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Hosted by Federico Viticci and Fraser Speirs, Canvas is a podcast all about mobile productivity. Armed with iOS, Federico and Fraser will be walking through workflows, exploring the best apps for the iPad and iPhone and helping users solve problems. Hosted by Federico Viticci and Fraser Speirs.

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Hosted by Federico Viticci and Fraser Speirs, Canvas is a podcast all about mobile productivity. Armed with iOS, Federico and Fraser will be walking through workflows, exploring the best apps for the iPad and iPhone and helping users solve problems. Hosted by Federico Viticci and Fraser Speirs.

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Very good

By Junoro - Aug 18 2016
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This podcast has made me much more productive on my iPad. Thanks guys!

Perfect for the aspiring iOS power user

By LLMMD - Jan 17 2016
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Episode #1 was GREAT! Keep up the good work!

iTunes Ratings

89 Ratings
Average Ratings
78
7
0
2
2

Very good

By Junoro - Aug 18 2016
Read more
This podcast has made me much more productive on my iPad. Thanks guys!

Perfect for the aspiring iOS power user

By LLMMD - Jan 17 2016
Read more
Episode #1 was GREAT! Keep up the good work!

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Canvas

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Hosted by Federico Viticci and Fraser Speirs, Canvas is a podcast all about mobile productivity. Armed with iOS, Federico and Fraser will be walking through workflows, exploring the best apps for the iPad and iPhone and helping users solve problems. Hosted by Federico Viticci and Fraser Speirs.

Canvas 43: iOS 11 Notes

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This week Fraser and Federico take a look at the changes coming to one of the most-used applications in iOS: Apple Notes.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Balance: Find out more about Balance Open and get $2 in Etherium.

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Apple Notes is now a seriously full-featured application, incorporating styled text, attachments and, in iOS 11, tables, inline sketches and a new Instant Notes feature. In this episode we look at many of the new features as well as a few old favourites (and old pain points!).

Sep 01 2017

39mins

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Canvas 58: The Multi-Pad Lifestyle, with Myke Hurley

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Myke Hurley joins the show to discuss why and how he uses multiple iPads for his work.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Sanebox: Clean up your inbox in minutes. Sign up for a two-week free trial and a $20 credit.
  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

Guest Starring:

Myke Hurley

Links and Show Notes

Cortex #27: Danger Inches Away - Relay FM
Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop | Cult Pens
Brydge 12.9 - Apple iPad Pro Keyboard | Brydge
Kaweco pen sleeve GRIP for Apple Pencil black | Mostwanted Pens

Apr 13 2018

45mins

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Canvas 31: Note Taking with Apple Pencil

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This week Fraser and Federico take their Apple Pencils in hand and share some notes on taking notes with the iPad Pro.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Sanebox: Clean up your inbox in minutes. Sign up for a two-week free trial and a $20 credit.

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Many people dream of the fusion of paper and digital and, for many years, we tried to make the iPad work for this. Rubbery styli, wide parallax error and low-resolution digitizers were the enemy of anything particularly good happening, despite the best efforts of many stylus makers and app developers.

With the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, however, everything has changed. The Apple Pencil is really the only stylus worth mentioning in the context of iPad note taking. Nothing else comes close.

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Mar 17 2017

1hr 8mins

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Canvas 65: Hands-On with the Shortcuts App

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Federico is joined by Jason Snell to talk about Shortcuts.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.
  • Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Ever.

Guest Starring:

Jason Snell

Links and Show Notes

Six Colors: Apple, technology, and other stuff from Jason Snell and Friends
Coda for iOS
Workflow – Tag Archive - MacStories
Shortcuts: A New Vision for Siri and iOS Automation – MacStories

Jul 20 2018

53mins

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Canvas 15: Task Management Part 1

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This week Fraser and Federico take a pass at task management on iOS. This is another area of productivity where iOS is very well served for options.

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There are thousands of to do list applications on the App Store, but we take a look at one heavyweight app and one lighter app this week. Our heavyweight app is Federico's task manager of choice, Todoist.

For our lighter, simpler, option we also take a look at Apple reminders which, despite its simplicity, still has a level of integration with iOS that no other task manager can match.

Jul 22 2016

41mins

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Canvas 33: iOS Device Security

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This week, inspired by true events, Fraser and Federico look at the user-facing security technologies available in iOS.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer CANVAS to get 20% off.

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iOS is a very secure operating system but there are settings and controls that you might set in various ways to enhance or reduce your security. This episode dives deep into the settings available to users to protect themselves.

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Apr 14 2017

1hr 11mins

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Canvas 47: Long-form Writing in Ulysses

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In this first episode of a mini-series on long-form writing on iOS, Fraser and Federico go deep on one of their favourite applications: Ulysses.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Balance Open: Find out more about Balance Open and get $2 in Ethereum.

