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Ron Brooks

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Ron Steinke

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November 19th – El Capitan

Anthony Martinez, an Apple employee working at Chico’s BestBuy store, will present an overview of the latest OS version 10.11 known as El Capitan and explain how it differs from earlier versions of the Macintosh OS. He will be at the special interest and novice group meetings before the general meeting and circulate among the members to be available to speak to individuals prior to his presentation. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of his presentation.

 The presentation will start at 7:30pm.

Mac and IOS Special Interest Group and Novice Group will start at 6:30 pm to 7:15 PM 

iPhone tips of the month will brought to you by Kathy Brooks. Novice Instruction by Ron Steinke. 

She has chosen 14 items that look interesting and you may want to investigate further online for the best prices. Come to this class and learn together. Help is available for each one of you with your questions.

 

 

Evernote Presentation – Thursday October 15, 2015

Londa Coy, one of our newest members, will be presenting the famously popular Evernote®,

a software product that’s been around for years and is widely used in the business community.

Evernote is a free program available on the internet for download in different levels. It allows the user to write everything from short notes to long dissertations. Photos can be included in the documents along with clippings from other sources such as the internet or scanned docu-ments. Documents can be shared between workers and made into slide show presentations using Evernote. It can be installed on other devices than your computer by synchronizing your documents between the Mac, laptop, iPad and iPhone. There are also Android and Windows versions of this app.

If you’ve been looking for an application that will handle all your note taking needs, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

 

OS X E: Capitan Review

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Mac upgrade that’s as solid as a rock

Lots of new features in Apple’s latest version of OS X. Upgrade and get an improved Mac. It’s really that simple.

Article by Jason Snell of MacWorld – September 29th, 2015 – Link to article HERE

El Capitan, OS X 10.11 (), arrives for everyone September 30, but I’ve been using it all summer. In these days of free operating-system updates, major OS X updates feel a whole lot more routine than they used to be. Apple has chosen not to roll out major OS X features piecemeal throughout the year, though, which still makes this the biggest change your Mac will experience this year.

El Capitan, named after the large granite rock formation inside Yosemite National Park, is very much a refined version of OS X Yosemite, a recognizable progression from its predecessor. (In iPhone terms, it would be Yosemite S.) Apple says this update is all about a refined experience and improved performance. But it’s traditional for Apple to take its no-big-deal updates and pour in a bunch of new features anyway, and El Capitan is no exception. This is a packed release, but one that makes sense as a follow-up to Yosemite.

Just the basics

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Before we get started, it’s worth recapping what this El Capitan business is all about. El Capitan is Apple’s marketing name for OS X version 10.11, the latest update to your Mac’s system software. If your Mac is running Yosemite (10.10), Mavericks (10.9), or Mountain Lion (10.8), it can run El Capitan. Beginning September 30, you can download El Capitan straight from the Mac App Store. And if you’re running an older version of OS X, you don’t need to do interim upgrades—you can go straight to El Capitan from Snow Leopard or later.

If the update will be free and readily available, what’s the big deal? Often people are trepidatious about upgrading their computers. If an app you rely on is incompatible with the new version, your entire workflow can be broken. It’s worth being careful and checking with the makers of any apps you rely on before upgrading—most will post compatibility information on their websites.

In the case of El Capitan, a few of the apps and utilities I rely on weren’t initially compatible, but most have already been updated as a result of Apple’s summer-long testing period. Most major OS X upgrades feature a lot of under-the-hood security improvements, which is a good reason to stay up to date, but some of those changes can also break software. Several of the apps I use, including SuperDuper and Default Folder X didn’t work properly with El Capitan, but SuperDuper has already been updated to regain compatibility and Default Folder X has a new version on the way (and a workaround in the meantime).

One of the security improvements in El Capitan is a feature called System Integrity Protection, which clamps down on the ability of malware to hijack your Mac by masquerading as a user with system-administration privileges. This is a good thing—but a few apps, including Default Folder X and SuperDuper, relied on that same vector to do their jobs. You can turn off System Integrity Protection if you absolutely need to, but it seems like most apps will be able to function just fine with it turned on. (It’s just that some of them may need an update first.)

