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Randy Singer: Upgrading To The Very Latest Macintosh Operating System

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 long and easy-to-understand article on upgrading to the very latest Macintosh operating system:

Randy writes: read more…

Meeting Ideas: Final Cut Pro and Motion 5

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Creatives have long enjoyed the power, ease of use, and features of Final Cut Pro and Motion.

This month, take a look at Final Cut Pro X – Product Presentation (L576235A-en_US), Final Cut Pro X – First Look (L576233A-en_US , and Motion 5 and Compressor 4 – First Look (L576234A-en_US ) for a meeting topic. Your filmmakers will be glad you did!

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

Apple Sales Web

How To: Apple Store, App Store, and iTunes Gift Cards

Members often ask about the difference between Apple Store gift cards and App Store and iTunes gift cards. Each has a specific purpose:

 

Apple Store gift cards can only be used for purchases from an Apple Store, purchases made from Apple.com, or by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE. They can be used to purchase hardware and accessories. You cannot use an Apple Store card for iTunes purchases. You do not need an Apple ID to use an Apple Store gift card.

 

App Store and iTunes cards can be used for downloadable purchases, including the over 50 million songs, millions of apps, books, TV shows, and movies on iTunes. The value can also be used for in-app purchases. You must have an Apple ID to use an App Store and iTunes gift card because the value of the card is, when cashed, applied to your Apple ID account.

Meeting Ideas: Today at Apple

Do you need a great presentation for a meeting? Why not have your members attend a Today at Apple, hands-on educational session? Not practical for a group gathering? Why not have one member attend, take notes and present the same topic at your next meeting. This month’s offerings include How To: Prototype an App Using Keynote, Sketch Walks: Architectural Sketching Techniques, and
Quick Start: Coding with Swift Playgrounds.  

Ambassadors: December is a great month to check out Today at Apple!

https://www.apple.com/today/

How To: Video Streaming Your Apple User Group Meeting

written by Tom Piper, Vendor Liaison

appleJAC Apple Users Group has been video streaming each of its meetings for most of 2018 with great success. This replaced prior digital recordings and CD/DVD distribution, which had limited success due to manual steps, overhead, cost and distribution.

We elected to use Facebook Live for the integration with our existing appleJAC Facebook page, with built-in notifications and the ease of reaching our audience.

Equipment requirements have been minimal, with our videographer utilizing an iPhone and tripod stand or light stand. An optional external battery ensures continued Live Broadcast for the entire two-hour meeting. Getting started with a Live Broadcast requires minimal steps, including a short introduction and a brief overview about what we will cover during the meeting. 

If you are a Facebook member, then the live video can be watched.

After the meeting, anyone can watch the stored meeting videos, without being a Facebook member. This has been very successful with 3-9 people watching live, and many more afterwards (both user group members and non-members).

Interested groups and members are welcome to view our meetings by going to facebook.com/appleJAC.org

Your feedback is most welcome.

Meeting Idea: Set up and Use the Home App

  Have your members asked about the Home app? Apple Support has a new article on how to set up and use the Home app on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac with HomeKit compatible accessories: turn on lights, adjust the thermostat, receive notifications, and more. It explains how to use zones and even how to find accessories that work with Apple HomeKit. With the Home app, you can easily and securely control the products that you use.

Check it out!

Set up and use the Home app

 

TidBITS Article: Get Deep Discounts on Technology for Your Nonprofit

Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org/ recently forwarded an article from our friends at TidBITS.

In the article, Jeff Porten covers TechSoup and how it can help nonprofits afford software from companies like Adobe, Google, Microsoft, and more. Yep, the company offers some hardware too. Better yet, TechSoup is not limited to one country or region, so groups who are formally nonprofit can benefit.

