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Elephas

Date : 4th August 2023

Duration: 21:23

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Elephas uses the power of ChatGPT with its own customisations to help users with all their writing needs. It offers features such as intelligently generating press releases, marketing material and email responses, with minimal information provided. Darcy shows you in this screencast how the app goes beyond robot replies and truly generates writing that feels like it's from a real person. Whether you're using it for work or take advantage of its powerful smart brain to index and query your own PDFs, Elephas has you covered.

Tip - Shift

Date : 1st August 2023

Duration: 09:07

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Shift provides people with complex workflows requiring many apps a platform to combine them all. In this video Darcy showcases how to add accounts from Slack, Dropbox, Airtable and more into a streamlined interface, allowing you to increase ease of access between them and a more focused environment for your projects. Shift is a great way to declutter your desktop of windows by bundling them all together into one, with dozens of apps available to integrate. You also learn how to add extensions within Shift.

Mimestream

Date : 7th July 2023

Duration: 33:49

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The Gmail web interface has long been a preferred email destination for productivity enthusiasts because of its unparalleled speed. Using Mimestream, you can access Gmail's powerful features directly on your Mac. Combining Gmail's powerful keyboard shortcuts and server-side filters with the beauty and speed of a well-made native mac app, Mimestream allows you to move through your email effortlessly. In this episode Mike gives you a comprehensive tour of the app, along with many examples that include setting up a filter as well as replying to an email using a custom template.

Tip - TypingMind

Date : 4th July 2023

Duration: 12:07

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With all the buzz and noise around ChatGTP it can be hard to really understand its use case. How can this amazing technology help in my day-to-day life? In this tip Darcy walks you through Typing Mind, an app designed to simplify the ChatGPT experience with features and customisations that make it feel even more like interacting with a professional. No matter your goal, Typing Mind will help you on your journey. Besides the macOS version available via a Setapp subscription, you also learn about its web app, along with the various pricing options depending on your needs.

ChatGPT - Pt 2 & MacGPT

Date : 28th April 2023

Duration: 35:16

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Following last week's introductory episode, this second screencast delves deeper into the various apps and services being built around ChatGPT. As well as subscription-based web services, Don looks at MacGPT, an excellent native Mac and iOS app that integrates fully with ChatGPT using the inexpensive pay-as-you-go API. You get to see the app in action using both spoken as well as written out prompts from Don.

Introduction to ChatGPT - Pt 1

Date : 21st April 2023

Duration: 28:42

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is accelerating at an unheard-of pace, with new apps and services being released and updated almost daily! It's all too easy to become swamped and not even know where to begin.

In this episode, Don starts your AI journey with an introductory look at one of the most popular AI services: ChatGPT. From creating an account to generating your own prompts and building on them, you are guided through some real-world examples to whet your appetite and give you an appreciation of the potential of this amazing technology.

Tip - Daily Prompt

Date : 28th March 2023

Duration: 11:50

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Daily Prompt offers a fresh take on building a creative writing habit. Instead of just sending you notifications and pestering you to write like many other apps, you’re given prompts in the form of small writing challenges or images that act as a starting point. This way you never run out of inspiration to write, and can simply focus on being creative. Darcy shows you how it all comes together in this tip.

Tip - ReplyCube for Apple Mail

Date : 21st March 2023

Duration: 07:45

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Safari Extensions are extremely popular at the moment, with developers filling the App Store with a wide variety to suit your needs. Apple Mail extensions, however, are more difficult to find. ReplyCube is a solid entry in this space that allows you to create canned (template) emails and access them from the Compose window, making repetitive batch jobs a lot easier. Lee shows you how it all works in this short tip.

Mastodon Update

Date : 24th February 2023

Duration: 35:41

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Following on from the recent Mastodon tutorial, this update show brings a new announcement from ScreenCastsOnline plus a look at some new innovative clients for iOS and the Mac.

ScreenCastsOnline members can now join a safe, moderated Mastodon instance run by ScreenCastsOnline - you'll find an invitation link in your member profile on the ScreenCastsOnline website. In this episode, Don takes you through accessing the new instance as well as giving optional instructions on how to migrate if you so desire. In addition, Don introduces you to three Mastodon clients: Mastonaut for the Mac along with Ice Cubes and Ivory for iOS.

