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Salisbury — Mar 27th 2018

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Starting with a Q&A, where items discussed were, Michael asked about using iPhone as a Sat-Nav with a reminder that using your iPhone in your car may be considered an offence, but the iPhone works well as a Sat-Nav, Barry told the group about a vey helpful web site MacMost where loads of hints and tips can be found. Jola asked how to set out photos into albums. Annie told us… Read more…

Bournemouth — Mar 20th 2018

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Euan began with a short history of developments and advances in desktop publishing from his first encounters with PageMaker, through the introduction of full digital setting and layout in about 1986, to the more recently added features all the way to the current version of QX.

Significant recent developments have been driven by the increasingly varied platforms that the final product (ie the document) may be viewed on. As well as PDF files… Read more…

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…
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