Facilitating learning and networking within the local Macintosh User Community since 1984

Welcome to Mac2MUG!

MAC2MUG is for people who want to learn from and interact with other users of Macintosh computers, iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices. We welcome visitors at our monthly meeting and hope that you will become a member.


Our meetings last for approximately two hours and are generally held the first Tuesday of each month.


PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in April, we are temporarily suspending our monthly meetings until the COVID-19 coronavirus is no longer a significant health risk. Because COVID-19 is an international pandemic, is not yet predictable, and symptoms do not always immediately present themselves, we must consider the safety of everyone attending our meetings.

Please understand that we are *not* closing our proverbial doors; we are simply suspending meetings until the coast is clear. As soon as our monthly meetings can resume, we will post that info here. We wish you safety and excellent health, and look forward to seeing you soon.

 


Our March 3rd, 2020 meeting featured: The Touch Bar

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug March 2020 Meeting Topic - The Touch Bar
A hands-on demonstration of the MacBook Pro’s colorful, innovative Touch Bar
For decades, Apple has been known for innovation, and good evidence of that is Apple’s radical modification to the MacBook Pro. Beginning in 2016, the row of function keys at the top of the keyboard were replaced with a smart, customizable, glowing bar of interactive touch controls. On Tuesday, Roger revealed the many faces of the Touch Bar, and tips for using it, including how the Touch Bar adapts its display and controls to apps on your Mac; how it helps suggest and predict what you are typing, allowing you to tap it to finish a word or add an emoji; how it can help you autocomplete forms; how it enables you to “scrub” through music or video tracks; how you can reorganize and add or delete the Touch Bar’s tools to your liking; how you can use Touch ID to unlock your Mac or pay for purchases with a single touch of your finger; and more. A good look at the Touch Bar’s remarkable features was time well spent, because even if your current laptop does not sport a Touch Bar, if your next purchase is a MacBook Pro, it will have one, and that will be the ideal finishing touch.
(See the March 2020 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our February 4th, 2020 meeting featured: Shareware Goodies

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug February 2020 Meeting Topic - Shareware Goodies
Some of our favorite FREE applications for the Mac
In the midst of enduring yet another chilly Ohio winter, a little sweet indulgence can be wonderful therapy, and you deserve it. At Tuesday’s meeting, we sampled lots of free goodies for your Macintosh, in many delicious varieties and in many delectable flavors. Rob served up apps with some tantalizing features you are certain to enjoy, such as temporarily drawing on your screen to draw attention to something; extracting and downloading audio files from YouTube and Facebook videos; displaying detailed information about your Mac; creating thumbnailed, preview, screen captures from videos; reading QR codes on your Mac; utilizing a clever, transparent overlay to measure whatever is on your screen; and more. Please pardon our immodesty, but our menu was impressive. If you have been craving some tasty free apps, longing for your just desserts, Tuesday’s meeting was the place to be.
(See the February 2020 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our January 7th, 2020 meeting featured: Catching up on Apple’s Newest OS Updates

(presented by Tom Davis)

Mac2Mug January 2020 Meeting Topic - Catching up on Apple's Newest OS Updates
A look at the features in the latest versions of iOS and macOS
Playing “catch-up” may not usually be your idea of a rousing good time, but Tuesday’s meeting was likely a pleasant exception, because Apple’s most recent versions of its operating systems for Macs and iPhones sport some very cool features. On Tuesday, Tom showed us many of the new bells and whistles in macOS Catalina and iOS 13, including Sidecar, which lets you use your iPad as a second Mac display; Screen Time for monitoring Mac app usage and setting family limits; Dark Mode for your iPhone to make things easier on your eyes and less intrusive to those around you; various improvements in Notes, Reminders, Photos, Safari, and Mail; and solutions to a few riddles, such as what exactly happens when you upgrade, and why iTunes has disappeared from your Mac, leaving in its place four new apps called Music, Books, Podcasts, and TV. If you had not already updated, all of this information was presented to help you decide whether you would like to spring for the updates, and to help you catch up on what is new.
(See the January 2020 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our December 3rd, 2019 meeting featured: Personalized Holiday Gifts

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug December 2019 Meeting Topic - Personalized Holiday Gifts
How to use the Shutterfly website to create beautiful photo gifts such as calendars, photo books, coffee mugs, and much more
Some of the most appreciated gifts are those custom-made for the recipient, but wait, might that require a lot of time and talent? Not necessarily, and in the case of Shutterfly, definitely not. Just in time for Christmas and other holidays soon to arrive, on Tuesday, Rob showed how to easily create a sleighful of stunning, personalized presents via the Shutterfly website. What sorts of presents? Cards, photo books, calendars, stationery, blankets, hoodies, travel mugs, aprons, magnets, notepads, rubber stamps, iPhone cases, night lights, and yes, even pillows. We looked at how to upload photos including how to transfer them directly from Apple Photos, how to choose from the dizzying array of gift choices, how to use the website or iOS app to design the gifts, how to add text and decorations, how to preview your creations, how to order them, and in a nutshell, how to make truly personal presents that are bound to be more appreciated than fruitcake. We learned to make gifts ever jolly and bright; merry meeting to all, and to all a good night.
(See the December 2019 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our November 5th, 2019 meeting featured: Which One Do I Want?

