August 2011 Meeting Minutes

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

Tuesday meeting started with a few questions from the group.

There was a question about Genealogy and sites to look up for that. Recommended was Family Reunion, which is designed for the Mac.

A good Mac information site recommended: Office for Mac, under

Also there was question about moving a ITunes folder to an external hard drive. We went to Apple Support and started with “how to move” in front of iTunes, Lots of great information. The same works for “find out how” in front of whatever you need, in Apple Support. You will bring up better help instructions.

Apple now has a thumb drive that is used to down load new programs. You can read more about it by going to

The program tonight was presented by Carl Johnson, and was “How to use Bento”. Bento is a data base designed just the Mac and runs $49.95. A data base is different than a spreadsheet, although it still has rows and columns. Spreadsheets are used for different types of information than you would use a data base sheet for, and usually have only one page. Sorting is easier in a data base, making it faster to find and keep track of more amounts of information, and may contain many pages. Two of the first fields created are “Date Created” and “Date Modified” . In a basic data base you will create a layout or template. In Bento it will be called a “form”. From that form you would fill in the information you will be wanting to keep track of, such as members of our club: name, when started, maybe birthday, type of computer used to help know what classes that person might want. email addresses. Hopefully you get the picture. It could be used for a reader who wants to keep track of: books read, authors, review of liked or not. etc. The bento program comes with lots of templates for most anything you might want use. I was told that it even has a template for writing and keeping track of recipes, for any of you cooks out there. All in all it sounds like a great program to have with a Mac. and Carl did a great job presenting the simplicity of its many uses.

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