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 December 3, 2013 meeting features: iPhone Extravaganza
(presented by Al Risaliti, Roger Owens and Rob Ellis)
- An evening of iPhone and iPhone/Mac tips and tricks, plus a look at the new iPhone 5s
- Whether you already own an iPhone or are hoping for Santa to bring you one this Christmas, December’s meeting is for you. Pulling the ribbons and wrapping paper off many iPhone mysteries, we will explore various tips, including how to create ringtones using GarageBand, software alternatives to iTunes for accessing your iPhone with your Mac, how to format email sent to iPhones to enable iOS to set appointments, and more. And we will take a hands-on look at the brand-new iPhone 5s. Even if Christmas day finds you with no new iPhone in your stocking, Tuesday’s meeting will bring you many useful presents, none of which require you to be good, the way you should, on every single day.
- (See the December 2013 meeting-announcement here)
- Writing and creative image credits for our meeting notices goes to Mac2MUG 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 hear his presentations!
Our November 5, 2013 meeting featured: Keynote & Popcorn Night!
(hosted by Rob Ellis)
- We did it again! We watched Apple's unveiling of new Macs, iPads, iPhones, software and more, while munching popcorn!
- Lions and Tigers and Mavericks! Oh my! At their recent keynote address, Apple announced some impressive critters: new MacBook Pros, a new Mac Pro, two new iPhones, two new iPads, new versions of the iLife and iWork suites, and a brand-new version of OS X known as Mavericks. We served up the keynote address video, along with real theater popcorn, soft drinks and water.
- [We would like to extend A GIANT THANK YOU to the Regal Theater in Massillon, Ohio for supplying authentic movie popcorn!!!)
- (See the November 2013 meeting-announcement here)
Our October 1, 2013 meeting featured: Genealogy On Your Mac
(presented by Annette Davis)
- How to trace your own family history, using software for Macintosh
- Genealogy, the tracing of family trees, is a fascinating study unto itself. But the Macintosh and OS X bring genealogy into the 21st Century. With genealogy software and a Mac, anyone can document family trees, actually have fun doing it, and create gorgeous charts that would be difficult to produce otherwise. On Tuesday, Annette demonstrated a genealogy app named Reunion, and guided us on a tour through the Ancestry website. Plus, we took a close look, literally, at a digital USB microscope, which serves a full range from magnifying glass to microscope to 5 megapixel macro camera, with the images appearing live on your Mac’s screen – a brilliant way to focus on your past. With these goodies and some help from us, you can now go back to the future with no need for a Delorean or a Flux Capacitor; the only thing missing will be the trails of flame..
- (See the October 2013 meeting-announcement here)
Our September 3rd, 2013 meeting featured: Diagnosing and Repairing Your Mac from a Thumb Drive
(presented by Roger Owens)
- How to create a utility thumb drive, disk drive or startup DVD
- Repair utilities for the Mac can solve many problems, yet attempting to make repairs on your Mac’s own drive, while starting up from that same Mac, has been compared to performing brain surgery on yourself. What to do? Simply start up from another drive and do the troubleshooting from there. Roger showed us how to create a bootable USB thumb drive, disk drive, or DVD, and how to fill it chock-full of diagnosis and repair utilities. We also had a look at the Recovery partition in Lion and Mountain Lion. After a bit of housekeeping, your Mac will work better, life will be less frustrating, and you will have less need for that corkscrew which the manufacturer probably neglected to build into your thumb drive.
- (See the September 2013 meeting-announcement here)
Our August 6th, 2013 meeting featured: How to Back Up Your Mac
(presented by Tom Davis)
- Backup strategies to keep your data safe
- Repeating yourself is likely to become tiresome to others. Repeating yourself is likely to ... well, you know the rest. Repeating your Mac, however, is the perfect way to safeguard your data. Tom discussed many methods for backing up your Mac and an external drive or two, including built-in strategies such as Time Machine and iCloud, and third-party software such as Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper. Also discussed were various types of hardware useful in creating backups. Plato wrote, “There is no harm in repeating a good thing,” and backing up your Mac is very good indeed.
