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Meeting Idea: Learn More About Apple Desktops and Displays

Apple Peek PerformanceApple announced an amazing new desktop and display during the March Peek Performance event. So, your members might have questions: which desktop meets different needs? How do the displays differ?

The good news is that ASW has two documents that offer quick comparisons across Apple’s desktop and display offerings. Why not check out Apple displays — Lineup (L594922A-en_US) and Mac desktops — Lineup (L594921A-en_US)?

Ambassadors, this could make for a useful part of a Peek Performance-themed meeting.

https://asw.apple.com/

AWUGU: Report about AUG Media Resources by Tom Piper

Report about AUG Media Resources
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on March 21, 2022, via Zoom. We had 42 participants for the topic of “AUG Media Resources” (see the PDF image and attendance list in Tom’s email). The 75-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/aw1TYrd8pWM (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome (especially to new registrants), plus a quick review of the meeting protocols, and an invitation to submit user group Product Review web links. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call.

Isabel Collins of the Apple Users’ Society of Melbourne made a slideshow presentation about their paper and digital newsletter describing the process and editor’s recognition (see attached PDF slideshow). Steve Welsh of the Oregon Macintosh Users Group provided a slideshow about the history of media and evolution of their newsletter (see the PDF schedule and yes/no newsletter view sent in Tom’s email). Joan Newman of the SouthWest Florida Apple Computer Knowledge Society then provided a slideshow about the development and timing of their newsletter. This was followed by questions and experiences by a number of other participants, several of whom also sharing information about their newsletters, portals, message boards, blogs, ePubs, podcasts and other media resources. 

Additional questions were asked, experiences shared and suggestions made by other user group leaders. The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topics:

read more…

CPUG: 2022 SuperMeetup in Las Vegas

2022 SuperMeetup CPUG

 

If you have been to a SuperMeet during NAB you know why each SuperMeet is are considered a premier marquee community event. And, you have probably missed the opportunity to be with the creative pro community due to the pandemic. The good news is that there is a special event planned for SuperMeet fans during NAB: 2022 SuperMeetup. Worried about crowds? No worries; the 2022 SuperMeetup is being held outdoors at Bear Park, a cool rooftop park at heart of the strip in sunny Las Vegas on Monday, April 25. 

This is one that you won’t want to miss. Join your peers in post production and broadcast communities, including creatives, collaborative editors, filmmakers, digital content creators and their associates, for complimentary drinks & light food, networking and amazing giveaways (believe me, truly amazing) – and grow your connections to help you move forward and empower your creativity!

Tickets? Eventbrite – 2022 SuperMeetup tickets read more…

Meeting Ideas: Today at Apple: Video Walks, Photo Walks and more

Have you ever wondered why some videos are amazing while others feel like traditional family vacation shots? If so, your group might enjoy three new sessions from Today at Apple. Better yet, Apple has resumed on-site sessions in some locations. So, your group is able to either attend a virtual session or, in some locations, an on-site presentation.

What’s on offer? Video Walk: Manipulating Time, where attendees can learn how to add energy to videos by manipulating time. For example, your members can learn how to bring drama to a moment using Slo-mo or capture a sunrise with time-lapse or hyperlapse. The on site sessions let attendees collaborate with others to set up and practice different shot types on location. Art Walk: Drawing from Observation, where attendees can learn how being mindful of people, objects, or places in their  surroundings will help them add interesting details to their drawings. Better yet, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil devices will be provided for on-site sessions. Finally, Photo Skills: Photography on iPhone can help any iPhone user increase their photographing skills. 

Whether your sessions are remote or on-site, Today at Apple offers techniques to make your projects their best.

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

Special Offer – LoveHandle PRO – Magnetic Kickstand + Phone Gripz: 20% Discount

Upgrade your iPhone with LoveHandle to enjoy better mounting, viewing and holding your iPhone. This USA-made universal smartphone attachment adheres to the back of any phone or case and features an instant vertical and landscape kickstand for easy viewing and touchscreen functionality. Your phone is now magnetic, with a soft swappable elastic strap while offering an ultra-thin, pocket-friendly profile.
For a limited time, Apple user group members can use the coupon code for an exclusive 20% discount on this product.
For more information and to purchase, go to: https://www.lovehandle.com
See your User Group Ambassador for discount code.
This worldwide offer is valid through August 31, 2022.

