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Meeting Idea: Apple’s How to Shoot on iPhone Series

Photography is a popular subject at many Apple User Group meetings. Did you know that Apple has an entire section dedicated to helping users take great photos with their iPhones? Each video tutorial is under a minute and a series of videos could make for a great “How To” meeting topic and discussion. Ever wanted to take a bouncing live video? There’s even a tutorial for bouncing live photos and another for experimenting in color.

The How To Shoot on an iPhone series includes videos that show how to:

  • shoot a portrait selfie
  • edit a Portrait
  • create a bouncing Live Photo
  • shoot in black and white
  • adjust slo-mo timings
  • shoot an overhead
  • experiment with framing
  • experiment with color
  • compose with telephoto
  • shoot with Portrait Lighting
  • shoot a close-up
  • shoot a vertical Pano
  • shoot with out a flash
  • shoot action
  • shoot a selfie with the timer
  • capture a unique angle
  • shoot stills while filming
  • shoot with street light
  • shoot a bold and simple image
  • shoot during golden hour
  • shoot a one-handed selfie
  • shoot a sunset silhouette
  • capture an intimate moment
  • shoot a group portrait
  • shoot a horizon
  • shoot a backlit subject
  • And more…

Check it out!

https://www.apple.com/iphone/photography-how-to/

Apple and Earth Day 2018: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

You may think that you are aware of the many innovative products that came from Apple research, but did you know that Apple invented a line of disassembly robots (Liam)? While existing recycling techniques only recover a few kinds of materials and often diminish their quality, these robots can recover 1900 kg of aluminum, 1.3 kg Gold, 7 kg silver, 24 kg rare earth elements, 3.5 kg tungsten, 800 kg copper, 0.4 kg platinum group metals, 55 kg tin, 550 kg cobalt, and 2.5 kg tantalum from every 100,000 iPhone 6 devices that are turned in for recycling. read more…

User Group Stories: AUSOM

This is a new series presented by the Apple User Group Advisory Board to spotlight and share the experiences of Apple User Groups around the world. We will take a look at how groups are managing, meeting, growing, networking, and adjusting to the needs of members in the 21st century.

By Rick Ortiz, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board

Visit: ausom.net.au

This month we share the story of Apple Users Society of Melbourne, better know as AUSOM. We traveled (virtually) around the world to find out the story of how AUSOM has been so successful. We had the opportunity to participate in a FaceTime meeting with the group’s members and leaders at their monthly meeting. What is amazing, is this group is in its 40th year, and the group appears to be going strong. In a day and age where social media, texting, and technology has become the mainstream communication method, this group has proven that in-person social interaction, networking and sharing creates true and long lasting friendship. And to that end, the sustainability of AUSOM. As one of their members stated, “It’s not about the computers, but what we do with them.” Let’s take a look at what makes this group so successful.

read more…

LACPUG: Apple FCPX and Motion Presentation

For January’s Los Angeles Creative Pro Users Group (LACPUG) a standing room only crowd of Hollywood editors and filmmakers enjoyed a special presentation on Final Cut Pro.

Apple marketing, with help from Patrick Southern and Sam Mestman from LumaForge, gave attendees a look at 10.4’s latest features. Wow! Thanks to Michael Horton, LAFCPUG founder and leader, and co-producer of Creative Pro SuperMeets for this link!

http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/articles/2048-watch-the-apple-final-cut-pro-10-4-presentation-from-lacpug

Check out LAFCPUG

http://www.fcp.co/

Enjoy videos from LumaForge:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSufttVkYSIBC5UVfxnLScQ

HAAUG’s 25th Anniversary: Woz Presentation

The Houston Area Apple Users Group regularly attracts top speakers, and their 25th Anniversary was no exception. Steve Wozniak, their Keynote speaker, shared memories about his experiences and offered thoughts about Apple today. Rex Covington of the Apple User Group Advisory Board generously posted the Keynote recently so that we could share. (Thanks Rex!)

Enjoy!

Meeting Ideas: Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories

Looking for a short presentation on Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories for your group’s meeting? Apple Support and ASW have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

This month ASW offers a look at Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories (L574614A-en_US) to help your members learn about the many Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories available for iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook, and explore what can be done with them.

And, if your members are not sure whether an email about an App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music purchase is legitimate, Apple Support offers tips that can make for a quick and valuable meeting topic.

