KansasFest 2022: Be There

KansasFest 2022, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 19–24, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 34th time that this event, an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie, has been held.

Once again, any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. In upcoming weeks, the KansasFest web site will announce registration details, so keep an eye on the site listed below.

KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995.

Session proposals will be accepted through June 5 (see link below). The exciting news is that Robert Woodhead will be this KansasFest’s keynote speaker

KansasFest 2022

Submit a Session Proposal: https://www.kansasfest.org/sessions/

 

AWUGU Meeting Report about Hybrid Meetings

Tom Piper

AWUGU Meeting Report about 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 May 16, 2022, via Zoom. We had 40 participants for the topic of “AUG Hybrid Meetings” (see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 65-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/zyEomVIoNvA (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 opened the presentations with a brief overview of how we use in-person and Facebook streaming together since November 2021 to hold our appleJAC User Group monthly Tuesday night meetings (visit applejac.org for more information). This was followed by a 30-minute slideshow presentation provided by Josiane Morel (KHapplclub of Knokke Heist, Belgium) about their experiences and recommendations about doing in-person and Zoom meetings (PDF slideshow attached). Frank Salvatini and Jeff Scheibe of Suburban Chicago Apple Users Group provided more information about their experiences and mishaps in starting hybrid meetings. This was followed by questions and experiences by a number of other participants, several of whom also shared information about their experiences and suggestions. (more…)

Storyboards and Magic Movie on iPhone: True iMovie Magic

How To Use iMovie On An iPad

Many user group members are creatives, who enjoy photography, videography, and more. Your members might enjoy a meeting presentation based on the newest version of iMovie featuring Storyboards and Magic Movie. What are Storyboards? Pre-made templates for popular types of videos, including DIYs, cooking tutorials, product reviews, science experiments, and more. Better yet, Storyboards offers step-by-step guidance for which clips to use for each video type.

Want an even simpler version? With Magic Movie, users can select a group or folder with materials and Magic Movie will instantly create a polished video from the clips and photos the user selects, automatically adding transitions, effects, and music to the edit. And, the finished project can be edited if the user wants to make changes.

iMovie – share the magic with your members:

Create a movie on iPhone

iMovie user guide for iPhone

 

Meeting Idea: How to Make Emergency Calls on iPhone or Apple Watch

Your members might enjoy learning about ways that the Health app can make their lives better. One nice tip covers the way that members can set up information that can be accessed from their iPhone’s Lock screen via Medical ID. Why? First responders can access the information if an emergency occurs, saving precious time during a medical response. Better yet, set up is easy.

Ambassadors, this could make for a great part of a medical themed meeting.

Set up Medical ID on iPhone

Make an emergency call from a locked iPhone

Make an emergency call on Apple Watch

 

Apple Support on YouTube: Creating custom vibrations and ringtones for iPhone

One great aspect of any user group meeting is learning new techniques and tricks that are easy to use and fun to share. Apple Support on YouTube provides a wide range of short, easy to implement, techniques that can be a wonderful addition to a user group meeting. For example, did you know that you can set up custom vibrations on your iPhone? It is easy to do and the tutorial is under 2 minutes. Want something a bit longer? Apple Support on YouTube has those too. For example, your members can learn how to draw themselves as Peanuts characters in Pages.

Help your members learn something fun:

Set up custom ringtones or vibrations

Draw Yourself as a Peanuts Character in Pages

Today at Apple: Podcasts, Playful Portraits, Photo Walks and more

Have you ever wondered why some videos are amazing while others feel like traditional family vacation shots or why some podcasts feel like they were made by professionals, even though the podcasters are using simple equipment from a spare corner in their homes? If so, your group might enjoy sessions from Today at Apple. Better yet, Apple has resumed on-site sessions in some locations. So, your group is able to either attend a virtual session or, in some locations, an on-site presentation.

What’s on offer? Art Lab: Playful Portraits, where attendees can learn how to transform an everyday photo into a work of art. Recording Techniques with iPhone, where attendees can learn simple techniques, including how to control exposure or set focus, and explore new ways to record video. And, there is Photo Walk: Taking Portraits on Location, where attendees can learn how to capture people in their environment with iPhone. Practice with interesting backdrops, work with Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting, and find flattering angles for your members’ subjects.

Prefer learning about podcasting? Check out Music Skills: Getting Started with Podcasting.

Last but not least, maybe consider a photo contest for your members. Check out the winners of Apple’s recent Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge:

Winning photos from the Shot on an iPhone Macro Challenge

Whether your sessions are remote or on-site, Today at Apple offers techniques to help you make your projects shine.

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

There’s a Feature for That: Apple’s Innovative Accessibility Features

accessibility logo

Remember the first time you heard, “there’s an app for that”? Those apps helped you customize your devices so they suited your needs and your tastes. Well, the new catch phrase is, “There’s a feature for that: stay connected in every way, your way.” Whether your members are interested in ways to enhance their mobility, hearing, vision, cognitive abilities, or more, there are features that can bring what your members need in easy-to-use and intuitive ways.

Better yet, there are new features on the horizon that are simply amazing.

Check it out:

Accessibility

Mobility

Vision

Cognition

Hearing

There’s more to come!

Apple and Earth Day 2022: Making a Difference

You may think that you are aware of the many innovative products that came from Apple research, but did you know that Apple invented a line of disassembly robots (Liam)? While existing recycling techniques only recover a few kinds of materials and often diminish their quality, these robots can recover 1900 kg of aluminum, 1.3 kg Gold, 7 kg silver, 24 kg rare earth elements, 3.5 kg tungsten, 800 kg copper, 0.4 kg platinum group metals, 55 kg tin, 550 kg cobalt, and 2.5 kg tantalum from every 100,000 iPhone 6 devices that are turned in for recycling. (more…)

AWUGU Report: Preventing Burdens by Tom Piper

by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on April 18, 2022, via Zoom. We had 38 participants for the topic of “Don’t Carry the Burden Alone!” (see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 73-minute video can be viewed at:  You Tube (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome (especially to new registrants), plus a quick review of the meeting protocols, and an invitation to submit user group Product Review web links. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call.

Nicholas Pyers, AppleUsers.org provided a 45-minute slideshow presentation about his experiences and recommendations about distributing leadership and user group duties (PDF slideshow to be sent later). Isabel Collins of the Apple Users’ Society of Melbourne added information and answered questions about the raffle which they used to provide (and hope to do again). This was followed by questions and experiences by a number of other participants, several of whom also shared information about their experiences and suggestions.

Additional questions were asked, experiences shared and suggestions made by other user group leaders with the following links providing further information on this meeting’s topics:

 

We are very pleased with this fourth meeting of 2022. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder: https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU

Our next meeting topic will be “AUG Hybrid Meetings” by attendees from Belgium, Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere. Additional topics for future meetings are always welcome, just send suggestions to me. This meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 16, 2022, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Saving Time (all current 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 May 14 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).

(BTW . . . additional information may be sent later as it becomes available)
AWUGU 4-22 pic of attendees

Macstock VI: Rebuilding

If you have participated in a Macstock gathering you know why fans look forward to meeting each year. Great sessions, fun events, and wonderful company: who could ask for more?

With the pandemic, the last two years have seen virtual Macstock events. The good news is that Macstock is back to the in-person gathering you love, in Crystal Lake Illinois on July 23 & 24th . Better yet, ticket sales open on April 22 and tickets purchased previously for Macstock 2020 will be honored.

Be there.

Macstock Conference and Expo