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Nicholas Pyers Presents: Presentation Ideas

auo-logo-full-steel-greyAre you looking for a clever idea for a meeting presentation? Stuck for a topic that will interest both your new and long time members?  Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org has some wonderful ideas that can add a spark to your next meeting. From a design application shoot out to a look at favorite podcasts, you will find something your group can use. While you are there, have a look at his tips for working with presenters.

Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/presentations/presentation-ideas/

 

May’s Featured Vendor: O’Reilly Media

oreillylogo  O’Reilly has been a part of the user group community for more than 30 years, so it is hard to remember back to 1978 when it was a small consulting company with a focus on UNIX and related technologies. By 1986 O’Reilly was publishing their Nutshell books and 1988 brought their well-known animal covers. By 1992 many of us were reading our copies of the Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalog while our more adventurous members were reading Programming Perl. As the years went on, many of us became fans of their Missing Manual series.Today, O’Reilly is an integral part of the technology community, providing handbooks, webcasts, conferences, trainings materials, online resources, Maker Faires, and more. Are your members taking full use of their resources? read more…

How To: Writing an Effective Review: A first Look

We have all read bad reviews. Whether it is the biased writer with an axe to grind or an under-the-table commission to earn, the boring writer who uses ten words where one would do, or the deadline writer who is rushed for time and uses a company’s marketing literature to mask lack of knowledge, a bad review wastes our time. Still, there are basic guidelines that can help you write an effective review.

Know your Audience

Just like preparing to give a presentation to your user group, your first step is to identify your audience. What matters to your audience? Are they new to the product or long-time users interested in the latest release? You want to be sure that your review offers value to each segment of your readership. read more…

How-To: Dealing with Difficult People by Dr. Scott Pelok

Over the years, some of the best ideas for user group leadership have come from the worldwide community of user group officers, the hard working leaders and experts who ensure that their groups survive and thrive.

This month’s How To features one of the most popular presentations ever presented at a User Group University session. In his session, Dr. Scott Pelok talked about the various sorts of difficult people we encounter in our groups and in everyday life. The Board still gets letters asking about the presentation and we have heard from folk who say his tips helped resolve challenging situations in their groups. Use the link below to download his presentation.

Difficultpeople

Thanks Dr. Scott!

Second Annual Macstock Conference: July 16 – 17 in Woodstock IL

Macstock Conference & Expo 2016 is an event for folks who use and love Apple products. But Macstock is a different sort of Apple-related event. It’s smaller. It’s grassroots. And it’s entirely about the Apple community!

Building on the success of the first Macstock in 2015, Macstock 2016 will once again feature speakers from throughout the Mac and iOS-using community including: Don McAllister, Allison Sheridan, Chuck Joiner, Adam Christianson, Victor Cajiao, Wally Cherwinski, Tim Robertson, Guy Serle, Julie Kuehl, Tom Piper and more!

Your ticket to Macstock gives you access to a full weekend of activities including: read more…

April’s Featured Vendor: Nisus Software, Inc.

nisusNisus Software, Inc. has been delighting users almost as long as the Mac has been around. In fact, Nisus (pronouced Nice Us) Software Inc. was founded back in 1983 as a software development company named Paragon Courseware. In 1993, the name was changed to Nisus Software, Inc. due to the name recognition of their popular word processor, Nisus Writer. Today, Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful and elegant word processor for OS X. An intuitive interface, powerful writing tools, and unmatched compatibility make Nisus Writer Pro the choice of serious writers everywhere.

Nisus Writer Pro starts with an intuitive, customizable interface that allows you to write how you want to write. Create great looking documents quickly using their exclusive style sheet view. Polish documents with their sophisticated, yet easy to use tools, including powerful find (including regular expressions), or add shapes and call outs using the drawing tools. Collaborate with others using track changes and comments that are compatible with Microsoft Word. You can write in just about any language supported in OS X (including right to left languages) thanks to the multilingual support built into Pro.

This month Nisus has a wealth of materials, including a number of short YouTube videos, that can make for a great meeting presentation. Better yet, check out this month’s offers for a special offer that can make your meeting even better! No matter what you write, from a simple letter to a sophisticated thesis, Nisus Writer Pro will allow you to create stunning documents with ease. 

read more…

Social Media and User Groups: An Introduction

By Rick Ortiz, Apple User Group Advisory Board Chair

Apple User Groups are a place for individuals with similar technology interests to meet and network with each other and make connections. Typically user groups meet in person on a monthly basis at a designated location to discuss topics related to Apple products. User groups were the first stage of social media. What social media has done, is take the in-person networking of people and bring it online into the internet digital world, allowing for a broader connection for individuals and groups.

