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Special Offer – Disk Drill PRO: 30% Discount

diskdrillCleverFiles provides the help you need to recover deleted files in Mac OS X, such as critical business documents, music, photos or videos. Have files or whole partitions gone missing from your Mac? Disk Drill PRO can scan and recover data from virtually any storage device — including internal Macintosh hard drives, external hard drives, cameras, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices, USB flash drives, Kindles, and memory cards. Learn more at www.cleverfiles.com.

Regular prices for Disk Drill PRO is $89 (US). Using the coupon code gives Apple user group members 30% off all of these products.

Purchase now at: http://www.cleverfiles.com/pro.html

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

This worldwide offer is valid through March 31, 2017.

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.

Meeting Ideas: Motion 5, Compressor 4, and Apple Watch Nike+

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 video? Why not consider ASW’s Motion 5 and Compressor 4 – First Look (L501285A-en_US) or Final Cut Pro X – First Look (L502331A-en_US), both published in the last few weeks? Curious about Apple Watch Nike+? Check out Apple Watch Nike+ – First Look (L548536A-en_US). Want to learn about accessories for your MacBook Pro? Check out Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories (L548493A-en_US ).

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

Annual Records Update: Is Your Group Ready?

Are your group’s Apple User Group Locator records up to date? This winter the Locator team will be updating the database. Groups who have not updated their records since 2015, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. The team is also checking web sites: has your web site been updated since 2015? Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.

http://appleusergroupresources.com/signup-form/

Nicholas Pyers: Festive Celebrations – Available Again!

Festive-Celebrations-Disc-Label.001-150x150Due to many requests, Nicholas Pyers and AppleUsers.org has once again made the Festive Celebrations available at no cost to user groups across the globe. Festive Celebrations is a merger of two previous Disc of the Month titles: Festive Fun II and Celebrations Galore, and it is full of holiday-focused clipart, animated images, fonts, music & movies, coloring books, greeting cards, envelopes and much more.

User Group Leaders can download a copy of the Disc Image and support files by completing a form, using the link below. Thanks again to Nicholas Pyers for all he does for groups!

http://www.appleusers.org/dotm/festive-celebrations-available-again/

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…

Special Offer – Eltima Software: Up to 60% Off OS X Apps

eltimajpegEltima Software has developed Mac software for more than 15 years and has created various solutions for OS X. They can offer exactly what you need. Solutions include SyncMate, Elmedia Player, Folx, PhotoBulk, Airy, Commander One, USB Network Gate, FlexiHub, Typeeto, Uplet, Swordbox, CloudMounter, SyncMate 4, Unclouder, Flash Decompiler Trillix, Flash Optimizer and others. Learn more at http://mac.eltima.com/mac-products.html.

User group members can receive discounts of up to 60% off regular pricing. See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This offer is ongoing.

 

How To: Presenting Hidden Features of iOS

Many times at User Group meetings, the presenter may take time to let members ask questions or seek out tech tips or support. User Group Ambassador Rick Lantz of the Maui Apple User Society took a new view on the Q&A sessions, and decided to do a “How did they do that?” session at his meeting and show some hidden and unknown features of macOS and iOS. Below is his presentation material regarding iOS. User Group Leaders, feel free to use this material and demonstrate at your meetings. Click more to see video and meeting material:

read more…

Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue.

I. Overview read more…

Flash from the Past (and Present): Bryan Chaffin on Apple Keynotes

Bryan Chaffin of the Mac Observer (TMO) wrote a recent column on Apple Keynotes. He pointed out that NotesKey offers a wonderful reference for every Apple Keynote from January 1997 through the recent September 7, 2016, event. The fun part is that the reference can be sorted by people (for example, the people category has a long list that includes people from Lisa Jackson and Avie Tevanian to Jonny Ive, or you can sort by only women presenters), products, and miscellaneous, such as one more thing, which days of the week the event was held, location, and even swearing (?). Click on the resulting links and you move to a page covering that event, including best joke at each event and musical offerings.

What a neat resource! Hats off to Bryan for this great find!

Read Bryan’s column

macobserver.com/cool-stuff-found/every-apple-keynote-since-1997/

Visit the NotesKey page:

http://www.noteskey.com/

Pyers Presents: Software Freedom Day Resources

auo-logo-full-steel-greySeptember 17 marks the 13th annual Software Freedom Day celebration, with over 300 planned events worldwide. The day calls attention to software that is free to distribute, modify, access, share, study and use.

As part of the celebrations of Software Freedom Day 2016, AppleUsers.org has compiled a selection of some of the best, yet totally free, software that’s available for the Mac, collected together on a single DVD, called Spotlight on FOSS 2016 plus a bonus video and a copy of The AppleUsers Spotlight Software Freedom Day 2016 Special Edition. Fans of Stephen Fry will especially enjoy his Happy Birthday to GNU video.

