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Salisbury — Dec 3rd 2008

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Michael gave us his excellent presentation describing how he abandoned all his professional photo gear but recorded a day at Wembley with two grandsons using nothing but a compact camera and of course his Mac when he got home. Stills, a short movie and sound were all combined in iMovie to capture the atmosphere of the day and burned to DVD for distribution to the family.

There were of course the usual questions… Read more…

Dorchester — Nov 18th 2008

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At the last meeting before Christmas, John introduced his light hearted look at the Credit Crunch, a very topical Keynote presentation which he had devised to counter the prevailing pre Christmas spending spree anticipatory gloom, and which was received very well by the assembled company. The Chancellor could, in retrospect, have benefited by using John's approach to lighten the tone of his Pre Budget Statement a week later.

He followed this with a… Read more…

Bournemouth — Nov 11th 2008

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Resurgam!

A very good evening at Solutions, the first for many months. Many thanks to Joe and Keith who journeyed down from Oxford to give an excellent presentation on building a web site simply and quickly using Freeway Express, a web-site building app which is easy to learn and use because it acts like a page layout program. It is more accomplished than iWeb, which is also easy to use, because it… Read more…

Lytchett Matravers — Nov 9th 2008

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Another good meeting at Lytchett with a reasonable attendance. We had two presentations, the first from Lionel showing us the version of Photoshop that's web based and free to use. Of course, as Lionel pointed out, Adobe would still like to sell copies of both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements so the web version is not as sophisticated and it's tools are probably on a par with the latest version of iPhoto but if you're running… Read more…

Salisbury — Nov 5th 2008

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An excellent meeting! OK, we filled it up with presentations but we still had our question & answer session at the start and we had half an hour at the end to chat & deal with problems before heading to the local Italian for some much needed sustenance.

First up was Linda. She's been (very successfully) using iWeb to create a personal web site for family and friends to view - and anyone else… Read more…

Dorchester — Oct 21st 2008

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John chaired the Dorchester meeting on October 21st, at which the 15 members present were offered two presentations.

The first, by Mick, described how it is possible for a very reasonable annual fee, to obtain a personalised e-mail address which you can keep for life, and which still can be used irrespective of how many times you change your internet provider (ISP). Companies such as Easily Ltd or Fasthosts deal with Nominet, who… Read more…

Bournemouth — Oct 14th 2008

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The attendance at last night’s meeting was, to put it politely, dire. In view of the low turn out for the last few meetings, possibly explained in some part by the upsets for the April & May meetings, which did not take place, I have decided that unless the November meeting shows a marked increase, it will be the last Bournemouth meeting. It is not fair to expect our hosts, Solutions, to continue to… Read more…

Fareham — Oct 4th 2008

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In between the Coffee & Doughnuts this month were Apple's iPhoto and an iPhone application developed by our chairman Martin. We even managed to squeeze in a bit of problem solving as well, so a particularly busy meeting for all those attending!

I started off the preceding with a presentation on iPhoto, how I organized my images and how I utilize key words in my filing system using Keyword Assistant (http://homepage.mac.com/kenferry/software.html). It should… Read more…

Salisbury — Oct 1st 2008

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For once we'd had a request for a particular type of presentation. There are applications that most of us use (the iLife suite comes to mind) but there's bound to be some simple features that we've never discovered so the request was for a sort of guide for beginners to some of the features we may have missed.

We started this series with iPhoto as being probably the application most used. Of course… Read more…

Dorchester — Sep 30th 2008

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To start the season, we had two excellent presentations with a photographic theme. Euan introduced us to some of the mysteries of Colour on the Mac, and in Photoshop. When he finished, we had all taken on an understanding of RGB, CMYK, how to calibrate the monitor, and colour spaces, and also of some of the tools which Photoshop provides to enable colours to be balanced, enhanced, and transformed. After an interval in the Colliton… Read more…
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