11/13 – Basecamp

Yvonne Fried gave a great presentation on Basecamp,  an indispensable project management tool for those who work with others and need to keep people in the loop as well as track documents, to do’s, and calendars.  Basecamp is an online tool which allows you to share and collaborate with others for managing any type of event or project.

To learn more, go to www.basecamp.com.


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10/13 – Siri – Handout

Marcia Bolsinga gave a presentation on “Siri – It’s Wish Is Your Command”.  Marcia demonstrated a number of Siri’s capabilities, including features new in iOS 7.

Though Marcia was not able to get to it during the presentation, the handout includes some notes on other Voice Activated capabilities of iOS  – Dictation and Voice Memos.

PDF iconClick the PDF icon for a handout on the presentation.

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9/13 – Learn to Get Organized – Link

Todd Derek of Derek Enterprises gave us a presentation titled “Learn to Get Organized and Discover Data  you Never you Had”.

Todd’s presentation addressed understanding where your data is stored (cloud or local), how to organize your data, and some methods for sharing your data.  This link to his website will provide you with a view of the materials Todd used for this presentation.

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7/13 – MOOCs & Grocery Gadget

We had two presentations this month.

  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) – Alan Oppenheimer of Open Door Network and Art Authority, gave a presentation on MOOCs, and the future of internet-based education in general.
  • Grocery Gadget – Yvonne Fried gave us a presentation on her use of an iPhone app, Grocery Gadget.

Alan’s presentation included discussion about all of the possibilities available for online eduction.  Some of the sites he pointed out were:

  • Khan Academy – http://www.khanacademy.org
  • Coursera – https://www.coursera.org
  • Udacity – https://www.udacity.com
  • edX – https://www.edx.org

Yvonne spoke about her need to improve the planning and shopping process for her small business, and how she uses Grocery Gadget to assist her in planning and for shopping for food.

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6/13 – Apple TV & Clean My Mac 2

Show & Tell – Apple TV & Clean My Mac 2

We had two presentations this week, showcasing individual’s favorite devices/apps.

  • Apple TV – demonstrated by Todd Derek
  • Clean My Mac 2 – demonstrated by Sugeet Posey

Todd demonstrated Apple TV for us, showing us all the capabilities of this Apple product. As it says on the Apple site: “Apple TV is a tiny entertainment powerhouse that plays the content you love from iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and your favorite sports leagues on your widescreen TV. In up to 1080p HD.” For more on Apple TV, click here.

Sugeet demonstrated MacPaw’s application, Clean My Mac 2, is a simple and powerful application for keeping your Mac clean, organized and free of files that slow it down. It also includes an Uninstaller which allows you to get rid of all the files related to an application you want to uninstall. For more on Clean My Mac 2, click here.


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5/13 – Keynote

Main Presentation – Todd Derek presented Keynote, Apple’s Presentation Software – Learn how to create amazing presentations with Keynote.

Todd demonstrated how to create presentations that will dazzle your audience.

This workshop demonstrates how you can create presentations, complete with photos, charts, transitions and builds. You’ll learn how to interact with media from your Mac and use transitions to keep your audience captivated. Then learn how you can present and control your presentation right from your iPhone or iPad and AirPlay it on your HDTV through Apple TV. If you want to create presentations from your iPad or iPhone, Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for the mobile platform. Keynote is available from the Mac App Store. Keynote and Keynote Remote for iOS are available through iTunes App Store

What is Keynote and when should I use it?
Can I use Keynote to open and save PowerPoint presentations?
What are the basics for creating a presentation?
Can I store my presentation on iCloud and then open it up on my iPad or iPhone?
How do I control the Keynote presentation?
How can I view it on an HDTV or projector?


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4/13 – Mac Mail

Main Presentation – Todd Derek presented “Meet Mac Mail” – discover everything you need to know about Mac Mail.

Manage your Mac Mail and keep it simple!

Would you like to better understand the difference between POP3, IMAP, WebMail and MS Exchange email types? Is email management the bane of your existence? If so, come hear Todd Derek discuss:

How to setup an email account in Mac OS X Mail
Choosing which type of email is best for you (POP3, IMAP, WebMail or MS Exchange)
How to organize email by creating save mailboxes (folders)
The benefits of storing your email on a server vs. on your Mac
Keeping your email in sync with other Macs, PCs and mobile devices
Cleaning out your inbox and move emails by group into organized mailboxes (folders)
When it’s appropriate to use POP vs. IMAP vs. WebMail or MS Exchange
How to use the new iOS4 (iPhone 4, iPad, iPod Touch) to see messages from all your accounts in a unified inbox, organize messages by threads, open attachments in third-party apps, and more


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3/13 – Snapheal – Handout

Main Presentation – Peter DeGroot presented a demonstration of Snapheal,  an inexpensive but powerful application for editing and enhancing images.

PDF iconClick the PDF icon to download a handout of the presentation.


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2/13 – iPhoneJuice and DuplicatePhotoFinder – Handout

Main Presentation – Peter DeGroot presented a short demonstration of JuicePhone, an application designed to extract information from your iPhone/iPod and iPad backups.

While your iPhone/iPod/iPad is backed up to your Mac with every sync, there is no easy way to get at the backed up data other to do a full restore of the device. This app allows you to get into the iTunes backups of your iOS devices and retrieve specific items. The app can be found at http://addpod.com/juicephone.

DuplicatPhotoFinder was also briefly mentioned, but is not recommended because it stopped working and customer support is non-existent.

PDF iconClick the PDF icon for a handout on the presentation.


Peter also planned a demonstration of a photo editor, Snapheal.  However, some technical difficulties with the hospital’s wifi prevented him from doing the demonstration.  He plans to present the demo on Snapheal at next month’s meeting.

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