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October’s Featured Vendor: TidBITS Content Network

 

In early 1990, Adam and Tonya Engst founded TidBITS. A little over 27 years later, they are still providing the insights, news, tips and guidance that their wide-spread readership enjoys. Better yet, they have a new service, the TidBITS Content Network (TCN) content syndication service, that provides content that consultants, resellers, and other businesses can use to stay in touch with their clients. The service also  helps home and office users how to make better use of their Macs, iPhones, and iPads.  read more…

Special Offer – TidBITS Content Network for Apple professionals: Get a free month of tips and articles!

The TidBITS Content Network (TCN) is a syndicated content service for Apple consultants, resellers, service providers, and other professionals who want to publish Apple-specific tips and articles on their blogs, in email newsletters and on social media.
A TCN subscription includes four short tips and four 400-to-600 word articles each month, plus free bonus articles right after Apple announcements. Everything is professionally written, edited, and illustrated by Adam and Tonya Engst, the editorial team that co-founded the TidBITS newsletter and the Take Control Books series. TCN subscribers may add to or edit the articles however they wish.

TCN costs $100 per month, and user group-involved Apple pros can get the first month’s content for free!

This worldwide offer is ongoing, but note that all TCN content is only in English.

Macstock 2017: Super User Group Meeting

 

Macstock 2017: Super User Group Meeting by Tom Piper

Macstock III was an independent 2-day conference for Apple enthusiasts of all experience levels held July 15-16, 2017, at the Luecht Conference Center in Building B of the main McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL. Its name originally came from nearby Woodstock, all of which is about an hour’s drive northwest of Chicago.

The conference design was to help us hear techniques from community-leading experts for getting the most from our Apple devices and apps, plus provide us a unique opportunity to engage other members of the Apple community from around the globe who also be visited Macstock. My son, Jason, and I met people from Washington, Cupertino, New York, Chicago, Florida, Tucson, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa and many other places. As Jason observed: “Literally everyone is wearing an Apple watch, and we are all comparing the variety of bands being worn.” read more…

How-To: Live Streaming Computer Group Meetings by Graeme Moffatt

Thanks to Graeme Moffatt of Capital Video Productions Ltd. and Apple User Group Regional Liaison for New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania for this How-To.

I became involved with a group in the United States that is doing live internet broadcasts, initially just using an iPad and soon they moved to a much more sophisticated system.

This new system allowed them to use multiple screens, cameras and microphones and the quality of the broadcasts became much more sophisticated and interesting. I sent an email to the person who was coordinating all of this, an ex Hollywood filmmaker, and asked him what software he was using and received a reply stating that it was an iPad app called Switcher Studio.

I did a search online and soon found the app and downloaded a free trial version and tested it out. I found it to quite amazing as to what it could accomplish read more…

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

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 – 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.

User Group News Bulletin

October’s Featured Vendor: TidBITS Content Network

 

In early 1990, Adam and Tonya Engst founded TidBITS. A little over 27 years later, they are still providing the insights, news, tips and guidance that their wide-spread readership enjoys. Better yet, they have a new service, the TidBITS Content Network (TCN) content syndication service, that provides content that consultants, resellers, and other businesses can use to stay in touch with their clients. The service also  helps home and office users how to make better use of their Macs, iPhones, and iPads.  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…

Special Offer – TidBITS Content Network for Apple professionals: Get a free month of tips and articles!

The TidBITS Content Network (TCN) is a syndicated content service for Apple consultants, resellers, service providers, and other professionals who want to publish Apple-specific tips and articles on their blogs, in email newsletters and on social media.
A TCN subscription includes four short tips and four 400-to-600 word articles each month, plus free bonus articles right after Apple announcements. Everything is professionally written, edited, and illustrated by Adam and Tonya Engst, the editorial team that co-founded the TidBITS newsletter and the Take Control Books series. TCN subscribers may add to or edit the articles however they wish.

TCN costs $100 per month, and user group-involved Apple pros can get the first month’s content for free!

This worldwide offer is ongoing, but note that all TCN content is only in English.

Macstock 2017: Super User Group Meeting

 

Macstock 2017: Super User Group Meeting by Tom Piper

Macstock III was an independent 2-day conference for Apple enthusiasts of all experience levels held July 15-16, 2017, at the Luecht Conference Center in Building B of the main McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL. Its name originally came from nearby Woodstock, all of which is about an hour’s drive northwest of Chicago.

The conference design was to help us hear techniques from community-leading experts for getting the most from our Apple devices and apps, plus provide us a unique opportunity to engage other members of the Apple community from around the globe who also be visited Macstock. My son, Jason, and I met people from Washington, Cupertino, New York, Chicago, Florida, Tucson, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa and many other places. As Jason observed: “Literally everyone is wearing an Apple watch, and we are all comparing the variety of bands being worn.” read more…

How-To: Live Streaming Computer Group Meetings by Graeme Moffatt

Thanks to Graeme Moffatt of Capital Video Productions Ltd. and Apple User Group Regional Liaison for New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania for this How-To.

I became involved with a group in the United States that is doing live internet broadcasts, initially just using an iPad and soon they moved to a much more sophisticated system.

This new system allowed them to use multiple screens, cameras and microphones and the quality of the broadcasts became much more sophisticated and interesting. I sent an email to the person who was coordinating all of this, an ex Hollywood filmmaker, and asked him what software he was using and received a reply stating that it was an iPad app called Switcher Studio.

I did a search online and soon found the app and downloaded a free trial version and tested it out. I found it to quite amazing as to what it could accomplish read more…

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

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 – 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.



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