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September’s Featured Vendor: Apparent Software

In 2006 Jacob Gorban founded Apparent Software, with a mission to create useful, friendly and unique software for Apple devices. And, he wanted to make sure that the company’s software was complemented by first-class customer care. Jacob has been programming since he was 12 and you may have met him or his team at various gatherings or heard one of the many interviews where his company’s products are featured. Apparent Software’s team, including Jacob, Susannah, Braden, and Matthew work to ensure that each product, including Trickster, ImageFramer, and Cashculator, delights. read more…

An Insight Into Fonts by Bill Oldham and Brad Smith

Articles by Bill Oldham, Brad Smith, Pam Doughty, and Monty Maizles


The August 2018 issue of AUSOM News contains a number articles providing an insight to fonts that arose from a presentation two AUSOM members, Bill Oldham and Brad Smith, gave to the iWork Special Interest Group at July AUSOM meeting.

They provide some useful hints, tips and insights to the use of Fonts and Typography that deserve a wider audience… So, the separate articles by Bill and Brad have been combined here, along with a short tip from Pam Doughty and an amusing sign captured by Monty Maizles.

Please feel free to share a link to this article with your own members.

read more…

Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue.

I. Overview read more…

June’s Featured Vendor: Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus and Working Smarter for Mac Users

June’s featured vendor is a user group favorite: Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus. You may have enjoyed his ability to translate technical jargon into usable and entertaining guidance at one of his many User Group University appearances, watched him present at Macworld, read one or more of his 80 computer books, or simply enjoyed hearing him explain technical topics in ways that make sense for The Houston Chronicle or The Mac Observer. His newest project is Working Smarter for Mac Users, taking those years of experience and expertise and creating a course, consulting sessions, and an eBook that clearly live up to their name, helping users complete more work in less time.
read more…

How To: User Group Ambassador

Does your group have an Apple User Group Ambassador? Not sure or maybe your group needs to update its information or assign a new ambassador. If any of this applies to your group, or you are a current ambassador and want to refresh on what resources are available, then read on.

What is an Apple User Group Ambassador?
Apple User Group Ambassador is the role assigned to one individual from each recognized Apple User Group in the Apple User Group Locator (database). Leaders from each user group choose a member from their group who will serve in this role. The Ambassador for the group serves as the link and primary contact to the Apple User Group program. A summary and downloadable PDF version of this article can be found here. read more…

Meeting Idea: Accessibility and Apple

Groups have had a positive response to accessibility as a meeting topic. Apple’s Accessibility home page says that the true value of a technology is not measured by how powerful it is, but by how much it empowers the user, and every Apple product contains amazing and empowering accessibility features right out of the box. From being able to take a perfect group selfie without being able to see the screen, to VoiceOver, display accommodations, Live Listen, closed captioning that displays far more than text, LED iPhone notifications, Switch Control, customized gestures, AssistiveTouch, Guided Access, typing feedback, text-to-speech, fitness algorithms for wheelchair users, and more, there are features to make every user’s tasks easier.

Another great way to enjoy an accessibility presentation is to bring your group to a Today at Apple Accessibility session showing the basics of using the assistive technologies that are built into every Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. 

Check it out.

https://www.apple.com/accessibility/

https://www.apple.com/today/collection/accessibility-collection/

 

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Avoid Presentation Disasters

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.

Junee Rhythm and Rail Festival Inc.

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!

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…

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…

User Group News Bulletin

September’s Featured Vendor: Apparent Software

In 2006 Jacob Gorban founded Apparent Software, with a mission to create useful, friendly and unique software for Apple devices. And, he wanted to make sure that the company’s software was complemented by first-class customer care. Jacob has been programming since he was 12 and you may have met him or his team at various gatherings or heard one of the many interviews where his company’s products are featured. Apparent Software’s team, including Jacob, Susannah, Braden, and Matthew work to ensure that each product, including Trickster, ImageFramer, and Cashculator, delights. read more…

An Insight Into Fonts by Bill Oldham and Brad Smith

Articles by Bill Oldham, Brad Smith, Pam Doughty, and Monty Maizles


The August 2018 issue of AUSOM News contains a number articles providing an insight to fonts that arose from a presentation two AUSOM members, Bill Oldham and Brad Smith, gave to the iWork Special Interest Group at July AUSOM meeting.

They provide some useful hints, tips and insights to the use of Fonts and Typography that deserve a wider audience… So, the separate articles by Bill and Brad have been combined here, along with a short tip from Pam Doughty and an amusing sign captured by Monty Maizles.

Please feel free to share a link to this article with your own members.

read more…

Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue.

I. Overview read more…

June’s Featured Vendor: Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus and Working Smarter for Mac Users

June’s featured vendor is a user group favorite: Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus. You may have enjoyed his ability to translate technical jargon into usable and entertaining guidance at one of his many User Group University appearances, watched him present at Macworld, read one or more of his 80 computer books, or simply enjoyed hearing him explain technical topics in ways that make sense for The Houston Chronicle or The Mac Observer. His newest project is Working Smarter for Mac Users, taking those years of experience and expertise and creating a course, consulting sessions, and an eBook that clearly live up to their name, helping users complete more work in less time.
read more…

How To: User Group Ambassador

Does your group have an Apple User Group Ambassador? Not sure or maybe your group needs to update its information or assign a new ambassador. If any of this applies to your group, or you are a current ambassador and want to refresh on what resources are available, then read on.

What is an Apple User Group Ambassador?
Apple User Group Ambassador is the role assigned to one individual from each recognized Apple User Group in the Apple User Group Locator (database). Leaders from each user group choose a member from their group who will serve in this role. The Ambassador for the group serves as the link and primary contact to the Apple User Group program. A summary and downloadable PDF version of this article can be found here. read more…

Meeting Idea: Accessibility and Apple

Groups have had a positive response to accessibility as a meeting topic. Apple’s Accessibility home page says that the true value of a technology is not measured by how powerful it is, but by how much it empowers the user, and every Apple product contains amazing and empowering accessibility features right out of the box. From being able to take a perfect group selfie without being able to see the screen, to VoiceOver, display accommodations, Live Listen, closed captioning that displays far more than text, LED iPhone notifications, Switch Control, customized gestures, AssistiveTouch, Guided Access, typing feedback, text-to-speech, fitness algorithms for wheelchair users, and more, there are features to make every user’s tasks easier.

Another great way to enjoy an accessibility presentation is to bring your group to a Today at Apple Accessibility session showing the basics of using the assistive technologies that are built into every Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. 

Check it out.

https://www.apple.com/accessibility/

https://www.apple.com/today/collection/accessibility-collection/

 

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Avoid Presentation Disasters

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.

Junee Rhythm and Rail Festival Inc.

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!

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…

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…



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