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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…

In The Beginning There Were User Groups

In 1986 members of Call-A.P.P.L.E from the Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange attended the 1986 Apple World convention. They enjoyed, and member Jack Connick transcribed, Steve Wozniak’s user group presentation. Woz talked about his early interest in electronics and microprocessors, his first user group meeting and more. The transcripts are a fun look.

Check out these great transcripts from Call-A.P.P.L.E: read more…

Pam Doughty: Thanks for 25 Years of Newsletter Excellence

Three of the best things about Apple User Groups are the community we create, the people we are glad to call friends, and the commitment that members share.  Pam Doughty is a wonderful example of all three: she has been the faithful editor of AUSOM News for 25 years. In December 1992 she assisted with publishing the newsletter and in the months that followed became editor. read 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.  read more…

Special Offer – TidBITS Content Network for Apple professionals: Get a free month of tips and articles!

The TidBITS Content Network (TCN) is a syndicated content service for Apple consultants, resellers, service providers, and other professionals who want to publish Apple-specific tips and articles on their blogs, in email newsletters and on social media.
A TCN subscription includes four short tips and four 400-to-600 word articles each month, plus free bonus articles right after Apple announcements. Everything is professionally written, edited, and illustrated by Adam and Tonya Engst, the editorial team that co-founded the TidBITS newsletter and the Take Control Books series. TCN subscribers may add to or edit the articles however they wish.

TCN costs $100 per month, and user group-involved Apple pros can get the first month’s content for free!

This worldwide offer is ongoing, but note that all TCN content is only in English.

Macstock 2017: Super User Group Meeting

 

Macstock 2017: Super User Group Meeting by Tom Piper

Macstock III was an independent 2-day conference for Apple enthusiasts of all experience levels held July 15-16, 2017, at the Luecht Conference Center in Building B of the main McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL. Its name originally came from nearby Woodstock, all of which is about an hour’s drive northwest of Chicago.

The conference design was to help us hear techniques from community-leading experts for getting the most from our Apple devices and apps, plus provide us a unique opportunity to engage other members of the Apple community from around the globe who also be visited Macstock. My son, Jason, and I met people from Washington, Cupertino, New York, Chicago, Florida, Tucson, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa and many other places. As Jason observed: “Literally everyone is wearing an Apple watch, and we are all comparing the variety of bands being worn.” read more…

How-To: Live Streaming Computer Group Meetings by Graeme Moffatt

Thanks to Graeme Moffatt of Capital Video Productions Ltd. and Apple User Group Regional Liaison for New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania for this How-To.

I became involved with a group in the United States that is doing live internet broadcasts, initially just using an iPad and soon they moved to a much more sophisticated system.

This new system allowed them to use multiple screens, cameras and microphones and the quality of the broadcasts became much more sophisticated and interesting. I sent an email to the person who was coordinating all of this, an ex Hollywood filmmaker, and asked him what software he was using and received a reply stating that it was an iPad app called Switcher Studio.

I did a search online and soon found the app and downloaded a free trial version and tested it out. I found it to quite amazing as to what it could accomplish read 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. read more…

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Avoid Presentation Disasters 2017

auo-logo-full-steel-greyOne way to avoid a presentation disaster is planning ahead for a presentation kit. This month, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us an updated look at the cables, adaptors and accessories that any group conducting presentations on regular basis should consider having on hand. By being prepared, you can be sure that if your presenter arrives with the wrong, or no, cable or adapter, the show will go on. Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/presentation-kit/

Ever wonder what Nicholas is doing when he is not writing for the user group community? While his new cruise tips and commentary blog is coming soon, be sure to check out some of his current projects.

Petes Hobby Railway – guest article

Junee Rhythm and Rail Festival Inc.

Meeting Idea: Swift Playgrounds

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. Over the last few months we have featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, Apple Teacher, Keynotes, and Apple Sales Web, five incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a sixth great resource, Swift Playgrounds.

read more…

Welcome: CSUSB Macintosh User Group and Swifters – Greece College Swift Playground Group

It is always fun to see new groups and new interests in the Apple User Group Locator. The CSUSB Macintosh User Group of Cal State University, Santa Barbara, is comprised of members of their information technology community on campus. Swifters –  Greece College Swift Playground Group are from the University of the Aegean, a university with multiple campus sites throughout Greece. Welcome to the community!

https://swifters.icsd.aegean.gr/

https://www.csusb.edu/its/about-its

User Group News Bulletin

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…

In The Beginning There Were User Groups

In 1986 members of Call-A.P.P.L.E from the Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange attended the 1986 Apple World convention. They enjoyed, and member Jack Connick transcribed, Steve Wozniak’s user group presentation. Woz talked about his early interest in electronics and microprocessors, his first user group meeting and more. The transcripts are a fun look.

