We train in almost every program that runs on a Macintosh.
Most progams (eg. Word and Photoshop) run the same on Macintosh or Windows computers.
We are specialists in graphic design programs - eg. Photoshop, Quark and Illustrator.

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Mac Advice
Ground Floor Ross House
247 Flinders Lane Melbourne
Fax: 03 9654 3629
Email: info@macadvice.com.au

Phone 03 9654 5800

Photoshop Introduction
InDesign Introduction

QuarkXPress Introduction
QuarkXPress Intermediate/Advanced
Illustrator Introduction
Dreamweaver Introduction
Macintosh to PC
Word Introduction

Word Intermediate/Advanced
PowerPoint Introduction

Excel Introduction
Excel Intermediate/Advanced
Filemaker Pro Introduction



For details about costs and making an appointment, see Training description

Call us at Mac Advice on 03 9654 5800 for further information.


Advanced training

If you require training, and the course is not listed here, we can tailor a package to suit your needs.

We can also customise courses in: Troubleshooting, MYOB, Novell/Groupwise and Quicken



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Used to store and sort images, especially from digital cameras.
iPhoto comes on all Macintosh computers

Importing from digital camera.
Using and editing events
Zooming, rotating.
iPhoto library - creating albums.
Improving the quality of images.
Deleting and restoring images.
Adding titles and rating (out of five stars).
Slideshow - setting duration, transition and music.
Printing options.
Burning to CD.



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Used to store and sort songs, voice recordings, and other sound files.
iTunes comes on all Macintosh computers

Importing music from CDs.
Playing, pausing and renaming tracks.
Creating customised playlists.
Finding and deleting songs.
Rating songs (out of five stars).
Connecting an iPod.
iTunes store, internet radio, subscribing to podcasts.
Burning tracks to audio CD or mp3 CD.



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Movie editing software, especially from digital video cameras.
iMovie comes on all Macintosh computers

Importing from a video camera.
Using the built in camera.
Arranging and editing video clips.
Importing music, building and editing a soundtrack.
Adding transitions and titles to movies.
Creating a slideshow (from iPhoto) with Ken Burns effect.
File sizes and disk space.
Preparing for DVD.



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Used to create interactive DVDs, of movies and slideshows, which can be played on a DVD player. iDVD comes on all Macintosh computers

Importing videos.
Magic iDVD.
Adding music and still images.
hanging themes.
Creating menus and submenus.
Adding images and movies to dropzones and background.
Burning to DVD.
Backing up.

Macintosh to PC


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Many people are familiar with IBM-compatible PCs and need to switch - we can show you how the Macintosh is different.

1. Keyboard differences
2. Macintosh windows
Closing, moving, and other options
3. Dock
4. File management
Moving, copying and renaming files and folders, creating a new folder, trash.
6. Opening and closing applications
Saving to specific folders, using Microsoft Word.
7. Burning a CD




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Keynote is Apple's presentation program (used for slide shows, transparencies and screen presentations, etc.)
1. Starting a Presentation
2. Outline View
3. Text Formatting
4. Slide Sorter
5. Graphics & Clipart
6. Graphs
7. Organisational Charts
8. Printing
9. Slide Master
10. Colour Scheme
11. Template
12. Transitions & Builds

Excel Introduction


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Excel, commonly used for budgets, financial planning and accounting systems, is the most popular spreadsheet on the Macintosh.

1. Basics
Cells, columns and rows, Moving around the spreadsheet, Data entry of text and numbers, Simple formula, Sum function, Fill right and fill down, Cut, copy and paste
2. Layout
Changing column width and row height, Deleting and inserting columns and rows,
3. Presentation of the spreadsheet
Borders and shading, Formatting text and numbers, Cell protection
4. Graphs
How to set up basic graphs and make changes, Graph types, Editing, Showing legend
5. Printing
Preview, Define print area, Headers and footers, fitting information on a single page.
6. Use of a master spreadsheet as a template
7. Headers and footers

Excel Intermediate/Advanced


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Users should have a good knowledge of different types of spreadsheets, and have created graphs. We can review any current Excel spreadsheets or look at proposed spreadsheets that you may wish to create.

