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 users of Macintosh computers, iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices. We welcome visitors at our monthly meeting and hope that you will become a member.


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


July is our summer month off; we wish you a beautiful summer.

Our August 2nd meeting will feature:
Remarkably small apps with remarkably big features - A batch of unique, wonderfully useful Mac applications.
Please check back for the full meeting announcement.


Our June 7th, 2016 meeting featured: Goldilocks and the Three iPads

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug June 2016 Meeting Topic - Goldilocks and the Three iPads
A look at all three of the latest iPad models, with plenty of info to help decide which one is right for you
Decisions, decisions. Even if you already are certain that you want an iPad, which iPad is the perfect one for you? Small is good, but bigger is also good; how does one decide? On Tuesday, Roger eased your dilemma with hands-on demonstrations of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4, solid information about the iPad Pro, pros and cons of each model, and where each model excels. We also learned about numerous new features in iOS 9.3, including Slide Over, Split View, the Shortcut Bar, and so much more. If you are considering buying an iPad or upgrading from the one you have, this meeting will helped you choose the ideal iPad for you: not too big, not too small, not even too middle-sized, but just right.
(See the June 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 May 3rd, 2016 meeting featured: Your Own YouTube Videos

(presented by Al Risaliti)

Mac2Mug May 2016 Meeting Topic - Your Own YouTube Videos
How to create entertaining videos on your Mac, and upload them to YouTube
Meet Al. Al recently bought a shiny new Mac, hoping to make videos with it. Just when Al was getting comfortable, thinking he could skate by with a few informational videos, along came Annette, who challenged him to create a video involving one of his deadly-boring, bicycle-related topics, but with a catch. Annette insisted that the video must actually be fun and interesting. On Tuesday, Al took his best shot at it, and in the process, discussed video-capture equipment such as your camera or iPhone, explored how to use Apple’s Final Cut Pro software, explained several video production techniques, showed how to tell an engaging story with images, and demonstrated how to keep an audience from falling into a deep sleep. Did Al succeed? You were the judge, because those who joined us on Tuesday brought their thumbs with them, and thumbs up or thumbs down determined whether Al had created a tedious bicycle video, or pure YouTube gold. (PS: Al succeeded.)
(See the May 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 April 5th, 2016 meeting featured: Preview

(presented by Tom Davis)

Mac2Mug April 2016 Meeting Topic - Preview
A good look at features and functions in Apple’s Preview app
First impressions are sometimes erroneous and usually incomplete, and this certainly applies to our featured app for April: Preview. Much like March’s TextEdit, Preview has far more capabilities than are readily apparent. Besides opening images or PDFs, with Preview, you can convert an image file to an impressive number of other image formats, tweak images by adjusting color, brightness and many other aspects, perform functions on PDFs including cropping and password-protecting, and much more. On Tuesday, Tom guided us through several of the remarkable features in Preview, some of which you might grow to love. Though you might not find yourself in a torrid affair with Preview, it could, at the very least, be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
(See the April 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 March 1st, 2016 meeting featured: TextEdit Hotrodded

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug March 2016 Meeting Topic - TextEdit Hotrodded
Notes, lists, tables and much more: How to be productive, organized and clever without spending a dime, using a great app you already have on your Mac
With the assumption that it is no more than a lowly, bare-bones text editor, many Mac users are only marginally aware of TextEdit, which appears when we double-click a text or ‘Read Me’ file, then vanishes into the shadows. But if you write, make notes, keep lists of any kind, do research, or long to recall where you left off at your favorite websites, a gem lies waiting for you in your Applications folder. TextEdit makes easy work of creating text in many colors and styles, checking word meanings and accessing web info, doing inline photos, tables, text inventories of folder contents, bulleted and numbered lists, and far more. On Tuesday, Rob uncovered TextEdit’s surprising abilities, with tips and tricks and, yes, free software hotrodding to boot.
(See the March 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 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!
 

 

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