Presentations

About Past Presentations

If presenters at a meeting have prepared content, such as Keynote presentations, we do our best to post that content here for download.

Presentations are posted in PDFi and Keynote file formats and are compressed using Stuffit Deluxe prior to uploading. To expand the files you will need a copy of Stuffit Expander external website link which typically shipped with your Mac. You can get the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader external website link for free to view the PDF files or use Apple's Preview application external website link. To open the Keynote files you'll need a copy of Apple's Keynote application external website link

Please remember the items presented for download are outline notes and typically do not contain the full scope of what was discussed at a meeting. The interactive nature of presentations and the open floor questions help draw out a lot of content that isn't included in the downloaded files.

All presentations posted remain the copyright of their respective authors. They may be downloaded and used for non-commercial use only and may not be reproduced or redistributed in whole or in part without the authors prior written approval.

Our presentation archives are organized by year which may be accessed using the links below.

2020 Presentations

2020 Presentation Archives

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February 2020: Fun with iMovie Trailers

Becky Clark will present “Fun with iMovie Trailers” discussing and demonstrating some of the “short stories” that can be told with the iMovie Trailers feature. We'll see ways to share our stories with friends and relatives in this short, but intriguing format.

As usual, we'll meet at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 27th.

January 2020: Exploring the New Features for Photo and Video Editing in iOS 13/iPadOS

We'll be playing with the new features in iOSi 13 and iPadOS that let you enhance your digital assets with even more tools. The new video editing possibilities are really great! This is also the meeting where we talk about what we want to learn in 2020, so bring lots of ideas!

2019 Presentations

2019 Presentation Archives

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April 2019: Smart Speaker Shootout

As Alexa and her younger cousins Google and HomePod proliferate in homes across the country, smart devices are becoming not only commonplace but almost mandatory. Do you need a smart device? Or are you just curious at this point? Join us on Thursday, April 25, at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm.

Mark has been playing around with these smart speakers for weeks, and he'll share the good, bad, and ugly with us. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, so if you are interested, make sure you join us!

August 2019: A Preview of iOS 13 — Including iPad OS!

Join us on Thursday, August 22nd, for a preview of what iOSi 13 has in store for us! Mark will be running the beta on an iPad, so we'll also see what the new iPad OS looks like.

We meet at Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

February 2019: Maximizing the Notes Application

Recently (in people years, not technology years), the venerable Notes app got great updates with new features and functionality. If all you're doing right now is using Notes to jot down a shopping list, then join us at Metrum Credit Union on February 28th at 6:30 pm.

Chris will be talking about how to use this app more efficiently and effectively across all your Apple platforms and will demo all the bells and whistles! Hope to see you there!

January 2019: All About Networking

Can you hear me now? Download your data? Upload fast? If your home wireless could be better, join us this Thursday, January 24th, at Metrum Credit Union, 6:30 pm.

Mark will be covering how to optimize your wireless network at home. Do you have a large house? One with a wide footprint or several stories? We will talk about different home wireless network options. You might need more equipment, mesh networks, or range extenders to cover dead spots and get optimal coverage.

Hope to see you there!

July 2019: What's New in iMovie!

If you haven't used iMovie in a while, you'll be surprised by all that it can do! Come learn about the new features and find out about some hidden powers you're not expecting! Mark will be demonstrating how iMovie works nowadays and everything you can do with it on Thursday, July 25th, at the Metrum Credit Union. Join us at 6:30 for movie magic!

March 2019: Turning Photos from Your Photos App into Books

Apple is no longer in the book-printing business, so if you wish to create printed products from your photos, you must use Apple's new third-party extensions. Come to the SIGi meeting on Thursday, March 28, to hear all about the process and see some of the results!

If you have created books yourself, we'd love to have you bring them with you to show off! Join us at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union!

May 2019: Drone Photography and Videography

This one you HAVE to come to! Jim Flannery will be bringing his drone to show off — everyone start praying to the weather god for great weather so that we can go outside and watch it fly! But it's not just a show-and-tell. Jim has wonderful video to share; you'll be awestruck by his footage. He also will give us the lowdown on what, when, where, how, and why to fly.

We're meeting at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 on Thursday, May 23. Jim did a similar program several years ago that is this day one of my very favorites, but now he has many more stories and experiences to share. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

October 2019: First Look at the iPhone 11!

Join us on Thursday, October 24, for a close-up look at the new iPhone 11. Mark will be sharing his experiences with this new model and giving us the lowdown on its features.

As usual, we will be meeting at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

September 2019: Member "Show and Tell" of Photo Editing Software

It's rare for a photo to turn out perfectly, so what do you use to edit your photos to get the look you want? Join us on Thursday, September 26, to give us your two cents on this issue. You can bring "before and after" photos, but what we really want to see is what your favorite software is capable of doing and how you got to the final edit. It doesn't matter if it's desktop software or iOSi software, Apple or third party — just plan to demo your go-to program.

We hope to see you on Thursday at Metrum Credit Union, 6:30 pm!

2018 Presentations

2018 Presentation Archives

If you have content related to meetings or presentations made in 2017 please post them as part of 2017 Presentations section of this website (i.e. this section)

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April 2018: On the Road with Apple

Vacation season is around the corner, and it's time to think about hitting the road with your Apple devices. At our April meeting, Mark will give you a heads up about the things you need to think about before you leave home, particularly if you are traveling overseas. Join us on Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union to learn all about it!

August 2018: Creating Print Projects in Photos Without Apple

A few weeks ago I decided to work on printing a book from Photos — only to come across an unpleasant message from Apple that the company is discontinuing print services on September 30. What do we do now? Print services are now available through third-party project extensions downloaded from the Apple Store or we can choose standalone services like Blurb. Join us on Thursday, August 23, at Metrum Credit Union to get a preview of these options. We start at 6:30 pm.

If you have a favorite print service or third-party project creator, we would love to hear you share your experiences!

February 2018 — Behold, the HomePod!

Chris will be bringing her brand new HomePod to the February meeting, so that we can all see — and hear — it in action! What does it do? What doesn't it do? Under the "what doesn't it do" we'll be talking also about the HomePod's competitors and their advantages and disadvantages.

Join us on Thursday, February 22. at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union. We hope to see you there!

January 2018: Get to Know the iPhone X!

Join us on Thursday, January 25, at the Metrum Credit Union to learn all about the latest and greatest Apple iPhone. The iPhone X is a very different animal — and it's worth your time to see how it works.

Mark will be giving us a great tour, so we hope to see everyone there! 6:30 pm as usual!

July 2018: On Vacation — No Meeting

Join us in August when we're back!

June 2018: The News from Apple's WWDC

Join us on Thursday, June 28, to hear about what's new from Apple and the Worldwide Developers Conference. There's a ton of nifty stuff for iOSi 12 and plenty for your Mac, as well. See you at Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm!

March 2018: Have Fun with Stop Motion Video!

It's time to have some fun! At our March SIGi meeting, we'll all be playing about with an easy stop motion app to create short videos. Want to surprise a friend or relative with a birthday greeting? Anniversary wishes? Or just put together a funny video? It's surprisingly easy to do!

Chris will bring a bunch of iPads already loaded with Stop Motion Studio Pro by Cateater, LLC. If you want to bring your own iPad, you can either pay for the Pro version or download the free Stop Motion Studio (it has in-app purchases, but the base version is free). The app also works on your iPhone, if you don't have an iPad handy.

Join us Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union! We'll have a blast!

May 2018: Enhancing Your Photos

We've talked recently about how to make sure your photos are preserved for the future — but don't you want to know how to save the best possible version of those photos? At our May 24th meeting, we will be demonstrating the capabilities of Apple's Photos app for photo enhancement.

You're encouraged to bring your own photos so that we can have a variety of examples to work with. Mark will bring his scanner, so that we can work with both paper copies and digital photos. We'll not only demonstrate what Photos can do, but also talk about what kind of problems require a more powerful program, such as Photoshop, to correct.

We hope to see you on the 24th at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union!

November and December 2018: No Meetings!

You don't really want to spend Thanksgiving Day with us, do you? Because the fourth Thursday in November and December really don't work out well for meetings, our group will not meet again until January 2019. Hope you have wonderful holidays, and we'll see you in the new year!

October 2018: What's New with iOS 12 and the iPhone XS

Please join us at Metrum Credit Union on Thursday, October 25, for a discussion of the new features of iOSi 12 and a look at the new iPhone (or at least one of the three new iPhones!). We're also collecting ideas for our meetings in 2019, so come with your needs and want-to-knows. We'll start at 6:30 pm as usual. See you there!

September 2018: Let Automator Automate Your Work

On the lines of working smarter instead of working harder, Apple provides all of us with Automator for free. It's one of those applications that ships with our Macs but that most of us ignore, yet it is relatively easy to use. On Thursday, September 27, we'll be doing a "getting started" introduction to Automator. (Feel free to bring your Mac with you so that you can follow along!) Join us at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union.

2017 Presentations

2017 Presentation Archives

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April 2017: iPhoneography Continued

Join us on Thursday, April 27, for more about improving your iPhone photography skills! This month we're concentrating on apps that offer more control over your camera and apps that help you enhance the photos and videos that you take.

Please join us at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm for this great program!

While we thought Jeff Gamet would be joining us in this month to talk about Clips, it turned out that we needed to postpone to May — so heads up! Make sure May's meeting is on your calendar!

August 2017: Photos, The Application

Join us August 24 for a thorough exploration of where we are today with the Photos application on the Mac and the iOSi app. With all the myriad features and the rewrite of Photos for the Mac two years ago, it's easy to be lost on what the program does and does not do and how it interacts with iCloud and iOS.

Hope to see you at Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm!

February 2017: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!

iPhoneography — Making the Most of Your iPhone's Camera is cancelled for February 23. We will postpone the program until March.

January 2017: Show and Tell!

Please join us on Thursday, January 26, at 6:30 pm for Show and Tell Time! Those of us who acquired some goodies over the holidays (hardware or software) can share what our shiny new toys can do. I'm bringing my ROLI Lightpad Block — a "playable surface" for creating music. What do you have? Please bring and let us see! We meet at the Metrum Credit Union — hope to see you there!

July 2017: Dive into the Details of Apple's New Operating Systems!

Major, major upgrades are coming our way — come learn about the details of High Sierra (for the Mac) and iOSi 11 (for your devices). We'll have beta versions of the new operating systems running on a Mac and on an iPad, and you'll get a live look at what's new and different.

