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AWUGU: Report about AUG Succession Planning by Tom Piper

Tom Piper
Report about AUG Succession Planning
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CT, on January 17, 2022, via Zoom. We had 30 participants for the topic of “AUG Succession Planning”. The 70-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/FvPMwP-0W-o (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) provided backup support during the call. I then provided a brief recap of my observations and experiences at the January 5-7, 2022, Consumer Electronic Show which hosted about 40,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors (it was noted that the online album of photos and videos, https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0aJqstnBJq0OgP, showed some exhibitors whose products it was hard to distinguish, which I agreed).
Dale Stephen of Mac-in-Awe Apple Users Group led the discussion about Succession Planning with a 9-slide presentation describing the importance of well-planned leadership. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by a number of other participants, then a second 6-slide presentation by George Rubin and Eckert Goette of Naples MacFriends Users Group Worldwide echoing the importance of dedicated officers. This was followed by the sharing of more experiences and suggestions by other user group leaders.

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Apple Support on YouTube: How to give a Multi-Presenter Slideshow

A popular meeting format is to have multiple members each give a short presentation. The short presentations are not too hard to prepare and the quick-moving format keeps attendees’ interest. Still, making things run smoothly can be the skill that ensures success. Apple Support on YouTube recently posted a how-to covering how a group can host a shared slideshow with multiple presenters and switch off who has control. Using Keynote 11.2 and later, it is pretty slick.

Ambassadors, January is a great month to check out Apple Support on YouTube.

Multi-Presenter Slideshows

TCF: Trenton’s 46th Annual Computer Festival

trenton computer festival

User group members are invited to the 46th annual Trenton Computer Festival (TCF), the oldest computer festival in the world, scheduled for March 19, 2022. This year’s theme is Disrupting Climate Change Using Technology with Keynote speaker Dr. Bob Kopp, Rutgers Institute for Earth Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences. This year’s virtual Computer Festival has something for just about everyone. With over 1,000 virtual attendees and sessions covering Technical Communications for Climate Change, Bitcoin Trading Using Neural Networks , IT professional topics , Metrics and Mindsets to Zero Carbon. Secure Communications with Quantum Computing, Computers Changing Photography, Ham Cram & Testing led by the David Sarnoff Radio Club and more, this is a festival you don’t want to miss.

As you can see, TCF is not just another computer show. It was started by (and is still run by) computer hobbyist volunteers as a non-profit educational event. Attendees can enjoy a full day of learning and fun covering Computers, Electronics, Ham Radio and more.

Check it out!

http://www.tcf-nj.org/

How To: Delisting a Disbanded Group

The number of Apple User Groups worldwide is amazing, especially considering that many groups have been in existence for decades. Still, as new groups form, some groups cease to exist, often because key members retire or membership numbers drop. This article offers the the quick and simple, step-by-step process for delisting a group with the User Group Locator and the User Group Program.

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Meeting Idea: Get to Know Your Mac – Skills Sessions

Dave Mara, Senior Systems Engineer for Apple and beloved user group favorite is known for his entertaining and insightful presentations covering digital multimedia, internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration. He recently posted a link to a series of two-part sessions that will offer productivity and navigation tips your members will enjoy and use. Sessions run from January 18-February 23, so one session, or a pair, could be a great meeting idea.

Learn more.

Get to Know Your Mac

Thanks Dave!

Blast from the Past: BYTECellar links to Susan Kare’s Presentations

bytecellar

Blake Patterson’s BYTECellar Vintage Computer weblog has provided quite a few interesting and fun articles covering technologies past over the years.  For an example, one older blog post featured a 2014 talk by Susan Kare, the artist who created the icons and fonts for the original Mac. Part of the fun was the number of ways her artistry survives today as tattoos, Lego projects, street art and more. Many Macworld attendees had henna tattoos of her icons and logos over the years and it is interesting to hear her thoughts.

Susan Kare’s 2014 EG Presentation

Susan Kare’s Macintosh Commercial

Susan Kare Gives Kutcher the 32×32 Treatment

 

Annual Records Update: Is Your Group Ready?

