How-to: Using iCloud as a User Group Resource

icloudIn the past, Apple User Groups could earn a free MobileMe paid account to host their group’s website, use as a contact email, and a few other features. With the introduction of iCloud, some of the services changed or were enhanced, and some were removed. But the accounts are now free. Apple continues to develop and add new features to iCloud. What user group leaders may not know, is that these features can offer resources to your group leaders and members. Most individuals use iCloud to integrate and sync data between computers, iPads and iPhones. In this how-to we will look at how groups can use iCloud for maintaining a membership list, notes, meeting presentations and many other features.

In order to avoid conflicts with your personal iCloud account, this how-to is going to focus on using iCloud as a web based service for your user group.


How-To: Presenting iOS at User Group Meetings

Traditionally many user groups were known as “Mac” user groups. With the popularity and growth of iPhones and iPads, many groups are changing to become “Apple” user groups. In the past, meeting presentations could be done by hooking a Mac computer up to a projector or television. For iOS devices this can be a challenge. The Apple Use Group Resource team has put together some tips and strategies to get you up and running, presenting iOS at your user group meetings. We will address hardware needs, Apple technologies, software options and user groups successfully using these technologies. Read on.


Ambassadors – New Apple Sales Web Presentations

Need a quick presentation for your group’s meeting? Apple Sales Web (ASW) has downloadable presentations that you can use. The topics range from applications like the new iMac to Apple and the Environment. Click on the Presentations tab at the top of your ASW screen and you are sure to find a presentation to fit your group’s interests.

Apple Sales Web

O'Reilly Community Site Beta

O’Reilly Answers is a community site for sharing knowledge, asking questions and providing answers that brings together customers, authors, editors, conference speakers and Foo (Friends of O’Reilly). User group members are invited to be a part of the beta.

Take part in the conversation.
(Thanks to Marsee Henon of O’Reilly for this tip.)

Mactechnics Saturday Morning Meetings

On November 21, Terry White, founder and President of MacGroup-Detroit, favorite UGU web site evaluator and Director of Creative Pro Technical sales for Adobe, will be the presenter for Mactechic of Michigan’s Saturday Morning Meeting. His website says, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” Terry shows folks how to do it right the first time.

Enjoy a morning with the best.

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Join Klokhuis for Apple Dag

The Dutch word for core is klokhuis and the AUG Klokhuis user group is the core of all things Apple in the Netherlands. On December 12 they will celebrate with an “AppleDay,” a popular event regularly sponsored by Klokhuis.

Along with the normal program – meeting point, lectures, wirelessnetwork, workshops etc. – Apple Dag offers a tombola with fantastic prizes.

See why this is a can’t miss event.

November 2009 Milestones

This month’s column includes a group who first met in 1978.

Happy anniversary to a worldwide list of some of our oldest groups.
Want to see your group listed? Send an email with date and year to

1978 Apple Macintosh Users’ Group (Sydney)

1981 Hartford User Group Exchange
(Greetings to President George Carbonell and members of HUGE.)

1984 appleJAC Macintosh Users Group
(Greetings to Apple User Group Advisory Board member Tom Piper and the members of appleJAC.)

2001 The Mount Dora Macintosh Users Group
(Thanks to MDMUG President Allen Kalka for this tip.)

2007 Kachemacs Macintosh User Groups
(Thanks to President Diane Peterson for this tip.)

Apple User Group Market Podcast: Episode 38

ug-podcast-smallThis edition of the Apple User Group Market podcast includes a fun interview with Martin Sitter, founder and publisher of Nonlinear Educating Inc., discussing his company’s traditional macProVideo  nd new designProVideo training videos, plus information from UGAB Vendor Liaison Tom Piper.
Listen in!