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Canvas

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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23: Workflow - Variables and Built-in Actions

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. Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Apps Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple Featured Workflows Log Weight

55mins

11 Nov 2016

Rank #1

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43: iOS 11 Notes

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. Links and Show Notes 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!).

39mins

1 Sep 2017

Rank #2

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62: WWDC 2018 with David Chartier

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

1hr 15mins

8 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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66: Living the Google Lifestyle on iOS

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. Links and Show Notes 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.

55mins

3 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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31: Note Taking with Apple Pencil

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. Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Apps GoodNotes 4 - Notes & PDF Notability Microsoft OneNote Noteshelf Featured Links and Workflows Coalesced and Predictive Touches in iOS 9 Belkin Case + Stand for Apple Pencil Workflow: Annotate Last Screenshot

1hr 8mins

17 Mar 2017

Rank #5

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60: Watching TV on iOS

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. Links and Show Notes Featured Apps and Services BBC iPlayer Sky Go Sky Q NOW TV: Movies, TV & Sports RugbyPass Plex - Supported TV Tuners Plex Companion (Casting from one Plex to another) Hauppauge TV Tuners YouTube Red YouTube Offline TunnelBear Encrypt.me (formerly Cloak) HDHomeRun Channels [CEEFAX}(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceefax)

44mins

11 May 2018

Rank #6

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69: Getting Ready for iOS 12

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. Links and Show Notes Featured Links Canvas Episode 65 - Hands-on with the Shortcuts App with Jason Snell

50mins

31 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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29: Workflow - Magic Variables

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: Ministry of Supply: Dress smarter. Work smarter. Get 15% off your first purchase. Links and Show Notes 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! Featured Workflows and Links Macstories.net Article on Magic Variables New Linked Post Generate Affiliate App Store Link

37mins

17 Feb 2017

Rank #8

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54: Managing Your Smart Home from iOS

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. Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Apps Federico's Review of Home in iOS 11 Home HomeCam HomeDash HomeBridge

1hr 4mins

16 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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50: The Things We Carry

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’. Links and Show Notes Here are all the things we refer to in the show: Apple iPad Pro Apple Smart Keyboard Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard Apple Pencil Fintie Apple Pencil Accessories Mophie PowerStation XXL USB-C Battery Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable Belkin Valet Charger Apple AirPods Sennheiser Momentum Wireless JBL Charge 3 speaker Spigen TEKA AirPods Strap Apple VGA to Lightning Adapter Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter Apple USB to Ethernet Adapter Anker PowerPort 5-port USB-A wall adapter Anker PowerPort+ 5-port USB-C wall charger Tom Bihn Daylite Briefcase Tom Bihn Synapse 25 Tom Bihn Pilot

51mins

8 Dec 2017

Rank #10

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37: WWDC 2017 with Tom Bridge

This week, we go in-depth on the iOS-related announcements from WWDC 2017. Guest Starring: Tom Bridge Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Links iOS 11 Preview MacAdmins Podcast

1hr

9 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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33: iOS Device Security

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. Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Apps Find My iPhone (part of iOS) 1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet Featured Links [iOS Security Overview] Apple: Use a passcode with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch Apple: Track and find your missing Apple device Apple: Find My iPhone Activation Lock Speirs.org: Theft and Loss Recovery for iOS Users

1hr 11mins

14 Apr 2017

Rank #12

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21: Office and Google Docs

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. Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Apps Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft OneNote Google Docs Google Sheets Google Slides

48mins

14 Oct 2016

Rank #13

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19: iOS 10

This week Fraser and Federico discuss - what else? - iOS 10. This episode of Canvas is sponsored by: MartianCraft: Training crafted just for you Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Links iOS 10 Federico's iOS 10 Review

1hr 4mins

16 Sep 2016

Rank #14

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28: Read Later Services

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. Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Apps Safari Reading List Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later Instapaper Evernote - stay organized Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine PDF Expert - Edit, annotate and sign PDF documents Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple

43mins

3 Feb 2017

Rank #15

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41: iOS 11 - Drag and Drop

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: Ministry of Supply: Dress smarter. Work smarter. Get 15% off your first purchase. Links and Show Notes 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?

52mins

4 Aug 2017

Rank #16

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11: Travelling with iOS

This week Fraser and Federico discuss travelling with iOS devices. This episode of Canvas is sponsored by: Airtable: Organise anything you can imagine. Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Travel Kit Tom Bihn Synapse 25 Tom Bihn Medium Cafe Bag Tom Bihn Ristretto Tom Bihn Daylight Briefcase Anker Battery B&O H6 Headphones (Federico) Beats Studio Wireless Headphones Bose QC25 Noise-Cancelling Headphones (Fraser) Bose SoundLink portable speaker Featured Accessories Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter and Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable AmazonBasics 6ft Lightning Cables Anker 6ft Nylon Braided Lightning Cable Anker 2-port USB Charger Anker PowerPort 5-port USB Charger Spigen Apple Watch Charging Stand Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter (HDMI) Apple Lightning to VGA adapter Apple World Travel Adapter Kit Apple USB Ethernet Adapter Apple Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter Featured Apps Google Maps Google Photos British Airways Foursqure Tripadvisor Weather Underground Weather Pro Starbucks (sorry Federico) Evernote Google Drive Documents by Readdle PDF Expert 1Password Google Authenticator Authy Google Inbox Klok Globo Tunnelbear Cloak VPN Featured Travel Tips Create an Emergency Medical ID with Health.app Use Low Power Mode Use Find my iPhone Lost Mode

52mins

27 May 2016

Rank #17

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39: Everyone Can Code on iPad

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: Ministry of Supply: Dress smarter. Work smarter. Get 15% off your first purchase. Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Apps Swift Playgrounds Pythonista 3 Hopscotch: Learn to Code, Make your own game Codea Prompt 2 Working Copy - Powerful Git client Coda Featured Books Get Started With Code 1 Get Started With Code 2 Swift Playgrounds: Learn to Code 1 & 2 Swift Playgrounds: Learn to Code 3 Intro to App Development with Swift App Development with Swift

28mins

7 Jul 2017

Rank #18

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16: Task Management Part 2

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. Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Apps OmniFocus 2 Apple Notes Featured Sites, Links and Books Perspective Icons 2 for OmniFocus The OmniFocus for iOS manual in the iBookstore Creating Flow with OmniFocus - Kourosh Dini OmniFocus video field guide by David Sparks Omni Group Forums Inside OmniFocus

49mins

5 Aug 2016

Rank #19

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8: Apple Mail

This week Fraser and Federico tackle email on iOS using everyone's default client Apple Mail. Links and Show Notes 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. Featured Apps Airmail Dispatch Apple Mail Featured Workflows Probably our biggest complaint about Apple Mail is that there's nothing to put in here. Other Links Apple Data Detectors

48mins

15 Apr 2016

Rank #20