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Firefox & DuckDuckGo

Date : 3rd December 2021

Duration: 34:53

Show ref: SCOM1105

In the last of Lee's series based on browsing the internet on macOS, he touches on one browser and one search engine that pride themselves on their levels of privacy and security.

Firefox, by Mozilla, is a great option for those who crave security but also need to work on different platforms. DuckDuckGo is an excellent choice for those who simply don't want to be tracked by third parties when browsing. It can be used as a full-featured search engine and as an extension for Safari. Lee shows you both in today's episode.

Tip - Service Station

Date : 30th November 2021

Duration: 12:14

Show ref: SCOM1104

Service Station is a Finder extension that can show you relevant apps inside the contextual menu's Quick Action area. What you see there is dependent on the file(s) you select. With Don as your guide, you learn the basics of the app, and then start creating custom rules using an interface that will be familiar to Hazel users out there.

Tip - PCalc

Date : 23rd November 2021

Duration: 14:08

Show ref: SCOM1102

James Thomson's PCalc has been a "cult hit" in the Mac and iOS community for many years. And with the iPad lacking a native calculator app, Lee shows you why PCalc is a popular solution amongst users with its wealth of configuration options.

You learn how to use PCalc to carry out basic calculations as well as convert units, refer to constants, use the built-in functions to carry out complex algorithms, and much more.

Tip - Calculator on Mac

Date : 9th November 2021

Duration: 07:46

Show ref: SCOM1098

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.

Google Chrome In Depth

Date : 5th November 2021

Duration: 40:34

Show ref: SCOM1097

Whilst Safari is the default web browser for many of us on macOS, Google Chrome has worked hard recently to shake off its reputation for taking up lots of machine resources. With a heavy feature set and ever-growing list of extensions available, it can be a great default browser.

Lee goes into Chrome in-depth in this video, looking at the basics of installing and setting up individual profiles, putting its many useful features to good use, all the way through to configuring your own security and privacy settings to make your browsing experience as comfortable as possible.

Tip - Affirmations

Date : 2nd November 2021

Duration: 09:03

Show ref: SCOM1096

Mental health awareness is, thankfully, more prevalent now than ever. It's important that during trying times, people are able to reach out and ask for help, or use tools that are able to promote positivity.

Affirmations, by Justin Hamilton, is a free app for iOS that is able to fuse these elements together by sending you regular affirmations as well as schedule random ones if you prefer. With a stellar set of helplines and websites that you can go to if you are struggling to cope with areas of your life, this really is a useful application that you should have, and Lee shows you how to put it to good use in this screencast.

Tip - PhotoSync

Date : 26th October 2021

Duration: 13:13

Show ref: SCOM1094

This week Don revisits PhotoSync, an old faithful and still his go-to app for transferring images and videos between multiple devices and destinations.

Instead of relying on slow clunky iCloud sync to transfer media from your iPhone to your Mac, PhotoSync does it in a split second. You can also set up different types of triggers to automatically back up new photos and videos from your iPhone to multiple locations, and Don shows you real-world examples in this screencast.

Tip - Text Case Revisited

Date : 12th October 2021

Duration: 07:41

Show ref: SCOM1090

In this tip video, Lee takes another look at a text transformation app on iOS that has received substantial updates. Text Case's Flows feature allows you to take multiple formatting actions and chain them together. You can also invoke Text Case from a share extension to execute those flows, bringing some great automation possibilities to iOS and iPadOS power users.

Tip - Universal Actions in Alfred 4.5

Date : 24th September 2021

Duration: 09:10

Show ref: SCOM1085

Alfred is one of the most popular launcher utilities on macOS and in version 4.5, a new feature was released that takes it to yet another level. Universal Actions allow Powerpack users to take text, URLs and files and carry out actions on them directly from a hotkey.

In this special Friday tip video, Lee shows you the basics of how to configure Universal Actions as well as how to use the built-in sample workflow.

SCO Members App

Date : 14th September 2021

Duration: 15:54

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In this tip video, Don goes through the main features of the latest version of the SCO Members App, which is a great way to view the videos as well as accessing and reading the monthly magazine. You also learn how to download content for offline viewing when you don't have an internet connection.

The SCO Members App is available on Mac, as well as iOS and iPadOS.

Tip - Sofa Update

Date : 31st August 2021

Duration: 09:07

Show ref: SCOM1078

Lee decided to show you the new functionality within Sofa, the downtime organizer for iOS, after this favorite app got some new features in version 3.0.

Being a firm believer in your downtime being as important as working time, Lee walks you through the app's new subscription structure, Super Sofa, and introduces you to the new additions this pro version brings, such as The Shelf, Sticky Notes, and Activity Filtering.

Tip - Keystroke Pro

Date : 10th August 2021

Duration: 09:15

Show ref: SCOM1072

If you need to visualise the keystrokes you press, whether recording videos or screen sharing, a utility that is dedicated to this function may be needed. Whenever macOS is updated however, screen recording applications that have this functionality built-in can be unreliable.

Keystroke Pro is a great utility that not only presents your keystrokes on screen as you type, but allows you to configure the size, type, colour and position on the screen. Lee is your guide on the Keystroke Pro tour in this week's tip.

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.

OmniGraffle for Mac Pt. 2

Date : 23rd July 2021

Duration: 32:30

Show ref: SCOM1067

In the second part of this series, Lee continues his walkthrough of OmniGraffle on the Mac. Where the first video looked at the basics of the interface and populating the canvas with objects, Part 2 introduces topics like Object Stacks, Layers, using Stencils, as well as exporting your finished product.

Tip - Do More with Messages

Date : 20th July 2021

Duration: 07:57

Show ref: SCOM1066

In this tip show, Rosemary shows you some lesser-known features of the Messages app!

Fission for Mac

Date : 2nd July 2021

Duration: 30:56

Show ref: SCOM1061

Fission is an audio editor that is equally at ease with lossless and lossy (compressed) audio file formats. It is designed with speed and ease of use in mind for editing audio, and provides useful tools like trim, split and the combining of audio files into one. Fission can also handle specialized file formats such as iPhone ringtones, chapterized AAC files, and offers direct publishing to SoundCloud.

In this screencast, you get a complete tour of this nifty utility with Allison as your guide.

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 - HomePaper for HomeKit

Date : 22nd June 2021

Duration: 06:22

Show ref: SCOM1058

In this week's tip, Rosemary gives you a tour of HomePaper for HomeKit, an app that allows you to create simple but lovely wallpapers for the various rooms in the Home app. You learn about its various options and settings to make the most out of it.

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. 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.

Tip - Control Center on iOS

Date : 8th June 2021

Duration: 12:52

Show ref: SCOM1054

In this tip show, Rosemary shows you how you can take advantage of Control Center on iOS with some new options, as well as hidden features.