HMAUS MacLearn Tips and Links ~

When we meet for MacLearn there are lots of things we learn, then forget, or donʻt really need until some time down the road. Sometimes you weren't able to come but are interested in what happened. Thereʻs always something more to learn and relearn.

So here are some tips you might find useful in two sections. MacLearn Follow-ups have notes, handouts or links from our monthly sessions. Assorted Q and A's are questions someone has asked that you also might interested in knowing about. You can return to this page anytime to see whatʻs new or find an answer you recall seeing here. The web address is easy to remember...

MacLearn Follow-up Info and Links

January 2017

We opened the January with two morning sessions. Anders Bjarby came in via Skype from Sweden to tell us about Duplicate Annihilator, an app for removing duplicates from your Photos collection. Then Noel Sen of gave us tips on safe computing and answered a lot of questions. He brought a handout with several good links to security services and apps.

In the afternoon we split into two groups. Terrence hosted the "beginners" with beginner tips and Arlen hosted the "intermediate" folks as usual, with a ton of tips and how-tos. Click below for more about what we covered and links to their handouts.

November 2016

Our last 2016 session was an Appalulu where we shared iOS and OS apps we like. Click the button below for the ones Gregg and the gang shared. There is a short explanation and an intro video or article for each. If you know of a good app, email Joan and weʻll keep adding to this page until our next appalulu. Most of the apps are free, the rest are cheap. so try them!

Assorted Q and As

Here are some assorted questions by our members and some helpful answers.

Videos won't play - Flash

Q: How come a animated greeting card no longer plays in my internet browser? A: It might have been because FLASH was disabled by Firefox or Safari. Click the button below to see why, and how to re-enable it so Flash videos can play again.

Customizing shapes

Q: How can I create a circle to put over a certain spot on my Keynote slide? Thereʻs no circle tool. A: You can MODIFY a SHAPE in the shapes menu - squares, diamonds, even free form shapes. Hereʻs how.

Creating "placeholders" for photos and text

Q: How can I put a different photo behind the titles on each of my Keynote slides? A: Since youʻre doing so many and you want them to have the same size, shape and border, the easiest way is to first create and format a "MEDIA PLACEHOLDER", in this case, an image placeholder. Make a copy of the placeholder on each slide then just drag and drop a photo into each one. Hereʻs how. Placeholders constrain the shape and look of objects on your slides and are an easy way to give unity to your slideshow or document and save having to do it over and over and over again.

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