Read Jeff’s article and see if your group can benefit from the TechSoup discounts:

https://tidbits.com/2018/10/18/techsoup-get-deep-discounts-on-technology-for-your-nonprofit/

read more…

Meeting Ideas: The New Mac mini

Want to plan a meeting around the new Mac mini? ASW and Apple resources have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

This month ASW offers multiple Mac mini presentations, including Mac mini – First Look (L581383A-en_US ) and Mac mini – Then and Now (L581387A-en_US). Pair these with The secret world of Mac mini to see how the Mac mini is an integral part of Broadway productions, large venue concerts, retail stores, and theme parks.

Ambassadors: November is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

The secret world of the Mac mini

https://asw.apple.com

Meeting Idea: Apple Watch Series 4, macOS Mojave, and Everyone Can Create

Looking for a short presentation for your group? ASW has you covered.

 

 

Why not use ASW’s What you need to know about Apple Watch, the ECG app, and health features (L580265A-en_US) and What you need to know about Apple Watch and cellular connectivity (L569418A-en_US) for your next meeting? Curious about macOS Mojave? Check out macOS Mojave – First Look (L577303A-en_US).

https://asw.apple.com/

In March Apple created a specialized curriculum for educators, Everyone Can Create, to help students develop and communicate ideas through drawing, music, video, and photos on iPad. On October 1 Apple released the Everyone Can Create curriculum to the general public via Apple Books. Everyone Can Create includes four new project guides for drawing, music, video, and photos, available for free in Apple Books. Each guide provides a series of projects that build skills progressively, helping users gain foundational-to-advanced techniques in each medium.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book-series/everyone-can-create/id1364129830?mt=11

Ambassadors: October is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

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!

Jennifer Shelby: The Art of Leadership

In September we received a request for a copy of Jennifer Shelby’s The Art of Leadership, delivered at a San Francisco User Group University. The longevity of some presentations is amazing! This one, delivered 14 years ago is still on point and offers great ideas for excellence on the part of the hard working leaders and experts who ensure that their groups survive and thrive.

Share with your board:

How To: Technology Hurricane Preparedness

Written By Rick Ortiz, Courtesy of Maui Apple Users Society (Maui Mac)

Preparing your technology for a hurricane

With Hurricane Lane fast approaching, it is time to get your technology prepared for such an event. Some key areas to think about are: backups, batteries/power, and other tech tips. 

Backups

Now is the time to make sure your computer backup is in place and completed. This is typically an external backup drive or your data in the cloud. If an external backup drive, do one final backup and then unhook it and put it in a safe place. If you have access to a weatherproof safe, that would be ideal. If not, placing it in a ziplock bag or some place that can avoid water damage can help protect your data. If you are required to evacuate, take your backup drive with you. If you have a mobile phone, you can back it up to your computer as well, or use the cloud service backup built into the phone. Remember the 3-2-1 rule of backing up. Data in 3 places, 2 locations, 1 offsite. 

read more…

September’s Featured Vendor: Apparent Software

In 2006 Jacob Gorban founded Apparent Software, with a mission to create useful, friendly and unique software for Apple devices. And, he wanted to make sure that the company’s software was complemented by first-class customer care. Jacob has been programming since he was 12 and you may have met him or his team at various gatherings or heard one of the many interviews where his company’s products are featured. Apparent Software’s team, including Jacob, Susannah, Braden, and Matthew work to ensure that each product, including Trickster, ImageFramer, and Cashculator, delights. read more…

Special Offer – Offer Extended: Apparent Software 30% Discount

Trickster keeps track of recent files you’ve been using on your Mac by giving you super easy and lightning fast access to them. ImageFramer is the Mac way to frame your pictures with over a thousand beautiful frame designs available and more being added constantly. Cashculator is the Mac way to plan, track your cash flow, make smarter financial decisions and reach your financial goals. 
 
While Trickster is regularly $9.95 (US), ImageFramer is $29.95 – $69.95 (US), and Cashculator Family is $29.95 (US), Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 30% off on any of these Apparent Software products.
Get more information or purchase at: https://www.apparentsoft.com
See your user group Ambassador for discount code.
 
This worldwide offer is now valid through December 31, 2018.

