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Beaminster — May 2nd 2017

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This month at Beaminster was Show and Tell - people were invited to show their favourite or most useful apps for iPad and/or iPhone and the response was heartening as, apart from Michael, 5 other people stepped up to the projector. We saw a range of apps -among them a map app that shows footpaths, a public transport app that gives details of transport options (down to the bus-stop and any walking time) for… Read more…

Salisbury — Apr 25th 2017

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Our presentation this month was dedicated to the iPad A to Z by Mick and Brian, as much about the iPad in the time, from the basics to more advanced.

We went through the alphabet for iPad and some of iPhone features, Mick started with Apple pay, Emergency (iPhone) where you can enter contacts and information in case of an accident, Using your fingerprint as security to start up.

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Bournemouth — Apr 18th 2017

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April in Bournemouth saw 9 members gathered, including one new member (welcome Barrie). We were treated to a fascinating journey through the history of type, design and printing from Euan Williams with many an intriguing digression along the way.

Euan opened with a great quote from Adrian Frutiger (he of the typeface) who said that "Type is the clothing a word wears, so it must be subordinate to the content ... The whole… Read more…

Dorchester — Apr 11th 2017

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The various new features of Apple’s recently upgraded iWorks apps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote were introduced by Euan. They include gobal font replacement through a document, bookmarks and notes, along with Collaboration and Keynote Live. These were shown by switching the projector between two computers, where we see his Airdrop to watch his presentation running from a second computer on the screen. KeyNote Live does not require the recipient to have the Keynote… Read more…

Fareham — Apr 8th 2017

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There were 13 members attending this month, and Derek gave us two interesting talks, covering WhatsApp and Yojimbo.
We moved back to the classroom for this meeting, so that Derek could use 2 projectors to show his MacBook and iPhone on different screens.

WhatsApp is a free communication app for smart phones, which includes the iPhone. The product enables "instant" communication in text, image, live video and audio. 
It works… Read more…

Beaminster — Apr 4th 2017

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At a well-attended meeting (18 were present) the chance of a fiasco, when Michael’s MacBook Pro refused to respond to a variety of commands, despite the attentions of Euan and Mick, Euan came to the rescue by another route, kindly lending his MacBook Pro so that Michael was able to go. ahead with his presentation on Photos, having been careful enough to bring a copy on a memory stick.

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Salisbury — Mar 28th 2017

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19 members attended

John Lemon travelled from Bridport to present a very interesting explenation of a free app ViewRanger, produced by Ordnance Survey shows high definition OS maps that can be used on iPad and iPhone you are able to zoom in on a particular area.

The maps are the same high quality of the more familiar paper maps, these can be downloaded and paid for at a very reasonable price… Read more…

Bournemouth — Mar 21st 2017

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March's main topic was the story of the disks in out Macs, presented by Tony Still with 11 members, 13 people in all, in attendance. Tony first talked about the evolution of non-volatile (permanent) computer storage from magnetic tapes through to the disks that we know today. He described the current move towards SSDs (flash memory) that are already ubiquitous in iPhones and iPads.

We then explored the many disk formats available… Read more…

Dorchester — Mar 14th 2017

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Tony raised our understanding of Malware and the ways in which Apple helps defend us from it. His talk focused on macOS but most points are also applicable to iOS. He excluded eMail and Social Media from his talk as these have been covered by others and the vulnerabilities are user-enabled.
Malware, short for Malicious Software, includes viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, adware and ‘bots’. All are program code, designed to… Read more…

Fareham — Mar 11th 2017

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This month the members attending were down to seven.

Michael Corgan travelled from Bridport to give us a very interesting presentation, describing and demonstrating the many features of the Preview application.
He emphasized that it was much more than just a document viewer. You can take screenshots, scan from a USB connected scanner, or import photos directly from a camera or from a file, then crop, resize, edit and convert them to… Read more…
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