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December 14, 2010: Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
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PMUG's December meeting will feature the newly released Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, as presented by our own Rob Golding. Come see the latest changes and additions to Word, Excel and Powerpoint. This release of Office for the Mac also brings a full version of Outlook to OS X for the first time.

During the meeting the applications will be explored along with demonstrations of new and enhanced features using demonstration files, presentations and movies.

At the conclusion of the meeting a lucky member will win a copy of Office 2011! Don't miss the chance to attend the very first user group meeting officially presenting Office 2011.

About the presenter...
Rob Golding has been a lifelong resident of the Trenton and Princeton areas. While studying for a B.S. in Chemistry at Rider University in 1989 he found his computer platform of choice in the form of a Mac Plus running MacWrite and ChemDraw. Rob has worked on and off for Apple in the retail environment since 2000. After joining PMUG in 2002 Rob has held several positions including leading the How & Why SIG, President and has been the Newsletter Editor since 2003.


November 9, 2010: Gizmos And Gadgets For Holiday Gifts with Bill Achuff
Bill Achuff, freelance photojournalist and photographer (photo from the November 10, 2009 meeting.)
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PMUG's Bill Achuff gives his much-anticipated gizmos and gadgets talk to inspire your holiday shopping.

With a seemingly endless list of new techie paraphernalia available for those whose appetites are never quelled, Bill will discuss how most electronic items are practical, useful, and inexpensive, and how some are just plain whacky.

Many of the items Bill introduced several years ago are now becoming mainstream, such as organic OLEDs (Organic LEDs), wireless SD (Secure Digital) media cards, and hard drive toaster docks.

About the presenter...
Bill Achuff is a long-time member and educator at PMUG and many other Macintosh User Groups (he is co-founder of the User Group Alliance.) He has been a writer and presenter on a variety of subjects and disciplines over the years—his current passion is digital photography as a freelance photojournalist and photographer.


October 12, 2010: Aperture photo processing and organizing software, with Steve Zalot of Apple, Inc.
Adjustment presets: Select from various presets to provide 'quick fixes' and artistic effects for your photos. Here, the sepia tone preset is highlighted and a preview picture shows what your photo will look like if the preset is chosen.
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In this energized session, Steve Zalot of Apple, Inc. will demonstrate how his company's Aperture 3 software provides powerful yet easy-to-use tools to refine images, showcases your photography, and manages massive libraries on your Mac.

Having pro performance with iPhoto simplicity, Aperture is designed for users who want to do more with their images.

Aperture enhances the Faces and Places feature set, and now includes Brushes that add professional touches by simply painting effects onto your images and Adjustment Presets that apply a specific style or look with just a click. Aperture then makes it easy to share your photos as stunning slideshows, beautiful prints, hardcover books and online to Facebook and Flickr.

Note! iconBeginning with the October meeting, PMUG will be back on the Princeton University Campus, with the main meeting in the Computer Science building and the Intermediate SIG next door in the Friend Center for Engineering Education.

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About the presenter...
Steve Zalot is a Senior Systems Engineer with Apple Inc. and has over 25 years experience supporting, consulting and presenting Apple's technologies and products. Steve maintains certifications in Apple's Certified System Administrator and Final Cut Pro programs in support of his specialties in digital media and education technology integration. Video, photography and mobile devices are among the topics on which Steve presents, as he travels the Mid-Atlantic area speaking with a growing base of Apple fans.


September 14, 2010: The iPad In-Depth, with Apple's Dave Marra
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Dave Marra, Senior Systems Engineer from Apple Inc., will present the company's newest portable device, the iPad.

Designed to be thin and light enough to take anywhere, the iPad is a novel way to experience the Web, e-mail, apps, photos, video and books.

The iPad is a whole new kind of device, with a large, high-resolution display, an incredibly responsive Multi-Touch screen and a powerful Apple-designed chip.

PMUG Members and their iPads
PMUG's Maria Arguello, Apple Northeast User Group Laison, with her iPad before the May 2010 meeting. PMUG's Alan Fox (President), Dr. Mark Schulman (Program Director), and Khürt Williams (PMUG Blog Master) using the iPad before the August 2010 meeting. PMUG's Khürt Williams (PMUG Blog Master) and Alan Fox (President) using the iPad before the August 2010 meeting. PMUG's Alan Fox (President), Khürt Williams (PMUG Blog Master), and Dr. Mark Schulman (Program Director) using the iPad before the August 2010 meeting. PMUG's Khürt Williams (PMUG Blog Master) and Dr. Mark Schulman (Program Director) using the iPad before the August 2010 meeting.
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Also, read "My first 31 days with the iPad" by Khürt Williams,
PMUG's Blog Master.

About the presenter...
As a Senior Systems Engineer for Apple, Dave Marra has conducted many technology presentations, keynote addresses and workshops for schools, Mac and PC user groups, businesses and other professional organizations across the United States and Canada. Both an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator and an Apple Certified Systems Administrator, his specialty areas include digital multimedia, internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration. Visit Dave's Website for more information.


August 10, 2010: "Cool Stuff Found for the Mac and iPhone You Can't Live Without", with Dave Hamilton of the Mac Geek Gab Podcast
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Join us as Dave Hamilton, producer and co-host of the Mac Geek Gab Podcast and President of The Mac Observer, will be our special guest.

