Facilitating learning and networking within the local Macintosh User Community since 1984

Welcome to Mac2MUG!

MAC2MUG is for people who want to learn from and interact with other Macintosh computer users. We welcome visitors at our monthly meeting and hope that you will become a member. Meetings last for approximately two hours and are generally held the first Tuesday of the month.


Our meetings last for approximately two hours and are generally held the first Tuesday of each month.


Our next meeting — March 1st — will feature:
TextEdit Hotrodded - How to be productive, organized and clever without spending a dime, using a great Mac app you already have.
Please check back soon for the full meeting announcement.


Our February 2nd, 2016 meeting featured: Preventing Disasters

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug February 2016 Meeting Topic - Preventing Disasters
How to avert problems and keep your Mac running smoothly by using good techniques and free apps, and what to do when apps do crash
With a bit of luck, your Macintosh will likely be immune to the risks of floods, severe droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes, the melting of the polar ice caps, and, one hopes, a safe falling on it. Of course, no matter how stable the hardware or software, mishaps do occasionally happen, including baffling quirks and app crashes, but despite mini-catastrophes that appear to leave your Mac in a mire of virtual smoke and rubble, there is no need to pull the plug. On Tuesday, Rob showed how to recover gracefully from application failures, freezes and system crashes, and how to keep your Mac healthy via several free apps and some solid advice. Knowing how to make your hardware last longer, how to prevent crashes when possible, and how to avoid problems such as cluttered memory and even overheating, can lead to a problem-free Mac. You will feel better and your Mac will bloom, notwithstanding the possibility of a piano falling from the sky.
(See the February 2016 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our January 5th, 2016 meeting featured: Scaling El Capitan

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug January 2016 Meeting Topic - Scaling El Capitan
A tour of some of the best features in Apple’s newest Macintosh operating system
The dizzying heights of modern technology often bring amazing new functionality, and so it is with Mac OS X 10.11. Apple’s latest operating system, El Capitan, is named after the monolithic mountain in Yosemite National Park, and it shares at least one aspect with its namesake: impressiveness. On Tuesday, Roger demonstrated many of the new features in El Capitan, including faster performance, a new Spotlight to make searching easier, the ability to work in multiple apps at the same time using Split View, an even better Mission Control to help you find that one lost window, a new Notes app, a simple wiggle of the cursor to magnify itself, and more. And lest you suspect that your Mac will be excluded, El Capitan can run on many earlier Macs, some as old as 8 years, and upgrading is free. And speaking of dizzying heights, the original El Capitan stands an imposing 3,000 feet high, but if you would care to beat that, simply install El Capitan on a Mac laptop and take it with you on your next flight up into the blue.
(See the January 2016 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our December 1st, 2015 meeting featured: Video on Your Mac

(presented by Tom Davis and Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug December 2015 Meeting Topic - Video on Your Mac
How to view it and play it, from navigating YouTube to employing some great software for enjoying problem-free home videos and full-length movies
Straight out of the box, Macs can certainly play video, but if you have ever wished for better ways to play those videos, or have ever tried to open a video file which your Mac does not recognize, this meeting can save you a lot of time and trouble. On Tuesday, Tom showed how to find your way around YouTube, from searching its vast collections to understanding YouTube’s controls. And Rob showed an ingenious free app for downloading videos, full-featured apps for playing video, how to open those pesky videos that your Mac normally cannot play, how to play DVDs, and how to use a remote control with your Mac while propping up your feet and enjoying the view. What do your friends and relatives and Leonardo DiCaprio and Scarlett Johansson and Robert Redford and Julianne Moore have in common? They can all look amazing on your Macintosh screen. The only missing elements might be the noisy couple behind you and the theater usher to sweep up the popcorn.
(See the December 2015 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our November 3rd, 2015 meeting featured: Fonts on the Mac

