Smart Home Part 11: Fuse-Home & Music Control App

Fuse application icon
In this screencast tutorial I cover an application that combines your HomeKit device control with Sonos and your Mac’s and AppleTV’s all in one application. The Fuse app uses a simple card style to create a one screen quick look at all of your smart home devices which you can control. It also includes an Apple Watch App incase you don’t have your iPhone or iPad handy.


iOS 11 Part 1: Upgrade & Set Up

In this screencast tutorial I cover the upgrade and set up of iOS 11. Today is launch day and as a result I thought I would dive right in and walk you through the upgrade process. The upgrade went very smoothly and only took about 15 minutes total! This is probably the shortest and smoothest upgrade I have done on my iPad!

I walk through each of the segments of the upgrade process and show you what I see on my screen. So far I am very impressed with the results and love what Apple has done to make the iPad more like a desktop in terms of multitasking and interactions between applications like drag and drop. I use my iPad Pro far more than any of my other Apple devices on a day to day basis save my iPhone. It is the most portable option and now is slowly taking care of the things that bothered me about it in comparison to my Mac!


Transmit iOS: My Favorite FTP App

In this screencast tutorial I cover one of my favorite FTP applications for iOS devices and that’s Transmit by Panic Software. Transmit is a full fledged FTP application that lets you connect to local and remote servers via a number of protocol including FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV and let’s you take action of the files and folders you have on your remote servers and locally. I walk you through the set up and how to practically use the application including how to edit html from your website right inside Transmit for iOS. This application really is a great addition to iOS and is another example of the fact that the divide between the Mac and iOS is closing.

I'm also working on a desktop application showdown for File Managers that will include the Mac version of Transmit and other great FTP Applications. You can take a look at the Transmit 5 tutorial Here.


Upgrading to iOS 10: A Step by Step Walkthrough

In this screencast tutorial I take you through a walkthrough of the upgrade to iOS 10. With this being launch day I wanted to get this out quickly so some of the live video recording is a little shaky so I apologize for that but hopefully the timing will help you get a good idea of what to expect when updating your iOS devices.

There has been some talk that doing an over the air upgrade could have some problems so you might want to plug it into your Mac to do the upgrade just in case. In my case over the air worked fine but thought I would report what I have heard.

If you find this video helpful please favorite, like and share it so others can find it on the internet.

Thanks as always for all your support! Happy upgrading!


iOS 10 Beta Part 2: Home, Clock & News Apps

In this screencast tutorial I continue my look at some of the new features of the iOS 10 beta. I cover the new Home app which brings Apple’s home kit to the front and gives it an app to allow for easy access. I also cover some interesting changes to the clock app that integrates with health kit and the changes to the News application.

As always thanks for all of your support. If you find the video helpful please like, favorite and share it with others so it can be found on the internet.

Also please be sure to subscribe to be notified of other upcoming videos!

If you have any questions or would like help with any of your Mac needs feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email at

Thanks for watching!


iOS 10 Beta Part 1: Installation & Set Up

In this screencast tutorial I cover how to install the iOS 10 Beta on your device so you can test it out before it’s upcoming release this fall. I cover the importance of backing up your iOS device so you can restore later is needed. I also walk through the sign up and install process to get you up and running with Apple’s new OS for iOS devices.

As always thanks for watching and for all of your support. If you find this video helpful please like, favorite and share it so others can find it on the internet.


Getting Started with iPhone Series

I wanted to share with you a project I have been working on over at on Getting Started With Your iPhone. If you are new to the iPhone or just want to get up to date on the various features found on the iPhone this course might be of help to you or a family member. You can view the video by clicking the image below.

Getting Started with Your iPhone |

Thanks again so much for watching! I am very thankful to be a part of an incredible community!


iOS 9 Update Step by Step Walkthrough

In this screencast tutorial I cover the iOS 9 update and walk you through update step by step. I show you which devices are eligible for the update and walk you through the steps to launching iOS 9 for the first time.

As always thanks for watching. If you have any questions or need help, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to get back to you.


iOS 9 Upgrade Part 2: Clean Install

With new iPhones around the corner many of you will be looking to sell your old iPhone in order to upgrade to the new one. To help you get your iPhone in order for selling or if you want to start with a clean slate, I put together this walkthrough on how to start over with your iPhone. This will completely erase your iPhone and put it back to factory settings so be sure to have a good back up or two. I have found that it doesn't hurt to have an iCloud backup and a back up on your local Mac through iTunes just to be safe. That way if your bandwidth is too slow you can always plug your iPhone into your Mac and do the restore tethered through your lightning cable.

