CapMac: Friends Don’t Let Friends Lose Data

Capitol Mac Users Group’s June meeting featured Allan Doehler from Drobo, whose team offered a live demo of what Drobo products can offer. Interestingly, Nancy Gravley, CapMac’s president, had entered Drobo’s 100 Drobos contest, offering 100 Drobos for the best idea for using Drobos to improve education, foster the arts and change the world. The company received lots of wonderful ideas and public voting reached more than 1.25 million votes, but four stood out, with Nancy’s idea the second highest of the top four vote getters. CapMac’s presentation earned 368173 votes and a fourth share of those 100 Drobos. Congrats to Nancy and Capitol Mac of Austin!

Her plan:

Why Should Voters Support Capitol Mac’s contest entry?

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PDXFCPUG: Red Giant, Final Cut Pro X and a MeetUp

On July 13, Portland Final Cut Pro members were present as Red Giant offered a look at Cosmo, Looks 2 and Magic Bullet Suite 11, followed by Warren Schultz of RVI Media and Dean McCrea of TRL Media who offered a first look at Apple’s recently-released Final Cut Pro X. Next week, the group will participate in a panel discussion about the impact of consumer demand on any time, anywhere video.

Attend, network and enjoy.

FCPUG Network: SuperMeet YouTube Channel

The Final Cut Pro User Groups Network is well known for their wildly popular SuperMeets. If you have not been able to take part in a SuperMeet, there is now an FCPUG Network SuperMeet YouTube channel, so that you can catch some of the best presentations from past events in London, Las Vegas and San Francisco.

Learn from the best.

(Thanks to BOSFCPUG President Daniel Bérubé for this tip!)

Mac Computer Expo: Great Sponsors, Fun Events and Raffle Tickets

Have you checked out the MCE 2011 homepage lately?  The officers and members of The North Coast Mac Users Group (NCMUG) suggest that if you’re not local to Sonoma County why not try for a mini vacation? Visitors will enjoy an expo on the Mac and iOS, awesome speakers and vendors, and Wine Country in the Fall – a techie paradise.  NCMUG has been reliably presenting the best for the last 18 years, with their popular Macintosh Computer Expo, second only to Macworld as the largest expo of its type in the San Francisco Bay area. Can’t visit? They’ll be glad to sell you raffle tickets and the prizes are amazing.

Be there:

Learn about North Cost Mac Users Group:

Like the MCE Facebook link:

(Thanks to President Lorene Romero for this excellent tip!)

Pyers Presents: Newest Issue is Largest Ever

The newest edition of Spotlight from, the Australian volunteer team that represents more than 30 user groups, will be of special interest to user groups because it offers information about preparing for Lion and the move from MobileMe to iCloud, along with articles on photo techniques, WordPress, Keynote, and more. This issue is now available for free in PDF format and can be read using Adobe Reader or Preview under Mac OS X, Adobe Reader for Windows and now in iBooks on the iPad, iPhone and iPad touch.

Download and learn today.

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(Thanks to founder and editor Nicholas Pyers for making these resources available to the community!)

A2Central: New User Group, Archives and More

Interested in Apple history? More than ten years of magazines, posts and associated materials from the British Apple Systems User Group (BASUG/Apple2000), some never seen outside of the UK, are now available for download. In Seattle, the Living Computer Museum hosted the inaugural meeting of the Seattle Retro-Computing Society. Add in a video on an early prototype, and long-time fans will find much to bring back good memories.


MacGroup-Detroit: Summer 2011 Photowalk Winners

Terry White, president of MacGroup-Detroit and one of User Group University’s favorite presenters,  reports that this summer’s Photowalk, organized by Brian Stone, was one of the best. The offerings were exceptional and the winners worth viewing.

Check ’em out by reading Terry’s post.