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.
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).
Use the password from this month’s Apple User Group Bulletin or contact your group’s Apple User Group Ambassador for access to this offer.
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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!
In conjunction with our new Vendor program we are reviving our Apple Product Reviews and Newsletters Resources pages under a new Webmaster. Have a dynamite presentation that you’d like to share with the user group community? Wrote a well-reasoned review of a product? The Resources for Apple User Group Presentations and Newsletters site is a repository for materials created by Apple User Group members from around the world.
Tom Piper, UGAB’s Vendor Coordinator, will be heading the project and looks forward to revitalizing this as wonderful resource for newsletter editors, group officers and members.
Group officers face similar challenges and often come up with elegant answers. Wouldn’t it be great to have these group’s collective wisdom just a few clicks away? Starting in July, we added a new feature called How To, composed of articles offering guidance for some of the processes we all face. The first in the series was How To: Presenting iOS at User Group Meetings.
Have a How To that could help other groups? Want to suggest a topic that needs coverage? Let us know at email@example.com
How To: Presenting iOS at User Group Meetings