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How-To: the Apple Teacher Program

 

Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible. Last month we featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, and Apple Sales Web, three incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a fourth great resource, the Apple Teacher program. You don’t have to be a teacher to sign up, and each educational activity is paired with a badge you can earn and display. Earn eight badges for either iPad or Mac, and you achieve Apple Teacher status, including access to Swift Playgrounds, a free app for first-time coders featuring Learn to Code and lessons that make getting started fun and interactive. Provided resources include Apple Teacher Starter Guide books, online help and Apple Store workshops.

read more…

Special Offer – AgileBits 1Password 6: 25% Discount

Too many passwords to remember? 1Password 6 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.

As an Apple user group member, you are entitled to get the new 1Password service at 25% below the normal $3.99/mo.(US) retail price. This subscription also gets you access to 1Password, not only on the Mac, but also iOS (and Windows/Android as well).

Note that 1Password 6 for Mac is a monthly subscription service.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

May’s Featured Vendor: Global Delight

This month’s Featured Vendor is Global Delight, maker of Boom 2, Capto, Vizmato, Boom for iOS, Camera Plus and Camera Plus Pro. Many of our readers are familiar with Global Delight because they have won awards in Apple’s App Store and multiple awards for Best of Show at Macworld over the years. Their employees are called Delightians because they work to delight their more than 15 million customers, crafting software with love and a sincere attempt at disrupting the app landscape.   read more…

Changes: Joe Kissell Buys Take Control Books

Changes are coming to TidBITS Publishing and Take Control Books. Joe Kissell, who has written more Take Control Books than any other author, has purchased Take Control Books with his wife Morgen Jahnke.  Sellers Adam and Tonya Engst will be concentrating on their new TidBITS Content Network service, providing syndicated content to Apple consultants and resellers.

Joe has lots of things he wants to do with Take Control in the future, so you’ll see new books, new authors, and more after he gets past the initial work of the transition. And, he is open to ideas from readers. What won’t change is the guarantee of quality: practical, focused, and timely guidance from trusted and knowledgeable technical writers. read more…

How-To: Apple Resources for User Group Meetings

by Rick Ortiz, Apple User Group Advisory Board Chair

Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible.  It is fortunate for user groups that Apple has made resources available that could benefit user groups. From Apple podcasts, to Today at Apple, to Apple Sales Web there are resources to create great meeting presentations. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Get to Know Today at Apple

On April 25 Apple introduced Today at Apple: new hands-on educational sessions for all 495 Apple Stores. Do you need a great presentation for a meeting? Why not have your members attend a session together. Not practical for a group gathering? Why not have one member attend, take notes and present the same topic at your next meeting. Whether your group has an interest in photo and video, music, coding, art and design, or other areas, there are dynamic sessions taught by highly-trained team members that can make learning fun. 

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check out Today at Apple!

Special Offer – Boom 2 Volume Booster: 50% Discount

If you find the volume on your Mac too low or want to change balance characteristics, 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 and much more.

With a regular retail price of $14.99 (US) for “Single User”, the Apple user group special price is only $7.49 (US). Buy through this offer now, and get the Boom 3D upgrade later for free.

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

Link to the Global Delight store: boomformac.com

This worldwide offer is valid through August 31, 2017.

Special Offer – Take Control Books: 30% Discount on All Ebooks

take_control_logo_2

No matter what Apple devices you’re using, there’s a Take Control ebook that will help you polish your skills, work more efficiently, and increase your productivity.  Written by the most-trusted names in the Mac world and published by Joe Kissell and Morgen Jahnke, Take Control ebooks provide the technical help you need now.

All Take Control titles are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, so you can read wherever, whenever and on whatever device you like.

Remember, there’s no need to read a Take Control title from front to back; instead, each book has a Quick Start that helps you jump instantly to the information you need.

Take Control has books that will help with numerous Apple-related technology tasks and projects, including:

* Converting from iPhoto to Photos
* Figuring out what the heck iTunes 12 is up to
* Maintaining an AirPort-based Wi-Fi network
* Installing and running OS X Server
* Syncing and sharing files with Dropbox
* Enjoying your Apple Watch

An exclusive 30% off their already low prices is offered to Apple user group members on all Take Control ebooks.

Take Control books:  https://www.takecontrolbooks.com

See your user group Ambassador for discount URL.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

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…

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!

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!

