How-To: Presenting iOS at User Group Meetings

Traditionally many user groups were known as “Mac” user groups. With the popularity and growth of iPhones and iPads, many groups are changing to become “Apple” user groups. In the past, meeting presentations could be done by hooking a Mac computer up to a projector or television. For iOS devices this can be a challenge. The Apple Use Group Resource team has put together some tips and strategies to get you up and running, presenting iOS at your user group meetings. We will address hardware needs, Apple technologies, software options and user groups successfully using these technologies. Read on.


Special Offer – Peachpit: 35% Discount

peachpitApple user group members receive a 35% discount when they shop at Just enter the user group discount coupon code at checkout. Ground shipping is free! (This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other coupon codes such as the Peachpit Club.)

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

Reminder: Offers for User Group Members

These vendors have provided discounts for user group members. Need the site password? Ask your group’s Apple Ambassador.

AgileBits 1Password 4 and more: 25% Discount

Eltima Software multimedia products: Pay 20% less

Mac|Life: Now 72% Off

Macworld Magazine: Discounts for User Group Members

O’Reilly: Discounts for User Group Members

Peachpit Press: 35% Off

Que Publishing Products: 35-45% Discount

SlideShark iPad PowerPoint Viewer: Free App plus Special Offer

Take Control Books: 30% Discount on All eBooks

TechTool Deluxe 3.1.4 update now available free

Check them out!

Macintosh 30th: The Poster Project

In honor of the original Macintosh Development Team, All Planet Studios, the Computer History Museum and Macworld/iWorld announce a celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the Macintosh, held on January 25 at the Flint Center in Cupertino, CA.

Ilene Hoffman reminds the community that community members should send photos and testimonials as part of the accompanying Poster Project – the project provides fans with a chance to be a part of the event, even if they cannot be there!

Want to learn more about the celebration?

(Thanks to Ilene Hoffman, long-time editor of the Macworld Party Page, for this tip.)

Apple Headquarters: Recreated In Minecraft

Here is a bit of fun, posted to YouTube on Monday. Whether you have visited Apple’s Infinite Loop Headquarters or would like to do so, this reconstruction in Minecraft is sure to bring a smile. Michael Steeber spent two years on the project. Wow!


Pyers Presents: Working with Presenters

It can be hard for groups to get presentations for meetings. And, if a presenter takes the time and trouble to visit your group, will he or she want to come back? A reader recently sent in a tip about a series that covers everything from inviting a presenter to how to handle activity on the night of a presentation. Provided by Nicholas Pyers’ the series has been around for a while but is well worth revisiting.

Approaching Potential Presenters

Confirming Presenters

Working with Presenters on “The Night”


HAAUG Heaven: Semi-Annual Swap Meet

The Houston Area Apple Users Group’s (HAAUG) semi-annual Swap Meet is the place to find gently used tech bargains that will delight both novices and tech savvy users! January 18, 2014, Bellaire Civic Center in Bellaire, Texas: Be there or be square.

Learn more.

(Thanks to Apple User Group Regional Liaison and HAAUG past president Doug Smith for this tip!)


The Northwest of Us: iMovie 10 Workshop

The Northwest of Us User Group (NWOU) regularly holds special one-day workshops on topics of interest to their members and their community. On January 18, 2014, the next hands-on workshop will cover iMovie 10, with presenter Phil Brooks.

Learn more.

Sign up.


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Tom Piper: Thanks for Great Offers and Greater Memories

On April 15, 2004, eight years and eight months ago, Tom Piper took over responsibility for all vendor offers published in the Apple User Group Bulletin, later providing all of the offers that ran on the Apple User Group Resources Blog.

Tom had been busy in the user group community for many years prior to wearing the Vendor Wizard hat: he founded appleJAC MUG in 1984 and served as its president for well over 20 years. He had been appointed as one of the Apple User Group Program’s Regional Liaisons in 2003, and later served as Advisory Board Chair for two years. During those 8.6 Vendor Wizard years, Tom was responsible for providing the raffle items enjoyed at UGU, UGLC, the User Group Ice Cream Social and more, all for user group attendees at Macworld.

In November, Tom stepped down from his vendor responsibilities, focusing on new Advisory Board projects.

Thanks for many, many years of wonderful offers and even better memories, Tom!

tom From your colleagues on the User Group Advisory Board, Apple’s User Group Program and members of the user group community.

MacinTech: Focus on Apple’s Assistive Technologies

On January 14, officers and members of Denver’s MacinTech Computer Users Group will host a special program with a focus on Apple’s assistive technologies. Presenters will include Dan Burke, from the Colorado Center for the Blind, and a representative from AbleLink Technologies, speaking about AbleLink’s programs to help the learning disabled navigate mass transit. Most Apple users know that Macs are designed for universal access, with dozens of assistive technologies built in. Still, those dozens are just the start of the many ways that a Mac can provide access solutions.

Visit MacinTech.

(Thanks to Andy Suhaka, MacinTech Treasurer, for this great tip!)

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