Double Click Presents: Security Tips for Macs and Mobile Devices

On Sunday, December 16, officers and members of Double Click, the The Mac OS Users Group of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will be investigating security on some of our favorite products. While Macs are generally more secure, there are things that users can do beyond the default settings to add an extra layer of safety. Start by assessing your current security practices and learn ways to make digital interactions even more safer.

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Midlands Macintosh User Group UK: Creating iBooks

At their January meeting, the officers and members of the Midlands Macintosh User Group (MMUG) will be looking at the ins and outs of making an iBook with iBook Author. They plan to round out the evening with a look at the pros and cons of current system software upgrades, and there may even be a raffle. As usual, the group will enjoy pizza and refreshments, and the usual relaxed atmosphere that makes this West Midlands, UK, group such a fun club to visit. Be sure to RSVP if you plan on attending.

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SF Cutters: FCP Network’s SuperMeet San Francisco Returns

If you have been to a SuperMeet, you already know the excitement, information, networking and incredibly-generous raffles, that have made each SuperMeet a can’t-miss event. If you are in film, video, motion graphics, editing or related industries, you need to network and learn at the twelfth annual San Francisco SuperMeet. With displays from an amazing selection of  vendors and presentations on industry techniques and requirements, you can join your peers as attendees learn from the best. Better yet, early bird tickets just went on sale.

January 30 at the Robertson Auditorium: Be there.

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Silicon Valley: Dan Woods Presents

On December 17, the officers and members of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (SVMUG) will host Dan Woods, president of Karelia Software. Dan’s presentation will focus on Sandvox, Macintosh software that lets users quickly and easily create web sites, even if the users know nothing about HTML. But wait, there’s more: the December meeting will also be a potluck, and guests are welcome.

Be there.

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In the News: Nancy Gravley

Nancy Gravley, president of Capitol Macintosh Users Group (CapMac), recently published an article for The Mac Observer titled Excellent Holiday Gifts for Apple Fans. She regularly offers reviews for The Mac Observer and always has something interesting to say. Need an idea for a holiday gift? Check out Nancy’s take on some fun products.

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In the News: Lorene Romero

Lorene Romero, President of the North Coast Mac Users Group (NCMUG), was recently featured in Agent at Home magazine, in an article titled Cover Focus: Masters of Technology. In the article, Lorene mentions her MacBook, iPhone and iPad, and discusses the ways that she uses technology to stay in touch with her clients, even when she is in another state or another country. While the web-based version of the article does not offer the fun graphics, the hard copy version has a great photo of Lorene with a few of her favorite Apple products.

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The Apple User Group Support Resource Center: Help For Leaders

The Apple User Group Advisory Board and User Group Support Team have implemented a new support system to assist Apple User Group leaders worldwide. Every leader request for support is assigned a unique ticket number which can be used to track the progress of the request online. The online support system will allow us to better serve group leaders and get them the answers they need for their user group. Our User Group Support Team is ready to help you out.

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SF Cutters: Amazing Speakers – Amazing Raffles

On November 15, the SF Cutters group in San Francisco will have five amazing presenters: President Kevin Monahan from Adobe, Kevan O’Brien, Boris FX Senior Product Marketing Manager, Jeffrey Way and Tery Williams from AJA, and Matt Silverman from Swordfish SF.

The raffle includes a Boris Continuum Complete (download) license (Woot!), T-Tap by AJA, Thunderbolt™ powered SDI and HDMI output, an Artbeats Stock Footage $500 (US) certificate, single licenses for Divergent Media: Clip Wrap and Scopebox, single licenses for Gee Three Software: PhotoMotion and GenArts Sapphire Edge, two webinars from Larry Jordan and 3mo. Subscriptions to Larry Jordan Training, two Pond5 Stock Footage $100 (US) certificates, a $200 (US) certificate value towards MotionVFX Templates – MotionVFX , books Focal Press and Peachpit Press, and Video2Brain Gift Certificates. Wow!

Attendees must pre-register online. If you haven’t attended a SF Cutters Meeting, November’s meeting looks amazing.


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Hawaii Macintosh & Apple Users’ Society: HMAUS Apple Harvest

On Saturday, November 10, officers and members of the Hawaii Macintosh & Apple Users’ Society, Inc. (HMAUS) will host the HMAUS Apple Harvest, and this year’s Harvest will be amazing. Imagine presentations by Macworld Senior Editor Chris Breen, Star Trek Nation’s Rod Roddenberry and Que author Gary Rosenzwieg:  they will all be doing remote presentations for HMAUS during the event.

On site, local Apple pros Beth Grech, Doc Rock, Jerome Koehler and Ross Rasmussen will add to the fun as members gather at the local Dave and Busters showroom for the Apple Harvest breakfast buffet.

From tips for tech to a vision of a better world, the HMAUS Apple Harvest 2012 has it all.

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Ben Waldie: Ask the Script Doctor

User group members know that Ben Waldie wears many hats: president of Automated Workflows, LLC, a company offering AppleScript and workflow automation consulting services to Mac-based businesses, founder of the Philadelphia Area AppleScript User’s Group, Macworld and UGU presenter, host of the Mac Automation Made Simple video training series and author of many popular books.

His new project provides a wonderful service to Mac users worldwide: a scripting column for Macworld magazine called Ask the Script Doctor. Have a question about scripting? Want quick ideas to improve your workflow processes? Head to Ben’s column to seek the answers you need.

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