Thanks as always to Mr. Pyers for these wonderful resources! See below for more information.

read more…

Pyers Presents: Finding Guest Presenters

auo-logo-full-steel-greyGroups are always looking for a great presentation and this month Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers valuable insights into ways to find guest presenters. His recent article, the fifth installment in his “Working with Presenters” series can help you reconceptualize the process and increase your ability to organize great meetings. Want to know more? Check out all five articles in the series.

Thanks as always to Mr. Pyers for these wonderful resources!

read more…

Macstock2016: Mid-America’s Second Gathering of Apple Faithful


tompicBy Tom Piper, Vendor Liaison, Apple User Group Advisory Board

Woodstock, the home of Other World Computing, is a great town of about 25,000 people in northeast Illinois (not New York), just 51 miles northwest of Chicago (a metro area of over 9,500,000 residents). It was also the host for the second year running of Macstock2016 (macstockconferenceandexpo.com) on July 15-16, 2016, at nearby Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College (a delightful and very comfortable venue).

This year’s event was a half day longer that the first Macstock in 2015 (at the same location). This extra time allowed for 18 knowledgeable presenters to share their experience in intensive 20-minute sessions, most using accompanying slideshows. The Saturday session topics included:

read more…

Apple User Group Leader’s Survey: The Results

Thanks for the interesting and informative responses to the Apple User Group Leader’s survey. It is clear that groups in our community face similar problems, including finding good meeting topics and speakers. Too, groups would like more discounts offers on popular items. As one writer noted, it is hard to find fresh topics for 10 meetings a year for when their group has been meeting for 9 years, and a good speaker can have a real impact on how many people show up for a meeting. Groups large and small, long time or new, echoed that comment.

Here are the results from the survey:

read more…

How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

onestar

Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

Last month we talked about raising money for your User Group on YouTube. This month we’re going to talk about raising money with Patreon and YouTube. Patreon Is a subscription-based crowd funding platform that helps creators collect financial support from their fans. You can use Patreon to fund your projects, Special Interest Group (SIG), or just to support your User Group by uploading YouTube videos. https://www.patreon.com

read more…

Pyers Presents: Getting a Media Release Published

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us two great articles on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient in July. In this article he discusses media releases: basic guidelines, finding topics, generating media interest, identifying media opportunities and more. His article wraps up with a link to a helpful article on creating a media kit.Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/getting-a-media-release-published/

User Group News Bulletin

Special Offer – Disk Drill PRO: 30% Discount

diskdrillCleverFiles provides the help you need to recover deleted files in Mac OS X, such as critical business documents, music, photos or videos. Have files or whole partitions gone missing from your Mac? Disk Drill PRO can scan and recover data from virtually any storage device — including internal Macintosh hard drives, external hard drives, cameras, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices, USB flash drives, Kindles, and memory cards. Learn more at www.cleverfiles.com.

Regular prices for Disk Drill PRO is $89 (US). Using the coupon code gives Apple user group members 30% off all of these products.

Purchase now at: http://www.cleverfiles.com/pro.html

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

This worldwide offer is valid through March 31, 2017.

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.

Meeting Ideas: Motion 5, Compressor 4, and Apple Watch Nike+

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 video? Why not consider ASW’s Motion 5 and Compressor 4 – First Look (L501285A-en_US) or Final Cut Pro X – First Look (L502331A-en_US), both published in the last few weeks? Curious about Apple Watch Nike+? Check out Apple Watch Nike+ – First Look (L548536A-en_US). Want to learn about accessories for your MacBook Pro? Check out Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories (L548493A-en_US ).

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

Annual Records Update: Is Your Group Ready?

Are your group’s Apple User Group Locator records up to date? This winter the Locator team will be updating the database. Groups who have not updated their records since 2015, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. The team is also checking web sites: has your web site been updated since 2015? Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.

http://appleusergroupresources.com/signup-form/

Nicholas Pyers: Festive Celebrations – Available Again!

Festive-Celebrations-Disc-Label.001-150x150Due to many requests, Nicholas Pyers and AppleUsers.org has once again made the Festive Celebrations available at no cost to user groups across the globe. Festive Celebrations is a merger of two previous Disc of the Month titles: Festive Fun II and Celebrations Galore, and it is full of holiday-focused clipart, animated images, fonts, music & movies, coloring books, greeting cards, envelopes and much more.

User Group Leaders can download a copy of the Disc Image and support files by completing a form, using the link below. Thanks again to Nicholas Pyers for all he does for groups!

http://www.appleusers.org/dotm/festive-celebrations-available-again/

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…

Special Offer – Eltima Software: Up to 60% Off OS X Apps

eltimajpegEltima Software has developed Mac software for more than 15 years and has created various solutions for OS X. They can offer exactly what you need. Solutions include SyncMate, Elmedia Player, Folx, PhotoBulk, Airy, Commander One, USB Network Gate, FlexiHub, Typeeto, Uplet, Swordbox, CloudMounter, SyncMate 4, Unclouder, Flash Decompiler Trillix, Flash Optimizer and others. Learn more at http://mac.eltima.com/mac-products.html.

