Mirja Heide's RefreshFotos Newsletter

Greetings from RefreshFotos. I hope you're having a terrific summer.

This month I'm excited to launch a new design for my email newsletter. I hope you will find it beneficial and enjoyable. The newsletter will be emailed twice a month and will include news, tech tips for using Windows and Mac computers, iPhones and iPads as well as a listing of apps, books and tools I recommend.
A clickable Table of Contents at the top of the email will lead you directly to specific sections of the newsletter. If for any reason you do not wish to receive these updates, click SafeUnsubscribe at the end of this email.

You will also find a schedule of the upcoming classes I'll be teaching. I'm truly excited about these new classes and the new location! Classes will be held in a delightful meeting room at the Miracle Mile Plaza Business Center, which is located on the 3rd floor of the Bank of America Building.

A complete list of classes may be viewed on my website. I'll be adding more in the coming weeks. If you have thoughts on specific topics you'd like to see covered in a class, please let me know. I'm open to ideas!

Thank you & all best wishes,
Back Up Your Computer

No matter whether you're using Windows or Mac, it's extremely important that you back up your computer regularly. Errors happen. Computers crash. And it's usually not until something goes awry that you realize how much is on your computer that you don't want to loose...precious photos, your contacts, important documents, to-do lists, typed letters, emails and if you're volunteering or in business, lots, lots more. 

It's easy to forget if you don't have an automatic backup. It's also easy to postpone to another day if you feel that you don't want to back up your computer until it's organized. Back it up as is. It's better to have your files available, than not at all.

Three good options are: 


1. An online backup subscription service, such as Carbonite or Backblaze.
2. An external hard drive attached to your computer.
3. Both! You can never have enough backups.

If you're going to choose between one or the other, I would recommend an external hard drive from Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba or Lacie. Make sure the drive is compatible with your operating system, Windows or Mac. If you're using Windows, also make sure the drive comes with automatic backup software. If you're using a Mac, you have the option of using Time Machine, a backup application that comes with the computer.
Check Your Backup

Once you have the automatic backup in place, it's also important that you check it periodically. Confirm that the software is backing up your files regularly and that you can access the files stored on the drive. Check at least every 6 months, or more often if you're creating and saving new files regularly.  
How do I view all the photos I've sent to or received from a specific person via text?

Follow these steps:
  1. Tap the MESSAGES app
  2. Tap the text conversation
  3. Tap DETAILS
  4. The newest photos are at the top of the list

iPhone & iPad Basics 101 Course

3-Week Course $150 / $127 if register by August 3

10:00am - 12:00pm, Fridays - August 14, 21, 28

Miracle Mile Plaza Business Center, Vero Beach 


Bring your device to class and learn by doing! Increase your iPhone/iPad comfort level and proficiency. Easily connect with friends and family. Discover the world at your fingertips. This 3-week course is designed for beginners who wish to understand the most important features and functions of the iPhone/iPad. The course teaches you how to use a range of apps including Mail, Contacts, Messages, FaceTime, Safari and Maps. You will also learn practical tips, how to download and use apps from the App Store and how to customize your device to suit your needs and interests. 

Create a Photo Book From Your iPhone & iPad

2-Hour Class $50 / $42 if register by August 3 

2:30pm - 4:30pm, Friday - August 14

Miracle Mile Plaza Business Center, Vero Beach  


Bring your photos back into your life! Whether you have photos you've taken or photos you've received, learn how to create a simple and beautiful photo book directly from your device so that you may easily enjoy your memories again and again. This hands-on class will also teach you how to create albums for your favorites, how to save photos from emails and texts, how to scan photos to your iPhone/iPad, and how to edit your photos. Walk away from class with new tech skills and a printed photo book on its way to you! Great as keepsakes or gifts for family and friends. Printed books purchased separately.

Are Your Smartphone Photos Saved? 

2-Hour Class $50 / $42 if register by August 3 

2:30pm - 4:30pm, Friday - August 21

Miracle Mile Plaza Business Center, Vero Beach  


Preserve the photos and videos that tell the stories of your life. Are you taking more and more photos and videos with your phone? Do you have trouble finding specific photos? It can be challenging to know where everything is saved, especially if you're also receiving pictures from friends and family in emails, texts and on social media. In this hands-on class, you will learn best practices and tools for managing and backing up the variety of photos and videos stored on your iPhone.

Words & Pictures: Create & Share Your Stories 

2-Hour Class $50 / $42 if register by August 3

2:30pm - 4:30pm, Tuesday - August 25

Miracle Mile Plaza Business Center, Vero Beach  


Simply combine your photos with a few delightful words, add a touch of creativity and voila! you have a story to share. This hands-on class teaches you a great way to record your memories, capture special events and express the every day stories of your life. You will learn how to create photo collages and one-page stories directly from your device that you can immediately share with friends and family by email, text or social media. And if you wish to see your creations in print, you will have the option to purchase printed pages. Purchase of $0.99 app required and purchased separately.

All Classes Require Pre-Registration with Payment.
CLICK HERE for Complete Class Information & To Register
Take Charge of Your Email Inbox

Bonnie Hillman Shay, author of Take Charge of Your Email Inbox, invites you to envision what life would be like when your email inbox is better organized. More time? Less clutter? Less stress? Easily finding the exact emails you're looking for? Learn how! Bonnie will guide you through the steps to declutter your email inbox and develop new habits to help you manage your email going forward.