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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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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

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