May examug – RAW pt2 and Our take on AR!

Hello all,

We hope you have all been enjoying the lovely weather we’ve had this weekend, and by all accounts it’s going to be another beautiful day tomorrow. Sorry this email comes rather later than usual, a reminder it’s our May examug meeting on Tuesday!!

Please see below for details of Tuesday’s meeting:

Date: Tuesday 8 May

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We begin with part two of two part special look at RAW photography on iOS.

PHOTO APPS ON YOUR iPHONE
Improve your photography for £4 or less!

Apple’s free iPhone Camera app is well designed but limited, but luckily we have several 3rd party apps that are better and very cheap for what amazing things they can do.
Kris will compare 3 of the best of those (Camera+, ProCam 5 and ProShot) so you can see which:

– can shoot in RAW format, TIFF, and JPEG so better quality photo choices
– Give more manual control over the lens
– Have extra Auto features for certain situations
– Take better photos in low light
– Enable certain special artistic effects
– Give more control over Video settings too
– Enable you to export your original files out of Apple photos to edit on your laptop with 3rd Party editors like Photoshop etc.
– Have photo-editing featues within some apps for those who want an easy life and just want to snap better, edit and share.

After the break Graham will have a look at Augmented Reality. What it is? Is it the next big thing or a flash in the pan? What applications make use of it?
We will be exploring the various apps for iOS and giving our hints and tips on getting the most from them.

Plus we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including some new Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there, and bring a friend.

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

Snow joke… it’s examug next week

The snow may have (mostly) melted and the rain has returned, but on the plus side it’s examug next week!

Date: Tuesday 13 March

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We begin with a look at getting more from your photos on iPhone and iPad.
From MEDIOCRE to MASTERPIECE
Photo-EDITING APPS for iPhone & iPad

It’s often said, good photography is……

20%: Camera & Lens
20%: Knowing your Camera
20%: Good Composition
20%: Preparation & Good Luck
20%: GOOD EDITING

Kris will be looking at EDITING apps from Apple’s App store that are either FREE or CHEAP. Apps from Google, Adobe and others and how they compare with Apple ‘PHOTOs and each other.

After the break we will have a look at Podcasts. We will be exploring the various apps for iOS and giving our hints and tips on getting the most from them. Plus we have some recommended podcasts that will soon become part of your daily listening routine. Listen to the radio? You’re going to love this! Everything across the range: news, fiction shows, comedy, and sports.

Plus we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including some new Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

First examug 2018 – and it’s going to be a good one!

Hello all,  

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping for a happy and healthy 2018, and it all starts with our first examug meeting, and it’s next week!!

Date: Tuesday 9 January

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We begin 2018 with a brief look at Google’s ‘office’ apps. Our take on Docs, Sheets and Slides; who needs Word, Excel or Powerpoint or even Pages, Numbers and Keynote? The Google apps are free, and we will discuss what this means (leaving it up to you to decide if you are willing to pay the ‘price’ for using such applications) and we will give our take on their features, advantages and limitations. We will describe our experience of using the apps as our main office suite and even dipping into ensuring access to the created documents remains as secure as possible. The Google applications have certainly come a long way and offer many unique and useful innovations. If you’ve discounted them in the past, maybe it is time to look again! We guarantee you’ll learn something new, no matter your experience!

After the break we will have the final, final (!!!) part of our Take back Control series, finishing off Settings on iOS.  Ideally, bring your iPhone or iPad to follow what’s going on in the presentation, and like last time, it will be great for beginners, and the more advanced.  We will continue our step-by-step walk through of all the options you have at your finger tips. You may even find out how to sort out some long held gripes about things you thought you had no control. Even if you missed the first part you’ll definitely get loads of useful hints and tips from this session, whatever your level. In fact we think this session is an ideal one to bring a friend along with you, they will get a good flavour for the group and learn something new!  Plus it will be demoed on an iPhone X – and we will be sharing our thoughts on Apple’s latest, greatest and most expensive phone ever!

We have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

examug X (+1)

Hello all,  

It’s November already, halloween is over, Christmas is coming, Apple have released their new iPhone X and a week on Tuesday is our November examug meeting.