(presented by Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug November 2015 Meeting Topic - Fonts on the Mac
How to find, install, organize and use fonts on your Mac
With some great fonts installed on your Mac, be they formal, script, cartoon, dingbat or others, you can create beautiful documents, letters, crafts, scrapbooking projects and so much more. And how much will this beauty deplete your bank account? The costs of commercial fonts can be enormous, but the wonderful news is that there are tens of thousands of fonts available that will not cost you a single penny, and they are easily found. On Tuesday, Annette showed where you can find free fonts, how to download and install them, and how to utilize an app which is already on your Mac: Font Book. We also explored a simple way to insert special characters so that a sentence such as, “While discussing zoology at the cafe, Emily was unpleasantly surprised to find a jalapeno in her creme brulee” can be correctly typed as, “While discussing zoölogy at the café, Emily was unpleasantly surprised to find a jalapeño in her crème brûlée.” That diacritical tilde will not sweeten the sting of the jalapeño, but your spelling will be perfect. If you joined us for a good look at fonts, though you might have left the November meeting as a fontaholic, everything you type will look all the better for it.
(See the November 2015 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our October 6th, 2015 meeting featured: Why I Chose the New iPhone 6s

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug October 2015 Meeting Topic - Why I Chose the New iPhone 6s
A tale of software, hardware, features and magic which inspired our presenter to buy himself an iPhone 6s, and one for his wife!
A few decades ago, the offerings from the national telephone company monopoly consisted of a single basic phone model in a small choice of colors, or perhaps a Princess phone for the bedroom. In 2015, the choices are mammoth, not to mention mobile. What, then, led this month’s presenter to purchase the just-released iPhone 6s — two of them in fact? On Tuesday, Roger detailed the many features of the new iPhone which guided him to a clear decision, such as the speed provided by Apple’s custom-designed A9 chip, a gorgeous screen, the ‘3D Touch’ interface, faster networking, possibly the most advanced mobile-phone camera on the market, an impressive new rear-facing FaceTime HD camera, Apple Pay, and a whole lot more. If you were among those who attended, we suspect you found much to like about our meeting, and about the iPhone 6s, to the point that you too might be inspired to make it your next phone. And golly, your significant other might like one too.
(See the October 2015 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our September 1st, 2015 meeting featured: Our Favorite iPhone Apps

(presented by Annette Davis, Roger Owens, Al Risaliti, and Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug September 2015 Meeting Topic - Our Favorite iPhone Apps
Some of our personal picks among the many apps available for iPhone
On January 9th, 2007 at the Macworld Expo keynote, when Steve Jobs announced, “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” that claim may have seemed a bit of an overstatement. Yet here we are, in 2015, with sophisticated computers in our pockets and purses, and whatever the brand, all are modeled after that original iPhone. With roughly 1.4 million apps now available for the iPhone, there are bound to be some pleasant surprises awaiting you in the App Store. On Tuesday, we showed off some of our favorites, many of which are free. If you want a better Twitter experience, or need to know the weather in detail, or to recognize music on the fly, or check your calendar, make sure your new bookshelf is level, tweak your photos, protect your digital privacy, save articles and videos for later perusal, translate languages effortlessly, find the nearest chocolatier or even find your phone, if you will forgive our quoting a trademarked phrase, there’s an app for that. And our meeting showcased some of the best. We hope you were able to join us, as you and your iPhone might have liked what you saw.
(See the September 2015 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our August 6th, 2015 meeting featured: Get in Sync: iCloud and iCloud Drive

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug August 2015 Meeting Topic - Get in Sync: iCloud and iCloud Drive
How to synchronize your files and data between your Mac and iOS devices
How much simpler might life be if the time-sensitive documents in your work desk also resided in your home desk, or if the appointments on the Scenic Vermont calendar on your kitchen wall were also on display for you at a restaurant two towns away, or if the hastily-written note deposited in your inside jacket pocket could simultaneously be found in all your other pockets including the one in your robe, or if your favorite fuzzy slippers forever awaited you directly beside your bed at every hotel, anywhere in the world? In the digital world of iCloud, all this is possible, minus only the fuzzy slippers. On Thursday, Roger showed how your photos, apps, notes, mail, messages, bookmarks and contacts can easily be available on your Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And with iCloud Drive, because your files go wherever you go, you can access all your documents on all your Apple devices, and gosh, even on a PC. The reading glasses you left on your nightstand will not be at hand when you need them at the newsstand, and such is life, but as you may have discovered at our August meeting, in the cloud, that sort of synchronization can really be that simple.
(See the August 2015 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our June 2nd, 2015 meeting featured: Pages for iPad

