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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/

Special Offer – Eltima Software: Up to 60% Off OS X Apps

eltimajpegEltima Software has developed Mac software for more than 15 years and has created various solutions for OS X. They can offer exactly what you need. Solutions include SyncMate, Elmedia Player, Folx, PhotoBulk, Airy, Commander One, USB Network Gate, FlexiHub, Typeeto, Uplet, Swordbox, CloudMounter, SyncMate 4, Unclouder, Flash Decompiler Trillix, Flash Optimizer and others. Learn more at http://mac.eltima.com/mac-products.html.

User group members can receive discounts of up to 60% off regular pricing. See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This offer is ongoing.

 

How To: Presenting Hidden Features of iOS

Many times at User Group meetings, the presenter may take time to let members ask questions or seek out tech tips or support. User Group Ambassador Rick Lantz of the Maui Apple User Society took a new view on the Q&A sessions, and decided to do a “How did they do that?” session at his meeting and show some hidden and unknown features of macOS and iOS. Below is his presentation material regarding iOS. User Group Leaders, feel free to use this material and demonstrate at your meetings. Click more to see video and meeting material:

read more…

Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue.

I. Overview read more…

Pyers Presents: Software Freedom Day Resources

auo-logo-full-steel-greySeptember 17 marks the 13th annual Software Freedom Day celebration, with over 300 planned events worldwide. The day calls attention to software that is free to distribute, modify, access, share, study and use.

As part of the celebrations of Software Freedom Day 2016, AppleUsers.org has compiled a selection of some of the best, yet totally free, software that’s available for the Mac, collected together on a single DVD, called Spotlight on FOSS 2016 plus a bonus video and a copy of The AppleUsers Spotlight Software Freedom Day 2016 Special Edition. Fans of Stephen Fry will especially enjoy his Happy Birthday to GNU video.

Thanks as always to Mr. Pyers for these wonderful resources! See below for more information.

read more…

Pyers Presents: Finding Guest Presenters

auo-logo-full-steel-greyGroups are always looking for a great presentation and this month Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers valuable insights into ways to find guest presenters. His recent article, the fifth installment in his “Working with Presenters” series can help you reconceptualize the process and increase your ability to organize great meetings. Want to know more? Check out all five articles in the series.

Thanks as always to Mr. Pyers for these wonderful resources!

read more…

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:

read more…

Apple User Group Leader’s Survey: The Results

Thanks for the interesting and informative responses to the Apple User Group Leader’s survey. It is clear that groups in our community face similar problems, including finding good meeting topics and speakers. Too, groups would like more discounts offers on popular items. As one writer noted, it is hard to find fresh topics for 10 meetings a year for when their group has been meeting for 9 years, and a good speaker can have a real impact on how many people show up for a meeting. Groups large and small, long time or new, echoed that comment.

Here are the results from the survey:

read more…

How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

onestar

Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

Last month we talked about raising money for your User Group on YouTube. This month we’re going to talk about raising money with Patreon and YouTube. Patreon Is a subscription-based crowd funding platform that helps creators collect financial support from their fans. You can use Patreon to fund your projects, Special Interest Group (SIG), or just to support your User Group by uploading YouTube videos. https://www.patreon.com

read more…

Pyers Presents: Getting a Media Release Published

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us two great articles on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient in July. In this article he discusses media releases: basic guidelines, finding topics, generating media interest, identifying media opportunities and more. His article wraps up with a link to a helpful article on creating a media kit.Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/getting-a-media-release-published/

Pyers Presents: Does your User Group have a website?

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us two great articles on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient. In this article he examines group website essentials: why every group should have a website, how to create and name your group’s site, how hosting works, and what information should be covered on your group’s pages.

Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/apple-user-group-website/

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!

Meeting Ideas: WWDC Hardware and Software Announcements

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, ASTO and ASW will help you be ready for your member’s WWDC questions with Quick Looks and presentations covering the latest hardware and software announcements.

Ambassadors: June is a great month to check out ASTO and ASW!

