Featured Vendor: Joe Kissell of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Joe Kissell of alt concepts, co-publisher (with his wife Morgen Jahnke) of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books, a senior contributor to Macworld, prolific author, and long time user group supporter. Joe On Tech guides provide friendly, comprehensive and up-to-date advice on important tech topics. Take Control ebooks cover much more detail than a magazine article but are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book. Joe is Take Control’s most prolific author and you probably have at least a few of his works already. Other beloved Take Control authors include well-known tech experts, such as Andy Affleck, Caroline Rose, Glenn Fleishman, Jason Snell, Jeff Carlson, Jeff Porten, Josh Centers, Kelly Turner, Kirk McElhearn, Michael E. Cohen, Robyn Weisman, Scholle McFarland, and Sharon Zardetto.


News to Use: Apple News – Special coverage of the 2020 presidential election

It can be hard to find reliable and trustworthy news in this election cycle. The good news is that Apple has just released a new resource: Coverage of the 2020 Election from Trusted News Sources, Curated by Apple News, with reporting and analysis from ABC News, CBS News, CNN, FiveThirtyEight, Fox News, NBC News, ProPublica, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TIME, USA Today and others. The resource will cover curated news and guides related to all political viewpoints, often in real time, from the primaries, to conventions, November election, and everything in between. 

This month, check out Apple News.


Randy Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Routine Maintenance

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 posted a link to his most-popular web site, covering routine Macintosh maintenance. 

Mac Attorney: Routine Macintosh Maintenance

Interestingly, the site is just one of the many resources that Randy generously has been offering for free since 1996 via his MacAttorney pages. Here are a few others that are both popular and informative.

Macintosh Word Processing Software

Free Or Inexpensive Macintosh Software

Macintosh Slowdown Solutions

Macintosh Beachballs!

Upgrading To The Latest Macintosh OS

Macintosh Accounting Software

Macintosh Email Software

Thanks for all you do for the Macintosh community Randy!




Tech Tips: How to Make a Simple Video Presentation Using an iPhone & iMovie

Many user group members know communications expert Garr Reynolds. His Presentation Zen books, seminars, and videos are best sellers, and he has been a leader in the user group community for years. With so many people working, and presenting, from home, Garr recently released a short video explaining how to make an effective presentation using tools you already have: iPhone, PowerPoint, and iMovie. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish!

How to Make a Simple Video Presentation Using an iPhone, PowerPoint, and iMovie

Presentation Zen

Meeting Ideas: Set Up Heart Rate Alerts and Workout with Apple Watch

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not a look at tracking heart rates and starting a workout with your Apple Watch?

This month, take a look at “How to Start a Workout” on your Apple Watch using the Workout app and watch OS6, and “How to Set up Heart Rate Alerts with Apple Watch.” Show your members how to check their resting heart rates throughout the day, and get alerts if a rate remains above or below a chosen BPM.

Ambassadors: July is a great time to check out the Apple Support channel on YouTube!

Set Up Heart Rate Alerts

Start a Workout on Your Apple Watch

Apple Support’s Channel on YouTube

Today at Apple – At Home: New Sessions and New Ideas

Many groups have moved to online meetings. Still, it can be hard to find a meeting topic when members and presenters are doing their part to flatten the curve. The good news is that each Today at Apple – At Home session offers unique and helpful ideas so your members can get more from the software and hardware they already own and enjoy.

Current Today at Apple – At Home titles include:

  • Turn your home into music with GarageBand
  • Add a bit of magic to videos with Clips
  • Add drama and style to your portraits with iPhone
  • Make your videos more cinematic with iPhone
  • Draw playful portraits with iPad

Each session is short – lasting only 3-5 minutes –  and the tutorials are fun, clever, and easy.

Help your members learn a new skill today.


UGU Redux: Dealing with Difficult People by Dr. Scott Pelok

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.

This month’s How To features one of the most popular presentations ever presented at a User Group University session. In this session, Dr. Scott Pelok talked about the various sorts of difficult people we encounter in our groups and in everyday life. The Board still gets letters asking about the presentation and we have heard from folk who say his tips helped resolve challenging situations in their groups. Use the link below to download his presentation.


Thanks Dr. Scott!

Michael Horton: 20 Years of Creating Community for Creatives

For more than 20 years Michael Horton, founder of the LA Creative Pro User Group (LACPUG), has brought storytellers together. In fact, over the last twenty years, Michael, leading LAPCUG, produced 220 events (WOW!). He started the LA Final Cut Pro group in 2000, was instrumental in groups moving from a single tool to a focus on the greater creative pro community, and was a co-founder of the CPUG Network and their SuperMeets. Over the past few years, there have been wildly popular SuperMeets in London, Austin, Amsterdam, San Jose, Boston and San Francisco, each with its World Famous Raffle and each offering another opportunity to enhance the lives and expand the networks of creatives across the world.

Congrats to Michael – The creative community are glad you are planning to stay on for at least one more year!

Michael Horton Lifetime Achievement Award at NAB 2019 (more…)