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 September 1st, 2015 meeting features: 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 will show 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 will showcase some of the best. Please join us, as you and your iPhone might like what you see.
(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!
 

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!
 

 

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