KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

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

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

Be there!

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Meeting Idea: Apple and Accessibility

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

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

Check it out.


Apple Support on YouTube – Accessibility


Meeting Idea: Today at Apple – At Home

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

Learn a new skill today.


AWUGU: Next Meeting is March 15 – User Group Exchange

Tom Piper

by Tom Piper, AWUGU Coordinator

AWUGU: March 15, 2021 Zoom Meeting

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

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

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

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

Best wishes,

Tom Piper

AWUGU Coordinator


News to Use: NMUG 2021 Classes

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

Follow this special log in process to register:

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


Want to learn more?


February’s Featured Vendor: Dan’s Tutorials

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

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

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


Tools to Use: Randy Singer – Upgrading to the Very Latest Macintosh OS

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the award-winning and well-loved Macintosh Bible, author of the ABA’s The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office, writer of the MacAttorney Newsletter, and popular presenter, has a great article discussing considerations for updating your operating system. 

Thanks again to Randy for being such a wonderful resource for the community of Apple users!

Upgrading to the Very Latest Macintosh OS

Meeting Idea: Data Privacy Day at Apple

On January 28 Apple held an event to raise awareness about the importance of protecting people’s personal information online. Your members know that privacy matters, and may recognize some of the ways that Apple works to improve transparency and empower users. Still, there is more to be learned, and the materials are available to help you put together a great meeting. A great starting place is the downloadable A Day in the Life of Your Data. An accompanying news release contains images you can use in your presentation as well. 


Tim Cook’s Statement on Privacy

AUSOM: 40 Years of Excellence

On Saturday, December 5, 2020,The Apple Users Society of Melbourne (AUSOM Inc) had a wonderful 40th anniversary celebration. The day included SIG breakout sessions on iPad basics, Finder fundamentals, mobile multimedia, Filemaker, Zoom training, digital photography, genealogy, and GarageBand. In addition, there were Mac sessions for specific groups, from beginners to intermediate users, and more. Add in a service desk, lounge, and help desk, and you get an idea of how much thought went into the remote celebration.

Of course, in true Mac fashion, there was more: At 11 a.m. there was an informative and fun presentation by Greg Alchin on assistive technologies (Greg is an Apple accredited educator, Inclusive Design Consultant and true expert in Assistive Technology), followed by a virtual birthday cake (with happy birthday singing and an acknowledgement of AUSOM volunteers) and Garry Barker offering reminiscences about Apple and AUSOM.

Wow! There is a reason that AUSOM is pronounced “awesome”

Congrats for 40 years of excellence: 1980-2020.

(Thanks much to Greg Davies, AUSOM publicity, for this tip and an opportunity to be present for the celebration.)