AGM & Monthly Meeting Notes March 2011

Saturday, 12th March, 2011 – 14:28 by Pete Smith

DATE: 1 March, 2011
LOCATION: FutureSphere, Level 1 Building L; Christ Church Grammar School, Queenslea Drive, Claremont.
DURATION: 7.30 – 9.00pm
Meeting Programme: AGM   &   Vector Graphics.

Annual General Meeting Notes

The Annual General Meeting of the WAMUG was held at 7.30 where the ‘new’ committee was elected. Peter Hinchliffe was nominated for President and elected unopposed. All previous committee members volunteered to stand again and were again elected in.

Carlo Margio (known on the list as cm or Carlo) also volunteered and was voted in unanimously by the members present.

The President warmly welcomed Carlo to the committee and we look forward to his contributions.

There being no other business, the AGM was closed and then we all boxed on with the monthly meeting.

Meeting Notes

The meeting started off with the usual Q&A and some Apple news. We were told that the coming Lion OS would be dropping Rosetta and that the server version would just be part of Lion. If people still need Rosetta, it was suggested that Snow Leopard could still be kept as a dual boot so if you need to use Rosetta, boot up in SL, otherwise boot the Lion and you’re off and running! We were also told about Thunderbolt which looks like it can/may/will[?] replace firewire, USB, etc. It can daisy-chain up to six devices and is 10 times the speed of firewire.

We also discussed the starting time of future meetings and the meeting decided to start future meetings a half an hour earlier at 7pm. This was because of the tight finishing and packing up time before security kicked in with alarming results.

There weren’t many questions so we all grabbed a cuppa and a biscuit or two and settled down to hear PH tell us about Vector Graphics.

Peter showed us the difference between a Raster pixel circle and a circle drawn using Vector. The raster version showed quite ragged edges as we zoomed in whilst the vector version still remained quite rounded as the resolution changed. It is very easy to change the size and position of vector graphics whereas with raster ones you can’t change the size. I was interested to find out that Photoshop is raster art and Adobe Illustrator is vector art.

Every shape in vector is an object and as such has its own properties. Peter then went on to show us a whole lot of advantages with vector art including drawing a path, or a number of paths linking back to the start, and then grabbing different parts (an individual path) and twisting the shape like a drunken wobble. It reminded me of younger days as a diagram of a walking path to the pub and then the ‘same path’ home. Not me of course!!!

Anyway, PH also showed about writing text on a vector curve and how easy it was to put the text inside or outside, etc, and I learnt that True Type fonts are vector art.

PH talked about a simple, yet fantastic app called EasyDraw from the app store. Unfortunately, he was unable to demonstrate it due to technical difficulties. Hopefully, he’ll be able to demonstrate it at the April meeting. EasyDraw is available from the app store at $22.99 and is 32.9mb.

Other programs mentioned were:

Intaglio – $47.99 and 7.9mb on the app store. It’s like an AppleWorks interface;

Inkscape – a free program. A bit clunky and needs X11 (in Utilities) to run. It comes in versions for Leopard and Snow Leopard. (Editorial Note: the web site has a development version Mac OS X package so it will be interesting to see X11 will be required in the future versions. Just a thought.)

Sketchbook Express from Autodesk was also mentioned but, although free, their website describes it as a “value-add software download with purchased hardware”.

An interesting question that came up during the talk on vector graphics was the difference between “bring forward” and “bring to front”. The first thing that was covered was that we were dealing within one layer. Daniel K came up with a very simple yet brilliant example. A row or queue of people. To ‘bring [a person] forward’, they would take one step and be in front of one other person – to ‘bring [a person] to front’ they would jump the queue and stand first. So simple yet so brilliant. An easy visual representation: especially with DK running up and down the chairs demonstrating at the same time!!!

TooRoo for now. See you at the next meeting.


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