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Online — Jan 12th 2021

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Mind Map, first mentioned by Tony Buzan in the 1970’s, is a tool to help you develop ideas. A principal theme is set in the middle of the page and from it the principal factors that make up the idea are drawn and in turn each of them is broken down into its constituent parts. Examples were shown and the features which David thought important when selecting a Mind Map app were described… Read more…

Online — Dec 22nd 2020

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A decent crowd turned up for Mick's Online Apple Quiz. There were just three sections - Macs & macOS, iOS devices and software and to finish, Apple, the company and its history. AUGWessex members all being totally trustworthy, participants were allowed to mark their own answers. In each section there was one "tricky" question which carried more marks though a few people thought there was more than one "tricky" question! However, with a… Read more…

Online — Dec 8th 2020

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David Parnell took us through using Themes, Master Pages and Styles in Keynote but pointed out that the procedure was all but identical in Pages except that in their usual efforts at consistency, Apple calls Themes Templates in Pages!

He first went through a Keynote presentation showing us the basics of those features and then (bravely!) showed the procedures again, live. This went very well and clearly it was all absorbed by the… Read more…

Online — Nov 24th 2020

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We were flying high tonight (sorry!). Rick Churchill uses iMovie for, well, movies but finds the titles it can add a bit limiting so showed us how to create a title in Keynote, animate it then add it to iMovie.

Doing it this way you have the full range of fonts, colours and effects available in Keynote and Rick's choice was to use main title in yellow with a blue border and subtitle… Read more…

Online — Nov 10th 2020

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"And now for something completely different". Euan talked to 24 of us about early computing. It wasn't as I thought a mathematics lesson but a poetry lesson, a history lesson, a lesson on ghost stories and yes, early computers too. The poetry comes from Lady Ada Lovelace, daughter or Lord Byron and the ghost stories (well, nearly!) from Mary Shelley.

Euan confidently walked us through the contributions of Babbage (difference and… Read more…

Online — Oct 27th 2020

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Barry has an office filling up with filing cabinets and when was then asked to act as an executor with an estate entailing a lot of documentation; how was he to avoid being overwhelmed by ever more paperwork? His investigations led to EverNote which along with all the note taking facilities you would expect can incorporate images, pdfs and a number of different formats with an excellent filing system an easy search facility. Evernote runs… Read more…

Online — Oct 13th 2020

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This time we had a presentation showing us some of the features available in Numbers. Mick set up a spreadsheet showing how it's possible to monitor a bank account, reconciling it with your bank statement to check for errors as well as analysing your income and expenditure to see where your money comes from and more importantly goes! This was also shown graphically using the pie chart option in Number's graphing facility.… Read more…

Online — Sep 15th 2020

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Once again, Tony came up with a different and interesting topic for our fortnightly meeting - Font Book. It's on all our Macs but few of us have any experience of it.

Tony started off by telling us the different types of fonts we may encounter - specifically Open Type, True Type and Postscript. The job of Font Book is to allow you to see and manage the fonts on your machine. It can show… Read more…

Online — Sep 1st 2020

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We've all heard the term "Haptic Touch" but do we know what it means? David Parnell took us through what it means, what it does and why it replaced the previous 3D Touch. Whereas 3D Touch was designed to tell how hard you press, Haptic Touch works on how long you press.

David showed us how to turn it on (or off) and then various useful tips for using it with… Read more…

Online — Aug 18th 2020

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We had our biggest online audience yet! 26 people watched Mick's Keynote explanation of how a home network works, how devices talk to each other and get information from the internet. We also looked at ways to improve coverage of wi-fi around your house using Power Line systems, range extenders or the newer mesh systems. A final look at trouble shooting issues in the form of asking ourselves logical questions and the use of… Read more…
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