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How To: Apple’s Clips App Review

Written by Rex Covington of the Apple User Group Advisory Board and Lonestarrider.com

Apples new clips app is like a mixture of Photo Booth, Snapchat, and a very light version of iMovie. The free stand-alone app is only available in the United States and you will need IOS 10.3 on your iPhone. You can download the app from the normal places using iTunes on your Mac or the Apple’s App Store on your iPhone. You can produce a video up to 60 minutes and each individual clip that you add to your video can be no longer than 30 minutes.  read more…

Meeting Ideas: Get to Know Clips

A few weeks ago Apple introduced Clips, a new app that features a unique design for combining video clips, photos and music into great-looking videos, along with the ability to add animated captions and titles via voice commands. This month ASW offers a demo sheet and video covering Clips that could make for a fun user group meeting topic. Check out Clips – First Look (L549880A-en_US) and Get to Know – Clips (L550178A-en_US).

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check out ASW!

KansasFest 2017: 29 Years of Enthusiasm and Fun

Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini, the French Brutal Deluxe Software programming team known for countless original Apple II programs and archiving efforts, will be the Keynote speakers as KansasFest 2017 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apple II. Remember The Tinies, Cogito, Blockade and LemminGS? They have continued to write and this year Antoine and Olivier published demonstrations and tools for playing quadraphonic and octaphonic sound on the Apple IIgs.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Logic Pro X

Are your members interested in how the Touch Bar increases productivity? Whether your members are simply interested in music, produce tracks in a professional studio or are somewhere in between, Logic Pro X on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar offers all the tools needed to create, edit and deliver the best, right on your Mac. ASW has new demos this month, including the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Top Features Demo Guide (L548533A-en_US) and Logic Pro X – Product Presentation (L549787A-en_US) that could make for an interesting meeting.

Ambassadors: March is a great month to check out ASW!

Third Annual Macstock Conference: July 15 – 16 in Woodstock IL

Macstock Conference & Expo 2017 is an event for folks who use and love Apple products. But Macstock is a different sort of Apple-related event. It’s smaller. It’s grassroots. And it’s entirely about the Apple community!

Building on the success of the first and second Macstock events, the Conference and Expo will feature more than 20 speakers, a new MyMac Game Show Quiz, Deeper Dives sessions and Barry’s Midwest Mac Mingle. 

Your ticket to Macstock gives you access to a full weekend of activities. Better yet, use the code below to get a special discount on each ticket you buy. read more…

How To: Keynote Collaboration

Last month we took a look at Keynote Live and how your user group can integrate it into your meetings. In part two of this series we will take a look at collaboration for Keynote, which is a new beta feature added with the introduction of macOS Sierra and iOS 10. Collaboration is built into all the iWork apps, but in this article we will focus on Keynote.

The new collaboration tools are a great way for a multiple presenters to work on a project remotely and in real time. User groups leaders and presenters can work on a topic prior to a group meeting. Needed edits or updates can be made, or individuals can work on their slides for the project while another person is editing their slides.  read more…

GarageBand Introduction: Macworld 2004

On January 6, 2004, the Macintosh was a few days over 20 years old and Steve Jobs had exciting news: Apple had a new type of software, called GarageBand, and a new format for the iPod, an iPod Mini with a huge 4GB of storage. How would we ever fill all that space? With this month’s release of the newest version of GarageBand, it seems like a great time to remember its introduction, with John Mayer performing and Steve Jobs explaining the ways that it would open a world of possibilities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2jq4iRyULg

Interested in seeing the whole Macworld 2004 Keynote?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvpD3FlHZeM

Interested in stats and information for every Apple Keynote, from 1997 through 2016? Read more below.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X

Interested in a quick presentation for February? Powerful new features are
now available in GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X for all levels of music
makers, from enthusiasts to pros, and the topic could be perfect for a group
meeting.

Check out GarageBand for iOS – First Look (L549342A-en_US) and
Logic Pro X – First Look (L549343A-en_US). And, for the students in
your group, Apple, Inc. has a wonderful new offer: Students can purchase
Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3 for
$199 (USD).

http://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/product/BMGE2Z/A/pro-apps-bundle-for-education

Ambassadors: February is a great month to check out ASW!