June’s Featured Vendor: Eltima Software

eltimaEltima is a software company that features great solutions, created in response to a demand from users who want the best in file synchronization, bulk image editing, file sharing, file managing and so much more. You have probably used their SyncMate to sync all of your devices to your Mac, or played media using Eltima’s Elmedia Player. Their Airy is a YouTube downloader and PhotoBulk offers an easy way to edit images in bulk. Need to recover a pdf password or back up your iCloud drive? Eltima has you covered.

read more…

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Avoid Presentation Disasters

auo-logo-full-steel-greyOne way to avoid a presentation disaster is planning ahead for a presentation kit. This month, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us a look at the cables, adaptors and accessory that any group conducting presentations on regular basis should consider having on hand. By being prepared, you can be sure that if your presenter arrives with the wrong, or no, cable or adapter, the show will go on.

Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/presentation-kit/

How To: Raising Money On YouTube For Your Users Group

onestarRaising Money On YouTube For Your Users Group by Rex Covington

A quick note about me. My name is Rex Covington. I have been making and posting videos on YouTube for about seven years. At this time I have posted over 500 videos, and I have 740 subscribers with over 184,125 views. My YouTube Channel –  http://www.lonestarrider.tv – is basically a travel channel. It includes video destinations while traveling on my motorcycle, product reviews, how to’s. photography, and even a few videos of my granddaughter. I do not claim to be an expert at earning money on YouTube, but I do earn a little money that takes care of my gear and fuel for traveling.

My hope with this article is to lead you in the right direction to earning some money for your users group or yourself.

read more…

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Presentation Ideas

auo-logo-full-steel-greyAre you looking for a clever idea for a meeting presentation? Stuck for a topic that will interest both your new and long time members?  Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org has some wonderful ideas that can add a spark to your next meeting. From a design application shoot out to a look at favorite podcasts, you will find something your group can use. While you are there, have a look at his tips for working with presenters.

Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/presentations/presentation-ideas/

 

How To: Writing an Effective Review: A first Look

We have all read bad reviews. Whether it is the biased writer with an axe to grind or an under-the-table commission to earn, the boring writer who uses ten words where one would do, or the deadline writer who is rushed for time and uses a company’s marketing literature to mask lack of knowledge, a bad review wastes our time. Still, there are basic guidelines that can help you write an effective review.

Know your Audience

Just like preparing to give a presentation to your user group, your first step is to identify your audience. What matters to your audience? Are they new to the product or long-time users interested in the latest release? You want to be sure that your review offers value to each segment of your readership. read more…

User Group News Bulletin

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/

Special Offer – Eltima Software: Up to 60% Off OS X Apps

eltimajpegEltima Software has developed Mac software for more than 15 years and has created various solutions for OS X. They can offer exactly what you need. Solutions include SyncMate, Elmedia Player, Folx, PhotoBulk, Airy, Commander One, USB Network Gate, FlexiHub, Typeeto, Uplet, Swordbox, CloudMounter, SyncMate 4, Unclouder, Flash Decompiler Trillix, Flash Optimizer and others. Learn more at http://mac.eltima.com/mac-products.html.

User group members can receive discounts of up to 60% off regular pricing. See your user group Ambassador for discount link.

This offer is ongoing.

 

How To: Presenting Hidden Features of iOS

Many times at User Group meetings, the presenter may take time to let members ask questions or seek out tech tips or support. User Group Ambassador Rick Lantz of the Maui Apple User Society took a new view on the Q&A sessions, and decided to do a “How did they do that?” session at his meeting and show some hidden and unknown features of macOS and iOS. Below is his presentation material regarding iOS. User Group Leaders, feel free to use this material and demonstrate at your meetings. Click more to see video and meeting material:

read more…

Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue.

I. Overview read more…

Pyers Presents: Software Freedom Day Resources

auo-logo-full-steel-greySeptember 17 marks the 13th annual Software Freedom Day celebration, with over 300 planned events worldwide. The day calls attention to software that is free to distribute, modify, access, share, study and use.

As part of the celebrations of Software Freedom Day 2016, AppleUsers.org has compiled a selection of some of the best, yet totally free, software that’s available for the Mac, collected together on a single DVD, called Spotlight on FOSS 2016 plus a bonus video and a copy of The AppleUsers Spotlight Software Freedom Day 2016 Special Edition. Fans of Stephen Fry will especially enjoy his Happy Birthday to GNU video.

Thanks as always to Mr. Pyers for these wonderful resources! See below for more information.

read more…

Pyers Presents: Finding Guest Presenters

auo-logo-full-steel-greyGroups are always looking for a great presentation and this month Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers valuable insights into ways to find guest presenters. His recent article, the fifth installment in his “Working with Presenters” series can help you reconceptualize the process and increase your ability to organize great meetings. Want to know more? Check out all five articles in the series.