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug June 2015 Meeting Topic - Pages for iPad
How one app can empower you to do beautiful word processing and stunning page layout, anywhere
A picture may indeed be worth a thousand words, but in Pages for the iPad, you can have both. Not only can you have your cake and eat it too, you can easily insert a photo of said cake into your document, then wrap nicely-styled text around it for a perfect fit. Generally hailed as a word processor, Pages, which also runs on the iPad’s smaller siblings, the iPhone and iPod touch, is also a genuine page layout app. Because of that combination of traits, Pages can be used to create stunning letters, reports, flyers, résumés, invitations and so much more. And with over 60 attractive templates, there will be plenty of sparks for your ideas. Apple calls Pages “the most beautiful word processor you’ve ever seen on a mobile device,” and despite the obvious advertising hyperbole, we agree. Those who joined us on Tuesday learned all about Pages and how to use it. On the subject of pictures and words, we pictured an entertaining evening full of information, and we welcome you to rely on that description, for we are true to our word.
(See the June 2015 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our May 5th, 2015 meeting featured: Make Your Web Browser Soar

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug May 2015 Meeting Topic - Make Your Web Browser Soar
How to use add-ons and plug-ins to turbocharge your browser into doing things you never dreamed it could
Modern web browsers are powerful, but add-ons expand their capabilities in ways far beyond the predictable, adding functions and features you might not have imagined possible, with clever additions that need to be seen to be believed. On Tuesday, we looked at add-ons and plug-ins for Safari, Chrome and Firefox, and showed you how to install them and where to find more. Our special focus was on the browser that has more available add-ons than any other: Firefox. Web browsers are free, and so are nearly all add-ons, so it costs you nothing to build the best browser that money can’t buy. We have ignition . . .
(See the May 2015 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our April 7th, 2015 meeting featured: Utilize Your Local Library Without Leaving Home

(presented by Sarah-Jayne Studer and Al Risaliti)

Mac2Mug April 2015 Meeting Topic - Utilize Your Local Library Without Leaving Home
How to access the many digital services available at your public library, including e-books, magazines and video
Imagine a stroll through your local public library, perusing its books, magazines, movies and such, all while lounging at home, wearing your most comfortable pajamas and sipping a morning cup of coffee. As it turns out, truth can occasionally be more amazing than fiction. We were delighted to host a guest speaker: Ms. Sarah-Jayne Studer, Senior Librarian of the Perry Sippo Branch Library. On Tuesday, Sarah-Jayne unveiled an impressive array of digital services offered by the library, including e-books, audio books, magazines, a handful of music and television shows, access to the Zinio and Hoopla services, and more, easily accessible on a home computer or mobile device, including your Mac, iPad, iPhone or e-book reader. Al then followed up with examples of how he personally uses these resources. A world of digital services awaits you via your local library. Bathrobe and slippers are optional.
(See the April 2015 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

Our March 3rd, 2015 meeting featured: Maps on Macs

(presented by Tom Davis)

Mac2Mug March 2015 Meeting Topic - Maps on Macs
How to use Apple's Maps app and Google Maps for 21st century-style navigation on your Mac
Where am I? Where is it? How do we get there? What will it look like when we get there? Are we there yet? To answer these pertinent questions, meet Apple Maps and Google Maps. Having first appeared in OS X 10.9, Mavericks, Apple Maps is built into every new Mac, and Google Maps is available via any web browser. On Tuesday, Tom showed the differences between Apple Maps and Google Maps, and the features of each, including standard and satellite views, suggestions for the best routes, displaying multiple locations of a specific type such as restaurants and hotels, easy access to phone numbers and reviews, sending the info to your iPhone, interactive photo-realistic 3D views, and the ability to soar virtually above select cities and landmarks with "Flyover". When planning your next trip, be it to another state, another country, or to a new doughnut shop across town, may the road rise to meet you and may your path be clear, courtesy of your favorite Maps. No map-folding required.
(See the March 2015 meeting announcement here)
Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to MAC2 Secretary and Creative Genius - Rob Ellis. If you had fun reading, then you are really in for a treat when you attend our meetings and see his presentations!
 

 

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