Apple Corps of Dallas has an interesting new VoiceOver SIG that may be of interest to other groups looking to serve a broader range of users. Apple pre-installs VoiceOver on all OSX and iOS devices, supporting blind and visually impaired users. So, where non-Apple devices can often be retrofitted with accessibility software costing substantial sums, Apple devices are accessible right out of the box. In iOS access is a simple three taps on the home button. OSX is equally easy. The Apple Corps of Dallas SIG is just getting started and trying to get the word out to interested users. So far, attendees have included blind and visually impaired users, family members, and even friends of visually impaired users who want to know more. What a great idea for a special interest group!
Check it out.
(Thank you to SIG founder Eugenia [Gigi] Firth and Ambassador Ray Thompson for this wonderful tip.)
On September 29, the Hawaii Macintosh & Apple Users’ Society (HMAUS) is co-sponsoring two workshops by award-winning author Joe Kissell, presented for Pacific New Media as part of the University of Hawaii at Manoa outreach program. While Joe, who lives in France, has often presented to HMAUS via iChat, this visit will be in person. The sessions are titled Maximum Mac and iPad Essentials, and promise to be both entertaining and informative.
Add in the next HMAUS HI Touch Learning Clinic on Saturday, September 28, and planning for October’s Mactoberfest, and you can see why this group is so much fun!
Read about their HI Touch Learning Clinics.
As you might expect, the AgileBits blog generally focuses on the company’s products. Still, Dave Chartier has an interesting take on computer issues, including a recent post on security in an age of surveillance that was picked up by MacSurfer last week.
Have a look.
On September 29 the members of the Oceanside Mac User Group will enjoy their annual OMUGfest, hosted by the Deboers. There will be great food, entertainment by Joe Tatar “Music and Comedy of our Times”, a salsa contest and door prizes.
The officers and members of AppleUser of Taipei, Taiwan, will hold a special meeting on September 16, 2013, titled 8/16 Youth: PC to Mac in the Youth Cafe on Pate Road, Taipei. Registration is free and limited to the first 30 applicants. You must preregister to attend. Topics will include: Apple’s ease of use, conversion solutions if people are transitioning from a PC, Mac data storage and classification, Time Machine automatic backup and running Windows on your Mac.
Nancy Gravley, president of the Capitol Macintosh Users Group (CapMac), recently published an article for The Mac Observer titled Using Siri to Send and Reply To Emails on iPhone and iPad.
Nancy’s Computing with Bifocals column always has something worth reading. Check out Nancy’s thoughts on finding files, rebuilding your in box, moving your dock, using Siri and more.
Read Nancy’s most-recent article.
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On August 15 the officers and members of the Fort Mac User Group in Fort Collins, Colorado, will host a presentation on Automator. Interested in automating computer actions without writing any scripts, routines or computer code? Fort Mac is the place to be.
Learn about the Fort Mac User Group.
(Thanks to Apple User Group Ambassador and Fort Mac Webmaster Robert Poland for this tip.)
On August 22 the Boston Creative Pro User Group (BOSCPUG) will host a a great night of networking, engaging screenings & conversation. Editor Zack Arnold of Burn Notice on the USA Network will discuss film editing and Philip Hodgetts will talk about Lumberjack.
But wait, there’s more: Ben Consoli, Director and owner of BC Media Productions & Final Cut Pro X power user, will demonstrate an entire FCPX Multi-Cam workflow. Of course, every BOSCPUG event features an impressive raffle and there is usually an industry-sponsored reception where Boston’s best can meet and mingle.
Learn about BOSCPUG.
The officers and members of AppleUser of Taipei, Taiwan, enjoyed a special event on August 9, when Wacom products were featured in a presentation and educational session. Presented by a professional designer who is a master in using a Wacom tablet as his preferred media, the group learned new techniques, enjoyed a day together, had a fun raffle and everyone received a discount on Wacom products by attending.