Okay, a third good way to learn something

Watch a video. Maybe I should’ve looked for this last week when I started the new book, but.

Here’s a full Screencast Online tutorial for Scrivener: take a look at the opening to see just what this software does, then stick around for the rest before doubtlessly ending up buying it.

And then do take a look at the Screencasts Online site: for a regular subscription fee, you get to see myriad tutorial videos that are particularly well made.

Free video tutorial for OmniOutliner for iPad

This is the product that turned me into an outlining user. Not an outline fan, but definitely a user and appreciating the value of the things.

And this is a free tutorial on using the iPad version. It’s from Screencasts Online which is normally a subscription service but does the odd freebie. I’m not sure this is their best but there’s a lot in OmniOutliner and I learnt from watching it:

Find the best online course in anything

I’ve long had a soft spot for Lynda.com and more recently have enjoyed watching some of Screencasts Online’s work. Plus if you’re a member of the Writers’ Guild, the NUJ, Equity or the Musicians’ Guild then you can get free online courses in a huge number of things from the FEU, The Federation of Entertainment Unions and its training site.

But there are more online courses in the world than you can shake your head at and Lifehacker has found a site that helps you find the best one for you.

Online classes are a great way to learn new skills. SlideRule makes your search easier by letting you browse and search through over 17,000 online courses.P

SlideRule’s reach is extensive and covers many popular education providers, like Codecademy, Khan Academy, Udemy, and MIT Open Courseware. You can browse by provider or through subjects like Computers & Technology, Business & Economics, and Law. SlideRule also has a review system so users can rate courses and help you avoid the ones that aren’t worth your time.

SlideRule Searches for the Best Online Courses in Any Category – Patrick Allan, Lifehacker (4 June 2014)

In my poking about it, I don’t think the reach is that great: there is a clear bias toward technology subjects. But then Screencasts Online has that too and Lynda.com includes a lot.

But I am keeping an eye on SlideRule; have a look yourself and see what you think.

Free OmniFocus tutorial video from Screencasts Online

I’m working on my own review for the new OmniFocus 2 for Mac – quick prom ahead, I’ve found two and a half things I don’t like about it and around eleventy-billion I do – but others are way ahead of me. And one, Screencasts Online, isn’t reviewing the To Do software per se, it’s just showing us how to use it.

Screencasts Online is usually a subscription service and joining it gets you an enormous and growing number of very good video tutorials. If there’s some software you’re using or you’re just considering, join Screencasts Online and learn all about it very quickly. Very easily and very thoroughly.

Just sometimes, though, the service will make one video free. Yes, I agree, it’s an advertising promotion but they do it with integrity: the last one they did was 1Password and it was made free because of the Heartbleed servility problem. The software 1Password is particularly good at security so their releasing the video free felt to me like a service to the community. Now they’ve done this one about OmniFocus 2 for Mac and I think it’s practically a kindness: showing us how it works and what we can do with it is better than a straight review.

Get more from Screencasts Online and, now you’ve seen it in action, get OmniFocus 2 for Mac.