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AWUGU: Zoom to Hybrid Meetings by Tom Piper, Coordinator

Tom Piper

Report about Zoom to Hybrid Meetings
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on August 16, 2021, via Zoom. We had 31 participants for the topic of “Zoom to Hybrid Meetings”. The 67-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/0LSk9kYlxTI (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members was present to support this call.

The first presentation described how my appleJAC User Group uses Facebook streaming instead of Zoom during face-to-face meetings. Next was Andy Suhaka of the MacinTech Users Group in Centennial, CO who described how they used Meeting Owl for a hybrid meeting. This was followed by Hope Tillman of the Apple Charlestown UG in Catonsville, MD who talked about using an iPhone and Mac combination to use Zoom at their in-person meeting. Pete DeLong of Anoka-Hennepin Apple Core MUG in Anoka, MN  illustrated their group’s use of a Mac connected to a Movo microphone and large-screen projector to hold their hybrid meetings. Numerous others joined in this discussion to gather more information.

The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topic:

Marty Welter: owllabs.com
Dan Wassink: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212315 and https://www.danstutorials.com/download/53312/
Steve Walsh: https://www.danstutorials.com/
Tom Piper: Movo MC 1000 cardioid mic

This was followed by George Rubin of Naples MacFriends User Group inviting all Apple user groups to use their special offer of two free months to join their Zoom group for 2022, just visit naplesmug.com. Dan Wassink also described his work with e-publishing and information available on his website (see above).

We are very pleased with this eighth meeting of 2021. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder: https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU.

Concerns about frauds, scams and hoaxes was discussed with some presenters identified who could provide good preventive information, such as the FBI, AARP, and Jamie Sorrells, Asst. District Attorney, 18th Judicial Dist. Colorado, but most felt it was a better topic for local groups. How to attract new members to user groups was also discussed and selected as the topic for our next meeting, to be called “AUG Marketing”, which is tentatively scheduled for October 18, 2021, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Savings Time.

AWUGU registrants will receive an invitation to all future meetings. 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. Registration must be received by October 16 in order to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation (a download of the free Zoom app in advance is also necessary, and an update will be important for existing users).

MacCamp: SMUG and MIAMUG Continue the Tradition

The pandemic brought a halt to many activities, but the members and officers of the Saginaw Michigan Users Group (SMUG) and Mac-in-Awe MUG (MIAMUG) groups are keeping their MacCamp tradition alive via Zoom. True, attendees will miss the beautiful scenery and face-to-face hands-on fun of past years, but members and  guests will still join together to create an energy-rich atmosphere for fun, learning and sharing. The event is a long-standing project of the two groups, who alternate MacCamp locations: November’s MacCamp is usually held in Midland. Congrats to the volunteers who ensure that each MacCamp is one to remember. The groups each have over 34 years of community, sharing and fun. Better yet, both groups still have original members on their rosters.

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How To: Technology Hurricane Preparedness

Rick Ortiz

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. 

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Meeting Ideas: Apple Watch 7, iPhone 13, iPad, and Apple Fitness+ Then and Now

Tuesday brought some great new products. Are your members asking what’s changed? Wondering what is new? ASW has downloadable pdfs that can help make for an informative and interesting meeting. 

This month, why not check out Apple Watch – Then and Now (L568943A-en_US), iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US), iOS 15 – First Look (L585037A-en_US), and iPhone 13 – First Look (L579723A-en_US)?

Ambassadors, September is a great month to check out ASW resources!

 

AWUGU: Apple Futures and Backups by Tom Piper

Apple Futures and Backups
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
 
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on August 16, 2021, via Zoom. We had 31 participants for the topic of “Apple Futures and Backups(see attached PDF image and attendance list). The 65-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/LBzbYiXEN58 (unlisted on YouTube).
 
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members was present to support this call.
 
