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Tip - Two-Factor Authentication Primer

Date : 16th August 2022

Duration: 09:38

Show ref: SCOM1178

With so much of our lives lived online today it can make one feel a little concerned about how their data is protected. In today’s tip, Darcy takes us through a primer on Two-Factor Authentication, which offers greater protection for your accounts and personal information online. He also shows you, side by side, Apple's Passwords & Keychain feature, and a dedicated 2FA app called OTP Auth.

Tip - Finder Hidden Extras

Date : 26th July 2022

Duration: 09:09

Show ref: SCOM1172

Finder is, of course, the core app on the Mac to access and manage your files and folders within the OS. Although there are several third-party options out there for those who want more features and functionality, some built-in options that can improve your overall experience in Finder aren't enabled by default. In this video, Lee brings you a series of tips around these lesser-known features, some of which you may have forgotten about, or perhaps are discovering for the first time.

Tip - HomePass for HomeKit

Date : 19th July 2022

Duration: 11:26

Show ref: SCOM1170

Today's HomeKit-driven smart home invariably includes many devices of various types, each with their unique code, serial number, and related information. This is normally not something you need unless one device stops working as expected and needs to be reset. Aaron Pearce's HomePass for HomeKit utility comes to the rescue by storing all the information you need for your devices and making it easily accessible. In this tip show, Todd walks through the process of adding your smart accessories to the app in two ways, and shows you how to properly organize and back up your database.

Raycast

Date : 15th July 2022

Duration: 28:20

Show ref: SCOM1169

In his first Friday episode with ScreenCastsOnline, Darcy brings us a utility he's especially fond of, and that's Raycast. Built with Apple's Spotlight as the inspiration for many of its features, it also introduces novelty ways to perform common tasks on your Mac using Extensions. Darcy shows you several of his favourites, many of which involve popular applications such as Zoom and Apple Music. You also how you can use hotkeys in Raycast to make working on your Mac even more fluid.

Tip - HandBrake

Date : 12th July 2022

Duration: 10:23

Show ref: SCOM1168

In this tip Darcy gives you a quick tour of HandBrake, the free and open-source video converter utility that's been around since 2003! You learn what media containers are before looking at the process of importing a video to convert it into another format, or make it more suitable for specific platforms. HandBrake offers many presets as well, and Darcy runs them down for you, pointing out the advantages they might offer.

Tip - PopClip Favourites

Date : 5th July 2022

Duration: 11:46

Show ref: SCOM1166

PopClip, the popular macOS utility that allows you to highlight text and perform a variety of actions on it, has been touched on in previous ScreenCastsOnline videos. Now that it's reached over 180 compatible extensions, Lee thought it was as good a time as ever to share with you his Top 10 extensions. Buckle up, and get ready to take your text manipulations to new heights with PopClip.

Tip - MenubarX

Date : 28th June 2022

Duration: 12:40

Show ref: SCOM1164

Lee looks at a new addition to Setapp called MenubarX. Although it looks like a simple app launcher at first glance, it's much more than that. With MenubarX, you can create a number of mini-applications that sit in the menu bar, waiting for you to access, and that use very little of that precious screen real estate. You learn about many of its use cases in this screencast — and watch Lee play Wordle!

Keyword Search for Safari

Date : 24th June 2022

Duration: 37:19

Show ref: SCOM1163

Keyword Search is a free Safari extension for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. With this utility, you can search your favorite websites directly from the Safari Smart Search field using just a couple of characters.

Keyword Search comes preconfigured with several popular websites and in this episode, Allison walks you through each of them and shows you how they work. You also learn how to configure your own custom searches on websites you frequent often, and take a brief look at Keyword Search on iPhone.

Tip - Optimizing storage on your Mac

Date : 14th June 2022

Duration: 11:06

Show ref: SCOM1160

We all collect a lot of information and apps on our Macs and it can sometimes be challenging to keep track of it all — especially when you run low on space. In this tip Darcy explains how the Finder on your Mac can help you get a better grasp on where your information is stored. He then takes you through Apple's built-in tools to optimise your storage by removing what is taking up a lot of space and that you may not be aware is sitting there.