Special Offer – G-Hold Devices: 30% Discount

G-Hold ergonomic holders include G-Hold Phone Holders, G-Hold Tablet Holders, and G-Hold Home Hangs. The Phone Holder & Stand is designed to protect hands and wrists, as well as iPhones (with cases) plus most other brands and cases. The G-Hold Tablet Holder features universal compatibility with all tablets and e-readers, including iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, MagSafe accessories and many other brands. The G-Hold Home Hang enables any phone, tablet or screen to be hung from any secure picture hook or utensil hanger.   

While these products are regularly $20.33 – $33.84(US), Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 30% off any of the G-Hold products.

Get more information or purchase at: https://g-hold.com/pages/catalogue

See your User Group Ambassador for discount code.

This worldwide offer is valid through August 31, 2022.

Special Offer – AirTamer Air Cleaner: 30% Discount

The AirTamer A302 High Performance Personal Air Purifier is the world’s most effective personal air purifier and is certified to filter 875% more air pollutants than its closest competitor. This unit’s design is ultra compact and incredibly versatile which allows anyone to wear it around their neck (strap included), or clip it to a shirt or blouse (includes integral clip), or stand it freely on a nightstand, desk or table so the air around me is clean. AirTamer is the only personal air purifier in the world to be CARB certified, EPA registered and tested effective with viruses.
While AirTamer A302 is regularly $79.99(US), Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 30% off any of the AirTamer products.
See your User Group Ambassador for discount code.
This worldwide offer is valid through August 31, 2022.

Meeting Idea: Set up a Medical ID in the Health app

Your members might enjoy learning about ways that the Health app can make their lives better. One nice tip covers the way that members can set up information that can be accessed from their iPhone’s Lock screen via Medical ID. Why? First responders can access the information if an emergency occurs, saving precious time during a medical response. Better yet, set up is easy.

Ambassadors, this could make for a great part of a medical themed meeting.

Set up Medical ID on iPhone

Make an emergency call from a locked iPhone

Make an emergency call on Apple Watch

 

Meeting Idea: Apple Celebrates Heart Month with new resources

Apple has a number of new resources as part of a celebration of Heart Month. On the App Store  HeartWatch (Tantsissa), Gentler Streak (Gentler Stories), and Zones (Flask) can help your members to optimize their fitness and overall wellness. Apple Books, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts there are offerings that focus on heart health, including  heart science, emotional well-being, and healthy eating. Wondering about the current Apple health research projects? This month offers some preliminary insights regarding the the Apple Heart and Movement Study, The report comes out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and Apple.

Ambassadors, February is a great month to use heart health as a meeting topic.

Apple celebrates Heart Month with new resources across services

KansasFest 2022: 30+ Years and Going Strong

KansasFest 2022, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 19–24, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 34th 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.

KansasFest is 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. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995.

Keep an eye on the site as the committee decides on a virtual or in-person format (or a combination of the two) and offerings.

KansasFest 2022

AWUGU: Report about AUG Succession Planning by Tom Piper

Tom Piper
Report about AUG Succession Planning
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CT, on January 17, 2022, via Zoom. We had 30 participants for the topic of “AUG Succession Planning”. The 70-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/FvPMwP-0W-o (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call. I then provided a brief recap of my observations and experiences at the January 5-7, 2022, Consumer Electronic Show which hosted about 40,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors (it was noted that the online album of photos and videos, https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0aJqstnBJq0OgP, showed some exhibitors whose products it was hard to distinguish, which I agreed).
Dale Stephen of Mac-in-Awe Apple Users Group led the discussion about Succession Planning with a 9-slide presentation describing the importance of well-planned leadership. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by a number of other participants, then a second 6-slide presentation by George Rubin and Eckert Goette of Naples MacFriends Users Group Worldwide echoing the importance of dedicated officers. This was followed by the sharing of more experiences and suggestions by other user group leaders.

read more…

Apple Support on YouTube: How to give a Multi-Presenter Slideshow

A popular meeting format is to have multiple members each give a short presentation. The short presentations are not too hard to prepare and the quick-moving format keeps attendees’ interest. Still, making things run smoothly can be the skill that ensures success. Apple Support on YouTube recently posted a how-to covering how a group can host a shared slideshow with multiple presenters and switch off who has control. Using Keynote 11.2 and later, it is pretty slick.