The format for this meeting was an open discussion about Apple’s new devices with M1 chips, initiated by an explanation by Dan Wassink about the new Mac computers and iPad Pros early experiences since their November 2020 introduction. Numerous others joined in this discussion, and to describe a variety of different backup devices and methods, noting that Carbon Copy Cloner now works with M1 Macs for bootable clones, but that Time Machine and cloud storage is also best for restorable storage. It was also noted that March 31 is now recognized as World Backup Day (http://www.worldbackupday.com/), and that “Friday the 13th” might also be a good reminder too. The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topics:
 

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When an Apple Users Group Says Goodbye by Steve Welsh, OMUG

(Note, this article was originally published in Mouse Tracks / August 2021, written by Steve Welsh, founder and President of the Oregon MacPioneers User Group, and past member of Apple’s User Group Advisory Board, not to mention that Steve was the originator of the popular You Don’t Know Mac user group events. Please check out the link provided at the end of the article for information about OMUG.)

By Steve Welsh

Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG)

When a long-running community Apple Users Group makes the hard decision to call it quits, it’s much like watching a dying star’s light fade from view — in this case in the twinkling Apple universe sky. You are looking for an old friend up in the MUG constellations … but you can no longer find them.

This is what it felt like on a Wednesday evening, July 21, in Eugene, Oregon. I was there, virtually, via Zoom (as were all the meeting participants).

After decades of providing Apple wisdom, support, laughs and friendship to Eugene and the surrounding areas, the Eugene Macintosh Users Group (EMUG) leaders came to what felt like a seemingly inevitable decision that their shrinking officer staff, membership — and an almost final kick in the rear end by the global pandemic calling a halt to in-person meetings for more than a year — and all the other variables that MUGs must compete with in today’s online world … well, sometimes the batteries just won’t recharge themselves anymore.

I’ve attended many EMUG meetings via Zoom over the past year, as I have with PMUG and other groups. That is what the statewide Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG) was created for — to help other Oregon community user groups. Like many of you, I made a lot of friends when I first joined a MUG decades …Eugene Macintosh Users Group (EMUG) leaders came to what felt like a seemingly inevitable decision and I enjoyed the spirit of sharing and the excitement of all things Apple so much that I became president of the group, then years later formed OMUG in Corvallis. So I knew well many of the faces on the Zoom window that Wednesday night. Some of those faces have been to MacCamps. Or to a PMUG meeting.

The Final Meeting

So when the words were officially said, even though I could sense what might be coming months ago, I wasn’t really prepared … or wanted to accept the news. But I also knew this was a majority decision by EMUG’s leadership, so this was, indeed, time to say goodbye.

I also wasn’t prepared for what would happen near the end of the EMUG meeting — but I’m not surprised, because the final 20 minutes, even after a few officers had already checked out, personified what a community MUG is all about. Before I describe what happened, here is the “on the fly” EMUG announcement first draft shared by Kerry in the Chat window:

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Tom Piper Reports on AWUGU – WWDC21: Glow and Behold

Tom Piper
AWUGU: WWDC21
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members was present to support this call.

The format for this meeting was an open discussion with many participants sharing their very interesting descriptions and observations about iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS and iCloud+ announcements at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference on June 7 including Mitch Bryars of Naples MacFriends User Group, Dan Wassink of Dan’s Tutorials, Steve Welsh of Oregon MacPioneers Users, George Brooks of the Naples MacFriends User Group, and others. This was followed by a wonderful offer by Eckart Goette and George Rubin of Naples MacFriends User Group for all members of AWUGU affiliated MUGs to attend their five September meetings for free (to register, email registrar@naplesmug.com, and in the message subject field include September and the affiliated AUG name, see website naplesmug.com > Meetings for September meeting details).

Below are some of the links offered during the WWDC21 discussion:

George Brooks: Saturday, June 26, Suburban Chicago AUG https://myscau.org has program on Contacts at 10:00 AM CDT, get an invite by emailing vp@myscau.org
• Dan Wassink: one of Aperture’s authors produced “Raw Power”, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/raw-power/id1157116444?mt=12

We are very pleased with this fifth meeting of 2021. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder:

https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU.