Join us at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 27!

June 2017: Genealogy Research with your Mac

Join us on Thursday, June 22, for an exploration of how one of our members uses her Mac for genealogy research. If you have ever been interested in exploring your family history, this will be a great overview of how you can get started! We will meet at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union. Hope to see you there!

March 2017: iPhoneography — Making the Most of Your iPhone's Camera

Please join us on Thursday, March 23, for an exploration of what our iPhone cameras (and we as photographers) can do! We'll be looking at the functions built into the iPhone as well as third-party apps and what they add to our toolbox. Chris will be presenting some of what she learned at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), but everyone's ideas and experiences are welcome! If you know a neat trick or a great app, be prepared to share! We meet at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union.

May 2017: Apple's New App — Clips!

Jeff Gamet will be leading this exploration of Apple's new app for short movies and much, much more: Clips! Join us on Thursday, May 25, at Metrum Credit Union as we both learn and play with Clips. (It's easier all around if you download the app before you come!) Jeff always does a great job explaining the ins and outs of an app, so this is a great opportunity for all of us!

We'll also finish up our iPhoneography series with a few more pointers. Hope to see you there!

September 2017: In Depth on the New iPhone and iOS 11

We’re expecting the iPhone announcement in September, so by the time we meet on September 28, we’ll be able to dissect the new iPhone and its features in detail. It goes without saying that we will also have iOSi 11 out of beta and into our hands. This may be the biggest set of iOS changes we’ve seen, so there will be plenty to play with! Hope to see your there! Join us at Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm on September 28!

2016 Presentations

2016 Presentation Archives

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April 2016: Gadgets!

We will be exploring gadgets of all kinds to extend what we do with our Apple devices! This is the meeting we planned for March, but had to postpone due to snow. Join us Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 pm, at the Metrum Credit Union, to see ways to have more fun or do things better with add-ons and accessories. There's no one presenter for this session — everyone is welcome to bring their own favorite gadgets to show off! The more, the merrier!

Here's what we know we'll have so far: For the photo and video buffs, we'll have a demo of the Steadicam Smoothee and play with Olloclip photo lenses for the iPhone. For those addicted to just plain fun, we'll have a BB-8 robot and learn about an affordable 3D printer. We'll also cook with the help of a Perfect Bake scale!

If you have a gadget you love, please bring it to show off! Hope to see you on the 28th!

March 2016: Snowed Out!

The March 24th meeting is cancelled — it's going to be solid ice on the roads tonight, so everyone stay home and stay safe!

August 2016: Drones and Taking Your Camera Up, Up, and Away!

Join us Thursday, August 25, at Metrum Credit Union for an exciting presentation about drones! Jim will be bringing his wonderful drone to the meeting and giving us the lowdown on how it works and how to get started with a drone. Unless it's pouring rain, we'll spend some time out in the parking lot watching it fly. We're starting at 6:30 pm, and we hope to see you there!

February 2016: The New Apple TV and iPad Pro, Hands On

Join us on Thursday, February 25th, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union for the first meeting of the new year! We'll be setting up the new Apple TV and demonstrating its features — plus we'll have the new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to show off, as well. After we demonstrate the features of these new Apple products, everyone will have a chance to play!

Since it's our first meeting of the year, we will also be talking about what programs we would like to have in 2016. Please bring your ideas with you!

July 2016: CarPlay — Apple's Co-Pilot for Driving

This will be the ultimate demo meeting! Mark will be bringing his car — equipped with CarPlay — to show off the features of this Apple service. Learn why you may very well want to get this for your next car or retrofit the car you have. When we're done watching CarPlay in action, everyone will have a chance to share his or her favorite travel apps. Come prepared to our meeting at 6:30 pm on July 28 at the Metrum Credit Union.

June 2016: 3D, Too!

We've decided to extend May's program by talking about more ways to create 3D images. How about an app that lets you sketch your 3D design? Ways to take 3D photos? That and more will be covered on Thursday, June 23, at the Metrum Credit Union. Join us at 6:30 pm for multi-dimensional fun!

May 2016: Intro to 3D Design and Printing

Join us on Thursday, May 26, for an introduction to Tinkercad, an easy 3D design program that runs in a browser and is completely free. It's a popular choice for those who are new to the 3D world. Everyone is welcome to bring a laptop and follow along with Chris's tutorial! We will also be talking about how 3D printers work so that you can take your Tinkercad creation and make it into a real, 3D object. We hope to see you at Metrum at 6:30 pm on the 26th!

October 2016: A Closer Look at the Sierra Mac OS and iOS 10

Join us for a more in-depth look at Apple's two new operating systems on Thursday, October 27, at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm. While we had a great time at the MacinTech meeting earlier this month with a few of the really notable new features, Apple's major releases include many more things we should know about. If you have specific questions, email Mark ahead of time so that he knows more about what people want to hear!

September 2016: Movie Magic!

Think that special effects are only for the Hollywood crowd? Join us at Metrum Credit Union on Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 pm to learn what you can do with just your MacBook or an iPad! Chris will be bringing her new greenscreen setup from school, plus some lights, to show how to do a bang-up job, but most of these tricks can be done without anything special. Learn how it all works!

2015 Presentations

2015 Presentation Archives

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April 2015: iPhoto's Replacement — Photos

The release of Photos is just around the corner! Join us on April 23 at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm to learn all about this new-from-the-ground-up program that replaces Apple's venerable iPhoto. Mark Stevenson has been working with the beta version and will have great information to share with us.

Here are some of the need-to-know topics: what it takes to run Photos, how to make the transition with the libraries you currently have, the kind of clean-up you should do before the move, and what the program offers in terms of features. We'll
have demos of the program's features, to boot, and talk about how to use the new iCloud Photo Sharing. An added plus for those of you with higher-end cameras: unlike iPhoto, Photos supports RAW format. There's lots to learn! Please join us!

August 2015: What You Need to Know NOW About Apple Music

Apple has rolled out the new Music program and is offering a 90-day free trial. Should you bite? Or will you regret it? Come to our August 27th meeting at Metrum Credit Union to learn what you need to know! Mark will be giving us all the details, including how this new program might work for you — and whether it fits the way you prefer to acquire, organize, and listen to music. Please join us at 6:30!

February 2015: Snow Day! Meeting Cancelled!

Sorry for the late notice, but with another band of snow coming in this afternoon and low temperatures, we're canceling our meeting tonight.

The February topic will be offered later this year (when the weather is better!). Stay tuned for the March topic!

January 2015: You've Got Photos — Do Something With Them!

Join us on Thursday, January 22, for the first Multimedia SIGi meeting of 2015! We meet at Metrum Credit Union and get started at 6:30 pm to talk about what we do with photos and share ideas. Over the years, we’ve talked a lot about organizing photos, keeping them safe, and adding tags and metadata — but we haven’t talked about what we do with our photos for a long time. What’s the point of having them sitting on the hard drive if we don’t make some use of them?

Learn more about printing in a number of different ways and formats, sharing with others, and creating slideshows, calendars, cards, and books. Part of the evening will be show-and-tell, so if you have done something great with your photos, please bring your project with you!

July 2015: How-To's for Pixelmator

Do you have a photo editor on your Mac? If you rely on either iPhoto or the new Photos app, you don't. We saw in June that these Apple applications can only do the most basic of touch-ups on our digital photos. After we compared them with Pixelmator, Adobe Photoshop Essentials, and Photoshop, we agreed that Pixelmator is a great program for those who don't need the full power of Photoshop, but still want to do good things with photos. And it's less than $30 in the Mac App Store! So join us on July 23rd for a step-by-step overview of the basic functions — a great chance to learn the basics.

Craig, Mark, and Chris will be handling the tutorials, and they have some homework for those who are attending — take some photos of your own. We would really appreciate receiving two photos from each attendee of the SIGi so that we have examples to work with. Just email your photo to Chris Domino by July 16th so that we have time to play with them. Hope to see you at Metrum Credit Union, 6:30 pm, July 23rd!

June 2015: Restoring and Retouching Your Scanned Photos

The next presentation in our series on Digital Photography Essentials answers the question, "I've got my scan — now what do I do?" As we saw in May, scanner software can offer some tools for capturing a better version of an old photo, slide, or negative, but there's often more work to do to get the best possible version. How do you go about it? Which software programs can do what kinds of corrections? Which will work best for your needs? When do you go DIY and when do you get professional help? Find out on June 25th!

We will present some guidelines for restoring photos and then walk you through the process using real scans, demonstrating for each example what iPhoto, the new Apple Photos app, Photoshop Elements (the cheap software), and Lightroom/Photoshop can do to restore, retouch, and enhance that particular photo. You'll leave knowing how to approach restoration step-by-step, what the software you already own can do for you, and what software you might want to buy.

Please join us at the Metrum Credit Union on June 25 at 6:30 pm to get the best possible start at making your past (photos, that is) much better!

March 2015: Sharing Photos Digitally

We've talked about printing photos in all sorts of ways — it's time to talk about sharing digitally. We'll cover iCloud Photo, which gives you access to your entire lifetime library of photos from any of your devices, as well as talk about all of the other photo sharing services available.

Join us on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union. Bring an Apple device and have fun doing a little sharing on the spot!

May 2015: Photography Essentials — Calibrating Your Monitor and Using a Scanner

Our lively January meeting inspired a new series of presentations on the topic of Digital Photography Essentials. In this session, we'll be talking about what we must do before we work on photographs — and the first thing is to calibrate our monitors. After all, we can't judge how our photo looks if our monitor does not display accurately.

Once we have demonstrated calibrating several different monitors, we'll move on to our second essential — scanning. If we want to save any of our old analog work (actual film! actual slides!), we need to convert it to digital formats. Even if you have spent your life shooting in digital format, you probably have old family photos that need to be converted. Learn how to do it correctly!

If you'd like to bring a photo or two that needs scanning, please feel free — a variety of different kinds of photos would be helpful for the presentation. Don't worry! You'll get the photo back, and if you bring a thumb drive, you'll get the digital scan, too!

We hope you join us at the Metrum Credit Union on Thursday, May 28, for this great presentation! We get started at 6:30 p.m.

