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iMug—the online Macintosh User Group

iMug is where you can seek help and share knowledge with other business, educational, professional and home users. The hub of iMug is our mailing list but we also hold a variety of meetings throughout the year.

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iMug has Moved!
Meetings are now Live Streamed!

In August 2014, iMug moved to a fabulous new location at The Library at The Dock, the new Melbourne city library in The Docklands. For several months before the move, iMug experimented with providing online access to our meetings for members who cannot come to the CBD. We had live streamed several presentations, but the quality was quite limited by the upload speed available at Ross House. This new facility has a state-of-the-art presentation room with full AV capabilities and a robusti internet connection providing NBN speeds.

Next iMug Monthly Meeting—
Tuesday 23 Sept 2014

When: 6:30pm for 7:00pm - 9:15pm, Tuesday 23 Sept 2014
New Venue: The Library at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands Vic 3008, Melbourne. The Library is 50 meters from the end of Tram Lines 11 and 48. Street parking is also available. See map and directions


After the exciting start with our August meeting, iMug continues its meetings at our new venue commencing at 6:30pm. This new facility has a state-of-the-art presentation room with full AV capabilities and a robust internet connection providing NBN speeds. Join us in our new location to participate with two excellent presenters - a session for database enthusiasts and a second session for enthusiastic photographers!

Filemaker 13 - more versatile than ever: Pt 2

Presenter: Michael Ward Head Honcho, CustoMike Solutions
Member, FileMaker Business Alliance & FileMaker Technical Network FileMaker 7 - 12, Certified Developer

Earlier this year, Michael explored some of the new features of this latest version of Filemaker. However there was not time to do justice to its many features and so Michael agreed to continue at the September meeting.

If you missed this earlier meeting, you will definitely wish to join us in our new venue. If you were with us for the first session you will equally wish to hear about those aspects which were unabled to be covered!

Michael is an expert with Filemaker Pro and many of you would have heard him speak on previous versions of this favourite Mac database that have been launched over the years. With the introduction of FM13, there has been widespread discussion of the new features that have been appealing to both power users and those who just enjoy its capabilities.

These include: Favourite layout enhancements in FM Pro 13; Slide Controls; Popover buttons; The Field Picker; Styles fields, buttons, controls, backgrounds and more

Other attributes of FM13 that have drawn widespread approval include changes to Container fields; Barcode Scanning; More secure Signature scanning Metadata ie graphic in container field - attributes for dimensions, files size, resolution, file name and type; Base 64 Encoding and decoding - Binary files and more flexibility in Filemaker server.

Michael will continue his discussion on a range of these new innovations as well as other aspects which especially made an impression on him. Even if you are now a power user of FM, this well loved data base has much to offer and this is a most enjoyable way of learning more about this latest version.

Free Beer and Liberty for Photographers

Presenter: Peter Stagg Bureau of Meteorology and enthusiastic photographer

Macs and photography go together like Mac & cheese and there is lots of great software for Mac that makes that happen. Some of that software is very expensive and/or proprietary. If photography is your hobby, not your business, then it can be hard to justify high-priced applications. It can even be hard when it is. There's an alternative though. Open source software. Open source software, if you don't already know, is free software. That's free as in liberty not free as in beer but more often than not it's both.

As an avid photographer, Mac and Open Source enthusiast Peter will show you a snap-shot of what's available for the visual artist from the world of liberty and free beer. BTW he prefers free red wine rather than beer.

More about Peter... Peter Stagg is a long-time associate of iMug since his conversion to the cult of Mac circa 2006. Whilst his day job, as web developer; radar systems, at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology means his work-a-day hours are spent on Linux systems & servers. At night and on weekends he's never far from at least one Apple device. Peter has also been a keen amateur photographer for over a quarter of a century. He shoots with digital and vintage film cameras which he collects.

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