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Ulysses is one of the deep professional applications on iOS. Federico wrote and managed his entire iOS 11 review in Ulysses We could talk all day about this app!

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Oct 27 2017

54mins

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Canvas 62: WWDC 2018 with David Chartier

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With Federico at WWDC, Fraser is joined by David Chartier to evaluate the announcements of Apple's Keynote.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Sanebox: Clean up your inbox in minutes. Sign up for a two-week free trial and a $20 credit.
  • eero: Never think about WiFi again. Use code CANVAS for free overnight shipping.

Guest Starring:

David Chartier

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Fraser and David dig into Apple's announcements in iOS 12, watchOS 5 and even say a few nice things about macOS Mojave.

Jun 08 2018

1hr 15mins

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Canvas 48: Long-form Writing in Scrivener

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We continue with our mini-series on long-form writing apps with a look at Scrivener.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Balance Open: Find out more about Balance Open and get $2 in Ethereum.
  • FlightLogger: Real-time flight tracking for worry-free travel

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Scrivener is the other one of the “big two” long-form writing apps on iOS outside of traditional word processors like Pages and Word.

We dive into the powerful research and structuring features that are the central features of Scrivener.

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Nov 10 2017

49mins

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Canvas 50: The Things We Carry

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For our 50th episode, we take a look at the outside of our iPads instead of the inside. Fraser and Federico open up their kit bags and show what they carry alongside their iPads.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Balance Open: Find out more about Balance Open and get $2 in Ethereum.
  • Away: Travel smarter with the suitcase that charges your phone. Get $20 off with the code ‘canvas’.

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Here are all the things we refer to in the show:

Dec 08 2017

51mins

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Canvas 64: Summer Travel with iOS

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Appropriately for the topic, Federico is away so Fraser is joined by Bradley Chambers to share tips and tricks for managing summer travel with iOS.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Caffeine Security: Boutique cyber-security consulting services. Free quick-start cyber-security roadmap for the first five listeners who request it.
  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

Guest Starring:

Bradley Chambers

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Jul 06 2018

44mins

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Canvas 35: Outlining

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This week Fraser and Federico look at two options for outlining on iOS.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer CANVAS to get 20% off.

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Outlining is a powerful software technique that goes far beyond the bullet list in a word processor. Outliners let you create structured documents and - crucially - expand, collapse and restructure them at will.

If you haven't used an outliner before, we look at two options: one that gives you a stripped-down Markdown-style editing experience and one that lets you do, well, everything in one place.

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May 12 2017

40mins

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Canvas 41: iOS 11 - Drag and Drop

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In this episode, Fraser and Federico dive deep on the topic of Drag and Drop in iOS 11.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

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Drag and Drop is one of the cornerstone features of iOS 11, but how does it really work and how can you expect it to change your approach to working on iOS?

Aug 04 2017

52mins

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Canvas 8: Apple Mail

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This week Fraser and Federico tackle email on iOS using everyone's default client Apple Mail.

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You might think of Apple Mail as being a slightly weak client but, as we shall see, it's more powerful than you think. We tackle some of the special smart mailboxes that exist in Apple Mail, look at notifications and composing mail.

This week, it's Federico's turn to confess something.

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  • Probably our biggest complaint about Apple Mail is that there's nothing to put in here.
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Apr 15 2016

48mins

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Canvas 11: Travelling with iOS

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This week Fraser and Federico discuss travelling with iOS devices.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Airtable: Organise anything you can imagine.

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With summer - and WWDC - coming up, Fraser and Federico bring you advice on the equipment, apps and tweaks for your iOS devices that you need when travelling with your iOS devices.

The the travel bags are opened to reveal the essentials within. Fraser and Federico share their favourite travel accessories, techniques for getting online abroad and their preferred iOS settings tweaks and Apple Watch complications for having fun and staying safe abroad.

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May 27 2016

52mins

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Canvas 63: iOS 12 First Impressions

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Fraser and Federico have been living on the early betas of iOS 12 for a couple of weeks now and they really like it.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Sanebox: Clean up your inbox in minutes. Sign up for a two-week free trial and a $20 credit.
  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

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Jun 22 2018

1hr 2mins

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Canvas 12: Programming on iOS

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The mission of Canvas has always been to illuminate the parts of iOS that people think can't be done. In that spirit, this week Fraser and Federico dig into how to program on iOS.

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The mission of Canvas has always been to illuminate the parts of iOS that people think can't be done. In that spirit, this week Fraser and Federico dig into how to program on iOS.

We take a look at both traditional Integrated Development Environment tools such as Pythonista and Codea and block-based programming tools like Editorial, Workflow and Hopscotch.