October 2015: Apple's New Products, Part 2

We're continuing to look at what's new from Apple, but at this meeting, we'll actually have something new to show! Mark will bring his new iPhone 6S and demonstrate its great new features. In addition, we'll be talking more about iOSi 9 and Chris will take us on a tour of El Capitan. Watch what you can do when all of your devices are in sync!

Please join us Thursday, October 22, at 6:30 pm, at the Metrum Credit Union. This is our last meeting of 2015 (What? You wanted to meet on Thanksgiving?), so help us send out the old year with a bang and do a little planning for 2016, as well!

September 2015: All About Apple's Announcements

We all know that Apple has big news to reveal on September 9th — we're just not sure exactly what will be announced.

Whatever it is, come to the Multimedia SIGi meeting on Thursday, September 24, at the Metrum Credit Union. Mark and Chris will be talking about the news, and if possible, demonstrating the new features and products. With luck, there may be a new iPhone at the meeting — and if there are new features for the Apple Watch, those will definitely be demonstrated. Don't miss it! Join us at 6:30 pm to get the latest and hottest news!

2014 Presentations

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April 2014 — Evernote Is Far More Than You Know

Please join us on Thursday, April 24, for a program on Evernote, a handy cloud-based service that's far more than you know! I used to lump Evernote in with the cloud services like Dropbox, but it turns out to be much more like a really deluxe Swiss Army knife. Mark and Craig will share their experiences with Evernote, and everyone is welcome to chime in with how they use it, too. (Do you know about the Post-It Note camera?) As usual, we'll be at the Metrum Credit Union and start at 6:30 pm. Join us!

August 2014: Have iWork, Will Travel

Like the hero of the old TV series Paladin ("Have gun, will travel"), if you have the right tools, you can work anywhere. Our August presentation will be an exploration of how iCloud's iWork will let you not only access your files from anywhere, but create and edit files as well — and still have them sync across all your computing platforms, including your iOSi devices. Join us on Thursday, August 28th, at the Metrum Credit Union to learn how it all works together! We'll start at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

February — Keeping Track of Your Stuff!

Do you need to keep track of what you own? (Remember — fire season is around the corner!) Or do you want to satisfy your inner librarian and catalog your books or music? On February 27, we'll be talking about software that helps you keep track of your stuff. Join us Thursday night at Metrum Credit Union to learn and to share! We'll start at 6:30 p.m. as usual.

To some extent, we're crowd sourcing our presentation Thursday night — we're hoping we will all share our experiences with this kind of software. But just in case no one is keeping an inventory, Chris has volunteered to share her experience with Readerware and FileMaker.

July 2014 — Keynote Tips and Tricks from Presentation Magic

Chris and Andy's trip to MacWorld 2014 continues to pay off with another presentation based on what one of us learned from the MacWorld presenters. Join us on Thursday, July 24, for a summary of what Chris learned in the all-day pre-conference workshop offered by Les Posen of Presentation Magic. We will start at 6:30 pm, and as usual, we will meet at the Metrum Credit Union.

Les is a fascinating presenter — a psychologist from Australia who earned his presentation chops by helping fellow psychologists use technology to improve their practices. His workshop is a combination of wisdom derived from the psychology of perception and persuasion and Keynote tricks with real wow to them. Even if you don't need to create presentations, you'll be fascinated by understanding how effective presenting works.

June 2014 — Hands On with the New Mac Pro

We'll have one of the new Mac Pros at our meeting — along with the wonderful Thunderbolt display — and have a chance to play around with this revolutionary new computer design. In addition, we'll hear Chris's "Confessions of an Accidental Wedding Videographer" and see some of the footage in Final Cut Pro X!

Join us on Thursday, June 26, at Metrum Credit Union, 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

May 2014: MacWorld Update

Join us on Thursday, May 22, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union to hear all about this year's MacWorld. Chris and Andy will provide a look at what's new and what they learned from all the workshops!

November and December 2014 — Wishing You Happy Holidays, and Apple Gifts Galore!

Since all of us have better things to do on the fourth Thursday of November and December, we won't be meeting. We will see all of you in the New Year! Happy Holidays!

October 2014 — iOS Photography!

Please join us on Thursday, October 23, for a great session on iOSi Photography and learn how Apple has dramatically upgraded the capabilities of the camera in iOS 8. We will meet at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union.

Mark will be talking about taking pictures (and also videos) with iOS devices. The built-in Camera app from Apple on these devices provided basic capabilities in iOS 7 and earlier. It got kickstarted substantially in iOS 8. This program will focus on the new capabilities with the iOS 8 Camera app.

But wait, there's more. Third-party apps for iOS devices have existed for some time now, giving more or different features than came in the basic app from Apple. Mark will talk about and show off some of these, including Camera+ and Instagram.

In addition, he will cover some of the accessories that can be used with iOS devices to take better pictures, including extra lenses (Olloclip), and holding devices that can be secured to something for a steadier picture (Joby Grip Tight GorillaPod Stand). Finally, he will talk about some of the sharing and storage options for IOS photos, including iCloud Photo Sharing.

This will be a great presentation, and we hope to see you there!

September 2014: Your Media, Your Way

Have a movie on your computer? Want it on your iPad? Or do you want to post a photo to Facebook or email it to a friend? For September, we'll talk about how to get what you have in one format to a different format or a different device. We're including in this discussion almost anything that falls under the heading of multimedia — songs, photos, movies, and whatever else somebody thinks to ask about. Join us at the Metrum Credit Union on September 25th at 6:30. Everyone is welcome!

January 2014 - Online Learning Sites

Our January 2014 meeting will give you a jumpstart by demonstrating online learning sites. Craig will be covering Photoshopuser.com and kelbytraining.com; Chris will demonstrate lynda.com. Plan on joining us January 23, 2014, 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union!

2013 Presentations

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Nov-Dec: The Old Year Passes . . . Ring In The New!

Remember, we don't meet in November or December 2013… but you can look forward to the new year and new beginnings. Think about making a resolution to learn more in 2014! Our January meeting will give you a jumpstart: Click Here To Learn More!

October: Exploring iOS 7

The new iOSi 7 is very different. What's in it for us? Where did the old ways go? What took their place? Dan did a great overview of the changes at the regular MacinTech meeting, but there's still lots to talk about.

Please join us at Metrum Credit Union on Thursday, October 24, and bring your questions! We'll start at 6:30 p.m. This is a group endeavor, so please bring any tricks you've learned, any complaints you have, and any new features or new apps that delight you.

September: Screen Captures and Screencasting

You probably don't realize it, but you need to know how to do what we're talking about at this meeting! The ability to capture what's on your Mac's screen is endlessly useful — from the quick shot of what an error message actually says to a movie of something you want to demonstrate. Join us on Thursday, September 26, at the Metrum Credit Union for a group presentation and demonstration of ways to get captures done!

Three stalwart SIGi members will be demonstrating the easy shortcuts on the Mac for capturing a screen and a variety of ways to not only take a snapshot but make a movie as well, along with commentary about all the features of these programs: QuickTime, SnapzPro, Snagit, Screen Flow 4, and Skitch.

We'll start at 6:30 p.m. as usual — hope to see you there!

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August: Inexpensive Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

Do you take photos? Do you need to edit them sometimes? Remove the devilish red eyes from your loved ones? Crop out the obnoxious uninvited guest? Then you need some way to edit photos, and you probably don't want to throw a large chunk of your income at the problem!

Please join us Thursday, August 22nd, for a presentation from Craig on inexpensive alternatives to Adobe Photoshop! We'll meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Metrum Credit Union. Craig always does a very thorough job, so you'll leave knowing exactly what you need!

June: Computing in the Cloud

By now, we're all used to saving in the cloud (think iCloud). But now we see computing in the cloud becoming more and more prevalent. It's even attracted its own hardware, so to speak, with Google's Chromebook. Come to our meeting on Thursday, June 27, at the Metrum Credit Union to learn more about computing in the cloud and what it can do for you. Our meeting starts at 6:30 pm.

We'll look at three types of cloud computing — free services, free with paid options, and paid. Examples will be Prezi (a presentation program), Google apps (a simple version of an office suite), and Adobe's Creative Cloud. What do you get? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Come and find out!

May: Strong Passwords — Staying Safe on the Internet

Rick will be letting us know how to stay safe online — and it's harder than ever if you don't have strong passwords. How long should your passwords be? How complex? And how can you keep track of them? All this information is vital for your Internet health. Don't go online without it!

Please join us at 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 23, at the Metrum Credit Union to learn what you need to know!

April: iTunes U — Not Just for Students

Do you ignore iTunes U because you think it's not for you? You're wrong! It's a marvelous resource for almost anybody and anything. Join us at Metrum Credit Union on Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 pm for an overview of all the things you can do with iTunes U. Chris will even show us how to build your own iTunes U course — it's free and it makes a great way to preserve and distribute your knowledge about your favorite topics!

February: Member Favorites

Join us on Thursday, February 28, at 6:30 at the Metrum Credit Union!

We're continuing our theme of "don't break the bank" by looking at favorite applications that our members bring to our "show and tell." The qualifications are that the application is reasonably priced and that you find it useful. So it could be a utility for cleaning up your drive or a quick way to take notes -- anything that appeals to you! It could be for Mac or for iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

If you don't have a portable device to show you application on, email me at cjdomino@mac.com. I'll let you know if I already have it on my MacBook Pro or iPad or iPhone. I generally have the right connector to hook all of these devices to my projector. If I don't already have the application, you can bring screenshots of how your program works (if you don't know, I'll tell you how to do that).

January: Drawing Applications That Won't Break the Bank!

Do you need to do the occasional drawing or illustration, but not often enough to pay the price for the heavy-duty applications out there? There's been an explosion of simple and cheap (under $100) programs for both the Mac and iOSi platforms. Join us on Thursday, January 24, at 6:30 pm for an overview of what's available and a look at the surprising sophistication of some of these apps. We'll meet at Metrum Credit Union, as usual. Hope to see you at the first meeting of the new year -- and bring your ideas for what you want to learn this year! We'll also be working on the program calendar for 2013.

2012 Presentations

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April: Protecting Your Work Online and Using Others' Work Legally

You've found a photo online that is just perfect for your blog or your newsletter -- can you use it? Or are you a thief? Or perhaps the shoe is on the other foot -- the vacation photo you posted to Facebook or on your webpage just turned up in some company's ad. What now? Could you have protected yourself somehow?

