Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sunday, December 14, 2013 by Peggy Aebersold-Fetzer

1st Topic:  Folders (Mailboxes) in Mail and arranging your emails. 
  • Select the Mail Icon.
  •  Depending upon  where you left it the last time you were in Mail, the screen may open in a specifically-named Mailbox, the Inbox, or the main Mailboxes column (verify by the black text in the center of the column filling the left side of the screen).  
  • Get to "Mailboxes".    
  • Tap Edit at upper Right of the column.
  • At bottom of the resulting column, tap on New Mailbox... 
  • Type in the title of your new mailbox; Choose which Mailbox Location you want this new one in by tapping the >, then making your selection. 
  • Click Done on the keyboard, or Save at the upper Right of the column.  You now have a new mailbox.
To Move an email into the new mailbox:
  • Open the Inbox
  • Open an email
  • At the upper right of the open email, select the folder icon (between the flag and trashcan)
  • From the column on left, decide on the mailbox (represented with a folder icon) that you want this email in
  • Tap that folder (aka mailbox) and the open email swooshes into it.
2nd Topic:  Avery labels.
  • purchase a package of labels at an Office Supply Store
  • open Avery Design & Print App (download it free from the App Store if you don't have it)
  • choose Address & Shipping Labels
  • In the space under under Select Product, enter the Product (or template ) Number from the label package and click Done 
  • Highlight the label form you want out of the choices that pop up, then click Next in the upper right corner
  • Choose and highlight the label design you'd like, click Next again
  • Tap on the Name, Address to open that text box and enter your own data (Here you can change the Text type, size, color, etc.)
  • Click on the image in the label to add a different image that you select "From Avery Gallery" or your own photos "From My Device"
  • Once you've chosen an image, you can "Set as Background" to have the image fill in the label behind your text
  • When finished designing your label, tap Save; then name your project and it will be saved in your Free Avery Online account 
  • Tap Print in the upper right corner.  A PDF will be created.  Tap Open to view in Safari where you'll use the share button to email or print the label
  • (Note:  to find previously saved projects - tap the Open a Saved Project Tab when you first sign in)
Next, Sandy told us about the SnapGuide App.  It's a cool, free app that explains how to do various things with step by step instructions accompanied by detailed photos.  Topics range from A-T including Arts and Crafts, Automotive, Games & Tricks, Home, Music, Pets, Photography,Sports & Technology (to name a few).

Then Betty Davies shared how to use Pinterest.  You can simply start by scrolling and clicking through the captioned photos that are there when you open the app.  
Or you can use the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen to Search for pins of interest.  You'll be able to find almost anything - animals, architecture, automobiles, crafts, cooking videos from you tube, Home Decor, Humor, Kids, the list is endless! (and that's why it can be so addictive).   When you see an item that looks interesting, click on it to enlarge it.  Now if you tap the Pin it square, you can pin it to one of your boards.  If the item doesn't fit any of your board categories, you can create a new board by clicking the  +in a box.  Give your new board a title, description and category, then click Create.
If you simply like an item, but don't want to pin it, tap the heart symbol.  When you go to your personal page (the person icon) and click on Like, it will be there.
 The + icon will allow you to pin your own personal photos or something you've found on the web. 
 The person icon takes you to the boards you've created from items you've pinned, but will also let you create 6 Secret boards that no one can follow (in case you want to pin secret recipes, etc).
The House icon will take you back to the starting page (aka Home).

New topic:  To see which apps are hogging space - Settings/General/Usage.   Be patient and the Apps with how many GB or MB they're using will appear (in descending order).  From there you can delete any app (>, then delete app) and get it back later, but if you have put data into it - you will lose that data and it won't come back when you redownload the app.

Bob Leger then explained how a thief could access the control center of your iPad and set it to Airplane mode thus disabling the Find My iPad feature.  To prevent that, do this:  Settings/Control Center/make sure the Access on lockscreen button is NOT green.
He also pointed out the HDR (High Dynamic Range) function for the Camera on iPads above an iPad2.  If you turn it on and take 2-3 photos consecutively, it will compile the 3 better ones and come up with the best photo.
Bob also mentioned the free Shazam app.  It recognizes music which can be really helpful if you just can't remember the name of that song that is playing on the radio.

