MacVoices #20183: Andrew Gould of Squirrels on AirParrot, Reflector, and Ditto (1) Andrew Gould, the Co-Creator and CEO of Squirrels explains how their apps, AirParrot, Reflector, and Ditto, allow you to share your screen and content from your Mac, iPad, or Windows PC to other devices like Apple TV, Chromecast, Google Chromecast, or many other devices. In the first part of our conversation, Andrew explains why COVID-19 caused them to push up the release of their latest version, the extra features that AirParrot offers beyond normal Apple TV screen sharing, and how they solve problems in the enterprise and education markets. (Part 1)

MacVoices #20181: MacVoices Live - Terri Morgan and Chris Demiris of Luma Touch (2) We wrap up our MacVoices Live! discussion with Terri Morgan and Chris Demiris of Luma Touch with Chris demonstrating why real app builds work when betas don’t. A discussion of editing on the iPad vs. on your Mac, why the newest capabilities of Luma Fusion are free, and Luma Touch’s participation in and support of the education market are covered as covered, along with some thoughts on changes in storytelling and editing styles, and our our visual literacy has changed when it comes to video. (Part 2 of 2)

MacVoices #20180: MacVoices Live - Terri Morgan and Chris Demiris of Luma Touch (1) The first part of our MacVoices Live! discussion with Terri Morgan and Chris Demiris of Luma Touch starts with the newest features of LumaFusion, then veers off into questions of Apple Silicon Macs, touchscreen interfaces and what the ability to run apps on both the iPad and Mac platforms might mean for them. Chris then starts us on a demo of LumaFusion and how they are integrating with Frame.io to facilitate collaboration on video projects. (Part 1 of 2)

MacVoices #20178: SVMUG - Adam Engst on Apple Silicon In a live virtual discussion with the Silicon Valley Mac User Group, Adam Engst and host Chuck Joiner review some of the announcements from Apple’s WWDC. The first part focuses on the importance of the “Apple Silicon” announcement…what it means for the future of the Mac platform, the motivations behind it, and how it may impact the future development of macOS, iOS, and iPadOS.

MacVoices #20177: MacVoices Live - Brittany Smith Looks At Interfaces From a Cognitive Perspective (2) The second half of our discussion with cognitive scientist Brittany Smith gets a bit more specific on the issue of interfaces with an example of an iPhone home screen that is distracting at best, how Apple tries to help you not create that distraction, why some people jailbreak phone for interface modifications (please don’t do that), and why the options in iOS 14 help address some of that distraction. She also shares some of her preferences and why when it comes to her Mac’s Finder arrangement.

MacVoices #20175: Rachel and Mike Schmitz Discuss Their Intentional Family Podcast (2) In the second part of our discussion with Rachel and Mike Schmitz of The Intentional Family podcast, our guests dig deeper into the idea of “creators not consumers” as a central theme of their efforts, address the issues of living in today’s world, with today’s devices and challenges as opposed to the ones that they grew up with, and why the podcast started with the idea of a book, and how it might still turn into that. (Part 2)

MacVoices #20174: Rachel and Mike Schmitz Discuss Their Intentional Family Podcast (1) The first part of our conversation with Rachel and Mike Schmitz of The Intentional Family podcast starts with why this new show, what gives them the credibility to talk about it, and their desire to share what has worked for their family. From tech-oriented issues such as screen time and non-tech issues such as family chores, Mike and Rachel discuss some of the methods they have used, how they have modified them as they went along, and why everyone in the family gets a vote…to a point. Teaching how to use our devices and time to create rather than consume, balancing that out with the benefits of video games, and how they have modified their own behaviors to “practice what they preach” make for an informative conversation. (Part 1)

MacVoices #20173: Mike Potter Provides A Final Summary on the Upcoming Virtual Macstock As we count down the last few days to this year’s Macstock, which will be a virtual event, organizer Mike Potter discusses the details of the presentations and live online sessions. From a list of presenters to the “Macstock Lounge” where attendees can mingle and converse in a unique way, Mike tells us what we need to know. If it isn’t on your calendar, it should be, and it isn’t too late!

MacVoices #20171: MacVoices Live - The App Store at 12; Favorite Apps (1) The Apple App Store just had its 12th anniversary week. How time flies! The panel of Mark Fuccio, David Ginsburg, Kelly Guimont, Warren Sklar, and host Chuck Joiner talk about the development of The App Store, its importance to the Apple ecosystem, and how it drove the utility of the iPhone and iPad. The fees Apple charges developers, for both being a developer as well as distributing the apps, sparks an enthusiastic discussion of transparency and services. (Part 1)

MacVoices #20170: Members of the Macworld All-Star Band Discuss The Creation of Their New Video (2) The second part of our special MacVoices Live session with Macworld All-Star Band members Bryan Chaffin, Dave Hamilton, Bob LeVitus, and Duane Straub, and production team members Wally Cherwinski and Skylar Hamilton, digs a bit deeper info the audio and video production challenges and techniques that yielded such a fantastic result. Be sure to watch for the outtake after the credits that was not part of the live session, where the group reveals a surprising aspect to their collaboration.