Ambassadors, January is a great month to check out Apple Support on YouTube.

Multi-Presenter Slideshows

TCF: Trenton’s 46th Annual Computer Festival

trenton computer festival

User group members are invited to the 46th annual Trenton Computer Festival (TCF), the oldest computer festival in the world, scheduled for March 19, 2022. This year’s theme is Disrupting Climate Change Using Technology with Keynote speaker Dr. Bob Kopp, Rutgers Institute for Earth Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences. This year’s virtual Computer Festival has something for just about everyone. With over 1,000 virtual attendees and sessions covering Technical Communications for Climate Change, Bitcoin Trading Using Neural Networks , IT professional topics , Metrics and Mindsets to Zero Carbon. Secure Communications with Quantum Computing, Computers Changing Photography, Ham Cram & Testing led by the David Sarnoff Radio Club and more, this is a festival you don’t want to miss.

As you can see, TCF is not just another computer show. It was started by (and is still run by) computer hobbyist volunteers as a non-profit educational event. Attendees can enjoy a full day of learning and fun covering Computers, Electronics, Ham Radio and more.

Check it out!

http://www.tcf-nj.org/

How To: Delisting a Disbanded Group

The number of Apple User Groups worldwide is amazing, especially considering that many groups have been in existence for decades. Still, as new groups form, some groups cease to exist, often because key members retire or membership numbers drop. This article offers the the quick and simple, step-by-step process for delisting a group with the User Group Locator and the User Group Program.

read more…

Meeting Idea: Get to Know Your Mac – Skills Sessions

Dave Mara, Senior Systems Engineer for Apple and beloved user group favorite is known for his entertaining and insightful presentations covering digital multimedia, internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration. He recently posted a link to a series of two-part sessions that will offer productivity and navigation tips your members will enjoy and use. Sessions run from January 18-February 23, so one session, or a pair, could be a great meeting idea.

Learn more.

Get to Know Your Mac

Thanks Dave!

Blast from the Past: BYTECellar links to Susan Kare’s Presentations

bytecellar

Blake Patterson’s BYTECellar Vintage Computer weblog has provided quite a few interesting and fun articles covering technologies past over the years.  For an example, one older blog post featured a 2014 talk by Susan Kare, the artist who created the icons and fonts for the original Mac. Part of the fun was the number of ways her artistry survives today as tattoos, Lego projects, street art and more. Many Macworld attendees had henna tattoos of her icons and logos over the years and it is interesting to hear her thoughts.

Susan Kare’s 2014 EG Presentation

Susan Kare’s Macintosh Commercial

Susan Kare Gives Kutcher the 32×32 Treatment

 

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 the last two years, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. The team is also checking web sites: has your web site been updated since 2019? Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.

http://appleusergroupresources.com/signup-form/

Nicholas Pyers: Festive Celebrations – Available Again!

Festive-Celebrations-Disc-Label.001-150x150Due to many requests, Nicholas Pyers and AppleUsers.org has once again made the Festive Celebrations available at no cost to user groups across the globe. Festive Celebrations is a merger of two previous Disc of the Month titles: Festive Fun II and Celebrations Galore, and it is full of holiday-focused clipart, animated images, fonts, music & movies, coloring books, greeting cards, envelopes and much more.

User Group Leaders can download a copy of the Disc Image and support files by completing a form, using the link below. Thanks again to Nicholas Pyers for all he does for groups!

http://www.appleusers.org/dotm/festive-celebrations-available-again/

Nicholas Pyers Presents: End of Year Tasks for User Group Members

    Many groups do not meet from late December to early January, but there are things you can do while your group is on hiatus.  Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers thoughts on ways to thank those who have served your community in the past year and ways to plan ahead for an even better year ahead for your group and members.