Are your group’s Apple User Group Locator records up to date? This winter the Locator team will be updating the database. Groups who have not updated their records in the last two years, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. The team is also checking web sites: has your web site been updated since 2019? Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.

http://appleusergroupresources.com/signup-form/

Nicholas Pyers: Festive Celebrations – Available Again!

Festive-Celebrations-Disc-Label.001-150x150Due to many requests, Nicholas Pyers and AppleUsers.org has once again made the Festive Celebrations available at no cost to user groups across the globe. Festive Celebrations is a merger of two previous Disc of the Month titles: Festive Fun II and Celebrations Galore, and it is full of holiday-focused clipart, animated images, fonts, music & movies, coloring books, greeting cards, envelopes and much more.

User Group Leaders can download a copy of the Disc Image and support files by completing a form, using the link below. Thanks again to Nicholas Pyers for all he does for groups!

http://www.appleusers.org/dotm/festive-celebrations-available-again/

Nicholas Pyers Presents: End of Year Tasks for User Group Members

    Many groups do not meet from late December to early January, but there are things you can do while your group is on hiatus.  Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers thoughts on ways to thank those who have served your community in the past year and ways to plan ahead for an even better year ahead for your group and members.

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/end-of-year-tasks-for-apple-user-group-leaders/

Taking his advice regarding thanking those who have made our user group experience better, we’d like to say thanks to Nicholas for his articles over many years. We look forward to taking his advice on planning for the year to come and thank him for all of the expertise and wonderful resources he has provided over the years.

Nicholas Pyers is known for AppleUsers.org, the Apple Users Spotlight, his clever puzzles and long-time championship of all things Mac.

Learn more at:

https://www.appleusers.org/

AWUGU: AUG Marketing

Report about AUG Marketing
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on October 18, 2021, via Zoom. We had 28 participants for the topic of “AUG Marketing”. The 62-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/yrTWnChvnM0 (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols and a brief discussion about the products introduced at Apple’s “Unleashed” event earlier in the day. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB), was present to support this call.
Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org led off the discussion about how to market for new members and retain existing members. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by George Brooks, George Rubin, Steve Welsh, Dan Wassink, Doug Smith, Curt Blanchart, Frank Salvanti, and others who joined in this discussion to provide more information.
The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topic:
• Dan Wassink: https://akappleug.com
• Nicholas Pyers (JCN) : 
• Steve OMUG: Oregon MacPioneers statewide users group:  https://omug.usergroupresources.com
• Russ Conte: 
– iQR codes at Chicago AUG use iQR that allows addition of logos INSIDE the iQR image: https://iqr.hrubasko.com/
– Raffle: did one on Zoom, speaker choose three random numbers, members post three numbers in the meeting chat, and the three closest were winners
• Andrea Suhaka : do raffles on Zoom for Take Control books
 
We are very pleased with this ninth meeting of 2021. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder: https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU
Ideas about updating the Apple User Group Locator and end-of-year activities discussed and selected as the topic for our next meeting, to be called “AUG Updates & Planning”, which is tentatively scheduled for November 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 November 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).

Blast from the Past: Apple User Group Connection

User group members often enjoy looking back at where we have come from and how our groups have changed over the years. With many groups seeing a 40th anniversary or more, it can be fun to look at early User Group Connection videos. Apple.fandom.com has a wiki with many of the original User Group Connection videos. A fun one from ’92 has a very young Bob Myers, a CZ with long curls and ’90s glasses, and Rye Livingston with his shy smile. What are they smiling about? A Newton demo and a special user group offer for the newest Performa.

See what the User Group Connection was doing in the early years:

https://apple.fandom.com/wiki/Apple_User_Group_program

User Group Connection: Apple User Group Breakfast in Boston, September 1992

https://apple.fandom.com/wiki/Apple_User_Group_program?file=Apple_User_Group_Connection_-_September_1992_-_Apple_VHS_Archive

 

 

Meeting Idea: GarageBand v10.4.4

When GarageBand was introduced in 2004 it was amazing! Mac users could record up to 8 tracks at once, fix timing and pitch, view and edit in musical notation, and so much more. Who could have imagined the 2021 version? GarageBand v10.4.4 for macOS is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac—with a complete sound library that includes software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. Better yet, is runs on your current Mac and optimized for Apple silicon. But wait, there’s more: GarageBand v10.4.4 for macOS includes a new collection of instrument sounds and loops across a variety of genres, including from some of the world’s top producers.

