2020-11 November Meeting on Zoom

We have considered tricks and problems with the applications that we all use - especially email handlers. Last meeting we looked at what to do if you are a Gmail user and get s note about your storage being all used up so you need to buy more. We recommended clearing out what you don't want and then you won't need to buy more. A good source of advice was offered - an Indian commercial news outlet - if you persist with it, you get some good advice for free.

As always, you can find the notes from our meetings on the website at https://www.bellarinemac.org.au/our-activities/meeting-notes

This month we are tackling some more issues.


Suppose you want to keep some emails, do you want them to stay as emails, dependent upon the mail software you are using at the time, or would you rather have them saved in a more generic format, one that is more likely to last? How to save emails as pdf’s in iOS https://www.imore.com/how-save-email-pdf-iphone-and-ipad will be a presentation from Peter Poteralski. It is important that you know what is the purpose and use of the PDF format as well as how to use it for your special emails.

If you have PDFs, what can you do with them? Many use the format to 'freeze' the content of their files but PDFs are not always useful in this way. We will talk a little about how they should/could be used and manipulated.

Going back to emails, we will ask how do you make sure that your email address is not 'compromised' - a nice word for it being used illegally against your interest? We will learn about iCloud aliases https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/icloud/mm6b1a490a/icloud An email alias is an email address that conceals your primary email address from a recipient. An alias can help you manage the email you receive and monitor the sources of unwanted messages. You can both send and receive email from an email alias. With iCloud Mail, you can have up to three active email aliases.
https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/use-icloud-email-aliases/ Apple enables iCloud account holders to use email aliases, which allow you to send and receive emails without disclosing your true email address.

Using an email alias to log in to websites and online services can help protect your genuine email address by hiding it from spammers and other sources of unsoliticted messages.

Creative Commons

How do you know what is available for your re-use on the Web? If you live in Australia but want to use an image posted online by someone in Belgium, can you? What if you want to sell Christmas cards using the image? What if you have taken a photo that someone else seems to want to use as if it's theirs? We'll consider these cross-border and general intellectual property dilemmas.

Word Processing

Using word-processors is something most of us do now and then. If you work with someone else, or ask someone else to check your work for you, how do you get their feedback. We will talk about Tracking changes, displaying them, accepting and rejecting them, and managing comments about what you have.

Often it is hard to know why the work appears as it does, despite your having done everything you can to change it. Displaying and hiding ‘invisible marks’ in Pages App so you can sort out some problems will be explained. See  https://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/pages-finding-replacing-invisible-characters.

Video editing basics (trimming, moving and rearranging sections)

David Dixon bring a video clip that needs attention and then work on it with us ... showing us how easily we can manipulate videos with Apple. You can find all sorts of useful tips at the Apple Support YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYFQ33UIPERYx8-ZHucZbDA

BMUG Webstats

The BMUG website is under constant surveillance - in a good way. Our system collects stats that help us see what is being done with our website. Finally, we will have a look at the most recent stats.