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/end-of-year-tasks-for-apple-user-group-leaders/

Taking his advice regarding thanking those who have made our user group experience better, we’d like to say thanks to Nicholas for his articles over many years. We look forward to taking his advice on planning for the year to come and thank him for all of the expertise and wonderful resources he has provided over the years.

Nicholas Pyers is known for AppleUsers.org, the Apple Users Spotlight, his clever puzzles and long-time championship of all things Mac.

Learn more at:

https://www.appleusers.org/

AWUGU: AUG Marketing

Report about AUG Marketing
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on October 18, 2021, via Zoom. We had 28 participants for the topic of “AUG Marketing”. The 62-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/yrTWnChvnM0 (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols and a brief discussion about the products introduced at Apple’s “Unleashed” event earlier in the day. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB), was present to support this call.
Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org led off the discussion about how to market for new members and retain existing members. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by George Brooks, George Rubin, Steve Welsh, Dan Wassink, Doug Smith, Curt Blanchart, Frank Salvanti, and others who joined in this discussion to provide more information.
The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topic:
• Dan Wassink: https://akappleug.com
• Nicholas Pyers (JCN) : 
• Steve OMUG: Oregon MacPioneers statewide users group:  https://omug.usergroupresources.com
• Russ Conte: 
– iQR codes at Chicago AUG use iQR that allows addition of logos INSIDE the iQR image: https://iqr.hrubasko.com/
– Raffle: did one on Zoom, speaker choose three random numbers, members post three numbers in the meeting chat, and the three closest were winners
• Andrea Suhaka : do raffles on Zoom for Take Control books
 
We are very pleased with this ninth meeting of 2021. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder: https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU
Ideas about updating the Apple User Group Locator and end-of-year activities discussed and selected as the topic for our next meeting, to be called “AUG Updates & Planning”, which is tentatively scheduled for November 18, 2021, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Savings Time.
AWUGU registrants will receive an invitation to all future meetings. To become a participant, any interested Apple User Group leader must first register with the AWUGU Coordinator by emailing their name, location, and user group name and web link to macquest@mac.com. Registration must be received by November 16 in order to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation (a download of the free Zoom app in advance is also necessary, and an update will be important for existing users).

User Group News Bulletin

Meeting Idea: Learn More About Apple Desktops and Displays

Apple Peek PerformanceApple announced an amazing new desktop and display during the March Peek Performance event. So, your members might have questions: which desktop meets different needs? How do the displays differ?

The good news is that ASW has two documents that offer quick comparisons across Apple’s desktop and display offerings. Why not check out Apple displays — Lineup (L594922A-en_US) and Mac desktops — Lineup (L594921A-en_US)?

Ambassadors, this could make for a useful part of a Peek Performance-themed meeting.

https://asw.apple.com/

AWUGU: Report about AUG Media Resources by Tom Piper

Report about AUG Media Resources
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on March 21, 2022, via Zoom. We had 42 participants for the topic of “AUG Media Resources” (see the PDF image and attendance list in Tom’s email). The 75-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/aw1TYrd8pWM (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome (especially to new registrants), plus a quick review of the meeting protocols, and an invitation to submit user group Product Review web links. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call.

Isabel Collins of the Apple Users’ Society of Melbourne made a slideshow presentation about their paper and digital newsletter describing the process and editor’s recognition (see attached PDF slideshow). Steve Welsh of the Oregon Macintosh Users Group provided a slideshow about the history of media and evolution of their newsletter (see the PDF schedule and yes/no newsletter view sent in Tom’s email). Joan Newman of the SouthWest Florida Apple Computer Knowledge Society then provided a slideshow about the development and timing of their newsletter. This was followed by questions and experiences by a number of other participants, several of whom also sharing information about their newsletters, portals, message boards, blogs, ePubs, podcasts and other media resources. 

Additional questions were asked, experiences shared and suggestions made by other user group leaders. The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topics:

read more…

CPUG: 2022 SuperMeetup in Las Vegas

2022 SuperMeetup CPUG

 

If you have been to a SuperMeet during NAB you know why each SuperMeet is are considered a premier marquee community event. And, you have probably missed the opportunity to be with the creative pro community due to the pandemic. The good news is that there is a special event planned for SuperMeet fans during NAB: 2022 SuperMeetup. Worried about crowds? No worries; the 2022 SuperMeetup is being held outdoors at Bear Park, a cool rooftop park at heart of the strip in sunny Las Vegas on Monday, April 25. 