As always if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or on my Youtube Channel. I hope you enjoy the video and your new iPhone of course!


iOS 9 Upgrade Part 1: Backing Up with Phoneview

With the upcoming iOS 9 upgrade, I thought I would start a series on preparing yourself for the upgrade by making sure you have done a few things to be ready. The first thing is making sure you have a solid back up of all of your data. Now the traditional iCloud backup is probably enough for most people but if you have data that you are concerned about such as your text messages or phone messages then Phoneview is a great option for getting those things backed up.
The beauty of Phoneview is it will make archives of your phones information so you can get easy access to it. Every wished you could get a pdf of a text conversation you have had over time? Phoneview does that for you and allows you to view those messages even when your phone is not plugged into your Mac.

In this screencast I give you an overview of
Phoneview and cover it's features in detail. I would highly recommend using a product like this just to make sure all of your important communications are backed up and accessible outside of your phone. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or on my Youtube Channel.


iOS 8 Tips & Set Up: Health Kit

One of the new features of iOS 8 is Apple’s Health Kit which takes data from all of your health apps and displays them in one place. This makes it a convenient location for you to store the information you collect from various health apps and lets you use the applications you prefer for the various health data you want to track without having to find one app that does it all well. I love this feature as I have found some apps that do certain things well and other things not so well. I was always either having to look in multiple locations for my health data or had to sacrifice some features to use an app that had most of the things I was looking for in one place. Now I can use multiple apps and have all of the data from each displayed in one place for my own tracking and for my doctor.
One app I have been trying out lately on the health side is Motion X 24/7. This application tracks your sleep patterns, steps, pulse, and other medical data. What I like about the app is that it can track your sleep patterns without the need for a separate bracelet. Just leave the phone on the bed next to you or on your pillow and it gives a detailed analysis of your sleep patterns including recording moments when it hears noise to see if you are snoring. This app integrates nicely with Health Kit as you will see in the tutorial below.

In this screencast tutorial I walk through the new Health Kit feature that is built into iOS 8. I walk through how to set up a Medical ID for emergency situations, how to enter your health data, how to give other health applications access to health kit so they can share your health data, how to track that data on a personalized dashboard, and how to export your data so your doctor can review it.

As always thanks for all of your support! If you find this tutorial helpful please subscribe, like, favorite and share it so others can find it on the internet. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below or on my
Youtube Channel and I'll do my best to get back to you.


iOS 8 Tips & Set Up: 1Password & Sharing Service

One of the features most users have asked for on iOS is the ability for apps to share content with one another. There are plenty of instance where one app has something I would want in another app and all iOS offered was a simple sharing service that really only allowed me to open a file in an application. It is one of the reasons I haven’t really been able to use my iPad as a primary computing device.

Well with iOS 8 Apple introduced a new sharing service that allows developers to add services to the sharing menus so they can communicate across applications. One of the applications that really needed this ability was 1Password. 1Password is an application that stores all of your passwords and other confidential information in a secure file that can only be unlocked with your one password that you set up. 1Password solves the problem of remembering all of your passwords or using the same password everywhere so you can remember it which is very insecure, by allow you to only have to remember the one password it takes to open your password vault and then automatically filling in your passwords for you. It is one of the applications I install first on all of my Macs and now with the new updates to iOS 8 will be the first one I install on iOS devices as well.

1Password has an extension that allows you to click a button, type in your one password and it will pre fill all of your login information for you for whatever site you are on. Prior to iOS 8, you had to access 1Password and used its built in web browser to get the same functionality you got on your Mac with Safari. It was a work around and a pain in that you could be in Safari on your iPad and then go to a site with a password and then have to go to one password and use it’s browser to log in (or you could copy the password from 1Password and then go back to Safari and paste it in). This made it difficult to use all of the power and convenience of 1Password on iOS. Now with the new sharing feature, you can use Safari in iOS and click the share button, 1Password, and then type your 1Password and have it fill in your login information for you. Just like it works on the Mac! Also, if you have Touch ID you don’t even have to use your password as you can use your finger print to login!