Ambassadors: March is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Identify legitimate emails from the App Store or iTunes Store

https://asw.apple.com

KansasFest 2018: 30 Years and Going Strong

KansasFest 2018, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 17 – 22 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 30th time that this event, an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie, has been held.

KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. In upcoming weeks, the KansasFest web site will announce registration details, so keep an eye on the site listed below. read more…

February Featured Vendor: Stellar Data Recovery Software

You may remember Stellar Data Recovery products from multiple Macworld Expos and User Group University events. If you are one of the more than two million people who have used Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery, you remember it fondly because it works so well. The newest version, Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Professional offers a range of features to recover lost and deleted data from a Mac-based hard drives, SSDs, memory cards, USB flash drives and other external storage media.  It can easily recover lost partitions, photos, videos, critical office documents and other important files, even from Time Machine, BootCamp partitions and encrypted hard drives. In addition, Stellar Data Recovery has a great discount offer for user group members and officers on this month’s vendor discount page.

Why not make Stellar Data Recovery Software the topic for your group’s next meeting?

read more…

CES 2018: Meeting the Stars

CES 2018: Meeting the Stars

by Tom Piper

 

This year’s January 9-12, 2018, visit to Las Vegas for the 51st edition of the Consumer Electronic Show was once again a dazzling mix of amazing products and puzzling potentials. Like Wonder Woman with her motorcycle, I met many “star” electronics from name brands like Samsung, LG, Sony, Kodak, Panasonic and others, while being introduced to a wide array of new ideas and concepts being featured by broad spectrum of unknowns from many diverse countries. read more…

Randy B. Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Word Processors

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the 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, recently commented about word processors for Mac users:

“I’ve found that lots of Macintosh users wish that they had more choices for a word processor.  The thing is…they do.  They just don’t know where to find out about all the available products.”

So, he has created a page covering currently-available offerings and it is both comprehensive and helpful.

Check it out – maybe even contribute to the conversation:

http://www.macattorney.com/wp.html

Visit MacAttorney.

http://www.macattorney.com/

Meeting Idea: HomePod on Apple Support’s YouTube Channel and ASW

Looking for a short presentation on HomePod for your group’s meeting? Apple Support’s YouTube channel and ASW have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

Apple Support’s YouTube channel offers a series of three videos on HomePod, including how to adjust HomePod settings, how to use Siri to play music on HomePod and How to use touch controls on HomePod.Each video is under 2 minutes, easy to follow and interesting.

ASW offers HomePod – Product Presentation (L574599A-en_US ), HomePod – First Look (L574596A-en_US), HomePod Top Features Demo Guide (L574990A-en_US) and more.

Ambassadors: February is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Apple YouTube Support Channel’s HomePod Collection

https://asw.apple.com

Meeting Idea and How To: Apple Pay and Apple Pay Cash

Apple Pay and Apple Pay Cash can provide a quick and interesting topic for your next meeting. Apple Pay is easy to use since you can pay for store purchases with the iPhone or Apple Watch you always have with you without needing to open an app, pay within apps or on the web in Safari with iPhone and iPad with no need to enter billing, shipping, or contact information and pay on the web using Safari with Mac. And, you can send and receive money with friends and family right in Messages. Apple Pay is simpler and safer than using your physical card. Instead of using your actual card number, Apple Pay assigns a unique number for each purchase, so your card information is never shared by Apple with merchants.

read more…

Remember to Password Protect Discount Offer Codes

Please be respectful of the vendors who offer user group discounts by password protecting any user group offers that come from the Apple User Group Bulletin or the Apple User Group Resources blog. When a offer becomes public, we often hear from the vendor, either to discontinue the offer or to change their discount code and information. In January we heard from a vendor who forwarded screen shots of their discount on a specific group’s website. The discount code has been changed and the offers page has a new password as well. See the bottom of each month’s Apple User Group Bulletin or check with your group’s ambassador for password information.

User Group Locator: Update Your Group’s Records

The User Group Locator has easy-to-use features and is one of the best ways to help potential members find your group. Your group can update its records by entering the email address originally used to register the group. The system then returns a link for database access. Not sure what your group’s address of record is? Use the Find a Group form on the Apple User Group Resources blog to see your current information.

