Meetings are usually held in the Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road Oxford OX1 3RH. It's on the corner of Keble Road and Banbury Road at the top of St Giles ... occasionally we hold meetings in other venues – please be sure you check the email list and web site before each meeting.

Meetings usually include a raffle – get your ticket at the beginning, and listen out for the draw. Previous prizes have included Software, Flash memory sticks and iPod accessories. There is a £2 entry fee for meetings: this helps to cover the cost of the venue, and – more importantly – the prize you might win!

The usual start time 19:30, please make sure you arrive in good time as the building is secure and has controlled access. There is a half-hour pre-meeting from 19:00 for general discussion problem solving and Apple/Mac chat.

13 January

12 New Year’s Resolutions: and a big welcome to users new to the Mac

10 February

Hardware upgrading, we'll be adding additional memory and a new hard disk to a PPC and Intel Mac Mini. and Macworld Expo SF round-up with a quick look at the new iLife and iWork 09 apps.

17 February

OxMUG Committee meeting

10 March

Digital Home – time-shift TV on your Mac and back to your TV, we'll look at Elgato’s Eye TV and the Apple TV

14 April

Backup: looking a developments since the introduction of TimeMachine

12 May

Enhancing PhotoShop with oneOne Plug in Suite

A great presentation from Bob Campbell of onOne Software. He'll be showing the selected applications from their Plug in suite.

Also a look at their suite of image manipulations for iPhoto.

19 May

OxMUG Committee meeting

9 June

News of Snow Leopard and the new iPhone OS almost live from WWDC
Graham Lee will divulge the news and provide comments direct from WWDC which starts today.

To quote Apple: 
"The groundbreaking innovations of Mac OS X Leopard and iPhone OS offer two revolutionary development platforms for developers and IT professionals. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is the only place you can receive technical information on these sophisticated platforms from the engineers who created them. Bring your code to the labs and work one-to-one with Apple engineers, applying development methods and best-practices you gain from sessions to enhance your application."

We will also have:

Round table discussion will cover what Graham has said and other exciting developments since his recording, expanding on them. Chaired by Paul, Ross and other OxMUG members

Neil Clifford will talk about the Leopard Firewall and hopefully give some easy to use pointers, maybe also providing a set of "bottled" rules that any Leopard user can pour into their Firewall.

Ben Jupp one of our security professionals will talk through Anti-virus and related infection subjects relevant to all Mac users and hopefully give some “ABC” instructional guidelines and some recommendations to which AV app to use.

Round-up with general Q&A

14 July

Programme to be confirmed

11 August

iPunting – our regular summer punting social from Bardwell Boathouse up the river Cherwell to the Victoria Arms in Marston. See the OxMUG members mailing list for details

8 September

Joe Billings of Softpress Systems will be presenting all the latest developments in Freeway, their Mac-only web design application. Year after year, the Freeway family of Web design software has been lauded by magazine readers and editors alike. Softpress www.softpress.com

Important note about parking: the St Giles Fair will be in full-swing consequently parking in Keble Road will be suspended , it's also likely all forms of travel will take longer than usual.

15 September

OxMUG Committee meeting

13 October

The OxMUG technical team will be taking a close look at the new and faster Snow Leopard, now that it has been out for some weeks it's time to reflect on what it has to offer. Don't miss out on what you might have missed about the new and hidden productivity features.

10 November

A users guide through Social Networking with apps on your Mac, iPhone and iPod Touch, like Twitter, Face Book, Linked-in,Spotify, MySpace, LastFM Pandora, Friends Reunited etc, your guides for tonight's extravaganza will be Amanda (once in the top ten Twitter correspondents) and others

17 November

OxMUG Committee meeting

8 December

The OxMUG AGM – followed a prize draw worth more than £100 – then by the Christmas social, at Al-Andalus, Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. See the OxMUG email list for more information.

Meetings are held at the Denys Wilkinson Building in Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH Google map


Mac Help Tips

Thanks to Peachpit press for these excerpts, click the headings below


Add a Saved Search to the Sidebar

When you save a Spotlight search as a smart folder, you have the option of adding it to the sidebar with other predefined searches. Click the Save button near the top of the New Smart Folder window. In the dialog that appears, click the Add To Sidebar checkbox to instruct Mac OS X to add an alias of the folder to the sidebar.

When a Dock Item Jumps Up and Down

At some point you might see a Dock item jumping up and down, over and over, as if it's trying to get your attention. It is. The jumping indicates that a particular application needs you. Click the jumping icon, and that application will "come forward." Then you'll probably see a message on the screen, such as "Do you want to save this document?" or "This application couldn't do what you wanted." Just do whatever the application wants you to do. This jumping action is different from the "bouncing" you'll see when an icon starts to open. The bounce is little; the jump is big. It's actually kind of cute.

Print as a PDF

The print capability in Mac OS X is useful even if you don't have a printer, or you don't want to make a paper copy of something. Because the Portable Document Format (PDF) is deeply ingrained into the operating system, you can "print" a document to a PDF file. This feature is great for saving receipts of online orders or articles to read later when you may not have an Internet connection. Choose File > Print, click the PDF button, and choose Save as PDF. Specify the file location and any desired metadata or security options, and then click Save to save the PDF to disk.



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