Date: Tuesday 14th November

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We have the final part of our Take back Control series, finishing off Settings on iOS.  Ideally, bring your iPhone or iPad to follow what’s going on in the presentation, and like last time, it will be great for beginners, and the more advanced.  We will continue our step-by-step walk through of all the options you have at your finger tips. You may even find out how to sort out some long held gripes about things you thought you had no control. Even if you missed the first part you’ll definitely get loads of useful hints and tips from this session, whatever your level. In fact we think this session is an ideal one to bring a friend along with you, they will get a good flavour for the group and learn something new!

After the break we will also give our thoughts on macOS High Sierra (spoiler: we don’t like the name!!). It will get the usual examug treatment, we will give you a run down on the latest features, key changes, things we love and things you might otherwise miss. As always we will try our best to make sure everyone gets something out of it, no matter what their level of experience.

As normal we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Plus we will have news of the 2017 examug Christmas social and the famous Christmas Raffle.

Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

September examug (19/09/17)

Hello world! 

Where has the year gone? It’s September already, summer is over, Apple have announced their next iPhone and next week it’s our post-Apple event examug meeting.

Date: Tuesday 19th September

Time: 6.45pm* – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

*There’s a lot to cover so we will be starting at 6.45pm.

Despite the extra week, we promise it will be worth the wait! 

There is loads of news to catch up on, a new version of iOS and it’s the third part of out Take back Control series, now on to iOS.  Ideally, bring your iPhone or iPad to follow what’s going on in the presentation, and like last time, it will be great for beginners, and the more advanced.

We will give our thoughts on iOS 11, on both iPhone and iPad. Give our run down on the latest features, key changes (and there are some biggies in this one!), things we love and things you might otherwise miss. As always we will try our best to make sure everyone gets something out of it, no matter what their level of experience.

We are then shifting to an exploration of Settings on iOS. Like we did with macOS we will work through, step by step, the options you have at your finger tips. You may even find out how to sort out some long held gripes about things you thought you had no control.

As normal we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there.

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

examug July: Updates, Part two of ‘Take back control’ and a change of date!!

It July! Where has the year gone?

We have some important news about the next examug meeting.

Most importantly – we have to push it back a week. Instead of taking place on Tuesday 11th July, it is now on Tuesday 18th. Apologies for the short notice, but the change is outside of our control. 

Date: Tuesday 18th July (one week later than normal)

Time: 6.45pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

Despite the extra week, we promise it will be worth the wait! 

There is loads of news to catch up on and it’s the second part of out Take back Control series.  Ideally, bring your laptop to follow what’s going on in the presentation, and like last time, it will be great for beginners, and the more advanced.

We are continuing our deep dive and exploration into System Preferences on your Mac (which some of you beginners may not even know is there – go to the Apple symbol in the menu bar (top left) and click on it to reveal System Preferences and click on that to reveal options).

We are working through, step by step, the remaining options you have at your finger tips.  Everything from saving energy to adding a guest account for visitors and much much more.  Like the first talk in the series, this is one for all regardless of experience, you’ll find out something new. 

You may even find out how to sort out some long held gripes about things you thought you had no control.

As normal we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there.

TAKE BACK CONTROL!!

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

May examug be with you…

Time flies and it’s already that time again – next week it’s the May examug meeting, and it’s going to be great!

Date: Tuesday 9th May

Time: 6.45pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

www.examug.org.uk

We have yet another jam packed meeting planned, starting with a presentation on Contacts! The built in Contacts application on the Mac is much more than an electronic address book.

We are going to do our usual examug deep dive into the application.  Starting with the basics, and moving on to exporting, printing labels, sharing appointments, and much much more.

Whether you are a Contacts pro or are new to using the application, we guarantee you will learn something new!!!

The second talk is one of two focussing on System Preferences. We are going to do a step by step walk through of all the options you have at your finger tips.  Everthing from changing your desktop image every few days, to adding a guest account for visitors and much more.  Like the first talk this is one for all regardless of experience, you’ll find out something new.

As normal we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there.

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

twitter: @examug

March examug + IMPORTANT change of date

It’s Spring! Woo hoo!!! It will soon be Summer and even sooner it will be the next examug meeting.

Apologies for the short notice, but due to factors outside of our control we are going to need to postpone our March meeting by one week. Instead of taking place on Tuesday 14th as previously advertised, it will now be on Tuesday 21st. But we promise it will be well worth the wait!