Bottom line: I’ve found El Capitan to be a stable update, but you should always back up your system and check with the makers of your most important apps about compatibility before installing it.

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What’s Coming

iOS 9- Apple’s next major iOS update, coming in fall 2015

ios_9_ipad_iphoneiOS 9 is Apple’s newest operating system for iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad, introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8. iOS 9 builds on the content introduced with iOS 7 and iOS 8, bringing subtle design changes, refined features, improved functionality, and performance enhancements.

iOS 9’s biggest focus is on intelligence and proactivity, allowing iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, opening up apps before we need them, making recommendations on places we might like, and guiding us through our daily lives to make sure we’re where we need to be at the right time.

 

For more info check out MacRumors web site.

Thursday June 18th

Skype, FaceTime and Hangout/ Membership Appreciation Raffle

For our June Meeting we will have a presentation from Lon Halley about Skype, FaceTime and Hangout. The presentation will be about how to access, install, setup and use these wonderful free services and learn there many features. Gain the step by step skills to operate these simple tools. There will be a hands-on live demonstration of these products. Learn how to stay in touch with your grandkids, children, family and friends aimage004nywhere in the world. All it takes is a computer with internet access, or tablet or smart phone (iPhone or Android) or other devices. Learn how to use Skype on your smart phones. Learn how to call between different smart phones, i.e. iPhones and Androids. Bring your own device and you’ll be able to “play” with these video calling tools. A “bonus” product will be an actual “video phone” as well. Learn how to do groups calls with multiply parties, etc.. Learn about free options as well as low cost alternatives, i.e. Skype. It’s easier than you think. It will be A LOT of fun, too. It doesn’t require a lot of “techy” know-how. Imagine “seeing” the loved ones not only just hearing their voices. Join us
and learn how to stay visually “in-touch” from anywhere in the world (almost).

 

Membership Appreciation Raffle

This year instead of the Big Ole Raffle that so many of you are familiar with, we are going to have a Membership Appreciation Raffle. Some great prizes in store. Check back for more details. Secrets to be revealed. As always we’ll have some great ones!

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Lon Halley – Computer Learning Center – April 21st 2015

Mac and IOS Special Interest Group – 6:30 pm to 7:15 PM

General Meeting  Speaker – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

For our May meeting, Lon Halley, a former professor of Business, Computers and Technology at Chico State, Butte-Glenn Com-munity College, Simpson College and California Baptist University, Mr. Halley has taught over 45 different college courses. He is has been active as a business professional in business, government and education for 40 years. He owns and operates the Computer Learning Center teaching companies, and individual computers and software applications. Active in the Chico Faith community. A Street Pastor and long time member of Grace Community Church in several  leadership positions, such as Missional Community Leader. Well-read in religious and spiritual literature. Family Christian Book Store employee.

Computer Learning Center, Includes classes such as: Digital Photography, MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Project, A.C.T., QuickBooks, Internet, Email, Web Page Design and many more!

 

Ken Aspeslagh – Thursday April 16th

KenAspeslaghOn Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 7:30 PM, at Manzanita Place (the Chico Elks Lodge), the Chico Apple User Group (dba MacChUG) presents Ken Aspeslagh, the founding brother of Ecamm. One of their first hit prod-ucts was Printopia, an application that allows remote printing from laptops and iOS devices.

Ecamm has since grown into a market leader in Mac hardware and software products that thousands of Mac users rely on every day. During his presentation, Mr. Aspeslagh will preview some of the usefulness of their products.

Chris Kent – Thursday March 16th

Our general meeting starts at 7:30.  Our guest speaker will be Chris Kent from Decisive Tactics.

Decisive Tactics, Inc.

 

 

Decisive Tactics, Inc. is a small software consulting company based in Richmond, VA with over 20 years of experience developing software for the Mac. In addition to our products, we offer custom software development services to a wide range of customers with a focus on scientific, forensic and security related applications.

