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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…

How-To: 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 his 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.

Difficultpeople

Thanks Dr. Scott!

April’s Featured Vendor: Nisus Software, Inc.

nisusNisus Software, Inc. has been delighting users almost as long as the Mac has been around. In fact, Nisus (pronouced Nice Us) Software Inc. was founded back in 1983 as a software development company named Paragon Courseware. In 1993, the name was changed to Nisus Software, Inc. due to the name recognition of their popular word processor, Nisus Writer. Today, Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful and elegant word processor for OS X. An intuitive interface, powerful writing tools, and unmatched compatibility make Nisus Writer Pro the choice of serious writers everywhere.

Nisus Writer Pro starts with an intuitive, customizable interface that allows you to write how you want to write. Create great looking documents quickly using their exclusive style sheet view. Polish documents with their sophisticated, yet easy to use tools, including powerful find (including regular expressions), or add shapes and call outs using the drawing tools. Collaborate with others using track changes and comments that are compatible with Microsoft Word. You can write in just about any language supported in OS X (including right to left languages) thanks to the multilingual support built into Pro.

This month Nisus has a wealth of materials, including a number of short YouTube videos, that can make for a great meeting presentation. Better yet, check out this month’s offers for a special offer that can make your meeting even better! No matter what you write, from a simple letter to a sophisticated thesis, Nisus Writer Pro will allow you to create stunning documents with ease. 

read more…

Social Media and User Groups: An Introduction

By Rick Ortiz, Apple User Group Advisory Board Chair

Apple User Groups are a place for individuals with similar technology interests to meet and network with each other and make connections. Typically user groups meet in person on a monthly basis at a designated location to discuss topics related to Apple products. User groups were the first stage of social media. What social media has done, is take the in-person networking of people and bring it online into the internet digital world, allowing for a broader connection for individuals and groups.

If user groups served as the foundation for what social media has become, then it is important for user groups to continue to evolve and allow their network of members to make connections online as well. There are a number of social media resources available to user groups. We will take a look at some of the more popular online social media resources, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We will discuss what each one offers and how it can benefit your group. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Shoot, Edit, and Share 4K Videos on iPhone

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, take a look at “Shoot, Edit, and Share 4K Videos on iPhone,” highlighting the benefits of, and techniques for, shooting, editing, and sharing 4K videos with iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. (L543520A-en_US, Apr 6, 2016). This could make for a short and fun meeting presentation.

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

Apple Sales Web

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Don’t Carry the Burden Alone!

auo-logo-full-steel-greyDoes your group rely on a small group of long-time volunteers for every task? Groups often lose members when individuals feel like they are being asked to single-handedly carry a large portion of the group’s work. In February, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offered some wise advice on how to share the burden by bringing more members into the circle. A quick read will show that his plan is both workable and a great way to build community within your group. Check it out, and while you are there, check out his many other valuable tips for running your group: http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/dont-carry-the-burden-alone/

User Group News Bulletin

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…

How-To: 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 his 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.

Difficultpeople

Thanks Dr. Scott!

April’s Featured Vendor: Nisus Software, Inc.

nisusNisus Software, Inc. has been delighting users almost as long as the Mac has been around. In fact, Nisus (pronouced Nice Us) Software Inc. was founded back in 1983 as a software development company named Paragon Courseware. In 1993, the name was changed to Nisus Software, Inc. due to the name recognition of their popular word processor, Nisus Writer. Today, Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful and elegant word processor for OS X. An intuitive interface, powerful writing tools, and unmatched compatibility make Nisus Writer Pro the choice of serious writers everywhere.

Nisus Writer Pro starts with an intuitive, customizable interface that allows you to write how you want to write. Create great looking documents quickly using their exclusive style sheet view. Polish documents with their sophisticated, yet easy to use tools, including powerful find (including regular expressions), or add shapes and call outs using the drawing tools. Collaborate with others using track changes and comments that are compatible with Microsoft Word. You can write in just about any language supported in OS X (including right to left languages) thanks to the multilingual support built into Pro.

This month Nisus has a wealth of materials, including a number of short YouTube videos, that can make for a great meeting presentation. Better yet, check out this month’s offers for a special offer that can make your meeting even better! No matter what you write, from a simple letter to a sophisticated thesis, Nisus Writer Pro will allow you to create stunning documents with ease. 

read more…

Social Media and User Groups: An Introduction

By Rick Ortiz, Apple User Group Advisory Board Chair

Apple User Groups are a place for individuals with similar technology interests to meet and network with each other and make connections. Typically user groups meet in person on a monthly basis at a designated location to discuss topics related to Apple products. User groups were the first stage of social media. What social media has done, is take the in-person networking of people and bring it online into the internet digital world, allowing for a broader connection for individuals and groups.

If user groups served as the foundation for what social media has become, then it is important for user groups to continue to evolve and allow their network of members to make connections online as well. There are a number of social media resources available to user groups. We will take a look at some of the more popular online social media resources, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We will discuss what each one offers and how it can benefit your group. read more…

Meeting Ideas: Shoot, Edit, and Share 4K Videos on iPhone

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, take a look at “Shoot, Edit, and Share 4K Videos on iPhone,” highlighting the benefits of, and techniques for, shooting, editing, and sharing 4K videos with iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. (L543520A-en_US, Apr 6, 2016). This could make for a short and fun meeting presentation.

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

Apple Sales Web

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Don’t Carry the Burden Alone!

auo-logo-full-steel-greyDoes your group rely on a small group of long-time volunteers for every task? Groups often lose members when individuals feel like they are being asked to single-handedly carry a large portion of the group’s work. In February, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offered some wise advice on how to share the burden by bringing more members into the circle. A quick read will show that his plan is both workable and a great way to build community within your group. Check it out, and while you are there, check out his many other valuable tips for running your group: http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/dont-carry-the-burden-alone/


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