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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
77
7
0
2
3

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
Read more
Episode #1 was GREAT! Keep up the good work!
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Canvas

Latest release on Dec 21, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 22 days ago

Rank #1: 23: Workflow - Variables and Built-in Actions

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This week Fraser and Federico continue the Workflow series with a look at how to use Variables and Workflow's built-in actions.

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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Variables are a fundamental part of all even slightly-complex programming and Workflow is no different. The show opens with a discussion of how to create and access variables in workflow. After the break, we dive into Workflow's built-in actions for areas of your iOS life such as Calendar, Contacts, Music, Location and Photos.

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Nov 11 2016

55mins

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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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.

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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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 29: Workflow - Magic Variables

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In this episode, Fraser and Federico update the Workflow series for the major new feature that debuted in Workflow 1.7 - Magic Variables.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

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Magic Variables solve a major problem that we identified in episode 23. Namely, the need to constantly "get details of" and then store the result in a variable over and over until you have all the properties you need.

Magic Variables reduce this to one button in a Workflow now. You're going to want to use these!

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Feb 17 2017

37mins

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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 37: WWDC 2017 with Tom Bridge

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

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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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 21: Office and Google Docs

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This week Fraser and Federico complete the set and talk about Microsoft Office and Google Docs on iOS.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Boom for iOS: Redefine the way you listen to music on your iPhone and iPad.

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iOS now has all three major productivity suites available at some level on the platform. In this episode we discuss Microsoft Office and Google Docs from the perspective of how good they are on iOS. Spoiler: Google Docs doesn't feel the love in this episode.

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Oct 14 2016

48mins

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Rank #14: 19: iOS 10

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This week Fraser and Federico discuss - what else? - iOS 10.

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iOS 10 is the next major release of Apple's mobile operating system. While perhaps not as "power-user" focused as iOS 9 was, it will smooth the rough edges off many of our daily interactions with our devices.

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Sep 16 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #15: 28: Read Later Services

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This week Fraser and Federico change gears and focus on Read Later services.

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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On iOS, three of the big services for "reading later" are Safari Reading List, Pocket and Instapaper. In this show, we discuss the features that are desirable for these kinds of services and review each of the big three, highlighting their best side.

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Feb 03 2017

43mins

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Rank #16: 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.

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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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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 39: Everyone Can Code on iPad

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This week Fraser flies the show solo and brings an update on programming on iOS by going into detail on Apple’s Everyone Can Code initiative.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

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Everyone Can Code is Apple’s company-wide program for introducing coding techniques to interested students in schools and at home. Swift Playgrounds on iPad is one of the biggest features of this but there are other parts of the program too.

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Jul 07 2017

28mins

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Rank #19: 16: Task Management Part 2

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This week Fraser and Federico take another pass at managing tasks on iOS, this time looking at implementing Getting Things Done with OmniFocus on iOS.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

  • Igloo: An intranet you’ll actually like, free for up to 10 people.

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OmniFocus is one of the big beasts of the task management arena on iOS. OmniFocus of course started as a Mac app in 2008 and has migrated onto iOS as time has gone by.

Omnifocus on iOS is one part of a whole system that includes OmniFocus on the Mac, Apple Watch and Omni's syncing service. All of these parts work together but you don't need the Mac app to get the best out of your OmniFocus system. We show you how to live the iOS lifestyle with a full-power GTD system.

Apple Notes is our 'lightweight' task manager of the week. There's so much to like about Apple Notes since iOS 9. As any reader of Getting Things Done will tell you, you don't need a super-powered task manager to implement the process - even plain old paper would do.

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Aug 05 2016

49mins

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Rank #20: 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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