 09:22

Show ref: SCOM1328

There are many ways to display and capture the screen of your iOS device. You can do a screen recording on device and save the video to your Photo Album, use Quicktime on your Mac (when it works), or a third-party screen capture app like ScreenFlow. All of these methods only capture the screen itself, and each presents some challenges. Bezel is an innovative "plug-and-play" app that tackles those challenges. It generates high-quality videos on your Mac's desktop, identifying your device and adding a matching bezel, including its colour. With full rotation support and the ability to showcase multiple devices, Bezel is the ultimate screen display tool for screencasting and online presentations, using iPhone or iPad. In this video, Don walks you through Bezel's features and demonstrates how you can have two devices at once on your screen. He also adds a tip for configuring an on-screen pointer to help your viewers follow along, something we do here at ScreenCastsONLINE.

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.

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.

Bartender 5

Date : 1st December 2023

Duration: 26:54

Show ref: SCOM1313

Bartender 5 is required for macOS 14 (Sonoma) and also comes with big improvements in capability. You can now create Profiles for the different contexts in which you work, and you can set up automations with Triggers based on apps, battery, location, WiFi network, time, and even scripts.Allison demonstrates how all of this works, and also shows you how this version of Bartender lets you style your menu bars like never before.

Default Folder X

Date : 24th November 2023

Duration: 39:06

Show ref: SCOM1311

One thing all macOS users have in common is the need to interact with Finder when opening and saving files. Sometimes, the process of finding either the source folder for opening, or the destination one for saving can be laborious, involving a lot of pointing and clicking. Default Folder X allows you to streamline this experience, by sending you to default locations depending on the application or extension you are saving.

As well as this, Default Folder X now comes bundled with a Quick Search function, for getting to files, folders and applications quickly. Join Lee as he shows you around this long-standing feature-rich utility on the Mac.

Tip - Tailscale

Date : 14th November 2023

Duration: 13:49

Show ref: SCOM1308

Using Tailscale, you can connect any device securely and easily by creating your own private virtual network. Unlike traditional VPN services, Tailscale is designed to allow you to seamlessly connect your own devices and freely exchange data and remotely access. Using the free plan you can have up to three users and 100 devices connected. In this tip video, Don shows you how to set up your Tailscale account on a Mac and iPhone and share images and files. He also demonstrates sharing remote access to one of your devices.