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Special Offer – Moneyspire Personal Finance Software: 30% Discount

Moneyspire Inc is a U.S. personal finance software company specializing in user friendly, yet powerful, personal finance applications. Moneyspire has all the features one needs to manage their money, and is very easy to learn and use. Moneyspire is an excellent alternative to Quicken, and users can easily move their Quicken data over to Moneyspire if they would like. Learn more at http://www.moneyspire.com.

Regular prices for Moneyspire personal finance software range from $39.99 to $119.99 (US). Using the coupon code gives Apple user group members 30% off their software purchase from the Moneyspire store.

Get Moneyspire at: http://www.moneyspire.com/purchase

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

This worldwide offer is valid through November 17, 2017.

Featured Vendor: Joe Kissell of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Joe Kissell of alt concepts, co-publisher (with his wife Morgen Jahnke) of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books, a senior contributor to Macworld, prolific author and long time user group supporter. Joe On Tech guides provide friendly, comprehensive and up-to-date advice on important tech topics. Take Control ebooks cover much more detail than a magazine article but are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book. Joe is Take Control’s most prolific author and you probably have at least a few of his works already. read more…

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Avoid Presentation Disasters 2017

auo-logo-full-steel-greyOne way to avoid a presentation disaster is planning ahead for a presentation kit. This month, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us an updated look at the cables, adaptors and accessories that any group conducting presentations on regular basis should consider having on hand. By being prepared, you can be sure that if your presenter arrives with the wrong, or no, cable or adapter, the show will go on. Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/presentation-kit/

Ever wonder what Nicholas is doing when he is not writing for the user group community? While his new cruise tips and commentary blog is coming soon, be sure to check out some of his current projects.

Petes Hobby Railway – guest article

Junee Rhythm and Rail Festival Inc.

Meeting Idea: Swift Playgrounds

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. Over the last few months we have featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, Apple Teacher, Keynotes, and Apple Sales Web, five incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a sixth great resource, Swift Playgrounds.

read more…

Welcome: CSUSB Macintosh User Group and Swifters – Greece College Swift Playground Group

It is always fun to see new groups and new interests in the Apple User Group Locator. The CSUSB Macintosh User Group of Cal State University, Santa Barbara, is comprised of members of their information technology community on campus. Swifters –  Greece College Swift Playground Group are from the University of the Aegean, a university with multiple campus sites throughout Greece. Welcome to the community!

https://swifters.icsd.aegean.gr/

https://www.csusb.edu/its/about-its

Special Offer – Sparkle website builder: 20% Discount

Sparkle is a modern visual website design tool for everybody. It combines an all-in-one approach, an understandable interface and a focus on producing high performance and search engine optimized websites. Creating your website with Sparkle is easy, intuitive and fun. A drag-and-drop and highly visual interface places elements on a page with full freedom, similar to Keynote and Pages. Learn more at https://sparkleapp.com.

Regular pricing for Sparkle is $39.99 (US) for a single site, Sparkle Pro is $79.99 (US) for unlimited sites, Sparkle Multi-User license is $119.99 (unlimited, up to five Macs), or Sparkle Business 5-Pack is $249.99 (unlimited, up to five co-workers in a company). Using the discount link gives Apple user group members a 20% discount.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is valid through September 30, 2017.

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…

User Group News Bulletin

Special Offer – Moneyspire Personal Finance Software: 30% Discount

Moneyspire Inc is a U.S. personal finance software company specializing in user friendly, yet powerful, personal finance applications. Moneyspire has all the features one needs to manage their money, and is very easy to learn and use. Moneyspire is an excellent alternative to Quicken, and users can easily move their Quicken data over to Moneyspire if they would like. Learn more at http://www.moneyspire.com.

Regular prices for Moneyspire personal finance software range from $39.99 to $119.99 (US). Using the coupon code gives Apple user group members 30% off their software purchase from the Moneyspire store.

Get Moneyspire at: http://www.moneyspire.com/purchase

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

This worldwide offer is valid through November 17, 2017.

Featured Vendor: Joe Kissell of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Joe Kissell of alt concepts, co-publisher (with his wife Morgen Jahnke) of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books, a senior contributor to Macworld, prolific author and long time user group supporter. Joe On Tech guides provide friendly, comprehensive and up-to-date advice on important tech topics. Take Control ebooks cover much more detail than a magazine article but are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book. Joe is Take Control’s most prolific author and you probably have at least a few of his works already. read more…

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Avoid Presentation Disasters 2017

auo-logo-full-steel-greyOne way to avoid a presentation disaster is planning ahead for a presentation kit. This month, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us an updated look at the cables, adaptors and accessories that any group conducting presentations on regular basis should consider having on hand. By being prepared, you can be sure that if your presenter arrives with the wrong, or no, cable or adapter, the show will go on. Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/presentation-kit/

Ever wonder what Nicholas is doing when he is not writing for the user group community? While his new cruise tips and commentary blog is coming soon, be sure to check out some of his current projects.

Petes Hobby Railway – guest article

Junee Rhythm and Rail Festival Inc.

Meeting Idea: Swift Playgrounds

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. Over the last few months we have featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, Apple Teacher, Keynotes, and Apple Sales Web, five incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a sixth great resource, Swift Playgrounds.

read more…

Welcome: CSUSB Macintosh User Group and Swifters – Greece College Swift Playground Group

It is always fun to see new groups and new interests in the Apple User Group Locator. The CSUSB Macintosh User Group of Cal State University, Santa Barbara, is comprised of members of their information technology community on campus. Swifters –  Greece College Swift Playground Group are from the University of the Aegean, a university with multiple campus sites throughout Greece. Welcome to the community!

https://swifters.icsd.aegean.gr/

https://www.csusb.edu/its/about-its

Special Offer – Sparkle website builder: 20% Discount

Sparkle is a modern visual website design tool for everybody. It combines an all-in-one approach, an understandable interface and a focus on producing high performance and search engine optimized websites. Creating your website with Sparkle is easy, intuitive and fun. A drag-and-drop and highly visual interface places elements on a page with full freedom, similar to Keynote and Pages. Learn more at https://sparkleapp.com.

Regular pricing for Sparkle is $39.99 (US) for a single site, Sparkle Pro is $79.99 (US) for unlimited sites, Sparkle Multi-User license is $119.99 (unlimited, up to five Macs), or Sparkle Business 5-Pack is $249.99 (unlimited, up to five co-workers in a company). Using the discount link gives Apple user group members a 20% discount.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is valid through September 30, 2017.

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…



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