In the past, Apple User Groups could earn a free MobileMe paid account to host their group’s website, use as a contact email, and a few other features. With the introduction of iCloud, some of the services changed or were enhanced, and some were removed. But the accounts are now free. Apple continues to develop and add new features to iCloud. What user group leaders may not know, is that these features can offer resources to your group leaders and members. Most individuals use iCloud to integrate and sync data between computers, iPads and iPhones. In this how-to we will look at how groups can use iCloud for maintaining a membership list, notes, meeting presentations and many other features.
In order to avoid conflicts with your personal iCloud account, this how-to is going to focus on using iCloud as a web based service for your user group.
Are you an ambassador who wants to sign up for ASW or ASTO? A group leader who lost the group’s database password or has questions about the group’s listing in the database? The Apple User Group Advisory Board has implemented a support ticket system to assist Apple User Group leaders worldwide. Database listings are updated approximately once a month and ambassadors can register for ASW at any time, although memberships go dormant in mid-December and must be renewed each year. The team is here to help.
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Need a quick presentation for your group’s meeting? Apple Sales Web (ASW) has downloadable presentations that your group’s ambassador can access for meeting topics. Currently, Keynote presentations include “Apple Pay: First Look” (October 20), “OSX Yosemite: Product Presentation” (October 16) and “Understanding Apple SIM” (October 25).
Prefer to create your own presentation using Apple info? Check out ASTO’s QuickTraining .pdf downloads. Using ASW and ASTO, your group is sure to find a presentation to fit your group’s interests.
macProVideo.com is a leading producer of high quality tutorial-videos that show people how to use popular Mac software. They are focused on educating new people to help them become better Mac users. As a sponsor, macProVideo.com is offering user group members a huge macProVideo.com discount: 99¢ U.S. for 3 months of great tutorials (usually $25 U.S. per month). User Group discount codes are protected and can only be accessed by contacting your user group ambassador or leaders who receive a monthly access password. A list of user group discounts can be found here. You can find your group contact by clicking here.
Traditionally many user groups were known as “Mac” user groups. With the popularity and growth of iPhones and iPads, many groups are changing to become “Apple” user groups. In the past, meeting presentations could be done by hooking a Mac computer up to a projector or television. For iOS devices this can be a challenge. The Apple Use Group Resource team has put together some tips and strategies to get you up and running, presenting iOS at your user group meetings. We will address hardware needs, Apple technologies, software options and user groups successfully using these technologies. Read on.
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Our new Vendor Program highlights and connects vendors and speakers who want to spread the word about their products and services with clubs who want interesting and informative meeting presentations and opportunities. Each month we will feature at least one vendor who has agreed to provide meeting materials and support in the form of videos, FaceTime or Skype teleconferences, in-person presentations, demo scripts, free products or other means.
We are starting the program out by highlighting IGG Software, maker of iBank and long-time user group supporter. IGG’s presentation ideas include links to a library of product videos, tutorials and more.
Check out this month’s featured vendor!