May’s Featured Vendor: Apparent Software

In 2006 Jacob Gorban founded Apparent Software, with a mission to create useful, friendly and unique software for Apple devices. And, he wanted to make sure that the company’s software was complemented by first-class customer care. Jacob has been programming since he was 12 and you may have met him or his team at various gatherings or heard one of the many interviews where his company’s products are featured. Apparent Software’s team, including Jacob, Susannah, Braden, and Matthew work to ensure that each product, including Trickster, ImageFramer, and Cashculator, delights. (more…)

Meeting Idea: Apple’s How to Shoot on iPhone Series

Photography is a popular subject at many Apple User Group meetings. Did you know that Apple has an entire section dedicated to helping users take great photos with their iPhones? Each video tutorial is under a minute and a series of videos could make for a great “How To” meeting topic and discussion. Ever wanted to take a bouncing live video? There’s even a tutorial for bouncing live photos and another for experimenting in color.

The How To Shoot on an iPhone series includes videos that show how to:

  • shoot a portrait selfie
  • edit a Portrait
  • create a bouncing Live Photo
  • shoot in black and white
  • adjust slo-mo timings
  • shoot an overhead
  • experiment with framing
  • experiment with color
  • compose with telephoto
  • shoot with Portrait Lighting
  • shoot a close-up
  • shoot a vertical Pano
  • shoot with out a flash
  • shoot action
  • shoot a selfie with the timer
  • capture a unique angle
  • shoot stills while filming
  • shoot with street light
  • shoot a bold and simple image
  • shoot during golden hour
  • shoot a one-handed selfie
  • shoot a sunset silhouette
  • capture an intimate moment
  • shoot a group portrait
  • shoot a horizon
  • shoot a backlit subject
  • And more…

Check it out!

Meeting Ideas: iPad, HomePod, and iWork

Looking for a short presentation for your group? In the last month, Apple has introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad, major updates to iWork, and new colors and styles for Apple accessories. The good news is that ASW has an entire section dedicated to iPads (L503112A-en_US), including iPad – First Look (L575790A-en_US ) and iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US). ASW also has a section covering the newest version of iWork (iWork on ASW: L540974A-en_US).

Interested in HomePod? ASTO offers a HomePod Top Features Demo Guide (L574990A-en_US) and HomePod – Product Presentation (L574599A-en_US) to help your members learn about the key features and benefits of HomePod.

Ambassadors: April is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Apple and Earth Day 2018: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

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…)

LACPUG: Apple FCPX and Motion Presentation

For January’s Los Angeles Creative Pro Users Group (LACPUG) a standing room only crowd of Hollywood editors and filmmakers enjoyed a special presentation on Final Cut Pro.

Apple marketing, with help from Patrick Southern and Sam Mestman from LumaForge, gave attendees a look at 10.4’s latest features. Wow! Thanks to Michael Horton, LAFCPUG founder and leader, and co-producer of Creative Pro SuperMeets for this link!

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HAAUG’s 25th Anniversary: Woz Presentation

The Houston Area Apple Users Group regularly attracts top speakers, and their 25th Anniversary was no exception. Steve Wozniak, their Keynote speaker, shared memories about his experiences and offered thoughts about Apple today. Rex Covington of the Apple User Group Advisory Board generously posted the Keynote recently so that we could share. (Thanks Rex!)


March Featured Vendor: Ztylus Innovation

Ztylus Innovation started as a self funded company, working out of a garage and building the company from the ground up with a great team of young and innovative entrepreneurs. And, it didn’t take long before they were winning awards for their products and innovation, including two CES Innovation Awards (2018 and 2016 – Wireless Handset Accessories category). The 2015 CTIA Super Mobility Show awarded them a 1st Place Hot for the Holidays Award (Accessories category), and they were named 2015 CE Week Best in Show (Cellphone Accessories category). Their Revolver Lens and Z-Prime Lens series are amazing and can add wow to your photos. Best of all, they are offering a special discount to user group members. (more…)

Meeting Ideas: Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories

Looking for a short presentation on Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories for your group’s meeting? Apple Support and ASW have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

This month ASW offers a look at Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories (L574614A-en_US) to help your members learn about the many Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories available for iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook, and explore what can be done with them.

And, if your members are not sure whether an email about an App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music purchase is legitimate, Apple Support offers tips that can make for a quick and valuable meeting topic.

Ambassadors: March is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Identify legitimate emails from the App Store or iTunes Store

KansasFest 2018: 30 Years and Going Strong

KansasFest 2018, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 17 – 22 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 30th 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.

KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. 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. (more…)