In this screencast I walk you through how to set up and use 1Password on iOS 8, I also cover some of the built in features of the sharing service and show how that might work with other applications. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them here or on my Youtube Channel.


iOS 8 Tips & Set Up: Family Sharing

One of the difficulties encountered with using iOS devices in a family is the issue of having everyone have their own iCloud accounts but then being able to share all of your purchases made on the App Store. For years I did a work around where my kids had their own iCloud accounts for their back ups and used a separate Apple ID for purchases so we could share our apps and consolidate them in one place. My wife and I wanted to share calendars and contacts so we shared an iCloud account to make that possible. Now with Continuity in iOS 8 that makes that set up inconvenient because every time her phone rings it rings on all of my devices and vice versa. In this scenario, Family Sharing finally makes it easy for us to use our Apple devices as a family.
Family Sharing allows you to link up to 5 iCloud accounts together in what is called a Family. This family allows each user to have his/her own iCloud accounts but links them together into a family where they have a shared family calendar, a shared family photo share, shared iTunes account to allow for shared apps, and certain restrictions that allows the primary account holder to approve an iTunes purchase and allows for the set up of accounts for children under the age of 13.

In this screencast I cover how to set up family sharing. I also cover all of the settings and walk you through all of the options and each step along the way in setting up your own personal family share. Be aware that you can only set up two family shares a year so if you make a mistake and delete a family, you can only add one more. If you added someone by mistake it is better to delete that person and keep the family share instead of deleting the family completely. Also be aware that children under the age of 13 that are added cannot be deleted and only transferred to another family share.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here or on my
Youtube Channel.


Upgrading to iOS 8: A Step by Step Walkthrough

Today is iOS 8 release day and I put together a walk through to help you see the entire process so you know what to expect every step along the way. For those of you that are looking at upgrading right away there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, you want to make sure you know your devices is eligible for the upgrade. The chart below gives a picture of which devices are eligible for the update.


Once you know your device is eligible, you will want to make sure you have a back up of your iOS device just in case something goes wrong with the update. You can either create a back up over the air and storing it on iCloud or by connecting your device to iTunes and storing the back up on your Mac or PC. I cover how to do this in the tutorial below.

Once you have your backup all set, you can start the update by going to Settings-General-Software Update. It may take a while to download the update and you need to make sure you have at least 5.7 GB of space on your device. If you do not, I cover how to make space for the update in the screencast below.

I found the update to take a couple of hours because I did it on launch day. You will probably be able to do so in much less time. Once you have updated your device you won’t notice much of a change on the surface but there are many innovations and improvements that will make iOS 8 a joy to work with. I’ll probably do a future screencast that goes over some of these changes.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here or on my
Youtube Channel and I’ll do my best to get back to you.


Mavericks Server Part 39: Documents 5-Working with File Shares on iOS

File sharing on OS X Server is one of the main reasons most people set up a server. Accessing those files from a Mac is easy to do and allows you to store your files on the server and have access to them where ever you are. But doing the same on iOS devices is not as simple due to the difference in how iOS handles it’s file structure. iOS uses a hidden file structure so you normally need to connect to your WebDAV share in the app you want to use to for those files like Pages or Numbers. There are times, however that you may want to look at all of your file shares in the way they are displayed in the finder so you can browse them as a whole instead of only by file type.

Documents 5 gives you the convenience and familiarity of the Finder on your iOS devices. Documents 5 will connect to your afp or smb file shares and display those files in the same folder hierarchy that you have set up on your server. From there you can open and share those files and folders with your other iOS apps. In this screencast I cover how to connect to your file shares and navigate them in Documents 5.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them here or on my
Youtube Channel.


Reflector: Mirroring Your iOS Device on Your Mac

I have been asked alot lately about how I mirror my iOS devices to my Mac for the screencasts I do. So based on viewer requests I decided to do a screencast on the application I use called Reflector.
Reflector allows you to mirror your iOS devices to your Mac using Airplay. Not only does Reflector do a great job of mirroring your iOS screen to your Mac, it also puts the device bezel around your screen and even lets you choose the color (white or black). This really works great for demonstrations because it allows the user to see the actual device instead of just looking at the screen and wondering what they are looking at until their eyes adjust.
Reflector also has the added feature of allowing you to mirror multiple devices at once. So if you are trying to demonstrate the interaction of one device to the other, you can show both devices on your screen and operate them independently at the same time and still capture both screens. This can really come in handy depending on what you are trying to demonstrate.
So in this screencast I demonstrate how Reflector works so you can get an idea of how I do my screencasts. Of course I record these screencasts with
Screenflow, the best screen capture and editing software I have ever used. Someday I'll do some screencasts on how I do my screencasts which will feature Screenflow.
Feel Free to leave any comments or questions below or on my
Youtube Channel.