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

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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.

 

September examug

 

Well, that might be the end of Summer, but it’s not all bad news. Our September examug meeting is just around the corner.

Date: Tuesday 13th September

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

www.examug.org.uk

(And Paypal have finally sorted our account – if your membership is up you can now pay again via our website).

We have another great meeting planned – but things are a little in flux. Apple are hosting a special event on the 7th Sept. Depending on their announcements we may change around a few of the talks. We will let you know ASAP.

We hope to start with a demo os iOS 10 – the changes, the new features and our opinion on whether or not you should upgrade.

And just like last time, after the break we are giving you an option:

Option 1: It’s the final part of our Prosumer Photography trilogy. Kris will be demonstrating Capture One.

Option 2: iOS Apps for exploring the countryside. You might think getting your iPhone out on a nice walk is the worst possible idea! And you might be right!!! But there are some nice applications which can enhance a nice walk, including apps that help you identify everything from flowers to birds from their song!

More information to follow soon!

Summer is coming…

Rumour has it the Azores High (a high pressure area in the atmosphere bringing summer weather) is heading our way! And if that’s not sunny enough, the next examug meeting is just around the corner.

 

Date: Tuesday 12th July

Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm

Location: ISCA College, Exeter

www.examug.org.uk

(And Paypal have finally sorted our account – if your membership is up you can now pay again via our website).

 

We have another great meeting planned. It kicks off with Darren and me presenting on Using a stylus with iOS. Can they be used to take notes? To journal? To mark up documents? Is it finally time to ditch pen and paper? We will attempt to answer all these questions and more!

After the break we are giving you an option:

Option 1: Following on from last meeting and part two of our prosumer* photo special trilogy, John will be presenting on HDR photography – including the amazing Aurora HDR and Dark Table. If you are a keen amateur or more of a photo-pro we guarantee you’ll learn something new, and hopefully help you on your way towards taking even better photos! Our final photo special is planned for September to complete the trilogy.

Option 2: At member’s request I will be presenting on iOS Apps for Kids. Whether you have kids, grandkids or are just interested in how iPads are revolutionising learning and playing for pre-teens, this will be the talk for you. I will cover a range of different apps, from safe apps to watch videos, to literacy and numeracy games.

 

Plus there is our Member’s Slot – if you want to talk about how you use your Apple kit, send us a photo of your setup and you’ll have the floor for up to five minutes. It would be great to see how members use their devices and to share experiences. We are limited to one per meeting, but if you are keen please let us know.

And finally we have some more Apple merchandise direct from California as raffle prizes!

Hope to see you there!

 

*prosumer – a person who buys electronic goods that are of a standard between those aimed at consumers and professionals.

Alan’s iPhone Photo Kit

Special thanks for Alan for sharing his thoughts on two great pieces of kit for iPhone photography at our last meeting.

More info below:

LENS AND TRIPOD  –   maker YOPO –  available online from Amazon – COST around £30.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/YOPO-iPhone-Camera-Kit-12x-Telephoto/dp/B00QBV9SDM/

Yoko and other lenses

http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/iphone/best-camera-accessories-for-iphone-3640313/ 

 

MICROPHONE – maker iRIG (MIC CAST) – online seller www.inta-audio.com – COST £27

Review: http://www.gadgetreview.com/irig-mic-cast-review