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Dorchester — Apr 10th 2018

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Mick dealt with user confusion over passwords, based on the frustrating experience of helping people in trouble with their computers. He ran through the basic principles of Apple ID password use, referring to his own term “password pairs” meaning the username (often the user’s email address) and password. The Mac User/Admin password is created when setting up the Mac; it should never be forgotten and (if not highly memorable) should… Read more…

Beaminster — Apr 3rd 2018

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Michael gave the first of a small series on what are variously known as Settings (in iOS) or System Preferences (on the Mac). He dealt with the first seven or eight as they show when brought up on iPad or iPhone, gave a brief description of what each setting does, and what options may be available, only got lost once, when he couldn’t get out of a setting which showed the area to… Read more…

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…
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