Finally, Sandy reminded us that we can just type a question about using our iPad into Google and we'll get answers!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 7, 2013 by Peggy Aebersold-Fetzer
Bob Leger shared info on Textilus  - a free Word Processor app that is compatible with Microsoft Office.  You can create documents, insert photos, drawings and charts, and can send as an email.
Next, he quickly showed us how to manage multiple emails on the iPad in the Mail App:                      Once you have the Mail App open, tap "edit" on the upper right above your emails that are stacked along the left side of the screen.  A clear circle appears  beside each email.  Tap the circles to select the emails you want, then tap the "Trash" button on the lower right (below the emails).  "Trash Message"  appears in red text within a bubble,  giving you a second chance to confirm you want to delete the email(s).   Tap that, and the selected emails swoosh into the trash can.
Then we broke up into groups based on user level experience.                                                                      Our  group  of 3s & 4s chose to go around the tables and have each person share his or her favorite (or most frequently used) App.  Surprisingly, almost every one of us shared something different and boy, did we learn a lot!  Here is a list of the  Apps shared:
Avery Design and Print (free app) - use to make your own Business Card.
Magic Jack (free app) - use to make free calls (even to Canada) but you must have access to the internet.  Another caveat - when you use magic jack to place a call, the person receiving the call will see a Florida area code, so let them know ahead of time by text or email that you will be calling if they refuse to answer unrecognized phone calls.  Also, you can't call MasterCard in Canada and/or some other toll free numbers.  Probably because of the Florida area code.
Pinterest (free app) - use to look up and save thousands of ideas.  User stated it was like having 100 magazines to browse through while her husband watches hockey.  Caution, it may be addictive! :-)
BTW, Sandy showed us how to find and use emojicons (various little symbols) to personalize events on our Calendars so we can see at a glance what we have going on each day of the month.                            i.e.:  Three things to attend in one day?  A little computer could indicate "Computer  Club";  a little cake - someone's birthday;  a Dog or Cat - Vet appointment;  etc.                                                                                 It's called the emojicon keyboard.  Go to:  Settings/General /Keyboard/Keyboards/Add New Keyboard/Swipe through the Alphabetical list of languages to Emoji.  Tap on Emoji, and that keyboard will be added.                                                                                                                                                               To access the Emojicons during regular typing, tap the World button on the keyboard (just left of the space bar).  To get back to the English keyboard, tap the world button again (now on the far left).
iPad Secrets (free app) - lite version with tons of little tips on the new ios7.4 operating system.  You can even share the tips with friends via email, facebook or twitter.
*Card Mate Pro ($2.99) or Card Mate (free app) - Card scanner & card reader by Qiwen Zhang.  Save your collection of business cards on your iPad and throw the paper ones away!
Facetime (comes on iPad) - use to talk to others with iProducts  i.e. iPhone, iPod, iPad, probably Mac computers.  (If you don't like how you look in the video view, you can turn it off).
Messages (comes on iPad) - send text messages to others  using the contacts on your iPad (not in your email programs such as Gmail).  Tap on the 'pencil in a box'  to start.  At the to: prompt, tap on the + sign to access your iPad contacts.  Type the message in the long box next to the camera icon, then send.
*Gas Buddy (free app) - use to find nearby gas stations by city, state, zip (or using current location) along with their gas prices.  Especially helpful when traveling.  Needs internet access, but can get that free at McDonalds,  Hospitals (sit in their parking lot), Fry's Food Store, Safeway,  etc.
Kindle (free app) - use to download and read books from the Library.  Also to download and read free books from eReaderNewsToday (ENT) and BookBub (both found on facebook or Google their website to sign up to have the daily selections emailed to you).
**HTRecorder ($9.99 - User originally got it free from Apps Gone Free.) She used it to record Bob 6 feet away in our noisy San Tan room as he explained an app, and the recording captured his voice well! 
Free Mapping  Apps -                                                                                                                                                    Google Maps                                                                                                                                                              Google Earth                                                                                                                                                            Maps                                                                                                                                                             **Citymaps2go ($2.99) (offline map and travel guide ) CityMaps2goLite (free app)- allows you to download 2 maps from their 7500+ map collection)                                                                                           - National Geographic World Atlas ($1.99) Not a mapping app, but an atlas - wait for it to come up on Apps Gone Free.