Are your group’s records up-to-date? January is a great time make the updates that can help potential members find your group. read more…

Special Offer – EverWeb Software: 50% Discount – Updated Link

Everweb

EverWeb by RAGE Software: 50% Discount – Updated Link

EverWeb is an easy to use drag-and-drop website builder. No coding, and no web building experience is required to get your beautiful website up and running. If you have ever used Apple’s now discontinued iWeb, your transition to EverWeb will be a breeze. EverWeb’s user interface, and most of its functionality, is very similar to iWeb. Build a website either from scratch using a blank canvas, or modify one of the many professionally designed built-in templates.

EverWeb is available as a standalone application for $79.95 (US), or with a hosting account that allows you to publish your website without any FTP information for $99.95 (US). Apple user group members can now purchase either versions at 50% off (not applicable to renewals and/or upgrades). You can try EverWeb free of charge before purchasing. EverWeb also comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee, so you can purchase with confidence.

The discount link has been updated for 2018. To download or purchase EverWeb at a 50% discount, see your user group Ambassador.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

– Meeting Idea: iMac Pro Demonstration

Looking for a full meeting presentation? ASW just released a fact-filled Keynote demo for the iMac Pro, an iMac packed with the most powerful graphics and processors ever in a Mac, along with the most advanced storage, memory, and I/O — all behind a breathtaking Retina 5K display in a sleek, all-in-one design to meet the needs of everyone from photographers to video editors to 3D animators to musicians to software developers to scientists. (L574107A-en_US)

Ambassadors: December is a great month to use Apple resources for your
meetings.

https://asw.apple.com/

How-To: iCloud Sharing

By Rick Ortiz

With the introduction of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, Apple has added some new features to iCloud Drive, offering the ability to share files. iCloud Drive is now offering sharing services similar to what DropBox and Google Drive offer. In the past iCloud drive was designed for personal access to files. For a user group, they can now create or use an existing iCloud account and share files with members or allow board members access to files.

iCloud Drive History:
Apple’s iCloud file services originally began as cloud storage for your iWork files. With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, it expanded to offer you storage of files and folders beyond iWork. In fact you can now access your Desktop and Documents folders in the cloud and on other devices. But in this article we are going to focus on the sharing features. As each macOS update has come along, Apple has continued to expanded its iCloud offerings. read more…

User Group News Bulletin

Meeting Idea: Apple’s How to Shoot on iPhone Series

Photography is a popular subject at many Apple User Group meetings. Did you know that Apple has an entire section dedicated to helping users take great photos with their iPhones? Each video tutorial is under a minute and a series of videos could make for a great “How To” meeting topic and discussion. Ever wanted to take a bouncing live video? There’s even a tutorial for bouncing live photos and another for experimenting in color.

The How To Shoot on an iPhone series includes videos that show how to:

  • shoot a portrait selfie
  • edit a Portrait
  • create a bouncing Live Photo
  • shoot in black and white
  • adjust slo-mo timings
  • shoot an overhead
  • experiment with framing
  • experiment with color
  • compose with telephoto
  • shoot with Portrait Lighting
  • shoot a close-up
  • shoot a vertical Pano
  • shoot with out a flash
  • shoot action
  • shoot a selfie with the timer
  • capture a unique angle
  • shoot stills while filming
  • shoot with street light
  • shoot a bold and simple image
  • shoot during golden hour
  • shoot a one-handed selfie
  • shoot a sunset silhouette
  • capture an intimate moment
  • shoot a group portrait
  • shoot a horizon
  • shoot a backlit subject
  • And more…

Check it out!

https://www.apple.com/iphone/photography-how-to/

Apple and Earth Day 2018: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

You may think that you are aware of the many innovative products that came from Apple research, but did you know that Apple invented a line of disassembly robots (Liam)? While existing recycling techniques only recover a few kinds of materials and often diminish their quality, these robots can recover 1900 kg of aluminum, 1.3 kg Gold, 7 kg silver, 24 kg rare earth elements, 3.5 kg tungsten, 800 kg copper, 0.4 kg platinum group metals, 55 kg tin, 550 kg cobalt, and 2.5 kg tantalum from every 100,000 iPhone 6 devices that are turned in for recycling. read more…

User Group Stories: AUSOM

This is a new series presented by the Apple User Group Advisory Board to spotlight and share the experiences of Apple User Groups around the world. We will take a look at how groups are managing, meeting, growing, networking, and adjusting to the needs of members in the 21st century.