User Group News Bulletin

How-To: the Apple Teacher Program

 

Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible. Last month we featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, and Apple Sales Web, three incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a fourth great resource, the Apple Teacher program. You don’t have to be a teacher to sign up, and each educational activity is paired with a badge you can earn and display. Earn eight badges for either iPad or Mac, and you achieve Apple Teacher status, including access to Swift Playgrounds, a free app for first-time coders featuring Learn to Code and lessons that make getting started fun and interactive. Provided resources include Apple Teacher Starter Guide books, online help and Apple Store workshops.

read more…

Special Offer – AgileBits 1Password 6: 25% Discount

Too many passwords to remember? 1Password 6 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.

As an Apple user group member, you are entitled to get the new 1Password service at 25% below the normal $3.99/mo.(US) retail price. This subscription also gets you access to 1Password, not only on the Mac, but also iOS (and Windows/Android as well).

Note that 1Password 6 for Mac is a monthly subscription service.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

May’s Featured Vendor: Global Delight

This month’s Featured Vendor is Global Delight, maker of Boom 2, Capto, Vizmato, Boom for iOS, Camera Plus and Camera Plus Pro. Many of our readers are familiar with Global Delight because they have won awards in Apple’s App Store and multiple awards for Best of Show at Macworld over the years. Their employees are called Delightians because they work to delight their more than 15 million customers, crafting software with love and a sincere attempt at disrupting the app landscape.   read more…

Changes: Joe Kissell Buys Take Control Books

Changes are coming to TidBITS Publishing and Take Control Books. Joe Kissell, who has written more Take Control Books than any other author, has purchased Take Control Books with his wife Morgen Jahnke.  Sellers Adam and Tonya Engst will be concentrating on their new TidBITS Content Network service, providing syndicated content to Apple consultants and resellers.

Joe has lots of things he wants to do with Take Control in the future, so you’ll see new books, new authors, and more after he gets past the initial work of the transition. And, he is open to ideas from readers. What won’t change is the guarantee of quality: practical, focused, and timely guidance from trusted and knowledgeable technical writers. read more…

How-To: Apple Resources for User Group Meetings

by Rick Ortiz, Apple User Group Advisory Board Chair

Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible.  It is fortunate for user groups that Apple has made resources available that could benefit user groups. From Apple podcasts, to Today at Apple, to Apple Sales Web there are resources to create great meeting presentations. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Get to Know Today at Apple

On April 25 Apple introduced Today at Apple: new hands-on educational sessions for all 495 Apple Stores. Do you need a great presentation for a meeting? Why not have your members attend a session together. Not practical for a group gathering? Why not have one member attend, take notes and present the same topic at your next meeting. Whether your group has an interest in photo and video, music, coding, art and design, or other areas, there are dynamic sessions taught by highly-trained team members that can make learning fun. 

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check out Today at Apple!

Special Offer – Boom 2 Volume Booster: 50% Discount

If you find the volume on your Mac too low or want to change balance characteristics, 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 and much more.

With a regular retail price of $14.99 (US) for “Single User”, the Apple user group special price is only $7.49 (US). Buy through this offer now, and get the Boom 3D upgrade later for free.

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

Link to the Global Delight store: boomformac.com

This worldwide offer is valid through August 31, 2017.

Special Offer – Take Control Books: 30% Discount on All Ebooks

take_control_logo_2

No matter what Apple devices you’re using, there’s a Take Control ebook that will help you polish your skills, work more efficiently, and increase your productivity.  Written by the most-trusted names in the Mac world and published by Joe Kissell and Morgen Jahnke, Take Control ebooks provide the technical help you need now.

All Take Control titles are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, so you can read wherever, whenever and on whatever device you like.

Remember, there’s no need to read a Take Control title from front to back; instead, each book has a Quick Start that helps you jump instantly to the information you need.

Take Control has books that will help with numerous Apple-related technology tasks and projects, including:

* Converting from iPhoto to Photos
* Figuring out what the heck iTunes 12 is up to
* Maintaining an AirPort-based Wi-Fi network
* Installing and running OS X Server
* Syncing and sharing files with Dropbox
* Enjoying your Apple Watch

An exclusive 30% off their already low prices is offered to Apple user group members on all Take Control ebooks.

Take Control books:  https://www.takecontrolbooks.com

See your user group Ambassador for discount URL.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

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…

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!

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!



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