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General Discussion / Re: True Image 2017 New Generation
« Last post by Alan Raul on January 23, 2017, 10:03:28 AM »
Personally the extra benefits do not benefit my computing needs. If the additional features are of value to you, then it is money well spent.
General Discussion / Microsoft is begging you to ditch Windows 7 for Windows 10
« Last post by DougD on January 20, 2017, 06:20:42 AM »
Microsoft is begging you to ditch Windows 7 for Windows 10
General Discussion / True Image 2017 New Generation
« Last post by rsutter on January 19, 2017, 06:41:11 PM »
Hello All,

I currently have 5 licenses for Acronis True Image 2017.  Today, I received an offer from Acronis to upgrade these 5 licenses to their new product, True Image 2017 New Generation.  This would normally cost $159.  However, with the good-looking retired Spanish Teacher discount, I could update all licenses to True Image New Generation Premium for $9.99

Here's a link that compares current True Image products

I invite your comments.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Your new PC needs these 15 free, excellent programs
« Last post by DougD on January 12, 2017, 07:00:35 AM »
General Discussion / How to Move Programs Between Drives in Windows 10
« Last post by DougD on January 12, 2017, 06:43:11 AM »
This might come in handy and reduce the size of your OS partition's installed programs.
General Discussion / Notes from the Photo Group Meeting of 01/08/17
« Last post by rsutter on January 09, 2017, 02:13:25 PM »
Here are my notes from the Photography Group meeting of 01/08/17

TOPIC: Using Layers in Photo Editing.
The topic for the January 8th 2017 meeting was Using Layers in Photo Editing. The meeting opened by calling attention to tutorials on Layers that have been added recently to the Links page,

Afterwards those present took turns showing images enhanced using layers. Demos ranged from the simple to the complex. We saw modest color corrections, and blending as well as intricate compilations of different images to create stunning results.
There were frustrations when the display monitor didn't play nicely with the laptop computer, making it difficult to control the mouse cursor. The Polygonal Lasso tool in Photoshop Elements also failed, spontaneously closing selections before all intended points were set.

NOTE: After the meeting, Ralph Sutter discovered a work-around; use the Lasso tool instead of the Polygonal Lasso tool and hold down the Alt key. This will turn the tool from freehand to straight-line mode
Given the lively discussion of Layers, the group decided that our next session should be Layers Revisited, continuing where we left off this month.  That meeting will take place at my home on Sunday, February 12 beginning at 2:00 pm

Ralph Sutter
Hello All,
Yesterday, I was unable to use the polygonal lasso tool in Photoshop Elements versions 14 and 15.  The tool closed the polygon spontaneously before I had completed setting all of the points to form the polygon. 
I discovered a work-around.
Use the Lasso tool instead of the Polygonal Lasso tool.  Hold down the alt key as you set the various points.  Doing so makes a straight line instead of a freehand one.  When you finish your selection, release the alt key and your selection will display the “marching ants” border.  You can then perform whatever action you would have if the polygonal lasso tool worked like it is supposed to.
Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Update of Bulletin Board Software to 2.0.13.
« Last post by rsutter on January 09, 2017, 12:27:11 PM »
Hello All,

I just updated SMF, the software that runs this bulletin board to version 2.0.13.
Please let me know if you notice any negative results because of that update.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Notes for First and Second Session Presentations 01/01/17
« Last post by rsutter on December 28, 2016, 10:08:19 AM »
Hello All,

I will be the presenter for the SLO Bytes General Session on 01/01/17.  The notes for my talk are on line at

I'll also be the Second Session presenter, talking about the Microsoft program, OneNote.  The notes for that presentation can be viewed at

I plan to continue working on these presentations until I actually give them.  I'll update everything at that time.

Ralph Sutter
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