This is one that you won’t want to miss. Join your peers in post production and broadcast communities, including creatives, collaborative editors, filmmakers, digital content creators and their associates, for complimentary drinks & light food, networking and amazing giveaways (believe me, truly amazing) – and grow your connections to help you move forward and empower your creativity!

Tickets? Eventbrite – 2022 SuperMeetup tickets read more…

Meeting Ideas: Today at Apple: Video Walks, Photo Walks and more

Have you ever wondered why some videos are amazing while others feel like traditional family vacation shots? If so, your group might enjoy three new sessions from Today at Apple. Better yet, Apple has resumed on-site sessions in some locations. So, your group is able to either attend a virtual session or, in some locations, an on-site presentation.

What’s on offer? Video Walk: Manipulating Time, where attendees can learn how to add energy to videos by manipulating time. For example, your members can learn how to bring drama to a moment using Slo-mo or capture a sunrise with time-lapse or hyperlapse. The on site sessions let attendees collaborate with others to set up and practice different shot types on location. Art Walk: Drawing from Observation, where attendees can learn how being mindful of people, objects, or places in their  surroundings will help them add interesting details to their drawings. Better yet, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil devices will be provided for on-site sessions. Finally, Photo Skills: Photography on iPhone can help any iPhone user increase their photographing skills. 

Whether your sessions are remote or on-site, Today at Apple offers techniques to make your projects their best.

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

Special Offer – LoveHandle PRO – Magnetic Kickstand + Phone Gripz: 20% Discount

Upgrade your iPhone with LoveHandle to enjoy better mounting, viewing and holding your iPhone. This USA-made universal smartphone attachment adheres to the back of any phone or case and features an instant vertical and landscape kickstand for easy viewing and touchscreen functionality. Your phone is now magnetic, with a soft swappable elastic strap while offering an ultra-thin, pocket-friendly profile.
For a limited time, Apple user group members can use the coupon code for an exclusive 20% discount on this product.
For more information and to purchase, go to: https://www.lovehandle.com
See your User Group Ambassador for discount code.
This worldwide offer is valid through August 31, 2022.

Special Offer – G-Hold Devices: 30% Discount

G-Hold ergonomic holders include G-Hold Phone Holders, G-Hold Tablet Holders, and G-Hold Home Hangs. The Phone Holder & Stand is designed to protect hands and wrists, as well as iPhones (with cases) plus most other brands and cases. The G-Hold Tablet Holder features universal compatibility with all tablets and e-readers, including iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, MagSafe accessories and many other brands. The G-Hold Home Hang enables any phone, tablet or screen to be hung from any secure picture hook or utensil hanger.   

While these products are regularly $20.33 – $33.84(US), Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 30% off any of the G-Hold products.

Get more information or purchase at: https://g-hold.com/pages/catalogue

See your User Group Ambassador for discount code.

This worldwide offer is valid through August 31, 2022.

Special Offer – AirTamer Air Cleaner: 30% Discount

The AirTamer A302 High Performance Personal Air Purifier is the world’s most effective personal air purifier and is certified to filter 875% more air pollutants than its closest competitor. This unit’s design is ultra compact and incredibly versatile which allows anyone to wear it around their neck (strap included), or clip it to a shirt or blouse (includes integral clip), or stand it freely on a nightstand, desk or table so the air around me is clean. AirTamer is the only personal air purifier in the world to be CARB certified, EPA registered and tested effective with viruses.
While AirTamer A302 is regularly $79.99(US), Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 30% off any of the AirTamer products.
See your User Group Ambassador for discount code.
This worldwide offer is valid through August 31, 2022.

Meeting Idea: Set up a Medical ID in the Health app

Your members might enjoy learning about ways that the Health app can make their lives better. One nice tip covers the way that members can set up information that can be accessed from their iPhone’s Lock screen via Medical ID. Why? First responders can access the information if an emergency occurs, saving precious time during a medical response. Better yet, set up is easy.

Ambassadors, this could make for a great part of a medical themed meeting.