As part of his Podcast, Dave and co-host John F. Braun continually find (or are introduced to) hardware and software that can really make a difference in Mac and iPhone users' lives. He will share — and even demo — some of his favorites for you!

Dave was our guest exactly one year ago and gave an exceptional presentation on keeping your Mac running "lean, clean, and mean." PMUG welcomes him back for what promises to be another informative evening, so don't miss it!

About the presenter...
Dave Hamilton is CEO of BackBeat Media. He has worked in the computer industry for 15 years, as a consultant, trainer, network engineer, web master, and programmer. In his earlier consulting days, Dave worked on the Mac, all the various Windows flavors, BeOS, a few brands of Unix, and it is rumored he once saw an OS/2 machine in action. Dave maintains his blog at DaveTheNerd.com and is on Twitter at DaveHamilton.

Presentation Slides
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Ben Britt, PMUG Community Representative, at the 2008 picnic — photo by Maria Arguello
August 7, 2010 (a Saturday): PMUG Picnic and Pool Party
Our annual picnic will be hosted by an executive committee member at his home this year. The rain date will be the next day, Sunday, August 8.
Only PMUG members and their families are invited—sorry, no pets.
See the members area for more information.

July 2010: No Meeting This Month

June 8, 2010: "Facebook Security: We Know What You Did Last Summer"
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With over 400 million registered users, Facebook is one of the largest Social Networks. But with all of the benefits it provides for free, are its users giving up more than they bargained for?

PMUG's Khürt Williams, a senior information security analyst for a bio-pharma company, will talk about security on Facebook. Learn how we can protect ourselves, and at the same time, get the most out of their service.

Khürt runs PMUG's blog, and last spoke at the July 2009 meeting on how to use a Mac to display video content with Hulu on your television.


May 11, 2010: "The best things in Mac/iPhone/iPod touch/iPad are free"
with Bob Levitus
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Author Bob LeVitus will speak on free applications and uses for the Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Join us at our new meeting location, Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary (the West end of the Princeton University campus.)

LeVitus, often referred to as "Dr. Mac," has been considered one of the world's leading authorities on the Macintosh and Mac OS for nearly twenty years.

He has sold millions of books worldwide, and most recently published has been "iPhone for Dummies" and "Mac OSX Leopard for Dummies. He also writes columns for the Houston Chronicle newspaper, MacDesign magazine, and Mac Observer Website.

Presentation Slides
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April 13, 2010: "Digital Photography: From Pixels to Print"
with Michael Rubin of Nikon, Inc.
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Michael Rubin will present an overview of digital photography, from pixels to print, discussing relevant aspects of the ever-changing medium and tips on image editing.

Michael last joined us for the October 2008 meeting and demonstrated the Nikon Capture NX2 photo editing program.

About the presenter...
Michael Rubin of Plainview, N.Y. is the Senior Product Lifecycle Manager - DSLR & Software Products at Nikon Inc. He joined Nikon in 1997 to help launch the Coolpix and Digital SLR product lines. Now in his 14th year in the industry, Michael finds the pace of changing technology just to his liking.


March 9, 2010: "Cool Gadgets for 2010 – From 3D TV to Smartphone Apps"
with Doug Dixon
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The big push at this year's Consumer Electronics Show was on 3D TV, but consumers are more interested in downloading apps to their iPhone and Android smartphones.

Doug Dixon is back at PMUG with a heads-up on the latest trends in electronic devices, from set-top to desktop to handheld — and to demo some fun and interesting products and apps.

About the presenter...
Douglas Dixon is an independent technology consultant, author, and speaker specializing in digital media. Previously a product manager and software developer at Intel and Sarnoff, he is the author of four books and has published hundreds of feature articles over the past decade, has presented over a hundred seminars and talks, and provides expert witness services — at his Manifest Technology Website.


February 9, 2010: Social Media and Technology's Influence on the Media
with Natali Del Conte, technology news journalist for CBS and CNET
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Natali Del Conte, technology news journalist for CBS, CNET, CNBC, MSNBC, and ABC (among other networks), will discuss social networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and technology as they pertain to news.

She will also discuss how journalists and reporters can and should use the "wisdom of the crowds" using the technological tools at their disposal.

Natali's career has spanned from old media as a newspaper reporter to new media as an online reporter for CNET. She has witnessed how the digital age and social media have transformed the media and will talk about just why it will never be the same.

About the presenter...
Visit Natali's Blog, Website, and Wikipedia page to learn more about her.

Watch and listen to Natali Del Conte on the 'net

Feed links are provided as a courtesy, and its content belongs to and is the responsibility of CBS and CNET.

January 12, 2010: Google's "Cloud Computing" Applications
with Romina Gutierrez of the Princeton Public Library
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All computer users, whether they are PC oriented or Mac-centric, should be aware of Google's "Cloud" efforts. Under this strategy, Operating Systems diminish in importance. Google gives away free replacements of traditional programs (ie. Word) whose results are stored on Google's servers or "Cloud."

Romina Gutierrez of the Princeton Public Library will cover Google's Document Platform and how multiple authors can collaborate on the same document in this way. She'll also demonstrate Picasa, Google's photo editor and organizer that permits free photo posting through the Cloud. Lastly, Romina will take a closer look at traditional programs (ie. Word) and see how the Mac & PC versions stack-up against Google.

Presentation Slides
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About the presenter...
Romina Gutierrez is the Technology Initiatives Librarian at the Princeton Public Library. She received an MA in Art History and MLIS from Rutgers University.


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