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  • Automators 59: iOS 14 Shortcuts

    Fri 8:00pm By David Sparks
    On this episode of Automators, Rosemary and I dive into the iOS 14 update to Shortcuts and what it brings to all of us, as well as how we’re using it.This episode of Automators is sponsored by:The Intrazone by Microsoft SharePoint: Your bi-weekly…
  • Updates and Improvements to the Salutation AppleScript for Apple Mail

    Fri 10:40am By David Sparks
    My relationship with Apple Mail isn’t love so much as familiarity. However, every time I think about walking out on Apple Mail, I think about our long and complicated relationship, and how much work I’ve put into it with things like my salutation…
  • Fantastical 3.2's Calendar Widgets

    Thu 7:22pm By David Sparks
    Flexibits has released Fantastical Version 3.2, with 12 new widgets for iOS and iPadOS 14 and Scribble support for iPadOS 14. You can now customize the exact views of Fantastical how you want on your Homescreen with 12 unique widgets to choose from. Do you…
  • Magic Lasso Adblock for iPhone, iPad, and Mac (Sponsor)

    Wed 1:30pm By David Sparks
    Magic Lasso Adblock is an efficient and high-performance ad blocker for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.It allows you to experience a cleaner, faster web—without ads. As a native Safari content-blocking extension, Magic Lasso blocks intrusive ads, pop-ups, and…
  • The Great USB Adapter Purge of 2020

    Tue 11:00am By David Sparks
    At the new Apple Watch event last week, we got Apple’s first explanation of why they aren’t shipping USB power adapters. The reason, not surprisingly, is to protect the environment. The presentation had a surprising statistic (to me, at least) that…
  • Mistakes Book

    Tue 10:00am By David Sparks
    Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean have been making The Small Business Show, a podcast about … well … small businesses, for five years now. It’s a great show, and I’ve even guested on it.Recently Dave and Shannon released a book called We Love…
  • The Coming Research App Revolution

    Sep 21, 2020, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    In the last several months, I have been experimenting a lot with  Roam Research and Obsidian. There is a lot to like about these apps and their crazy-powerful internal links. With both Roam and Obsidian, cross-linking is ridiculously easy. In the case of…
  • Mac Power Users 554: Read-It-Later Services

    Sep 21, 2020, 10:00 am By David Sparks
    Read-it-later services can be a great way to save and enjoy an article later, away from the noise of social media or an overflowing RSS client. This episode of Mac Power Users has Stephen and I talking about some of the popular choices, and how to keep them…
  • St. Jude Relay Fundraiser: $315K+

    Sep 20, 2020, 7:00 pm By David Sparks
    I’m so pleased Relay has busted through its goal of $315,000 this year for St. Jude. My friends, Stephen and Merri Hacket, had an idea a few years ago, and at this point, they – along with the help of a lot more folks – have now raised over $650,000 for…
  • 2020 Relay Membership Shows

    Sep 20, 2020, 4:47 pm By David Sparks
    All of my Relay.FM shows have now posted their membership shows. If you are supporting any of the Relay.fm podcasts, you should have access to this feed. The bonus shows this year were a lot of fun.Windows Power UsersStephen and I used Windows for a week and…
  • Time Tracking + Automation = Productivity with the Timing App (Sponsor)

    Sep 18, 2020, 10:57 am By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by Timing  a Mac app that keeps granular track of your time without relying on you to keep pressing buttons like those guys on Lost. Instead, Timing automatically tracks which apps, documents and websites you use —…
  • Shortcuts Field Guide Update, Discount, and Free Shortcuts Webinar

    Sep 16, 2020, 10:30 am By David Sparks
    Are you ready for iOS 14? Because it is coming today. I have to admit when I got my popcorn for yesterday’s Apple event, I didn't expect Tim to announce they are releasing iOS 14 the next day. Regardless, I've been working on an updated to the Shortcuts…
  • Focused 108: Pruning, with Ian Byrd

    Sep 16, 2020, 10:00 am By David Sparks
    Educator, speaker, and online course creator Ian Byrd joins Mike and me on the latest episode of Focused to talk about quarterly retreats, technology, and focus. Also, I make a commitment.This episode of Focused is sponsored by:ExpressVPN: High-speed, secure…
  • How I Built It Podcast Appearance

    Sep 15, 2020, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    I was a guest on Joe Casabona's How I Built It podcast. We talked about the process of making the Field Guides and the current state of Star Wars animation.
  • The Relay St. Jude Fund Raiser

    Sep 14, 2020, 6:03 pm By David Sparks
    This is the second year Relay has planned its “Podcastathon” to raise money for St. Jude. I’ll be appearing at the event on Friday and I think it will be a lot of fun. The big point of all of this though is that the money you are giving is going to take…
  • Mac Power Users 553: Sparky's Wrong ... Again

    Sep 14, 2020, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    It’s a Mac Power Users feedback episode! Stephen and I talk more about HomeKit, Dropbox, photo management, and much, much more.This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by:Hover: Make a name for yourself. Get 10% off any domain name.MarsEdit: Powerful web…
  • The Apple September 15 Event

    Sep 12, 2020, 10:00 am By David Sparks
    On Tuesday, Apple is having its first of an expected several events over the next few months. Announcements expected over this time are: New Watches on September 15 New iPad Air on September 15After that, there are iPhones, Apple Silicon Macs, a supposed Tile…
  • Automators 58: Automating with TJ Luoma

    Sep 11, 2020, 8:00 pm By David Sparks
    TJ Luoma joins Rosemary and me on this episode of Automators to talk about some of his favorite automations and all of the crazy things he is doing with his Stream Deck.This episode of Automators is sponsored by:TextExpander, from Smile: Unlock your…
  • IFTTT Pro

    Sep 11, 2020, 12:46 pm By David Sparks
    For years now, many of us have had a standing "Yeah, but" for IFTTT. It's an excellent service that reliably connects things on the Internet for simple automation. BUT, it has never embraced the complexity that you start looking for about 10 minutes after you…
  • Upgrade Any Email App with SaneBox (Sponsor)

    Sep 10, 2020, 12:51 pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by SaneBox, the email service I use every day to manage my email. SaneBox acts as your email assistant, sorting your inbox for you, so you only see the most important emails with less important email getting relegated to other…