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Randy B. Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Accounting Software

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 that it can be hard to find all of the alternatives for Macintosh accounting software. He notes that, “even though the myth that “there are no accounting programs for the Macintosh” is prevalent, the truth is that this has always been one of the Mac’s better covered areas.”

So, he has created a page covering currently-available offerings. The page is in the early stages, and it is incredibly informative.

Check it out – maybe even contribute to the conversation:

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

Visit MacAttorney.

http://www.macattorney.com/

Podcast News: Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People

Omug President and past Apple User Group Regional Liaison Steve Welsh shared some exciting news recently: Guy Kawasaki launched a new podcast on December 4. The podcast, titled Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People, offers interviews with thought leaders, legends, and iconoclasts, including Margaret Atwood, Woz, Martha Stewart, Phil Zimbardo, Arianna Huffington, Robert Cialdini, and Stephen Wolfram. His premier episode was an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall. Wow!

Have a listen.

Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People

Thanks to Steve Welsh for this great tip!

Blast From the Past: The Original Macintosh Team

Tony Vitale of the Long Island Mac Users Group (LIMAC) and TalkMacTech recently posted a link to unseen footage with interviews of Andy Hertzfeld, Mike Murray, Burrell Smith, Bill Atkinson, Susan Kare, and George Crow.  These mini-interviews were recorded in October of 1983 for possible use in Macintosh commercials. Remember how you fell in love with your first Mac? Andy and the team clearly loved these machines too.

Proposed Commercials featuring Mac team Members in October 1983, Full Demo Reel

Long Island Macintosh Users Group:

Thanks Tony!

Meeting Ideas: iPhone Night Mode Photo Challenge

Many groups have photo contests and engage in photo walks. Did you know that Apple is currently offering a Night mode photo challenge? iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max offer a best-in-class camera experience, and Apple in interested in seeing stunning Night mode shots from users around the world. 

Why not combine a Today at Apple Photo Skills session with night photography at your group’s next meeting? Do your members have a photo they would like to submit? Photos can be shared on Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, or via email. See the news release for submission details. The challenge ends January 29, so don’t delay.

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/01/share-your-best-iphone-night-mode-photos/

https://www.apple.com/today/

Ambassadors: January is a great month to check out Today at Apple.

Meeting Idea: Check Out the Best of 2019

Looking for a fun end-of-the-year meeting topic? Apple’s Best of 2019 offers a look at the best of the best from Apple Developers in 2019. From the best Apps of the year for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, to the best games, Trends of the Year, apps that enhance the Storyteller Within, and a new category: Apple Arcade Game of the Year, Apple’s Best of 2019 drills down to recognize excellence.

Read about these amazing apps.

https://developer.apple.com/app-store/best-of-2019/

Special Offer – Dan’s Tutorials: 25% Discount

Dan’s Tutorials, formerly known as Noteboom Tutorials, is a subscription-based Apple-product training service that includes instant access to over 1,000 lessons and tips for the Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.  Dan has recently rebranded and created a new site with several new features for his tutorials.

Topics broadly cover the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Books, Calendar, Contacts, Files, Image Capture, iMovie, iTunes, Keynote, Mail, Notes, Numbers, Pages, Photos, Preview, Reminders, Safari, Tap Forms 5, and more.

Membership includes all the tutorials, and various plans are available. Subscription plans also include a 14-day free trial. More information is available at https://www.danstutorials.com.

Dan’s Tutorials offers Apple user group members a 25% discount on any membership plan. The discount is applied not only to the first payment, but also to all future payments.

To receive the discount, go to https://www.danstutorials.com/pricing/, select a plan, and enter the coupon code on the checkout page.

See your user group Ambassador for the coupon code.

This worldwide offer is valid through March 31, 2020.

Meeting Idea: Apple Research app

Your members may be wondering about the new Apple Research app and the first three research studies. They may know that Apple protects their privacy, but may not know that the Apple Research app meets all HIPA requirements or that Apple will have no way of identifying any data provided. They may know that the Apple Research app is designed to change the cost, time, and complexity of doing large-scale health studies, but may not know what sorts of things are being studied.