Thank You: Fred Showker and Lynn Wegley for 30 Years of MUG News

Over close to 30 years, publishing 1,350 issues (and more than 7,000 individual blurbs), the InfoManager newsletter, User Group Network and UGNN have covered what mattered for Apple User Groups and their members. Remember the User Group Forum on eWorld? Fred was there. Macworld in 1987? Yep, he was part of that exciting show. This month brought news that Fred is retiring and he and Lynn will no longer be publishing InfoManager each week. Times change and we move ahead, but it is important to thank them for all the years of service to the community.

Thanks Fred and Lynn! You will be missed.

http://www.ugnn.com/2017/01/goodbye/

Meeting Ideas: Get more from iPad Pro and macOS Sierra

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Web (ASW). From prepackaged demos to Apple materials that you can use to create customized presentations, ASW has it all.

Interested in a quick presentation for January? Be sure to check out Quick Training: Get more from iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and apps (L545271A-en_US). Want to offer your members a look at the top features of macOS Sierra in a short or extended version? Check out macOS Sierra Top Features Demo Guide (L547776A-en_US).

Ambassadors: January is a great month to check out ASW!

How To: Keynote Live

By Rick Ortiz

This is a two part series on how User Group presentations can take advantage of the new features of Keynote introduced in macOS Sierra. In this first series, we are going to take a look at a new feature called Keynote Live and what that can offer your user group.

Keynote Live is a little hidden gem offered in the latest version of the software. Keynote Live is a way to play your presentations over the internet so your members can view in real-time on any device, wherever they can get online. So if a member can’t make a meeting, they can still see the Keynote aspect of the presentation from any location. This is also a great tool if you have a remote presenter wanting to share information in a presentation to your group.  read more…

January’s Featured Vendor: O’Reilly Media

oreillylogo  O’Reilly has been a part of the user group community for more than 30 years, so it is hard to remember back to 1978 when it was a small consulting company with a focus on UNIX and related technologies. By 1986 O’Reilly was publishing their Nutshell books and 1988 brought their well-known animal covers. By 1992 many of us were reading our copies of the Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalog while our more adventurous members were reading Programming Perl. As the years went on, many of us became fans of their Missing Manual series.Today, O’Reilly is an integral part of the technology community, providing handbooks, webcasts, conferences, trainings materials, online resources, Maker Faires, and more. Are your members taking full use of their resources? read more…

How To: Delisting a Disbanded Group

The number of Apple User Groups worldwide is amazing, especially considering that many groups have been in existence for decades. Still, as new groups form, some groups cease to exist, often because key members retire or membership numbers drop. This article offers the the quick and simple, step-by-step process for delisting a group with the User Group Locator and the User Group Program.

read more…

December’s Featured Vendor: CleverFiles and Disk Drill PRO

Do you need to recover deleted files in Mac OS X, including critical business documents, music, photos or videos? Have files or whole partitions gone missing from your Mac? Are you having trouble accessing an external USB drive or camera card?

Disk Drill PRO from CleverFiles has the solution to your problems, making data recovery for Mac OS X easy and efficient. Disk Drill Pro can recover more than 200 types of files from internal Macintosh hard drives, external hard drives, cameras, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices, USB flash drives, Kindles, and memory cards, often even if a device is failing, a partition disappears, or a drive is unreadable. Better yet, Disk Drill PRO includes free tools for disk monitoring, data protection, back up and so much more! read more…

Pyers Presents: End of Year Tasks for Apple User Group Leaders

Many groups do not meet from late December to early January, but there are things you can do while your group is on hiatus. This month, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers thoughts on ways to thank those who have served your community in the past year and ways to plan ahead for an even better 2017 for your group and members.

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/end-of-year-tasks-for-apple-user-group-leaders/

Taking his advice regarding thanking those who have made our user group experience better, we’d like to say thanks to Nicholas for his articles over the past year. We look forward to taking his advice on planning for the year to come.  read more…

Meeting Ideas: Apple AirPods, tvOS, and TV app

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Web (ASW). From prepackaged demos to Apple materials that you can use to create customized presentations, ASW has it all.

Interested in the new Apple AirPods? Be sure to check out ASW’s AirPods – First Look posted on December 13 (L547674A-en_US). Curious about the new TV app and tvOS check out tvOS – First Look and TV app – First Look (L546871A-en_US and L549055A-en_US), both published on December 12.

