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Dorchester — Mar 13th 2018

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With David M we looked at how to make slides for a Keynote presentation starting with the choice of standard or wide format and a template. He covered formatting text and using animation to have the text appear in various ways and sequences. Moving on to images he showed how to import or drag and drop them, use Instant Alpha to remove backgrounds, applying masks and then using animations to have objects appear and disappear… Read more…

Fareham — Mar 10th 2018

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This introduction to Apple’s new Drive Format bringing Macs up to the standard for all other Apple devices, briefly covered the history of HFS+ or macOS Extended (journaled) format, and then looked at the new APFS automatically installed with High Sierra on all SSD-equipped Macs. Euan discussed current use limitations such as those for Hard and Fusion drives, Time Machine backups, RAID and Bootcamp, as well as access to data on APFS… Read more…

Beaminster — Mar 6th 2018

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There was a good turnout – 16 members and 2 visitors – to hear Michael and David Moon go through the abilities of a selection of free messaging apps. There are over 70 available of which 50 are for the Mac and 39 for iOS. The facilities varied, with all apps able to send and receive text messages, and the majority able to send and receive audio and video calls. It is also possible to… Read more…

Salisbury — Feb 27th 2018

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9 members braved some of the worst weather, snow and ice and very cold.

Brian explained the parking rules, what to do if you get an overstay notice while at our meetings.

The meeting centred on iPad starting with the question and answers with questions regarding sorting email lists, if it is possible to get text to follow a curve shape using Pages? not possible in Pages but there were a suggestions… Read more…

Dorchester — Feb 13th 2018

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Michael C showed us the features available in the Notes App included on all Macs and Apple devices. To make use of the full features you need more recent macOS & iOS with updated iCloud features. On both Mac and iOS you can include tables, checklists and text styles but on the iOS devices you can also use markup, add sketches (best with iPad Pro & Pencil), and scan documents. You can share notes in… Read more…

Fareham — Feb 10th 2018

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There was a good turnout by 14 members at this meeting, and the topic this time was Keyboard Shortcuts.

Using an Apple bluetooth keyboard, John demonstrated how you could use shortcuts on an iPad as well as on a Mac, with both devices linked up to separate projectors. Most shortcuts worked in exactly the same way on both devices, but some required a slightly different procedure although they achieved the same result, however… Read more…

Beaminster — Feb 6th 2018

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Despite the weather, with snow falling, there was a good attendance at Beaminster - 18 people came to hear a presentation on how to improve photographs using Photos or Preview - the former on Mac, iPhone and iPad, the latter only on the Mac. Michael first showed what can be done with an iPhone, thanks to the wonderful photos that Clive Whaley had showed last year at Dorchester (with his permission needless to say!) Then a few… Read more…

Salisbury — Jan 30th 2018

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For our first meeting of 2018, 14 members and 3 visitors

The meeting began with a Q&A with a question on how the extend your Wi-Fi signal, using your iPhone as a Sat-Nav with Apple Maps.

Then a short presentation regarding the use of the Community Space.

Brian presented the way he uses Keynote starting with a welcome intro regarding the various venues for the… Read more…

Bournemouth — Jan 16th 2018

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On a cold and wet January evening, 13 members gathered for a presentation from Rick Churchill giving an overview of using Adobe's Lightroom (LR) application.

Rick started by outlining the modules in LR, notably the Library where all the pictures can be seen and Develop where pictures are edited and improved. Rick showed how to use presets to speed a user's usual workflow along with a number of other tools. In the process… Read more…
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