The versatility of Keynote (with Isabel Collins as a presenter) was agreed as the topic for our next meeting, to be called “The Magic of Keynote”, was scheduled for July 19, 2021, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Savings Time.

All AWUGU previous registrants will receive an invitation to all future meetings. 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. Registration must be received by June 19 in order to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation (a download of the free Zoom app in advance is also necessary, and an update will be important for existing users).

 

How To: Q&A Best Practices by Tom Piper

Written by Tom Piper, Past President of appleJAC User Group and Head of the Apple User Group Vendor team

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 35 years of our existence, appleJAC has evolved through a variety of Q&A processes. This How-To session will describe each of the successful methods that we have used.

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Meeting Ideas: Record the screen on your iPhone, Find an AirTag, and more

Sometimes it is fun to add a bite-sized tip or two to your meetings. Have you tried Apple Support on YouTube? The channel has a ton of neat and quick how-tos that your members will enjoy. 

For example, check out How to record the screen on your iPhone or iPad, What to do if you find an AirTag, Ping your iPhone with your Apple Watch. Many of the videos are under a minute in length, focusing on a single skill or technique.

Have a look and a listen:

How to record the screen on your iPhone or iPad — Apple Support

Ping your iPhone with your Apple Watch — Apple Support

What to do if you find an AirTag — Apple Support

 

 

User Group Locator: Update Your Group’s Records

apple user groupsThe User Group Locator has easy-to-use features and is one of the best ways to help potential members find your group. Your group can update its records by entering the email address originally used to register the group. The system then returns a link for database access. Not sure what your group’s address of record is? Use the Find a Group form on the Apple User Group Resources blog to see your current information.

Are your group’s records up-to-date? August is a great time to make the updates that can help potential members find your group. read more…

Meeting Idea: Digital Books on Mac and iPad and More

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not take a look at Digital Books on Mac and iPad? Show your members how  easy it is to design, create, and share their own professional-looking digital books using Pages on iPad or a Mac. Better yet, check out Apple Education’s series of free Apple-published books covering skills your members will love to learn about. Start them with a few techniques and a link to each full book, and the meeting will be one to remember

The links below provide an overview of the contents and links to the books in the Apple Books app. 

Preview of Creating Digital Books

Preview: Everyone Can Create Photos

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? Wacky Ties, HackFest, and the popular games tournament. And, once again this year, there will be no swimsuit competition.

Registration is open – where else can you have so much fun for a $10 registration?

Be there!

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Attracting Youth: Sarah Friedlander at User Group University

In 2004 Sarah Friedlander Garcia was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, a second-term Vice President of MacRIT, the university’s campus user group, Apple Campus Rep for RIT, and a member of Apple’s Campus Group Advisory Board. She was a long time Mac user, and a popular speaker at User Group University (UGU). Many groups struggle to attract young members, and at UGU Sarah offered some thoughts regarding finding and retaining young user group members.

Today Sarah is Director, Content Marketing at SugarCRM. Her skills are not limited to technology and marketing. In fact, she she has been known to play flute at Carnegie Hall. After a few years working in Santiago de Chile, she, husband Rodrigo Garcia, son Noah, and Aidan (resident dog) live in New York City.

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Pyers Presents: Getting a Media Release Published

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org always has expert ideas on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient. 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

Meeting Ideas: watchOS 8 Preview and iOS 15 Preview – First Look

Apple Watch is incredibly popular and the next OS brings new and nifty features, including more capabilities with the Home app, new workout types, an updated Breathe app, multiple timers, sleeping respiratory rate, a redesigned Music app that enables users to share songs, albums, and playlists through Messages and Mail, and enjoy music and radio all in one place, Severe Weather notifications, and more.

As you might expect, there are neat things ahead for iOS 15 as well.

Want to provide your members with the most-recent information? Check out watchOS 8 Preview – First Look (L592895A-en_US) and iOS 15 Preview – First Look (L592883A-en_US).

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

Timely Meeting Idea: Protect your privacy with Apple

Have your members mentioned the new Privacy on iPhone video from Apple’s YouTube channel? On the one hand, it is fun to watch and offers an easy way to understand why privacy matters. On the other hand, Privacy on iPhone is just one component of Apple’s commitment to user privacy.