Set up Medical ID on iPhone

Make an emergency call from a locked iPhone

Make an emergency call on Apple Watch

 

Meeting Idea: Apple Celebrates Heart Month with new resources

Apple has a number of new resources as part of a celebration of Heart Month. On the App Store  HeartWatch (Tantsissa), Gentler Streak (Gentler Stories), and Zones (Flask) can help your members to optimize their fitness and overall wellness. Apple Books, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts there are offerings that focus on heart health, including  heart science, emotional well-being, and healthy eating. Wondering about the current Apple health research projects? This month offers some preliminary insights regarding the the Apple Heart and Movement Study, The report comes out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and Apple.

Ambassadors, February is a great month to use heart health as a meeting topic.

Apple celebrates Heart Month with new resources across services

KansasFest 2022: 30+ Years and Going Strong

KansasFest 2022, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 19–24, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 34th 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.

KansasFest is 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. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995.

Keep an eye on the site as the committee decides on a virtual or in-person format (or a combination of the two) and offerings.

KansasFest 2022

AWUGU: Report about AUG Succession Planning by Tom Piper

Tom Piper
Report about AUG Succession Planning
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CT, on January 17, 2022, via Zoom. We had 30 participants for the topic of “AUG Succession Planning”. The 70-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/FvPMwP-0W-o (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call. I then provided a brief recap of my observations and experiences at the January 5-7, 2022, Consumer Electronic Show which hosted about 40,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors (it was noted that the online album of photos and videos, https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0aJqstnBJq0OgP, showed some exhibitors whose products it was hard to distinguish, which I agreed).
Dale Stephen of Mac-in-Awe Apple Users Group led the discussion about Succession Planning with a 9-slide presentation describing the importance of well-planned leadership. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by a number of other participants, then a second 6-slide presentation by George Rubin and Eckert Goette of Naples MacFriends Users Group Worldwide echoing the importance of dedicated officers. This was followed by the sharing of more experiences and suggestions by other user group leaders.

read more…

Apple Support on YouTube: How to give a Multi-Presenter Slideshow

A popular meeting format is to have multiple members each give a short presentation. The short presentations are not too hard to prepare and the quick-moving format keeps attendees’ interest. Still, making things run smoothly can be the skill that ensures success. Apple Support on YouTube recently posted a how-to covering how a group can host a shared slideshow with multiple presenters and switch off who has control. Using Keynote 11.2 and later, it is pretty slick.

Ambassadors, January is a great month to check out Apple Support on YouTube.

Multi-Presenter Slideshows

TCF: Trenton’s 46th Annual Computer Festival

trenton computer festival

User group members are invited to the 46th annual Trenton Computer Festival (TCF), the oldest computer festival in the world, scheduled for March 19, 2022. This year’s theme is Disrupting Climate Change Using Technology with Keynote speaker Dr. Bob Kopp, Rutgers Institute for Earth Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences. This year’s virtual Computer Festival has something for just about everyone. With over 1,000 virtual attendees and sessions covering Technical Communications for Climate Change, Bitcoin Trading Using Neural Networks , IT professional topics , Metrics and Mindsets to Zero Carbon. Secure Communications with Quantum Computing, Computers Changing Photography, Ham Cram & Testing led by the David Sarnoff Radio Club and more, this is a festival you don’t want to miss.

As you can see, TCF is not just another computer show. It was started by (and is still run by) computer hobbyist volunteers as a non-profit educational event. Attendees can enjoy a full day of learning and fun covering Computers, Electronics, Ham Radio and more.

Check it out!

http://www.tcf-nj.org/

How To: Delisting a Disbanded Group

The number of Apple User Groups worldwide is amazing, especially considering that many groups have been in existence for decades. Still, as new groups form, some groups cease to exist, often because key members retire or membership numbers drop. This article offers the the quick and simple, step-by-step process for delisting a group with the User Group Locator and the User Group Program.

read more…

Meeting Idea: Get to Know Your Mac – Skills Sessions

Dave Mara, Senior Systems Engineer for Apple and beloved user group favorite is known for his entertaining and insightful presentations covering digital multimedia, internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration. He recently posted a link to a series of two-part sessions that will offer productivity and navigation tips your members will enjoy and use. Sessions run from January 18-February 23, so one session, or a pair, could be a great meeting idea.

