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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.

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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

88 Ratings
Average Ratings
78
7
0
2
1

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!
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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.

Rank #1: 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
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #2: 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
39 mins
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Rank #3: 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

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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
45 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #5: 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
51 mins
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Rank #6: Canvas 38: 21 Days Later

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This week Fraser and Federico reflect on a couple of weeks of intensive use of iOS 11.

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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There is so much for iPad users to love in iOS 11. Files, drag and drop, multitasking, screen recording and the like. In this episode, Fraser and Federico dive into the excruciating detail of the impact on productivity of some of these changes. Sometimes they are much for the better but your hosts share their spidey-sense that some of this might not be fully baked just yet.

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Jun 23 2017
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #8: Canvas 44: Getting Ready for iOS 11

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In this solo episode, Fraser shares information about iOS storage management, backup and OS updating in preparation for iOS 11.

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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When a major new iOS version lands, you’re going to want to update soon but do you have enough free space on your device and are you fully backed up? This episode will help you get ready on both counts.

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Sep 15 2017
51 mins
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Rank #9: Canvas 46: Versions

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Making, accessing and using versions of files is something that has been built into some iOS apps for a while now but few know how to access the feature.

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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In this episode, Fraser and Federico go into detail about how to access file versions in iCloud-backed apps like iWork. Federico then goes into the nuclear option and explains how he uses Working Copy and Git to maintain versions of the articles that end up on Macstories.net.

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Oct 13 2017
39 mins
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Rank #10: 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
40 mins
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Rank #11: 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
49 mins
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #13: Canvas 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
37 mins
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Rank #14: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #15: 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

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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
53 mins
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Rank #16: Canvas 32: iWork 3.1 Update and Apple Classroom

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This week Fraser and Federico dig into the changes in Apple's recent iWork 3.1 update and explore Apple Classroom 2.0.

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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iWork is a great suite of apps that comes for free with iOS devices. There's a lot of power in there and Apple has recently expanded these capabilities with iWork 3.1. This show discusses some of the additions and looks at Apple Classroom 2.0, the iPad management tool that is now open for use by anyone with any device, not just schools.

Finally, we run the rule over Apple's new lower-cost iPad 5th Generation.

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Mar 31 2017
50 mins
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Rank #17: Canvas 55: Getting the Most out of Find My Friends

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This week, Fraser leads us on a deep-dive into the feature set of Find My Friends, the built-in location sharing app in iOS.

This episode of Canvas is sponsored by:

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

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Find My Friends is a well-designed location sharing app that is built into millions of iOS devices, yet it is not as well-known as it should be.

Find My Friends features fine-grained control over who can see your location and when. You can set up permanent or temporary location sharing, provide notifications of your movements to others and get notified when other people are on the move.

Siri knows about Find My Friends so you can ask questions like "Where is Bob?" or "Let me know when my wife leaves work."

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Mar 02 2018
41 mins
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Rank #18: 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
48 mins
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Rank #19: 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
44 mins
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Rank #20: 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
41 mins
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