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December 10 , 2007: Leopard Part 2
November's meeting only scratched the surface of Leopard's 300 new features. Nick Brazzi returns to reveal more and check out some of iLife 08 while he's about it.
Please note that the December meeting is on the 2nd Monday in the month because of scheduling conflicts at SLAC.  

November 5 , 2007: There's a new cat about
Leopard is here
Nick Brazzi from the Palo Alto store gives the new OS part 1 of a workout at Monday's meeting in the Redwood Room - he probably won't manage all 300 new features in this demonstration.

Crazy scenes at the Leopard launch Oct 26, 2007
Leopard launch SF Leopard launch 2
Crowds outside the SF Apple Store on Friday night patiently waited their turn inside....
Leopard launch 3 leopard launch 4
...fortified by free liquids and a sense of anticipation.....
Leopard launch 5 Leopard launch 6
It was worth the wait....Check it out at SMUG Monday November 5

October 2007: Sandvox and iWork
Two great presentations at this month's session in the Redwood Room:
Dan Wood from Karelia Software (who brought you the original Watson program so beloved by Apple users that Apple brought it out themselves as Sherlock) presents Sandvox, the easy-to-use web building software that is giving iWeb and even more expensive programs a run for its money, with both Regular and Pro editions depending on your needs and abilities.
The Apple Store's Nick Brazzi presents iWork, the app that has the bloated form of Microsoft Office firmly in its sights - see spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software treated with the simple elegance that has become Apple's trademark.

September 2007: Stuffit is coming!
Note that this month's meeting is on September 10th because Labor Day is on September 3rd. Fletcher Wu talks about Stuffit, the program that's been around for many years providing a suite of tools that help you access, compress, manage, protect, send and backup all your important files and images.
More Room On Your Drive! Shrink documents up to 98% of their original size! Free tons of space on your hard disk and your flash drive! Save more compressed files onto CDs or DVDs! Expand Anything! StuffIt gives you access to more than 20 different compression formats. Compress JPEG Photos and Images by up to 30%! With its revolutionary new Image compression technology, StuffIt achieves what no other compression product has been able to do—reduce the size of JPEG photos and images absolutely no loss in image quality!

August 2007: iPhoto 6 & Techniques for Great Pictures with Derrick Story
Derrick Story
Derrick Story is a professional photographer, writer, and instructor. He's authored "Digital Photography Hacks," "Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Ed.," and co-authored the popular series, "iPhoto: The Missing Manual" with David Pogue. Derrick's photo articles are a regular feature in Macworld Magazine.

Derrick is the digital media evangelist for O'Reilly Media. He also runs a virtual camera club at www.thedigitalstory.com that features weekly photography podcasts, reader-submitted photos, and pro tips.

iPhoto is a solid photo management application that ships on every Mac. But there's more to this program than initially meets the eye. In this talk, Derrick shows you how to become a iPhoto power user and unlock some of its magic.
Digital photography is like any computer-related activity: the data you input has great impact on what comes out the other side. Good data in, good results out. You might not realize it, but your digital camera is a sophisticated data input device (that also happens to be lots of fun). And it becomes even more enjoyable when you learn how to tap its vast creative potential. Derrick shows you how to capture great pictures with your digital compact or DSLR.

July 2007: iPhone, buying a Mac
Lynda Fudold, an Apple Authorized Business Agent, talks about how to buy a Mac. She will be showing her iPhone also, and will discuss her experience with it.

June 2007: Quark 7.2
Lee Speight's returns to demo the latest upgrade to the best-selling desktop publishing software.
This month's newletter contains a report on SMUG in the long-forgotten past (OK, it was only five years ago, but that's eons in computing terms. If you want to refresh your ailing memory, the June 2002 newletter can be perused here.

May 2007: Quicken for Mac 2007
Quicken visits the Redwood Room to show off the latest iteration of the most popular personal finance software for the Mac.

April 2007: Nancy Blachman's Favorite Google Features
Google is so easy to use, why attend Nancy Blachman's presentations? If you're like many people, you use only a small number of Google's services and features. Learn how to go beyond Google's deceptively plain interface and take advantage of many shortcuts and underutilized capabilities. For example, get driving directions by entering a US street address into Google's search box. If you aren't sure whether a word is hyphenated, search for it with a hyphen, e.g., [ long-term ]; you'll get more results. Find synonyms by preceding the term with a ~, which is known as the tilde or synonym operator, e.g., [ google ~guide ] finds guides, tip, help, and tutorials on using Google. For a quick summary of some of Google's features, visit the Google Guide cheat sheet. The more you know about how Google works and its capabilities, the better it can serve your needs.

March 2007: Run Windows programs on your Mac
The new VMware desktop product for the Mac, codenamed Fusion, allows Intel-based Macs to run x86 operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris, in virtual machines at the same time as Mac OS X. It is built on VMware's rock-solid and advanced desktop virtualization platform that is used by over four million users today.

With Fusion, you can run traditional PC applications on your Mac: if you need to run PC applications, you can now do so by leveraging the power of virtual machine technology. Pat Lee of VMWasre will be at the March 5 meeting in the Redwood Room to describe how you can do it.

February 2007: How to iMovie
Dave Strom, vice president of the SMUG Board, has been making short videos for the past two years. He has used iMovie extensively and has shown short videos at Macfilmmakers and Red Rock Cafe to varying degrees of applause. On Monday February 5th Dave showed us how to use iMovie, how not to use iMovie, and how to make short videos fun.

January 2007: Easily create your own web site with iWeb

Ariem from the Palo Alto Apple Store presented iWeb, the powerful but less well-known member of the iLife software family at our Tuesday 16th meeting in Panofsky Auditorium to a small, cold but enthusiastic group.

You don't need to know HTML or buy an expensive piece of website-building software to create a great looking website in a very short time - including slide shows, blogs, podcasts and movie pages.


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