An Insight Into Fonts by Bill Oldham and Brad Smith

Articles by Bill Oldham, Brad Smith, Pam Doughty, and Monty Maizles


The August 2018 issue of AUSOM News contains a number articles providing an insight to fonts that arose from a presentation two AUSOM members, Bill Oldham and Brad Smith, gave to the iWork Special Interest Group at July AUSOM meeting.

They provide some useful hints, tips and insights to the use of Fonts and Typography that deserve a wider audience… So, the separate articles by Bill and Brad have been combined here, along with a short tip from Pam Doughty and an amusing sign captured by Monty Maizles.

Please feel free to share a link to this article with your own members.

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…

Macworld: What You Need to do When You Inherit a Mac

In June, Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor for Macworld, wrote a great Mac911 column that could make for an interesting and useful meeting topic. The title? What you need to do when you inherit a Mac: Avoid a huge headache and do these things before you accept or buy a Mac from the estate of a deceased person.

Check it out!

https://www.macworld.com/article/3279732/macs/what-you-need-to-do-when-you-inherit-a-mac.html

How-To: Live Streaming Computer Group Meetings by Graeme Moffatt

The premiere of Graeme Moffatt’s ‘Mr Mainline Steam’ documentary was shown a little over two weeks ago and received amazing reviews. Here is a How To written by filmmaker Graeme Moffatt of Capital Video Productions Ltd. Mr. Moffatt is also the Apple User Group Regional Liaison for New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania.

By Graeme Moffatt:

I became involved with a group in the United States that is doing live internet broadcasts, initially just using an iPad and soon they moved to a much more sophisticated system.

This new system allowed them to use multiple screens, cameras and microphones and the quality of the broadcasts became much more sophisticated and interesting. I sent an email to the person who was coordinating all of this, an ex Hollywood filmmaker, and asked him what software he was using and received a reply stating that it was an iPad app called Switcher Studio.

I did a search online and soon found the app and downloaded a free trial version and tested it out. I found it to quite amazing as to what it could accomplish read more…

User Group News Bulletin

Randy Singer: Upgrading To The Very Latest Macintosh Operating System

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 long and easy-to-understand article on upgrading to the very latest Macintosh operating system:

Randy writes: read more…

Meeting Ideas: Final Cut Pro and Motion 5

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Creatives have long enjoyed the power, ease of use, and features of Final Cut Pro and Motion.

This month, take a look at Final Cut Pro X – Product Presentation (L576235A-en_US), Final Cut Pro X – First Look (L576233A-en_US , and Motion 5 and Compressor 4 – First Look (L576234A-en_US ) for a meeting topic. Your filmmakers will be glad you did!

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

Apple Sales Web

How To: Apple Store, App Store, and iTunes Gift Cards

Members often ask about the difference between Apple Store gift cards and App Store and iTunes gift cards. Each has a specific purpose:

 

Apple Store gift cards can only be used for purchases from an Apple Store, purchases made from Apple.com, or by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE. They can be used to purchase hardware and accessories. You cannot use an Apple Store card for iTunes purchases. You do not need an Apple ID to use an Apple Store gift card.

 

App Store and iTunes cards can be used for downloadable purchases, including the over 50 million songs, millions of apps, books, TV shows, and movies on iTunes. The value can also be used for in-app purchases. You must have an Apple ID to use an App Store and iTunes gift card because the value of the card is, when cashed, applied to your Apple ID account.

Meeting Ideas: Today at Apple

Do you need a great presentation for a meeting? Why not have your members attend a Today at Apple, hands-on educational session? Not practical for a group gathering? Why not have one member attend, take notes and present the same topic at your next meeting. This month’s offerings include How To: Prototype an App Using Keynote, Sketch Walks: Architectural Sketching Techniques, and
Quick Start: Coding with Swift Playgrounds.  

Ambassadors: December is a great month to check out Today at Apple!

https://www.apple.com/today/

How To: Video Streaming Your Apple User Group Meeting

written by Tom Piper, Vendor Liaison

appleJAC Apple Users Group has been video streaming each of its meetings for most of 2018 with great success. This replaced prior digital recordings and CD/DVD distribution, which had limited success due to manual steps, overhead, cost and distribution.

We elected to use Facebook Live for the integration with our existing appleJAC Facebook page, with built-in notifications and the ease of reaching our audience.

Equipment requirements have been minimal, with our videographer utilizing an iPhone and tripod stand or light stand. An optional external battery ensures continued Live Broadcast for the entire two-hour meeting. Getting started with a Live Broadcast requires minimal steps, including a short introduction and a brief overview about what we will cover during the meeting. 

If you are a Facebook member, then the live video can be watched.

After the meeting, anyone can watch the stored meeting videos, without being a Facebook member. This has been very successful with 3-9 people watching live, and many more afterwards (both user group members and non-members).

Interested groups and members are welcome to view our meetings by going to facebook.com/appleJAC.org

Your feedback is most welcome.

Meeting Idea: Set up and Use the Home App

  Have your members asked about the Home app? Apple Support has a new article on how to set up and use the Home app on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac with HomeKit compatible accessories: turn on lights, adjust the thermostat, receive notifications, and more. It explains how to use zones and even how to find accessories that work with Apple HomeKit. With the Home app, you can easily and securely control the products that you use.

Check it out!

Set up and use the Home app

 

TidBITS Article: Get Deep Discounts on Technology for Your Nonprofit

Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org/ recently forwarded an article from our friends at TidBITS.

In the article, Jeff Porten covers TechSoup and how it can help nonprofits afford software from companies like Adobe, Google, Microsoft, and more. Yep, the company offers some hardware too. Better yet, TechSoup is not limited to one country or region, so groups who are formally nonprofit can benefit.

Read Jeff’s article and see if your group can benefit from the TechSoup discounts:

https://tidbits.com/2018/10/18/techsoup-get-deep-discounts-on-technology-for-your-nonprofit/

read more…

Meeting Ideas: The New Mac mini

Want to plan a meeting around the new Mac mini? ASW and Apple resources have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

This month ASW offers multiple Mac mini presentations, including Mac mini – First Look (L581383A-en_US ) and Mac mini – Then and Now (L581387A-en_US). Pair these with The secret world of Mac mini to see how the Mac mini is an integral part of Broadway productions, large venue concerts, retail stores, and theme parks.

Ambassadors: November is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

The secret world of the Mac mini

https://asw.apple.com

Meeting Idea: Apple Watch Series 4, macOS Mojave, and Everyone Can Create

Looking for a short presentation for your group? ASW has you covered.

 

 

Why not use ASW’s What you need to know about Apple Watch, the ECG app, and health features (L580265A-en_US) and What you need to know about Apple Watch and cellular connectivity (L569418A-en_US) for your next meeting? Curious about macOS Mojave? Check out macOS Mojave – First Look (L577303A-en_US).

https://asw.apple.com/

In March Apple created a specialized curriculum for educators, Everyone Can Create, to help students develop and communicate ideas through drawing, music, video, and photos on iPad. On October 1 Apple released the Everyone Can Create curriculum to the general public via Apple Books. Everyone Can Create includes four new project guides for drawing, music, video, and photos, available for free in Apple Books. Each guide provides a series of projects that build skills progressively, helping users gain foundational-to-advanced techniques in each medium.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book-series/everyone-can-create/id1364129830?mt=11

Ambassadors: October is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

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!

Jennifer Shelby: The Art of Leadership

In September we received a request for a copy of Jennifer Shelby’s The Art of Leadership, delivered at a San Francisco User Group University. The longevity of some presentations is amazing! This one, delivered 14 years ago is still on point and offers great ideas for excellence on the part of the hard working leaders and experts who ensure that their groups survive and thrive.

Share with your board:

How To: Technology Hurricane Preparedness

Written By Rick Ortiz, Courtesy of Maui Apple Users Society (Maui Mac)

Preparing your technology for a hurricane

With Hurricane Lane fast approaching, it is time to get your technology prepared for such an event. Some key areas to think about are: backups, batteries/power, and other tech tips. 

Backups

Now is the time to make sure your computer backup is in place and completed. This is typically an external backup drive or your data in the cloud. If an external backup drive, do one final backup and then unhook it and put it in a safe place. If you have access to a weatherproof safe, that would be ideal. If not, placing it in a ziplock bag or some place that can avoid water damage can help protect your data. If you are required to evacuate, take your backup drive with you. If you have a mobile phone, you can back it up to your computer as well, or use the cloud service backup built into the phone. Remember the 3-2-1 rule of backing up. Data in 3 places, 2 locations, 1 offsite. 

read more…

September’s Featured Vendor: Apparent Software

In 2006 Jacob Gorban founded Apparent Software, with a mission to create useful, friendly and unique software for Apple devices. And, he wanted to make sure that the company’s software was complemented by first-class customer care. Jacob has been programming since he was 12 and you may have met him or his team at various gatherings or heard one of the many interviews where his company’s products are featured. Apparent Software’s team, including Jacob, Susannah, Braden, and Matthew work to ensure that each product, including Trickster, ImageFramer, and Cashculator, delights. read more…

Special Offer – Offer Extended: Apparent Software 30% Discount

Trickster keeps track of recent files you’ve been using on your Mac by giving you super easy and lightning fast access to them. ImageFramer is the Mac way to frame your pictures with over a thousand beautiful frame designs available and more being added constantly. Cashculator is the Mac way to plan, track your cash flow, make smarter financial decisions and reach your financial goals. 
 
While Trickster is regularly $9.95 (US), ImageFramer is $29.95 – $69.95 (US), and Cashculator Family is $29.95 (US), Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 30% off on any of these Apparent Software products.
Get more information or purchase at: https://www.apparentsoft.com
See your user group Ambassador for discount code.
 
This worldwide offer is now valid through December 31, 2018.

An Insight Into Fonts by Bill Oldham and Brad Smith

Articles by Bill Oldham, Brad Smith, Pam Doughty, and Monty Maizles


The August 2018 issue of AUSOM News contains a number articles providing an insight to fonts that arose from a presentation two AUSOM members, Bill Oldham and Brad Smith, gave to the iWork Special Interest Group at July AUSOM meeting.

They provide some useful hints, tips and insights to the use of Fonts and Typography that deserve a wider audience… So, the separate articles by Bill and Brad have been combined here, along with a short tip from Pam Doughty and an amusing sign captured by Monty Maizles.

Please feel free to share a link to this article with your own members.

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…

Macworld: What You Need to do When You Inherit a Mac

In June, Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor for Macworld, wrote a great Mac911 column that could make for an interesting and useful meeting topic. The title? What you need to do when you inherit a Mac: Avoid a huge headache and do these things before you accept or buy a Mac from the estate of a deceased person.

Check it out!

https://www.macworld.com/article/3279732/macs/what-you-need-to-do-when-you-inherit-a-mac.html

How-To: Live Streaming Computer Group Meetings by Graeme Moffatt

The premiere of Graeme Moffatt’s ‘Mr Mainline Steam’ documentary was shown a little over two weeks ago and received amazing reviews. Here is a How To written by filmmaker Graeme Moffatt of Capital Video Productions Ltd. Mr. Moffatt is also the Apple User Group Regional Liaison for New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania.

By Graeme Moffatt:

I became involved with a group in the United States that is doing live internet broadcasts, initially just using an iPad and soon they moved to a much more sophisticated system.

This new system allowed them to use multiple screens, cameras and microphones and the quality of the broadcasts became much more sophisticated and interesting. I sent an email to the person who was coordinating all of this, an ex Hollywood filmmaker, and asked him what software he was using and received a reply stating that it was an iPad app called Switcher Studio.

I did a search online and soon found the app and downloaded a free trial version and tested it out. I found it to quite amazing as to what it could accomplish read more…



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