For example the Apple Heart and Movement Study is partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to explore the links between physical activity and heart health, or that the Apple Hearing Study, in partnership with the University of Michigan will study how hearing could be impacted by exposure to sound at certain levels, and how this might affect stress levels and cardiovascular health.

Of course, that’s just the start. The Apple Research app could make for an interesting and rewarding meeting topic.

Apple Research app

November Featured Vendor: Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Take Control Books, a long time user group supporter and much loved resource. Take Control Books provide reader-friendly, comprehensive, practical, and up-to-date ebooks that cover much more detail than a magazine article but that are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book.

Did you know that Take Control Books has a number of new releases, including Take Control of Your Apple ID, Take Control of Notes, Take Control of macOS Media Apps, Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security, and more.

read more…

How To: Q&A Best Practices by Tom Piper

written by Tom Piper, Past President of appleJAC User Group and Head of the Apple User Group Vendor team

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 35 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…

Meeting Idea: MacBook Pro 16″ – Then and Now

Looking for a short set of presentations on the newest 16″ MacBook Pro for your group’s meeting? ASW has two new documents that provide all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

ASW offers MacBook Pro – Then and Now, November 13, 2019  (L578071A-en_US) and MacBook Pro – First Look, November 13, 2019 (L578070A-en_US).

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

ASW

How To: Apple Support Options for User Groups

By Rick Ortiz

Apple User Groups have always been a great resource for help outside of the normal Apple support system. Besides the in-person meetings, some user groups offer online support resources and email discussion lists. User groups seem to always answer those tough and hard-to-find solutions, for its members.  But user group members sometimes need support beyond that, and in the past we would call Apple for help. But as technology changes, so has our Apple support options. This “How-To” is more of a resource article for user group leaders as well as for members themselves. (note: Apple Stores are a great resources for help, but not everyone has a store near them, or can go into a store for support. This article will focus on online support options.)

read more…

Meeting Ideas: Apple Arcade

Are your members curious about Apple Arcade? The people who created the games that are part of Apple Arcade have woven artistry, curiosity and a lot of heart into a curated selection of fascinating and fresh ways to delight players. From The Enchanted World, a metaphor for a child growing up in a time of war, where the player uses puzzles and challenges to restore a collapsing fairyland, to Borderleap’s Patterned puzzle pieces that must be arranged to complete charming pictures, the post-apocalyptic Overland road trip adventure game, and the card-based Card of Darkness, with puzzles that feature hand-drawn characters with a sense of humor, there is something to delight every player.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: New iWork for Mac, iWork for iPadOS and iOS, iMovie, and Clips

Have your members seen the new iWork for Mac, iPadOS, and iOS? Along with Clips and iMove, ASW has information about the recent releases. Better yet, Richard Byrne’s IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog offers an interesting idea for creating green screen movies with iMove on iPad. Your members might enjoy learning his techniques.

IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog:

http://ipadapps4school.com/how-to-make-green-screen-videos-on-an-ipad/

ASW’s New Articles:

Clips – First Look (L573379A-en_US)

iMovie – First Look (L544682A-en_US)

iWork for iPadOS and iOS (L575794A-en_US)

iWork for Mac – First Look (L575795A-en_US)

https://asw.apple.com/

 

August Featured Vendor: Eve’s Apple HomeKit-Enabled Ecosystem

While you may not recognize the logo, the company now named Eve was a long-time and much-loved supporter of User Group University and other community events under the name Elgato. With the incredible success of their Eve Flare (portable smart LED lamp), Eve Button (smart home remote), Eve Door & Window (door and window security sensors), Eve Light Switch (smart wall switch), Eve Motion (motion sensor), Eve Room (indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity sensor), Eve Smoke (smoke detector), Eve Thermo (radiator valve), Eve Aqua (smart water controller), Eve Degree (connected weather station), Eve Extend (Bluetooth wireless extender), Eve Energy (empower your appliances) and more, the company decided to focus on their smart home line of products that work perfectly with with Apple HomeKit technology.

