Celebrate with AUSOM

Join fellow AUSOM members and friends for a celebration lunch on Wednesday 8th February.

Commencing at 10am the Retirees and Others Group welcome Kevin Blazé with all you need to know about staying safe on the Internet and Passkeys v. Passwords.

At 12:15 pm we will celebrate at the Harp of Erin.

Members and friends are welcome to attend either or both events.

Details can be found under Upcoming Events in the right-hand column of this page.

February AUSOM Meeting

Wishing all a very happy 2023.

AUSOM’s first meeting will be held via Zoom on Saturday 4th February and includes SIGs PLUS a Main Presentation.

Reading ‘Committee News’ and information provided about the SIGs (Special Interest Groups) in AUSOM News before attending the meeting will help you prepare any questions you may have.

The February edition of AUSOM News is available

Visitors are also welcome — find out more about the meeting and Zoom from Quick Links on this page or follow the link here.

Repurpose your Device for Entertainment

I have a suggestion for the AUSOM Community this Holiday Season. I have almost finished writing a series of articles for our Newsletter. 

All of the articles are on the Mom and Pop developer team of Boy Howdy Technologies. They’re mind-stimulating and fun games for the young and young-at-heart, ranging from Card games, matching games and even crossword puzzles. They push you to think creatively to succeed, but have fun doing so.

Some of these items will be in AUSOM News, February 2023 but you can also look at all the games by searching  Boy Howdy Technologies.

Why not Repurpose those old iPads or iPhones and load them up with these fun thinking games, plus Apple’s suite of school Apps?

What a treat that could be, keeping those youngsters and oldsters happy. 

A gift like this for older people or those sick in Hospitals would help while away the hours. 

—George Engel


About 2 weeks ago Apple launched Freeform and described it as a powerful new app designed for creative brainstorming and collaboration.

Freeform is available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac and requires the latest versions of the operating systems.

If you have not yet had a look at it a good place to start would be with the many, many videos available on YouTube.

Please share your thoughts by adding comments below.

If there is sufficient interest this app could be discussed at the Creativity SIG in February 2023.

Creative Holiday Activity

If you have time over the holidays to become familiar with Procreate for your iPad and Apple Pencil* a good place to start is with the Beginner Videos at https://education.procreate.com/beginners-series. The videos are available on YouTube however I suggest you follow the above link as it has the videos and PDF files that can be downloaded and followed at any time without an internet connection. This is part of ProcreateEducation and if you explore the Site you will see mention of the phrases such as ‘classroom’, ‘lessons’, and ’students’. Don’t worry the content is applicable to all of us.

If you want the Procreate Handbook it is available at: https://procreate.com/handbook/procreate.

* An Apple Pencil (or substitute) is not essential but does add to the Procreate experience. It gives access to brushes that respond to the pressure and tilt of the pencil. Having said that digital artists used Procreate for 3 or 4 years before the Apple Pencil was available. Procreate wasn’t born in the heart of Silicon Valley, but in Old Beach, Tasmania. The company remains in Tasmania and one of the brushes is named Old Beach.

‘Photos’ SIG – About

NOTE: This SIG is currently NOT meeting


A new special interest group for 2022, the AUSOM “Photos SIG”, will introduce and master the Apple application, “Photos”.

“Photos” comes built-in to all Macs, iPads and iPhones. Whilst we will be concentrating on the desktop version, hints & tips for the iPad & iPhone run parallel much of the time.

In a breakthrough for our SIG, we’re going to spend half our ZOOM time showing novices the joys of “Photos”, and the second half of our ZOOM time working with the more experienced “Photos” users.

Of course, everyone is welcome to attend the entire SIG! See the website or AUSOM News for login details.

Monthly on ZOOM at our main meetings at 11am in Room 4. See you there!

Web Intermediate — Web research

NOTE: This SIG is not currently meeting

Presented by Graeme Bryan
Main meeting, Sat 5 February 2022
Room 4 at 2.30pm

Most of us use the internet to do research on all sorts of things. Some efforts come quickly and sometimes it takes a lot longer. Why is that? Can we improve our skills? This month’s Web Intermediate presentation will explore this. We will have a look at research to help with technology issues. And we will have a look at COVID research. Fun indeed.