Thanks as always to Mr. Pyers for these wonderful resources!

read more…

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:

read more…

Apple User Group Leader’s Survey: The Results

Thanks for the interesting and informative responses to the Apple User Group Leader’s survey. It is clear that groups in our community face similar problems, including finding good meeting topics and speakers. Too, groups would like more discounts offers on popular items. As one writer noted, it is hard to find fresh topics for 10 meetings a year for when their group has been meeting for 9 years, and a good speaker can have a real impact on how many people show up for a meeting. Groups large and small, long time or new, echoed that comment.

Here are the results from the survey:

read more…

How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

onestar

Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

Last month we talked about raising money for your User Group on YouTube. This month we’re going to talk about raising money with Patreon and YouTube. Patreon Is a subscription-based crowd funding platform that helps creators collect financial support from their fans. You can use Patreon to fund your projects, Special Interest Group (SIG), or just to support your User Group by uploading YouTube videos. https://www.patreon.com

read more…

Pyers Presents: Getting a Media Release Published

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us two great articles on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient in July. In this article he discusses media releases: basic guidelines, finding topics, generating media interest, identifying media opportunities and more. His article wraps up with a link to a helpful article on creating a media kit.Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/getting-a-media-release-published/

Pyers Presents: Does your User Group have a website?

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us two great articles on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient. In this article he examines group website essentials: why every group should have a website, how to create and name your group’s site, how hosting works, and what information should be covered on your group’s pages.

Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/apple-user-group-website/

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!

Meeting Ideas: WWDC Hardware and Software Announcements

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, ASTO and ASW will help you be ready for your member’s WWDC questions with Quick Looks and presentations covering the latest hardware and software announcements.

Ambassadors: June is a great month to check out ASTO and ASW!

June’s Featured Vendor: Eltima Software

eltimaEltima is a software company that features great solutions, created in response to a demand from users who want the best in file synchronization, bulk image editing, file sharing, file managing and so much more. You have probably used their SyncMate to sync all of your devices to your Mac, or played media using Eltima’s Elmedia Player. Their Airy is a YouTube downloader and PhotoBulk offers an easy way to edit images in bulk. Need to recover a pdf password or back up your iCloud drive? Eltima has you covered.

read more…

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Avoid Presentation Disasters

auo-logo-full-steel-greyOne way to avoid a presentation disaster is planning ahead for a presentation kit. This month, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us a look at the cables, adaptors and accessory that any group conducting presentations on regular basis should consider having on hand. By being prepared, you can be sure that if your presenter arrives with the wrong, or no, cable or adapter, the show will go on.

Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/presentation-kit/

How To: Raising Money On YouTube For Your Users Group

onestarRaising Money On YouTube For Your Users Group by Rex Covington

A quick note about me. My name is Rex Covington. I have been making and posting videos on YouTube for about seven years. At this time I have posted over 500 videos, and I have 740 subscribers with over 184,125 views. My YouTube Channel –  http://www.lonestarrider.tv – is basically a travel channel. It includes video destinations while traveling on my motorcycle, product reviews, how to’s. photography, and even a few videos of my granddaughter. I do not claim to be an expert at earning money on YouTube, but I do earn a little money that takes care of my gear and fuel for traveling.

My hope with this article is to lead you in the right direction to earning some money for your users group or yourself.

read more…

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Presentation Ideas

auo-logo-full-steel-greyAre you looking for a clever idea for a meeting presentation? Stuck for a topic that will interest both your new and long time members?  Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org has some wonderful ideas that can add a spark to your next meeting. From a design application shoot out to a look at favorite podcasts, you will find something your group can use. While you are there, have a look at his tips for working with presenters.

Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/presentations/presentation-ideas/

 

How To: Writing an Effective Review: A first Look

We have all read bad reviews. Whether it is the biased writer with an axe to grind or an under-the-table commission to earn, the boring writer who uses ten words where one would do, or the deadline writer who is rushed for time and uses a company’s marketing literature to mask lack of knowledge, a bad review wastes our time. Still, there are basic guidelines that can help you write an effective review.

Know your Audience

Just like preparing to give a presentation to your user group, your first step is to identify your audience. What matters to your audience? Are they new to the product or long-time users interested in the latest release? You want to be sure that your review offers value to each segment of your readership. read more…



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