Ambassadors: December is a great month to check out ASW!

 

November’s Featured Vendor: Gumdrop Cases

gumdropcasesGumdrop Cases provides stylish, heavy-duty, and incredibly protective ruggedized cases for iPads, MacBooks, iPhones, and more. Designed with durable protection that can withstand repeated 6-foot falls, Gumdrop’s cases are rapidly becoming one of the leading solutions to keep your tech safe from damage at home, school, and work. With over 1,600 certified case reviews from satisfied users, Gumdrop cases has a selection of cases types to fit your device, from DropTech type cases, to Hideaway, Sleeve Series, SoftShell, and more.

read more…

Webinar: Apple and Mac Oriented Password Manager for Teams

TeamsID is hosting a Apple / Mac oriented “Password Manager” Webinar on Wednesday, November 30th 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

Discussion Points: 

  1. How to safely and securely share passwords with your Team
  2. The pro’s & con’s for an “On-Premise / Self-Hosted” solution
  3. How to make your company more productive and secure
  4. How you can make money by referring TeamsID

Meeting at: https://join.me/splashdata
Audio:  You can use the join call by computer (VOIP) option or dial in by phone US Dial-in: +1.415.655.0381 
(Conference ID: 313-566-616)

Send an email to this address to attend

Special Offer – TeamsID, a Password Manager for Teams: 33% Discount

teamsidTeamsID is a San Francisco based software company specializing in password management and encrypted document storage. With over a million individual users, SplashData, the parent company of TeamsID has been doing password management for 15 years. They are happy to be working with the Mac user group and hope to convert you to a lifetime user of their product.

Public pricing is usually $3 (U.S.) per user per month, but for Apple User Groups, TeamsID is extending a lifetime discount of 33%. Please note that every user gets their own “My Records” inside of TeamsID, which is a personal password manager that no one else has access to.

Get TeamsID at https://app.teamsid.com/create

See your user group Ambassador for discount password. (You will first get a 14-day free trial, after which entry of the Coupon Code during purchase will yield the discount.)

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

User Group News Bulletin

How To: Apple’s Clips App Review

Written by Rex Covington of the Apple User Group Advisory Board and Lonestarrider.com

Apples new clips app is like a mixture of Photo Booth, Snapchat, and a very light version of iMovie. The free stand-alone app is only available in the United States and you will need IOS 10.3 on your iPhone. You can download the app from the normal places using iTunes on your Mac or the Apple’s App Store on your iPhone. You can produce a video up to 60 minutes and each individual clip that you add to your video can be no longer than 30 minutes.  read more…

Meeting Ideas: Get to Know Clips

A few weeks ago Apple introduced Clips, a new app that features a unique design for combining video clips, photos and music into great-looking videos, along with the ability to add animated captions and titles via voice commands. This month ASW offers a demo sheet and video covering Clips that could make for a fun user group meeting topic. Check out Clips – First Look (L549880A-en_US) and Get to Know – Clips (L550178A-en_US).

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check out ASW!

KansasFest 2017: 29 Years of Enthusiasm and Fun

Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini, the French Brutal Deluxe Software programming team known for countless original Apple II programs and archiving efforts, will be the Keynote speakers as KansasFest 2017 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apple II. Remember The Tinies, Cogito, Blockade and LemminGS? They have continued to write and this year Antoine and Olivier published demonstrations and tools for playing quadraphonic and octaphonic sound on the Apple IIgs.

read more…

How To: Q&A Best Practices

written by Tom Piper, President, appleJAC User Group

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 33 years of our existence, appleJAC has evolved through a variety of Q&A processes. This How-To session will describe each of the successful methods that we have used.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Logic Pro X

Are your members interested in how the Touch Bar increases productivity? Whether your members are simply interested in music, produce tracks in a professional studio or are somewhere in between, Logic Pro X on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar offers all the tools needed to create, edit and deliver the best, right on your Mac. ASW has new demos this month, including the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Top Features Demo Guide (L548533A-en_US) and Logic Pro X – Product Presentation (L549787A-en_US) that could make for an interesting meeting.

Ambassadors: March is a great month to check out ASW!

Third Annual Macstock Conference: July 15 – 16 in Woodstock IL

Macstock Conference & Expo 2017 is an event for folks who use and love Apple products. But Macstock is a different sort of Apple-related event. It’s smaller. It’s grassroots. And it’s entirely about the Apple community!