Why not plan a meeting around GarageBand v10.4.4? 

GarageBand for Mac – First Look (L544712A-en_US) 

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

Meeting Idea: How to change microphone and camera modes in FaceTime on iPhone and iPad | Apple Support

  Over the past year-and-a-half groups have developed extensive expertise with virtual environments. From camera support to mics to making sure we look okay on multiple platforms, there are always new techniques to master. Your members may appreciate Apple Support on YouTube’s recently released “How to change microphone and camera modes in FaceTime on iPhone and iPad | Apple Support”

The short video shows how to use Portrait mode to blur the background in FaceTime video calls, change microphone modes to Voice Isolation or Wide Spectrum depending on what sounds you want to include.

Ambassadors, Apple Support on YouTube can help you create great meeting presentations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIzzAR7S-7Q

Use FaceTime with multiple devices: https://apple.co/3nQL7mg
Use Center Stage on an iPad Pro: https://apple.co/3nTOJUH

Meeting Idea: Thunderbolt (USB-C)

Thunderbolt Vector Art, Icons, and Graphics for Free DownloadYour members probably have questions about Thunderbolt and USB-C. Are they the same thing? The good news is that ASW has a great handout that covers the different Thunderbolt and USB-C cables and adapters available, and the ways that members can use Thunderbolt with devices they already have, charge and sync, connect HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, USB-C, and Thunderbolt displays and projectors, transfer files to external hard drives and thumb drives, transfer data from another Mac, copy photos and videos from a camera, print documents, use USB keyboards and mice, browse the internet with Ethernet, and more.

Check out: Thunderbolt (USB-C) accessories for Mac (L581389A-en_US)

Ambassdors, November is a great month to use ASW guides.

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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AWUGU: Report about AUG Succession Planning by Tom Piper

Tom Piper
Report about AUG Succession Planning
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CT, on January 17, 2022, via Zoom. We had 30 participants for the topic of “AUG Succession Planning”. The 70-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/FvPMwP-0W-o (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) provided backup support during the call. I then provided a brief recap of my observations and experiences at the January 5-7, 2022, Consumer Electronic Show which hosted about 40,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors (it was noted that the online album of photos and videos, https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0aJqstnBJq0OgP, showed some exhibitors whose products it was hard to distinguish, which I agreed).
Dale Stephen of Mac-in-Awe Apple Users Group led the discussion about Succession Planning with a 9-slide presentation describing the importance of well-planned leadership. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by a number of other participants, then a second 6-slide presentation by George Rubin and Eckert Goette of Naples MacFriends Users Group Worldwide echoing the importance of dedicated officers. This was followed by the sharing of more experiences and suggestions by other user group leaders.

read more…

Apple Support on YouTube: How to give a Multi-Presenter Slideshow

A popular meeting format is to have multiple members each give a short presentation. The short presentations are not too hard to prepare and the quick-moving format keeps attendees’ interest. Still, making things run smoothly can be the skill that ensures success. Apple Support on YouTube recently posted a how-to covering how a group can host a shared slideshow with multiple presenters and switch off who has control. Using Keynote 11.2 and later, it is pretty slick.

Ambassadors, January is a great month to check out Apple Support on YouTube.

Multi-Presenter Slideshows

TCF: Trenton’s 46th Annual Computer Festival

trenton computer festival

User group members are invited to the 46th annual Trenton Computer Festival (TCF), the oldest computer festival in the world, scheduled for March 19, 2022. This year’s theme is Disrupting Climate Change Using Technology with Keynote speaker Dr. Bob Kopp, Rutgers Institute for Earth Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences. This year’s virtual Computer Festival has something for just about everyone. With over 1,000 virtual attendees and sessions covering Technical Communications for Climate Change, Bitcoin Trading Using Neural Networks , IT professional topics , Metrics and Mindsets to Zero Carbon. Secure Communications with Quantum Computing, Computers Changing Photography, Ham Cram & Testing led by the David Sarnoff Radio Club and more, this is a festival you don’t want to miss.

