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Beaminster — Jun 5th 2018

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Although the subject of this evening’s meeting was not a very glamorous one, it was designed to get people to take a closer look at System Preferences on their macs. This is what Michael did, going through each of the 8 preferences on the top row of the System Preferences pane. Some, like the ones for the Dock, Mission Control, and Spotlight revealed useful ways of getting things the way you want… Read more…

Salisbury — May 29th 2018

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Some people have trouble with passwords, myself included, what is a user name? what’s an admin password? why is your Apple ID so important?

So we asked Mick to explain things.

He first explained the use of passwords after helping some people having trouble out theirs.

He then explained the principles of Apple ID and password usually “password pairs” that is your username most likely… Read more…

Bournemouth — May 15th 2018

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14 members gathered at ‘All Fired Up’ to hear John Ansell talk about Safari, and what actually happens when you open a web page - rather more than you might have thought!

Having explained the various component parts of a web address or URL, John went on to describe what happens when you hit return. In response to the request from your browser, the website replies with an HTML file for the… Read more…

Fareham — May 12th 2018

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In the first half of the meeting, David Moon talked us through some basic settings in iOS and also how they worked in MacOS.
He showed how to get rid of unwanted previous recipients that came up when entering email addresses. How we need to keep details up to date in Contacts, such as if we change addresses.
Why we didn't need to keep information in Accounts over all our devices when it… Read more…

Dorchester — May 8th 2018

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David P showed us a very neat way to create coloured/patterned paper in Pages. Zooming out to see the whole page, David filled it with a rectangular shape. He then demonstrated the various fill options available in Pages ending with a pleasant gradient fill, and pointed out that images can also be included. Reducing the opacity to avoid a dominant paper colour, he went to the drop down menu ‘Arrange > Section Masters… Read more…

Beaminster — May 1st 2018

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John Cadd travelled to Beaminster this evening to give a two-part presentation - the first part was on some of the more basic of the abilities of Lightroom, which was simply presented in a very understandable manner. The second was a presentation of some of his more recent photographs, of a Tall Ships event which went across the Atlantic to Canada. These were interesting, well shot and there were many terrific shots, sufficient for most… Read more…

Salisbury — Apr 24th 2018

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Starting with the Q and A where sorting emails was the subject.

Euan presented QuarkXpress, the page layout application, explaining many features of this high end desk-top publishing application.

He began with a brief history of how the application has been developed from its launch in 1986-7 along with Aldus Pagemaker up to the 2018 upgrade.

QuarkXpress can re-purpose files… Read more…

Bournemouth — Apr 17th 2018

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This evening’s main event was a presentation by Tony on Blocs, an application for building responsive web sites. A responsive site is one that adapts automatically to different screen sizes, avoiding the need to produce a separate ‘mobile’ version of your site. With 52% of web traffic nowadays reputedly going to phones, this is becoming an increasingly important consideration.

Tony went on to show how, to design a responsive… Read more…

Fareham — Apr 14th 2018

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April's meeting revolved around photographs so had a very broad appeal. Derek introduced us to a program he's used for many years - JAlbum. He showed us how photos could be dragged in and then easily moved around until you have them in the order you want for creating a slideshow. Whilst you can play the slideshow directly from JAlbum, a really nice feature is its ability to export it as a series of HTML files… Read more…

Dorchester — Apr 10th 2018

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Mick dealt with user confusion over passwords, based on the frustrating experience of helping people in trouble with their computers. He ran through the basic principles of Apple ID password use, referring to his own term “password pairs” meaning the username (often the user’s email address) and password. The Mac User/Admin password is created when setting up the Mac; it should never be forgotten and (if not highly memorable) should… Read more…
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