MacWaves MUG

Meetings Notes - April 12, 2000


Family Resource Associates (FRA)

Jim Marzano, a BCUG member and SIG coordinator, asked if we could announce something about the following at the MacWaves meetings.

Jim volunteers for a non-profit organization called Family Resource Associates (FRA) in the Tech Connection group. Tech Connection volunteers prepare used computers, both Wintel and Mac, for distribution to disabled people. Tech Connection needs volunteers who can work with Macs, mostly the hardware - troubleshooting, installing, etc. - to get the computers in working order and then load applicable software. People have donated Macs, and there's a backlog because they don't have enough Mac technical expertise to get them worked up to distribute.

FRA is located at 35 Haddon Ave. (near Rte. 520 and 35) in Shrewsbury. Tech Connection volunteers meet most Friday afternoons, sometimes Saturdays. Anyone interested in volunteering or knowing more can call Jim, 747-6125.

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Topic: Low-Priced Graphics Software

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Corel Draw 8LE free download

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Corel Draw 8 LE Product Info

Graphic Converter  $35 2MB 68k (68020+) or PowerMac; Mac OS 7+; 3MB RAM Lemke Software

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Print Explosion  $40   PowerMac; Mac OS 7.5.5+; CD-ROM; 16MB RAM; NovaDevelopment Products
ColorIt! 4.0 $50+s/h

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Graphic Convertor 3.8.2

GraphicConverter converts pictures to different formats. Also it contains many useful features for picture manipulation.

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Corel Draw 8LE

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Ease of Use



Interactivity - In CorelDRAW 8:


Internet* Capabilities

Color Capabilities

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