Hazel 5 - Pt 1

Date : 10th June 2022

Duration: 38:11

Show ref: SCOM1159

Hazel has been around for a long time as a utility application on macOS, looking at folders of your choosing and watching for changes, so that it can work magic and move/copy/rename files as well as a whole host of other actions. Previous versions of Hazel lived in System Preferences, however the release of version 5 of Hazel heralded a new era, that of a stand-alone application on the Mac.

In the first of a two-part series, Lee starts with the basics of purchasing and installing Hazel before setting up some basic rules. He continues with some real-world examples that highlight some key features that help you manage your files.

Rosemary is back, and in this tip she shares two of her favourite Safari extensions on iOS. Vinegar aims to improve your video watching experience on the web, whilst Super Agent helps you tame those annoying cookie notifications! These simple extensions make your web surfing experience on iOS more enjoyable, as you'll learn here.

1Password 8 for Mac - Pt 2

Date : 27th May 2022

Duration: 33:35

Show ref: SCOM1155

In this second 1Password 8 for Mac screencast, Don dives deeper into the new features that make this software the ultimate password manager, including Watchtower and Collections. You also learn about 1Password Families and how to share logins and other information using additional vaults.

Tip - Markdown Basics

Date : 24th May 2022

Duration: 15:37

Show ref: SCOM1154

Writing in plain text using Markdown formatting has become increasingly popular, and is now supported by a wide variety of text editors and apps, and even some web services. We thought it would be a good idea to have Lee go over Markdown syntax basics to get you going if you're new to it, or perhaps as a refresher if you're already using Markdown in your everyday writing.

1Password 8 for Mac - Pt 1

Date : 20th May 2022

Duration: 38:39

Show ref: SCOM1153

1Password has long been revered as the ultimate password manager for Mac and iOS. Completely rewritten, 1Password 8 is the latest version of this leading app. With a beautiful new interface and lots of new features, it brings another level of productivity and functionality to the Mac. In the first of a two-part series, Don takes a look at some of the basics of 1Password 8 and introduces you to some of its new features, including the brand new Universal Autofill.

Tip - Esse

Date : 17th May 2022

Duration: 15:53

Show ref: SCOM1152

Great utility applications on macOS are abundant, however ones that are completely free are in short supply, so we were really pleased to discover Esse by Ameba Labs, a text transformation tool for macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. It works as both a menu bar utility of a full stand-alone application and in this video, Lee walks you through how to use both versions on Mac, using a variety of examples.

Audio Hijack 4

Date : 13th May 2022

Duration: 38:32

Show ref: SCOM1151

Audio Hijack allows you access to record and route audio in ways that Apple didn’t build into macOS. Version 4 brings a dramatically improved user interface, making it easier for new users to understand and filled with enhancements for those already familiar with the software. Allison is here to show you this versatile audio tool and its features, using real world examples.

Tip - Play

Date : 10th May 2022

Duration: 15:19

Show ref: SCOM1150

The brains behind the MusicHarbor app on iOS, Marcos Tanaka, has switched gears from audio to video, with a Universal application called Play that allows you to find and catalogue YouTube videos for future viewing. In this short video, Lee goes through its features using his iPad, including the ability to organise your favourites using tags as well as descriptions.

Setapp Recommendations

Date : 15th April 2022

Duration: 29:56

Show ref: SCOM1143

With over 230 apps to choose from, Setapp is a no-brainer subscription service for Mac and iOS. In this show, Don gives a brief overview of 8 utilities that are offered in Setapp, and that he uses daily to enhance his computing experience.

Tip - Remind Me Faster for iOS

Date : 5th April 2022

Duration: 10:02

Show ref: SCOM1140

The Reminders app on iOS has received a lot of care and attention in recent system upgrades. However, the ability to quickly add reminders and tasks is still lacking. Remind Me Faster by Nick Leith can help you do just that by focusing on one job: enter the text that then appears in Reminders. Lee introduces the app and its functionality in this short video.

Tip - iBoysoft MagicMenu

Date : 22nd March 2022

Duration: 08:25

Show ref: SCOM1136

Utility applications that solve a problem you never knew you had can be a great find. iBoysoft MagicMenu does exactly that by simplifying the creation of a new file, accessing web sites or locations on your system, and even copying or moving files. It does all of this using a simple right click inside a Finder window on your Mac.