MacVoices #20169: Members of the Macworld All-Star Band Discuss The Creation of Their New Video (1) In a special MacVoices Live session, Macworld All-Star Band members Bryan Chaffin, Dave Hamilton, Bob LeVitus, and Duane Straub, along with production team members Wally Cherwinski and Skylar Hamilton, talk about their newest project, a lockdown video that featured the entire band, including Chris Breen, Paul Kent and Chuck La Tournous, singing and recoding remotely. Part 1 covers how it started with a message from a fan and how it all came together. (Part 1)

MacVoices #20166: MacVoices Live – More Big Sur Beta, Publishing Benchmarks, and Rumor Handling (2) Jeff Gamet, David Ginsburg, Frank Petrie, and host Chuck Joiner continue their MacVoices Live discussion of how to safely run the Big Sur developer (or public) beta by making an external SSD recommendation, and dig in to the violation of Apple’s NDA by developers publishing benchmarks of the developer Mac mini units. Some of the other topics covered include the upsides and downsides of rumors and how they are handled by the media, Apple’s new openness, and how iPad Pro uses are and will affect future Mac design. (Part 2)

MacVoices #20165: MacVoices Live - iPhone at 13, Big Sur Beta, Peanut Butter (1) Jeff Gamet, David Ginsburg, and Frank Petrie showed up for the most recent edition of MacVoices Live. Jeff started us out by sharing his “free agent” status and teases a new podcast that is in the works. Next, the panel looks back on the original iPhone announcement on its 13th anniversary, talks gourmet peanut butter, and starts a discussion of running the Big Sur developer beta. (Part 1)

MacVoices #20164: Mike Potter Gets In-Depth on WordPress (3) Mike Potter of ESC! Technologies wraps up our discussion of WordPress with a discussion of Plugins and how they bring functionality to your web site, and offers  more thoughts on whether you need a developer or whether you want do run your website yourself. He covers why some businesses think that a Facebook page is enough (it isn’t), why you need to plan and budget for your web site like your business depends on it (because it just might), and talks about the benefits of a working with a local developer. Finally, Mike teases us with some details of a virtual Macstock this year.

MacVoices #20163: Mike Potter Gets In-Depth on WordPress (2) Mike Potter of ESC! Technologies starts to dig into the details in the second part of our conversation about using WordPress for publishing your web site. The conversation starts with why the their community is both an important asset and an important factor in choosing WordPress as your web site platform, then covers where to start, the “5-Minute Install” of WordPress ,and the difference between “cheap” and “inexpensive” hosting and how to tell the difference. What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? How easy is to move your site? What do I look for in a theme, and where do I look? All this in more as our series continues.

MacVoices #20162: Mike Potter Gets In-Depth on WordPress (1) In the first in a series of discussions on WordPress with Mike Potter of ESC! Technologies (and Macstock Conference & Expo), we start with why your website is so important no matter what business or organization you represent. Security matters, the popularity of WordPress, and why the Open Source nature of WordPress is important to the end user get us started.

MacVoices #20160: MacVoices Live - WWDC Review with a Super-Panel of Experts (2) The second part of our MacVoices Live panel discussion of Apple’s WWDC keynote featuring Jeff Gamet, Marina Epelman, Mark Fuccio, Frank Petrie, Jim Rea, Michael T. Rose, Brittany Smith, Brett Terpstra, and Frederick Van Johnson covered more of the announcements. This time, the topics covered AirPods Pro spatial audio and how it works, automatic routing between devices, critical information if you want to install the Big Sur beta, , widgets on iOS14, the hand washing timer, Scribble, taping the back of the iPhone, new Apple Watch faces and dance workouts. And we’re not done yet! (Part 2)

MacVoices #20159: MacVoices Live - WWDC Review with a Super-Panel of Experts (1) MacVoices Live took on the task of reviewing the Apple announcements from WWDC with an amazing all-star super-panel of Jeff Gamet, Marina Epelman, Mark Fuccio, Frank Petrie, Jim Rea, Michael T. Rose, Brittany Smith, Brett Terpstra, and Frederick Van Johnson. The first part of our discussion includes reaction to the first virtual WWDC keynote, the delivery of information, and why the group would like to see this trend continue. The move to Apple Silicon aka ARM, questions over virtualization capabilities, the transition period, and how long before Intel support becomes a thing of the past. (Part 1).

MacVoices #20158: MacVoices Live - Virtual Conferences, In-Person Conferences, and WWDC (2) This edition of MacVoices Live, recorded as we get ready for the online version of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), features a discussion of how virtual conferences compare to the in-person variety. Kelly Guimont and Brittany Smith join host Chuck Joiner to discuss the things that we will have and the things we will miss this year. The former includes all the great information from WWDC. Some of the latter include the random encounters, the “hallway track”, and the satellite events that brought people from all over the world, even if they didn’t have a WWDC ticket. (Part 2 of 2)