March Featured Vendor: IRIS and Readiris Pro 17 for macOS

I.R.I.S. software has been around almost as long as the Macintosh, helping users reliably scan, recognize, convert, edit, and share digital files. In fact, they were one of the early pioneers in the field of optical character recognition. Where did the name come from? IRIS stands for Image Recognition Integrated Systems, and over the years IRIS has consistently offered solutions that align with their motto: Less Paper, More Content.

Today, thanks to their partners and customers worldwide, IRIS applications are used by hundreds of large companies and SMBs, and by over 40 million end users around the world, with more than 500 products sold daily. (more…)

Meeting Ideas: Set Up Heart Rate Alerts and Workout with Apple Watch

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not a look at tracking heart rates and starting a workout with your Apple Watch?

This month, take a look at “How to Start a Workout” on your Apple Watch using the Workout app and watch OS5, and “How to Set up Heart Rate Alerts with Apple Watch.” Show your members how to check their resting heart rates throughout the day, and get alerts if a rate remains above or below a chosen BPM.

Ambassadors: March is a great time to check out the Apple Support channel on YouTube!

Set Up Heart Rate Alerts

Start a Workout on Your Apple Watch

Apple Support’s Channel on YouTube

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus: Why I Love User Groups

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, Houston Chronicle Technology Columnist, Mac Observer iReviews Editor, author of nearly 60 books and one of the world’s leading experts on the Mac OS, delivered his annual “State of the Apple” address at the Houston Area Apple Users Group (HAAUG) on March 16th. 

In an article for the Mac Observer, he talks about why he joined a group and why user groups matter. It is a sweet read and a reminder of why Dr. Mac is so beloved.

Check it out!

https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/dr-macs-rants-raves/why-i-love-mugs/?utm_source=tmo-express&utm_medium=email

TCF: Trenton’s 44th Annual Computer Festival

User group members are invited to register for the 44th annual Trenton Computer Festival (TCF), the oldest computer festival in the world, scheduled for March 23, 2019, at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing, New Jersey. This year’s theme is Cyber Security and the list of speakers and workshops is amazing: a WordPress bootcamp, sessions on blockchain, cybercrime, 8bit game development, drones, Open VPN, building a HAM radio digital hotspot, Raspberry Pi, picking locks, election security, and …well, too many to list here. As you can see, the offerings are incredibly diverse and interesting.

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 and is sponsored by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of TCNJ. Attendees can enjoy workshops, the ever-popular flea market, commercial exhibits, opportunities to meet and socialize, study for and take a HAM radio licensure, special exhibits, contests and more. While it is too late to buy tickets for the banquet, tickets for the event are available and only $14!

If you are in the area, this is a don’t miss event!

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

Register

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tcf-44-tickets-54402230536

(Thanks to Elsa Travisano for the original tip about TCF)

KansasFest 2017: 31 Years of Enthusiasm and Fun

Mark Pelczarski of Penguin Software, well-known for numerous graphics utilities, books, and games, will be this year’s Keynote speaker as KansasFest 2019 celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the Apple II in Kansas City, Missouri from July 16-21.

With hands-on workshops and so much more, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest. Meet new friends, learn new things, and remember the golden age of the Apple II. Take it from past attendees: You will be more than glad that you attended.

http://www.kansasfest.org/

Check out a look at the 30th Kansas Fest, held in 2018

https://www.kansasfest.org/2018/08/reliving-2018/

 

Apple Special Event March 25: Be There

Wish your group could attend the next Apple Special Event? Apple will be streaming the event on March 25, 2019, at 10 a.m. PDT from the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, so you can watch it from your location. The stream is best experienced on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari on iOS 10 or later; a Mac using Safari on macOS Sierra 10.12 or later; or a PC using Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. Of course, other platforms may also be able to access the stream using recent versions of Chrome or Firefox.

Be there.
https://www.apple.com/apple-events/livestream/

User Group Locator: Update Your Group’s Records

The 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? March is a great time to make the updates that can help potential members find your group. (more…)

February Featured Vendor: Stellar Data Recovery Software

You may remember Stellar Data Recovery products from multiple Macworld Expos and User Group University events. If you are one of the more than three million people who have used Stellar Data Recovery, you remember it fondly because it works so well. The newest version, Stellar Data Recovery for Mac, offers a range of features to recover lost and deleted data from a Mac-based hard drives, SSDs, memory cards, USB flash drives and other external storage media.  It can easily recover lost partitions, photos, videos, critical office documents and other important files, even from Time Machine, BootCamp partitions and encrypted hard drives. In addition, Stellar Data Recovery for Mac has a great, limited-time, discount offer for user group members and officers on this month’s vendor discount page.

Why not make Stellar Data Recovery Software the topic for your group’s next meeting?

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CES 2019: an Overview by Tom Piper

CES 2019: an Overview
By Tom Piper, UGAB Vendor Liaison and appleJAC Secretary

The Computer Electronic Show (CES) isn’t just a trade show, it’s an annual gathering that is so well orchestrated and run that it just keeps getting bigger and more important to every business and industry. From the OMG (impressive!) to the OMG (seriously?) it’s an event where firms make their best stuff look even bigger, better and days can be filled with excellent educational, informational sessions. Sure it’s all about the technologies and products that will change the way people work and live. The new stuff this year (2019) was impressive, but for the seasoned CES attendee it’s a chance to reconnect with folks and develop new relationships.

On February 5, 2019, I provided a variety of information to attendees at our monthly appleJAC meeting as a followup to my January 7-12, 2019, trip to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. If you missed this gathering, or would like to see the videos captured of the meeting, just click on the following links:

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Mac Memories: A Look Back and Reader’s Responses

Thanks much to readers who sent in their Mac memories. Many were sweet and some brought a smile or a laugh on this side of the screen. For example, the young boy in the picture, Jason Piper, is now president of a Mac User Group (and he still has that same sweet smile).

Here are a few letters that offer a look at experiences that were echoed by many writers, and a link to an early User Group Connection video. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did:

“I started my business in 1982 with a Kaypro computer. Then a friend said I would do much better with a Mac. I bought a Mac Plus and found the holy grail of computers. I sure needed a lot of help learning computing vs file drawers and hard copies.

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