Naples MacFriends: Tropical Depression Brings Smiles

On Wednesday, March 7, members of the Naples MacFriends User Group had a special treat, as the members of the Tropical Depression Barbershop Quartet performed some beloved tunes, updated with Mac-Friendly lyrics. The quartet are also members of the Naples’ group. Interestingly, Naples MacFriends provides ten weekly special classes during the first quarter of each year, in addition to their regular monthly meetings and SIGs, in order to promote the knowledge and skills of their members. Way to go!

Hear the Tropical Depressions at the meeting (starts with a promo for the group’s performance at a public show).

Learn about the Naples MacFriends User Group.

(Thanks to Naples MacFriends president Jerome King for this great tip!)

Qatar MUG: Photo Management for Basic Users

On April 25, 2012, the Qatar Mac User Group will focus on photo management for basic users. Known as Doha iMUM, their ambassador notes that with digital cameras becoming ever cheaper and easier to use, just about everyone is a photographer these days – Mac users are no exception. During the meeting, members will learn the various top photo management apps available for Mac.

Join in the fun – Learn about the Qatar Mac Users Group.

Doha iMum on Facebook:

SF Cutters: 12 Years of Excellence and a Party

On Wednesday, March 21, the San Francisco Cutters will be hosting a special sold-out party in honor of their 12th anniversary.  Highlights will include Ripple Training’s Final Cut Pro experts Steve Martin and Mark Spencer discussing the 10.0.3 FCP update, Adobe’s Mark Christiansen answering questions about After Effects, videos by Joanne Dorgan and Romy Randev, a tremendous raffle, sponsor tables and all of the wonderful networking opportunities that are the hallmarks of every SF Cutters event.

Thanks to SF  Cutters for all they do for the community, from posting job openings in the field of video, to making sure that artists’ works and publicized and recognized, to encouraging networking by reminding members to meet at least five new people at each event and so much more.

Learn about SF Cutters online and on FaceBook.

(Thanks to SF Cutters Ambassador Claudia Crask for the anniversary party tip!)


Chris Breen: Speaks and Plays at NCMUG

Chris Breen, senior editor of Macworld Magazine and host of the Macworld Podcast, was the guest speaker for the NCMUG (North Coast Mac Users Group) monthly General Meeting in February 2012.  Aside from his many journalistic endeavors, Chris is also an accomplished musician, and the group enjoyed hearing him play one of his original compositions titled “We’ll Get Through.” Even better, a member took this video using an iPhone 4S.

Hear Chris Play.

Visit NCMUG.

Chris Breen on iTunes:

Here is additional video taken at an NCMUG meeting in September 2010.

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

Returning to Trenton: 37th Annual Computer Festival

User group members are invited to the 37th annual Trenton Computer Festival (TCF), the oldest computer festival in the world, scheduled for March 10, 2012, at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey.

TCF is not just another computer show. It was started by (and is still run by) computer hobbyist volunteers as a non-profit educational event. The Speaker Program, Proceedings Books and similar materials are created and operated by volunteers from several computer clubs. Attendees can enjoy workshops, the ever-popular flea market, commercial exhibits, opportunities to meet and socialize,  special exhibits, contests and more. Better yet, the 7th annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) IT Professional Conference will be held the day before, so that attendees can combine two great events into a single weekend.

Check it out!

See photos of last year’s event.

Learn about the IEEE IT Professional Conference.

KansasFest 2012: Romero, History and More

KansasFest, the 23rd annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, returns for another year, running July 17 through July 22, 2012. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retro-computing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie. The week kicks off with a keynote speech by John Romero, co-founder of id Software and creator of Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave and nearly a hundred other popular computer and video games. Highlights include how to build your own Apple II WordPress site, HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels, a vendor fair and exhibit hall where enthusiasts can show off, play with and buy and sell new or unusual hardware and software, programming interactive fiction in Inform 7 and so much more.

If you “remember when,” Kansas will be the place to be.

(Thanks to Ken Gagne for this wonderful tip!)

NAB 2012: MediaMotion Ball Returns

The volunteer team from International Media Users Group (IMUG) invites digital media mavens to a premier event during NAB for professionals in production, post production, motion graphics, 3D and related fields. This year’s Media Motion Ball 2012, with Platinum Sponsor  AJA Video Systems, will offer ongoing drawings for great door prizes, time to network and socialize, and a multi-course dinner. Interested in media production? Going to NAB? The MediaMotion Ball should be on your social calendar.

Be there.


Special Offer – SlideShark iPad PowerPoint Viewer: Free App plus Special Offer

SlideShark from BrainShark, Inc. is a free app that converts PowerPoint presentations to view on your iPad. It is easy to use and designed with professionals, educators, and students in mind. It preserves animations, fonts, graphics and colors, and allows you to tap or swipe to advance animations and slides. With SlideShark you can view and present your slideshow on the iPad the way it was meant to be seen (and show on your TV with the iPad 2).

See a demo at

Members of Apple user groups are invited to download the app for free. Additionally, you’ll also get 25% additional storage for free with this offer.

 See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.