Details below:

 

Date: Tuesday 21st March

Time: 6.45pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

www.examug.org.uk

 

We have a jam packed meeting planned, starting with a talk on Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication is defined as: a method of confirming a user’s claimed identity by utilizing a combination of two different components. Two-factor authentication is a type of multi-factor authentication.

So now that’s clear, let’s move on…

Kidding!

As part of our ‘Staying Safe’ series of presentations we will explore the increasing use of 2FA (and that starts by explaining what it is!). With standard security procedures (especially online) only requiring a simple username and password it has become increasingly easy for criminals (either in organised gangs or working alone) to gain access to private data such as personal and financial details and then use that information to commit fraudulent acts, generally of a financial nature.

We will demo some types of 2FA and show you how to turn it on for your important accounts (email, AppleID, etc, etc). By the end of the session you will be both, wiser and safer! It’s a win-win.

After the break we have two options. We are running our final prosumer photo session – this time on the awesome Capture One (https://www.phaseone.com/en/Products/Software/Capture-One-Pro/Highlights.aspx). Kris Frank will be talking on:

– Essential techniques for taking the perfect photo (briefly).

– Essential criteria for choosing good Photo Editing software for when you don’t take perfect photos!

– Why Kris chose Capture One Pro to succeed Apple’s editing program ‘Aperture’ in being his photo editor of choice (and his photo storage program) to help him deal with all his many imperfect photos.

He will giving a demo of ‘Capture One Pro’ in editing some of his summer photos to illustrate what it does better than ‘Aperture’ to improve them (and what it doesn’t) so you can hopefully see whether it is right for your individual needs. He will also cover the all important prices of C1 to buy, or rent monthly (c.f. ‘Lightroom and others).

And finally he will try and answer any individual questions you may have!

If that doesn’t appeal we have another option: “Graham’s Top 10 iOS Games“. The title pretty much says it all! I will demo my top 10 iOS games, everything from short time fillers, to longer experiences to while away the cold winter evenings. Words games, action games, puzzle games and more, we guarantee you’ll see something that sparks your interest. Plus there will be a chance to share some of the games you enjoy.

All that and as normal we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

It is possible Apple will have one of their Spring Special Events before our meeting. If so this may change the nature of the first talk, but we will keep you informed. If Apple choose to hold their special event on the evening of the 21st March we will show it on the projector just like we have done when this has happened in the past. 

Hope to see you there.

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

twitter: @examug

examug 2017.01

Happy New Year!

 

It’s 2017 and next week it’s already time for the first examug of the year – and it’s going to be another great one.

Date: Tuesday 10th January

Time: 6.45pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

www.examug.org.uk

Note for the second time, we are trying the new start time! 6.45pm moving 15 mins forward as a result of discussions at the AGM back in August.

 

We have a jam packed meeting planned, starting with a talk on Spotting Scams and Managing Your Security. 

We are going to cover:

How to spot scams (and how most of them work!)

What to do if you are unsure.

Top tips to avoid falling for them.

Advice on managing passwords and improving your security.

After the break we have a presentation on Getting More From Maps. Whether it’s Google Maps or Apple Maps, mapping solutions offer many powerful features and we guarantee you’ll learn something new about them during this presentation. Whether you are simply planning a route, or looking for an interesting restaurant in a distant city – we have you covered!

As normal we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

Hope to see you there.

Graham

examug Chair

web: www.examug.org.uk

twitter: @examug

2016 Christmas Social and Amazing Raffle!

 

We have a great one  planned this year!

Everything you need to know is below:

2016 Christmas Social

  • Exeter School Cricket Pavilion, Victoria Park Road (EX2 4NS).
  • Tuesday 13thDecember
  • 7pm start (raffle at 8pm) – finish around 10pm
  • BYODaSS (Bring your own drinks and savoury snacks). We will provide the sweet treats. There will be a prize for the best dish so bring enough to share a little around, and since there is an oven, hob, microwave, fridge and freezer you might want to get creative (or just buy a party food pack from Tesco!).

Cost: £0!! It’s free.

The pavilion is off Victoria Park Road (it’s towards the bottom end of the road on the left hand side as you drive down the road from the Magdalen Road end – just before the NHS centre). There is plenty of parking (just drive through the gate in the wire fence). The examug Elves may also even decorate it a little to make it a little more festive than last year!