In fact, Eve’s growing ecosystem of connected accessories, designed exclusively for the Apple HomeKit-enabled household, are simple to set up, easy to control from anywhere, and provide the convenience that automation can supply. Better yet, even when accessing your home remotely via your home hub, all data is end-to-end encrypted and stored on your iPhone or iPad. So, your privacy is protected.

This month’s blog has an amazing discount for Apple employees and Apple User Group members. Be sure to check it out!

read more…

Macstock 2019: Better Every Year

Macstock 2019 . . . Best Yet!

by Tom Piper

Macstock V on July 28-29, 2019, was the fifth annual gathering of Apple faithful at the Luecht Conference Center on the McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL (near Woodstock, an hour northwest of Chicago). With a theme of CREATE!, it had over 200 Apple advocates in attendance with people from California to Tucson to New York to England. There were 10 featured speakers and 5 special speakers with over 13 hours of content (including OWC demos).

read more…

Special Offer – Eve Products: 25% Discount

Eve ProductsWith a rich history of EyeTV and Elgato products, Eve Systems now includes Eve Aqua, Eve Flare, Eve Room, Eve Degree, Eve Energy Strip, Eve Light Strip, Eve Door & Window, Eve Energy, Eve Button, Eve Light Switch, and Eve Motion. Detailed descriptions about each of these fine products can be seen at evehome.com
These Eve products are now available at a 25% discount to Apple and Apple-authorized reseller employees, Apple Specialists, APRs and Apple User Group (AUG) members. An Apple or Apple-authorized email address, or AUG email address is necessary to purchase any product (limit of one per person of each of the products), each of which is not-for-resale.
See your Apple user group Ambassador for details on how to redeem this special offer.
This worldwide offer is ongoing.

User Group News Bulletin

Randy B. Singer of MacAttorney: Macintosh Accounting Software

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 that it can be hard to find all of the alternatives for Macintosh accounting software. He notes that, “even though the myth that “there are no accounting programs for the Macintosh” is prevalent, the truth is that this has always been one of the Mac’s better covered areas.”

So, he has created a page covering currently-available offerings. The page is in the early stages, and it is incredibly informative.

Check it out – maybe even contribute to the conversation:

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

Visit MacAttorney.

http://www.macattorney.com/

Podcast News: Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People

Omug President and past Apple User Group Regional Liaison Steve Welsh shared some exciting news recently: Guy Kawasaki launched a new podcast on December 4. The podcast, titled Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People, offers interviews with thought leaders, legends, and iconoclasts, including Margaret Atwood, Woz, Martha Stewart, Phil Zimbardo, Arianna Huffington, Robert Cialdini, and Stephen Wolfram. His premier episode was an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall. Wow!

Have a listen.

Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People

Thanks to Steve Welsh for this great tip!

Blast From the Past: The Original Macintosh Team

Tony Vitale of the Long Island Mac Users Group (LIMAC) and TalkMacTech recently posted a link to unseen footage with interviews of Andy Hertzfeld, Mike Murray, Burrell Smith, Bill Atkinson, Susan Kare, and George Crow.  These mini-interviews were recorded in October of 1983 for possible use in Macintosh commercials. Remember how you fell in love with your first Mac? Andy and the team clearly loved these machines too.

Proposed Commercials featuring Mac team Members in October 1983, Full Demo Reel

Long Island Macintosh Users Group:

Thanks Tony!

Meeting Ideas: iPhone Night Mode Photo Challenge

Many groups have photo contests and engage in photo walks. Did you know that Apple is currently offering a Night mode photo challenge? iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max offer a best-in-class camera experience, and Apple in interested in seeing stunning Night mode shots from users around the world. 

Why not combine a Today at Apple Photo Skills session with night photography at your group’s next meeting? Do your members have a photo they would like to submit? Photos can be shared on Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, or via email. See the news release for submission details. The challenge ends January 29, so don’t delay.

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/01/share-your-best-iphone-night-mode-photos/

https://www.apple.com/today/

Ambassadors: January is a great month to check out Today at Apple.