(presented by Tom Davis)

Mac2Mug November 2019 Meeting Topic - Which One Do I Want
Which new Mac laptop or iPhone might be perfect for you?
If you have been daydreaming about purchasing a new Mac laptop, or a new iPhone, or even both, and have wondered where to begin, our Tuesday meeting was the perfect place. Tom likes new toys, and has been wanting to replace his 2014 MacBook Pro and his iPhone 6, and in the process, decided to share his own journey of deciding what to buy. We looked at specific models, including the latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and the iPhone 8, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11. We also considered details for each, such as what will work with his and your existing software and printer, what connections are compatible with an existing backup drive, and more. Decisions, decisions... Purchasing new gear can require time-consuming research, but our meeting saved you lots of that valuable time. We hope your own daydream of new toys also came true.
(See the November 2019 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our October 1st, 2019 meeting featured: Behind the Scenes

(presented by Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug October 2019 Meeting Topic - Behind the Scenes
How to swap backgrounds and add objects to your own photos with PhotoScissors, plus thousands of free background photos
When perusing your own photos, have you ever wished you could change the background, or cut a person out of a photo and put that person into a different photo, or even move something or someone to a different spot? On Tuesday, Annette showed how you can pull off these tricks, and more, without the need for expensive software or years of photo-editing experience, by using a user-friendly app called PhotoScissors. Annette also showed a website where you can download some great photos to use for your new backgrounds, without spending a dime. On the agenda were: how to quickly erase a background, how to replace a background with a different background, how to change a background to a solid color, how to add an item to an existing photo, and how to gently move Aunt Patty to the other side of the palm tree. Our Tuesday meeting was the perfect place to learn how to do easy photo cutouts, plus get your hands on free photos, and have fun in the process. Get the picture?
(See the October 2019 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our September 3rd, 2019 meeting featured: How to Free up Space on Your Mac, iPhone, or iPad

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug September 2019 Meeting Topic - How to Free up Space on Your Mac, iPhone, or iPad
Easy techniques and apps to reclaim storage capacity on your Apple devices
Many of us, when purchasing a new Mac or iOS device, ogle its glorious amounts of storage space, delighted in the illusion that we will never run out of room, only to discover later that we were quite mistaken. On Tuesday, Rob showes built-in capabilities for evaluating and reclaiming disk space, as well as apps that make the process faster, easier and much simpler by scanning disks, displaying clearly which files and folders are consuming the most space, finding and comparing duplicate files, and allowing you to easily delete any superfluous, space-hogging culprits. Those who joined us at our September meeting found that their personal space was respected, and they just might have left with more of it.
(See the September 2019 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our August 7th, 2019 meeting featured: Maps on Macs — Revisited

(presented by Tom Davis)

Mac2Mug August 2019 Meeting Topic - Maps on Macs — Revisited
Some great new tips on how to use Apple's Maps app and Google Maps for 21st century-style navigation on your Mac
Where am I? Where is it? How do we get there? What will it look like when we get there? Are we there yet? To answer these pertinent questions, meet Apple Maps and Google Maps. Apple Maps is built into every new Mac, and Google Maps is available via any web browser. On Wednesday, Tom showed the differences between Apple Maps and Google Maps, and the features of each, including standard and satellite views, suggestions for the best routes, displaying multiple locations of a specific type such as restaurants and hotels, easy access to phone numbers and reviews, sending the info to your iPhone, interactive photo-realistic 3D views, and the ability to soar virtually above select cities and landmarks with “Flyover”. When planning your next trip, be it to another state, another country, or to a new doughnut shop across town, may the road rise to meet you and may your path be clear, courtesy of your favorite Maps. No map-folding required.
(See the August 2019 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our June 5th, 2019 meeting featured: Pages for Mac

(presented by Tom Davis)

Mac2Mug June 2019 Meeting Topic - Pages for Mac
How one free Apple app can empower you to do beautiful word processing and stunning page layout

A picture may indeed be worth a thousand words, but in Pages for the Mac, you can have both. Not only can you have your cake and eat it too, you can easily insert a photo of said cake into your document, then wrap nicely-styled text around it for a perfect fit. Generally hailed as a word processor, Pages is also a genuine page layout app. Because of that combination of traits, Pages can be used to create stunning letters, reports, flyers, résumés, invitations and so much more, all of which are also compatible with Pages for iPhone and iPad. And with over 70 attractive templates, there will be plenty of sparks for your ideas. On Wednesday, Tom showed how to use Pages, along with demonstrating how easily you can open and edit Microsoft Word documents in Pages, or save Pages documents as Word files.

