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21 May 2014 Main Meeting – Petrini’s in Goleta

Our general meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, in the meeting room at Petrini’s Italian Restaurant, 5711 Calle Real, Goleta.  Time: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

May 2014 marks the one-year “anniversary” of our first meeting in Petrini’s Media Room.

Petrini's In Goleta

Petrini’s In Goleta

As always, we’ll have wireless internet access and good company! Plus, the drawing for a $100 gift card to the Apple store: Each member who attends gets 2 free tickets, and if you renew your membership or become a member at the meeting … Continue reading

16 April 2014 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

At April’s meeting Ian Lessing gave a whole-evening presentation on the versatile GoPro Hero3 [Black Edition] camera for video, time lapse, and the GoPro Studio editing software — and answered questions about the camera specs. He showed the hollow-pole mount [it floats] that he used for some action surfing video: the camera comes with a waterproof housing. With no focusing [fixed lens] and no moving parts the GoPro makes a perfect camera for action captures. Ian opened the GoPro Studio editing software and showed … Continue reading

19 March 2014 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

Our March meeting featured a presentation by Ed Adams on how he post-processes his digital images using an assortment of applications [programs] including  Aperture, iPhoto, Lightroom, and plugins.

Projecting on Petrini’s big screen from his MacBook Pro, Ed showed how helpful plugins can be when finalizing images in Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, or Photoshop Elements. Add-on (plugin) programs save time and do a great job, plus, offering some unique image adjustment tools. Plugins like Intensify Pro and … Continue reading

19 February 2014 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

February’s meeting began with the introduction of guests and their questions: connection via WiFi; and smart phone interfaces. Our Q&A discussions included: 1) an option available for the iPhone home screen — a minimalist style; 2) the different ways to print from an iPad– via the newest printers and … Continue reading

15 January 2014 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

January’s meeting included electing the 2014-2015 Officers [results below] and the customary Question and Answer session covering: An Apple Mail account and mail clients; Gmail message management and deletions; Major difference between iOS device ‘backup(s)’ and ‘archive(s)’; and, an iTunes 11 – show sidebar tip.  SBAUG Ambassador Kathy Gleason also took the opportunity … Continue reading

By-Laws Approved & Adopted As Revised

Votes on the revisions to the organization’s By-laws were cast, for the first time in the organization’s history, using an online voting system which was supplemented by a handful of traditional paper ballots.  Voting officially closed at the end of the 18-December-2013  general meeting and the final tally shows the Yeas carrying the motion to adopt and approve the revised By-Laws!  The detailed results of the vote … Continue reading

18 December 2013 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

December’s meeting included a list of super-handy-cool-stuff presented by several folks:

  • How-To create and add your signature to sign a PDF with Preview.
  • OS X Image Capture‘s cool tasks & tricks.
  • iPhoto: Two suggestions for making/moving copies — and removing photos from iPhoto’s database.  … Continue reading

20 November 2013 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

November’s meet-up Q&As covered a veritable list of topics: Cox modem recommendations, router specs, Mac settings, .csv file type (comma separated values), iTunes Radio, and Time Machine set-up(s). Mike Bishop gave an update on the transition from his MacMechanic store … Continue reading

16 October 2013 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

October’s topics (presented on the large screen) included: Apple TV (animated screen saver) photo themes, a short PBS video, and the iOS Sleep Cycle app.

The Apple TV has a list of animated photo montage themes. Harold Adams demoed many of the … Continue reading

18 September 2013 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

September’s round-table discussion included several topics. 1) Organizing photos: Digital cameras make it easy to take a lot of pictures. Ed Adams [SBAUG Member] recommends to evaluate them as they come in, put “second tier” images on another hard drive, and, make sure to add “key words” or “people’s names” to them.  Plus, back up  … Continue reading

Apple’s September 10th Special Event

Who better to hear what happened today at Apple’s Special Event than from the ‘horse’s mouth’?!  You can watch Apple’s full Keynote [±85 minutes] presentation which was recorded with all of the fanfare, graphics, demonstrations, videos and audience reactions  by using the … Continue reading

21 August 2013 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

August’s topic featured Ed Togami and his son Kenzie, who talked about the “Maker” movement. The basic premise is to use simple computer interfaces plus various electronic hardware, transducers, etc., to make simple devices to do fun and useful things. As with all things computer, the hobbyist uses software to control his/her devices and to determine what they do. This harkens back to the days of early amateur radio … Continue reading

17 July 2013 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

July’s topics: We discussed differences between Apple‘s iCloud service and Dropbox‘s Cloud storage and file-sharing service. Two Cloud backup applications had enthusiasts: Arq – online backup built especially for the Mac; and Crashplan – offsite, onsite, & Cloud backup service, with easy-to-restore features. Plus, Ian gave a … Continue reading

15 May 2013 Main Meeting

Meeting Summary…

Panoramic view of SBAUG's new meeting space at Petrini's

Panoramic view of SBAUG’s inaugural gathering in the meeting room at Petrini’s.
Photo Credit: Ian Lessing

May’s round-table discussion: RoaringApps, an application-compatibility wiki for Mac OS X Mountain Lion & iOS 5, databasing thousands of apps and whether they’re compatible with Mountain Lion. Deleting applications: One product, AppZapper, finds the extra files and lets you delete them with one click.  Adobe’s announcement that future versions of the company’s Creative Suite products, including Photoshop, will be available only on a  … Continue reading

Robert Wilmott: 1948-2013

Robert Wilmott

Robert Wilmott

Robert was a longtime  and dedicated member of our Users Group and served on the Board for many years.   The Santa Barbara Independent published an ‘In Memorium’ article about Robert Wilmott online on 20-January-2013.  It begins with ‘Robert Wilmott passed away suddenly on January 10, 2013, in Arkansas, where he had flown to make final arrangements for his sister Diana Brown, who had died unexpectedly one week before.”   To read the full article … Continue reading

SBAUG – is now in WordPress

This is the website for the Santa Barbara Apple Users Group.

We’ve been around since 1984 and still excited to use the amazing computers, phones, iPads etc. that Apple makes.  Join us for learning and help with your Apple devices.