Members have questions about how they can protect their privacy and control their information, and providing them with the information they need can make for a great meeting topic. 

Privacy on iPhone | Tracked

Check out  A Day in the Life of Your Data to understand why App Tracking Transparency matters.

A Day in the Life of Your Data

Check out this year’s WWDC segment on privacy.

WWDC2021: Privacy

Help your members learn how Safari, Maps, Photos, FaceTime, Siri, and other Apple offerings can help them control what is shared and who it is shared with.

Apple Privacy Features

Do your members want to know what apps are doing with their data? The Privacy Labels home page brings privacy labels for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps together in one place.

Apple Privacy Labels

And, starting with Privacy Controls, there is so much more

You are in Control of your Data

Apple’s YouTube Channel and Apple Privacy can make for a great meeting!

WWDC 2021: Digital Legacy

WWDC2021

Steve Welsh of OMUG passed along a great BGR article recently, discussing an upcoming feature that can help Apple users name a person who can access their iCloud when they are not able to do so. It is worth a read.

Where did the information come from? The upcoming Digital Legacy feature was shown by Mike Abbott at WWDC 2021, though it is not released yet.

iOS 15 adds an iPhone feature you might never use – but you should set it up anyway

Thanks much to Steve Welsh of the Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG) and past Apple User Group Advisory Board member for this great tip! 

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).

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Meeting Ideas: macOS Monterey Preview and iPadOS 15

Looking for a quick meeting topic? ASW and Apple.com have information that can help you get up to speed. New tools in macOS Monterey are designed to help users get more done, stay focused, and collaborate, while iPadOS 15 introduces a multitasking experience that is even more intuitive, making features like Split View and Slide Over easier to discover

Check out macOS Monterey Preview – First Look (L592879A-en_US) and iPadOS 15 Preview – First Look (L592887A-en_US).

Ambassadors, June is a great month to check out ASW!

 

User Group News Bulletin

AWUGU: Zoom to Hybrid Meetings by Tom Piper, Coordinator

Tom Piper

Report about Zoom to Hybrid Meetings
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on August 16, 2021, via Zoom. We had 31 participants for the topic of “Zoom to Hybrid Meetings”. The 67-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/0LSk9kYlxTI (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members was present to support this call.

The first presentation described how my appleJAC User Group uses Facebook streaming instead of Zoom during face-to-face meetings. Next was Andy Suhaka of the MacinTech Users Group in Centennial, CO who described how they used Meeting Owl for a hybrid meeting. This was followed by Hope Tillman of the Apple Charlestown UG in Catonsville, MD who talked about using an iPhone and Mac combination to use Zoom at their in-person meeting. Pete DeLong of Anoka-Hennepin Apple Core MUG in Anoka, MN  illustrated their group’s use of a Mac connected to a Movo microphone and large-screen projector to hold their hybrid meetings. Numerous others joined in this discussion to gather more information.

The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topic:

Marty Welter: owllabs.com
Dan Wassink: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212315 and https://www.danstutorials.com/download/53312/
Steve Walsh: https://www.danstutorials.com/
Tom Piper: Movo MC 1000 cardioid mic

This was followed by George Rubin of Naples MacFriends User Group inviting all Apple user groups to use their special offer of two free months to join their Zoom group for 2022, just visit naplesmug.com. Dan Wassink also described his work with e-publishing and information available on his website (see above).

We are very pleased with this eighth meeting of 2021. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder: https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU.

Concerns about frauds, scams and hoaxes was discussed with some presenters identified who could provide good preventive information, such as the FBI, AARP, and Jamie Sorrells, Asst. District Attorney, 18th Judicial Dist. Colorado, but most felt it was a better topic for local groups. How to attract new members to user groups was also discussed and selected as the topic for our next meeting, to be called “AUG Marketing”, which is tentatively scheduled for October 18, 2021, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Savings Time.