Find out the answers to these and more questions by coming to the Multimedia SIGi meeting on April 26. We meet at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 p.m. Craig will be talking about digital watermarks and protecting photos online; Chris will be talking about copyright law and Creative Commons licenses. Join us! All are welcome!

August: Understanding Mountain Lion and iCloud

Learn more about iCloud and its integration/workings with Mountain Lion! Mark will be covering this important topic in much more depth than we had time for at MacinTech.

Please join us on Thursday, August 23, at the Metrum Credit Union, starting at 6:30 pm. Everyone's welcome!

July 2012: What's New for Digital Photographers in Photoshop CS6

Please join us on Thursday, July 26, for a masterful presentation from Craig on what's new in the latest release of Photoshop. Find out if there are "must-have" features for you in CS6! We'll start at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union. We hope to see you there!

June: iMovie for iOS

Please join us on Thursday, June 28, at the Metrum Credit Union for a really new topic -- iMovie for iOSi. This is an app -- and as we know from the way Apple has ported other Mac applications to iOS devices, it isn't quite the same thing as iMovie on your Mac. Come see how it works! We start at 6:30 pm, and we hope to see you there!

March: First Look at iPhoto for iOS

Apple has just completed the iLife Suite for iOSi by releasing iPhoto for iOS. Join us Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Metrum Credit Union for our first look at this remarkable new program. We start at 6:30. In addition to our main attraction, we will also be doing a segment on protecting your photos online and proper use of other people's photos — i.e, a quick review of copyright law and Creative Commons.

Everyone is welcome! Please drop by and bring your questions!

May: Converting Your Analog Assets to Digital Assets

Don't lose your past! Join us at the Metrum Credit Union, Thursday, May 24, to learn about bringing those old analog assets -- records, tapes, and videos -- into the digital age. Conversion can even clean up and improve your old media! Mark will be giving you all the info you need to make the switch. Everyone's welcome to join us at 6:30 pm. See you there!

October 2012: iPhone 5 and iOS 6 -- Show and Tell!

Mark will be presenting a show-and-tell at our October meeting about the new iPhone 5 (he's got one to show us!) and what's new in iOSi 6. They're here at last -- and there's a lot that's new! Make sure you come and get the lowdown! (For those of you who haven't seen the new iPhone yet, it really is lighter and thinner!) Please join us on Thursday, October 25, at the Metrum Credit Union. We will start at 6:30 pm.

This is the last meeting of the SIGi until January 2013 (you didn't really want to spend Thanksgiving at the Credit Union, did you?) We will meet once again in January, when Chris will give the presentation on inexpensive drawing programs that was cancelled by the power outage in September.

September: Drawing Applications That Won't Break the Bank CANCELLED

Due to problems with our meeting location, our September meeting has ben cancelled. Hope to see you in October!

iBooks Author -- Create A Revolutionary New Kind of Book!

Join us on Thursday, February 23, at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm for a demonstration of iBooks Author. This is Apple's new -- and free -- software for the Mac that can be used to create wonderfully rich and engaging books. While it's primarily intended for Apple's new textbooks market, part of the new iBooks store, it can be used to create any kind of book that calls for multimedia content.

If you'd like to check out some examples of what this software does, see the article on Apple's website at
http://www.apple.com/education/ibooks-textbooks/

For more information about iBooks Author, see the article at
http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/

iTunes Match: What and Why

Do you need Apple's new iTunes Match? What is it? Why would you want it? We'll explore these questions at the Multimedia SIGi meeting on Thursday, January 26. Join us at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm.

We'll also be talking about programs for the rest of this year. Please bring your ideas!

2011 Presentations

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Black and White the Right Way!

Ever want to make a beautiful black-and-white print from a digital camera photo? Join us on April 28, 6:30 pm, at Metrum Credit Union to see Craig demo Silver Effects Pro, version 2. This NIK Software can be used both as a standalone and a plug-in for creating black-and-white images the right way. Hope to see you there!

Create: A Flexible All-Purpose Program

Join us Thursday, June 23, at Metrum Credit Union, starting at 6:30 pm. Ron will be talking about Stone Studio's Create, part of a larger suite that offers a very complete set of programs. Ron will put Create through its paces -- he uses it for everything from simple letters and envelopes to web pages!

July Meeting: Our Favorites!

Please join us on Thursday, July 28, at Metrum Credit Union -- and come prepared to talk about your favorite applications! The only caveat is that they must cost less than $100. We originally planned to make this favorite Mac applications, but we've opened it up to favorite iOSi apps as well. So join us at 6:30 pm, and plan to share!

Chris will provide the adapter needed for iPads to project, as well as a selection of VGA laptop adapters. If you're working only on a desktop machine, you can choose to just talk about the application. If you know the app developer's website, one of us can show that on our laptops while you talk.

PS: No, you don't HAVE to share -- it's just fun if you do!

Lights! Camera! Action! Final Cut Pro X

Join us on Thursday, September 22nd, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union. Chris will be demonstrating the features of Final Cut Pro X -- the new prosumer movie-editing program from Apple. This program radically changes the editing interface and has been the subject of much controversy. Will it work for you? Come and find out!

More Web Design: Content Management Systems, Photo Websites, & ISPs

Join us on Thursday, August 25th, 6:30 pm, at the Metrum Credit Union. This meeting will finish up our discussions of web design with an overview of Content Management Systems by Chris and a presentation on creating professional-looking photo websites by Craig. In his demo of photo websites, Craig will present more of the features of RapidWeaver and offer a review of ISPs.

Everyone is welcome!

Start the New Year with a New iLife!

Join us at Metrum Credit Union on January 27th at 6:30 pm for a show-and-tell about the new features in iLife 11! Chris will discuss the upgrades and demo them. If you have a snazzy project that you would like to show off, please bring it (either your laptop or the project on disk). We look forward to seeing you!

The Hottest New Thing: iOS 5!

Join us on Thursday, October 27, at the Metrum Credit Union for a presentation on iOSi 5, the absolutely hottest thing out there! The meeting starts at 6:30 pm -- and you'll want to be there to hear what Mark has to say about Apple's new i-device operating system.

The iUpgrade -- iOS 4.3 and iPad 2

Please join us on March 24, 6:30 pm, at the Metrum Credit Union. We will be discussing the newest iOSi upgrade, iOS 4.3, and the iPad 2. We will have some demos of the new features and (I hope) an iPad 2 to drool over. We're also building in some show-and-tell time, so if you have an iOS device (iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad), feel free to bring it with you and share your favorite apps.

Hope to see you there!

Two-Way Shootout! Low-Cost Web Design Software Compared

Join us Thursday, May 26, at the Metrum Credit Union for web design demos: Apple's own iWeb and Freeway Express. Both are very inexpensive and easy to use. But do both give you the same features? Come and see! The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

What Goes into a Logo? How a Professional Artist Uses Illustrator

We are very lucky to have Janet McCauley, the daughter of one of MacinTech's members, show us how she uses Adobe Illustrator to prepare logos. While not many of us use Illustrator, it's a powerful graphics program -- far beyond the MacDraw most of us played with over two decades ago.

Please join us on Thursday, March 24, at Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm for this fascinating look at the capabilities of one of the leading vector-based drawing programs!

2010 Presentations

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April -- iPad Show and Tell!

You liked "show and tell" when you were a kid, right? Come join us for the grown-up version on Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 pm, at the usual place: the Metrum Credit Union.

Those of us who have iPads will bring them to show off and pass around. We'll talk about what we love and what we're doing with these seductive devices. Those without iPads can get their hands on ours (and drool). Join us for the fun!

February -- Analog to Digital Audio Done Right!

Join us Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union. Mark Stevenson will be telling us about his four-step method for transferring favorite "golden oldies" (as in records and tapes) to digital format with the highest possible quality. 'Fess up -- you have some of those old LPs sitting around, don't you? And wouldn't it be nice if they were on your Mac instead? Come see how it's done!

January -- Get Serious about Your iPhone Camera!

Join us on Thursday, January 28, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union. Craig Lewis and Chris Domino will be talking about getting the most out of the photos you take with your iPhone or iPod Touch camera. There are a number of apps now available to retouch photos, share them, or turn them into funnies -- we'll show a variety of effects! We'll use a document camera so that everyone can see a projection of our iPhones and watch exactly what we're doing.

July 2010 -- Adobe Lightroom 3

Join us for our July 22 meeting at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 p.m. Craig will share all the new features of Lightroom 3 -- one of his favorite programs. Come see what the new bells and whistles are!

We had talked about having Dan Ross present sometime soon on the subject of digital video, but he's been snapped up by MacinTech officers to present that topic at the August MacinTech meeting. Make sure you put the August 10 meeting on your "must do" list!

June 2010 -- Aperture 3

Join us on Thursday, June 24, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union. Craig will be showing us the features of Aperture 3, the latest upgrade to Apple's program for serious photographers. Join us to get all the ins and outs of this version!

March 2010 -- Become an iTunes Expert!

Join us on Thursday, March 25, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union! We'll be sharing tips for using iTunes and all of its features. Everyone is welcome to chime in with their favorite techniques and shortcuts. Make sure your bring your questions -- a lot of queries came up last month, and this is your chance to get some answers.

May -- Books in Other Forms!

Join us Thursday, May 27, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union for a presentation about reading and listening to books -- in all kinds of forms except the printed page.

We will be talking about acquiring and managing ebooks and audiobooks; using iTunes for your collection; and reading or listening on your computer, iPhone, Kindle, and iPad. Mark will be bringing examples, but I encourage all of you to bring your stories about how you read beyond the page.

Movieman Dan, Part Two

Join us Thursday, August 26th, at the Metrum Credit Union for a more detailed presentation from Dan about multimedia on the Mac. Break free from the cable company and enjoy your media over the Internet, on your Mac, your iPad, your iPhone, and your Apple TV. We'll start at 6:30 pm, and we hope to see you there.

October 2010 -- The New Apple TV

Join us on Thursday, October 28, at 6:30 pm at Metrum for Mark's presentation on the new Apple TV. He will bring a TV as well, so we can see exactly what this new gadget can do!

This will be the last Multimedia SIGi this year (you didn't really want to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas with us, did you?), so we will also talk about topics for next year.