Building on the success of the first and second Macstock events, the Conference and Expo will feature more than 20 speakers, a new MyMac Game Show Quiz, Deeper Dives sessions and Barry’s Midwest Mac Mingle. 

Your ticket to Macstock gives you access to a full weekend of activities. Better yet, use the code below to get a special discount on each ticket you buy. read more…

How To: Keynote Collaboration

Last month we took a look at Keynote Live and how your user group can integrate it into your meetings. In part two of this series we will take a look at collaboration for Keynote, which is a new beta feature added with the introduction of macOS Sierra and iOS 10. Collaboration is built into all the iWork apps, but in this article we will focus on Keynote.

The new collaboration tools are a great way for a multiple presenters to work on a project remotely and in real time. User groups leaders and presenters can work on a topic prior to a group meeting. Needed edits or updates can be made, or individuals can work on their slides for the project while another person is editing their slides.  read more…

GarageBand Introduction: Macworld 2004

On January 6, 2004, the Macintosh was a few days over 20 years old and Steve Jobs had exciting news: Apple had a new type of software, called GarageBand, and a new format for the iPod, an iPod Mini with a huge 4GB of storage. How would we ever fill all that space? With this month’s release of the newest version of GarageBand, it seems like a great time to remember its introduction, with John Mayer performing and Steve Jobs explaining the ways that it would open a world of possibilities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2jq4iRyULg

Interested in seeing the whole Macworld 2004 Keynote?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvpD3FlHZeM

Interested in stats and information for every Apple Keynote, from 1997 through 2016? Read more below.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X

Interested in a quick presentation for February? Powerful new features are
now available in GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X for all levels of music
makers, from enthusiasts to pros, and the topic could be perfect for a group
meeting.

Check out GarageBand for iOS – First Look (L549342A-en_US) and
Logic Pro X – First Look (L549343A-en_US). And, for the students in
your group, Apple, Inc. has a wonderful new offer: Students can purchase
Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3 for
$199 (USD).

http://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/product/BMGE2Z/A/pro-apps-bundle-for-education

Ambassadors: February is a great month to check out ASW!

Thank You: Fred Showker and Lynn Wegley for 30 Years of MUG News

Over close to 30 years, publishing 1,350 issues (and more than 7,000 individual blurbs), the InfoManager newsletter, User Group Network and UGNN have covered what mattered for Apple User Groups and their members. Remember the User Group Forum on eWorld? Fred was there. Macworld in 1987? Yep, he was part of that exciting show. This month brought news that Fred is retiring and he and Lynn will no longer be publishing InfoManager each week. Times change and we move ahead, but it is important to thank them for all the years of service to the community.

Thanks Fred and Lynn! You will be missed.

http://www.ugnn.com/2017/01/goodbye/

Meeting Ideas: Get more from iPad Pro and macOS Sierra

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Web (ASW). From prepackaged demos to Apple materials that you can use to create customized presentations, ASW has it all.

Interested in a quick presentation for January? Be sure to check out Quick Training: Get more from iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and apps (L545271A-en_US). Want to offer your members a look at the top features of macOS Sierra in a short or extended version? Check out macOS Sierra Top Features Demo Guide (L547776A-en_US).

Ambassadors: January is a great month to check out ASW!

How To: Keynote Live

By Rick Ortiz

This is a two part series on how User Group presentations can take advantage of the new features of Keynote introduced in macOS Sierra. In this first series, we are going to take a look at a new feature called Keynote Live and what that can offer your user group.

Keynote Live is a little hidden gem offered in the latest version of the software. Keynote Live is a way to play your presentations over the internet so your members can view in real-time on any device, wherever they can get online. So if a member can’t make a meeting, they can still see the Keynote aspect of the presentation from any location. This is also a great tool if you have a remote presenter wanting to share information in a presentation to your group.  read more…

January’s Featured Vendor: O’Reilly Media

oreillylogo  O’Reilly has been a part of the user group community for more than 30 years, so it is hard to remember back to 1978 when it was a small consulting company with a focus on UNIX and related technologies. By 1986 O’Reilly was publishing their Nutshell books and 1988 brought their well-known animal covers. By 1992 many of us were reading our copies of the Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalog while our more adventurous members were reading Programming Perl. As the years went on, many of us became fans of their Missing Manual series.Today, O’Reilly is an integral part of the technology community, providing handbooks, webcasts, conferences, trainings materials, online resources, Maker Faires, and more. Are your members taking full use of their resources? read more…