AWUGU registrants will receive an invitation to all future meetings. 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. Registration must be received by October 16 in order to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation (a download of the free Zoom app in advance is also necessary, and an update will be important for existing users).

MacCamp: SMUG and MIAMUG Continue the Tradition

The pandemic brought a halt to many activities, but the members and officers of the Saginaw Michigan Users Group (SMUG) and Mac-in-Awe MUG (MIAMUG) groups are keeping their MacCamp tradition alive via Zoom. True, attendees will miss the beautiful scenery and face-to-face hands-on fun of past years, but members and  guests will still join together to create an energy-rich atmosphere for fun, learning and sharing. The event is a long-standing project of the two groups, who alternate MacCamp locations: November’s MacCamp is usually held in Midland. Congrats to the volunteers who ensure that each MacCamp is one to remember. The groups each have over 34 years of community, sharing and fun. Better yet, both groups still have original members on their rosters.

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How To: Technology Hurricane Preparedness

Rick Ortiz

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. 

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Meeting Ideas: Apple Watch 7, iPhone 13, iPad, and Apple Fitness+ Then and Now

Tuesday brought some great new products. Are your members asking what’s changed? Wondering what is new? ASW has downloadable pdfs that can help make for an informative and interesting meeting. 

This month, why not check out Apple Watch – Then and Now (L568943A-en_US), iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US), iOS 15 – First Look (L585037A-en_US), and iPhone 13 – First Look (L579723A-en_US)?

Ambassadors, September is a great month to check out ASW resources!

 

AWUGU: Apple Futures and Backups by Tom Piper

Apple Futures and Backups
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
 
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on August 16, 2021, via Zoom. We had 31 participants for the topic of “Apple Futures and Backups(see attached PDF image and attendance list). The 65-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/LBzbYiXEN58 (unlisted on YouTube).
 
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members was present to support this call.
 
The format for this meeting was an open discussion about Apple’s new devices with M1 chips, initiated by an explanation by Dan Wassink about the new Mac computers and iPad Pros early experiences since their November 2020 introduction. Numerous others joined in this discussion, and to describe a variety of different backup devices and methods, noting that Carbon Copy Cloner now works with M1 Macs for bootable clones, but that Time Machine and cloud storage is also best for restorable storage. It was also noted that March 31 is now recognized as World Backup Day (http://www.worldbackupday.com/), and that “Friday the 13th” might also be a good reminder too. The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topics:
 

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When an Apple Users Group Says Goodbye by Steve Welsh, OMUG

(Note, this article was originally published in Mouse Tracks / August 2021, written by Steve Welsh, founder and President of the Oregon MacPioneers User Group, and past member of Apple’s User Group Advisory Board, not to mention that Steve was the originator of the popular You Don’t Know Mac user group events. Please check out the link provided at the end of the article for information about OMUG.)

By Steve Welsh

Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG)

When a long-running community Apple Users Group makes the hard decision to call it quits, it’s much like watching a dying star’s light fade from view — in this case in the twinkling Apple universe sky. You are looking for an old friend up in the MUG constellations … but you can no longer find them.

This is what it felt like on a Wednesday evening, July 21, in Eugene, Oregon. I was there, virtually, via Zoom (as were all the meeting participants).

After decades of providing Apple wisdom, support, laughs and friendship to Eugene and the surrounding areas, the Eugene Macintosh Users Group (EMUG) leaders came to what felt like a seemingly inevitable decision that their shrinking officer staff, membership — and an almost final kick in the rear end by the global pandemic calling a halt to in-person meetings for more than a year — and all the other variables that MUGs must compete with in today’s online world … well, sometimes the batteries just won’t recharge themselves anymore.

I’ve attended many EMUG meetings via Zoom over the past year, as I have with PMUG and other groups. That is what the statewide Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG) was created for — to help other Oregon community user groups. Like many of you, I made a lot of friends when I first joined a MUG decades …Eugene Macintosh Users Group (EMUG) leaders came to what felt like a seemingly inevitable decision and I enjoyed the spirit of sharing and the excitement of all things Apple so much that I became president of the group, then years later formed OMUG in Corvallis. So I knew well many of the faces on the Zoom window that Wednesday night. Some of those faces have been to MacCamps. Or to a PMUG meeting.