User group members can receive discounts of up to 60% off regular pricing. See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This offer is ongoing.

 

How To: Presenting Hidden Features of iOS

Many times at User Group meetings, the presenter may take time to let members ask questions or seek out tech tips or support. User Group Ambassador Rick Lantz of the Maui Apple User Society took a new view on the Q&A sessions, and decided to do a “How did they do that?” session at his meeting and show some hidden and unknown features of macOS and iOS. Below is his presentation material regarding iOS. User Group Leaders, feel free to use this material and demonstrate at your meetings. Click more to see video and meeting material:

read more…

Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue.

I. Overview read more…

Flash from the Past (and Present): Bryan Chaffin on Apple Keynotes

Bryan Chaffin of the Mac Observer (TMO) wrote a recent column on Apple Keynotes. He pointed out that NotesKey offers a wonderful reference for every Apple Keynote from January 1997 through the recent September 7, 2016, event. The fun part is that the reference can be sorted by people (for example, the people category has a long list that includes people from Lisa Jackson and Avie Tevanian to Jonny Ive, or you can sort by only women presenters), products, and miscellaneous, such as one more thing, which days of the week the event was held, location, and even swearing (?). Click on the resulting links and you move to a page covering that event, including best joke at each event and musical offerings.

What a neat resource! Hats off to Bryan for this great find!

Read Bryan’s column

macobserver.com/cool-stuff-found/every-apple-keynote-since-1997/

Visit the NotesKey page:

http://www.noteskey.com/

Pyers Presents: Software Freedom Day Resources

auo-logo-full-steel-greySeptember 17 marks the 13th annual Software Freedom Day celebration, with over 300 planned events worldwide. The day calls attention to software that is free to distribute, modify, access, share, study and use.

As part of the celebrations of Software Freedom Day 2016, AppleUsers.org has compiled a selection of some of the best, yet totally free, software that’s available for the Mac, collected together on a single DVD, called Spotlight on FOSS 2016 plus a bonus video and a copy of The AppleUsers Spotlight Software Freedom Day 2016 Special Edition. Fans of Stephen Fry will especially enjoy his Happy Birthday to GNU video.

Thanks as always to Mr. Pyers for these wonderful resources! See below for more information.

read more…

Pyers Presents: Finding Guest Presenters

auo-logo-full-steel-greyGroups are always looking for a great presentation and this month Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers valuable insights into ways to find guest presenters. His recent article, the fifth installment in his “Working with Presenters” series can help you reconceptualize the process and increase your ability to organize great meetings. Want to know more? Check out all five articles in the series.

Thanks as always to Mr. Pyers for these wonderful resources!

read more…

Macstock2016: Mid-America’s Second Gathering of Apple Faithful


tompicBy Tom Piper, Vendor Liaison, Apple User Group Advisory Board

Woodstock, the home of Other World Computing, is a great town of about 25,000 people in northeast Illinois (not New York), just 51 miles northwest of Chicago (a metro area of over 9,500,000 residents). It was also the host for the second year running of Macstock2016 (macstockconferenceandexpo.com) on July 15-16, 2016, at nearby Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College (a delightful and very comfortable venue).

This year’s event was a half day longer that the first Macstock in 2015 (at the same location). This extra time allowed for 18 knowledgeable presenters to share their experience in intensive 20-minute sessions, most using accompanying slideshows. The Saturday session topics included:

read more…

Apple User Group Leader’s Survey: The Results

Thanks for the interesting and informative responses to the Apple User Group Leader’s survey. It is clear that groups in our community face similar problems, including finding good meeting topics and speakers. Too, groups would like more discounts offers on popular items. As one writer noted, it is hard to find fresh topics for 10 meetings a year for when their group has been meeting for 9 years, and a good speaker can have a real impact on how many people show up for a meeting. Groups large and small, long time or new, echoed that comment.

Here are the results from the survey:

read more…

How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

onestar

Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

Last month we talked about raising money for your User Group on YouTube. This month we’re going to talk about raising money with Patreon and YouTube. Patreon Is a subscription-based crowd funding platform that helps creators collect financial support from their fans. You can use Patreon to fund your projects, Special Interest Group (SIG), or just to support your User Group by uploading YouTube videos. https://www.patreon.com

read more…

Pyers Presents: Getting a Media Release Published

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us two great articles on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient in July. In this article he discusses media releases: basic guidelines, finding topics, generating media interest, identifying media opportunities and more. His article wraps up with a link to a helpful article on creating a media kit.Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/getting-a-media-release-published/



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