by Tom Piper, aJMUG President
September is behind us, Labor Day is gone, days are cooler, leaves are falling, and images of Thanksgiving and Christmas are beginning to appear. I am excited about our upcoming December celebration of appleJAC Macintosh User Group’s 25th anniversary . . . it seems like only yesterday when Tom Day and I arranged the first gathering of Mac users in mid-Missouri at Century Next Computers, 2120 Missouri Blvd (this location is now a Sprint telephone store, and Tom heads the photo department at Walmart). This was the beginning of appleJAC (Joint Aid & Comfort for users of our favorite computer), and the logo showed cider dripping from an apple. Those were primitive, but really exciting days of discovery, mutual aid, joyous laughter and the kindling of many years of great friendships. Ours is a special group who deserves a celebration.
Last month we conducted our special “Back to School” edition focused on the Wide World of iPhone and iPod touch. George assisted me in presenting the latest features of both, as well as a wide range of “apps” that are available for these portable wonders (over 75,000 at last count). As that night’s video will show, many shared their favorite app which which the rest of us appreciated. We also gave away the following items from a special shipment of Apple-logoed products thanks to the Apple User Group Advisory Board (of which I’m a member):
- iPhone Apps (book) Dan Walsh
- iPhone: Fully Loaded (book) Larry Garvin
- iPhone Book Betsy Zindle, Bill Webb
- iPhone: The Missing Manual Jan Watson, Tom Vaughn
- Apple caps Aileen Garvin, Bruce Heerboth, Mark Snell, Charlie Bland, Jim Cooper, Roz Moulton
- Apple note holder Alice Kopp, Ken Zindle, Jenice Taggart, Sue McCormick, George Kopp, Trish Colemam, Julie Smith
- Apple bag Joe Mertzlufft, Gale Fuller, Jane Szabados, Kelly Archer, Bonnie Culley, Sister Josetta Eveler, Bob McCormick, Donna Viessman, Robert Williams
Our next meeting is all about Snow Leopard, and all that it has to offer. George will present the latest features of this surprisingly robust upgrade. As time allows, we also intend to cover various file conversion programs, and how to move AppleWorks into iWork files.
The iWork ’09 MacClasses were successfully held be at Lewis and Clark Middle School on September 10, 17 and 24 featuring Pages, Numbers and Keynote (photo highlights are on our website). Two new iWork books were also given away, each a $40 value, to Bonnie Culley (iWork '09: The Missing Manual), and to Ann Mullholland (Apple Training Series: iWork '09). The six-hour video recording of these sessions will be available for pickup by class participants, and available for purchase ($15 per DVD) for those who could not attend. George has also planned another iPhoto ’09 class (particularly for those who missed the last one) for November 5, 2009, assuming that at least eight people signup by our next meeting.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the next appleJAC Macintosh Users Group meeting on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 7:00 pm. Bring family, friends and new members back to Lewis and Clark Middle School to get the most out of your Mac and other Apple products.