The Final Meeting

So when the words were officially said, even though I could sense what might be coming months ago, I wasn’t really prepared … or wanted to accept the news. But I also knew this was a majority decision by EMUG’s leadership, so this was, indeed, time to say goodbye.

I also wasn’t prepared for what would happen near the end of the EMUG meeting — but I’m not surprised, because the final 20 minutes, even after a few officers had already checked out, personified what a community MUG is all about. Before I describe what happened, here is the “on the fly” EMUG announcement first draft shared by Kerry in the Chat window:

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Tom Piper Reports on AWUGU – WWDC21: Glow and Behold

Tom Piper
AWUGU: WWDC21
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members was present to support this call.

The format for this meeting was an open discussion with many participants sharing their very interesting descriptions and observations about iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS and iCloud+ announcements at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference on June 7 including Mitch Bryars of Naples MacFriends User Group, Dan Wassink of Dan’s Tutorials, Steve Welsh of Oregon MacPioneers Users, George Brooks of the Naples MacFriends User Group, and others. This was followed by a wonderful offer by Eckart Goette and George Rubin of Naples MacFriends User Group for all members of AWUGU affiliated MUGs to attend their five September meetings for free (to register, email registrar@naplesmug.com, and in the message subject field include September and the affiliated AUG name, see website naplesmug.com > Meetings for September meeting details).

Below are some of the links offered during the WWDC21 discussion:

George Brooks: Saturday, June 26, Suburban Chicago AUG https://myscau.org has program on Contacts at 10:00 AM CDT, get an invite by emailing vp@myscau.org
• Dan Wassink: one of Aperture’s authors produced “Raw Power”, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/raw-power/id1157116444?mt=12

We are very pleased with this fifth meeting of 2021. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder:

https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU.

The versatility of Keynote (with Isabel Collins as a presenter) was agreed as the topic for our next meeting, to be called “The Magic of Keynote”, was scheduled for July 19, 2021, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Savings Time.

All AWUGU previous registrants will receive an invitation to all future meetings. 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. Registration must be received by June 19 in order to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation (a download of the free Zoom app in advance is also necessary, and an update will be important for existing users).

 

How To: Q&A Best Practices by Tom Piper

Written by Tom Piper, Past President of appleJAC User Group and Head of the Apple User Group Vendor team

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 35 years of our existence, appleJAC has evolved through a variety of Q&A processes. This How-To session will describe each of the successful methods that we have used.

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Meeting Ideas: Record the screen on your iPhone, Find an AirTag, and more

Sometimes it is fun to add a bite-sized tip or two to your meetings. Have you tried Apple Support on YouTube? The channel has a ton of neat and quick how-tos that your members will enjoy. 

For example, check out How to record the screen on your iPhone or iPad, What to do if you find an AirTag, Ping your iPhone with your Apple Watch. Many of the videos are under a minute in length, focusing on a single skill or technique.

Have a look and a listen:

How to record the screen on your iPhone or iPad — Apple Support

Ping your iPhone with your Apple Watch — Apple Support

What to do if you find an AirTag — Apple Support

 

 

User Group Locator: Update Your Group’s Records

apple user groupsThe User Group Locator has easy-to-use features and is one of the best ways to help potential members find your group. Your group can update its records by entering the email address originally used to register the group. The system then returns a link for database access. Not sure what your group’s address of record is? Use the Find a Group form on the Apple User Group Resources blog to see your current information.

Are your group’s records up-to-date? August is a great time to make the updates that can help potential members find your group. read more…

Meeting Idea: Digital Books on Mac and iPad and More

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not take a look at Digital Books on Mac and iPad? Show your members how  easy it is to design, create, and share their own professional-looking digital books using Pages on iPad or a Mac. Better yet, check out Apple Education’s series of free Apple-published books covering skills your members will love to learn about. Start them with a few techniques and a link to each full book, and the meeting will be one to remember

The links below provide an overview of the contents and links to the books in the Apple Books app. 

