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 a while, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.
Looking for a short set of presentations on the newest 16″ MacBook Pro for your group’s meeting? ASW has two new documents that provide all the information you need to make a great group presentation.
ASW offers MacBook Pro – Then and Now, November 13, 2019 (L578071A-en_US) and MacBook Pro – First Look, November 13, 2019 (L578070A-en_US).
Ambassadors: November is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.
You may have met Bill Medlow at a Macworld user group event or chatted with him by email. For more than twenty one years, Bill has been president of the Long Island Mac User Group (LIMac – currently over 260 members!) and he is retiring this year. Congrats on many years of faithful service Bill. Hope retirement brings new adventures and much fun.
Are your members curious about Apple Arcade? The people who created the games that are part of Apple Arcade have woven artistry, curiosity and a lot of heart into a curated selection of fascinating and fresh ways to delight players. From The Enchanted World, a metaphor for a child growing up in a time of war, where the player uses puzzles and challenges to restore a collapsing fairyland, to Borderleap’s Patterned puzzle pieces that must be arranged to complete charming pictures, the post-apocalyptic Overland road trip adventure game, and the card-based Card of Darkness, with puzzles that feature hand-drawn characters with a sense of humor, there is something to delight every player.
Have your members seen the new iWork for Mac, iPadOS, and iOS? Along with Clips and iMove, ASW has information about the recent releases. Better yet, Richard Byrne’s IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog offers an interesting idea for creating green screen movies with iMove on iPad. Your members might enjoy learning his techniques.
IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog:
ASW’s New Articles:
Clips – First Look (L573379A-en_US)
iMovie – First Look (L544682A-en_US)
iWork for iPadOS and iOS (L575794A-en_US)
iWork for Mac – First Look (L575795A-en_US)
Joseph Keller and Mick Symons of iMore published a wonderful series of tips on keyboard accessibility features on a Mac back in July. If you haven’t read the article yet, be sure to take a read. It might make for a great meeting topic.
While you may not recognize the logo, the company now named Eve was a long-time and much-loved supporter of User Group University and other community events under the name Elgato. With the incredible success of their Eve Flare (portable smart LED lamp), Eve Button (smart home remote), Eve Door & Window (door and window security sensors), Eve Light Switch (smart wall switch), Eve Motion (motion sensor), Eve Room (indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity sensor), Eve Smoke (smoke detector), Eve Thermo (radiator valve), Eve Aqua (smart water controller), Eve Degree (connected weather station), Eve Extend (Bluetooth wireless extender), Eve Energy (empower your appliances) and more, the company decided to focus on their smart home line of products that work perfectly with with Apple HomeKit technology.
In fact, Eve’s growing ecosystem of connected accessories, designed exclusively for the Apple HomeKit-enabled household, are simple to set up, easy to control from anywhere, and provide the convenience that automation can supply. Better yet, even when accessing your home remotely via your home hub, all data is end-to-end encrypted and stored on your iPhone or iPad. So, your privacy is protected.
This month’s blog has an amazing discount for Apple employees and Apple User Group members. Be sure to check it out!
Macstock 2019 . . . Best Yet!
by Tom Piper
Macstock V on July 28-29, 2019, was the fifth annual gathering of Apple faithful at the Luecht Conference Center on the McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL (near Woodstock, an hour northwest of Chicago). With a theme of CREATE!, it had over 200 Apple advocates in attendance with people from California to Tucson to New York to England. There were 10 featured speakers and 5 special speakers with over 13 hours of content (including OWC demos).
[Note: The premiere of Graeme Moffatt’s ‘Mr Mainline Steam‘ documentary was shown recently and the documentary has received amazing reviews and organizational recognitions.]
Filmmaker Graeme Moffatt of Capital Video Productions Ltd. is a member of the Wellington Macintosh Society, and he is also the Apple User Group Regional Liaison for New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania. You can find more than a year of his group’s Wellington Macintosh Society (WelMac) meeting videos at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmJBMCRuX6iyV8smOu2iApw/videos
By Graeme Moffatt:
I became involved with a group in the United States that is doing live internet broadcasts, initially just using an iPad and soon they moved to a much more sophisticated system.
This new system allowed them to use multiple screens, cameras and microphones and the quality of the broadcasts became much more sophisticated and interesting. I sent an email to the person who was coordinating all of this, an ex Hollywood filmmaker, and asked him what software he was using and received a reply stating that it was an iPad app called Switcher Studio.
I did a search online and soon found the app and downloaded a free trial version and tested it out. I found it to quite amazing as to what it could accomplish (more…)
In 2004 Sarah Friedlander Garcia was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, a second-term Vice President of MacRIT, the university’s campus user group, Apple Campus Rep for RIT, and a member of Apple’s Campus Group Advisory Board. She was a long time Mac user, and a popular speaker at User Group University (UGU). Many groups struggle to attract young members, and at UGU Sarah offered some thoughts regarding finding and retaining young user group members.
Today Sarah is Director of Marketing at W-Systems. Her skills are not limited to technology and marketing. In fact, she recently played flute at Carnegie Hall. After a few years working in Santiago de Chile, she, husband Rodrigo Garcia, and Aidan (resident dog) live in New York City.