- (See the August 2013 meeting-announcement here)
Our June 4th, 2013 meeting featured: Read It Later
(presented by Roger Owens)
- A look at several Mac and iOS apps which allow you to read web content later, even if you are not connected to the internet
- In this busy, busy world, how often have you encountered articles, recipes, entire web pages, or even videos which you would like to peruse later when you have more time? But when “later” arrives, suppose you have no available connection to the internet. There’s an app for that! Roger demonstrated several solutions which work dandily on Macintosh, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Some apps even sync the articles and such to your various devices, and optimize them for readability. Catching up on your time can be challenging, but now you can certainly catch up on your reading.
- (See the June 2013 meeting-announcement here)
Our May 7th, 2013 meeting featured: Mac Moviemaking
(presented by Al Risaliti)
- How to use your Mac to create videos of your own
- Lights! Camera! Action! Macintosh! If you have forever wanted to make your own motion pictures, Tuesday’s meeting was for you. Whether or not your masterpiece leads to your brushing shoulders with Julia Roberts and George Clooney at the Academy Awards, the journey is bound to be an adventure. Al showed some good ideas for videos, gave tips on honing your acting skills, explained how to import video into the Mac, and demonstrated some multi-track video and audio editing techniques. Armed with barely more than a director’s chair and a Mac, in no time you too heard your overwrought leading lady purr, “Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”
- (See the May 2013 meeting-announcement here)
Our April 2nd, 2013 meeting featured: Mac and Cheese
(presented by Tom Davis)
- Recipe management on the Mac
- What’s cooking? Be it cheeseburgers or duck à l’orange, can your Macintosh help to make it even better? Absolutely. Combining his favorite hobby, food, with his passion for Macs, Tom showed how you can use your Mac, and even an iPad, to enrich your own cooking. With your favorite recipes at your fingertips, plus the ability to find many more, organize them, edit the numbers of servings, and save everything for easy access, you may find yourself on the road to culinary nirvana. Even if you are not a foodie, what we learned can help you use your Mac for other hobbies.
- (See the April 2013 meeting-announcement here)
Our March 5th, 2013 meeting featured: Drag and Drop
(presented by Rob Ellis)
- Powerful tips and techniques for the Mac, all utilizing dragging and dropping
- Your Macintosh allows many ways to perform tasks, and some of the most powerful ones can be accomplished with simple drag and drop techniques. The catch is that not all of these actions are obvious or intuitive; many of them lie waiting at your fingertips, unused. Rob demonstrated a wide variety of drag and drop maneuvers, in the Finder, in applications, and between apps, including hidden and little-known tricks which can produce surprising results while saving time. Using your Mac can be a drag, but in the best possible ways.
- (See the March 2013 meeting-announcement here)
Our February 5th, 2013 meeting featured: Apple Buyer’s Guide
(presented by Rob Ellis)
- Advice for choosing your perfect Mac, iPad, iPod or iPhone, and when and where to buy it!
- Money cannot buy love, but you can easily fall in love with Apple gear that happens to be perfect for you, particularly if it costs far less than expected. Choosing it, however, is another matter. On Tuesday, Rob guided us through Apple’s entire hardware lineup of Macs and mobile devices, with personalized advice for what to buy, when to buy it, and where to buy it for considerably less money. Searching for a gem can be time-consuming, but if you follow your heart, and our advice, your search may become a labor of love, without the labor. And the gem you choose may be the perfect Valentine to yourself.
- (See the February 2013 meeting-announcement here)
Our January 8th, 2013 meeting featured: Office Suites for the Mac - OpenOffice and NeoOffice
(presented by Tom Davis)
- A look at two alternatives to Microsoft Office, and both just happen to be either low-cost or free!
- Microsoft Office provides a rich, powerful set of tools, as does Apple’s own iWork suite. But if you would like to try other suites, or if you do not own Office but would like to work with documents from those who do, or if you would simply like a little more money left in your wallet, there are alternatives. OpenOffice and NeoOffice both provide applications for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, similar to Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and both allow you to open, work with and save Microsoft Office documents. On Tuesday, Tom showed the advantages and disadvantages of these apps, plus took a look at options for the iPad. OpenOffice is free, and NeoOffice costs ten dollars for current versions, with previous versions being free. All in all, a pretty suite deal.
- (See the January 2013 meeting-announcement here)