Meetings 2011

Meetings are usually held in the comfortable Physics lecture theatre 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 where there is usually plenty of parking 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 various Software, Flash memory sticks and iPod accessories. There is a small £2 entry fee for meetings: this helps to cover the cost of the venue, and – more importantly – helps towards 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 which means we all need to go in at the same time. There is a general pre-meeting gathering, from about 19:00, for general discussion, problem solving and Apple/Mac/iPhone/iPod chat.


11 January

Basic managing your Mac: strategies for heading off disaster and revovering if the worst happens

8 February

All about the new Apple App Store – a close look at why Apple introduced it just a month ago. Is it good news for Mac users and developers and how successful will it be?

Browsers: a look at what they are what they all offer and how browser extensions can help.

15 February

OxMUG Committee meeting

8 March

Audio part I: on your Mac and into the home Ross and others will show you what and how to pipe audio around

12 April

Mac Utilities, Widgets, and Helper Applications: All those indispensable add-ons that simplify, customise, and streamline the way we all use our Macs.

10 May

Audio part II: Music on a Mac – an Arranger's story.

17 May

OxMUG Committee meeting

14 June

Hot from WWDC 2011 in San Francisco , Graham Lee reporting all the latest news and comment

Further details to follow

12 July

The iPad

All about the iPad, – who's using it, what's avialable for it, how we use it and what's it really good for? Gary will lead the romp through everything iPad

16 July

The OxMUG Summer BBQ, see the email list for details

9 August

iPunting / iDunking for some

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

13 September


An in-depth look at the recently released latest verion of OSX

20 September

OxMUG Committee meeting

11 October

Geocaching - all you need to know about this fascinating activity. Together with information about OS & other mapping and GPS on your iOS devices and Macs.

8 November

iOS5, iPhone 4S, not forgetting iCloud with updated Apps and Lion

Loads of what's new this month: Siri, the new camera, lots of App updates to enable the new iCloud sharing and Lion updates too, now much more interlocking. Does it all work?

15 November

OxMUG Committee meeting

13 December


And social evening - details to be confirmed


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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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Feedback on useing the Personal Hotspot on an iPhone.

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