How To: Delisting a Disbanded Group

The number of Apple User Groups worldwide is amazing, especially considering that many groups have been in existence for decades. Still, as new groups form, some groups cease to exist, often because key members retire or membership numbers drop. This article offers the the quick and simple, step-by-step process for delisting a group with the User Group Locator and the User Group Program.

read more…

December’s Featured Vendor: CleverFiles and Disk Drill PRO

Do you need to recover deleted files in Mac OS X, including critical business documents, music, photos or videos? Have files or whole partitions gone missing from your Mac? Are you having trouble accessing an external USB drive or camera card?

Disk Drill PRO from CleverFiles has the solution to your problems, making data recovery for Mac OS X easy and efficient. Disk Drill Pro can recover more than 200 types of files from internal Macintosh hard drives, external hard drives, cameras, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices, USB flash drives, Kindles, and memory cards, often even if a device is failing, a partition disappears, or a drive is unreadable. Better yet, Disk Drill PRO includes free tools for disk monitoring, data protection, back up and so much more! read more…

Pyers Presents: End of Year Tasks for Apple User Group Leaders

Many groups do not meet from late December to early January, but there are things you can do while your group is on hiatus. This month, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers thoughts on ways to thank those who have served your community in the past year and ways to plan ahead for an even better 2017 for your group and members.

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/end-of-year-tasks-for-apple-user-group-leaders/

Taking his advice regarding thanking those who have made our user group experience better, we’d like to say thanks to Nicholas for his articles over the past year. We look forward to taking his advice on planning for the year to come.  read more…

Meeting Ideas: Apple AirPods, tvOS, and TV app

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Web (ASW). From prepackaged demos to Apple materials that you can use to create customized presentations, ASW has it all.

Interested in the new Apple AirPods? Be sure to check out ASW’s AirPods – First Look posted on December 13 (L547674A-en_US). Curious about the new TV app and tvOS check out tvOS – First Look and TV app – First Look (L546871A-en_US and L549055A-en_US), both published on December 12.

Ambassadors: December is a great month to check out ASW!

 

November’s Featured Vendor: Gumdrop Cases

gumdropcasesGumdrop Cases provides stylish, heavy-duty, and incredibly protective ruggedized cases for iPads, MacBooks, iPhones, and more. Designed with durable protection that can withstand repeated 6-foot falls, Gumdrop’s cases are rapidly becoming one of the leading solutions to keep your tech safe from damage at home, school, and work. With over 1,600 certified case reviews from satisfied users, Gumdrop cases has a selection of cases types to fit your device, from DropTech type cases, to Hideaway, Sleeve Series, SoftShell, and more.

read more…

Webinar: Apple and Mac Oriented Password Manager for Teams

TeamsID is hosting a Apple / Mac oriented “Password Manager” Webinar on Wednesday, November 30th 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

Discussion Points: 

  1. How to safely and securely share passwords with your Team
  2. The pro’s & con’s for an “On-Premise / Self-Hosted” solution
  3. How to make your company more productive and secure
  4. How you can make money by referring TeamsID

Meeting at: https://join.me/splashdata
Audio:  You can use the join call by computer (VOIP) option or dial in by phone US Dial-in: +1.415.655.0381 
(Conference ID: 313-566-616)

Send an email to this address to attend

Special Offer – TeamsID, a Password Manager for Teams: 33% Discount

teamsidTeamsID is a San Francisco based software company specializing in password management and encrypted document storage. With over a million individual users, SplashData, the parent company of TeamsID has been doing password management for 15 years. They are happy to be working with the Mac user group and hope to convert you to a lifetime user of their product.

Public pricing is usually $3 (U.S.) per user per month, but for Apple User Groups, TeamsID is extending a lifetime discount of 33%. Please note that every user gets their own “My Records” inside of TeamsID, which is a personal password manager that no one else has access to.

Get TeamsID at https://app.teamsid.com/create

See your user group Ambassador for discount password. (You will first get a 14-day free trial, after which entry of the Coupon Code during purchase will yield the discount.)

This worldwide offer is ongoing.



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