AUSOM News on an iPad

Do you find the text within AUSOM News too small on your iPad? Reading it within Safari or if you are reading it within the Books app you will initially be faced with a full page with text that may be too small.

One way of enlarging the area within most of the 2-column articles is to double-tap on the area you would like to expand.

In the image above double-tap in the area circled results in the image below.

A double-tap on the ‘expanded’ screen will take you back to a full-page view.

If the double-tap method does not work you may need to place two fingers on the screen near each other. Spread them apart to zoom in, or move them toward each other to zoom out.

Magnifier in Preview (macOS)

While reading AUSOM News on your Mac you might need to quickly magnify part of the screen.

Move your cursor to the paragraph you want to read and either choose “Show Magnifier” from the Tools menu, or simply press the ` (backtick) key.




You can move the magnified area or press the backtick key again to hide the magnifier.


This is not only useful for reading PDF documents.

You might like to try this when looking at one of your photographs within Preview. 

Read even more in the July edition of AUSOM News available here.

Creative use for your Photos

An AUSOM member wrote the following after reading the article — ‘Using the iPad app Distressed FX‘ — by Bill Oldham in AUSOM News, June 2020 (here).

“I watched three Youtube tutorials on Distressed FX. Two by the creator.

“I really like the fact that it is more about creating an artwork from your photographs. It is not about manipulating a photo to correct, enhance or fabricate a new reality. It is pure creativity in producing a piece of artwork. There are no rules or paradigms.”

Quick Tip for users of Zoom

Are you enjoying the many, many talks and tutorial sessions available via Zoom?

One of the BIG advantages of ‘watching’ a presentation on you Mac is that it is EASY to take a ‘screenshot’ at any time.

At least one AUSOM member said how delighted she was to learn about ‘screenshots’.

NOW is the perfect time for EVERYONE to locate three keys: Command Shift and the number 3.

To take a screenshot Press those 3 keys. You may press Command and keep holding it down while you press Shift with another finger — do that with your left hand — while holding down those 2 keys press the number 3.


You will hear a ‘camera click’.

Do that as often as you like during the Zoom session.

After you finish you will find many files on your Desktop. Delete those you do not want and rename and/or file the others for later reference.

Links within Chat using Zoom

While using Zoom the presenter or another participant may enter a URL into a Chat message.

You MAY want to access the link immediately and some versions of Zoom do make those links ‘clickable’. However, it could be equally important to keep a copy of the link for access after your meeting.

You could perform a ‘screenshot’ to keep a record of this or other information. (NOTE: this is possibly your only option if using an iPad or iPhone).

If you are using a Mac a more useful copy of the link can be saved by selecting the link then drag it to your Mac’s desktop.

A file called a webloc will appear. After your Zoom session tap or click on the webloc icon and your web browser will open the correct page for you.

Thank you to Susan Jensen for this tip.

Using Pages macOS

A reminder to those who use Pages on their Mac.
Pages has its own settings for things like ‘check spelling’ and the use of ‘smart quotes’ and ‘text replacement’.
These setting can be found under the Edit Menu in Pages.

What is important to note is the settings may override or add to settings you might believe you have within the Mac System Preferences.