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14 Tips in iOS 14

Date : 4th June 2021

Duration: 29:00

Show ref: SCOM1053

In this fast-paced tutorial, Allison shows you 14 tips and tricks in iOS 14. Most of the tips will also work in iPadOS, and nearly all will work regardless of your iPhone model. These tips will speed you up and reveal functionality you may not have known iOS even had.

You may have been using iOS for a very long time and think you can’t be surprised, but even if only a couple of these tips are news to you, it will be worth it. And if you’re new to iOS, buckle up!

Tip - Speed reading on macOS

Date : 1st June 2021

Duration: 07:19

Show ref: SCOM1052

In this tip video, Lee shows you a feature that's been a part of macOS for years, yet switched off by default and largely unnoticed. The Summarize feature allows you to select a portion of text and condense it into a more manageable format for reading, providing you with as much key information as possible.

Lee also demonstrates how you can use BetterTouchTool to invoke Summarize on a web page with a custom Trackpad gesture.

Reminders - Deep Dive

Date : 28th May 2021

Duration: 29:47

Show ref: SCOM1051

On the face of it, Apple Reminders is a simple application. So simple in fact that you may have overlooked just how powerful it is. Combined with Siri, it can be extremely flexible and is available on every device. Reminders is not just for setting up things you want to be reminded about; you can use it for so much more.

In this episode Don covers most of the features of Reminders on both macOS and iOS, some of which may even surprise you.

Tip - AirTag

Date : 25th May 2021

Duration: 09:11

Show ref: SCOM1050

In this tip show, Rosemary shows you all about AirTag. You learn how to pair and rename it, set it into Lost Mode and mark it as found, as well as view your tracked items in the Find My app. Rose also gets into customizing the name and icon of AirTag should you need to.

Tip - Signals for HomeKit

Date : 18th May 2021

Duration: 10:33

Show ref: SCOM1048

In this tip show, Rosemary shows you how to use Signals for HomeKit, an iOS app that allows you to send a signal to yourself and others via your smart lights. You learn how to create custom Signals and the app integrates with Personal Automations and Shortcuts.

Moom

Date : 14th May 2021

Duration: 28:00

Show ref: SCOM1047

Although macOS has some basic built-in window management options, many users can benefit from something more flexible that fits a little more snugly with their day-to-day tasks on the Mac.

Moom is a utility that brings forth many useful additions to window management on the Mac. With Rosemary as your guide, you learn the many ways you can put Moom to good use.

Tip - TextSniper

Date : 11th May 2021

Duration: 07:23

Show ref: SCOM1046

In this week's tip, Don introduces you to TextSniper, a utility on macOS that can capture text from pretty much any digital source, including images, diagrams and videos. You learn about its features and various options, alongside real-world examples.

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 - Apple Contacts Tips and Tricks

Date : 4th May 2021

Duration: 08:20

Show ref: SCOM1044

The standard Contacts app has some hidden gems of functionality that need to be exposed. In this tip video, Don explores some of these and demonstrates some useful but not obvious features of Contacts.

Tip - Annotable for iOS

Date : 27th April 2021

Duration: 08:48

Show ref: SCOM1042

In this tip show, Rosemary shows you how Annotable, a flexible annotation and markup utility for iOS. It offers a variety of useful tools, from a simple crop to a flexible loupe, as well as the ability to obscure parts of your image with blurring or pixelation.

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.

Tip - Customise CARROT Weather

Date : 13th April 2021

Duration: 10:05

Show ref: SCOM1038

In this week's tip, Rosemary shows you how you can change the preferences in CARROT Weather to see the data you want, quickly and easily. From using the built-in preset to making your own from scratch, you can customise this popular app any way you like.

Homebridge

Date : 9th April 2021

Duration: 27:54

Show ref: SCOM1037

The number of home automation devices being released with HomeKit support is increasing but there are still lots of them that don't work natively with Apple's automation protocol. Help is at hand with Homebridge, a free open-source application that allows you to add non-supported devices to HomeKit.

This week, Don takes you through the installation and configuration of Homebridge on a Mac. He also reviews his home setup and shows you how Siri can control non-HomeKit devices.

Increasing Productivity with TextExpander

Date : 2nd April 2021

Duration: 31:12

Show ref: SCOM1035

In this week’s episode, Lee puts TextExpander through its paces and shows you some workflows that you may find both useful and time-saving. You learn how to use TextExpander as a tool to aid memory, eradicate mistakes, simplify repetitive tasks via the use of templates, and much more.

Tip - WaterMinder for iOS

Date : 16th March 2021

Duration: 09:36

Show ref: SCOM1030

This week, Rosemary shows you the features and benefits of WaterMinder, an app that helps you stay hydrated. You learn how to log and customize your beverages, how you can use Shortcuts to enter how much you drink, as well as add a widget to your home screen.

Tip - Time Machine Local Snapshots

Date : 9th March 2021

Duration: 08:06

Show ref: SCOM1028

In this tip, Rosemary shows you the Time Machine local snapshots feature, and how it can be used to retrieve a file you might have deleted by mistake, even if your backup drive isn't plugged in.

Tip - Headlines

Date : 23rd February 2021

Duration: 08:54

Show ref: SCOM1024

With the recent influx of apps on iOS that provide functional widgets, it's easy to be overwhelmed with their sheer number. Lee has been spending some time working with a lot of the options out there with a view to relaying some of his favourites to the SCO community. One that has merited its own tip is Headlines.

This application allows you to display customisable news widgets that connect to a variety of sources, and this week Lee walks you through its configuration and shows you how to make it your own.

A Better Finder Rename

Date : 19th February 2021

Duration: 36:23

Show ref: SCOM1023

Renaming files in macOS can be a laborious process. There is a tool out there that not only makes the process easy but also gives you lots of flexibility, with granular renaming options: A Better Finder Rename.

Lee walks you through the application in detail, from the basics of renaming files through to creating mini-applications (called droplets) — before wrapping things up with a bonus tip.

Tip - SwiftScan on iOS

Date : 16th February 2021

Duration: 13:28

Show ref: SCOM1022

Lee has been testing lots of mobile scanning applications recently as he tries to remove his reliance on his desktop ScanSnap. After finally settling on SwiftScan, he shows you how it's used and how much depth there is to this versatile application.

Tip - Widgetsmith

Date : 9th February 2021

Duration: 15:06

Show ref: SCOM1020

Lee shows you in this tip how to use a widget creation tool called Widgetsmith. This iOS application is able to retrieve photo, calendar, reminder, and health data and create amazing-looking widgets. Widgetsmith also offers stunning formats for displaying the date and time, battery information, weather, and more.