Part of having a successful user group is having great content to present at meetings. Some groups are able to get guest speakers, products demonstrations, and even remote presentations. But for some groups that is not always logistically possible. Last month we featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, and Apple Sales Web, three incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a fourth great resource, the Apple Teacher program. You don’t have to be a teacher to sign up, and each educational activity is paired with a badge you can earn and display. Earn eight badges for either iPad or Mac, and you achieve Apple Teacher status, including access to Swift Playgrounds, a free app for first-time coders featuring Learn to Code and lessons that make getting started fun and interactive. Provided resources include Apple Teacher Starter Guide books, online help and Apple Store workshops.
Written by Rex Covington of the Apple User Group Advisory Board and Lonestarrider.com
Apples new clips app is like a mixture of Photo Booth, Snapchat, and a very light version of iMovie. The free stand-alone app is only available in the United States and you will need IOS 10.3 on your iPhone. You can download the app from the normal places using iTunes on your Mac or the Apple’s App Store on your iPhone. You can produce a video up to 60 minutes and each individual clip that you add to your video can be no longer than 30 minutes. (more…)
On January 6, 2004, the Macintosh was a few days over 20 years old and Steve Jobs had exciting news: Apple had a new type of software, called GarageBand, and a new format for the iPod, an iPod Mini with a huge 4GB of storage. How would we ever fill all that space? With this month’s release of the newest version of GarageBand, it seems like a great time to remember its introduction, with John Mayer performing and Steve Jobs explaining the ways that it would open a world of possibilities.
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Many times at User Group meetings, the presenter may take time to let members ask questions or seek out tech tips or support. User Group Ambassador Rick Lantz of the Maui Apple User Society took a new view on the Q&A sessions, and decided to do a “How did they do that?” session at his meeting and show some hidden and unknown features of macOS and iOS. Below is his presentation material regarding iOS. User Group Leaders, feel free to use this material and demonstrate at your meetings. Click more to see video and meeting material:
Over the years, some of the best ideas for user group leadership have come from the worldwide community of user group officers, the hard working folk who ensure that their groups survive and thrive.
One of this month’s topics comes from Doan Stafford, long-time leader of QMUG and an active supporter of the user group community. In 2004, he was one of the featured speakers at User Group University during the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, offering ways to plan group meeting topics well in advance.
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.)
What’s happening on Saturdays down at the dBug Cafe sponsored by the Seattle Mac User Group? According to the dBug website, a better question might be, “What isn’t?” People bring in their Macs to get fixed up or souped up. The iPhone has made a fair number of visits and digital photography buffs have been showing off some cool tricks in iPhoto and Photoshop. iPods are all over the place and the questions & answers flow more freely than the hot coffee!
Have coffee with the experts.
The Santa Fe Macintosh User Group (SFMUG) is sponsoring “Synapse to Screen 1.0” (S2S1.0) in cooperation with the Tenth Annual Santa Fe Film Festival. S2S1.0 will provide a full day of panels, demos and speakers dealing with the use and workings of pre-production software and tools–from brain-storming and mind-mapping, to outlining, scripting, story boarding, production reports and scheduling. SFMUG hopes to offer live streaming of the event as well.
Be part of a great event.
In conjunction with September’s Second Annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet, the Final Cut Pro User Group Network (FCPUG Network) has released issue three of “SuperMag,” a free download consisting of over 170 pages of tutorials, tips, techniques and feature articles for today’s digital filmmakers.
Download and learn.
Magnus Nystadt from the EmiratesMac User Group will be sharing technology news with host James Piecowye on the Nightline radio show, broadcast by Dubai Eye 103.8 on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 8 p.m. Missed the September 1 broadcast? EmiratesMac offers a podcast of each radio hour.