September 2010 -- Making the Most of iPhoto

We've talked about workflow in Aperture and Lightroom -- iPhoto is the photo editor for the rest of us! See what's new in the iLife 09 version, learn how to capture your photos and organize them, and look at some great "show and tell" examples of what you can do with the program! Remember, the gift-giving season is around the corner, and now is a great time to get started on those books and calendars.
Join us on Thursday, September 23, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union. All are welcome to bring their examples of what they've done in iPhoto!

Welcome to 2010!

We're busy gearing up for the 2010 presentation season so please stay tuned to this website for details.

As usual we'll be posting our upcoming meeting topics here along with any presentation notes, slides, or related files.

Current topics under consideration: Hands On with an iPad, Aperture 3, Converting Old Movies.

If you have ideas for subjects this year, or would like to present a topic, or just have a neat product you think our members should know about please let us know by dropping by any of our meetings or dropping us an email.

2009 Presentations

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April 2009: What's New in iWork '09

Join us Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union for an overview of what's new in iWork '09. (I particularly am excited about the flashy new features of Keynote!) See you there!

August 2009 -- Final Cut Express

Join us Thursday, August 27, to learn about Final Cut Express -- the Apple program that's a "cut above" iMovie. If you're not ready to spend the really big bucks for the professional-level Final Cut Pro, but you need more than iMovie, Final Cut Express may very well be what you're looking for.

We'll meet as usual at Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you!

February 2009: What's New in iLife '09

Join us on Thursday, February 26, at Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm! Craig Lewis and Chris Domino will discuss and demo what's new in iLife '09. What's different? Is it worth the upgrade? And what does it take to run the latest version of iLife? Everyone welcome!

January 2009 Presentation -- Fotomagico

Join us Thursday, January 22, at Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm. Craig Lewis will be presenting an overview of Fotomagico, a great tool for creating stunning photo slideshows and burning DVDs. Fotomagico lets you take photos from anywhere on your Mac -- iPhoto, Lightroom, Aperture, file folders -- and turn them into compelling stories, complete with music from your iTunes collection. Read more at http://www.boinx.com/fotomagico/overview, and join us next Thursday!

July 2009 Presentation — Flash!

Join us on Thursday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Metrum Credit Union for an introduction to Adobe Flash. What is it? A way to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages. Learn what it does and the basics of how it works. We look forward to seeing you there!

June 2009 -- A Hot New Toast

The latest version of Toast sizzles -- as this product always does! Join us Thursday, June 25th, at the Metrum Credit Union at 6:30 pm to hear Craig talk about all the wonderful features of this very, very useful program. While it primarily burns CDs and DVDs, it also comes with many useful add-ons. Join us!

May 2009 — Building Better Presentations

Join us on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union! We'll be talking about how to build better presentations. We will be drawing upon advice from several excellent books and websites. While the demo will be done mostly in Keynote (the iWork '09 version), we will refer to PowerPoint as well. If you have wonderfully BAD examples to share, please bring them on a thumb drive or make a note of the web address. We can learn just as much, if not more, from a bad example as a good one. (Of course, if you have good examples, feel free to bring those, too!)

October 2009 -- Lightroom!

Join us Thursday, October 22, at 6:30 at the Metrum Credit Union! Craig Lewis will be presenting Adobe's Lightroom -- which may very well become almost the only photography application you need. If you shoot more than snapshots, come see what this program can do for you!

September 2009 -- Favorite Multimedia Websites

What are your favorite sites for multimedia? Join us on Thursday, September 24, at 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union. We'll all be contributing our favorite sites and showing off what makes them valuable to us. Any kind of site that touches on multimedia is suitable. Compile a list to bring (we'll provide the computer) or send Chris or Craig your list ahead of time so that we can bookmark the sites and navigate to them with one click.

2008 Presentations

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April Multimedia SIG Meeting

And now for something completely different! This month's meeting will be hands-on play with podcasting, using GarageBand. We'll learn the basics of adding voice tracks, zingers, and music while making short practice podcasts. No, you don't have to worry about these turning up in public! This is a practice session, and we'll have lots of fun.

I'll also be bringing the finished retouches of a couple of photos we scanned in February and March, and we'll finalize the May and June presentations.

Chris

February 2008 Meeting — Scanning & Restoring Photos

Have a box of old family photos you'd like to preserve? Join us Thursday, February 28, at Metrum Credit Union from 6:30 to 9:00 pm (or later!) for a HANDS-ON chance to scan and retouch old photos.

I'll be bringing my flatbed scanner, and we can gather around it to scan YOUR old photos. Then we will be demonstrating the actual retouching of the photos we scan, talking about the challenges each photo may present and the tools best suited to correcting any problems. We can't guarantee we will scan each and every photo brought, but we will try to get as many done as possible. If you bring a photo, please also bring a jump drive or a blank CD so that you can actually go home with your scan.

This is a great chance to see Photoshop CS3 in action and the features it has for speeding up photo retouching.

January 2008 Meeting

We're starting the new year right — by getting organized for 2008 and meeting in a wonderful new space. Thanks to Metrum Community Credit Union, we have a quiet and spacious new room for our meetings. Please join us Thursday, January 24th at Metrum to discuss our plans for the year. We will also have a presentation about Numbers, the newest member of the iWork '08 suite.

Notes from the January 2008 Meeting

Chris's Comments:
I demonstrated some basics in Numbers, the new spreadsheet module that's been added to iWork '08. For a 1.0 product, it's slick and flashy — and I'm in love. Instead of the boring old ugly Excel spreadsheets I've been dealing with forever, I can now use Numbers to produce publication-worth charts and graphs. It's greatest strength is that each sheet within a workbook now is a blank canvas that lets you put multiple spreadsheets, charts, and tables onto one page. I urge you to try it out or visit the demo on the Apple webpage:
http://www.apple.com/iwork/numbers/

We had time after the demo for some remarks about on-line tutorials. Chris demo'd www.lynda.com, which allows users to sign up by the month ($25) or by the year — really convenient if you're not sure you'll use it. Lynda.com has tutorials on just about any application you might have (PC or Mac), as well as some general topics like Color Management.

Craig demo'd KelbyTraining.com, which focuses more specifically on photography. It's relatively new, but they are adding tutorials rapidly. Check them both out!

July 2008 Multimedia SIG -- Web Design!

Join us Thursday, July 24th, 6:30 pm at the Metrum Credit Union for Craig Lewis's presentation, "When iWeb Is Not Enough, and DreamWeaver Is Too Much!" Craig will show you what you can -- and can't -- do with iWeb, and how RapidWeaver, a low-cost web design program, can do much more. This is a great intermediate program for those of us who don't want to spend $399 for the feature-laden and complex DreamWeaver software. We hope to see you there!

June 2008 Multimedia SIG -- iMovie '08 Hands On!

Join us Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 pm at Metrum Credit Union for a chance to play around with iMovie '08. This is a hands-on opportunity -- we will have 6 or so MacBooks so that we can all explore this very different version of iMovie. I will be bringing a video camera so that we can walk through the steps for importing footage, and then we will play with some pre-imported footage and learn the basics of editing and adding sound to our movies. We hope to see you there!

March 2008 Presentation — Restoring Old Photos Yet Again!

We had so much fun in February, we're doing it again in March. Bring your old photos, and we'll have a chance to play with a scanner, a Wacom tablet, and Photoshop. If you have a laptop with Photoshop of any kind, bring it along to share.

May 2008 Multimedia SIG Meeting

This is a hot meeting! Craig Lewis will be demonstrating the latest version of Photoshop Elements. Elements is Photoshop's little brother and perfect for those of you who don't want to shell out the equivalent of a car payment for a piece of software. Elements can do much of the photo enhancement and retouching that we have been demo'ing this year with the full version of Photoshop. Come see what tricks the new version has!

You don't want to miss this meeting -- the door prize is a copy of Photoshop Elements!

October 2008 - Digital Television and the Elgato EyeTV

Subject: Digital Television and the Elgato EyeTV presentation

Presenters: Brad Tombaugh and Rick Hyman

Date: 14 October 2008

Location: MacinTech Meeting

Summary: Digital Television is available now, and will be the only way to get free, over-the-air programming in February, 2009. See a brief outline of the history of television technology, the advantages of digital TV, and learn what some of your options are for receiving digital TV broadcasts. One of those options is using an Elgato EyeTV with your Macintosh. EyeTV lets you watch and record TV programs, and edit and record to DVD. You can even use an EyeTV to transfer content from a VCR, video camera, or a DVR to your computer.

Attachments: Download a copy of the presentation as an Adobe Acrobat PDFi

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October 2008 Dual Topics: RSS Feeds and Publishing Your Own Books

Join us Thursday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Metrum Credit Union. Craig Lewis will be talking about RSSi feeds at our October meeting and the website blurb.com. RSS feeds let you quickly see what's new on any topic you're really interested in. Blurb allows you to publish your own books -- at no cost to you. You pay only for books that you buy. You can set whatever price you wish on the website and set your profit level. They also have templates for things like cookbooks.

September 2008 — Dreamweaver Demo

Join us Thursday, September 25, at 6:30 at the Metrum Credit Union. David Lamoreaux will demo a site he has designed in Dreamweaver. We will have at least one other demo in Dreamweaver CS3, and everyone is encouraged to bring info or web design tips. This will be the last of the series this year on web design and a good opportunity to wrap up the topic!

Comments about Dreamweaver Meeting

We had a potpourri of websites and web design problems presented tonight. We spent relatively little time in Dreamweaver, but did look at creating rollover menus in the program. Rollovers are easy to do in this program.

We talked about the pro's and con's of adding a database to a website. The most important thing is to define the parameters of the database program -- what output do you want? What might the end user need? Put most of your time in the upfront issues; clarity in the design stage will lead to ease of code creation.

We also talked about the importance of having consistent navigation. A site that does not make clear which page you are on or how to get to the home page will confuse its users. Do you have to click the back button to get anywhere? That's a design flaw.

We will be talking about RSSi feeds at our October meeting and the website blurb.com. Blurb allows you to publish your own books -- at no cost to you. You pay only for books that you buy. You can set whatever price you wish on the website and set your profit level. They also have templates for things like cookbooks.

Utilities You Already Have on Your Mac

Rick Hyman and Zimmie gave a presentation at the July 2008 general MacinTech meeting describing utilities you already have. They talked about maintaining your Mac, using utilities such as Grab, Profiler, Console, Terminal, Activity Monitor and much more. Chris Domino took extensive notes on this presentation and the notes are available here in PDFi format..