Preview of Creating Digital Books

Preview: Everyone Can Create Photos

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? Wacky Ties, HackFest, and the popular games tournament. And, once again this year, there will be no swimsuit competition.

Registration is open – where else can you have so much fun for a $10 registration?

Be there!

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Attracting Youth: Sarah Friedlander at User Group University

In 2004 Sarah Friedlander Garcia was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, a second-term Vice President of MacRIT, the university’s campus user group, Apple Campus Rep for RIT, and a member of Apple’s Campus Group Advisory Board. She was a long time Mac user, and a popular speaker at User Group University (UGU). Many groups struggle to attract young members, and at UGU Sarah offered some thoughts regarding finding and retaining young user group members.

Today Sarah is Director, Content Marketing at SugarCRM. Her skills are not limited to technology and marketing. In fact, she she has been known to play flute at Carnegie Hall. After a few years working in Santiago de Chile, she, husband Rodrigo Garcia, son Noah, and Aidan (resident dog) live in New York City.

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Pyers Presents: Getting a Media Release Published

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org always has expert ideas on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient. 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

Meeting Ideas: watchOS 8 Preview and iOS 15 Preview – First Look

Apple Watch is incredibly popular and the next OS brings new and nifty features, including more capabilities with the Home app, new workout types, an updated Breathe app, multiple timers, sleeping respiratory rate, a redesigned Music app that enables users to share songs, albums, and playlists through Messages and Mail, and enjoy music and radio all in one place, Severe Weather notifications, and more.

As you might expect, there are neat things ahead for iOS 15 as well.

Want to provide your members with the most-recent information? Check out watchOS 8 Preview – First Look (L592895A-en_US) and iOS 15 Preview – First Look (L592883A-en_US).

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

Timely Meeting Idea: Protect your privacy with Apple

Have your members mentioned the new Privacy on iPhone video from Apple’s YouTube channel? On the one hand, it is fun to watch and offers an easy way to understand why privacy matters. On the other hand, Privacy on iPhone is just one component of Apple’s commitment to user privacy.

Members have questions about how they can protect their privacy and control their information, and providing them with the information they need can make for a great meeting topic. 

Privacy on iPhone | Tracked

Check out  A Day in the Life of Your Data to understand why App Tracking Transparency matters.

A Day in the Life of Your Data

Check out this year’s WWDC segment on privacy.

WWDC2021: Privacy

Help your members learn how Safari, Maps, Photos, FaceTime, Siri, and other Apple offerings can help them control what is shared and who it is shared with.

Apple Privacy Features

Do your members want to know what apps are doing with their data? The Privacy Labels home page brings privacy labels for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps together in one place.

Apple Privacy Labels

And, starting with Privacy Controls, there is so much more

You are in Control of your Data

Apple’s YouTube Channel and Apple Privacy can make for a great meeting!

WWDC 2021: Digital Legacy

WWDC2021

Steve Welsh of OMUG passed along a great BGR article recently, discussing an upcoming feature that can help Apple users name a person who can access their iCloud when they are not able to do so. It is worth a read.

Where did the information come from? The upcoming Digital Legacy feature was shown by Mike Abbott at WWDC 2021, though it is not released yet.

iOS 15 adds an iPhone feature you might never use – but you should set it up anyway

Thanks much to Steve Welsh of the Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG) and past Apple User Group Advisory Board member for this great tip! 

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).

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Meeting Ideas: macOS Monterey Preview and iPadOS 15

Looking for a quick meeting topic? ASW and Apple.com have information that can help you get up to speed. New tools in macOS Monterey are designed to help users get more done, stay focused, and collaborate, while iPadOS 15 introduces a multitasking experience that is even more intuitive, making features like Split View and Slide Over easier to discover

Check out macOS Monterey Preview – First Look (L592879A-en_US) and iPadOS 15 Preview – First Look (L592887A-en_US).

Ambassadors, June is a great month to check out ASW!

 



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