Apple has called Pages “the most beautiful word processor you’ve ever seen,” and despite the obvious advertising hyperbole, we agree. And on the subject of pictures and words, we pictured an entertaining evening full of information, and we welcome you to rely on that description, for we were true to our word.

(See the June 2019 Meeting meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our May 7th, 2019 meeting featured: Producing Your Own Home Videos in iMovie

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug May 2019 Meeting Topic - Producing Your Own Home Videos in iMovie
How to use iMovie (which is already on your Mac) to create spectacular-looking movies
Lights! Camera! Action! Macintosh! If you have forever wanted to make your own motion pictures, Tuesday’s meeting was for you. Whether or not your masterpiece leads to your brushing shoulders with Scarlett Johansson and Leonardo DiCaprio at the Golden Globe Awards, the journey is bound to be rewarding. On Tuesday, Roger showed how you can use iMovie to, for example, make YouTube videos, create simple music videos, document your kid’s parties or your vacations, or pitch your product. We saw how to import videos from various sources such as cameras, phones and pads, how to import slide shows from iPhoto or Photos, and learned how easy it is to record footage and voiceovers within iMovie, trim, crop and merge clips, add titles and transitions, and share all this with friends. Armed with barely more than a Mac and perhaps an optional director’s chair, in no time you too can hear your overwrought leading lady purr, “Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” Even if you have not yet cast the hero, plotted that perfect chase scene or booked the helicopters, we hope you at least came to gaze with us at the silver screen, i.e., the big white wall in our meeting room. And after making good use of what you learned, we hope you will send our best regards to Scarlett and Leo.
(See the May 2019 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our April 2nd, 2019 meeting featured: How to Learn Stuff

(presented by Tom Davis and Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug April 2019 Meeting Topic - How to Learn Stuff
Modern instructional and learning resources, available through your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, for learning just about anything you want
Suppose you would love to learn how to play acoustic or electric guitar, or improve your photography, or learn poker theory and analysis, or take a course on meditation. How might you learn the things you want to learn? In 2019, the world is filled with incredible, not-quite-traditional learning resources which did not exist a few years ago. On Tuesday, Tom and Annette each demonstrated amazing avenues for learning. Tom showed off Apple’s own free iTunes U, which, besides the topics above, provides thousands more, including courses from many universities such as Ohio State, West Point, Stanford, and University of South Wales; audio and video lectures; courses on developing iOS apps; podcasts from the Library of Congress and museums; resources for students; woodworking courses; piano tutorials; drawing classes; courses for learning Spanish or Chinese; and virtual field trips to museums, parks, and historic sites. Tom also showed other online resources, such as YouTube instructional videos, podcasts covering an extraordinary number of subjects, and college and library resources. Annette demonstrated the Osmo, which gently attaches to an iPad, and allows you to interact with actual game pieces, puzzles and drawing surfaces, all of which can be touched, moved and manipulated on the table in front of you. The Osmo brings new meaning to the term, “hands-on”. Annette also showed two new games for Osmo: Pizza Co, and Coding Adventures with Awbie. If you would love to learn where to find new nourishment for your mind, and have fun in the process, our April meeting was the perfect destination.
(See the April 2019 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our March 5th, 2019 meeting featured: Apple Goodies and Gizmos

(presented by Tom Davis, Al Risaliti, and Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug March 2019 Meeting Topic - Apple Goodies and Gizmos
A well-rounded assortment of four common items now available as uncommonly-great technology
The devices we featured at Tuesday’s meeting had something in common. Besides their business ends typically being circular, all have existed in various forms for a very long time, but now are available as digital wonders which are either sold as Apple devices, or can be used with Apple devices. Our roundup comprised two iPhone how-tos, one set of new Apple Watch features, and one cool gadget for Mac. Tom provided tips on how to use the various controls of the iPhone’s built-in camera. And utilizing that same lens for a different purpose, Tom showed how to use the iPhone as a digital magnifying glass. Al demoed some of the latest features of the Apple Watch, such as several new watch faces, and explained how it can help with driving directions, how the watch knows if you fall and how it can help you get help, how to make use of the heart rate monitor, and, amazingly, how to take your own electrocardiogram and send it to your doctor. Annette showed where to buy a digital microscope, what is in the box, how to assemble and set up the microscope, and demonstrated a variety of things you can see with it, how to use its accompanying app, and how you can use it to take photos and videos. March is traditionally the month for four-leaf clovers, and fittingly, our March meeting included four segments likely to have left you feeling lucky, and luckier still if you won the door prize.
(See the March 2019 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our February 5th, 2019 meeting featured: Genealogy on Your Mac