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2007 Presentations

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Agenda for October 2007

Join us Thursday, October 25, for the last meeting of 2007!
For those of you thinking ahead for the holidays, we’ll have a presentation on stuff you can make with iLife ’08, including a sample of the new books you can put together with the latest iPhoto. We’ll cover cards and other gifts, as well.

The latest version of Keynote, part of iWork ’08, has some exciting new
features that absolutely trounce PowerPoint. The new Keynote will let you reach Jedi knight status as a presenter!

Last, we will be brainstorming the topics we want to cover in 2008. If you have a need that isn’t being met or a bright idea for a demo, please let us know.

For door prizes, we’re giving away full copies of iLife ’08 and iWork ’08!

Diacriticals/How to open things

A brief listing of keyboard shortcuts for using diacritical marks; and the unrelated discussion on the topic of "How to open things", ie. email attachments from Mac and P.C. users, etc.

I, for example often open attachments in Graphic Converter v. 4.6 (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) for opening graphics. which was at one time included with other Mac programs. I also use ToyViewer, v. 4.90 for Mac OSi X 10.4 (Tiger) from OGIHARA Takeshi
found on the web page: http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~ogihara/software/index.html.

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MMSIG Meeting for September 2007

Stuff You Can Do with iLife '08
September's meeting was about stuff you can do with the new iLife '08. We had great presentations from Craig, Mark, and Huc.

Craig talked about a large slideshow project he did for the Photographic Society of America. He used Photoshop to create his slides and then put everything together in iMovie, GarageBand, and iDVD — all from the iLife '08 suite.

Mark and Huc shared their web pages created in iWeb '08, with an emphasis on the new features of this program, particularly the Google add-ons and the HTML snippet feature.

See the attached files for the detailed notes.

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MmSIG Agenda April 2007

We had great presentations — about giving presentations — at the March 2007 Multimedia SIGi meeting (MmSIG). Michelle and Huc did a terrific job of conveying some key information and we enjoyed seeing them put PowerPoint and Keynote through their paces.

Join us at the April meeting for a series of short reviews and "how to's" —

  • Product review for Toast 8
  • Getting the most from YouTube
  • Naming conventions for photo files
  • Backing up your iLife files

That's Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 pm at the Park Meadows CompUSA.

Notes from the April 2007 Presentation

This is a PDFi of the Keynote presentation for April, as well as notes about the discussion on file naming conventions.

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MmSIG Agenda June 2007

Pages
We've talked about Keynote —now meet the other half of iWork '06. This will give you a good overview of Pages 2, Apple's word processor. With 60 professionally designed templates, you can produce wonderful publications quickly.

HyperMedia — Whither HyperCard?
HyperCard is dead. We'll see demos of several replacement programs, plus how to "fake it" with applications you already own.

Notes from the June 2007 Meeting

We had a great impromptu presentation by Mark on the iPhone -- and we all enjoyed ourselves so much that we only covered the first half of the agenda. Attached are the notes about Pages 2. There are also "before" and "after" PDFs of the example we worked through.

I was very favorably impressed with Pages. It struck me as a cross between the full-featured word processor that Microsoft Word is and the desktop publishing program that PageMaker was. And unlike Word, the interface is uncluttered and clean. If you are used to Keynote or other Apple apps, you'll feel at home almost immediately. For the price, it's an incredibly good way to make your content look professional, since there are a bunch of great templates that come with the program.

The only problem I noted was that when I stacked multiple objects on top of each other, it was sometimes hard to select the object I wanted to manipulate. Even bringing it to the front did not necessarily work.

If you own Keynote, you already have Pages, and I urge you to try it. If you don't have the iWork package, I suggest you get it -- it's a real bargain.

Chris

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MmSIG Agenda May 2007

May 24, 2007
CompUSA at Park Meadows
6:30 p.m.

Digital Cameras
Remember Show and Tell when you were in first grade? We're having a grown-up version at our meeting on May 24. Bring your digital camera (and your instruction book if you're rusty) and we will have fun looking at what different cameras can do. It doesn't matter if it's a 2 MP antique or the latest 10 MP hottie. We'll have some tips and tricks, as well.

Making the Most of our Multimedia SIGi Website
Learn more about navigating and posting to our website (this thing you're reading right now!).

MmSIG Agenda for August 2007

Recording Your PowerPoint Presentation
Huc will show us how to put together a complete package of the content in your presentation. Learn how to record what you actually say when you present and then meld it with your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation. This is another great way to repurpose your work!

Hypermedia, Part 2
Chris will be continuing her series on hypermedia techniques by demonstrating what you can do with PDFs.

Join us August 23rd at the Park Meadows CompUSA, 6:30 to 9:00 pm!

Notes from August 2007 Presentations

We had a great time with wonderful presentations from Huc and Mark. Attached are the notes I took.

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MmSIG Agenda for Nov/Dec 2007

There are no meetings in November & December 2007

Our meeting dates would fall on the same week Thanksgiving and Christmas so we've cancelled those sessions.

We hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing everyone at our first meeting of the new year: Thursday, January 24th, 2008

MmSIG Meeting for July 2007

HyperMedia, Part 1
We had such fun talking about the iPhone in June that we didn't get to this topic. The question is, now that HyperCard is gone, whither hypermedia? We'll demo some ways you can create hypercard features with software you already own.

What's Hot in Photoshop CS3?
Craig will give us an overview of the killer new features that make this pricy upgrade worth the money.

Notes from July 2007

We had a great time! Attached is a PDFi of the Keynote file that has notes from both presentations.

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Presentations on Presentations

Subject: Giving Presentations - becoming a better presenter using PowerPoint or Keynote
Presenter: Michelle Lamoreaux and Brian Huculak
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2007
Location: Multimedia SIGi meeting at CompuUSA - Park Meadows

Comments: Michelle and Huc provided a lot of content on using PowerPoint and Keynote as presentation tools. Perhaps the most important information covered wasn't so much on how to use the products as on how to be a better presenter using specific product features. We also covered some detailed content on how to setup and deliver your content, and on how to be efficient when creating your content (some do's and don'ts particularly related to master slides).

If you attended this session then you'll understand why the keynote and powerpoint 'presentations' aren't posted here Smile After all, we can't upload our 'presentation' since we can't beam ourselves through the wires Cool

You should visit our Keynote Forum for some helpful information that was covered during the presentation. We've posted the content there in the hopes that everyone can contribute their thoughts on using Keynote and PowerPoint or provide their own hints and tips on being better presenters.

Don't forget we also covered similar subjects in 2006, you should visit this page on making presentations and this info on lectures to learn more.

2006 Presentations

2006 Presentation Archives

Starting in 2006 we've moved the presentation archives to our new website. This allows us to provide a bit more information with each presentation entry. It also means the basic text included, as noted below, for each presentation is searchable on this website to make it easier for you to find information.

Each presentation is a page with the following information:

We hope you find this new format helpful and we're looking forward to adding new content.

Copying analog music to your computer

URLi links from Larry Taylor / Mark Stevenson presentation

Meeting Date: Thursday, June 22nd 2006
Location: CompUSA at Park Meadows
Guest Presenter/Live Demo: Larry Taylor(with additional insight by Mark Stevenson)
Topic:Converting Analog Audio (Your Old Tapes & Vinyl LPs)To Digital Files, to CDs and into iTunes

Agenda

  • What equipment is needed to connect a tape player or record player to your computer
  • Making digital music files from analog tapes or records
  • Burning music files to CD or moving them to iTunes
  • Cleaning up noise, crackles, pops and other imperfections

Live demos of the following software:

  • Audio Editing: CD Spin Doctor, Audacity, SoundStudio
  • Noise claen-up: SoundSoap, Soundtrack

Links to all products demoed and discussed tonight:
(prices are MSRP, and do not reflect possible discounting):

Roxio CD Spin Doctor 3.0.2 ($40 by itself, or can be purchased as a part of Roxio Toast 7, $80) http://www.roxio.com/en/products/cdsd/features.jhtml

Roxio Toast 7 is a bundle of applications containing:

  • Roxio Toast 7 http://www.roxio.com/en/products/toast/index.jhtml
  • CD Spin Doctor 3.0.2 (developed by Deep Blue Sea software)
  • Magic Mouse Discus (a basic version of a CD label program, which can be optionally upgraded – for $20 – to a full version containing a greater selection of stock art [disk backgrounds])
  • LQ Graphics Motion Pictures HD 2.1.1 (a program for making movies from still images, similar to what can be done with iMovie) http://www.roxio.com/en/products/mp/index.jhtml

Roxio Tutorials: http://www.roxio.com/en/support/toast/articles_cdspindr.jhtml
CD Spin Doctor Tips’n’Tricks: http://www.deepseasoftware.com/tipsntrix/

Magic Mouse Discus 3.10: ($39 or a basic version comes as a part of Roxio Toast, see above) - http://www.magicmouse.com/h_discus_detail.html

Ambrosia Software’s Wiretap 1.2: ($19) - http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/wiretap/
Griffin Technology iMic: ($40) - http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic (comes with free access to Griffin’s Final Vinyl)
Griffin Technology Powerwave 1050 PWV: (no longer in production but available on eBay and such, for about $90) – example: http://www.shentech.com/powerwave.html

Ion iTTUSB - USB Turntable: ($140, note free shipping available from Amazon) http://ion-audio.com/products/turntables/iTTUSB.html (comes with Audacity 1.2.4b, a freeware sound editor - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ - and a trial version of Bias SoundSoap 2)

Freeverse SoundStudio3: ($80) - http://www.freeverse.com/soundstudio/

Bias SoundSoap 2: ($99) cleans up noisy files - http://www.bias-inc.com/products/soundsoap/
Bias SoundSoap 2 Pro: ($599) - http://www.bias-inc.com/products/soundsoappro/order.php

Apple Soundtrack Pro: (a part of Final Cut Studio 5.1, which is $1,300) - http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/soundtrackpro/

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Announcing the First Multimedia SIG meeting movie!

For those that missed the meeting or would like to see it again or just want to replay a certain part of the meeting you now can!

