This next month's great meeting topics is "General Questions". The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Kennedy Hall at IC School, 1208 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City. Please bring your friends who are Mac or iOS users to our meetings.
For me, this has been a busy time of year, between going to weddings and doing Spring yard care. I have helped my son buy a car, changed locks on a few apartment doors, and built my wife raised beds to grow fresh veggies. I did sneak in a few flights with my quadcopter, but not near as much as I like. Most years by now, I have un-winterized the boat, but this year all I have managed time for is cleaning out the dock locker.
At our May meeting, we were able to see the creative work from our members with the Apple Video Contest Results. Congratulations to Shubha Miller for "Best Use of Stills", Dan Walsh for "Best Motion”, and Janet Gallaher for "Best Edit". Each won a $15 iTunes Gift Card for their entertaining efforts. Thanks also to other submissions which were also fun to watch.
Donna Deitz shared information about her business "Click to Sell” telling us about the ins-and-outs of using eBay for national buying and selling. Tom Piper shared some of the details you need to know when using CraigsList for local buying and selling.
The following people won door prizes at the May meeting:
Paul VanHorn - iTunes Card
Julie Smith - Flashlight Bonnie Culley - T-Shirt
Dan Walsh- Water Bottle
Carol Van Vranken- Book
Shubha Miller- Reusable Bag Joe Mertzlufft - Nerf Football
Our upcoming June 7, 2016, meeting is the Annual appleJAC Picnic (see agenda below) with directions and map. I am looking forward to seeing members, families and friends at this event to be held at the Cole County Park Pavilion, 4301 County Park Rd in Jefferson City. A month later, we are planning a program featuring “Scanners: Flat-top, Feeder, Portable, iPhone" for July 5.
You should have received an email with instructions to RSVP, and tell us the side dish you are bringing. We start the Picnic at 6:00PM with limited parking near the shelter, so arrive early, if you need that. I encourage those that can to drop off your stuff first, then park on the lower lot to allow room for those needing the spaces on the top of the hill.
If there is something you would like to share with the group at any of our meetings, we would be happy to give you 20-30 minutes to show off how you use your Apple device. New information is always welcome from all members.
Continue to visit our website for more updates and fresh information.
Composing and editing text has been a fundamental computer tool since I got my first Apple ][ in 1979. The evolution of this software has been awesome with all of the advances and powerful tools now available, including from a real veteran.
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.4 feels like home with support for Mac OS X autosave, document versioning, and iCloud. These tools are right wherever you want them, while I can customize which palettes are seen and when. I can also assign any keyboard shortcut to any menu, and add any menu to the toolbar, which mean I’m in control. This is a tool that can fit the needs of anyone from a burgeoning college student to a serious book writer.
As I commenced the review of this legacy word processor, I am reminded that it was first introduced in 1989. At that time, Nisus Writer was the first word processor for Macintosh which was able to handle multiple type systems within one document, e.g. Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, etc., thanks to WorldScript. In the last 27 years, this software has ramped up through a number of iterations, now resulting in the powerful Express and Pro editions.
To familiarize myself with its opportunities and features, I downloaded the 553-page PDF version of the Nisus Writer Pro User Guide. This exhaustive resource immediately illustrated the incredible power and versatility of this tool, and helped me to understand why it is known to be as simple to use as Apple’s Pages, but more feature-rich and elegant than Microsoft’s Word. Quite honestly, it was a humbling realization!
After going through all the features, then looking to see what others said, I could see that I couldn’t do better than reviews written by the incredibly-talented Joe Kissell (macworld.com/nisus-writer), and inspirational Abram K-J (abramkj.com/nisus-writer) with a nice tip-of-the-hat to my state’s Kansas City Royals. Even more improvements and features have been added, but they have captured the flavor and aroma that I admire in this great product.
It is really impressive how easy it was to just start writing. With the handy retractable tool sidebar, I was able to quickly drop in new tables and shapes with a mere click, then modify color, size, outline and more without searching for tools. I can also choose moveable tool palettes or drop-down tool menus -- versatile control everywhere I look, placed in common-sense locations for easy and quick access. It is so convenient to have spell and thesaurus tools immediately available.
I could go on-and-on for many more paragraphs, but you can learn more at nisus.com/pro. The website has very unique context-specific tool and feature descriptions that make learning fun. You can try-before-you-buy with a 15-day trial.
The regular price for Nisus Writer Pro is $79.00 (US). Using the Apple user group coupon code below gives members 25% off, making the price only $59.25. Get Writer Pro at nisus.com/store and use the discount coupon code “MUG”. This is a limited-time worldwide offer valid through July 31, 2016, for a wonderful and rewarding product.
HomeKit technology now provides advanced security with end-to-end encryption and authentication between a variety of related devices and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. At CES 2016 I reconnected with Elgato who has a nice range of such excellent devices.
Eve Energy from Elgato is an electrical switch and power meter that helps me to live smarter by knowing more about my home power consumption. It allows me to switch my devices on or off using Siri or with a simple tap, and instantly see how much energy my devices are using. I use my iPhone 6s plus to see my energy consumption at a glance.
Setup is so easy ... after opening the box, the simple instructions describe how the Elgato Eve app should first be downloaded from the Apple App Store, then plug the Eve Energy unit in a wall socket. Using the new Eve app, just select Add Accessory which will “see” the new unit, after which I was able to customize the titling for future reference. Eve connects directly to any iDevice using Bluetooth 4.0 Smart technology, without complicated WiFi setup or the need for a hub, gateway or bridge.
Once operational, I can use Siri on my iPhone (or iPad, or iPod touch) to control the devices connected to Eve Energy with just my voice. I was able to give custom names to my devices, combine them into groups, and create scenes to control multiple home settings in just one step (if I had multiple units). There is also a button on the unit to manually turn a device on/off. Even better, I can now control Eve Energy when I’m away away from home. Since I already have an Apple TV, my iPhone now can remotely turn devices on and off, launch my favorite scene, or check the status of my home at a glance.
Not only is it nice to be able to see my energy consumption at a glance, but I can also view beautiful graphs by day, month or year. This allows me to gain insights that help me improve my comfort, and make my home a smarter place. It is a great companion to my Eve Room (see more below) and Avea mood lamp.
Eve requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9.1 or later. HomeKit requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8.1 or later. Controlling HomeKit-enabled accessories away from home requires an Apple TV (3rd generation or later) with Apple TV software 7.0 or later and an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8.1 or later (iPad 2 is not supported).
This unit is a great buy at only $49.95, available at elgato.com/eve-energy. Eve Energy is part of a growing family of products including Eve Room (wireless indoor air quality, temperature and humidity sensor, $79.95), Eve Door & Window (wireless contact sensor, $39.95), and Eve Thermo (thermostatic radiator valve, not currently available in US). I’ve used Elgato products for decades, and find them economical, reliable and very useful.