PPUG: Spring Festival, Jason O’Grady and More

The officers and members of the Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group (PPUG) will hold their annual Welcome to Springtime festival meeting from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Manayunk Brewing Company. Have a great lunch (and a brew) while talking mobile computing. Word has it that Jason O”Grady from O’Grady’s Power Page will be there with some interesting things to discuss as well.

Check it out.


(Thanks to Dr. David Berg, long-time Macworld volunteer staff member and PPUG Ambassador, for this tip.)

Macat TW: Special April 13 Meeting

Macat TW, Taiwan’s Mac User Group in Kaohsiung, will be holding a special meeting event on April 13 titled “2013 Apple User Group Meeting Apple Life Day.” During the event, the group will offer courses about iOS Devices, iWork, Apps development, iCloud and hardware refit. The raffle will be impressive as well. Visit the events page to see a list of participating groups and the speaker schedule.

Register soon (Registration ends April 9 and space is limited).


Learn about Macat TW (The site provides some great pictures of the group as well).


Visit Macat TW on Facebook.


See video from their 2013 Special Meeting.


(Special thanks to P.R. Ambassador HeChien Hsu and Ben Chien, public relations, for this great tip!)

Wessex Apple Mac User Groups UK: Working Together

Wessex Apple Mac User Groups (WAMUG) is a collection of United Kingdom groups based in Fareham, Dorchester, Salisbury and Bournemouth who collaborate on meetings and events, providing mutual support for groups in the Wessex area. Groups meet at various venues and the WAMUG calendar keeps track of who is meeting when, so that Mac users in the area are supported through friendly and informative meetings. The cost is low; the returns are high. Novice or pro – beginner or long-time Mac user – all are welcome.

Join today.


Learn about the areas they serve.


CPUG Network: 12th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet

The Creative Pro User Group Network, including SF Cutters, Lafcpug, BOSFCPUG and other FCPUG and digital video user groups around the globe, invites members of the post production and broadcast communities, including creatives, collaborative editors, filmmakers, digital content creators and their associates to enjoy cocktails, networking and more with industry peers while learning about the latest trends in collaborative editing workflows. This year’s Las Vegas SuperMeet will feature a special presentation from Red Giant featuring Stu Maschwitz.

What? The Twelfth annual Las Vegas Super Meet.

Where? Rio Hotel’s Amazon Ballroom in Las Vegas.

When? Tuesday, April 9.

The Raffle? Second to none, of course.

Be there.



Boston Final Cut Pro User Group


Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group


MacinTech: Show and Tell

MacinTech of South Denver has a great addition for any user group meeting: Show and Tell with a bit of a twist. It’s fun to see a professional demonstration of a high-end piece of software or hardware, but most users have limited funds and new technology can be pricy. For MacinTech’s Show and Tell, members are encouraged to bring in software and accessories for member discussion, but the items must meet two criteria: the item must be useful and the item must be reasonably priced. From a favorite utility for a Mac to a note taking application for an iPod, members get a chance to see how items work in the real world. Better yet, the items discussed are affordable. What a fun addition to any user group meeting.

Visit MacinTech.


NCMUG: Operation Goals Helps Foster Teens

The officers and members of North Coast Mac (NCMUG) often lead the way when it comes to community service and their newest program is no exception. The group is collecting ink and toner cartridges (at meetings) in support of Operation Goals, a non-profit started in 2012 by three teenagers who saw a need and wanted to help. The money that Operation Goals receives from recycling goes to buy educational supplies for foster teens in their community. Keeping cartridges and toners out of landfills, helping foster teens and encouraging localyouth with a passion for community service: Way to go North Coast Mac!

Learn more about NCMUG.


(Thanks to Lorene Romero for being the contact person for this wonderful community service.)




NAB 2013: MediaMotion Ball Returns April 8

The Media Motion Ball is run by an all-volunteer team that started from a combination of two user group lists: the International Media Users Group (IMUG) email list and the After Effects email list. The result, first held in 1998, was an event planned by users, for users. Since then there has been no looking back! This year the volunteer team once again invites digital media mavens to their premier event during NAB. Who should attend? Professionals in production, post production, motion graphics, 3D and related fields. This year’s Media Motion Ball 2013, with Platinum Sponsor AJA Video Systems, will offer ongoing drawings for great door prizes, time to network and socialize, and a wonderful dinner. Interested in media production? Going to NAB? The MediaMotion Ball should be on your social calendar.

Be there.


SF Cutters: 13th Anniversary Meeting

On Thursday, March 21, San Francisco Cutters will be hosting a special meeting honor of their 13th anniversary.  Highlights will include special speakers Robert Dalva A.C.E., Kevin Monahan on Adobe Premiere Pro and Logan Kelsey & Mark Spencer on RED Camera PostProduction. Of course, there will be 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 and Claudia Crask for all they do for the community, from posting job openings in the field of video, to making sure that artists’ works is publicized and recognized, to encouraging networking by reminding members to meet at least five new people at each event, to offering discount codes to industry events such as PostProduction World at NabShow and the Las Vegas SuperMeet when they are available, to helping us all stay informed about what’s new and wonderful for creative professionals.

Learn about SF Cutters online and on FaceBook.





KansasFest 2013: Wigginton, HackFest and More

KansasFest, the 24th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, returns for another year, running July 23 through July 28, 2013. 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. Highlights include keynote speaker Randy Wigginton, the traditional 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, and so much more.

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


(Thanks to Ken Gagne for this wonderful tip!)