May’s Featured Vendor: Global Delight

This month’s Featured Vendor is Global Delight, maker of Boom 2, Capto, Vizmato, Boom for iOS, Camera Plus and Camera Plus Pro. Many of our readers are familiar with Global Delight because they have won awards in Apple’s App Store and multiple awards for Best of Show at Macworld over the years. Their employees are called Delightians because they work to delight their more than 15 million customers, crafting software with love and a sincere attempt at disrupting the app landscape.   (more…)

Changes: Joe Kissell Buys Take Control Books

Changes are coming to TidBITS Publishing and Take Control Books. Joe Kissell, who has written more Take Control Books than any other author, has purchased Take Control Books with his wife Morgen Jahnke.  Sellers Adam and Tonya Engst will be concentrating on their new TidBITS Content Network service, providing syndicated content to Apple consultants and resellers.

Joe has lots of things he wants to do with Take Control in the future, so you’ll see new books, new authors, and more after he gets past the initial work of the transition. And, he is open to ideas from readers. What won’t change is the guarantee of quality: practical, focused, and timely guidance from trusted and knowledgeable technical writers. (more…)

How-To: Apple Resources for User Group Meetings

by Rick Ortiz, Apple User Group Advisory Board Chair

Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible.  It is fortunate for user groups that Apple has made resources available that could benefit user groups. From Apple podcasts, to Today at Apple, to Apple Sales Web there are resources to create great meeting presentations. (more…)

Meeting Ideas: Get to Know Today at Apple

On April 25 Apple introduced Today at Apple: new hands-on educational sessions for all 495 Apple Stores. Do you need a great presentation for a meeting? Why not have your members attend a session together. Not practical for a group gathering? Why not have one member attend, take notes and present the same topic at your next meeting. Whether your group has an interest in photo and video, music, coding, art and design, or other areas, there are dynamic sessions taught by highly-trained team members that can make learning fun. 

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check out Today at Apple!

Special Offer – Boom 2 Volume Booster: 50% Discount

If you find the volume on your Mac too low or want to change balance characteristics, Global Delight has the perfect app for that. With just a click, Boom 2 not only amplifies the audio of your system, but also enhances your experience while watching movies, listening to music, on a Skype call and much more.

With a regular retail price of $14.99 (US) for “Single User”, the Apple user group special price is only $7.49 (US). Buy through this offer now, and get the Boom 3D upgrade later for free.

See your user group Ambassador for discount code.

Link to the Global Delight store: boomformac.com

This worldwide offer is valid through August 31, 2017.

Special Offer – Take Control Books: 30% Discount on All Ebooks

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No matter what Apple devices you’re using, there’s a Take Control ebook that will help you polish your skills, work more efficiently, and increase your productivity.  Written by the most-trusted names in the Mac world and published by Joe Kissell and Morgen Jahnke, Take Control ebooks provide the technical help you need now.

All Take Control titles are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, so you can read wherever, whenever and on whatever device you like.

Remember, there’s no need to read a Take Control title from front to back; instead, each book has a Quick Start that helps you jump instantly to the information you need.

Take Control has books that will help with numerous Apple-related technology tasks and projects, including:

* Converting from iPhoto to Photos
* Figuring out what the heck iTunes 12 is up to
* Maintaining an AirPort-based Wi-Fi network
* Installing and running OS X Server
* Syncing and sharing files with Dropbox
* Enjoying your Apple Watch

An exclusive 30% off their already low prices is offered to Apple user group members on all Take Control ebooks.

Take Control books:  https://www.takecontrolbooks.com

See your user group Ambassador for discount URL.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

How To: Apple’s Clips App Review

Written by Rex Covington of the Apple User Group Advisory Board and Lonestarrider.com

Apples new clips app is like a mixture of Photo Booth, Snapchat, and a very light version of iMovie. The free stand-alone app is only available in the United States and you will need IOS 10.3 on your iPhone. You can download the app from the normal places using iTunes on your Mac or the Apple’s App Store on your iPhone. You can produce a video up to 60 minutes and each individual clip that you add to your video can be no longer than 30 minutes.  (more…)

KansasFest 2017: 29 Years of Enthusiasm and Fun

Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini, the French Brutal Deluxe Software programming team known for countless original Apple II programs and archiving efforts, will be the Keynote speakers as KansasFest 2017 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apple II. Remember The Tinies, Cogito, Blockade and LemminGS? They have continued to write and this year Antoine and Olivier published demonstrations and tools for playing quadraphonic and octaphonic sound on the Apple IIgs.

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