September’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…)

October’s Featured Vendor: TidBITS Content Network


In early 1990, Adam and Tonya Engst founded TidBITS. A little over 27 years later, they are still providing the insights, news, tips and guidance that their wide-spread readership enjoys. Better yet, they have a new service, the TidBITS Content Network (TCN) content syndication service, that provides content that consultants, resellers, and other businesses can use to stay in touch with their clients. The service also  helps home and office users how to make better use of their Macs, iPhones, and iPads.  (more…)

Featured Vendor: Joe Kissell of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Joe Kissell of alt concepts, co-publisher (with his wife Morgen Jahnke) of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books, a senior contributor to Macworld, prolific author and long time user group supporter. Joe On Tech guides provide friendly, comprehensive and up-to-date advice on important tech topics. Take Control ebooks cover much more detail than a magazine article but are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book. Joe is Take Control’s most prolific author and you probably have at least a few of his works already. (more…)

May’s Featured Vendor: Global Delight

This month’s Featured Vendor is Global Delight, maker of Boom 2, Capto, Vizmato, Boom for iOS, Camera Plus and Camera Plus Pro. Many of our readers are familiar with Global Delight because they have won awards in Apple’s App Store and multiple awards for Best of Show at Macworld over the years. Their employees are called Delightians because they work to delight their more than 15 million customers, crafting software with love and a sincere attempt at disrupting the app landscape.   (more…)

January’s Featured Vendor: O’Reilly Media

oreillylogo  O’Reilly has been a part of the user group community for more than 30 years, so it is hard to remember back to 1978 when it was a small consulting company with a focus on UNIX and related technologies. By 1986 O’Reilly was publishing their Nutshell books and 1988 brought their well-known animal covers. By 1992 many of us were reading our copies of the Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalog while our more adventurous members were reading Programming Perl. As the years went on, many of us became fans of their Missing Manual series.Today, O’Reilly is an integral part of the technology community, providing handbooks, webcasts, conferences, trainings materials, online resources, Maker Faires, and more. Are your members taking full use of their resources? (more…)

December’s Featured Vendor: CleverFiles and Disk Drill PRO

Do you need to recover deleted files in Mac OS X, including critical business documents, music, photos or videos? Have files or whole partitions gone missing from your Mac? Are you having trouble accessing an external USB drive or camera card?

Disk Drill PRO from CleverFiles has the solution to your problems, making data recovery for Mac OS X easy and efficient. Disk Drill Pro can recover more than 200 types of files from internal Macintosh hard drives, external hard drives, cameras, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices, USB flash drives, Kindles, and memory cards, often even if a device is failing, a partition disappears, or a drive is unreadable. Better yet, Disk Drill PRO includes free tools for disk monitoring, data protection, back up and so much more! (more…)

November’s Featured Vendor: Gumdrop Cases

gumdropcasesGumdrop Cases provides stylish, heavy-duty, and incredibly protective ruggedized cases for iPads, MacBooks, iPhones, and more. Designed with durable protection that can withstand repeated 6-foot falls, Gumdrop’s cases are rapidly becoming one of the leading solutions to keep your tech safe from damage at home, school, and work. With over 1,600 certified case reviews from satisfied users, Gumdrop cases has a selection of cases types to fit your device, from DropTech type cases, to Hideaway, Sleeve Series, SoftShell, and more.


June’s Featured Vendor: Eltima Software

eltimaEltima is a software company that features great solutions, created in response to a demand from users who want the best in file synchronization, bulk image editing, file sharing, file managing and so much more. You have probably used their SyncMate to sync all of your devices to your Mac, or played media using Eltima’s Elmedia Player. Their Airy is a YouTube downloader and PhotoBulk offers an easy way to edit images in bulk. Need to recover a pdf password or back up your iCloud drive? Eltima has you covered.


April’s Featured Vendor: Nisus Software, Inc.

nisusNisus Software, Inc. has been delighting users almost as long as the Mac has been around. In fact, Nisus (pronouced Nice Us) Software Inc. was founded back in 1983 as a software development company named Paragon Courseware. In 1993, the name was changed to Nisus Software, Inc. due to the name recognition of their popular word processor, Nisus Writer. Today, Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful and elegant word processor for OS X. An intuitive interface, powerful writing tools, and unmatched compatibility make Nisus Writer Pro the choice of serious writers everywhere.

Nisus Writer Pro starts with an intuitive, customizable interface that allows you to write how you want to write. Create great looking documents quickly using their exclusive style sheet view. Polish documents with their sophisticated, yet easy to use tools, including powerful find (including regular expressions), or add shapes and call outs using the drawing tools. Collaborate with others using track changes and comments that are compatible with Microsoft Word. You can write in just about any language supported in OS X (including right to left languages) thanks to the multilingual support built into Pro.

This month Nisus has a wealth of materials, including a number of short YouTube videos, that can make for a great meeting presentation. Better yet, check out this month’s offers for a special offer that can make your meeting even better! No matter what you write, from a simple letter to a sophisticated thesis, Nisus Writer Pro will allow you to create stunning documents with ease. 


March’s Featured Vendor: VueScan from Hamrick Software


Hamrick Software was founded in 1991 by Ed Hamrick who wanted to find a way to produce better quality scans with his scanner. He found a great solution, initially helping over 100,000 users. With over 400,000 users and nineteen years of experience, VueScan is the world’s most widely used 3rd party scanning software. In fact, MacWorld UK nominated it for Best Imaging Software a few years back. A quick look at their reviews and testimonials lets you know that the product is something special. Better yet, VueScan now supports over 2,500 scanners.

Get a $10 (US) discount if you visit VueScan and purchase within 24 hours. Why not use VueScan as your group’s next meeting topic by using the resources below?  Best of all, they have a special license offer for user groups worldwide – found in this month’s Leaders section. (more…)