Printopia and Printopia Pro

In March of 2015, we took over sales and support for the award-winning Printopia and Printopia Pro from our friends at Ecamm, after a successful partnership lasting years. We’re excited to take ownership of both products and are invested in moving both forward in the coming months. Printopia was a recipient of MacWorld’s 27th Annual Editors’ Choice Awards.

Tom Watson presents JixiPix Software

Tom Watson will be doing a presentation about JixiPix Software Thursday March 19th at 7:30pm. They are developers of Professional Photography and Artistic Software for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android. Earlier in the evening Ron Steinke will demonstrate the program Evernote for the Novice Group at 6:30pm.

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PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS
  • Professional Software for pros who want robust control over effects and layers. Includes a plugin for Photoshop.
  • Hobbyists and Enthusiasts for people who want quick professional results with support for high resolution images and output.
  • Photoshop Plugins for quick access to 18 Jixi products from Photoshop CS3+, Elements and Lightroom. Supports actions and batch processing.
  • Mobile Apps for creativity on the go! A large portfolio of photo, artistic and creative apps.

Christian Pickman – February 19th

Christian PickmanThis month’s Guest Speaker on Thursday February 19th will be  Christian Pickman of Micromat. Christian is the Product Manager for Micromat for many years. Micromat and Christian have been longtime supporters of Apple User Groups and especially the the Chico Apple Users Group. He will give a a presentation of TechTool Pro, Pro ToGo, and Checkmate.

Techtool Pro 7

The is most advanced version of the acclaimed Macintosh troubleshooting utility created in its 20-year history. Micromat has redeveloped Techtool Pro 7 to be fully 64-bit compatible, which allows the program to run more efficiently on the latest Macintosh computers. We also added a fantastic new RAM test that can find problems which no other utility can; and we also improved many of the testing, repair and maintenance routines.

Protogo 4 – featuring TechTool Pro 7 – The power of TechTool Pro – made portable

You’ve come to rely on TechTool Pro to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair problems with your Mac. With Protogo, TechTool Pro has another feature: portability.

Hard drive testing and repair – in your pocket

Do you have an old portable hard drive or flash drive lying around? Why not turn it into the ultimate Macintosh diagnostic, repair, and maintenance tool? With TechTool Protogo it’s easy. TechTool Protogo allows you to create a bootable diagnostic device that contains TechTool Pro and all of its most powerful tools as well as any of your own utilities you may wish to install. You can then use this device to boot, check, maintain, and repair Macintosh computers as needed. Simply install Protogo on your Mac, launch Protogo, and use it to set up a diagnostic disk.

Maintain and repair multiple Macs

TechTool Protogo ships with several ‘Profiles’ that allow you to start up, test, and repair multiple Macs.

Bring your entire toolbox

Protogo allows you to add other utilities, including those you’re used to seeing in your Utilities folder, to the devices it builds, giving you many more tools than your typical diagnostic DVD. Whether you have a fleet of Macs to maintain for your business, or simply have your family’s MacBooks to look after, Protogo can give you access to all the tools you need. With your Protogo device, you can start up more Macs more quickly than with a traditional DVD, and have the tools to get more done.

Checkmate – A built-in doctor for your Mac that spots small problems before they can become big problems.

Disk and system utilities, like our flagship product TechTool Pro, are great for repairing disk issues and recovering data after something goes terribly wrong. But what if there was a way to catch these problems sooner? What if there was a product that would continuously monitor all of the important parameters of your system and run regular diagnostic tests to detect small problems before they turn into complete disasters?

Introducing Checkmate, the computer health monitoring software by Micromat. We created Checkmate to be a powerful computer diagnostic product without being an intrusion to your work. The software observes your schedule and performs testing when your computer is idle. It then quietly logs results and stays completely out of your way – unless it finds a serious problem. Then it will alert you to the issue and open the Checkmate dashboard so you not only get a full report of the issue, but also read suggested steps you can take to correct the problem.

 

 

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