A new TV show features AUSOM member — Monty Maizels — his inspirational appearance is very early in the show. He impresses the host by his expertise in using Zoom.

The show is “The Hundred with Andy Lee”

Andy Lee is joined in the studio by a panel of Australia’s funniest comedians and a 100 regular Aussies via Zoom to explore the fun behind the facts that make us tick as a nation.

If you missed the first episode you can watch it at 9Now.

Give ZOOM a go

A member and SIG leader, Annie encourages AUSOM members to join the ZOOM Rocket

This is my take on the ZOOM Rocket?

Since March 2020, COVID-19 has driven the ZOOM rocket at so many variable speeds with people coming on board and not knowing how and where to start their journey, just jumping on and hoping for the best??‍♀️.

ZOOM has been the most downloaded program for many major companies, community organisations, retailers, not-for-profit organisations, schools. The list goes on and on. I think it’s awesome, but unfortunately at times very dangerous due to a lack of tech knowledge. Many, many folk simply do not have any prior knowledge to the basics with video/voice platforms and are probably, not through any fault of their own, failing the basic etiquette that should be followed on this platform, let alone the security measures.

Setting up a Free ZOOM account was a good way to work out the basics, but purchasing my own ZOOM account was the best thing I did.
I found my workplace did not have the capability nor an understanding to convey the ZOOM training. My priority was to get clients on board with as little confusion as possible, I was lucky enough to have a manager who let me work autonomously and to be able to share my learning with the staff.

I have seen and experienced the joy and angst of folk who have never seen or used a tech device of any kind embrace this new way of flying on the ZOOM rocket, skipping the basics such as Cybersecurity unfortunately??‍♀️

There is a tendency to think the person on the other side of the screen is understanding all that is said. No, not always the case ?

There is a tendency to think the person on the other side of the screen can see everything you can. No, not always the case ? ?

There is a lack of patience and empathy at times when larger groups gather on the ZOOM rocket.

There is a lack of explaining the etiquette that needs to be followed when joining a ZOOM Meeting. This could be helped by putting the details in the email that is sent out before a ZOOM Meeting, a simple copy-paste.

There is a tendency to assume everybody attending the ZOOM Meeting knows how to operate the various tabs on their screen.

There is a tendency to assume that people watching the session cannot see what is in the room behind you ????? The lighting makes all the difference ??

There is a tendency to think people cannot read what might be private information on your computer Desktop when you Screen Share ???

Even the most experienced ZOOM presenters and presentations that I have attended have accidentally had folders open on display before they commenced sharing their Keynote or PowerPoint with over one hundred people or so viewing.

For your security, your Desktop should be clear of any information, before Screen Sharing.

Others in your home should be informed about any ZOOM Meeting you are attending at home, so they do not interrupt by mistake.

To sum up my experience with the ZOOM rocket it has been AUSOM, one of the main things I do like is that I get to put names to faces and meet folk I might never have met during our SIGs at NewHope.

On the other hand, I do miss presenting to folk in a room and being able to walk up and sit down to explain in a comforting and reassuring manner how they could use their iDevice, as it can be rather difficult to try and work out the hidden issues with an iDevice unless you have it in your hands.

Interruptions from people who call out or don’t see the need to Mute their microphone or turn off the Video are part of the ‘learning ZOOM etiquette’. I teach 3 hours every day on the ZOOM rocket. It will take a while, as we know email etiquette is still not there yet, ZOOM etiquette needs to be enforced continually.

Keep safe???and mask up…….Cheers Annie??‍??

NEW in Pages, Numbers, Keynote…

Recent updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote have added features of value to those wanting to produce movies or presentations using Zoom.

HINT: If you want to show a full Keynote experience on your Mac within Zoom:

  • Launch Keynote
  • From the Play menu select Play Slide Show in Window and resize your window to suit.
  • Now Share Screen within Zoom.

There is MORE. The movie below was created using Keynote on an iPad.

Other ‘new’ features in Keynote are:

  • The ability to have a movie play from one slide to the next,
  • ‘Align to path’ to allow an object to remain pointed in the correct direction while following a path.

If you would like further information leave a comment below.

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.

Zoom version 5 is here

The Zoom app has been updated to improve security. This update is important and does need to be applied before the end of May.

AUSOM will remind you each time you attend a training session and during the R&O and Mornington Groups in June.

Have a look at the following link for further information:

From the above link scroll down to where you see Zoom Users: To update your Zoom app… 

You can and should update your Zoom app now — if you leave it until June you will be asked to download the new version before you are able to join a Zoom meeting.

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.

AUSOM assists with Video Chatting

The Age today has an article “It’s great-gran on Zoom as housebound seniors embrace video chatting“.

It goes on to say “Formerly techno-shy seniors are taking the leap into video calls to shake off social isolation.

Susan was interviewed for this article yesterday:

AUSOM’s secretary, Susan Jensen said before coronavirus, seniors might have learnt computer skills at libraries or neighbourhood houses.

They could now access online programs such as the Federal Government-run Be Connected which offers free courses.

Ms Jensen said members of computer clubs such as hers can give advice and run regular online workshops.

Ms Jensen logging on can be a leap of faith: ‘‘You can socialise, with these things, you can keep in contact with your friends and your relatives, if you just have the confidence to take that next step.’’

From The Age, 9 April 2020

Read the full article at

Most of AUSOM’s highly regarded face-to-face meetings are now being held using Zoom. With ‘meetings’ scheduled even more frequently this month.


Gain confidence with Zoom

Zoom is gaining popularity within many areas as a method for people to get-together ‘online’. Sometimes taking that first step can be intimidating.

AUSOM is here to assist you with that first step and to support you while you are learning. Contact us to find out how.

AUSOM Members can learn more about using Zoom in training sessions held frequently during April.

Members may contact if you have any questions or have lost the email advising of dates and times

AUSOM will continue to provide information on its website to assist you, your family and friends to become more confident with using Zoom.
There was a recent post at:

Special Free Show 

From a recent email from ScreenCastsOnLine …

“I’ve also made this tip show completely free to view; there is no need to have a ScreenCastsOnline membership to watch the show. You can send anyone the link to the show page,, and they can view the full show … free.” 

Using Zoom? Here’s how to stay safe

The link below to improving security on Zoom provides some very useful tips and information for you to explore.

AUSOM members can also download a useful document clearly describing the steps to take when you are invited to take part in a meeting using Zoom.


If you are invited to take part in a meeting using Zoom there is a document to assist you with this.

To download the document you need to log in as an AUSOM Member.

 NOTE: Your Username is usually FirstNameLastName with no space.

If you have forgotten your password enter your Username and click/tap Lost Password… an email will be sent to you allowing you to change your password. You do not need to accept the suggested password.