2014 MacMAD Election results:
- President – JR Staal
- Vice President – Jamie Cox
- Treasurer – Eric Emerick
- Secretary – Dennis Crowley
- iOS 7.1 is out and working well for folks
- Microsoft One Note is now free on the app stores (Mac and iOS)
- press fn key twice quickly to open dictation on Mavericks – uses on-line speech to text (and yes, my (older) USB keyboard has NO fn key.)
Dan Wadler presented on Free Software
He showed us some perhaps lesser-known Mac freeware. All links current as of March 2014.
www.macupdate.com – a good place to look for software if you don’t know what apps are out there
Libre Office – A free office suite including Word processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Drawing and Database applications.
Stellarium – Cross-platform Planetarium software – see the stars and planets from your location and time – with modules and plug-ins. Yes, there’s an exoplanets plug-in.
Celestia – Real-time 3D visualization of space
Tide Widget – tide forecasts for your location – in a Dashboard widget
Album Artwork Assistant – Helps find Cover Artwork for iTunes
VLC Media Player – plays video in a great variety of digital formats
MacTubes – Play and download YouTube videos
MacTracker – detailed specifications for everything Apple Computer ever made
The Unarchiver – quick and easy app to open many different archive file types: zip, Tar etc.
Free Browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Dolphin (iOS), Mercury (iOS), Omniweb
Free Cloud Storage sites: Dropbox, Copy and Box.
Calibre – eBook manager
Sophos – Free Antivirus. Also, ClamX AV free antivirus.
Chess Knight – not overly tough computer chess game
Free Password managers: KeePass and LastPass.