By Rick Ortiz, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board

Visit: ausom.net.au

This month we share the story of Apple Users Society of Melbourne, better know as AUSOM. We traveled (virtually) around the world to find out the story of how AUSOM has been so successful. We had the opportunity to participate in a FaceTime meeting with the group’s members and leaders at their monthly meeting. What is amazing, is this group is in its 40th year, and the group appears to be going strong. In a day and age where social media, texting, and technology has become the mainstream communication method, this group has proven that in-person social interaction, networking and sharing creates true and long lasting friendship. And to that end, the sustainability of AUSOM. As one of their members stated, “It’s not about the computers, but what we do with them.” Let’s take a look at what makes this group so successful.

read more…

LACPUG: Apple FCPX and Motion Presentation

For January’s Los Angeles Creative Pro Users Group (LACPUG) a standing room only crowd of Hollywood editors and filmmakers enjoyed a special presentation on Final Cut Pro.

Apple marketing, with help from Patrick Southern and Sam Mestman from LumaForge, gave attendees a look at 10.4’s latest features. Wow! Thanks to Michael Horton, LAFCPUG founder and leader, and co-producer of Creative Pro SuperMeets for this link!

http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/articles/2048-watch-the-apple-final-cut-pro-10-4-presentation-from-lacpug

Check out LAFCPUG

http://www.fcp.co/

Enjoy videos from LumaForge:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSufttVkYSIBC5UVfxnLScQ

HAAUG’s 25th Anniversary: Woz Presentation

The Houston Area Apple Users Group regularly attracts top speakers, and their 25th Anniversary was no exception. Steve Wozniak, their Keynote speaker, shared memories about his experiences and offered thoughts about Apple today. Rex Covington of the Apple User Group Advisory Board generously posted the Keynote recently so that we could share. (Thanks Rex!)

Enjoy!

Meeting Ideas: Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories

Looking for a short presentation on Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories for your group’s meeting? Apple Support and ASW have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

This month ASW offers a look at Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories (L574614A-en_US) to help your members learn about the many Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C accessories available for iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook, and explore what can be done with them.

And, if your members are not sure whether an email about an App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music purchase is legitimate, Apple Support offers tips that can make for a quick and valuable meeting topic.

Ambassadors: March is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Identify legitimate emails from the App Store or iTunes Store

https://asw.apple.com

KansasFest 2018: 30 Years and Going Strong

KansasFest 2018, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 17 – 22 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 30th time that this event, an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie, has been held.

KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. In upcoming weeks, the KansasFest web site will announce registration details, so keep an eye on the site listed below. read more…

February Featured Vendor: Stellar Data Recovery Software

You may remember Stellar Data Recovery products from multiple Macworld Expos and User Group University events. If you are one of the more than two million people who have used Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery, you remember it fondly because it works so well. The newest version, Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Professional offers a range of features to recover lost and deleted data from a Mac-based hard drives, SSDs, memory cards, USB flash drives and other external storage media.  It can easily recover lost partitions, photos, videos, critical office documents and other important files, even from Time Machine, BootCamp partitions and encrypted hard drives. In addition, Stellar Data Recovery has a great discount offer for user group members and officers on this month’s vendor discount page.

Why not make Stellar Data Recovery Software the topic for your group’s next meeting?

read more…

CES 2018: Meeting the Stars

CES 2018: Meeting the Stars

by Tom Piper

 

This year’s January 9-12, 2018, visit to Las Vegas for the 51st edition of the Consumer Electronic Show was once again a dazzling mix of amazing products and puzzling potentials. Like Wonder Woman with her motorcycle, I met many “star” electronics from name brands like Samsung, LG, Sony, Kodak, Panasonic and others, while being introduced to a wide array of new ideas and concepts being featured by broad spectrum of unknowns from many diverse countries. read more…

Randy B. Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Word Processors

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the 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, recently commented about word processors for Mac users:

“I’ve found that lots of Macintosh users wish that they had more choices for a word processor.  The thing is…they do.  They just don’t know where to find out about all the available products.”

So, he has created a page covering currently-available offerings and it is both comprehensive and helpful.

Check it out – maybe even contribute to the conversation:

http://www.macattorney.com/wp.html

Visit MacAttorney.

http://www.macattorney.com/

Meeting Idea: HomePod on Apple Support’s YouTube Channel and ASW

Looking for a short presentation on HomePod for your group’s meeting? Apple Support’s YouTube channel and ASW have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

Apple Support’s YouTube channel offers a series of three videos on HomePod, including how to adjust HomePod settings, how to use Siri to play music on HomePod and How to use touch controls on HomePod.Each video is under 2 minutes, easy to follow and interesting.