Tip - Craft Assistant

Date : 7th February 2023

Duration: 08:18

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Following on from the recent Craft Update show (1225), as promised, Don brings you information on the Craft AI Assistant. This is a tool based on GPT-3 artificial intelligence that "helps you write faster, generate ideas, proofread your work, translate text into any language, summarize documents, and find information contained within your Craft space, in seconds."

In this tip video, Don takes you through some of the standard options as well as exploring some of the extremely powerful features of the built-in Craft AI Assistant. 

Craft Update

Date : 27th January 2023

Duration: 38:47

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Craft is your ultimate writing companion. It's an intuitive, customisable tool that works hard to help you craft any document and keep it organised with ease - perfect for those creative projects!

Lee Garrett originally covered Craft in 2021, not long after receiving an Apple Design award. The application was impressive then, and it's continued to improve and add additional functionality ever since. In this week's tutorial, Don refreshes the basics of Craft on the Mac, focusing on the new features rolled out over the last 24 months.

Freeform

Date : 13th January 2023

Duration: 30:51

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With the recent updates across its operating systems, Apple have finally released Freeform, a new way to collaborate and brainstorm ideas on all devices. Don takes you through the basic concepts of adding and organising the various objects available on your Freeform board.

OmniOutliner - Pt 2

Date : 23rd December 2022

Duration: 30:19

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OmniOutliner from the Omni Group is widely regarded as the premier outlining tool on both macOS and iPadOS/iOS. It is both easy to use but also offers advanced features for those who need a bit more power and flexibility. In this second video of a two-part series, Lee shows you how to style your documents to make them both easy to read and impressive to view. You also learn how to save a custom template to use as a starting point for future outlining documents, as well as OmniOutliner's flexible printing options.

Mastodon Overview

Date : 16th December 2022

Duration: 31:41

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Due to recent changes to Twitter, many people have started looking for alternative social media platforms. The one that looks to be most popular is Mastodon. In this introduction, Don takes you through the basic structure of Mastodon, how to set it up and how to use its standard features. You also learn how to discover people to follow and configure your notifications so you get the most out of your experience.

OmniOutliner - Pt 1

Date : 2nd December 2022

Duration: 34:19

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The Omni Group's OmniOutliner is widely regarded as the premier outlining tool on both macOS, iPadOS and iOS. Currently on version 5, it is popular due to its impressive ability to be both easy to use, yet complex enough for those who need to get that bit more power and flexibility. In this first video in his two-part series, Lee covers the pricing model and compares the two versions of the application. Using the Mac, he then runs through building your first outline from an existing template, explains rows and columns and their many parameters, as well as how to use to toolbar effectively and search for content across your outline.

Tip - Scrivener for iPad

Date : 15th November 2022

Duration: 08:01

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Darcy brings Scrivener to life on iPad, showcasing its robust digital binder and cork board features. Add websites, photos, documents, organise your research and above all, write! This tip video shows you how to master organising your novel or screenplay and get it ready to share with the world.

Tip - Messages on iOS 16

Date : 18th October 2022

Duration: 07:41

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Apple's iOS 16 has added new features to the Messages app. In this tip, Lee shows you how to unsend a message, how you can edit one you've already sent, as well as recover deleted conversations. He also revisits how pinned conversations and links work.

GoodNotes

Date : 26th August 2022

Duration: 31:46

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GoodNotes is a phenomenal note-taking app for iPadOS with stellar Apple Pencil support for handwriting, that has improved a lot since we last covered it a few years ago. In this episode, Mike takes a look at the added tools, the collaboration and sharing features, and goes over a few GoodNotes workflows. He concludes by taking a brief look at the improved Mac app.

Bike

Date : 29th July 2022

Duration: 29:06

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Bike is a fast and fluid Mac app that combines the powerful features of a top-tier outliner with the freedom of a text editor. It can handle any size of text file you throw at it, and in this screencast Mike demonstrates how and when to use the outlining and text editing modes, how to navigate your document swiftly using keyboard shortcuts, as well as several other useful features Bike offers on the Mac.

Tweetbot for Mac

Date : 3rd June 2022

Duration: 32:29

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There are a number of Twitter clients available these days, and one of our favorites is Tweetbot from Tapbots. In this screencast Todd shows you many of the features of Tweetbot 3 for the Mac, including Lists, Columns, and Search, and he shows you how to connect multiple Twitter accounts right within the app.