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

Warming Up for the May Examug

Things come around fast and next week is the May examug meeting.

We have another great meeting planned, it’s another photo special with both our talks coming direct from member requests.

  • Date: Tuesday 10th May
  • Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm
  • Location: ISCA College, Exeter

This month we are zooming in on photo editing apps.

Kris will be comparing the On1 Suite of Photo Editing programs to Google’s Nik Suite (now available free) and he’ll show what can be done with a few clicks to mitigate digital disasters, to brighten up the bland, as well as how to improve your masterpieces.

Then John will demo the excellent Affinity Photo (Photoshop – but without the Photoshop style monthly subscription!) and the mightily impressive Polarr (that’s how it is spelt, that isn’t a typo!).

Plus, as normal, we are running New User Corner again, our special session lasting 20/30 mins going through things with a small group of newer/less experienced users. If you wish to take advantage of this, it will hopefully give you some more individualised 1:1 time.

We have some photo app licences to give away as well as some more Apple merchandise direct from California as raffle prizes!

Hope to see you there!

March Meeting: Battle of the Notes

Spring is in the air and next week it’s that wonderful time again – the next examug meeting (and as always we have a great one planned).

  • Date: Tuesday 8th March
  • Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm
  • Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We have another jam packed meeting planned, with two presentations. To kick off we have….

The Battle of the Notes

Everyone takes notes, but which Mac and iOS note taking application is the right one for you? Onenote, Evernote, Notes, Simplenote or Noteynotenote (OK we made the last one up!). What’s the difference between them, what are their best features and which one is the best? John, Kane, Darren and Graham are going to give a whistle stop tour and give our own take on the best of the bunch. And, spoiler alert, we all have our own favourites! It could get messy…But informative too!

Battling with PDFs

For our second talk we are giving a presentation on managing, organising and editing pdfs. If you’re anything like us you’ll have hundreds of pdfs. Documents downloaded from the web, scans of older paper documents, etc. We are going to show some of the powerful features of Preview, and highlight our top recommended pdf application PDFpen. https://smilesoftware.com/PDFpen

Plus as normal, we are running New User Corner again, our special session lasting 20/30 mins going through things with a small group of newer/less experienced users. If you wish to take advantage of this, it will hopefully give you some more individualised 1:1 time.
And amongst other things we have some new Apple merchandise direct from California as raffle prizes!

Hope to see you there!

January Examug – shooting movies and iPad Pro

Happy New Year!

Time flies, it is 2016 already and the next examug meeting is just around the corner (and as always we have a great one planned).

  • Date: Tuesday 12th January
  • Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm
  • Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We have a jam packed meeting planned, with two presentations. Darren is kicking us off with the main talk on shooting, editing and sharing movies. With the cameras in iPhones and iPads being so capable we are shooting more and more high quality movies. But then what? How can we edit them together? How can we share them with friends and family? What tips do we have when it comes to shooting the perfect movie? We hope to cover all this and more! Whether you are a seasoned Oscar winning director (that’s possible, right?), or are just keen to learn a little more about some of the options available, we hope you’ll learn something from the this talk.

Secondly we will be demonstrating and giving our review of an iPad Pro (with an Apple Pencil). Its features, strengths and drawbacks all with our usual examug flair. If you have a question about the iPad Pro we are your one-stop-shop to the answer.

Plus New User Corner again, our special session lasting 20/30 mins going through things with a small group of newer/less experienced users. If you wish to take advantage of this, it will hopefully give you some more individualised 1:1 time. And as normal we have another great set of Raffle prizes, including more Apple merchandise, and some other treats.

New Year’s resolutions – bring a friend! Hope to see you next week.

Christmas Raffle

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

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. If you would like a raffle ticket you have to turn up!! (Sorry – we have had to remove the PayPal link)

Tuesday 8th December 7-10pm

More info about the Social >>

November Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday 10th November
  • Time: 7pm – Coffee and Cakes from 6.30pm
  • Location: ISCA College, Exeter

We have a jam packed meeting – both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan (10.11). Whether you are just starting out or seasoned Mac/iOS 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 iOS or OS X, bring along your experiences and prepare to share them if you wish.

After the break we have two options. We are running New User Corner again, our special session lasting 20/30 mins going through things with a small group of newer/less experienced users. If you wish to take advantage of this, it will hopefully give you some more individualised 1:1 time.

Alternatively, we will be showcasing the iPhone 6s – its new features, everything from is the new camera any better and is 3D touch a gimmick or not. We have the answers!

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

See you there!

2015 Christmas Social

We are trying something a little different this year. We have managed to secure the use of the Cricket Pavilion at Exeter School. We have full access to the two rooms and small kitchen. After the ‘mixed’ reaction to the food at the City Gate we thought we could do better.

Unlike last year, if you wish to attend there will be no charge – but you need to bring a dish. Anything you like, curry, salad, dessert… And there will be prizes for the best dishes!

The social will take place on:

Tuesday 8th December 7-10pm

there is plenty of free parking off Victoria Park Road,
next to the Pavilion (more details will follow)

We are planning another great evening and would love it if you could join us. We will have an Apple-themed quiz, Apple Bingo (with Prizes) and the fantastic 2015 examug Christmas Raffle.
You can stay for the whole evening, or pop in for a quick drink and bite to eat. It’s a very flexible evening. Come on, join us. It will be great!

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7-9pm – Refreshments from 6:30pm

ISCA Academy
Earl Richards Road South
Exeter
EX2 6AP

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examug Raffle

Great prizes. £1 entry. All proceeds go towards helping the group.

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If you have an Apple problem, or want to learn more about something specific, this is where we aim to help. This includes a Q/A session.

New User Corner
New or inexperienced OS X or iOS user? Get some 1:1 help from an experienced and friendly member of the team.

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Welcome

Hi, we are the Exeter Area Mac User Group and for nearly a decade we have been helping our members in and around Exeter get the most from their Apple devices.

We have young members and members who are young at heart. We meet once every two months for informal meetings. These meetings have a friendly atmosphere and include tea, coffee and healthy snacks.

The group is non-profit making and run by a committee of volunteers. To fund the group activities there is a small yearly fee of £22 for individuals or £35 per household. Alternatively you can pay £5 per meeting on attendance (your first meeting is free).