June 2011 Meeting Minutes

Here’s the news from Tuesday’s meeting……

The meeting started with a question and answer session. One of the questions asked was about the QR codes. Those new bar codes, and square codes you see now in magazines, and other products. One can go to “Redlaser App.” to record or “qr reader” in the search area. Since I am into decorating and food, there is also “gettag.mobi” on your smartphone for a free tag reader app.

Another question concerned the right click menu without a mouse. That would entail holding the control key down and then clicking on any item or document, that will open the right click menu.

The next question concerned copy and pasting to a document with 2 columns. That would be using: Shift, Command, Arrow down.

A question came up about the left menu under the Finder. “Devices”, are systems that are part of our Macs. When “Shared” is listed, that will tell you all the computers that are sharing a WiFi at the location you are at. “Places” are your own files and documents. “Search For” are recent and past information.

There were two presentations for the evening. Bill Jones gave us some very informative information on using the Automator. This is great for setting your computer to automatically do things for you. Some examples: a day trip’s worth of pictures. Instead of all the numbers naming each picture, through the automator you could set it to name them all the same name and in sequence. (Cour’ d’Alene 1, Cour’ d’Alene 2, etc) Or say you open the same several folders every time you log in, it could be set to auto. open each time. Or to auto close each time. How cool is that…. The Automator is under Applications, and can be set as a desktop app. on the bottom of your screen.

Next Carl Johnson gave a presentation on Annotating right on your picture instead of just doing a tag. This is done using “Preview”, picking a picture from files, click under view, to annotate, and click text box. You can pick type and size of text, and move text box to where you want the information to be. If you would like more information go to Apple.com, search “Preview” there will be a 101. tutorial. In fact there are tutorials on just about anything you would ever want to know about your Mac

Well that about did it. Please let us know if there is any topics you would like to have presented. See you at the next meeting.

Sincerely, Linda, Secretary