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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.

Stream Deck for Productivity

Date: 5th February 2021

Duration: 30:34

Show ref: SCOM1019

This week, Rosemary introduces you to Stream Deck from elgato, a piece of hardware that has become quite popular with many power users using their Mac. You learn how to create custom buttons to trigger a variety of useful actions.

Rose also shows you the iOS app for Stream Deck, as well as some of the profiles she uses in her work.

Tip - Shortcuts Updates in iOS 14.3

Date: 2nd February 2021

Duration: 13:44

Show ref: SCOM1018

In this week's tip, Rosemary covers recent updates to the Shortcuts app. This includes the Set Wallpaper action, Home Screen Launchers, and getting the details of emails and messages which can prompt you to run a shortcut.

Craft

Date: 29th January 2021

Duration: 43:05

Show ref: SCOM1017

Craft is an application that is rapidly gaining cult status amongst creative people in the Apple ecosphere. Using this software you are able to create beautiful, modular documents, and publish to users and viewers with the touch of a button.

With Lee as your guide, you learn how to create and edit these documents on both macOS and iOS, as well as export your files to different formats.

ForkLift

Date: 22nd January 2021

Duration: 34:11

Show ref: SCOM1015

In this screencast, Rosemary shows you ForkLift, a dual pane file manager packed with useful features. Whether you have servers to connect to, invisible files that you need to work on, or folders that you want open side by side in a single window, ForkLift comes to the rescue with functionality not available in Finder.

Tip - Maps in Big Sur

Date: 19th January 2021

Duration: 08:51

Show ref: SCOM1014

In this tip, Rosemary is your guide on a tour of the refreshed Maps interface in Big Sur where you learn about bike directions, editor's guides, and the Look Around feature.

Bartender 4

Date: 15th January 2021

Duration: 32:15

Show ref: SCOM1013

If you live on a small screen or have a lot of menu bar items, you need Bartender. This great utility, which has gone through a major redesign only for Big Sur, brings huge advancements in how you can control your menu bar items. With Allison as your guide, you learn about Bartender's many features and how to best customize them for your specific workflow.

Tip - Translation on iOS 14

Date: 12th January 2021

Duration: 05:31

Show ref: SCOM1012

With the release of iOS 14, Apple included a utility application that has gone under the radar yet provides an amazing amount of functionality. Translate is easy to use and helps ensure that when you need to converse in another language, or translate spoken words, you can do so. In this video, Lee walks you through the functionality of this useful app. 

HoudahSpot 6

Date: 8th January 2021

Duration: 32:23

Show ref: SCOM1011

Finding files on your Mac can be a difficult and sometimes a frustrating task because of their sheer number — we all have so many! HoudahSpot is an application that allows you to do refined searches to get just the files you are looking for and includes several useful presets right out of the box.

We have covered HoudahSpot in the past so this screencast from Todd focuses on the updates that version 6 brings to the search party.

Raindrop.io

Date: 1st January 2021

Duration: 34:49

Show ref: SCOM1009

Bookmarks saved in any web browser can quickly become disorganised if not given regular love and attention. Raindrop.io is a dedicated bookmarks manager on macOS that allows you to keep your bookmarks organised and that also integrates with third-party utilities to allow you to both use and store bookmarks from a variety of sources.

Lee takes you through Raindrop.io in great detail and shows you just how flexible and useful the service is. You also learn how to install and use an Alfred workflow that makes it easy to add to your bookmarks collection as well as search through it.

Tip - Intercom in iOS 14.2

Date: 29th December 2020

Duration: 08:10

Show ref: SCOM1008

In this tip, Rosemary demonstrates how you can configure and use Intercom with HomePod and iOS devices to easily talk to your family members around the house, or when they're out and about.

Loom

Date: 11th December 2020

Duration: 30:17

Show ref: SCOM1003

Loom allows you to capture video of your screen and optionally your webcam while simultaneously uploading the video to the Loom online service. When you're finished recording, you can use the Loom web service to crop out portions of your video screencast, add calls to action, and share a link to your video.

In this week's episode, Allison gives you a tour of Loom and walks you through its workflow for creating screencasts.

Tip - Crouton

Date: 3rd November 2020

Duration: 15:06

Show ref: SCOM0992

In this screencast, Rosemary introduces you to Crouton, her preferred recipe app for iOS. As well as capturing and storing recipes, it offers an automatic meal planning feature. Rose concludes by showing you Crouton's clever hands-free feature that can assist you when making your recipe. 

Automation in iOS 14

Date: 16th October 2020

Duration: 30:22

Show ref: SCOM0987

In this show, Rosemary demonstrates where to find automation in iOS 14, how to customize, and how to use it. From Siri Suggestions to Reminders, and of course the Shortcuts app, automation is everywhere, and this year it's better than ever.

Toolbox Pro & Charty

Date: 2nd October 2020

Duration: 33:51

Show ref: SCOM0983

In this show, Rosemary shows you what you can do with Toolbox Pro and Charty, two companion apps for Shortcuts on iOS.

Toolbox Pro simplifies some commands and allows you to do things that otherwise would not be possible in Shortcuts. Charty allows you to create a variety of beautiful charts and plot your data using Shortcuts.

Tip - Anybuffer

Date: 29th September 2020

Duration: 16:02

Show ref: SCOM0982

With the iPad becoming more prevalent as a direct laptop replacement, file management needs to be quick and easy. Anybuffer is a shelf utility that allows you to access frequently used files as well as store them quickly and easily.

With Lee as your guide, you learn several ways for getting files into Anybuffer, as well as how to organise them using the Shelves feature within the application, so you can quickly find and use your content.

Tip - Twitter Lists + Threads

Date: 25th September 2020

Duration: 08:47

Show ref: SCOM0981

When used properly, Twitter can be a valuable source of both information and entertainment.

In this tip video, Don takes you through two aspects of Twitter that both help you control the firehose of information, as well as being able to store and reference threads of information for future reference. The first is finding and subscribing to existing Twitter lists, the second is using an App called "Thread It" to save and share Twitter threads in PDF format.