At our meeting on Friday 21st August we talked about the Apple news from the past few weeks and got some tips on taking screenshots in web browsers.
App Development Update
DaveK gave us an update on the app he’s currently developing and got member’s feedback on his progress. The Zenopolis website has information about Dave’s current apps.
Web Browser Screenshots
Robert demonstrated some methods of taking screenshots of complete web pages (not just the portion that is visible). He mentioned that this can be useful for keeping a record of a form you’ve filled in or when developing web pages. This can be done in different ways depending on the browser you use:
Firefox has a handy built in “Take a Screenshot” tool. Select it from the Page actions menu, click the Save full page option at the top right and then click Download to save the image. Firefox have a help page on screenshots.
In Safari you can use an option in the Developer tools to take full page screenshots. This article explains how to enable to developer tools and take screenshots.
Chrome also has an option in its developer tools.
BrowseShot is a simple app which allows you to browse to a website and save a full page screenshot. It is free on the Mac App Store.
Tip: in all cases scrolling down to the end of the page before saving a screenshot makes it more likely all the images will be included.
We discussed the Apple news from the last few weeks including:
- The newly upgraded 27 inch iMac.
- Mac laptops running 10.15.5 or later might show “Not Charging” due to new battery health management features.
- Initial benchmarks of Apple Silicon developer kits show very good performance.
- Epic Games (developers of Fortnite) starting a battle with Apple over App Store charges and rules. DaveK pointed out the detailed discussion in Gowtham Venkatesan’s article Epic Games Is Pretending to Be the Poor Little David to Apple’s Goliath on Medium.
- DaveK noted that some software may not yet be compatible with the recently released macOS Big Sur public beta. For example, Rogue Ameoba have a page outlining the current compatibility of their products.
- Denesh suggested that, if you have a business and are buying products directly from Apple, it’s worth setting up a Business account with your local Apple Store as there are various benefits including discounts available.
- Denesh also recommended the music track Bol Hu by Soch the Band featuring Hadiya Hashmi
- DaveK recommended the drummer Nandi Bushell, here’s a sample tweeted video.
- DaveK also recommended the 1961 film “The Day the Earth Caught Fire”, which is available to stream free from Archive.org.
- Robert pointed out the BBC’s trial of “orchestrated audio”, immersive audio using multiple devices.