January’s Featured Vendor: Dan’s Tutorials

Have you been lucky enough to use Noteboom Tutorials? If so, you know that Dan Wassink’s tutorials are user friendly, helping users get the most out of their Apple Devices through easy-to-follow video tutorials, tips, and online chat support.

The good news is that Dan has a new site for his wonderful tutorials and the site has an easy-to-remember name: Dan’s Tutorials. The new site offers so much more, letting users add notes that can be retrieved at any time, quickly access a desired topic or tip, drill down to a specific skill or technique, and favorite tutorials to quickly access them again, all in a distraction-free environment. In addition, Dan’s Tutorials has an unusual feature that helps subscribers save money: users can pause a subscription at any time and resume when they are ready to learn new skills. Apple centric? Of course! Course tracking? Yep! Affordable? Very affordable: your subscription covers every tutorial in the system, with no hidden fees. Current? Yep, new lessons and tips are added on a regular basis. (more…)

Randy B. Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Accounting Software

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the well-loved Macintosh Bible, author of the ABA’s The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office, writer of the MacAttorney Newsletter, and popular presenter, recently commented that it can be hard to find all of the alternatives for Macintosh accounting software. He notes that, “even though the myth that “there are no accounting programs for the Macintosh” is prevalent, the truth is that this has always been one of the Mac’s better covered areas.”

So, he has created a page covering currently-available offerings. The page is in the early stages, and it is incredibly informative.

Check it out – maybe even contribute to the conversation:


Visit MacAttorney.


Podcast News: Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People

Omug President and past Apple User Group Regional Liaison Steve Welsh shared some exciting news recently: Guy Kawasaki launched a new podcast on December 4. The podcast, titled Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People, offers interviews with thought leaders, legends, and iconoclasts, including Margaret Atwood, Woz, Martha Stewart, Phil Zimbardo, Arianna Huffington, Robert Cialdini, and Stephen Wolfram. His premier episode was an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall. Wow!

Have a listen.

Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People

Thanks to Steve Welsh for this great tip!

Blast From the Past: The Original Macintosh Team

Tony Vitale of the Long Island Mac Users Group (LIMAC) and TalkMacTech recently posted a link to unseen footage with interviews of Andy Hertzfeld, Mike Murray, Burrell Smith, Bill Atkinson, Susan Kare, and George Crow.  These mini-interviews were recorded in October of 1983 for possible use in Macintosh commercials. Remember how you fell in love with your first Mac? Andy and the team clearly loved these machines too.

Proposed Commercials featuring Mac team Members in October 1983, Full Demo Reel

Long Island Macintosh Users Group:

Thanks Tony!

Meeting Ideas: iPhone Night Mode Photo Challenge

Many groups have photo contests and engage in photo walks. Did you know that Apple is currently offering a Night mode photo challenge? iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max offer a best-in-class camera experience, and Apple in interested in seeing stunning Night mode shots from users around the world. 

Why not combine a Today at Apple Photo Skills session with night photography at your group’s next meeting? Do your members have a photo they would like to submit? Photos can be shared on Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, or via email. See the news release for submission details. The challenge ends January 29, so don’t delay.



Ambassadors: January is a great month to check out Today at Apple.

Meeting Ideas: Clips and Mac Pro

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not use ASW’s presentations to feature the newest version of Clips or the new Mac Pro as your meeting topic?

This month, take a look at “Clips – First Look” (L573379A-en_US) and “Mac Pro – First Look” (L588319A-en_US).

Ambassadors: January is a great month to check out ASW offerings.

Meeting Idea: Check Out the Best of 2019

Looking for a fun end-of-the-year meeting topic? Apple’s Best of 2019 offers a look at the best of the best from Apple Developers in 2019. From the best Apps of the year for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, to the best games, Trends of the Year, apps that enhance the Storyteller Within, and a new category: Apple Arcade Game of the Year, Apple’s Best of 2019 drills down to recognize excellence.

Read about these amazing apps.


Meeting Idea: Apple Research app

Your members may be wondering about the new Apple Research app and the first three research studies. They may know that Apple protects their privacy, but may not know that the Apple Research app meets all HIPA requirements or that Apple will have no way of identifying any data provided. They may know that the Apple Research app is designed to change the cost, time, and complexity of doing large-scale health studies, but may not know what sorts of things are being studied.

For example the Apple Heart and Movement Study is partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to explore the links between physical activity and heart health, or that the Apple Hearing Study, in partnership with the University of Michigan will study how hearing could be impacted by exposure to sound at certain levels, and how this might affect stress levels and cardiovascular health.

Of course, that’s just the start. The Apple Research app could make for an interesting and rewarding meeting topic.

Apple Research app

November Featured Vendor: Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Take Control Books, a long time user group supporter and much loved resource. Take Control Books provide reader-friendly, comprehensive, practical, and up-to-date ebooks that cover much more detail than a magazine article but that are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book.

Did you know that Take Control Books has a number of new releases, including Take Control of Your Apple ID, Take Control of Notes, Take Control of macOS Media Apps, Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security, and more.


How To: Q&A Best Practices by Tom Piper

written by Tom Piper, Past President of appleJAC User Group and Head of the Apple User Group Vendor team

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 35 years of our existence, appleJAC has evolved through a variety of Q&A processes. This How-To session will describe each of the successful methods that we have used.