February’s Featured Vendor: AgileBits and 1Password


AgileBits is a much-loved supporter of the user group community because they make security simple. Their newest version of 1Password, 1Password 5 for Mac, is a password manager that goes beyond simple password storage by integrating directly with your web browser to automatically log you into websites, enter credit card information, fill registration forms and easily generate strong passwords, and so much more



Special Offer – Boom 2 Volume Booster: 50% Discount for Upgraders


If you find the volume on your Mac too low, Global Delight has the perfect app for that. With just a click, Boom 2 not only amplifies the audio of your system, but also enhances your experience while watching movies, listening to music, on a Skype call or listening to songs on your iPhone/iPod.

For more info about Boom 2: http://www.globaldelight.com/boom/

With a regular retail price of $14.99 (US), the Apple user group special price for Boom 1 users is only $7.49 (US).

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

Global Delight Online Store: http://www.globaldelight.com/store

This worldwide offer is valid through December 31, 2015.

Special Offer – MacProVideo: Three months for 99¢

mpv_logomacProVideo.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 users to help them become better Mac users.

macProVideo.com is offering a huge discount for Apple user group members: 99¢ (US) for three months of great tutorials, usually $25 (US) per month.

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

This worldwide offer is valid through December 31, 2015.

Meeting Ideas: Mainstage3, Final Cut Pro X and More

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

For example, Final Cut Pro X – Demo Guides and Content (L539049A-en_US) offers a ready-to-go package, including demos, presentation scripts and demo instructions for three separate topics: Top Features, Final Cut Pro X and iMac with Retina 5K Display, and Final Cut Pro X and Mac Pro. For presenters who prefer to create their own scripts, a great example is the January 21, 2015, MainStage 3 – First Look (L525704A-en_US) which covers product highlights, demo tips and more. Want to cover in-depth technical information? There are technical training sections just waiting to be your group’s next meeting topic.

Ambassadors: February is a great month to check in with ASTO!

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Special Offer – *Update* AgileBits 1Password 5 and more: 25% Discount


Too many passwords to remember? 1Password 5 for Mac, newly released for OS 10.10 Yosemite, is a password manager that goes beyond simple password storage by integrating directly with your web browser to automatically log you into websites, enter credit card information, fill registration forms, and easily generate strong passwords.
1Password purchased from the AgileBits webstore supports syncing via DropBox and WiFi.

As an Apple user group member, you are entitled to get new licenses of 1Password for Mac at 25% below the normal retail price. You also get a 25% discount on new licenses for everything else in the AgileBits store.

Using an older operating system? No worries! By purchasing a 1Password 5 for Mac license you also receive a 1Password 4 and 1Password 3 for Mac license. 1Password 4 works with OS 10.9 Mavericks and 10.8 Mountain Lion, and 1Password 3 supports OS 10.7 Lion and OS 10.6 Snow Leopard.

You can download both 1Password 4 and 1Password 3 for Mac from the Legacy section at the bottom of the Agilebits downloads page: https://agilebits.com/downloads. Note that 1Password 4 for Mac will use the same license file as 1Password 5 for Mac uses.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

January’s Featured Vendor: Noteboom Productions

noteboom NoteboomTutorials.com knows that using a computer, even a Mac or iPad, is not always easy and intuitive. While Noteboom is known for tutorials that can making learning easy and fun, they have developed a special membership program that offers more of what people love about their products: easy-to-follow video tutorials, an easy-to-use interface, concept grouping and even auto resume on the iPad, iPhone and Mac. Their tutorials cover OS X Yosemite, iMovie, iPhoto, Final Cut Pro X and much more. Their 650+ five-star ratings are a reflection of the quality of their materials. (more…)

How-To: Community Solutions for Revitalizing Your Group

What can a group do when long-time leaders move on, burn out, get older, or simply find themselves unable or unwilling to serve? Is dissolution the only reasonable response?

On our discussion list and via email, group leaders provided insightful responses for a group struggling with this question. Their suggestions included spreading the work around, aligning the person to the task, sorting needs from niceties, publicity, appreciation and humor. While each of these may seem easier said than done, leaders offered concrete ideas to support their suggestions.

A thank you to participants is at the end of this guide. If I have missed a contributor, please let me know.


Special Offer – Noteboom Tutorials: 33% off Annual Memberships

noteboomNoteboomTutorials.com is known for Mac, iPad and iPhone tutorials that are fun and easy to use. Noteboom Productions is offering 33% off annual memberships to Mac User Group members – that’s only $39(US) per year, which comes to less than $4(US) per month.

The Mac User Group membership discount is good on annual memberships only, and gives unlimited access to all tutorials across all devices. This offer is a recurring rate – as subscriptions renew each year, they renew at the $39 rate.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

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Reminder: Are Your Group’s Records Up To date?

Ambassadors: Are your group’s Apple User Group Locator records up to date? This summer the Locator team will be updating the database, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. Make sure your group stays on active status.

Update your group’s records today.


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