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February 13th, 2014 IPCUG Meeting Minutes

Minutes by Laura, Secretary

Meeting started at 6:40pm by Gregg, Program Chair

There were 21 members and 3 visitors in attendance.

Announcements:

  • “Meeting after the meeting” at Denny’s
  • IPCUG Board Meeting at Elmer’s, Thursday February 27th, 7:00pm
  • No-host breakfast at Golden Corral, Saturday February 15th, 9:00am
  • Linux User’s Group at the Boise Public Library in the Gate’s lab, tentatively Wednesday March 5th, 6:30pm
  • Annual pizza party at Chicago Connection Saturday, April 12th at 11:30am.
  • Links at the bottom of the IPCUG website to follow IPCUG on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
  • A non-board member will draw further raffles but all members are able to participate.
  • The raffle for the Chrome Cast will be taking place in the upcoming months. Tickets are $1/ticket or $5/6 tickets. Tickets can be purchased from Brian.
  • The club is looking for a new logo/design for the IPCUG website. Each submission will receive a ticket towards the next raffle.
  • The board is discussing changing to an online newsletter, which would be more cost-effective, will provide more information/articles, the capability of videos, and has the potential to reach more people. There will be more information announced at the next meeting.

Question & Answer Session

  • Q: Inability to access “accounts” directly while using Firefox.

A: Security settings may have been changed on the Firefox-side. Make sure your settings are clearing your cache every time you close the browser.

  • Q: Inability to get into LastPass

A: Use “I forgot my password” option, in which LastPass will e-mail your master password to you. Go to www.LastPass.com to do this.

  • Q: I am having trouble running the Microsoft Office 365 program when I don’t have a Microsoft account.

A: You can’t access it without having a Microsoft account, because the files are being stored on their SkyDrive.

  • Q: I converted to Windows 8.1 and although I can see the printer, it won’t connect to it to print.

A: Make sure the printer is not in offline mode. You could also click “remove device” because the IP address may have been changed when you installed 8.1.

  • Q: I am having trouble burning a disc image in Windows 8.1

A: Right-click on the image and choose “burn image.”

Presentation: Guest Speaker Ken McConnell with Plume Creator

  • Plume Creator is an open source writing tool for Linux.
  • Publishing today: there are traditional publishers, small presses, independent writers, and hybrid authors.
  • The writing process includes the idea, the outline, writing, editing, proofing, making an e-book, and then making a paperback.
  • Plume Creator was designed on Linux, but it will also work on Windows or Mac.
  • Plume Creator utilizes the IDE (Integrated Developer Environment) UI (user interface)
  • In Plume Creator, each scene is a text file, it tracks your progress, keeps track of characters, locations, and objects, has full-screen mode, and exports to standard formats.
  • For Ken’s editing stage, he exports the manuscript to Libre Office Writer, whose editing features mirror Word. The book stays in Writer until all editing and proofing is done. Plume Creator 2.0 update will include editing, however.
  • Ken also uses Sigil, which is an e-book creation program in which he can cut and paste each chapter into a new e-book page. This will save into a form that can be read on the Kindle, Nook, laptop, etc.
  • Scribus is a program that creates a PDF that shows you exactly what the book will look like before you send it off for printing.
  • Gimp is a Photoshop tool for Linux which Ken uses to edit the images on the book cover.
  • Inkscape is a Vector drawing program, which resizes the images
  • Ken then did a demonstration, showing how to use Plume Creator, and also shared some tips and some of the challenges of being a writer.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:52pm. Next meeting will be March 13th, 2014 at 6:30pm.

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