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 — May 5th — will feature:
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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!
 

Our February 3rd, 2015 meeting featured: Stick ’Em Up

(presented by Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug February 2015 Meeting Topic - Stick 'Em Up
How to use Avery Design & Print to create stunning labels on your Mac
A marker or pen, grasped between your opposable thumb and a finger or two, can be used to mark boxes and envelopes and such. But gorgeous, professional-looking labels stuck to parcels, envelopes, folders, CDs and more can make a very good impression indeed, and can often save you time. On Tuesday, Annette showed how to use Avery Design & Print software to make labels, dividers, CD inserts, name badges and even business cards and T-shirt transfers. Avery Design & Print is free, and with it, you can easily use your Mac to design and print on all sorts of media, adhesive or otherwise. Label us foolhardy if you like, but we think that’s an idea that could stick.
(See the February 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 January 6th, 2015 meeting featured: Surfing 101

(presented by Tom Davis and Al Risaliti)

Mac2Mug January 2015 Meeting Topic - Surfing 101
How to make use of the best features and tools in Apple's Safari and Google Chrome to browse the web
If you have the craving, you can most certainly book a flight to San Francisco, rent a great surfboard, a wetsuit and a woodie, drive down to Mavericks beach, hang ten and shoot the curl. Far simpler is the task of surfing the World Wide Web. All you need is a good web browser and the knowledge of how to use its resources. On Tuesday, Tom and Al showed off Apple Safari and Google Chrome, and demonstrated how to set each browser’s preferences to your own liking, how to save and organize your bookmarks, and how to utilize some of the not-so-obvious tools built into both browsers. Once you know how to use their features, Safari and Chrome make it easy to browse the web the way you want. And despite Ohio’s winter chill, you can make a cup of hot cocoa and surf in comfort, with nary a drop of water on your feet. Surf’s up!
(See the January 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 December 2nd, 2014 meeting featured: eBay Hotrodded

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug December 2014 Meeting Topic - eBay Hotrodded
How to use eBay, including plenty of power tips, and how to utilize your Mac and free 3rd-party software to make eBay better and easier to use

Life is good, but if only you could find the floral, bone china teacup you’ve been looking for. Or replacement curtains, carpet, wallpaper and furniture to match the bone china teacup. Or a pair of 3D glasses from Creature from the Black Lagoon. Or the limited edition Barmaid Barbie® doll your daughter has been wanting. Or LeBron James’ Hummer, up for sale now that its ashtray is full. Or a beautiful, rare 1937 novel for that certain someone. Or a skirt to match the curtains, carpet, wallpaper, furniture and bone china teacup. The place to find all this loot, and more, is eBay.

But eBay is not problem-free, and some of its best features are all but hidden. Seeking out what you want on eBay, and successfully bidding on it, can be faster, more pleasant and far more powerful than most people experience. At the December meeting, we learned how to use eBay, advanced tips and techniques, unique software to hotrod eBay, and how to improve your chances of winning auctions, bone china teacups and all.

(See the December 2014 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 4th, 2014 meeting featured: Happy 30th Birthday to MAC2!

(hosted by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug November 2014 Meeting Topic - Happy 30th Birthday to MAC2!
A 30th-year anniversary party with cake, refreshments, a free raffle, and a screening of the movie, Jobs
In 1984, Apple released the very first Macintosh. With its brilliant design and groundbreaking graphical user interface, it led a technological revolution that changed the face of computing forever. In that same year, a group of programmers, hackers, and devoted fans, caught up in the fever of that revolution and madly in love with the new computer, founded the MAC2 users group. Three decades later, we were delighted to celebrate our group's thirtieth birthday. Along with an honest-to-goodness birthday cake, refreshments, and great conversations, we also showed the recent movie, Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher and others. The film is a dramatic, engaging and entertaining way to learn about some of Apple's history, and about the man who helped make so much of that history, Steve Jobs. Whether you are a current member or former member of our group, have ever been an officer of the group, or have simply been curious about the group, you were most welcome to join us for Apple cider, birthday cake, a raffle, wonderful talk and a movie, a combination that just might be considered, dare we say it, insanely great.
(See the November 2014 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 7th, 2014 meeting featured: Cut It Out!

(presented by Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug October 2014 Meeting Topic - Cut It Out!
How to use Sure Cuts A Lot software to cut designs for scrapbooking, crafts, signs, greeting cards, vinyl decals, and more
Printing from Macs is, of course, common. Less common is the ability to use your Mac to cut out virtually any shapes you choose. Enter Sure Cuts A Lot, a clever, user-friendly app which allows you to create shapes using your Mac's own fonts, or tens of thousands of easily-found graphics, or the app's built-in drawing tools to create your own. Paired with one of many available electronic cutting machines, you can cut your designs out of paper, card stock, cloth, vinyl, or even fondant, for spectacular cake decorations. And how does all this work? On Tuesday, Annette showed how you can make designs that are literally a cut above the rest. To paraphrase an often paraphrased movie quote: Scissors? We don't need no stinking scissors.
(See the October 2014 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 2nd, 2014 meeting featured: Ingenious Mac Utilities

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug September 2014 Meeting Topic - Ingenious Mac Utilities
A bright variety of innovative, useful, little-known apps for your Macintosh
Would it be slick if you could rename an entire folder of files, all in one fell swoop? Or might it be handy to be able to easily find what is taking up the most space on your hard drive, and delete it if you wish? Would it be smart, astute, and even inspired if you could find a way to prevent your beloved Mac from keeping you awake at night? On Tuesday, Rob showed off a sparkling assortment of utilities that cleverly solve those problems, and others, each with its own unique task. Utilities do not need to be merely utilitarian. In fact, these apps are, well, ingenious. And if you thought such capabilities were impossible, or if they had never occurred to you, the light at the end of that tunnel may turn out to be your Mac's brilliantly glowing screen.
(See the September 2014 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 5th, 2014 meeting featured: iPad: Basics and Beyond

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug August 2014 Meeting Topic - iPad: Basics and Beyond
From simple to intermediate to advanced, a tutorial on how to use your iPad, how to get the most out of it, and how to access its less-than-obvious functions

Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window. — Steve Wozniak

Like all of its sibling iOS devices, the iPad is a true blue, bona fide computer. But with its diminutive size and all its impressive capabilities, even the user-friendly iPad can sometimes be challenging to use. On Tuesday, Roger took the iPad from standstill to full speed ahead, demonstrating how to handle various tasks, from basic to not-so-basic, and revealing some built-in goodies with which you may not be familiar. And after you have spent a little time learning some key features, though your iPad is indeed small enough to be tossed out a window, you may feel less inclined to actually do so.

(See the August 2014 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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