Special Offer – Prosoft Engineering Software: 25% Off

prosoftProsoft is the award-winning leader for data loss prevention and recovery. As long-time user group supporters, they value the feedback and support that they have received from the Apple User Group members worldwide.

In return, they are offering a 25% off list price special price to user group members through a special discount link.

Contact your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is valid while supplies last.

Special Offer – EverWeb by RAGE Software: 50% Discount

everweb-icon-42EverWeb is an easy to use drag-and-drop website builder. No coding, and no web building experience is required to get your beautiful website up and running. If you have ever used Apple’s now discontinued iWeb, your transition to EverWeb will be a breeze. EverWeb’s user interface, and most of its functionality, is very similar to iWeb. Build a website either from scratch using a blank canvas, or modify one of the many professionally designed built-in templates.

EverWeb is available as a standalone application for $79.95(US), or with a hosting account that allows you to publish your website without any FTP information for $99.95(US). Apple user group members can now purchase either version at 50% off (not applicable to renewals and/or upgrades). You can try EverWeb free of charge before purchasing. EverWeb also comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee, so you can purchase with confidence.

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

To download or purchase EverWeb, please visit http://www.everwebapp.com

This worldwide offer expires December 31, 2015.

December’s Featured Vendor: Prosoft: Rescuing Data Since 1985

prosoft Back when the Mac was new, Prosoft Engineering, Inc. was developing for the Mac ecosystem. In fact, for almost 30 years Prosoft has licensed many technologies to Apple, including disk utilities, plug-and-play drivers, and CD burning, password protection and disk image mounting software, while selling beloved products to loyal Mac users. The company’s longevity is due, in part, to their software reliability, product innovations and a very loyal end-user community: when a file is lost or corrupted, users know that the current version of  Data Rescue is usually the best answer.


How-To: Managing User Group Membership

User Groups both big and small must deal with record keeping and managing membership. For group leaders this can sometimes be burdensome and time-intensive work. Managing a database of members, membership payments, and, of course getting the monthly meeting emails out can take a majority of your group’s leaders’ time each month. There is no one-way-fits-all for groups to manage their  members. The goal of this how-to is to offer some tips and guidance, to help automate some of your groups’ membership tasks so that your group leaders can spend their time creating great meetings. We will look at member database management, communication, and payment options for membership.  (more…)

Meeting Ideas: iTunes U, Accessibility on a Mac and More

Need a quick presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Web (ASW). ASW has downloadable presentations that your members willy enjoy. Recently posted presentations include iTunes U: Key Features and Benefits” (November), “iWork for iOS” (October) and “iMovie and GarageBand for iOS” (October).

Prefer to create your own presentation using Apple info? Check out Apple Sales and Training Online (ASTO). This month your ambassador will find a new QuickTraining course covering Accessibility on a Mac. Using ASW and ASTO, your group is sure to find a presentation to fit your group’s interests.

Apple Sales Web

How-to: Using iCloud as a User Group Resource

icloudIn 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.


News to Use: Apple User Group Support Resource Center

Are you an ambassador who wants to sign up for ASW or ASTO? A group leader who lost the group’s database password or has questions about the group’s listing in the database? The Apple User Group Advisory Board has implemented a support ticket system to assist Apple User Group leaders worldwide. Database listings are updated approximately once a month and ambassadors can register for ASW at any time, although memberships go dormant in mid-December and must be renewed each year. The team is here to help.


Working Together: Share Your How-tos, Reviews and Presentations

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? Have a How-to that you would like to share or a review that merits a wider readership? Want to suggest a topic that needs coverage?

Participate in the conversation for How-tos:

email: ugab@mac.com

Contribute to our review community:


macProVideo: Huge Discount for Group Members


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). User Group discount codes are protected and can only be accessed by contacting your user group ambassador or leaders who receive a monthly access password. A list of user group discounts can be found here. You can find your group contact by clicking here.

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