As well as the raffle, there is going to be Christmas songs, and the famous examug quiz (with prizes!).

You don’t have to attend for the whole evening you can just pop in and out as you please. It would be nice to see you.

Plus, of course, there is our amazing raffle, with a chance to win an awesome iPad Mini 4 for £2!!

 

2o16 Christmas Raffle

5th Prize: £10 App Store Voucher

4th Prize: The amazing Anker pocket speaker (back by popular demand!) https://www.anker.com/products/A7910011

3rd Prize: An awesome laptop/iPad bag

2nd Prize: The 60W Anker Powerport (the only charger you’ll ever need!) https://www.anker.com/products/B2123211

1st Prize: A Gold 64GB iPad Mini 4 (the latest version) – http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad-mini-4/

 

That’s right! The latest iPad mini could be yours for just £2!!!

 

As always; tickets are £2 each or 3 for £5 (or even 6 for £10…) – the prizes this year are flat out stunning!! Do take a look at the associated websites.

 

Please remember all the money raised go to the group, we remain non-profit making, run by volunteers, and supported by members like you!

 

The draw will take place at the Christmas social and so if you would like a raffle ticket you have two choices.

 

1: Come along to the examug Christmas Social and buy some!

2: Email the group (or Graham directly)/follow the instructions in the various emails.

 

What are you waiting for? Have you seen the prizes! Buy some tickets…(please; if you want to…).

 

November examug is coming…and so is the 2016 Christmas Raffle!

It looks like the weather is about to turn chilly, but the sunny days were great while they lasted!

On the positive side the next examug meeting is just around the corner and we have a great one planned. Plus we have news of our amazing 2016 Christmas Raffle.

 

Date: Tuesday 8th November

Time: 6.45pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

 

Note the new start time! 6.45pm moving 15 mins forward as a result of discussions at the AGM back in August.

We have a jam packed meeting planned, looking an extended look at Apple’s latest and greatest OS. We are going to cover macOS Sierra. Whether you are just starting out or seasoned Mac veteran, we guarantee you will learn something new.

We are going to cover:

  • The best new features.
  • Our favourite hidden/less obvious additions
  • Potential issues and how to overcome them

It’s going to be an insanely great meeting! Lots to cover, and as always, we would welcome you thoughts on macOS, bring along your experiences and prepare to share them if you wish.

After the break we have two options. We are running our final prosumer photo session – this time on the awesome Capture One (https://www.phaseone.com/en/Products/Software/Capture-One-Pro/Highlights.aspx). Capture One is photo editing software that offers digital photo import tools, raw camera file conversion, DNG support, image adjustment, and some organizational features. Also featured are tethered shooting, a live monitor view, and focus tools. Capture One is all about the photography and just the photography: There’s no face recognition, maps, Web sharing, or book printing here!

And if that doesn’t appeal we have another option: “I didn’t know you could do that” a whistle-stop tour of macOS and iOS10 focused on highlighting some of the amazing bitesize features you probably didn’t know existed (for example, did you know if you hold the a key down you get a list of the ‘versions’ of a, á, æ, etc, etc!).

As normal we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats but the big draw is the 2016 Christmas Raffle!


2016 Christmas Raffle

Wow – it’s a very special one this year with some truly amazing prizes!

5th Prize: £10 App Store Voucher

4th Prize: The amazing Anker pocket speaker (back by popular demand!) https://www.anker.com/products/A7910011

3rd Prize: An awesome laptop/iPad bag

2nd Prize: The 60W Anker Powerport (the only charger you’ll ever need!) https://www.anker.com/products/B2123211

1st Prize: A Gold 64GB iPad Mini 4 (the latest version) – http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad-mini-4/

 

That’s right! The latest iPad mini could be yours for just £2!!!

 

As always; tickets are £2 each or 3 for £5 (or even 6 for £10…) – the prizes this year are flat out stunning!! Do take a look at the associated websites.

Please remember all the money raised go to the group, we remain non-profit making, run by volunteers, and supported by members like you!

The draw will take place at the Christmas social (more details will follow soon – but the date is fixed for December 13th from 7pm)

If you would like a raffle ticket you have three choices.

1: Come along to the examug November meeting and buy some!

2: Come along to the examug Christmas Social and buy some!

3: Option three is for existing members only and sent via email.