12/14 Yosemite

Todd Derek provided us with a great overview of Yosemite, Mac’s new version of OS X.  

Todd has provided a couple of links to help in our learning about Yosemite.

Apple’s What’s New in OS X Yosemite 

And for those of us new to Mac, Apple’s New to Mac for Yosemite users.

In addition to Yosemite, Todd talked about Cloud versus Local storage.  Here’s a link to his site with more information.

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11/14 iOS 8

Mike Davis provided us with a great overview of the new features available on your iOS devices through the new version – iOS8.  In addition, he started his presentation with a recommended process to follow when upgrading software on your device.

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10/14 Quickbooks and Quick for Mac

Paul Collins provided an overview of Quickbooks Online for Mac, a full accounting system for business owners.  To see a tour of this software product, you can go to http://quickbooks.intuit.com/mac/.

In addition, Paul provided a quick overview of Quicken for Mac 2015, the Intuit software produce that came out this past summer.  It is the replacement of Quicken Essentials for Mac, or Quicken 2007 for Mac.  A tour of this product is available at http://www.quicken.com/mac.

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9/14 Fantastical Calendaring App

“Fantastical” by Sugeet Posey

Sugeet Posey gave us a a presentation of  *Fantastical*, a calendaring app that can be used on the iPhone, iPad or the Mac.  Sugeet demonstrated it’s natural speech recognition, its user-friendly views and interface, and some of the unique capabilities of the app as compared to Apple Calendar.  The Fantastical app uses your Calendar data, so your Calendar data continues to be synced between your devices through iCloud, whether you have Fantastical on one or all of your devices.

At the end of the presentation, Sugeet raffled off three free downloads of the software; one for the Mac, one for the iPad, and one for the iPhone.  Thanks to Sugeet and Flexibits, the developers of Fantastical, for providing the free downloads.

For more on Fantastical, visit their website.

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7/14 Talk to your Apple device

“Talk to you Apple device” by Todd Derek

Todd covered Top 10 Ways to Interact with Siri, dictating to your iOS device and your Mac, and a preview of the new iOS8 (coming in fall) feature of adding your voice to text.
Todd also introduced a great website, http://www.siriuserguide.com, which covers a lot of great information about how to use Siri, and commands to use for Siri and dictation.

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5/14 Backup! – Handout

Peter DeGroot discusses and recommends a backup strategy for the Mac and for iPhone/iPad/iPod.

There are many factors to consider when recommending a backup strategy; types of users, devices, data, what to back up, how recoverable is it, and more. It might seem to be a difficult task to find a backup strategy for everyone, but using Time Machine as the basic backup and recovery application and adding a few additional backup tools gives a strategy that will cover almost everyones needs. Backup of iOS devices both to the Mac and to iCloud is also discussed.

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3/14 – Making a Short Film

“Making a Short Film” by Carl Prufer
Carl discussed his experience in making short films, and demonstrated a method and device for using his iPad. He showed a number of his own short films, as well as some award-winning films.

Carl was involved in corporate television production and has continued to produce short videos since retiring. His short film on competitive rowing, “An Easy Row”, was shown at the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Following are a few of the url’s Carl used in his presentation:

http://rungunshoot.com – blog of Brandon Li, videographer

http://www.videomaker.com – a website by Sony on general information about film making

http://www.mobygratis.com – free music for use in your own videos from the artist Moby

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2/14 – Evernote

Paul Collins gave a presentation on Evernote, and how he has used it since 2008 to save and find a wide variety of personal information.

Evernote is an information capture, indexing, and retrieval service with native client software on Mac, iPhone/iPad, Windows, other mobile devices, plus direct web access. It can be used to store (and share) text, images, web pages, and more.

Paul Collins is a Mac and iOS developer for DigitalFish, a software company focused on digital media and computer animation. He has worked happily for years on Open Door Networks software and continues to contribute to the Art Authority iPad app. He is currently contracted to Intuit’s Small Business Financial Services division.

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1/14 – Favorite Apps

A number of our members gave short presentations or demonstrations on some of their favorite apps.  

Yvonne Fried presented an app for iOS called Prep & Pantry.  She demonstrated how it can be used as a tool to inventory groceries and supplies, and then convert that information to a shopping list.  It can be purchased through iTunes.  For more information, here is their website:  http://prepandpantry.com

Stan Tusan, a local artist, gave us a quick overview of “iPad for Artists“.  He showed us a number of sites showing apps, tools, and examples of artists who’ve created art on an iPad.  Here are some links:

  • David Hockney, Artist – david hockney art on iPad
  • iPad Styluses – http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/10/2925937/best-stylus-ipad-review
  • 15 Best iPad Art Apps – http://www.creativebloq.com/digital-art/art-on-the-ipad-1232669
  • Jorge Colombo, Artist – http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/tny/2009/10/finger-painting-dead-end.html
  • Deni Jones, iPad for Artists Flip Thru Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlA9ESjKr-4

Linda Gamble demonstrated two of her favorite apps:

  • Words with Friends – an iOS app that allows you to play Scrabble with others through the internet.  It’s available on the App store.  For more information, here’s their website:  http://www.wordswithfriends.com
  • iSpeak Spanish – one of a number of iSpeak apps for iOS that assist you in speaking a new language.  It’s available from iTunes.  Fore more information, here’s their website:  http://future-apps.net

Peter DeGroot gave us a quick overview of a number of his favorite apps, both for the Mac OS X and for iOS.  Peter will provide a PDF of this, which will be posted here soon.

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