*If you search for a recommended app in the App Store and that app doesn't come up in the results, it may be offered only  as an iPhone app, but can be downloaded onto the iPad.  In the top row of blue text, tap the down arrow beside iPad Only , then check iPhone Only.  The App will probably now appear!
** If you missed an app being free on Apps Gone Free, try again in a month.  Sandy says they often cycle around and come up free again!  AppsGoneFree (free app) - check daily to see what apps are being offered for free on that day only.

The other smaller groups, worked on scanners, and apps with the ability to put text on them.  Reviewed settings and changing default signatures to email, worked on Contacts and the A2Z application so that you can create Groups on the iPad.  Currently the only way to create a group is on the PC or Mac.  Liked the idea of adding Emoji to Calendar to identify events visually.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Meeting Dates and Places for the iPad Users Group
December 2013 thru Feb 2014

San Tan Room
December 2013

January 2014

NOTE no meeting 2/2/2013 - Super Bowl Sunday
Could have a special session in Ocotillo Room with smaller group

NOTE We meet 1 hour earlier on Sunday Feb 23, 2014

Octotillo Room
Is available for special sessions on Sundays

Monday, September 23, 2013

Season Opener

Looks like our first official date is November 10, 2013 so look in the Activities Office to sign up.  We will be limited in how many can attend.

Also we are forming a group for notifications etc under our private network Nextdoor, if you are interested in joining and are a resident of the Park, please contact me and I will send you an invite.
Send requests via the contact address in the upper right of this blog.

Also, if you have special requests, please let Brent and I know.  And most likely we will be operating and demonstrating apps using the new iOS7 system.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sunday May 5, 2013

This was the last regular Sunday meeting for the group.  I will continue to post updates to the apps and tips, however not on a regular schedule.  Hopefully you will continue to follow the blog and send Brent and myself a note at,  from time to time to share some of the discoveries you have made over the summer.

Sunday we did an overview of Evernote Food as a companion app to Evernote.  We downloaded Evernote Food.  When it asks you to create an account DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT use your Evernote user ID and password. As a reminder, your user ID can be found by going to the home page of Evernote.  In the upper left you will see your user name, to verify, look at your account info under general settings and look at your Evernote email address, your ID is the first portion up to the period or dot.
Before downloading you might want a quick overview of what Evernote Food is and does.  For those of you who have been inputting recipes already, never fear, all will still be under the Evernote umbrella, just presented to you in a different way.

Start with the getting started video. 

After installing Evernote Food we added recipes from magazines directly into Evernote, we took photos of recipes and combined them into one note in Evernote.  The recipes, whether we put them directly into Evernote or got them from emails, the Web Clipper,photos or Evernote Food all ended up in one place.

For those of you who are always in search of good reading along with some great food information -- Every Day Food is now free

Martha Stewart Everyday Food Magazine by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc


We also took a brief look at a Grovo Training video on Boomerang for Gmail.  This may be an app we may want to explore further next season. Watch this cute overview video of Boomerang

email pet by Grovo



Monday, April 29, 2013

Another meeting with no structure, but lots of fun, laughter and knowledge sharing.  Again we all shared tips and different apps that each had discovered.

·         Went over some issues with iMessage, where some of the users new to the iPad did not know about or could not send FREE messages to other iProducts.  Reviewed settings to ensure iMessage was turned on.  For more info on iMessage go to

·         Reviewed from last week the question of how to create groups and how to send group emails.

o    First Groups within the Contacts list can only be created from your PC or Mac.  However after doing a bit of research and downloading several contact apps, the third party app that gives the best options for creating Groups was the app called

A2Z Contacts, see below for link.

Next on the issue of sending out Group emails, you can easily send emails to multiple addresses on your iPad but the mail app only allows for adding one email address at a time. This can be time consuming if you send emails to large groups or routinely send emails to the same group of people, so again you need a third party app.  Again A2Z Contacts allows you to do group emails as well as group text messages.