(presented by Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug February 2019 Meeting Topic - Genealogy on Your Mac
How to trace your own family history, using the web, and software for Mac
Genealogy, the tracing of family trees, is a fascinating study unto itself, but the Mac and modern resources bring genealogy into the 21st Century. With some great software, anyone can document family trees, actually have fun doing it, and create gorgeous charts that would be difficult to produce otherwise. On Tuesday, Annette demonstrated a powerful, Mac-only genealogy app named Reunion, along with many valuable tips, such as how to physically and digitally organize genealogy information, how to create charts and reports, how to fine-tune Reunion, how to improve your searches, and how to utilize a unique website to access cemetery records. We also briefly discussed ReunionTouch for iPhone and iPad. For those who attended the meeting, thanks to some help from us, you can now go back to the future with no need for a Delorean or a Flux Capacitor; the only thing missing will be the trails of flame. After all, what could be more natural than wondering about our, and others’, ancestors? Or, in the classic words of a friend, spoken while she was employed at a bookstore and had been assigned the task of reorganizing the genealogy department shelves: Who’s yo daddy?
(See the February 2019 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our January 8th, 2019 meeting featured: Cutting Class

(presented by Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug January 2019 Meeting Topic - Cutting Class
How to use Sure Cuts A Lot software to cut designs for scrapbooking, crafts, signs, greeting cards, vinyl decals, and more
Printing from Macs is, of course, common. Less common is the ability to use your Mac to cut out virtually any shapes you choose. Enter Sure Cuts A Lot, a remarkable, user-friendly app which allows you to create shapes using your Mac’s own fonts, or tens of thousands of easily-found graphics, or the app’s built-in drawing tools to create your own. Paired with one of many available electronic cutting machines, you can cut your designs out of paper, card stock, cloth, vinyl, or even fondant, for spectacular cake decorations. And how does all this work? On Tuesday, Annette, a teacher who normally dislikes the term “cutting class”, taught a cutting class to show how you can make designs that are literally a cut above the rest, including how to cut an image you found online, how to cut an SVG vector image, welding, making borders, working with layers, working with fonts, and a look at what is new in the latest version, Sure Cuts A Lot 5. You can create your own cards, gifts, signs, and so much more, all without cutting corners, unless, of course, corners are what you want.
(See the January 2019 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our December 4th, 2018 meeting featured: Christmas Cookies and Squirrels

(presented by Sean Courtney)

Mac2Mug December 2018 Meeting Topic - Christmas Cookies and Squirrels
A Christmas party with many cookies and beverages, and a handful of innovative apps created by our guest presenter, software developer Squirrels
Suppose you could wirelessly display whatever is on your iPhone or iPad screen, or both at the same time, onto a larger screen such as your Mac, with no cables or adapters, and even record a video of it if you wish. Suppose further that you could beam a movie or your favorite video game to your TV, in 5.1 surround sound. Suppose even further that you could wirelessly present your Mac’s screen to a Chromecast-equipped display. Lo and behold, such magic may turn out to be more than mere Christmas wishes. We were delighted to host a guest speaker: Mr. Sean Courtney of the software company, Squirrels. On Tuesday, Sean unveiled several impressive Mac apps offered by Squirrels, including Reflector, DropStream, AirParrot, ClassHub, and Ditto, and to prove truth can sometimes be more amazing than fiction, he demonstrated how these apps can pull off the magic described above. Christmas cookies and software goodies made for a joyous meeting, as the combination of the two is always likely to inspire some holiday cheer.
(See the December 2018 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our November 6th, 2018 meeting featured: Mojave

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug November 2018 Meeting Topic - Mojave
A guided tour of the new features in the latest Mac operating system
How might one take an evening tour of Mojave with no map, no compass, no canteen, and nary a sandstorm in sight? If one is speaking of the brand-new version of macOS, Mojave, the best way would have been to attend our November meeting. Our tour guide, Roger, lead us through Mojave’s impressive features and functions, including Desktop Stacks to declutter desktop icons, Gallery View to quickly scroll though big previews of your files, Continuity Camera to take a photo with your iPhone and have it instantly appear in a document or in Finder, group FaceTime calls, a completely overhauled Mac App Store, a dynamic Mojave wallpaper that changes throughout the day, and a beautiful new Dark Mode. Those who joined us for the full tour found that there was plenty to see.
(See the November 2018 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our October 2nd, 2018 meeting featured: How to Find Stuff

