January’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. 


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.)


AWUGU: Membership Records and Renewals by Tom Piper

by Tom Piper, Coordinator

Our ninth Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 8:00pm CST, on November 16, 2020, via Zoom. We had 23 participants who joined for the topic of maintaining “Membership Records and Renewals” plus how larger groups encourage board membership, board participation, and membership engagement. The 82-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/CXTvA410Dxo (unlisted on YouTube).


Meeting Ideas: Shot on iPhone

apple youtube logoIf you are looking for a great series of videos for a photography SIG or general meeting, you may want to consider the technique filled tutorials Apple’s YouTube channel. In the last month there have been a series of videos with ideas for iPhone photography, including neat effects with slow motion and water balloons, abstract images you can create from baby oil and water, and night mode photography with glow sticks. Looking for concepts as well as techniques? There are videos for concepts too.

December is a great month to check out Apple’s YouTube channel.

Shot on iPhone

Shot on iPhone: Vertical Cinema

Behind the Scenes — Experiments IV: Fire & Ice

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 Ideas: GarageBand, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, Logic Pro and MainStage

Apple logoMost groups have a SIG for creatives, including members who are interested in music, photography, and video, and this month ASW offers information about new releases for creatives at every level.

GarageBand for Mac – First Look (Part Number: L544712A-en_US), Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor – First Look (L576233A-en_US), and Logic Pro and MainStage – First Look (L574602A-en_US) can provide the information you need to create a great meeting topic.

Ambassadors: December is a great month to check out ASW.

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?

2021 Zoom Class Registration  is Now Open, Members $15, Non-Members $24

AppleTV+, FYC, and Deadline – For the Love of DOCS

User group members are known for their varied interests and a new collaboration between Deadline, FYC (For your Consideration), and AppleTV+ might make for a great meeting topic. FYC is known for providing Non-Academy events presented on behalf of a television show that may be considered for an Emmy or other award, and, as you might expect, they have not been able to do live events. The good news is that Deadline’s For the Love of DOCS documentary series is being offered online and free of charge. From this week through mid-December documentaries ranging from a look at how shooting stars, meteorites and deep impacts have focused the human imagination on other realms and worlds, and on our past and our future, to a cinematic exploration of punk poet Shane MacGowan, to human stories from the center of the pandemic, a look at the House of Gucci, a social justice scout troop, a high school senior who cares for her two mentally disabled parents, and more.

Check it out!


How To: User Group Ambassador

Does your group have an Apple User Group Ambassador? Not sure or maybe your group needs to update its information or assign a new ambassador. If any of this applies to your group, or you are a current ambassador and want to refresh on what resources are available, then read on.

What is an Apple User Group Ambassador?
Apple User Group Ambassador is the role assigned to one individual from each recognized Apple User Group in the Apple User Group Locator (database). Leaders from each user group choose a member from their group who will serve in this role. The Ambassador for the group serves as the link and primary contact to the Apple User Group program. A summary and downloadable PDF version of this article can be found here. (more…)