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Jun 10 2016

48mins

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Canvas 37: WWDC 2017 with Tom Bridge

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This week, we go in-depth on the iOS-related announcements from WWDC 2017.

Guest Starring:

Tom Bridge

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This week Tom Bridge of the MacAdmins Podcast is sitting in for Federico, who is on location at WWDC 2017.

Tom and Fraser go in-depth on the new iPad hardware announcements and the major features of iOS 11.

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Jun 09 2017

1hr

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Canvas 3: Photo Management

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Federico and Fraser go in-depth on modern photo management on iOS devices.

Photo management is traditionally one of the trickier areas to deal with in an iOS-only lifestyle. This week, we focus on the modern era of photo management by looking in-depth at iCloud Photo Library, which can minimise or even eliminate many of the difficulties in handling a large library of photos. We also discuss apps that work well with iCloud Photo Library and tell you how to spot ones that don't.

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Our featured apps this week are:

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Feb 05 2016

54mins

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Canvas 54: Managing Your Smart Home from iOS

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This week, Federico schools Fraser in the ways of Apple HomeKit and HomeKit compatible accessories.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Sanebox: Clean up your inbox in minutes. Sign up for a two-week free trial and a $20 credit.
  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

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With the advent of HomePod, Apple's push into the home is beginning in earnest. Federico walks us through the rooms of his virtual home and explains how to make coffee, check the temperature and turn the lights red all from your iOS devices.

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Feb 16 2018

1hr 4mins

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Canvas 77: Future of iPad - Ecosystem

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In this, final, episode of Canvas, Fraser and Federico look into the future of the iPad ecosystem.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.
  • Luna Display: The only hardware solution that turns your iPad into a wireless display for your Mac. Use promo code CANVAS at checkout for 10% off.

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In this episode, we look at the future of the hardware, software, platform, app and service ecosystem.

Dec 21 2018

1hr 14mins

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Canvas 76: Future of iPad - Automation

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Fraser and Federico open with an important announcement about the future of Canvas, then speculate on how iOS automation might move forward in the future.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Luna Display: The only hardware solution that turns your iPad into a wireless display for your Mac. Use promo code CANVAS at checkout for 10% off.
  • Away: Travel smarter with the suitcase that charges your phone. Get $20 off with the code ‘canvas’.

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Support Canvas with a Relay FM Membership

Dec 07 2018

53mins

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Canvas 75: Future of iPad - The Cloud

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In this episode on the future of the iPad, Fraser and Federico take a look at cloud services - both Apple's and third parties.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.
  • Luna Display: The only hardware solution that turns your iPad into a wireless display for your Mac. Use promo code CANVAS at checkout for 10% off.

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Support Canvas with a Relay FM Membership

Nov 23 2018

46mins

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Canvas 74: Future of iPad - Hardware

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In this post-event episode, Federico shares his impressions of the new 3rd generation iPad Pro and we look to the future of iPad hardware.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.
  • Luna Display: The only hardware solution that turns your iPad into a wireless display for your Mac. Use promo code CANVAS at checkout for 10% off.

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Support Canvas with a Relay FM Membership

Nov 09 2018

55mins

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Canvas 73: Future of iPad - Software

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In this forward-looking episode, Federico and Fraser try to imagine what the future of the iPad might be, with particular consideration of the software it runs.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.
  • Luna Display: The only hardware solution that turns your iPad into a wireless display for your Mac. Use promo code CANVAS at checkout for 10% off.

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Support Canvas with a Relay FM Membership

Oct 26 2018

1hr 12mins

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Canvas 72: Fraser Goes to the Dark Side

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In a surprising turn of events, Fraser buys an Android phone and Federico demands to know why.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.
  • Hover: Get a .DESIGN domain with 85% off your first year.

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Fraser has picked up a Google Pixel 2XL as his next smartphone. The reasons are explained inside but the episode turns into a reflection on just how similar and different the two main smartphone platforms are in 2018. There is some discussion of Google using their apps as an Android ‘beachhead’ on iOS and the implications of Apple’s pricing strategy.

Support Canvas with a Relay FM Membership

Oct 12 2018

39mins

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Canvas 71: Shortcuts, Shortcuts or Shortcuts?

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This week, Federico spends a quarter of the show saying "Shortcuts", Fraser invents a morse code Shortcut and OpenDoc is referenced in the passing.