Meeting Idea: Check Out the Best of 2019

Looking for a fun end-of-the-year meeting topic? Apple’s Best of 2019 offers a look at the best of the best from Apple Developers in 2019. From the best Apps of the year for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, to the best games, Trends of the Year, apps that enhance the Storyteller Within, and a new category: Apple Arcade Game of the Year, Apple’s Best of 2019 drills down to recognize excellence.

Read about these amazing apps.

https://developer.apple.com/app-store/best-of-2019/

Special Offer – Dan’s Tutorials: 25% Discount

Dan’s Tutorials, formerly known as Noteboom Tutorials, is a subscription-based Apple-product training service that includes instant access to over 1,000 lessons and tips for the Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.  Dan has recently rebranded and created a new site with several new features for his tutorials.

Topics broadly cover the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Books, Calendar, Contacts, Files, Image Capture, iMovie, iTunes, Keynote, Mail, Notes, Numbers, Pages, Photos, Preview, Reminders, Safari, Tap Forms 5, and more.

Membership includes all the tutorials, and various plans are available. Subscription plans also include a 14-day free trial. More information is available at https://www.danstutorials.com.

Dan’s Tutorials offers Apple user group members a 25% discount on any membership plan. The discount is applied not only to the first payment, but also to all future payments.

To receive the discount, go to https://www.danstutorials.com/pricing/, select a plan, and enter the coupon code on the checkout page.

See your user group Ambassador for the coupon code.

This worldwide offer is valid through March 31, 2020.

Meeting Idea: Apple Research app

Your members may be wondering about the new Apple Research app and the first three research studies. They may know that Apple protects their privacy, but may not know that the Apple Research app meets all HIPA requirements or that Apple will have no way of identifying any data provided. They may know that the Apple Research app is designed to change the cost, time, and complexity of doing large-scale health studies, but may not know what sorts of things are being studied.

For example the Apple Heart and Movement Study is partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to explore the links between physical activity and heart health, or that the Apple Hearing Study, in partnership with the University of Michigan will study how hearing could be impacted by exposure to sound at certain levels, and how this might affect stress levels and cardiovascular health.

Of course, that’s just the start. The Apple Research app could make for an interesting and rewarding meeting topic.

Apple Research app

November Featured Vendor: Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Take Control Books, a long time user group supporter and much loved resource. Take Control Books provide reader-friendly, comprehensive, practical, and up-to-date ebooks that cover much more detail than a magazine article but that are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book.

Did you know that Take Control Books has a number of new releases, including Take Control of Your Apple ID, Take Control of Notes, Take Control of macOS Media Apps, Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security, and more.

read more…

How To: Q&A Best Practices by Tom Piper

written by Tom Piper, Past President of appleJAC User Group and Head of the Apple User Group Vendor team

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 35 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…

Annual Records Update: Is Your Group Ready?

Are your group’s Apple User Group Locator records up to date? This winter the Locator team will be updating the database. Groups who have not updated their records in a while, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.

Apple User Group Locator Database

Meeting Idea: MacBook Pro 16″ – Then and Now

Looking for a short set of presentations on the newest 16″ MacBook Pro for your group’s meeting? ASW has two new documents that provide all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

ASW offers MacBook Pro – Then and Now, November 13, 2019  (L578071A-en_US) and MacBook Pro – First Look, November 13, 2019 (L578070A-en_US).

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

ASW

How To: Apple Support Options for User Groups

By Rick Ortiz

Apple User Groups have always been a great resource for help outside of the normal Apple support system. Besides the in-person meetings, some user groups offer online support resources and email discussion lists. User groups seem to always answer those tough and hard-to-find solutions, for its members.  But user group members sometimes need support beyond that, and in the past we would call Apple for help. But as technology changes, so has our Apple support options. This “How-To” is more of a resource article for user group leaders as well as for members themselves. (note: Apple Stores are a great resources for help, but not everyone has a store near them, or can go into a store for support. This article will focus on online support options.)