 A2Z Contacts - Contact Manager, Edit Groups, Send Group Emails & Text Messages by Playa Apps

·         We talked about printing from the iPad, iPhone and how you needed an AirPrint capable printer.  We also discussed benefits of getting LaserJet especially if you already have a good printer for printing photos... A link to the list of compatible printers is below.

·         While checking on my network to see if it was working and if my printer was on MY Network, I discovered an app called Fing.  It's an excellent tool to discover network devices, scan services and analyze hosts.  If you are not sure if your printer is on your network, this is a good way to check.  Originally I could not print.  After installing this app I discovered my printer was on its own network, not mine.

·         Did a short review of Evernote with some who missed earlier sessions, on sending emails directly into Evernote

·         Reviewed Find my Friends and the benefits of having friends and family aware that you arrived at your destination safely.

·         When you get access to a WiFi printer, two good apps to get are Avery

Design & Print by Avery Dennison Office & Consumer Products

·        Finally a discussion was started on making free phone calls within the US and Canada from our iPads.  This is especially useful if you have limited minutes or people you wish to call do not have an iPhone or iPad or live in Canada. We were introduced to Magic Jack (an iPhone app) that works on the both.  You do have to sign up for an account, but afterwards it will work on both the iPhone and the iPad.

·         FREE Calls with magicJack by magicJack

Next week we are going to work on inputting recipes and magazine articles into Evernote and introduce everyone to Evernote Food and who knows what else will be introduced or discovered.

  Yes are going to still meet again next Sunday.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sunday April 21, 2013

This meeting had no structure, but we sure covered a lot of ground.  We all shared tips and different apps that each had discovered.

·         Went over iBooks and how to download some great FREE exercise video books from the Store, how you can use the Collections tab to download PDF files like the Palm Creek Happenings, Manuals, Restaurant Menus and put them into a Collections folder.

·         We discussed how to use the Contacts with Emoji to identify different groups of people.  We also discovered we can view Groups within the Contacts app on the iPad, however they must be created and set up on either the Mac or PC.

·         I did a demo on how to transfer Photos to your PC or Mac so you could work in Picasa or transfer them to another media for backup, either an external drive, thumb drive, or CD.  The app we used was Wireless Transfer App which must be present on your PC or Mac as well as the iPad and iPhone so that you can transfer between them.  Note when downloading an app, be sure to download it on the iPad because it will automatically also go to the iPhone.  If you do the iPhone first you will have to go to the iPad and download it again.  Sometimes there is an extra charge for that.

·         We discovered a free leaning app called Grovo where you can select different products which you will be directed to for some short video training.  One such video on Evernote demonstrated how to use the Evernote camera app to take multiple pictures of something and they will all be placed into one note, saving you the aggravation of consolidating later.  This would out great for those magazines you want to get rid of, but want to save an article.

·         Showed how to drag and drop email addressee names down into the cc or bcc line without having to retype them.
We are going to meet again next Sunday for another one of these great sharing sessions.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunday  - April 14, 2013

We installed Evernote Web Clipper to individual iPads.  The Web Clipper is usually installed on the PC or Mac, but having it on the iPad is just great.  If you are technically advanced, I will send you the instructions, it is a onetime install, but involves several steps including cut and paste.  Send a note to us via the Contact Information email address.
Showed how you can research something on the web via Safari, like a special purchase, recipes, woodworking, quilting, sewing etc etc.  Once the page you want comes up and you wish to save it into Evernote , select the Evernote Web Clipper an you can put it in the Notebook where you can have access to it quickly in the future.

We also reviewed sending email directly into Evernote, but now we can put it in the proper folder with the proper tag.  See Tip of the Week for the proper Syntax.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 7, 2013

Sunday Brent answered lots general questions.

·         Demo of slide show from Picture Frame with music from Bluetooth enabled speaker.

·         Covered iCloud from Cheryl so played good basic tutorial the Mac group used Tues. (macmost).

·         Aviary Photo Editor demo on Titles & Stickies, although Zitrr Camera (Primarily iPhone App)  maybe more complete.

·         Went through Contacts, adding Birthdays & Pics so the next time you review that contact next season you will know or remember who it is.