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Support Canvas with a Relay FM Membership

Sep 29 2018

40mins

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Canvas 70: Task Managers in 2018

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This week, Fraser and Federico take a look at the "Big Four" task managers on iOS - Things, OmniFocus, Todoist and Apple Reminders - and consider how the iOS ecosystem has changed since the early days.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Hover: Show the world what you’re passionate about with 10% off your first purchase

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Support Canvas with a Relay FM Membership

Sep 18 2018

55mins

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Canvas 69: Getting Ready for iOS 12

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This week, Federico leads us through an exploration of the new features coming (soon!) in iOS 12.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

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Aug 31 2018

50mins

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Canvas 68: Cloud Storage in 2018

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Fraser is joined by David Chartier for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of cloud storage in 2018 and its impact on our lives.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.
  • Molekule: The only air purifier that actually destroys pollutants. Use canvas for $75 off.

Guest Starring:

David Chartier

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Aug 17 2018

1hr 5mins

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Canvas 66: Living the Google Lifestyle on iOS

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This week Fraser walks through the details of living the Google Lifestyle on iOS.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

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Like Fraser, many iOS users live in a world dominated by Google services. At Fraser's school, GSuite is the back-end service that manages cloud storage, email, calendaring and all those businessy things that we do every day.

So, how do the options for accessing and working with Google services on iOS stack up? Listen in to find out.

Aug 03 2018

55mins

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Canvas 65: Hands-On with the Shortcuts App

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Federico is joined by Jason Snell to talk about Shortcuts.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.
  • Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Ever.

Guest Starring:

Jason Snell

Links and Show Notes

Six Colors: Apple, technology, and other stuff from Jason Snell and Friends
Coda for iOS
Workflow – Tag Archive - MacStories
Shortcuts: A New Vision for Siri and iOS Automation – MacStories

Jul 20 2018

53mins

Play

Canvas 64: Summer Travel with iOS

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Appropriately for the topic, Federico is away so Fraser is joined by Bradley Chambers to share tips and tricks for managing summer travel with iOS.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Caffeine Security: Boutique cyber-security consulting services. Free quick-start cyber-security roadmap for the first five listeners who request it.
  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

Guest Starring:

Bradley Chambers

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Featured Items and Links

Jul 06 2018

44mins

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Canvas 63: iOS 12 First Impressions

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Fraser and Federico have been living on the early betas of iOS 12 for a couple of weeks now and they really like it.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Sanebox: Clean up your inbox in minutes. Sign up for a two-week free trial and a $20 credit.
  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

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Jun 22 2018

1hr 2mins

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Canvas 62: WWDC 2018 with David Chartier

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With Federico at WWDC, Fraser is joined by David Chartier to evaluate the announcements of Apple's Keynote.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Sanebox: Clean up your inbox in minutes. Sign up for a two-week free trial and a $20 credit.
  • eero: Never think about WiFi again. Use code CANVAS for free overnight shipping.

Guest Starring:

David Chartier

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Fraser and David dig into Apple's announcements in iOS 12, watchOS 5 and even say a few nice things about macOS Mojave.

Jun 08 2018

1hr 15mins

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Canvas 61: Parental Controls

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In this solo episode, Fraser takes you through four techniques for restricting the function of an iOS device in different scenarios.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.
  • eero: Never think about WiFi again. Use code CANVAS for free overnight shipping.

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"Digital Wellbeing" is the new hotness when it comes to devices, but iOS has long provided controls for restricting or limiting the operation of device features.

Fraser covers:

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May 25 2018

40mins

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Canvas 60: Watching TV on iOS

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Turns out™ that iOS was for content consumption all along! This week, Fraser and Federico look at ways to watch TV and video content on iOS.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Sanebox: Clean up your inbox in minutes. Sign up for a two-week free trial and a $20 credit.
  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

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May 11 2018

44mins

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Canvas 59: Keeping Track of the Weather

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In this episode, Fraser and Federico chat about the weather and how to keep an eye on it digitally through iOS.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.
  • Eero: Never think about WiFi again. Use code CANVAS for free overnight shipping.

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Apr 27 2018

35mins

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Canvas 58: The Multi-Pad Lifestyle, with Myke Hurley

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Myke Hurley joins the show to discuss why and how he uses multiple iPads for his work.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Sanebox: Clean up your inbox in minutes. Sign up for a two-week free trial and a $20 credit.
  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

Guest Starring:

Myke Hurley

Links and Show Notes

Cortex #27: Danger Inches Away - Relay FM
Leuchtturm1917 Pen Loop | Cult Pens
Brydge 12.9 - Apple iPad Pro Keyboard | Brydge
Kaweco pen sleeve GRIP for Apple Pencil black | Mostwanted Pens

Apr 13 2018

45mins

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Canvas 57: Apple Education Event 2018

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On March 27th, Apple held its 2018 Education Event showcasing the 6th Generation iPad and various new education apps and features. We dig into these announcements and look at iOS' role in education.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Pingdom: Start monitoring your websites and servers today. Use offer code CANVAS to get 30% off.

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Mar 30 2018

1hr 2mins

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