1. Revision of basics
Autofill, Shortcuts, Presentation and use of Colour, Print Options. Toolbar and menu options.
2. Linking Worksheets to keep worksheet sizes small.
3. Macros
Use of Macros to automate the spreadsheet, Creation of Macro buttons, editing the macro and combining macros with a database for rapid extraction of information..
4. Advanced formulas and functions.
5. Use of 'if' statements to improve analysis.
6. Use of the Drawing Tools.
How to draw flow charts using the drawing functions.
7. Cell/Spreadsheet Protection.
8. Use of Precedents.
9. Excel Database
Sorting and finding records, setting criteria and extracting records.
10. Using linked documents to reduce the size.
11. Advanced Graph and presentation options.
Preparing reports - Review of good presentation.
12. Common solutions to problems encountered when constructing spreadsheets

Filemaker Pro Introduction


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FileMaker Pro is the most popular database program on the Macintosh. All businesses will benefit from understanding more about databases, and how to create and modify them.

1. What is a database?
Explanation of fields, field names, records. Examples of common databases. Comparison of elational with flat or manual databases.
2. Opening a new Filemaker Pro file
Entering field names, explanation of conventions in database structure.
3. Data entry
Moving around the layout, creating new records, moving back or forward through records.
4. Adding/deleting fields & changing field names.
Creating drop down lists and check boxes
5. Creating a new layout
Types of layout, adding and deleting fields, moving & resizing fields, adding graphics and colour to a layout, adjusting dimensions to print on labels.
6. Find, sort & preview
Explanation of finding records by different criteria. Sorting on one field or many.
7. Export & import data and mailmerge
Tab delimited and comma delimited, opening exported data in word processor. Form letters.
8. Introduction to summary parts
9. Introduction to scripts
10. Introduction to relationality

FileMaker Pro Intermediate/Advanced


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Most people who require intermediate training in FileMaker already have a database. The training can include assistance to extend or modify an existing FileMaker database.

1. Revision of main features and shortcuts
Field format options, checkboxes, radio buttons, layout options
Shortcuts include copying found sets of records, copying data from the previous record.
2. Advanced Find and Sort
Search criteria, New Request, Omit
3. Export and Import of data
Manipulation of tab-delimited data in word processing programs. Moving data to and from spreadsheets.
4. Scripts and Buttons
Customise your interface, joining scripts together. creatinga menu.
5. Calculations
eg. If... then... statements.
6. Effective layouts and layout design
Using colour and creating fields.
7. Summary fields and Summary Parts
Creating Reports divided into sections with headings, subtotals and grand total.
8. Graphics, Sound and Quicktime
Importing logos and incorporating them into layouts.
9. Lookups and relationality
When and how to get one file to link to another, such as address details.
10. Case studies/work projects
Discussion and examination of participant's database needs or designs, individually or as a group.

Illustrator Introduction


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Illustrator is the most popular computer drawing program. Although used primarily for creating posters, flowcharts and technical illustrations, it can be used for creative text effects, and web graphics design.

1. Basic Shapes
Using shift and option keys to constrain.
2. Selection Techniques
Grouping and ungrouping, Multiple Selection, Move and Duplicate.
3. Zoom & Scroll
4. Rulers, Guides, Grid & Zero Point
5. Creating Colours
Fill and Line, Gradients.
6. Text
Text on a path, on a circle, in a shape, create outlines.
7. Transformation
Rotate, shear, reflect and skew.
8. Special effects
Filters, and combining transformation & gradients

InDesign Introduction


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InDesign is a desktop publishing program, growing in popularity. It allows you to combine text and graphics into layouts for books, magazines and posters

1. Saving page format and set up.
2. Creating, moving & resizing text blocks.
3. Changing font, point size & style. Keyboard shortcuts.
4. Creating and changing basic shapes. Fill & stroke, rotate, change object order, opaque & transparent. Text in a box
5. White text on black background. Text on a path.
6. Zoom & scroll. Pasteboard; move object from one page to another
7. Multiple selection & dragging. Rulers & guides.
8. Importing, resizing and cropping images
9. Leading tracking & type width
10. Text wrap. Paragraphs.
11. Master Pages and templates
12. Styles: creating & editing

Photoshop Introduction


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Photoshop is the most popular image editing program, especially useful for improving or altering photographs.