Learn more.

Get to Know Your Mac

Thanks Dave!

Blast from the Past: BYTECellar links to Susan Kare’s Presentations

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Blake Patterson’s BYTECellar Vintage Computer weblog has provided quite a few interesting and fun articles covering technologies past over the years.  For an example, one older blog post featured a 2014 talk by Susan Kare, the artist who created the icons and fonts for the original Mac. Part of the fun was the number of ways her artistry survives today as tattoos, Lego projects, street art and more. Many Macworld attendees had henna tattoos of her icons and logos over the years and it is interesting to hear her thoughts.

Susan Kare’s 2014 EG Presentation

Susan Kare’s Macintosh Commercial

Susan Kare Gives Kutcher the 32×32 Treatment

 

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 the last two years, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. The team is also checking web sites: has your web site been updated since 2019? Make sure your group stays on active status. Update your group’s records today.

http://appleusergroupresources.com/signup-form/

Nicholas Pyers: Festive Celebrations – Available Again!

Festive-Celebrations-Disc-Label.001-150x150Due to many requests, Nicholas Pyers and AppleUsers.org has once again made the Festive Celebrations available at no cost to user groups across the globe. Festive Celebrations is a merger of two previous Disc of the Month titles: Festive Fun II and Celebrations Galore, and it is full of holiday-focused clipart, animated images, fonts, music & movies, coloring books, greeting cards, envelopes and much more.

User Group Leaders can download a copy of the Disc Image and support files by completing a form, using the link below. Thanks again to Nicholas Pyers for all he does for groups!

http://www.appleusers.org/dotm/festive-celebrations-available-again/

Nicholas Pyers Presents: End of Year Tasks for User Group Members

    Many groups do not meet from late December to early January, but there are things you can do while your group is on hiatus.  Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers thoughts on ways to thank those who have served your community in the past year and ways to plan ahead for an even better year ahead for your group and members.

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/end-of-year-tasks-for-apple-user-group-leaders/

Taking his advice regarding thanking those who have made our user group experience better, we’d like to say thanks to Nicholas for his articles over many years. We look forward to taking his advice on planning for the year to come and thank him for all of the expertise and wonderful resources he has provided over the years.

Nicholas Pyers is known for AppleUsers.org, the Apple Users Spotlight, his clever puzzles and long-time championship of all things Mac.

Learn more at:

https://www.appleusers.org/

AWUGU: AUG Marketing

Report about AUG Marketing
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on October 18, 2021, via Zoom. We had 28 participants for the topic of “AUG Marketing”. The 62-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/yrTWnChvnM0 (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols and a brief discussion about the products introduced at Apple’s “Unleashed” event earlier in the day. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB), was present to support this call.
Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org led off the discussion about how to market for new members and retain existing members. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by George Brooks, George Rubin, Steve Welsh, Dan Wassink, Doug Smith, Curt Blanchart, Frank Salvanti, and others who joined in this discussion to provide more information.
The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topic:
• Dan Wassink: https://akappleug.com
• Nicholas Pyers (JCN) : 
• Steve OMUG: Oregon MacPioneers statewide users group:  https://omug.usergroupresources.com
• Russ Conte: 
– iQR codes at Chicago AUG use iQR that allows addition of logos INSIDE the iQR image: https://iqr.hrubasko.com/
– Raffle: did one on Zoom, speaker choose three random numbers, members post three numbers in the meeting chat, and the three closest were winners
• Andrea Suhaka : do raffles on Zoom for Take Control books
 
We are very pleased with this ninth meeting of 2021. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder: https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU
Ideas about updating the Apple User Group Locator and end-of-year activities discussed and selected as the topic for our next meeting, to be called “AUG Updates & Planning”, which is tentatively scheduled for November 18, 2021, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Savings Time.
AWUGU registrants will receive an invitation to all future meetings. To become a participant, any interested Apple User Group leader must first register with the AWUGU Coordinator by emailing their name, location, and user group name and web link to macquest@mac.com. Registration must be received by November 16 in order to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation (a download of the free Zoom app in advance is also necessary, and an update will be important for existing users).


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