If user groups served as the foundation for what social media has become, then it is important for user groups to continue to evolve and allow their network of members to make connections online as well. There are a number of social media resources available to user groups. We will take a look at some of the more popular online social media resources, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We will discuss what each one offers and how it can benefit your group. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Shoot, Edit, and Share 4K Videos on iPhone

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Web (ASW) and Apple Sales Training Online (ASTO). From prepackaged demos to Apple materials that you can use to create customized presentations, ASW and ASTO have it all.

This month, take a look at “Shoot, Edit, and Share 4K Videos on iPhone,” highlighting the benefits of, and techniques for, shooting, editing, and sharing 4K videos with iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. (L543520A-en_US, Apr 6, 2016). This could make for a short and fun meeting presentation.

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check out ASTO and ASW!

Apple Sales Web

Special Offer – Nisus Writer Pro: 25% Discount

nisusNisus Writer  feels like home, with support for Mac OS X autosave, document versioning, and iCloud. These tools are right wherever you want them. Customize which palettes are seen and when. Assign any keyboard shortcut to any menu. Add any menu to the toolbar. You’re in control. Learn more at www.nisus.com/pro/.

The regular price for Nisus Writer Pro is $79.00 (US). The coupon code gives Apple user group members 25% off, making the price $59.25 (US).
Get Nisus Writer Pro at: https://nisus.com/store/
See your user group Ambassador for discount code.
This worldwide offer is valid through July 31, 2016.

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Don’t Carry the Burden Alone!

auo-logo-full-steel-greyDoes your group rely on a small group of long-time volunteers for every task? Groups often lose members when individuals feel like they are being asked to single-handedly carry a large portion of the group’s work. In February, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offered some wise advice on how to share the burden by bringing more members into the circle. A quick read will show that his plan is both workable and a great way to build community within your group. Check it out, and while you are there, check out his many other valuable tips for running your group: http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/dont-carry-the-burden-alone/

March’s Featured Vendor: VueScan from Hamrick Software

VueScan

Hamrick Software was founded in 1991 by Ed Hamrick who wanted to find a way to produce better quality scans with his scanner. He found a great solution, initially helping over 100,000 users. With over 400,000 users and nineteen years of experience, VueScan is the world’s most widely used 3rd party scanning software. In fact, MacWorld UK nominated it for Best Imaging Software a few years back. A quick look at their reviews and testimonials lets you know that the product is something special. Better yet, VueScan now supports over 2,500 scanners.

Get a $10 (US) discount if you visit VueScan and purchase within 24 hours. Why not use VueScan as your group’s next meeting topic by using the resources below?  Best of all, they have a special license offer for user groups worldwide – found in this month’s Leaders section. read more…

Survey Thanks: The People Who Help Build Our Community

appleIn a little over a two weeks Apple will have its 40th anniversary, and we asked each group who responded for the name of the member who had the longest continual membership in their club. The amazing thing is that many of the names offered were founding members who still retained membership, and many are well known in our community. These people are some of the folk at the heart of why we meet. Of course, there are many more who are not listed here.

Some groups started as computer groups, others formed when the first Apple started our story. Still others formed because of a perfect joining of technologies, such as creative pros at the Adobe Technology Exchange of Southern California who found that Adobe’s graphics products and Apple’s hardware and interface opened a new possibilities. Of course, new products brought new clubs, from Warren’s AppleWorks User Group, once over 15,000 members strong, to those Powerbooks, iMacs, iOS and everything in between.

Thank you to each of the people below for helping our community create something truly special. read more…

User Group Survey: 30 – 40 Years of Delights and Surprises

appleIn a little over a two weeks Apple will have its 40th anniversary. Whenever you stepped into the Apple stream, something amazing was happening. The survey found groups who were there from the start (sometimes a little before) and one group that had Andy Herzfeld and Woz as founding members! AUSOM noted that they currently have over 600 members: 62 members who have had continual membership since they joined in the 1980s. And 145 who joined in the 1990s.

Here are groups who have been meeting continuously for 30 to 40 years. Wow! read more…

User Group Survey: 20 – 30 Years of Fun and Friendship

apple In a little over a two weeks Apple will have its 40th anniversary. Whenever you stepped into the Apple stream, something amazing was happening. An amazing variety of groups responded to our survey, from the Netherlands to Australia, and from folk who had been continuous members for more than 40 years to founders who started their groups 7 years ago.

Here are groups who have been meeting continuously for more than 20 years. Congrats! read more…

Fun: Four Vintage Computer Festival Events

Have you attended a Vintage Computer Festival? Each Festival is family-friendly and offers a hands-on exhibition hall where you can see and try computers from the 1960s-1980s. Add in keynote lectures, technical classes, special attractions and each is an unforgettable experience.

From April 2016 through September 2016. there are four festivals planned. Is there one near you? 