·         Went over FaceTime & Messages (how do you enter ph. #- I went online very confusing answer - maybe just use email)  See Information and Tips on FaceTime

·         CoPilot Live

After reviews fielded individual questions..

Monday, April 1, 2013

Several people have asked what would be a good book to get when starting out with a new iPad.

Check out the link for Guide Review and hopefully this will help you.

If you have any questions, use the Contact button.


See you next Sunday

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Viola - 3D Maps
This Sunday  Brent Shirley focused on Photos and Camera.  The default iPad Camera app was compared to the Camera+ apps ($.99) which allows you a zoom option, stabilizing feature, 30 second timer, a burst option for a faster shutter speed, and exposure are among some of the neat features of this app.  It also has a menu where you can change many of the settings and auto save to lightbox (a buffered holding area for pics ) until you really want to save them.
Also went over Panorama+ apps ($.99) again.  A Panorama option comes with the iPhone 4S, but to get the same option on the iPad you need to purchase or download an app that does that for you.
Another neat photo app Brent went over was Text on Photo app ($.99) but was free today on the Apps Gone Free site that is recommended by the Users Group and needs to be checked on a daily basis for some great opportunities. Also a fun app that Brent showed was adding cute features to current photos, this free app is called Photo Editor by Aviary, however you only get a limited amount of free stickers the rest you can purchase different categories for $.99 ea (not such a great bargain).

Sandy also mentioned an app that allows you to take still photos extracted from video to capture those special moments to get a great picture when everyone or everything is moving.  This app Video 2 Photo is now $1.99 but was available for FREE on March 21 via  Apps Gone Free.

Next he went over some of the neat stuff you can do with default Maps app that comes with the iPad. by turning on  the 3D mapping function that comes with Maps  (after opening, go to lower left corner and select 3D, also flip the page by going to the lower right hand corner where the page is dog-eared and select and chose Hybrid).  Select a city and zoom in to all the 3D effects of the large cities with tall buildings.

Also Sandy mentioned was an alternative to buying a handheld GPS unit versus installing one of the apps like Magellan Roadmate Tom Tom, or Garmin.  USA or North American versions.  Links to these apps can be found under LINKS TO USER APPS – Mapping Suggestions

Brent also did a review of some Safari settings, how to set auto fill so you don’t have to fill in all the information on a request, but you must add your own contact information into your contact list.  Also if you want to check out what other tabs you have open on other devices, you need to turn on the iCloud function in Safari.  This is done by going into Settings, iCloud, and turning Safari to the on position.  When you go back to Safari, a cloud will appear in the title bar.  If you select it, it will show you other tabs you have open in Safari on your other devices.


Don’t forget to check the Tip of the Week.  along with the App of the week

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013
This Sunday Sandy Morin did another presentation on Evernote.  We reviewed the Evernote from last week by replaying the Video/Audio lesson on why you should set up Notebooks and a bit of a strategy on the subjects contained within a Notebook by Dr. Brad Semp the founder of and creator and host of the Busyness TV show.
Next we viewed the Video/Audio lesson by Dr. Semp on Developing a Tagging Strategy in Evernote.
We then reviewed some of the things we looked at last week.  We created a note, went over some of the ways to capture information and place into Evernote.  These are just a few: 
  • Create a Note, Scan a Document, adding a Picture, Email Content, Record an Audio Note, Cut and Paste.  These are only a few.  We will be doing Web Clipping and how to Print from Evernote in upcoming weeks.
We revisited some of the settings so you can see how much of the 60 MB monthly allotment you have used and when it gets renewed (days) within Evernote. Also a review of how to use your Evernote Upload email address so that you can send emails to your Evernote account and then put them into Notebooks.
Next week Brent will return and hopefully we can go into some fun stuff with pictures or other things Brent may want to tell us about.  Also, as I did this past week, I can stay a bit and help those with Evernote or other issues after class.
Also as a reminder, we have already collected 26 names of those of you who are interested in coming back to our classes and user group meetings for the 2013-2014.  If you have not signed up . Please do so as there will be a wait list as soon as the room fills up.  Those people whose names are on the list are considered in line.
Also I would like to introduce a special Tip of the Week .  Check out along with the App of the week