What is ClubMac?

ClubMac is for people who are interested in the Apple Mac platform. We provide an opportunity for people new to Apple computers (as well as experienced hands) to meet and to learn how to get the best out of their Mac in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

At our monthly meetings — which take place on the first Wednesday of every month between September and May — we aim to answer questions that people may have with their Mac, provide them with up-to-date news on all things Apple and inform them about those little-known but often very useful software applications.

ClubMac’s bulletin board is also a very important resource; if you’ve got a problem, post it on the bulletin board (you must register first — it’s free) and our helpful band of Apple gurus will do their best to sort you out.

ClubMac’s next meeting is November 4

ClubMac meeting; November 4, 2015
The next meeting of ClubMac will take place on Wednesday, November 4th, in Merrion Cricket Club, 53 Anglesea Road, Dublin 4, DO4 HF59 (there is off-street parking).

The doors will be open from 7.30 p.m. and the meeting will start at shortly afterwards.

New: Autumn Training Programme

We will be continuing our Autumn training programme which will be delivered by Noel Davidson of QED Training. Noel is no stranger to ClubMac and he has regularly presented at our meetings and is held in high regard by beginners and gurus alike.

The Autumn training programme is intended primarily to those new to Apple to make the most of their iPhones, iPad or Mac computers. The training will be open to non-members at a cost of €50; there will be no charge to members. Hint to non-members: taking out an annual subscription to ClubMac costs €25 for the year — saving you €25 and allowing you to avail of other offers and goodies!

The training session will be followed by our regular monthly sessions: Technical Q&A in which our technical gurus will try to answers question from the floor on a range of Mac software and hardware issues and What’s New in the World of Apple where we give a round up of all the major Apple developments that have taken place since our last meeting.

October meeting memo

The October meeting of ClubMac was held on Wednesday, October 7th, in Merrion Cricket Club.

Training session

In a wide-ranging and stimulating training session, Noel Davidson covered a number of areas relating to both Macs, iPads and iPhones including the following:

  • Removing duplicate photographs in Photo
  • Using the Notes app to store useful information (both text and visuals)
  • An overview of the new features of OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and iOS 9
  • Favourite apps such as Maze (for planning journeys) and ScanBot (for scanning documents)
  • Sharing data through iCloud
  • Using a shortcut [Command + Shift + 4] to take a screen shot of part of your screen and [Command + Shift + 3] to take a screen shot of your whole screen
  • Using a Timer movie in Keynote

Technical Q&A

Noel and some of the more experienced members of the audience dealt with some of the following queries:

  • Getting rid of duplicate entries in the Calendar App;
  • Using the Message App on the Mac to send text messages;
  • Ensuring that there is sufficient space on your Mac before upgrading to El Capitan (OS X 10.11)
  • How to turn off Wifi Assist in iOS 9

What’s New in the World of Apple

Tom Martin, Committee Member, covered the latest developments from Cupertino including the new iPhone 6s range, the new iPads (mini 4 and Pro versions), Apple TV (4th generation) and software updates.

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September meeting memo

The first meeting of ClubMac’s Autumn season was held on Wednesday, September 2, in Merrion Cricket Club.

The meeting also marked the start of ClubMac’s training programme in which Noel Davidson gave us an entertaining and illuminating presentation on the iPhone which included a review of key apps (programmes) — including one very important app on the night: how to show the iPhone’s interface on a projector screen!

Noel also demonstrated the advantages and usefulness of Apple’s iCloud facility which allows iPhone users to back up important data to the cloud. He also mentioned that because of Apple’s closed system it was not possible for iPhones to be infected by viruses or worms unless the phone had been jail-broken.

The abbreviated Technical Q&A session dealt with problems such as MacKeeper (delete and avoid at all costs!).

Tom Martin presented the What’s New in the World of Apple and focused on the announcements made at the WWDC event in June at which Apple introduced its new music streaming service, Apple Music, and gave details of the forthcoming launches of OS X 10.11 (El Captain), iOS 9 and WatchOS 2. Tom also noted that Apple will be holding a special event on September 9 at which it is expected to launch new versions of the iPhone and AppleTV.

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Autumn training programme

Noel Davidson of QED Training will be delivering ClubMac’s 2015 Autumn training programme which while aimed at beginners to the Mac platform will be relevant to all users.

Memo of recent meetings

October 2015 meeting

September 2015 meeting