Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Workshop: iPad Beyond Basics - Friday 5 June, 2015, 10.00 am - 12 noon

When : Friday 5 June, 2015 10.00 am - 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: iTune Apps­­

There are over 1.4 million apps available in the AppStore. 

Apps are now routinely used daily on the go by users who have access to iPhones and iPads for work, leisure, social networking and entertainment. 

The real challenge for the mobile device user is to fight through the thicket of apps to pick the appropriate ones without being overwhelmed by the avalanche. 

Come and hear Peter Chik share his extensive use of some useful but easy to use apps to :

• Create group emails
• Create slide shows and videos with music and transitions.
• Create photo collages 
• OCR snippets of a newspaper clipping with multilingual translation.
• Scan and convert a document or photo to PDF
• Annotate, reorganise and sign a PDF document
• Create a spreadsheet, a Word document and publish an electronic book.
• Easily create a quick PowerPoint presentation 
• Organise a searchable photo database
• Create a mind map for a project with embedded PDF and office documents. 
• Direct capture business card details into your contacts database. 
• Wireless transfer photos from one mobile device to another. 

Because of time constraint about twenty apps will be demonstrated. 
Details of apps shown will be made available to all attendees at the conclusion of the workshop. 

To assist in maximising value for our iPad attendees, please email Peter Moon with particulars of any topic of interest that you would like the lecture to include.

The investment is $5 payable at the door. Correct change please

As the workshop is limited to 20 individuals, please register ASAP with Peter Moon.

Digicam (digital camera) Special Interest Group, Friday 12 June, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When : Friday 12 June, 2015

Where: Anvil House, Level 1 Room 2

What: How to take Pictures like a Photo Ninja on your Smartphone or Tablet

Camera are now universally embedded in mobile devices. They changes the whole nature of traditional photography using the SLRs and compact digital cameras.

Smart phones and mobile tablets now come with powerful operating systems and apps to augment the functionalities of the built in camera hardware.

This workshop will focus on the following :

1) Features of smartphone/tablet camera

Megapixels  Digital zoom  Panoramic auto stitch  Lomo  Slomo  Video HD  Time lapse

2) Photos and video apps

Apps for image and video enhancement and manipulation. These apps are adequate for average users without doing the heavy lifting with the use of Photoshop on PC

Some apps demonstrated include the following :

1. Collages eg Perfect Image
2. ixlr - image overlay, text on image , frame
3. Touch, retouch - clone, erase
4. PhotoTouch ( scaled down version of Photoshop)
5. Photogene 4
6. Camera +
7. Intro Designer ( video templates )
8. TitleFx
9. ImageChef ( image templates)
10. PhotoFunia
11. PicPlayPost ( mix videos and photos in a collage)
12. GoPix ( 15 seconds video creation from photos)
13. SuperSlo ( apply slow motion to videos)
14. FaceShift
15. FaceOver ( image cut and paste and interchange)
16. PhotoManager Pro ( wifi transfer, tags )
17. Photo slideshow director Pro
18. Workflow - produce PDF from images automatically.
19. Autostitch - stitch image horizontal for panorama
20. Stitch it - stitch images vertically

Because of time constraint about twenty apps will be demonstrated. Details of apps shown will be made available to all attendees at the conclusion of the workshop.

To assist in maximising value for our Digicam attendees, please email Peter Moon with particulars of any topic of interest that you would like the lecture to include.

Please Note: This presentation is FREE to all our members.

As the workshop is limited to 20 individuals please register ASAP with Peter Moon.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to convert your favourite LPs to CD and other digital files, Tuesday 26 May, 10.00 am - 12 noon

When: Tuesday 26  May, 10.00 am - 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: The workshop will take you through the equipment and software needed to enable you to save and play your LPs (and other vinyl records), tapes and cassettes to digital form.
You may then play these through your:
Surround sound or stereo equipment
Car CD player
MP3 player, iPod, iPad, Tablet, or
On your computer

Once you have loaded your (free) software onto your computer and set it up for your sound card (we show you how :-), you may edit out most unwanted ‘noises’, and organise your music to suit you.

The cost of the workshop is $5 payable at the door.

Please register with Ray Heenan at Please wear a name tag.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Apple Mac Computer User Group Meeting – Monday 25 May 2015 - 10.00 am – 12 noon

When: Monday 25 May 2015, 10.00 am – 12 noon

Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What:  This month we will be looking at Installing and removing Software.
Reminding you that this is a forum where you can
  • Share your knowledge and experiences with other Apple Mac Computer users.
  • Ask questions, help with answers, exchange experiences and listen to or provide some helpful hints.
Are you new to Mac? Thinking of purchasing an Apple Mac?  Come along observe and even ask questions. 
It is an opportunity to learn, to expand your knowledge and skills on Apple Mac by sharing the know-how of other members.