ASW offers HomePod – Product Presentation (L574599A-en_US ), HomePod – First Look (L574596A-en_US), HomePod Top Features Demo Guide (L574990A-en_US) and more.

Ambassadors: February is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Apple YouTube Support Channel’s HomePod Collection

https://asw.apple.com

Meeting Idea and How To: Apple Pay and Apple Pay Cash

Apple Pay and Apple Pay Cash can provide a quick and interesting topic for your next meeting. Apple Pay is easy to use since you can pay for store purchases with the iPhone or Apple Watch you always have with you without needing to open an app, pay within apps or on the web in Safari with iPhone and iPad with no need to enter billing, shipping, or contact information and pay on the web using Safari with Mac. And, you can send and receive money with friends and family right in Messages. Apple Pay is simpler and safer than using your physical card. Instead of using your actual card number, Apple Pay assigns a unique number for each purchase, so your card information is never shared by Apple with merchants.

read more…

Remember to Password Protect Discount Offer Codes

Please be respectful of the vendors who offer user group discounts by password protecting any user group offers that come from the Apple User Group Bulletin or the Apple User Group Resources blog. When a offer becomes public, we often hear from the vendor, either to discontinue the offer or to change their discount code and information. In January we heard from a vendor who forwarded screen shots of their discount on a specific group’s website. The discount code has been changed and the offers page has a new password as well. See the bottom of each month’s Apple User Group Bulletin or check with your group’s ambassador for password information.

User Group Locator: Update Your Group’s Records

The User Group Locator has easy-to-use features and is one of the best ways to help potential members find your group. Your group can update its records by entering the email address originally used to register the group. The system then returns a link for database access. Not sure what your group’s address of record is? Use the Find a Group form on the Apple User Group Resources blog to see your current information.

Are your group’s records up-to-date? January is a great time make the updates that can help potential members find your group. read more…

Special Offer – EverWeb Software: 50% Discount – Updated Link

Everweb

EverWeb by RAGE Software: 50% Discount – Updated Link

EverWeb is an easy to use drag-and-drop website builder. No coding, and no web building experience is required to get your beautiful website up and running. If you have ever used Apple’s now discontinued iWeb, your transition to EverWeb will be a breeze. EverWeb’s user interface, and most of its functionality, is very similar to iWeb. Build a website either from scratch using a blank canvas, or modify one of the many professionally designed built-in templates.

EverWeb is available as a standalone application for $79.95 (US), or with a hosting account that allows you to publish your website without any FTP information for $99.95 (US). Apple user group members can now purchase either versions at 50% off (not applicable to renewals and/or upgrades). You can try EverWeb free of charge before purchasing. EverWeb also comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee, so you can purchase with confidence.

The discount link has been updated for 2018. To download or purchase EverWeb at a 50% discount, see your user group Ambassador.

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

– Meeting Idea: iMac Pro Demonstration

Looking for a full meeting presentation? ASW just released a fact-filled Keynote demo for the iMac Pro, an iMac packed with the most powerful graphics and processors ever in a Mac, along with the most advanced storage, memory, and I/O — all behind a breathtaking Retina 5K display in a sleek, all-in-one design to meet the needs of everyone from photographers to video editors to 3D animators to musicians to software developers to scientists. (L574107A-en_US)

Ambassadors: December is a great month to use Apple resources for your
meetings.

https://asw.apple.com/

How-To: iCloud Sharing

By Rick Ortiz

With the introduction of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, Apple has added some new features to iCloud Drive, offering the ability to share files. iCloud Drive is now offering sharing services similar to what DropBox and Google Drive offer. In the past iCloud drive was designed for personal access to files. For a user group, they can now create or use an existing iCloud account and share files with members or allow board members access to files.

iCloud Drive History:
Apple’s iCloud file services originally began as cloud storage for your iWork files. With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, it expanded to offer you storage of files and folders beyond iWork. In fact you can now access your Desktop and Documents folders in the cloud and on other devices. But in this article we are going to focus on the sharing features. As each macOS update has come along, Apple has continued to expanded its iCloud offerings. read more…



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