April 2-3, Atlanta region
VCF Southeast read more…


User Group News Bulletin

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Presentation Ideas

auo-logo-full-steel-greyAre you looking for a clever idea for a meeting presentation? Stuck for a topic that will interest both your new and long time members?  Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org has some wonderful ideas that can add a spark to your next meeting. From a design application shoot out to a look at favorite podcasts, you will find something your group can use. While you are there, have a look at his tips for working with presenters.

Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/presentations/presentation-ideas/

 

May’s Featured Vendor: O’Reilly Media

oreillylogo  O’Reilly has been a part of the user group community for more than 30 years, so it is hard to remember back to 1978 when it was a small consulting company with a focus on UNIX and related technologies. By 1986 O’Reilly was publishing their Nutshell books and 1988 brought their well-known animal covers. By 1992 many of us were reading our copies of the Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalog while our more adventurous members were reading Programming Perl. As the years went on, many of us became fans of their Missing Manual series.Today, O’Reilly is an integral part of the technology community, providing handbooks, webcasts, conferences, trainings materials, online resources, Maker Faires, and more. Are your members taking full use of their resources? read more…

How To: Writing an Effective Review: A first Look

We have all read bad reviews. Whether it is the biased writer with an axe to grind or an under-the-table commission to earn, the boring writer who uses ten words where one would do, or the deadline writer who is rushed for time and uses a company’s marketing literature to mask lack of knowledge, a bad review wastes our time. Still, there are basic guidelines that can help you write an effective review.

Know your Audience

Just like preparing to give a presentation to your user group, your first step is to identify your audience. What matters to your audience? Are they new to the product or long-time users interested in the latest release? You want to be sure that your review offers value to each segment of your readership. read more…

How-To: Dealing with Difficult People by Dr. Scott Pelok

Over the years, some of the best ideas for user group leadership have come from the worldwide community of user group officers, the hard working leaders and experts who ensure that their groups survive and thrive.

This month’s How To features one of the most popular presentations ever presented at a User Group University session. In his session, Dr. Scott Pelok talked about the various sorts of difficult people we encounter in our groups and in everyday life. The Board still gets letters asking about the presentation and we have heard from folk who say his tips helped resolve challenging situations in their groups. Use the link below to download his presentation.

Difficultpeople

Thanks Dr. Scott!

Second Annual Macstock Conference: July 16 – 17 in Woodstock IL

Macstock Conference & Expo 2016 is an event for folks who use and love Apple products. But Macstock is a different sort of Apple-related event. It’s smaller. It’s grassroots. And it’s entirely about the Apple community!

Building on the success of the first Macstock in 2015, Macstock 2016 will once again feature speakers from throughout the Mac and iOS-using community including: Don McAllister, Allison Sheridan, Chuck Joiner, Adam Christianson, Victor Cajiao, Wally Cherwinski, Tim Robertson, Guy Serle, Julie Kuehl, Tom Piper and more!

Your ticket to Macstock gives you access to a full weekend of activities including: read more…

April’s Featured Vendor: Nisus Software, Inc.

nisusNisus Software, Inc. has been delighting users almost as long as the Mac has been around. In fact, Nisus (pronouced Nice Us) Software Inc. was founded back in 1983 as a software development company named Paragon Courseware. In 1993, the name was changed to Nisus Software, Inc. due to the name recognition of their popular word processor, Nisus Writer. Today, Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful and elegant word processor for OS X. An intuitive interface, powerful writing tools, and unmatched compatibility make Nisus Writer Pro the choice of serious writers everywhere.

Nisus Writer Pro starts with an intuitive, customizable interface that allows you to write how you want to write. Create great looking documents quickly using their exclusive style sheet view. Polish documents with their sophisticated, yet easy to use tools, including powerful find (including regular expressions), or add shapes and call outs using the drawing tools. Collaborate with others using track changes and comments that are compatible with Microsoft Word. You can write in just about any language supported in OS X (including right to left languages) thanks to the multilingual support built into Pro.

This month Nisus has a wealth of materials, including a number of short YouTube videos, that can make for a great meeting presentation. Better yet, check out this month’s offers for a special offer that can make your meeting even better! No matter what you write, from a simple letter to a sophisticated thesis, Nisus Writer Pro will allow you to create stunning documents with ease. 

read more…

Social Media and User Groups: An Introduction

By Rick Ortiz, Apple User Group Advisory Board Chair

Apple User Groups are a place for individuals with similar technology interests to meet and network with each other and make connections. Typically user groups meet in person on a monthly basis at a designated location to discuss topics related to Apple products. User groups were the first stage of social media. What social media has done, is take the in-person networking of people and bring it online into the internet digital world, allowing for a broader connection for individuals and groups.