As you can see, TCF is not just another computer show. It was started by (and is still run by) computer hobbyist volunteers as a non-profit educational event. Attendees can enjoy a full day of learning and fun covering Computers, Electronics, Ham Radio and more.

Check it out!

http://www.tcf-nj.org/

How To: Delisting a Disbanded Group

The number of Apple User Groups worldwide is amazing, especially considering that many groups have been in existence for decades. Still, as new groups form, some groups cease to exist, often because key members retire or membership numbers drop. This article offers the the quick and simple, step-by-step process for delisting a group with the User Group Locator and the User Group Program.

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Meeting Idea: Get to Know Your Mac – Skills Sessions

Dave Mara, Senior Systems Engineer for Apple and beloved user group favorite is known for his entertaining and insightful presentations covering digital multimedia, internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration. He recently posted a link to a series of two-part sessions that will offer productivity and navigation tips your members will enjoy and use. Sessions run from January 18-February 23, so one session, or a pair, could be a great meeting idea.

Learn more.

Get to Know Your Mac

Thanks Dave!

Blast from the Past: BYTECellar links to Susan Kare’s Presentations

bytecellar

Blake Patterson’s BYTECellar Vintage Computer weblog has provided quite a few interesting and fun articles covering technologies past over the years.  For an example, one older blog post featured a 2014 talk by Susan Kare, the artist who created the icons and fonts for the original Mac. Part of the fun was the number of ways her artistry survives today as tattoos, Lego projects, street art and more. Many Macworld attendees had henna tattoos of her icons and logos over the years and it is interesting to hear her thoughts.

Susan Kare’s 2014 EG Presentation

Susan Kare’s Macintosh Commercial

Susan Kare Gives Kutcher the 32×32 Treatment

 

Annual Records Update: Is Your Group Ready?

Are your group’s Apple User Group Locator records up to date? This winter the Locator team will be updating the database. Groups who have not updated their records in the last two years, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. The team is also checking web sites: has your web site been updated since 2019? Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.

http://appleusergroupresources.com/signup-form/

Nicholas Pyers: Festive Celebrations – Available Again!

Festive-Celebrations-Disc-Label.001-150x150Due to many requests, Nicholas Pyers and AppleUsers.org has once again made the Festive Celebrations available at no cost to user groups across the globe. Festive Celebrations is a merger of two previous Disc of the Month titles: Festive Fun II and Celebrations Galore, and it is full of holiday-focused clipart, animated images, fonts, music & movies, coloring books, greeting cards, envelopes and much more.

User Group Leaders can download a copy of the Disc Image and support files by completing a form, using the link below. Thanks again to Nicholas Pyers for all he does for groups!

http://www.appleusers.org/dotm/festive-celebrations-available-again/

Nicholas Pyers Presents: End of Year Tasks for User Group Members

    Many groups do not meet from late December to early January, but there are things you can do while your group is on hiatus.  Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers thoughts on ways to thank those who have served your community in the past year and ways to plan ahead for an even better year ahead for your group and members.

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/end-of-year-tasks-for-apple-user-group-leaders/

Taking his advice regarding thanking those who have made our user group experience better, we’d like to say thanks to Nicholas for his articles over many years. We look forward to taking his advice on planning for the year to come and thank him for all of the expertise and wonderful resources he has provided over the years.

Nicholas Pyers is known for AppleUsers.org, the Apple Users Spotlight, his clever puzzles and long-time championship of all things Mac.