This is the pilot movie for what we hope to be future presentations that will be posted on here for members to see. Any feedback you have is welcome as this is your group! Let us know if we can do anything to improve the video for those out on the web to see. I should warn everyone first that this is a VERY large file and its advised that only users with a Broadband Connection download this file as it is 85MB in size.

quicktime movie Click Here to get the movie 85MB download: highspeed (broadband) connection recommended

Genealogy Presentation

Subject: Genealogy Presentation
Presenter: Brad Tombaugh
Date: Tuesday, 13 June 2006
Location: MacinTech meeting at the Bridge Center

The archive of the Genealogy presentation can be downloaded from: http://www.macintechsig.org/files/Genealogy.zip

Lecture on How to Lecture

A discussion of the various methods of teaching, and which seem to work best.

Given by Del Knudson at a Macintech.org meeting september 13, 2005.
Demonstration, Discussion, Practice, even better teaching someone else are all ways that are far more effective than the simple lecture. Combining these better, more effective methods is even more effective.

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Making and Presenting Presentations

Making and Presenting Presentations

On August 8, 2006, zimmie presented a short presentation on how to make and present presentations using Keynote and PowerPoint.

The Agenda is shown in figure 1.

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To see the entire Presentation as a 3.6 MB PDFi file, click here.

To see it as a 2.6 MB Keynote file, click here and then open the zip file.

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Meeting: Thursday February 23rd

Agenda for Thursday, February 23rd

Location: CompUSA at Park Meadows
6:30 pm: Meeting Starts Promptly so please be on time
6:30 to 6:45: General Business
6:45 to 7:45: iWeb: It's all new, here's how to!
7:45 to 8:00: General Q&A, presenter change over, door prizes, etc.
8:00 to 9:00: iPhoto: What's new how to in iPhoto 6

Presenters:
Live Demo: iWeb - Dan Ross

Live Demo: iPhoto - Brian Huculak (huc)

As always, door prizes will be awarded, and guests/drop-ins are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!

[inline:1Click here to download a PDFi file of speaker notes] with low resolution images for Huc's iPhoto presentation. You can print out these notes to follow along and add your own personal annotations during the presentation. These notes are for the introductory portion of the live demo that will follow.

iLife 06 Review Part 1: Introduction, iPhoto and iWeb

Written By
Daniel Ross

With Apple’s recent release of iLife 06 at MacWorld 2006 its amazing to see how far the iLife suite of programs has evolved since its first version over 3 years ago. It seems every year Apple adds a new must have feature or program this year is no exception. Apple has continued with its strategy of charging $79.00 each year for gaining access to these new features and applications that many die-hard hard fans have flocked to purchase. On the other hand many have felt that for being loyal customers Apple should provide some form of price break for upgrading each year and thus many have waited to even upgrade previous versions of iLife apps due to the continued cost to keep up with Steve’s programmers at Apple. In the box users will find 1 DVD with everything from the suite included on it no longer is Apple shipping iLife with a CD of iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes etc so keep this in mind when considering the upgrade (No word yet on a trade in program to get CD’s with the other applications on them). So should you purchase iLife 06? Should you sign up for a Dot.Maci account that is desired by some applications to use some of its one-click features? What requirements will you need to use iLife 06 as well as many other questions will be answered in my review. I will take an in depth look at each application except iTunes which most users know how it functions with the other applications in the suite. We will also cover the Pro’s and Con’s of each app and what things have changed for the better or worse.

System Requirements

The system requirements for iLife ’06 that Apple recommends are a PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel Core Duo Processor 733 or faster but I have read reports and can say from experience that most of the iLife suite will run on some older machines that are below 733mhz but not G3 processors. I have to disagree with Apple’s recommendation on the RAMi, 256 is needed but they say 512MB is best I feel that 1GB or more is what will be really needed especially on older machines like my DUAL 533 G4. You also need 10.3.9 or higher to run the Applications. You will have to upgrade your Quicktime to 7.0.2 which is on the DVD as well as iTunes 6.0.2. If you choose to install everything on the DVD you will need around 10gb of free drive space most of this is due to the sounds from Garageband and iDVD themes. You can custom install the suite allowing you to specify what you may not want installed.

From what I have seen and tested on both my 12 inch Powerbook G4 1.5Ghz With 512MB of RAM and My Dual 533 G4 with 640MB of RAM run all of the apps like they have in previous years. I have to say my aging Dual 533 has kept up with most of the ilife suite except 1 which has always been this way and it happens to be Garageband which if I run on my Dual 533 takes a while to load and when you add more than 2 or more tracks in bogs down pretty well this I believe is mainly due to the lack of RAM Installed at the moment. My Powerbook on the other hand runs everything just about as smooth as you can. I have run all of the same apps on the new Intel based macs at Macworld and found that they run even faster than many of the current high end G5 systems. I would say from both of my machines stand points that this upgrade is again one that pretty much any G4 based system on up can handle without many issues.

iWeb 1.0.1

So why not jump into this by starting off with the newest member of the family in iLife 06. iWeb is Apple’s first jump into the website creation world as a stand alone app. Previous web creation tools were limited to using iPhoto’s publish to .Mac feature and or an Export to website feature in iPhoto (more on these later). iWeb is pretty much layed out like its other family members. iWeb’s layout is very similar to that of iTunes and iPhoto with your “Site Orgainizer” representing your website and every level of it. This look is very similar to iTune’s playlist view or iPhotos’s source list with your photos albums. The main work area of iWeb is just to the right of this “site orgainizer” and allows you to view any of your pages in its window. Depending on what type of page you are looking at: Blog, Video, Photo Gallery, Podcast, General information page different options are avalible to you more on these in a moment. At the bottom of the interface is a menu of options such as a text field option, Shapes, image/object placement behind or in front of other objects, a Masking Tool, then standard buttons such as a Media Browser, image editor, an Inspector Panel, Color and finally a font interface that are somewhat identical to Keynote and Pages. Apple has borrowed a lot of iWebs basic interface features from the iWork suite so many current iWork users should feel at home with each of these interfaces we will cover a few later on for those that might not be as familiar with them. Now to start off I should mention that iWeb is directly aimed at users that want an easy way to publish photos and video as well as Podcasts on the web to share with the world or just family using password protection this is not an advanced HTML editor. I should mention also that iWeb is heavily tied into Apple’s .Mac service and offers one-click publishing directly to your account with folder and site indexing. Some non .Mac users may run into some difficulties publishing content as iWeb does not offer FTPi or any other form of publishing to non .Mac servers for hosting.

Now to creation of pages, Apple as usual has amazed iWeb users with a ton of built in templates that are ready for users to fill in the blanks with there content all the layout and text for each site. Users can select from 12 Themes each with 6 templates of pages you can select from. After a user has selected a theme the site orgainizer will represent which page you are working with in your site. The main editing window is pretty straght forward and most users will not have to much trouble interacting with it. This is a far cry from working with homepage builder on the .Mac site, which wasn’t as flexible as iWeb. Most .Mac pages didn’t offer many of the features that iWeb does such as having some of the text flow around photos or angles on pages or even behind or in front of photos. Another great feature is the pre done pages for Video and Photos and even podcasts and blogs. Basically users can select a page designed for Video and the entire layout has been setup all you need to do is drag and drop a video via the Media viewer or from the desktop. Most pages can be modified to whatever the end users wants using the object’s interaction points to rotate or even resize whatever they would like on the screen. Some parts of the pre done pages cannot be adjusted however, which is a disappointment due to the fact that after a while some pages can look stale and repetitive however most basic users should not mind as you can add content anywhere on the page and change the look in that respect. The inspector panel is a helpful tool and can help modify pages very quickly as well as add any effects to photos such as drop shadows, reflections to the bottom of photos. One of the major features of the inspector panel allows you to add passwords to protect your entire site and if you use .Mac publish directly to a .Mac Group page. As for adding some content to your page using multiple layers and text on photos one of the con’s thus far that many early users have noticed is some text and complex portions of iWeb sites are turned into graphics instead of text or compressed. jpg’s. iWeb uses PNGi which is not as compressed as the .jpg standard and can make many sites size jump considerably and make load times a little slower on dial up or some broadband connections. As for adding audio and video you will need to first create content in either Garageband, iMovie, iPhoto first as iWeb does not have any on the fly Movie or Podcasting abilities in it. When you do have a podcast page setup you can choose to publish it directly to iTunes with very little effort or know how. You can also establish if its content is not suitable for those listeners under the age of 17. The blogging feature in iWeb helps you keep all of your posts organized in a drop down interface in the main window which is nice feature as you can create content and the main blog page as well as your site will automatically adjust as you add more blog entries this goes the same for podcasts and video content as well. RSSi feeds are automatically created for each page you make and can be read in most RSS viewers without much trouble.

In the end most 1.0 products don’t have everything perfected the first time even if its from Apple and with any pro’ and con’s with any program iWeb has a few of both. The lack of a built in FTP might be a definite sore spot for many non .Mac users. Another gripe some may have a problem with if they are a multi-mac user is that you cannot edit an iWeb page or site from more than one computer, This is primarily due to the size of the iWeb sites created they are very large so making it very difficult to migrate the data between more than one machine. Apple has posted a Knowledge Base article about this and how to switch to another Mac for iWeb editing, (However I do hope that apple offers some form of multi-mac editing in a future version of iWeb through some form of syncing via .Mac or another means). One of the other things I have noticed about iWeb is that you have to use iWeb or another HTML editor to modify changes to any page as opposed to being able to upload and edit on the former .Mac Homepage Builder, some parts i.e. .Mac visit counters and some slideshow features of iWeb pages may not work in other HTML editors due to the fact that some of the features are dependent on a .Mac account and or having iPhoto to fully take advantage of them in the way Apple designed them (another reason why Apple wants everyone to have a .Mac account and a Mac to go with it). However with some of these things in mind most beginner users and users looking for a very easy and quick way to publish content onto .Mac or using another internet service will find iWeb very quick to use although uploading a entire site with video and photos can take some time I would advise making sure you either upload a page at a time or have some time set aside to wait while the pages upload as you cannot cancel this once it has started (unless you force quit iWeb). In the end iWeb is a great start to publish content online with very little html or knowledge of site creation users can quickly post blogs online and share podcasts with the world via the iTunes music store. For advanced users this is not the HTML editor you were looking for to replace your favorite HTML editing program. I look forward to seeing where Apple takes this program.

iPhoto 6.0.1

One of the Applications I have been looking forward to seeing a new update to is iPhoto. iPhoto ‘05 was a huge upgrade from previous versions that were extremely slow and not extremely user friendly. iPhoto ‘06 doesn’t change much of the improved features of the ’05 version it just adds more features some of which we will explore. One feature Apple is heavily promoting is the fact that iPhoto can now do full screen editing that almost looks and looks like apertures interface. This is a HUGE feature in my opinion as now I can edit photos in a very clean and simple interface with minimal interruptions from the rest of the iPhoto interface. Another added feature is Photocasting which can be used to broadcast your photos across the internet to other iPhoto users on Macs and RSS readers on the PC platform I will go in-depth into this feature later. Also Apple has added more output options than ever such as Calendars and Greeting cards and iWeb publishing in addition to those options you can now truly print borderless prints on printers that support this option. Also Apple has expanded its support of RAW cameras somewhat as well as long as you are using 10.4.4 or later this is a popular format for some digital photographers.