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug October 2018 Meeting Topic - How to Find Stuff
Wonderful search techniques for finding what you seek, on your Mac and on the Web
Never mind where you left your keys; where oh where on your Mac did you put that folder of Tahiti vacation plans? And where in the world is Tahiti exactly? And what time is it right now in Sonoma? And how should you clean the strawberry milkshake you spilled on your keyboard? And who in blazes was Mary Pickford? If you were able to find those car keys and find your way to our Tuesday meeting, Roger showed how to search for virtually anything, all by utilizing your Mac, (and a little of iPhone and iPad too). Well, nearly anything. Regrettably, there is still no “Where did I hide my passport from myself?” search available on the Mac (perhaps in the next system update), but after learning some power-search techniques, your Mac may truly have become the Apple of your eye.
(See the October 2018 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our September 4th, 2018 meeting featured: The Best Word Processing Tricks for Mac (most of which you have never seen before)

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug September 2018 Meeting Topic - The Best Word Processing Tricks for Mac
Little-known techniques, shortcuts and tips to make word processing faster and easier, with better-looking documents
Nearly all Mac users already know how to do basic word processing. What most Mac users do not know is that there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of very clever, seldom-discussed techniques to make the job easier, and shortcuts to complete any document faster. At our September meeting, Rob unveiled many ways to improve and streamline your word processing, including keyboard tricks to navigate rapidly through a document without touching the mouse or trackpad; how to quickly type various specialized characters such as accents and umlauts without memorizing a thing; how to easily turn words to upper case, lower case or capitalized; how to select non-contiguous words; how to create reusable templates to save yourself work in the future; how to audibly confirm your keystrokes by making your Mac sound like a typewriter; and much more. Whether your word processing involves email, documents or letters, whether you are putting words on paper or on pixels, this was the meeting where you could learn how to do all of it better.
(See the September 2018 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our August 7th, 2018 meeting featured: Zen and the Art of Syncing

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug August 2018 Meeting Topic - Zen and the Art of Syncing
Easy ways to synchronize and share your files and data between your Mac and iOS devices
If what is here matches perfectly with what is over there, you likely have a case of what you might call divine symmetry. In the universe of Macs, iPhones and iPads, syncing and sharing have never been easier. At our August meeting, Roger showed exactly how to synchronize your data and files among your Apple devices, and how to share files with others or with yourself. On the agenda were how to sync Apple apps, including Mail, Calendar, Safari bookmarks and history, your iBooks library, Pages, iMovie, Preview, and more; how to sync third-party apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Skype, your Kindle library, Pocket, and many others; and how sharing is accomplished in many apps, including third-party apps. Essentially, everything but the kitchen sync. Along the way, we also had a look at cloud computing, the Apple way. When faced with a choice of whether to sync or swim, we recommend syncing. Even if you are new to all this, we promise you will quickly learn to love that syncing feeling.
(See the August 2018 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our June 5th, 2018 meeting featured: Genius-Level Mac Tips and Tricks

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug June 2018 Meeting Topic - Genius-Level Mac Tips and Tricks
A cornucopia of whizbang Mac shortcuts, hidden gems and clever techniques, too brilliant to remain in the shadows
Have you ever encountered a product or technique or shortcut that you never guessed you needed until you found it, then wondered how you had managed to live without it? That delightful phenomenon reoccurred at our meeting. Using a Mac is not magic, yet there are numerous simple tricks that yield astonishing results, or save you lots of time, or accomplish tasks which you had no idea were possible. The secret is in knowing how, “secret” being the operative term, because many of these tips are little-known and difficult to find. On Tuesday, Rob revealed a barrel of tips and tricks, including how to discover the combined file size of multiple folders in about 3 seconds, how to batch-rename files quickly without using an app, how to open any System Preferences pane you like without opening System Preferences, how to quickly get to where you want to go in a long document or Finder window without scrolling, how to organize the cables dangling behind your Mac without spending a cent, clever keyboard shortcuts you never knew existed, and oh so much more. You do not need to be a card-carrying geek to be proficient on a Mac, but if you attended Tuesday’s meeting, you just may be a Mac genius. Sporting a propeller-bedecked beanie cap is optional.
(See the June 2018 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

 

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