read more…

Bill Medlow and LIMac: More Than 21 Years of Faithful Service

You may have met Bill Medlow at a Macworld user group event or chatted with him by email. For more than twenty one years, Bill has been president of the Long Island Mac User Group (LIMac – currently over 260 members!) and he is retiring this year. Congrats on many years of faithful service Bill. Hope retirement brings new adventures and much fun.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: Apple Arcade

Are your members curious about Apple Arcade? The people who created the games that are part of Apple Arcade have woven artistry, curiosity and a lot of heart into a curated selection of fascinating and fresh ways to delight players. From The Enchanted World, a metaphor for a child growing up in a time of war, where the player uses puzzles and challenges to restore a collapsing fairyland, to Borderleap’s Patterned puzzle pieces that must be arranged to complete charming pictures, the post-apocalyptic Overland road trip adventure game, and the card-based Card of Darkness, with puzzles that feature hand-drawn characters with a sense of humor, there is something to delight every player.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: New iWork for Mac, iWork for iPadOS and iOS, iMovie, and Clips

Have your members seen the new iWork for Mac, iPadOS, and iOS? Along with Clips and iMove, ASW has information about the recent releases. Better yet, Richard Byrne’s IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog offers an interesting idea for creating green screen movies with iMove on iPad. Your members might enjoy learning his techniques.

IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog:

http://ipadapps4school.com/how-to-make-green-screen-videos-on-an-ipad/

ASW’s New Articles:

Clips – First Look (L573379A-en_US)

iMovie – First Look (L544682A-en_US)

iWork for iPadOS and iOS (L575794A-en_US)

iWork for Mac – First Look (L575795A-en_US)

https://asw.apple.com/

 

August Featured Vendor: Eve’s Apple HomeKit-Enabled Ecosystem

While you may not recognize the logo, the company now named Eve was a long-time and much-loved supporter of User Group University and other community events under the name Elgato. With the incredible success of their Eve Flare (portable smart LED lamp), Eve Button (smart home remote), Eve Door & Window (door and window security sensors), Eve Light Switch (smart wall switch), Eve Motion (motion sensor), Eve Room (indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity sensor), Eve Smoke (smoke detector), Eve Thermo (radiator valve), Eve Aqua (smart water controller), Eve Degree (connected weather station), Eve Extend (Bluetooth wireless extender), Eve Energy (empower your appliances) and more, the company decided to focus on their smart home line of products that work perfectly with with Apple HomeKit technology.

In fact, Eve’s growing ecosystem of connected accessories, designed exclusively for the Apple HomeKit-enabled household, are simple to set up, easy to control from anywhere, and provide the convenience that automation can supply. Better yet, even when accessing your home remotely via your home hub, all data is end-to-end encrypted and stored on your iPhone or iPad. So, your privacy is protected.

This month’s blog has an amazing discount for Apple employees and Apple User Group members. Be sure to check it out!

read more…

Macstock 2019: Better Every Year

Macstock 2019 . . . Best Yet!

by Tom Piper

Macstock V on July 28-29, 2019, was the fifth annual gathering of Apple faithful at the Luecht Conference Center on the McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL (near Woodstock, an hour northwest of Chicago). With a theme of CREATE!, it had over 200 Apple advocates in attendance with people from California to Tucson to New York to England. There were 10 featured speakers and 5 special speakers with over 13 hours of content (including OWC demos).

read more…

Special Offer – Eve Products: 25% Discount

Eve ProductsWith a rich history of EyeTV and Elgato products, Eve Systems now includes Eve Aqua, Eve Flare, Eve Room, Eve Degree, Eve Energy Strip, Eve Light Strip, Eve Door & Window, Eve Energy, Eve Button, Eve Light Switch, and Eve Motion. Detailed descriptions about each of these fine products can be seen at evehome.com
These Eve products are now available at a 25% discount to Apple and Apple-authorized reseller employees, Apple Specialists, APRs and Apple User Group (AUG) members. An Apple or Apple-authorized email address, or AUG email address is necessary to purchase any product (limit of one per person of each of the products), each of which is not-for-resale.
See your Apple user group Ambassador for details on how to redeem this special offer.
This worldwide offer is ongoing.


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