1. Adjusting Colour & Brightness
2. Tools
Selections, Dodge & Burn, Blur & Sharpen, Smear, Brush, Airbrush, Text, Gradient.
3. Paintbrush options
4. Palettes & Filters
5. Layers & Combining Images

6. Retouching Images
Levels, Unsharp Mask and colour balance.
7. Hand Colouring Black & White Images
8. File Formats
9. Scanning & digital images
10. Special Effects

PowerPoint Introduction


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PowerPoint is the most popular presentation program (used for slide shows, transparencies and screen presentations, etc.)

1. Starting a Presentation
2. Outline View
3. Text Formatting
4. Slide Sorter
5. Graphics & Clipart
6. Graphs
7. Organisational Charts
8. Printing
9. Slide Master
10. Colour Scheme
11. Template
12. Transitions & Builds
Advanced PowerPoint
Quick revision of main features of PowerPoint
Keyboard Shortcuts
Projects or aspects of program (as specified by client) treated in detail.

QuarkXPress Introduction


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QuarkXPress is the preferred desktop publishing program in much of the graphic design industry.

1. Opening a new Quark file
Double sided, margin constraints, etc.
2. Simple text handling
Font style and size changes, alignment, item vs contents tool, moving, resizing & cutting text blocks, etc.
3. Working on long text
Explanation of linking text, linespacing, kerning, tracking, indents, checking spelling, find and charge, etc.
4. Graphic elements
Drawing lines and boxes, changing line and fill patterns, white on black text, etc.
5. Importing pictures
Picture boxes, resizing and cropping graphics, rotating picture & box, text wrap, scrapbook, adjusting contrast of TIFF images, etc.
6. Master pages
Document Layout Palette, creating multiple master pages.
7. Style sheets
8. Other features
Library, Colour, Styles, tips and shortcuts, etc.



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Dreamweaver is the most popular program for creating webpages. We can assist you to set up your own site while learning Dreamweaver.

1. Setting up a basic webpage
2. Formatting text
3. Bringing in images

4. Tables - formatting, combining cells
5. Creating links - to other pages, to sites, to locations on same page
6. Defining a site
7. Uploading files to your provider

QuarkXPress Intermediate/Advanced


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Intermediate users of Quark are taught more shortcuts, as well as the finer points of typography (eg. tracking, kerning, leading).

1. Revision of main features (and shortcuts).
2. Importing Images (and adjusting contrast). Collect for Output.
3. Text Runaround
4. Style sheets and options
5. Linking & Unlinking text boxes
6. Master Pages and Facing Pages
7. Templates
8. Colour
(CMYK Separations, Pantone, Trapping)
9. Other areas as required

Word Introduction


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Microsoft Word is the most popular wordprocessing program on the Macintosh.

1. Formatting Text
Font size and family, bold, italic etc., Menu vs format character vs shortcuts
2. Windows
Open two documents, split screen, resize windows
3. Margins
Ruler vs document margins, indent, hanging indent
4. Tabs
Left, right, centre, vertical line, selection of column calculation
5. Headers and Footers
Page numbers, formatting, text, first page special
6. Tables
Borders, margins, changing columns widths; merging, inserting and deleting cells
7. Print Preview
8. Spelling Checker
9. Page Breaks
10. Save
Save as, file formats

Word Intermediate/Advanced


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This session is for those who are conversant with the basic operations of Microsoft Word, or who have completed the Intro session.

1. Revision of Basics
Setting margins and indents, tables, keyboard shortcuts, headers and footers
2. Graphics
Importing and using graphics in Word.
3. Sections, multiple columns
Using section breaks to create columns within your document
4. Change/Replace
Replacing, adding returns, tabs, spaces and formatting text to use in a database
5. Styles
Defining applying and editing styles
6. Print merge
Using the print merge facility to construct form letters
7. Footnotes (optional)
Other shortcuts.

Advanced or customised training


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We provide customised courses in: Troubleshooting, MYOB, Novell/Groupwise and Quicken

If you want advanced training in any of the programs listed above, we will cover:

1. Revision of basic features of the particular program.
2. Working through features which are commonly misunderstood and misused.
3. Working on particular case studies and practical problems bought in or raised by participants.
4. Answering or tackling problems and queries (raised by participants) in related programs or the Macintosh hardware and software.