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CleanShot X Update

Date: 18th January 2022

Duration: 17:02

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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.

Parallels Toolbox Update

Date: 31st December 2021

Duration: 39:44

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Parallels Toolbox is a menu bar app that includes 40 small utility apps. Many of these tools can be found as standalone programs elsewhere, but the magic of Parallels Toolbox is that they're bundled in one consistent interface, right at your fingertips.

With Allison as your guide, you discover Parallels Toolbox and how useful it can be in your day to day computing tasks.

Tab Finder

Date: 21st December 2021

Duration: 07:10

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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.

Display Buddy

Date: 14th December 2021

Duration: 07:17

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If you have external monitors as part of your Mac setup, managing them can be a tricky affair. Lots of them have menus that are hard to navigate, and ensuring that they all have the same colour settings can be frustrating.

Display Buddy is an application that helps with this, by allowing you to adjust the brightness, contrast and volume of all external monitors from your menu bar, as well as ensure all monitors are synchronised. You can even use Keyboard shortcuts to manipulate these as well as set presets and switch between different input sources. Lee shows you all of this in this short video.

Firefox & DuckDuckGo

Date: 3rd December 2021

Duration: 34:53

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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.

Service Station

Date: 30th November 2021

Duration: 12:14

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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.

PCalc

Date: 23rd November 2021

Duration: 14:08

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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.

Calculator on Mac

Date: 9th November 2021

Duration: 07:46

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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

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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

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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 - Safari Extensions in iOS

Date: 19th October 2021

Duration: 13:42

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iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 have brought with them some much requested functionality: the use of Safari Extensions. Now that developers have had time to release products that leverage them, Lee covers how to enable them and walks through the use of three particular extensions that have caught his eye: 1Password, xSearch and Noir.

Tip - Text Case Revisited

Date: 12th October 2021

Duration: 07:41

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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.

Joplin

Date: 8th October 2021

Duration: 41:15

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Joplin is a free open source note-taking app that works on all major platforms. It has a very active lead developer and community supporters, and provides a clean and functional interface that is a joy to use.

In this week's episode, Allison shares her passion for Joplin and takes you on a tour of its features to get you started on an app that may very well be a perfect fit for your needs.

Tip - Prep for macOS Monterey

Date: 28th September 2021

Duration: 12:36

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With macOS Monterey due for imminent release, now is a good time to start preparing for the upgrade to version 12 of the Mac operating system. In this special Friday tip show, Don takes you through some standard tasks you should perform in preparation for this upgrade. He also explains the slight change he has made in his backup recommendations this time around.

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.

Tip - Keystroke Pro

Date: 10th August 2021

Duration: 09:15

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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.

Maintaining Focus

Date: 6th August 2021

Duration: 31:22

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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

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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

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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.

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.