Check out these great transcripts from Call-A.P.P.L.E: read more…

Pam Doughty: Thanks for 25 Years of Newsletter Excellence

Three of the best things about Apple User Groups are the community we create, the people we are glad to call friends, and the commitment that members share.  Pam Doughty is a wonderful example of all three: she has been the faithful editor of AUSOM News for 25 years. In December 1992 she assisted with publishing the newsletter and in the months that followed became editor. read 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.  read more…

How To: Q&A Best Practices

written by Tom Piper, President, appleJAC User Group

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 33 years of our existence, appleJAC has evolved through a variety of Q&A processes. This How-To session will describe each of the successful methods that we have used.

read more…

Special Offer – TidBITS Content Network for Apple professionals: Get a free month of tips and articles!

The TidBITS Content Network (TCN) is a syndicated content service for Apple consultants, resellers, service providers, and other professionals who want to publish Apple-specific tips and articles on their blogs, in email newsletters and on social media.
A TCN subscription includes four short tips and four 400-to-600 word articles each month, plus free bonus articles right after Apple announcements. Everything is professionally written, edited, and illustrated by Adam and Tonya Engst, the editorial team that co-founded the TidBITS newsletter and the Take Control Books series. TCN subscribers may add to or edit the articles however they wish.

TCN costs $100 per month, and user group-involved Apple pros can get the first month’s content for free!

This worldwide offer is ongoing, but note that all TCN content is only in English.

Macstock 2017: Super User Group Meeting

 

Macstock 2017: Super User Group Meeting by Tom Piper

Macstock III was an independent 2-day conference for Apple enthusiasts of all experience levels held July 15-16, 2017, at the Luecht Conference Center in Building B of the main McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL. Its name originally came from nearby Woodstock, all of which is about an hour’s drive northwest of Chicago.

The conference design was to help us hear techniques from community-leading experts for getting the most from our Apple devices and apps, plus provide us a unique opportunity to engage other members of the Apple community from around the globe who also be visited Macstock. My son, Jason, and I met people from Washington, Cupertino, New York, Chicago, Florida, Tucson, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa and many other places. As Jason observed: “Literally everyone is wearing an Apple watch, and we are all comparing the variety of bands being worn.” read more…

How-To: Live Streaming Computer Group Meetings by Graeme Moffatt

Thanks to Graeme Moffatt of Capital Video Productions Ltd. and Apple User Group Regional Liaison for New Zealand, Australia, and Oceania for this How-To.

I became involved with a group in the United States that is doing live internet broadcasts, initially just using an iPad and soon they moved to a much more sophisticated system.

This new system allowed them to use multiple screens, cameras and microphones and the quality of the broadcasts became much more sophisticated and interesting. I sent an email to the person who was coordinating all of this, an ex Hollywood filmmaker, and asked him what software he was using and received a reply stating that it was an iPad app called Switcher Studio.

I did a search online and soon found the app and downloaded a free trial version and tested it out. I found it to quite amazing as to what it could accomplish read 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. read more…

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Avoid Presentation Disasters 2017

auo-logo-full-steel-greyOne way to avoid a presentation disaster is planning ahead for a presentation kit. This month, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us an updated look at the cables, adaptors and accessories that any group conducting presentations on regular basis should consider having on hand. By being prepared, you can be sure that if your presenter arrives with the wrong, or no, cable or adapter, the show will go on. Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/presentation-kit/

Ever wonder what Nicholas is doing when he is not writing for the user group community? While his new cruise tips and commentary blog is coming soon, be sure to check out some of his current projects.

Petes Hobby Railway – guest article

Junee Rhythm and Rail Festival Inc.

Meeting Idea: Swift Playgrounds

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. Over the last few months we have featured Apple podcasts, Today at Apple, Apple Teacher, Keynotes, and Apple Sales Web, five incredible resources to help groups create enjoyable meetings and educate members. This month we will look at a sixth great resource, Swift Playgrounds.

read more…

Welcome: CSUSB Macintosh User Group and Swifters – Greece College Swift Playground Group

It is always fun to see new groups and new interests in the Apple User Group Locator. The CSUSB Macintosh User Group of Cal State University, Santa Barbara, is comprised of members of their information technology community on campus. Swifters –  Greece College Swift Playground Group are from the University of the Aegean, a university with multiple campus sites throughout Greece. Welcome to the community!

https://swifters.icsd.aegean.gr/

https://www.csusb.edu/its/about-its



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