Inside the News SIG notes Collection

September 2023. Notes are available here.

August 2023. Notes are available here.

July 2023. Notes are available here.

June 2023. Notes are available here.

May 2023. Notes are available here.

April 2023. Notes are available here.

March 2023. Notes are available here.

February 2023. Notes are available here.

January 2023. Notes are available here.

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‘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.

Notes from November Creativity SIG

At the November SIG meeting members shared things they have recently tried to improve their digital life.

One discovery was using quartz filters within the Preview app to reduce the file size of a PDF.
Further details are available via the internet. Search for ‘add quartz filters to Preview using ColorSync utility’. There was also an article on page 33 of AUSOM News, March 2022 (with a follow-up article in April). In addition, there is a MacMost video at

Members then shared ideas about ways to manage Keynote on their Mac while viewing their presenter notes (using Zoom).

Other topics covered were removing the background from images in iOS16, and using and creating QR codes.

A video of the session is available at

Cards in Pages

At the Creativity SIG in August 2022, we will look at using the Pages app to create cards. Commencing with using the templates available with Pages.

If you would like the Pages document we created it is available here:

If you would like to experiment further with the topics covered during the SIG I have provided an archive of 5 Sample files.

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Creative & Engaging Movies

I am delighted to welcome Chris McQuillen to our SIG meeting on Saturday to show some of the creative ways photos, videos, and recorded sound can be put together to create compelling movies.

If you thought movie-making involved months of planning and creating a script, deciding on location and cast, working out a budget and schedule, photographing and recording sound, editing and adjusting the video, and distribution then you will be surprised to learn that many of these ‘rules’ can be thrown away.

On Saturday you will see what can be achieved, have a chance you ask questions to assist your own endeavours, and go away knowing you can do this. Start as small as you like but START.

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