Thank You: Fred Showker and Lynn Wegley for 30 Years of MUG News

Over close to 30 years, publishing 1,350 issues (and more than 7,000 individual blurbs), the InfoManager newsletter, User Group Network and UGNN have covered what mattered for Apple User Groups and their members. Remember the User Group Forum on eWorld? Fred was there. Macworld in 1987? Yep, he was part of that exciting show. This month brought news that Fred is retiring and he and Lynn will no longer be publishing InfoManager each week. Times change and we move ahead, but it is important to thank them for all the years of service to the community.

Thanks Fred and Lynn! You will be missed.

http://www.ugnn.com/2017/01/goodbye/

Meeting Ideas: Get more from iPad Pro and macOS Sierra

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

Interested in a quick presentation for January? Be sure to check out Quick Training: Get more from iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and apps (L545271A-en_US). Want to offer your members a look at the top features of macOS Sierra in a short or extended version? Check out macOS Sierra Top Features Demo Guide (L547776A-en_US).

Ambassadors: January is a great month to check out ASW!

January’s Featured Vendor: O’Reilly Media

oreillylogo  O’Reilly has been a part of the user group community for more than 30 years, so it is hard to remember back to 1978 when it was a small consulting company with a focus on UNIX and related technologies. By 1986 O’Reilly was publishing their Nutshell books and 1988 brought their well-known animal covers. By 1992 many of us were reading our copies of the Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalog while our more adventurous members were reading Programming Perl. As the years went on, many of us became fans of their Missing Manual series.Today, O’Reilly is an integral part of the technology community, providing handbooks, webcasts, conferences, trainings materials, online resources, Maker Faires, and more. Are your members taking full use of their resources? (more…)

December’s Featured Vendor: CleverFiles and Disk Drill PRO

Do you need to recover deleted files in Mac OS X, including critical business documents, music, photos or videos? Have files or whole partitions gone missing from your Mac? Are you having trouble accessing an external USB drive or camera card?

Disk Drill PRO from CleverFiles has the solution to your problems, making data recovery for Mac OS X easy and efficient. Disk Drill Pro can recover more than 200 types of files from internal Macintosh hard drives, external hard drives, cameras, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices, USB flash drives, Kindles, and memory cards, often even if a device is failing, a partition disappears, or a drive is unreadable. Better yet, Disk Drill PRO includes free tools for disk monitoring, data protection, back up and so much more! (more…)

Pyers Presents: End of Year Tasks for Apple User Group Leaders

Many groups do not meet from late December to early January, but there are things you can do while your group is on hiatus. This month, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers thoughts on ways to thank those who have served your community in the past year and ways to plan ahead for an even better 2017 for your group and members.

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/end-of-year-tasks-for-apple-user-group-leaders/

Taking his advice regarding thanking those who have made our user group experience better, we’d like to say thanks to Nicholas for his articles over the past year. We look forward to taking his advice on planning for the year to come.  (more…)

Webinar: Apple and Mac Oriented Password Manager for Teams

TeamsID is hosting a Apple / Mac oriented “Password Manager” Webinar on Wednesday, November 30th 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

Discussion Points: 

  1. How to safely and securely share passwords with your Team
  2. The pro’s & con’s for an “On-Premise / Self-Hosted” solution
  3. How to make your company more productive and secure
  4. How you can make money by referring TeamsID

Meeting at: https://join.me/splashdata
Audio:  You can use the join call by computer (VOIP) option or dial in by phone US Dial-in: +1.415.655.0381 
(Conference ID: 313-566-616)

Send an email to this address to attend

Annual Records Update: Is Your Group Ready?

Are your group’s Apple User Group Locator records up to date? This winter the Locator team will be updating the database. Groups who have not updated their records since 2015, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. The team is also checking web sites: has your web site been updated since 2015? Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.

http://appleusergroupresources.com/signup-form/

Nicholas Pyers: Festive Celebrations – Available Again!

Festive-Celebrations-Disc-Label.001-150x150Due to many requests, Nicholas Pyers and AppleUsers.org has once again made the Festive Celebrations available at no cost to user groups across the globe. Festive Celebrations is a merger of two previous Disc of the Month titles: Festive Fun II and Celebrations Galore, and it is full of holiday-focused clipart, animated images, fonts, music & movies, coloring books, greeting cards, envelopes and much more.

User Group Leaders can download a copy of the Disc Image and support files by completing a form, using the link below. Thanks again to Nicholas Pyers for all he does for groups!

http://www.appleusers.org/dotm/festive-celebrations-available-again/

Macstock2016: Mid-America’s Second Gathering of Apple Faithful


tompicBy Tom Piper, Vendor Liaison, Apple User Group Advisory Board

Woodstock, the home of Other World Computing, is a great town of about 25,000 people in northeast Illinois (not New York), just 51 miles northwest of Chicago (a metro area of over 9,500,000 residents). It was also the host for the second year running of Macstock2016 (macstockconferenceandexpo.com) on July 15-16, 2016, at nearby Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College (a delightful and very comfortable venue).

This year’s event was a half day longer that the first Macstock in 2015 (at the same location). This extra time allowed for 18 knowledgeable presenters to share their experience in intensive 20-minute sessions, most using accompanying slideshows. The Saturday session topics included:

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Meeting Ideas: Swift Playgrounds and watchOS3

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

This month, ASW will help you be ready for your member’s questions with watchOS 3 – First Look (L546830A-en_US) and Swift Playgrounds – First Look (L546898A-en_US).

Ambassadors: July is a great month to check out ASW!