So lets take a look at full screen editing. iPhoto’s previous editing method was located in the main viewer window itself when you double clicked on an image or if you used another 3rd-party application like Adobe Elements. Now users can opt still to use a 3rd party editing program just like before but Apple has stepped up its own interface or should I say lack thereof. Simply put iPhoto now opens your photo(Drunk (you can have up to 8 in the full screen edit mode) in an all black background environment. Where are the tools you ask? Well if you move your cursor to either the top of the screen or the bottom the Photo Selection palette or Tools interface slide up and down out of the screen. I think this was the perfect solution to where to put the tools as before they were always up in previous versions. This allows the end user to have a full un-obstructed view of the photo and depending on the screen you are working with in some cases you can have a VERY large canvas to work with. All of the same editing tools are still available as are 9 New options for your photos that can be “layered” to some degree such as vignette, fade color, edge blur and so on. If you click more than once on any of these effects it will continue to add more of an effect until you have covered the entire photo. One draw back is that you don’t have much control over the where and how much portions of each effect nor just removing one without having to undo all the others (I think this will be addressed in future versions). You can crop and do all the same editing features as before with no real change to the interface and how it’s accomplished. I think Apple added the perfect touch to everything with the editing features of iPhoto ’06.

As for other new additions to iPhoto, photocasting may not be the next big thing for the internet like podcasting is right now but for iPhoto ’06 users it might be the perfect solution to sharing photos with family and friends remotely without having to send one e-mail or resize or zip anything. Photocasting is a new concept introduced at MacWorld by Steve Jobs to share photos directly to another iPhoto user now you may think to yourself iPhoto already does something like this. This is true if you’re on the same network as another iPhoto user using Bonjour (iTunes also offers a similar feature for music streaming). Photocasting sends its information via .Mac to any iPhoto ’06 user via e-mail and or a direct web link via iWeb. Think of this as a remote photo album that you can instantly update on the fly and on the other end users computer will be updated once they are reconnected to the Internet. Now heres the catch #1 it’s a .Mac member only feature to make a Photocast #2 you have to use iPhoto ’06 in order to use it (i.e. Create and or View directly in iPhoto ‘06) #3 PC users can view the content but its an RSS feed page and not something you can sync with any other program as of the time of this review and Lastly #4 Non .Mac users can view any Photocast you have to be a .Mac member if you want to publish ONLY.

As for new print output options you have 2 new ones to compliment the already existing and upgraded options from previous versions. Calendars and Greeting cards, Pretty much self explained but of course with a bit of flare added in from Apple’s designers. With calendars you can have up to as many as 24 months on one calendar. I put one together (12 months) in about 5 minutes using the Picture calendar theme I selected some photos from my library and used the “Autoflow” feature to move them into various spots on the calendar this saved me some time of figuring out if some would look better than others in some spots when I didn’t like one I simply moved it where I wanted it and it changed. I ordered it and after about a week had an express mail box waiting for me inside of it was a high quality folder with the Apple logo on it and inside of it was a plastic shrink wrapped 12 month calendar and my shipping slip. I was needless to say impressed as to the quality and look of the calendar. I had ordered photo books and prints from iPhoto before and was worried that this may not turn out as well since most pages are double sided (possibly why it takes a bit to print most calendars) but it looked great just like everything else. You can also do what I did and add photos on certain dates and add text accordingly. Greeting cards are a bit easier than calendars for production time currently you can only have 1 photo on the cover and basic text on the back and inside, however with some outside of iPhoto editing I’m sure you can change this for the photo on front. Some can be just postcard style and others can open up and include envelopes for sending to family and friends. I have yet to print or order any greeting cards but I think its great that you can if you want print either of these on your own printer as opposed to being only able to order them from iPhoto (envelopes not included if you print at home ☺).

Support for 2 little talked about features one is the fact that you can store photos outside of its sacred iPhoto folder by just deselecting the option that photos are copied to the hard dive in iPhotos advanced properties section. Deselecting this option means that iPhoto will not duplicate photos when importing them into the application, but will leave them in their original files on your computer. When you edit these images in iPhoto, however, the edited versions will be saved in the iPhoto library, not your original files. Your original files remain untouched. This can be a good and bad thing but its something that was not in previous versions. Added as well is more support for more RAW cameras, which a complete list now can be found on the OSi X page for camera support or at the following link: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300884. I should add that if you are using iPhoto ‘05 or iPhoto ‘06 that these same cameras will also work with 10.4.3 and 10.4.4 and later.

For now this concludes part 1 of the review of iLife ’06 if you have any coments complaints and or corrections feel free to comment or contact me.

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iPhoto 6 What's New How To

Information covered at the meeting

In an hour we covered the bases on what's new in iPhoto 6. There is a lot under the hood that's new and we can't even begin to describe it all here.

To get a sense of what was covered, you can download the Keynote slideshow from these optional links:

  • Keynote File Download Link [5.3MB] (includes speaker notes)
  • PDF version of Keynote file [5.2MB] (does not include speaker notes)
  • View a web page version of the keynote online (does not include speaker notes). Download may be slow due to highest quality PNGi export settings from Keynote when building the web pages -- be patient Smile
  • Example URL external website link to subscribe to demo Photocast via RSSi. If you have iPhoto v6, the Photocast will appear in iPhoto. You can also use that URL to subscribe to the content in your RSS Newsfeed reader. Note, the full/high resolution images were not published for demonstration purposes. Typically it would preferable to use the highest quality images so subscribers in iPhoto see the and can print the best quality image. Content in this published Photocast may change over time from what was actually demoed.
  • Example URL external website link when content published from iPhoto via iWeb (content may be revised over time and may differ from what actually presented or may appear incomplete

If you have any questions about the content of the presentation please use the "comments" link at the bottom of this page.

Meeting: Thursday, January 26th

Special Agenda for Thursday, January 26th

Location: CompUSA at Park Meadows
6:30 pm: Meeting Starts
6:30 to 6:45: General Business
6:45 to 7:45: Apple Aperture software, an overview
8:00 to 9:00: Scipting and Automation in Adobe Photoshop CS2

Presenters:
Guest Speaker – Jeffrey Weinberg (Apple Aperture – a semi-professional photographer’s approach to workflow)

Live Demo: Apple's Aperture - Mark Stevenson - Apple Solutions Consultant (CompUSA store 754 external website link )

Live Demo: Automator Actions for Photoshop (update) - Craig Lewis of the Focus Camera Club

As always, door prizes will be awarded, and guests/drop-ins are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!

About our guest speaker:

"I'm honored you asked me to participate in this presentation. To clarify, I am what you would call 'a very serious amateur' photographer right now. Serious enough to buy a Nikon D2X last summer, and serious enough to purchase Aperture. I was a semi-professional photographer about 15 years ago doing mostly weddings and portraits, but had to give it up because I didn't have enough time for both my regular job and my love of photography at that level. Many of the comments I offer on the forum are based on those experiences, as well as being very involved in digital photography for the past 10 years.

I purchased Aperture not only because it gives me an excellent way to review and categorize the digital photos I shoot when I go out, but to produce end products with ease. You can see my first website using Aperture on my dot.mac webpage external website link. The images were adjusted in Aperture and then sharpened and 'framed' in Photoshop. Aperture then created the website for me.

Jeff Weinberg"

October 2006 Wrapup Meeting

Meeting: Thursday October 26th

As usual we'll meet at 6:30 at the CompUSA in Park Meadows.

Since the November 2006 meeting conflicts with Thanks Giving, and the December meeting falls after our annual MacinTech wrap up party, October will be our last meeting for 2006.. If you haven't already done so, it's worth reading this overview about what we did in 2006.

We'll be keeping the meeting fairly casual and as social as practical. Bring your general questions or answers. We'll also be reviewing an Apple DVD on GarageBand for guitarists. The DVD is a good summary of a lot of things we've covered this season and has a few interesting tidbits that we never got around to.

If you have any projects you'd like to share with the group please bring them along for everyone to enjoy.

As a reminder, we're also looking for volunteers to take over for Doug and Brian to run the Multimedia SIGi for 2007. Please take a moment to seriously consider contributing your time to keeping the Multimedia SIG going; if nobody steps up then the Multimedia SIG will not be meeting in 2007
. The work involved includes setting topics and finding presenters, being at the meetings to make sure the room is open and chairing the meetings. We'll do what we can to help whomever steps up to make the transition as smooth and easy as possible. It's a great way to meet people, make industry contacts, and contribute to the group as a whole while having some fun at the same time Smile

mmSIG meeting Thur Oct 26

The last Multimedia SIGi meeting of 2006 will take place at CompUSA-Park Meadows this Thursday, Oct 26, at 6:30pm.

There will be no mmSIG meetings in the months of November and December, as the 4th Thursday of those months falls on major holidays.

The agenda for this week's mmSIG meeting is more social. We'll spend some time looking at an Apple DVD on Guitarists and GarageBand, and maybe take a peek at iGuitar. We'll also do an open Q&A session - a popular activity where members bring ANY question they have and everyone pitches in to help answer.

We're hoping to finish a touch early this week, so we can adjourn early to a neighboring pub for late night snacking washed down with a beer or your favorite beverage.

  1. This week's meeting: Oct 26
  2. Next meeting after that will be: Thursday, Jan 25, 2007

We look forward to seeing you Thursday!

Brian "Huc" Huculak, soon-to-exit president
Doug Brown, soon-to-exit Ambassador

PS - If you have not yet put your name in for a mmSIG "executive" position for 2007, it's not to late to contact us and express your interest simply by dropping us an email

2003 - 2005 Presentations

2003 to 2005 Presentation Archives

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