This meeting is free to all members.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Short Course – 2042 Hands-on Introduction to iPads and iOS Part 3 - Thursday May 28 2015, 12:00 noon – 2.00 pm

When: Thursday May 28 2015, 12:00 noon – 2.00 pm
Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 11

What: This is the continuation of the practical hands-on course of getting to know the iPad and the iOS that drives it, and continues on from Parts 1 and 2

What you will learn
  1. How to manage your iPad via iTunes on a PC – bring your laptop if you have one
  2. Locate a misplaced/lost  iPad.
  3. Use the Safari browser to access newspapers of the World – need a Wellington Library Card
  4. Add media (Photos, Video) to an email message
  5. Add an Event in the Calendar app
  6. Use the various features of the Clock.
  7. Make video calls using FaceTime
  8. Use iMessage to send text messages
  9. Use the Map app
Hands-on Classes will be limited to 7 so please register ASAP with Allan Chee at

If registration numbers exceed 7, then a wait list will be created and you will be advised by email when the next course will be conducted

Cost for the class is $10, payable on the day.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Digicam (digital camera) Special Interest Group, Wednesday May 20, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Wednesday May 20, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: This session will be a demonstration/discussion on sharing our images with family and others, by attaching to gmail, and by other  methods.

Ray Heenan will also discuss:
  • sorting, 
  • preparing 
  • resizing and perhaps
  • renaming
images before sharing.

There will be time for other questions and answers.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Question &Answers Meeting, (Q&A) Thursday 21 May, 2015, 10.00 am -- 11.45 am.

When: Thursday 21 May,  2015,  10.00 am  - 11.45 am.    

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room  2

What: This is an opportunity to learn and share with everyone welcome,  especially new SeniorNet members so don’t be shy come along and also meet up with other members.

No question is too outlandish or too elementary, all could lead to an answer.  The only 'silly' question is the one that is not asked.

This is also an opportunity to share with other Seniornet members any hints or tips that can make computing easier and/or more interesting.

Some activity at the last meeting included :

Members were requested to participate in the very important evaluation of learning activities using the internet link.

A warning given of a fake website purporting to be Adware Cleaner related.

Questions and discussions took place about disabling "ads" on Google.

Snipping Tools, and the benefits of them were also discussed.

An enquiry prompted by a previous discussion about C-Cleaner resulted in a discussion and advice that Adware Cleaner ( aka ADW Cleaner) is a strongly endorsed programme and that a free version was available from ToolsLib.

Other questions asked were also dealt with by some of the more experienced members who were in attendance.

Lionel looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible.   Free to all members.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Android Devices Meeting, Tuesday 19 May 2015: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 19 May 2015: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Q & A format.

Facilitator: Graeme Munro

Are you having problems with your Android device or just interested in learning more about it? If so, you are welcome to come along & ask questions.

Don't be shy. These sessions are specifically designed to help the beginner. Come and ask your questions so that we can help you get the most out of your phone or tablet. Even if you don’t have any questions yourself, still please come along as you may have the answer to someone else’s question.

If there is time, we may be able to give you individual help with your Android device.
These sessions are free for members. No registration is required.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hands-on Workshop using Gmail , Wednesday 13 & 20 May, 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm​,

When: Wednesday 13 & 20 May, 12.30 pm -2.30 pm

 Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Rooms 11 & 12

What:  The purpose of this hands-on course is to set up an email account using the free web-based email programme Gmail and explore the extra services this email programme offers

The only prerequisites are:
  • a basic knowledge of using a mouse or touch pad
  • access to a computer with a broadband connection
The course covers two days and the investment is $20 payable on the first day.

Learning Objectives

You will learn:
  • how to set up an email account 
  • where to find tools and adjust programme settings to suit individual taste
  • ways to send, receive and forward emails
  • using an address book and transferring addresses from another email programme
  • filing emails and creating new folders
  • sending and opening an attachment
  • including pictures in emails
  • saving pictures to your computer
  • setting up a calendar
  • saving files, pictures, etc to the web.
  • using social sites
Contact Ngaire Jackson, ph:389 2629 or email

Privacy Week to promote information security, 3 - 9 May 2015 - press release

3 MAY, 2015

Privacy Week to promote information security

Justice Minister Amy Adams says Privacy Week 2015 is a reminder to people about the importance of keeping personal information secure.

Privacy Week begins today and is an annual Asia Pacific initiative to promote awareness of privacy issues.

“In this digital age we need to be ever vigilant about the information we provide about ourselves to others and what is done with that information,” says Ms Adams.

Ms Adams said often the best protection of privacy was the steps we take ourselves such as having and regularly updating passwords on phones and computers.

“Some recent reports have found that while 83 per cent of New Zealanders have experienced a cyber-security breach, only 39 per cent changed their online behaviour as a result,” says Ms Adams.

“A further 40 per cent of New Zealanders never or hardly ever change passwords, and 43 per cent do so only occasionally while only 66 per cent of us secure our personal smartphone with a password. Only half secure their work smartphone.”

Ms Adams said Privacy Week was also a good opportunity for agencies, organisations and businesses to think about how they looked after people’s personal information.

“With huge growth in recent years in collecting, compiling, analysing and disseminating personal information, it’s vital customers and staff understand clearly the rules about using and storing personal information,” says Ms Adams.

Top five privacy tips

  • Think before you give out personal information, and check what it will be used for.
  • Help keep your kids safe online by encouraging them to talk to you about what they're doing.
  • Limit your risk when buying online. Have a separate, low-limit credit card.
  • Make sure you've got up-to-date safety software on your computer, especially if you're doing banking online.
  • Change your passwords regularly.

More information about privacy and events during Privacy Week can be found at: