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Thanks times ten to the groups that participated in the Community Survey

apple user groupsLike many people, I have missed getting together with friends in the user group community since the last Macworld, and even more over the last year. Still, I was surprised at how truly great it felt to hear from the long-time groups that left their names in the survey.

Each name brought a fond memory (in some cases many, many fond memories) and a reminder that the user group community is both vibrant and caring. With more than 70 responses, here are some of the groups that left comments and a hello (in alphabetical order):

Apple Charlestown Apple Group Maryland Apple Corps, Inc.
appleJAC User Group MIAMUG (Midland, MI)
ApplePickers of Central Indiana Mountain View Computer Users Group, Sierra Vista, AZ
Ashland Macintosh User’s Group Naples MacFriends User Group Inc
Atlantic City Area Mac Users Group National Capital Apple Mac Users Group (NCA-MUG)
AUSOM Inc PMUG-NJ.ORG
Club HyperPomme Paris Portland (OR) Macintosh Users Group
Computer Users of Erie Prescott Mac Users Group
CVMUG – Conejo Ventura Macintosh User Group Silicon Mountain MacIntosh User Group
EAMUG Englewood,FL User Group  South Suburban (Chicago) Mac Users Group
EMUG Suffolk Mac User Group
Exeter area Mac user group  The Macintosh Guild
Franklin Apple Orchard The Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG)
MAC2 (MAC2MUG) TMG Dayton
MacinTech TMUG – Tucson Macintosh Users Group
MacNexus Tucson Macintosh Users Group
MacValley User Group, Northridge, California VMUG (Victoria [BC] Mac and iOS User Group (vmug.bc.ca)

Thanks for the comments and for sharing your thoughts, and thanks to Curt B. for suggesting the questions!

Groups pre-pandemic and looking ahead

apple user groupsResponses show that prior to the pandemic most groups met face-to-face. True, well before the pandemic there were groups perfecting their streaming meeting skills while others excelled with fully online Zoom meetings, groups that were FaceTime experts and some experimented with truly novel formats (one group even met in a park with picnic blankets spaced 10′ apart). Still, most groups met face-to-face. Over the last 10-15 years, the number of solely online groups in the user group database has generally been around 10%. As one survey respondent said, “mostly on site, but dwindling numbers and meetings.” So, it is interesting to learn that some groups have been revitalized during the pandemic, helping members stay in touch during difficult times. Here are the results for pre-pandemic meeting formats:

how groups met precovid

read more…

AWUGU: Sharing Between Groups

Tom Piper

AWUGU: Sharing Between Groups

By Tom Piper

 

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on May 17, 2021, via Zoom. We had 30 participants who joined for the topic of “Sharing Between Groups”. The 63-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/CG5z7WTR9kY (unlisted on YouTube).

read more…

User Group Guidance

apple user groupsIn the survey, we asked for guidance and groups offered their thoughts. Interestingly, some of the factors that groups considered, such as aging membership, was cited as a reason for, and against, Zoom-type meetings 🙂

Here is some of the advice offered:

 

Some groups find benefits in  the online meeting format

  • In person meetings work for business and technology, but are restricted to the talent in the group. Zoom meetings work for technology lessons and can utilize talent from other groups!
  • Easier to get speakers with online meetings.
  • we have had great success with Zoom meetings but it won’t suit everyone.
  • Guest speakers are more readily available because if Zoom or Skype access.
  • New faces from distant members
  • Going online for meetings has allowed us to regain users who found a long drive at night too difficult to attend.
  • Our members come from a wide area. Several only attend infrequently. Having virtual meetings has allowed more members to attend (although overall participation is down slightly). Other than that, we really miss the face to face and social aspects.
  • online, other mac groups and former members joined us back
  • Zoom turned out to be a viable way of meeting, which surprised some of us.
  • Online contests can be fun, but be sure to allocate much time to the events!
  • Know Zoom controls at an advanced level.
  • We were surprised and delighted that our members mostly took to zoom like ducks to water. Though we all miss in-person socializing, we get better attendance and more efficient meetings using Zoom. The ability to record and make available for download past meetings has been a popular feature in our group.
  • Platform that allows screen sharing is important. Some with hearing problems like it online to control volume. Also use closed captioning.
  • Zoom is a very good tool
  • Online remote meetings with perhaps an in-person once a year get together seems to really interest our members.
  • You may need to help people with the first online meeting

Some groups see benefits in meeting face to face read more…

Meeting Ideas: Virtual Sessions with ASL and VoiceOver & How to Use Live Listen

Apple accessibility logo Your members may enjoy Today at Apple this week for live virtual sessions presented in American Sign Language and VoiceOver. Better yet, there are great short Apple Support videos walking users through the use of Live Listen and How to navigate iPad Pro with gestures.

Check them out:

Today at Apple

How to use Live Listen

How to Navigate iPad Pro with Gestures

 

Meeting Idea: Global Accessibility Awareness with Apple Support

Apple accessibility logo Many groups have had a positive response to accessibility as a meeting topic. Apple’s Accessibility home page says that the true value of a technology is not measured by how powerful it is, but by how much it empowers the user, and every Apple product contains amazing and empowering accessibility features right out of the box. From Magnifier, to Switch Control, Back Tap, VoiceOver, headphone accommodations, made for iPhone hearing aids, Live Listen, AssistiveTouch, Guided Access, typing feedback, text-to-speech, fitness algorithms for wheelchair users, and more, there are features to make every user’s tasks easier.

Another great way to enjoy an accessibility presentation is to use Apple Support’s YouTube videos, covering the basics of using the assistive technologies that are built into every Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. 

Check it out.

https://www.apple.com/accessibility/

Apple Support on YouTube – Accessibility

 

Meeting Ideas: Clips, iPadOS 14, and iPad – Then and Now

Apple logoAre your members interested in the newest version of Clips? Clips is an iOS-only free app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more? ASW has information to help you plan a great meeting:

Clips – First Look (L573379A-en_US), iPadOS 14 – First Look (L585034A-en_US), and iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US) can provide the information you need.

Ambassadors: May is a great month to check out ASW.

Apple User Group Survey 2021 – Meeting Formats?

Many groups changed their meeting location, day, or format in 2020-2921. As you might expect, the pandemic factored into meeting decisions, with some groups moving fully online due to loss of a regular meeting space, civic responsibilities, or need to socially isolate. Some groups have been meeting remotely for years, while others used the past year to master Zoom, FaceTime, and various remote streaming options.

A friend from the Tucson group wrote recently about how some groups may decide to stay online permanently. In fact, his group is currently seeing almost as many attendees for their online meetings as they saw when meeting in person.

We would appreciate your input in this very brief survey. Next month’s Bulletin will have the results.

Meeting Formats Survey – Apple User Groups 2021

(Thanks to Curt B. for this discussion – a lot of folk in the community are making plans and it will be interesting to hear their guidance.)

Tom Piper: AWUGU – Everything Zoom

Tom Piper

AWUGU: Everything Zoom

By Tom Piper

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on April 19, 2021, via Zoom. We had 22 participants who joined for the topic of “Everything Zoom(see attached PDF images and attendance list). The 62-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/KlmFvfvbxF0 (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick overview of 36 Zoom apps that are currently available. Other Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members were not available for this call.

The format for this meeting was an open discussion with many participants sharing their perspectives and suggestions about Zoom including Nicholas Pyers of AppleUser.org (Australia), Mike Kwasniak of Suffolk MUG (UK), Steve Welsh of Oregon MacPioneers Users, Chita Hunter of Naples MacFriends User Group, David Ginsberg of Suburban Chicago Users Group, Webb Sussma of Eugene Macintosh Users Group, Carol Fortlage of The Villages Apple User Group, Joan Newman of SouthWest Florida Apple Computer Knowledge Society, Dale Stephan of Mac-in-Awe Apple Users Group, George Rubin of Naples MacFriends User Group and others.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: iMac, iPad Pro, iPhone 12, Apple Card Family, and more

Tuesday’s Spring Loaded April 2021 Event brought amazing new products and one-of-a-kind features. Whether your members will want to know more about AppleTV 4k’s calibration system on iPhone (wow!), the cool Center Stage technology in the new M1 iPad Pros, the impossibly thin and high performing new iMacs, or more, ASW and Apple Support’s YouTube Channel have you covered.

ASW offers a wealth of resources about Tuesday’s announcements – here are just a few:

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina display – First Look ( L543100A-en_US)
  • iPad Pro – First Look (L581397A-en_US), 
  • Apple TV 4K – First Look (L592422A-en_US)
  • 24-inch iMac – First Look (L592421A-en_US)
  • USB-C accessories for iPad Pro and iPad Air  (L581398A-en_US)

Better yet, if your members have not seen the keynote, Introducing the new iMac | Apple, or Mission Implausible | M1 chip | iPad Pro | Apple, you can watch it on  Apple’s YouTube channel. read more…

Meeting Idea: AirTag

The new AirTags are here and they are amazing. What to help your members learn more about AirTag? ASW and Apple Newsroom have everything you need. Be sure to check you ASW for AirTag – Quick demos (L592426A-en_US) and AirTag – First Look (L592425A-en_US), then head over to Newsroom for more:

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2021/04/apple-introduces-airtag/

Ambassadors, April is a great month to check out ASW.

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Given the success of last year’s 8-bit Virtual KansasFest (over 500 attendees!), the KansasFest Board is pleased to announce “KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition”. Similar to 2020, the Board’s plan is to hold an online event Friday and Saturday, July 23-24. If you have attended in the past, you know how much fun the sessions and gatherings can be. And, who can forget the competitions?

The Board will provide information on submitting session proposals soon and hopes to open registration in May.

Be there!

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

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…

Meeting Idea: Today at Apple – At Home

Apple logoIt can be hard to find a meeting topic when members are doing their part to flatten the curve. Have you heard about the new offerings from Today at Apple? Today at Apple – At Home offers great sessions that your members will enjoy. From adding drama to your portraits with iPhone, to making your videos more cinematic with iPhone, turning your home into music with GarageBand, and more, the tutorials are fun and easy.

Learn a new skill today.

https://www.apple.com/today/feature/today-at-home/

AWUGU: Next Meeting is March 15 – User Group Exchange

Tom Piper

by Tom Piper, AWUGU Coordinator

AWUGU: March 15, 2021 Zoom Meeting

Our next Apple World User Group University meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm, Central Daylight Savings Time, March 15, 2021, with the topic to be the User Group Exchange (draft agenda attached). All AWUGU previous registrants will receive an invitation to this meeting.

This topic was suggested at our last meeting to learn how Apple user groups hold cooperative meetings, share information and exchange ideas

An additional topic has been added about  Zoom recording disclosures and privacy policies. If anyone has these items, please share them during our discussion. All comments and feedback is welcome!

To become a participant, any interested Apple User Group leader must first register with the AWUGU Coordinator by emailing their name, location, and user group name and web link to macquest@mac.com. (a download of the most recent free Zoom app in advance is also necessary).

Best wishes,

Tom Piper

AWUGU Coordinator

read more…

News to Use: NMUG 2021 Classes

Many groups have moved online during the pandemic, only to find that the move brought some great benefits as well as a number of challenges. The Naples MacFriends User Group has been running successful online meetings and half-day training classes on Zoom, and have now opened registration for their classes to members of other groups. The cost is modest and their classes have had great reviews. Better yet, all registrants receive a complete set of notes prior to each class, a link to a recording of the class, and even a discount for multiple classes.

Follow this special log in process to register:

When you click on the link below to -CLASS REGISTRATION– you will be taken to a new page for access.
Please enter the word-classes-in the top blank field.
No password is required.
Click-SIGN IN. Then follow the instructions to choose your classes.
You will receive an invoice from PayPal in your email to pay for your selections.
No PayPal account is required. You may use a credit or debit card to pay if you wish.

https://naplesmug.mcservices.com/fmi/webd

Want to learn more?

WELCOME TO NAPLES MAC USER GROUP

February’s Featured Vendor: Dan’s Tutorials

Have you been lucky enough to use Dan Wassink’s Tutorials? Each offering is user friendly, helping users get the most out of their Apple Devices through easy-to-follow video tutorials, tips, and online chat support.

Dan has been a strong supporter of user groups for many years and is offering select videos from Dan’s Tutorials for user groups to share on their websites for their members. Each month four to eight different videos will be available to share. Sharing is done by copying the provided video link and posting it in a new post or on a page within the user group website.

What a wonderful way to provide a great meeting topic for your group. 

read more…

User Group News Bulletin

Thanks times ten to the groups that participated in the Community Survey

apple user groupsLike many people, I have missed getting together with friends in the user group community since the last Macworld, and even more over the last year. Still, I was surprised at how truly great it felt to hear from the long-time groups that left their names in the survey.

Each name brought a fond memory (in some cases many, many fond memories) and a reminder that the user group community is both vibrant and caring. With more than 70 responses, here are some of the groups that left comments and a hello (in alphabetical order):

Apple Charlestown Apple Group Maryland Apple Corps, Inc.
appleJAC User Group MIAMUG (Midland, MI)
ApplePickers of Central Indiana Mountain View Computer Users Group, Sierra Vista, AZ
Ashland Macintosh User’s Group Naples MacFriends User Group Inc
Atlantic City Area Mac Users Group National Capital Apple Mac Users Group (NCA-MUG)
AUSOM Inc PMUG-NJ.ORG
Club HyperPomme Paris Portland (OR) Macintosh Users Group
Computer Users of Erie Prescott Mac Users Group
CVMUG – Conejo Ventura Macintosh User Group Silicon Mountain MacIntosh User Group
EAMUG Englewood,FL User Group  South Suburban (Chicago) Mac Users Group
EMUG Suffolk Mac User Group
Exeter area Mac user group  The Macintosh Guild
Franklin Apple Orchard The Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG)
MAC2 (MAC2MUG) TMG Dayton
MacinTech TMUG – Tucson Macintosh Users Group
MacNexus Tucson Macintosh Users Group
MacValley User Group, Northridge, California VMUG (Victoria [BC] Mac and iOS User Group (vmug.bc.ca)

Thanks for the comments and for sharing your thoughts, and thanks to Curt B. for suggesting the questions!

Groups pre-pandemic and looking ahead

apple user groupsResponses show that prior to the pandemic most groups met face-to-face. True, well before the pandemic there were groups perfecting their streaming meeting skills while others excelled with fully online Zoom meetings, groups that were FaceTime experts and some experimented with truly novel formats (one group even met in a park with picnic blankets spaced 10′ apart). Still, most groups met face-to-face. Over the last 10-15 years, the number of solely online groups in the user group database has generally been around 10%. As one survey respondent said, “mostly on site, but dwindling numbers and meetings.” So, it is interesting to learn that some groups have been revitalized during the pandemic, helping members stay in touch during difficult times. Here are the results for pre-pandemic meeting formats:

how groups met precovid

read more…

AWUGU: Sharing Between Groups

Tom Piper

AWUGU: Sharing Between Groups

By Tom Piper

 

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on May 17, 2021, via Zoom. We had 30 participants who joined for the topic of “Sharing Between Groups”. The 63-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/CG5z7WTR9kY (unlisted on YouTube).

read more…

Factors that go into deciding when and how to meet

When it comes to deciding how to meet, when to meet, and where to meet, it can be hard to make everyone happy. (In fact, most user group officers will tell you that it can be hard to make many members happy regardless of the question…)

Here are some of the factors that groups said go into deciding on their meeting format and location:

 

 

User Group Guidance

apple user groupsIn the survey, we asked for guidance and groups offered their thoughts. Interestingly, some of the factors that groups considered, such as aging membership, was cited as a reason for, and against, Zoom-type meetings 🙂

Here is some of the advice offered:

 

Some groups find benefits in  the online meeting format

  • In person meetings work for business and technology, but are restricted to the talent in the group. Zoom meetings work for technology lessons and can utilize talent from other groups!
  • Easier to get speakers with online meetings.
  • we have had great success with Zoom meetings but it won’t suit everyone.
  • Guest speakers are more readily available because if Zoom or Skype access.
  • New faces from distant members
  • Going online for meetings has allowed us to regain users who found a long drive at night too difficult to attend.
  • Our members come from a wide area. Several only attend infrequently. Having virtual meetings has allowed more members to attend (although overall participation is down slightly). Other than that, we really miss the face to face and social aspects.
  • online, other mac groups and former members joined us back
  • Zoom turned out to be a viable way of meeting, which surprised some of us.
  • Online contests can be fun, but be sure to allocate much time to the events!
  • Know Zoom controls at an advanced level.
  • We were surprised and delighted that our members mostly took to zoom like ducks to water. Though we all miss in-person socializing, we get better attendance and more efficient meetings using Zoom. The ability to record and make available for download past meetings has been a popular feature in our group.
  • Platform that allows screen sharing is important. Some with hearing problems like it online to control volume. Also use closed captioning.
  • Zoom is a very good tool
  • Online remote meetings with perhaps an in-person once a year get together seems to really interest our members.
  • You may need to help people with the first online meeting

Some groups see benefits in meeting face to face read more…

Meeting Ideas: Virtual Sessions with ASL and VoiceOver & How to Use Live Listen

Apple accessibility logo Your members may enjoy Today at Apple this week for live virtual sessions presented in American Sign Language and VoiceOver. Better yet, there are great short Apple Support videos walking users through the use of Live Listen and How to navigate iPad Pro with gestures.

Check them out:

Today at Apple

How to use Live Listen

How to Navigate iPad Pro with Gestures

 

Meeting Idea: Global Accessibility Awareness with Apple Support

Apple accessibility logo Many groups have had a positive response to accessibility as a meeting topic. Apple’s Accessibility home page says that the true value of a technology is not measured by how powerful it is, but by how much it empowers the user, and every Apple product contains amazing and empowering accessibility features right out of the box. From Magnifier, to Switch Control, Back Tap, VoiceOver, headphone accommodations, made for iPhone hearing aids, Live Listen, AssistiveTouch, Guided Access, typing feedback, text-to-speech, fitness algorithms for wheelchair users, and more, there are features to make every user’s tasks easier.

Another great way to enjoy an accessibility presentation is to use Apple Support’s YouTube videos, covering the basics of using the assistive technologies that are built into every Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. 

Check it out.

https://www.apple.com/accessibility/

Apple Support on YouTube – Accessibility

 

Meeting Ideas: Clips, iPadOS 14, and iPad – Then and Now

Apple logoAre your members interested in the newest version of Clips? Clips is an iOS-only free app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more? ASW has information to help you plan a great meeting:

Clips – First Look (L573379A-en_US), iPadOS 14 – First Look (L585034A-en_US), and iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US) can provide the information you need.

Ambassadors: May is a great month to check out ASW.

Apple User Group Survey 2021 – Meeting Formats?

Many groups changed their meeting location, day, or format in 2020-2921. As you might expect, the pandemic factored into meeting decisions, with some groups moving fully online due to loss of a regular meeting space, civic responsibilities, or need to socially isolate. Some groups have been meeting remotely for years, while others used the past year to master Zoom, FaceTime, and various remote streaming options.

A friend from the Tucson group wrote recently about how some groups may decide to stay online permanently. In fact, his group is currently seeing almost as many attendees for their online meetings as they saw when meeting in person.

We would appreciate your input in this very brief survey. Next month’s Bulletin will have the results.

Meeting Formats Survey – Apple User Groups 2021

(Thanks to Curt B. for this discussion – a lot of folk in the community are making plans and it will be interesting to hear their guidance.)

Tom Piper: AWUGU – Everything Zoom

Tom Piper

AWUGU: Everything Zoom

By Tom Piper

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on April 19, 2021, via Zoom. We had 22 participants who joined for the topic of “Everything Zoom(see attached PDF images and attendance list). The 62-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/KlmFvfvbxF0 (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick overview of 36 Zoom apps that are currently available. Other Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members were not available for this call.

The format for this meeting was an open discussion with many participants sharing their perspectives and suggestions about Zoom including Nicholas Pyers of AppleUser.org (Australia), Mike Kwasniak of Suffolk MUG (UK), Steve Welsh of Oregon MacPioneers Users, Chita Hunter of Naples MacFriends User Group, David Ginsberg of Suburban Chicago Users Group, Webb Sussma of Eugene Macintosh Users Group, Carol Fortlage of The Villages Apple User Group, Joan Newman of SouthWest Florida Apple Computer Knowledge Society, Dale Stephan of Mac-in-Awe Apple Users Group, George Rubin of Naples MacFriends User Group and others.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: iMac, iPad Pro, iPhone 12, Apple Card Family, and more

Tuesday’s Spring Loaded April 2021 Event brought amazing new products and one-of-a-kind features. Whether your members will want to know more about AppleTV 4k’s calibration system on iPhone (wow!), the cool Center Stage technology in the new M1 iPad Pros, the impossibly thin and high performing new iMacs, or more, ASW and Apple Support’s YouTube Channel have you covered.

ASW offers a wealth of resources about Tuesday’s announcements – here are just a few:

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina display – First Look ( L543100A-en_US)
  • iPad Pro – First Look (L581397A-en_US), 
  • Apple TV 4K – First Look (L592422A-en_US)
  • 24-inch iMac – First Look (L592421A-en_US)
  • USB-C accessories for iPad Pro and iPad Air  (L581398A-en_US)

Better yet, if your members have not seen the keynote, Introducing the new iMac | Apple, or Mission Implausible | M1 chip | iPad Pro | Apple, you can watch it on  Apple’s YouTube channel. read more…

Meeting Idea: AirTag

The new AirTags are here and they are amazing. What to help your members learn more about AirTag? ASW and Apple Newsroom have everything you need. Be sure to check you ASW for AirTag – Quick demos (L592426A-en_US) and AirTag – First Look (L592425A-en_US), then head over to Newsroom for more:

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2021/04/apple-introduces-airtag/

Ambassadors, April is a great month to check out ASW.

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Given the success of last year’s 8-bit Virtual KansasFest (over 500 attendees!), the KansasFest Board is pleased to announce “KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition”. Similar to 2020, the Board’s plan is to hold an online event Friday and Saturday, July 23-24. If you have attended in the past, you know how much fun the sessions and gatherings can be. And, who can forget the competitions?

The Board will provide information on submitting session proposals soon and hopes to open registration in May.

Be there!

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

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…

Meeting Idea: Today at Apple – At Home

Apple logoIt can be hard to find a meeting topic when members are doing their part to flatten the curve. Have you heard about the new offerings from Today at Apple? Today at Apple – At Home offers great sessions that your members will enjoy. From adding drama to your portraits with iPhone, to making your videos more cinematic with iPhone, turning your home into music with GarageBand, and more, the tutorials are fun and easy.

Learn a new skill today.

https://www.apple.com/today/feature/today-at-home/

AWUGU: Next Meeting is March 15 – User Group Exchange

Tom Piper

by Tom Piper, AWUGU Coordinator

AWUGU: March 15, 2021 Zoom Meeting

Our next Apple World User Group University meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm, Central Daylight Savings Time, March 15, 2021, with the topic to be the User Group Exchange (draft agenda attached). All AWUGU previous registrants will receive an invitation to this meeting.

This topic was suggested at our last meeting to learn how Apple user groups hold cooperative meetings, share information and exchange ideas

An additional topic has been added about  Zoom recording disclosures and privacy policies. If anyone has these items, please share them during our discussion. All comments and feedback is welcome!

To become a participant, any interested Apple User Group leader must first register with the AWUGU Coordinator by emailing their name, location, and user group name and web link to macquest@mac.com. (a download of the most recent free Zoom app in advance is also necessary).

Best wishes,

Tom Piper

AWUGU Coordinator

read more…

News to Use: NMUG 2021 Classes

Many groups have moved online during the pandemic, only to find that the move brought some great benefits as well as a number of challenges. The Naples MacFriends User Group has been running successful online meetings and half-day training classes on Zoom, and have now opened registration for their classes to members of other groups. The cost is modest and their classes have had great reviews. Better yet, all registrants receive a complete set of notes prior to each class, a link to a recording of the class, and even a discount for multiple classes.

Follow this special log in process to register:

When you click on the link below to -CLASS REGISTRATION– you will be taken to a new page for access.
Please enter the word-classes-in the top blank field.
No password is required.
Click-SIGN IN. Then follow the instructions to choose your classes.
You will receive an invoice from PayPal in your email to pay for your selections.
No PayPal account is required. You may use a credit or debit card to pay if you wish.

https://naplesmug.mcservices.com/fmi/webd

Want to learn more?

WELCOME TO NAPLES MAC USER GROUP

February’s Featured Vendor: Dan’s Tutorials

Have you been lucky enough to use Dan Wassink’s Tutorials? Each offering is user friendly, helping users get the most out of their Apple Devices through easy-to-follow video tutorials, tips, and online chat support.

Dan has been a strong supporter of user groups for many years and is offering select videos from Dan’s Tutorials for user groups to share on their websites for their members. Each month four to eight different videos will be available to share. Sharing is done by copying the provided video link and posting it in a new post or on a page within the user group website.

What a wonderful way to provide a great meeting topic for your group. 

read more…



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