Learn more at:

https://www.appleusers.org/

AWUGU: AUG Marketing

Report about AUG Marketing
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on October 18, 2021, via Zoom. We had 28 participants for the topic of “AUG Marketing”. The 62-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/yrTWnChvnM0 (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols and a brief discussion about the products introduced at Apple’s “Unleashed” event earlier in the day. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB), was present to support this call.
Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org led off the discussion about how to market for new members and retain existing members. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by George Brooks, George Rubin, Steve Welsh, Dan Wassink, Doug Smith, Curt Blanchart, Frank Salvanti, and others who joined in this discussion to provide more information.
The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topic:
• Dan Wassink: https://akappleug.com
• Nicholas Pyers (JCN) : 
• Steve OMUG: Oregon MacPioneers statewide users group:  https://omug.usergroupresources.com
• Russ Conte: 
– iQR codes at Chicago AUG use iQR that allows addition of logos INSIDE the iQR image: https://iqr.hrubasko.com/
– Raffle: did one on Zoom, speaker choose three random numbers, members post three numbers in the meeting chat, and the three closest were winners
• Andrea Suhaka : do raffles on Zoom for Take Control books
 
We are very pleased with this ninth meeting of 2021. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder: https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU
Ideas about updating the Apple User Group Locator and end-of-year activities discussed and selected as the topic for our next meeting, to be called “AUG Updates & Planning”, which is tentatively scheduled for November 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 November 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).

Blast from the Past: Apple User Group Connection

User group members often enjoy looking back at where we have come from and how our groups have changed over the years. With many groups seeing a 40th anniversary or more, it can be fun to look at early User Group Connection videos. Apple.fandom.com has a wiki with many of the original User Group Connection videos. A fun one from ’92 has a very young Bob Myers, a CZ with long curls and ’90s glasses, and Rye Livingston with his shy smile. What are they smiling about? A Newton demo and a special user group offer for the newest Performa.

See what the User Group Connection was doing in the early years:

https://apple.fandom.com/wiki/Apple_User_Group_program

User Group Connection: Apple User Group Breakfast in Boston, September 1992

https://apple.fandom.com/wiki/Apple_User_Group_program?file=Apple_User_Group_Connection_-_September_1992_-_Apple_VHS_Archive

 

 

Meeting Idea: GarageBand v10.4.4

When GarageBand was introduced in 2004 it was amazing! Mac users could record up to 8 tracks at once, fix timing and pitch, view and edit in musical notation, and so much more. Who could have imagined the 2021 version? GarageBand v10.4.4 for macOS is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac—with a complete sound library that includes software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. Better yet, is runs on your current Mac and optimized for Apple silicon. But wait, there’s more: GarageBand v10.4.4 for macOS includes a new collection of instrument sounds and loops across a variety of genres, including from some of the world’s top producers.

Why not plan a meeting around GarageBand v10.4.4? 

GarageBand for Mac – First Look (L544712A-en_US) 

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

Meeting Idea: How to change microphone and camera modes in FaceTime on iPhone and iPad | Apple Support

  Over the past year-and-a-half groups have developed extensive expertise with virtual environments. From camera support to mics to making sure we look okay on multiple platforms, there are always new techniques to master. Your members may appreciate Apple Support on YouTube’s recently released “How to change microphone and camera modes in FaceTime on iPhone and iPad | Apple Support”

The short video shows how to use Portrait mode to blur the background in FaceTime video calls, change microphone modes to Voice Isolation or Wide Spectrum depending on what sounds you want to include.

Ambassadors, Apple Support on YouTube can help you create great meeting presentations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIzzAR7S-7Q

Use FaceTime with multiple devices: https://apple.co/3nQL7mg
Use Center Stage on an iPad Pro: https://apple.co/3nTOJUH

Meeting Idea: Thunderbolt (USB-C)

Thunderbolt Vector Art, Icons, and Graphics for Free DownloadYour members probably have questions about Thunderbolt and USB-C. Are they the same thing? The good news is that ASW has a great handout that covers the different Thunderbolt and USB-C cables and adapters available, and the ways that members can use Thunderbolt with devices they already have, charge and sync, connect HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, USB-C, and Thunderbolt displays and projectors, transfer files to external hard drives and thumb drives, transfer data from another Mac, copy photos and videos from a camera, print documents, use USB keyboards and mice, browse the internet with Ethernet, and more.

Check out: Thunderbolt (USB-C) accessories for Mac (L581389A-en_US)

Ambassdors, November is a great month to use ASW guides.

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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