If user groups served as the foundation for what social media has become, then it is important for user groups to continue to evolve and allow their network of members to make connections online as well. There are a number of social media resources available to user groups. We will take a look at some of the more popular online social media resources, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We will discuss what each one offers and how it can benefit your group. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Shoot, Edit, and Share 4K Videos on iPhone

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Web (ASW) and Apple Sales Training Online (ASTO). From prepackaged demos to Apple materials that you can use to create customized presentations, ASW and ASTO have it all.

This month, take a look at “Shoot, Edit, and Share 4K Videos on iPhone,” highlighting the benefits of, and techniques for, shooting, editing, and sharing 4K videos with iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. (L543520A-en_US, Apr 6, 2016). This could make for a short and fun meeting presentation.

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check out ASTO and ASW!

Apple Sales Web

Special Offer – Nisus Writer Pro: 25% Discount

nisusNisus Writer  feels like home, with support for Mac OS X autosave, document versioning, and iCloud. These tools are right wherever you want them. Customize which palettes are seen and when. Assign any keyboard shortcut to any menu. Add any menu to the toolbar. You’re in control. Learn more at www.nisus.com/pro/.

The regular price for Nisus Writer Pro is $79.00 (US). The coupon code gives Apple user group members 25% off, making the price $59.25 (US).
Get Nisus Writer Pro at: https://nisus.com/store/
See your user group Ambassador for discount code.
This worldwide offer is valid through July 31, 2016.

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Don’t Carry the Burden Alone!

auo-logo-full-steel-greyDoes your group rely on a small group of long-time volunteers for every task? Groups often lose members when individuals feel like they are being asked to single-handedly carry a large portion of the group’s work. In February, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offered some wise advice on how to share the burden by bringing more members into the circle. A quick read will show that his plan is both workable and a great way to build community within your group. Check it out, and while you are there, check out his many other valuable tips for running your group: http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/dont-carry-the-burden-alone/

March’s Featured Vendor: VueScan from Hamrick Software

VueScan

Hamrick Software was founded in 1991 by Ed Hamrick who wanted to find a way to produce better quality scans with his scanner. He found a great solution, initially helping over 100,000 users. With over 400,000 users and nineteen years of experience, VueScan is the world’s most widely used 3rd party scanning software. In fact, MacWorld UK nominated it for Best Imaging Software a few years back. A quick look at their reviews and testimonials lets you know that the product is something special. Better yet, VueScan now supports over 2,500 scanners.

Get a $10 (US) discount if you visit VueScan and purchase within 24 hours. Why not use VueScan as your group’s next meeting topic by using the resources below?  Best of all, they have a special license offer for user groups worldwide – found in this month’s Leaders section. read more…

Survey Thanks: The People Who Help Build Our Community

appleIn a little over a two weeks Apple will have its 40th anniversary, and we asked each group who responded for the name of the member who had the longest continual membership in their club. The amazing thing is that many of the names offered were founding members who still retained membership, and many are well known in our community. These people are some of the folk at the heart of why we meet. Of course, there are many more who are not listed here.

Some groups started as computer groups, others formed when the first Apple started our story. Still others formed because of a perfect joining of technologies, such as creative pros at the Adobe Technology Exchange of Southern California who found that Adobe’s graphics products and Apple’s hardware and interface opened a new possibilities. Of course, new products brought new clubs, from Warren’s AppleWorks User Group, once over 15,000 members strong, to those Powerbooks, iMacs, iOS and everything in between.

Thank you to each of the people below for helping our community create something truly special. read more…

User Group Survey: 30 – 40 Years of Delights and Surprises

appleIn a little over a two weeks Apple will have its 40th anniversary. Whenever you stepped into the Apple stream, something amazing was happening. The survey found groups who were there from the start (sometimes a little before) and one group that had Andy Herzfeld and Woz as founding members! AUSOM noted that they currently have over 600 members: 62 members who have had continual membership since they joined in the 1980s. And 145 who joined in the 1990s.

Here are groups who have been meeting continuously for 30 to 40 years. Wow! read more…

User Group Survey: 20 – 30 Years of Fun and Friendship

apple In a little over a two weeks Apple will have its 40th anniversary. Whenever you stepped into the Apple stream, something amazing was happening. An amazing variety of groups responded to our survey, from the Netherlands to Australia, and from folk who had been continuous members for more than 40 years to founders who started their groups 7 years ago.

Here are groups who have been meeting continuously for more than 20 years. Congrats! read more…

Fun: Four Vintage Computer Festival Events

Have you attended a Vintage Computer Festival? Each Festival is family-friendly and offers a hands-on exhibition hall where you can see and try computers from the 1960s-1980s. Add in keynote lectures, technical classes, special attractions and each is an unforgettable experience.

From April 2016 through September 2016. there are four festivals planned. Is there one near you? 

April 2-3, Atlanta region
VCF Southeast read more…



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