September’s Featured Vendor: TidBITS and Take Control Books

take_control_logo_2In early 1990, Adam and Tonya Engst founded TidBITS. A little over 25 years later, they are still providing the weekly insights, news, tips and guidance that their wide-spread readership enjoys. In fact, TidBITS is so popular that volunteers translate their weekly articles into Dutch and Japanese for their worldwide readership.

By the time Adam and Tonya began Take Control ebooks, they had authored or edited more than 25 traditional books and written hundreds of magazine articles for major Mac magazines. And, they’d spent the last 15 years gaining experience in Internet publishing with TidBITS, their Web site (updated quite often) and weekly email newsletter about Apple and Internet topics. These experiences helped them develop the Take Control model, which results in highly practical ebooks that cover much more detail than a magazine article but that are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book. Better yet, they are author driven, bringing the best technical writers and the best ideas to press quickly and efficiently. The Take Control ebooks bring you savvy, real-world advice on how to get the most out of your Apple devices and software.


Meeting Ideas: New iPhones, iPad Pro, Apple TV and Cooking with iPad

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Web (ASW) and Apple Sales Training Online (ASTO). From prepackaged demos to Apple materials that you can use to create customized presentations, ASW and ASTO have it all.

This month, why not check out an ASW presentation on the newest iPhones (L518920A-en_US), iPad Pro – First Look (L542412A-en_US) and Apple TV (3rd Generation) – First Look (L513212A-en_US), all published in the last week, so that you know the information is the current. ASTO even offers quick overviews that can be a “value add” to any meeting. For example, consider showingQuick Training: Cooking with iPad (L540977A-en_US ) at your next meeting. It cover the benefits of using an iPad in the kitchen.

Ambassadors: September is a great month to check in with ASW and ASTO!

Apple Sales Web

Special Offer – Joe On Tech Guides: 20% Discount on All Books

JJoT-280x140Joe On Tech guides help you make the most of technology. These books, written by best-selling author Joe Kissell, help you determine the best technological solutions to common problems, improve your tech skills, and develop a better relationship with your Mac and other digital tools. Joe On Tech ebooks are available for immediate download in PDF (best for Macs and iPads), EPUB (best for iBooks on iOS), and Mobipocket (for Kindle) formats, as well as paperback.
Apple user group members get a 20% on all Joe On Tech guides.

See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

Joe On Tech:

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

August’s Featured Vendor: Other World Computing

owc-slider Many user group members know Other World Computing (OWC) as a long-time supporter of User Group University. OWC is known for excellence in products, creativity, innovation, a demonstrated respect for the community, and a history of participation in its growth. Your group members may have purchased their first hard drives from OWC or even bought memory chips back in 1989. Still, did you know that OWC is remarkable for their dedication to the environment, creating one of the greenest buildings in the country (LEED certified Platinum status)? From a building that is 100% wind powered, to state-of-the-art recycling, to a geothermal-powered HVAC system that uses less energy and creates healthier air for employees, to a parking lot paved with permeable interlocking paving bricks, and even using green janitorial supplies throughout, OWC leads the way as they have for almost 30 years.

Keep an out eye each month: their special offers will change monthly. 


July’s Featured Vendors: CS Odessa and ConceptDraw

logo_csodessa CS Odessa offers a range of products that support your organization’s planning, implementation and  communication workflows. Their ConceptDraw Office v3 is a productivity suite of three products that  support OS  X 10.10 (Yosemite) and OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). The suite includes ConceptDraw PRO v10 for business graphics and diagramming; ConceptDraw MINDMAP v8 for note taking, organizing, building processes, and project planning; and ConceptDraw PROJECT v7 for project and resource management. If you are looking for a world-class diagramming platform with over 1,000 ready-to-use samples and templates, a versatile, yet easy-to-use tool for organizing ideas and data, or a full-featured project management solution, ConceptDraw has what you need.


How To: Presenting the Apple Watch at User Group Meetings

Since Apple introduced the Apple Watch, many members are eager to know more about the basics. Most groups are used to presenting on a projector or flat screen television. In a previous how-to, we discussed how to present iOS at user group meetings. But the Apple Watch does not have any built in features that easily allow us to share the screen interface. So, how do you present the Apple Watch then? With some new hardware and software tools, along with some previous tools, we will get you prepared for presenting and showing off the Apple Watch at your user group meetings. (more…)

How To: Volunteers, Communities and User Groups by Rick Ortiz

Over the years, some of the best ideas for user group leadership have come from the worldwide community of user group officers, the hard working leaders and experts who ensure that their groups survive and thrive.

One of this month’s topics comes from a User Group Leadership Conference hosted in Boston back in 2004. Rick Ortiz, currently chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board, Apple consultant, and long-time user group officer of the Maui Apple Users Society offered insights about volunteers, communities and user groups.

Community and groups by Rick Ortiz

Thanks Rick!

Meeting Ideas: iTunes U 3.0 and OS X El Capitan

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Training Online (ASTO). From prepackaged demos to Apple materials that you can use to create customized presentations, ASTO has it all.

In the last week, ASW has downloads that can provide the materials for a presentation for your next meeting. iTunes U 3.0 (L513935C-en_US) provides an overview of the benefits of iTunes U 3.0 and a walk-through of screens showing key features. OS X El Capitan (L533145A-en_US) provides product information for the newest OS. There is even a clever Quick Training: Redecorating with iPad (L541089A-en_US), because your iPad can be a powerful companion for renovating and redecorating a home.

Ambassadors: July is a great month to check in with ASTO!

Apple Sales Web

Updated Website

The Apple User Group Resource team has been hard at work providing user groups and its members, vendor presentation material, vendor product discounts, community news, leader resources and the Apple User Group Locator. Our website has recently gone through an overhaul to better present and offer this information to the community. Here are some of the new features:

  • Safari Notifications- receive OS X notifications when new information is posted to our website
  • Navigation Header- Focus on the Find a Group, User Group Leader Support and User Group How-To’s
  • New slider focusing on featured vendors for presentation materials for groups
  • New User Group Leader Support page bringing leader support to one access page

Check out what the updated site has to offer!