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.


Our April 2nd, 2019 meeting featured: How to Learn Stuff

(presented by Tom Davis and Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug April 2019 Meeting Topic - How to Learn Stuff
Modern instructional and learning resources, available through your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, for learning just about anything you want
Suppose you would love to learn how to play acoustic or electric guitar, or improve your photography, or learn poker theory and analysis, or take a course on meditation. How might you learn the things you want to learn? In 2019, the world is filled with incredible, not-quite-traditional learning resources which did not exist a few years ago. On Tuesday, Tom and Annette each demonstrated amazing avenues for learning. Tom showed off Apple’s own free iTunes U, which, besides the topics above, provides thousands more, including courses from many universities such as Ohio State, West Point, Stanford, and University of South Wales; audio and video lectures; courses on developing iOS apps; podcasts from the Library of Congress and museums; resources for students; woodworking courses; piano tutorials; drawing classes; courses for learning Spanish or Chinese; and virtual field trips to museums, parks, and historic sites. Tom also showed other online resources, such as YouTube instructional videos, podcasts covering an extraordinary number of subjects, and college and library resources. Annette demonstrated the Osmo, which gently attaches to an iPad, and allows you to interact with actual game pieces, puzzles and drawing surfaces, all of which can be touched, moved and manipulated on the table in front of you. The Osmo brings new meaning to the term, “hands-on”. Annette also showed two new games for Osmo: Pizza Co, and Coding Adventures with Awbie. If you would love to learn where to find new nourishment for your mind, and have fun in the process, our April meeting was the perfect destination.
(See the April 2019 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 5th, 2019 meeting featured: Apple Goodies and Gizmos

(presented by Tom Davis, Al Risaliti, and Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug March 2019 Meeting Topic - Apple Goodies and Gizmos
A well-rounded assortment of four common items now available as uncommonly-great technology
The devices we featured at Tuesday’s meeting had something in common. Besides their business ends typically being circular, all have existed in various forms for a very long time, but now are available as digital wonders which are either sold as Apple devices, or can be used with Apple devices. Our roundup comprised two iPhone how-tos, one set of new Apple Watch features, and one cool gadget for Mac. Tom provided tips on how to use the various controls of the iPhone’s built-in camera. And utilizing that same lens for a different purpose, Tom showed how to use the iPhone as a digital magnifying glass. Al demoed some of the latest features of the Apple Watch, such as several new watch faces, and explained how it can help with driving directions, how the watch knows if you fall and how it can help you get help, how to make use of the heart rate monitor, and, amazingly, how to take your own electrocardiogram and send it to your doctor. Annette showed where to buy a digital microscope, what is in the box, how to assemble and set up the microscope, and demonstrated a variety of things you can see with it, how to use its accompanying app, and how you can use it to take photos and videos. March is traditionally the month for four-leaf clovers, and fittingly, our March meeting included four segments likely to have left you feeling lucky, and luckier still if you won the door prize.
(See the March 2019 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 5th, 2019 meeting featured: Genealogy on Your Mac

(presented by Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug February 2019 Meeting Topic - Genealogy on Your Mac
How to trace your own family history, using the web, and software for Mac
Genealogy, the tracing of family trees, is a fascinating study unto itself, but the Mac and modern resources bring genealogy into the 21st Century. With some great software, 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 powerful, Mac-only genealogy app named Reunion, along with many valuable tips, such as how to physically and digitally organize genealogy information, how to create charts and reports, how to fine-tune Reunion, how to improve your searches, and how to utilize a unique website to access cemetery records. We also briefly discussed ReunionTouch for iPhone and iPad. For those who attended the meeting, thanks to 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. After all, what could be more natural than wondering about our, and others’, ancestors? Or, in the classic words of a friend, spoken while she was employed at a bookstore and had been assigned the task of reorganizing the genealogy department shelves: Who’s yo daddy?
(See the February 2019 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 8th, 2019 meeting featured: Cutting Class

(presented by Annette Davis)

Mac2Mug January 2019 Meeting Topic - Cutting Class
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 remarkable, 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, a teacher who normally dislikes the term “cutting class”, taught a cutting class to show how you can make designs that are literally a cut above the rest, including how to cut an image you found online, how to cut an SVG vector image, welding, making borders, working with layers, working with fonts, and a look at what is new in the latest version, Sure Cuts A Lot 5. You can create your own cards, gifts, signs, and so much more, all without cutting corners, unless, of course, corners are what you want.
(See the January 2019 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 4th, 2018 meeting featured: Christmas Cookies and Squirrels

(presented by Sean Courtney)

Mac2Mug December 2018 Meeting Topic - Christmas Cookies and Squirrels
A Christmas party with many cookies and beverages, and a handful of innovative apps created by our guest presenter, software developer Squirrels
Suppose you could wirelessly display whatever is on your iPhone or iPad screen, or both at the same time, onto a larger screen such as your Mac, with no cables or adapters, and even record a video of it if you wish. Suppose further that you could beam a movie or your favorite video game to your TV, in 5.1 surround sound. Suppose even further that you could wirelessly present your Mac’s screen to a Chromecast-equipped display. Lo and behold, such magic may turn out to be more than mere Christmas wishes. We were delighted to host a guest speaker: Mr. Sean Courtney of the software company, Squirrels. On Tuesday, Sean unveiled several impressive Mac apps offered by Squirrels, including Reflector, DropStream, AirParrot, ClassHub, and Ditto, and to prove truth can sometimes be more amazing than fiction, he demonstrated how these apps can pull off the magic described above. Christmas cookies and software goodies made for a joyous meeting, as the combination of the two is always likely to inspire some holiday cheer.
(See the December 2018 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 6th, 2018 meeting featured: Mojave

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug November 2018 Meeting Topic - Mojave
A guided tour of the new features in the latest Mac operating system
How might one take an evening tour of Mojave with no map, no compass, no canteen, and nary a sandstorm in sight? If one is speaking of the brand-new version of macOS, Mojave, the best way would have been to attend our November meeting. Our tour guide, Roger, lead us through Mojave’s impressive features and functions, including Desktop Stacks to declutter desktop icons, Gallery View to quickly scroll though big previews of your files, Continuity Camera to take a photo with your iPhone and have it instantly appear in a document or in Finder, group FaceTime calls, a completely overhauled Mac App Store, a dynamic Mojave wallpaper that changes throughout the day, and a beautiful new Dark Mode. Those who joined us for the full tour found that there was plenty to see.
(See the November 2018 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 2nd, 2018 meeting featured: How to Find Stuff

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug October 2018 Meeting Topic - How to Find Stuff
Wonderful search techniques for finding what you seek, on your Mac and on the Web
Never mind where you left your keys; where oh where on your Mac did you put that folder of Tahiti vacation plans? And where in the world is Tahiti exactly? And what time is it right now in Sonoma? And how should you clean the strawberry milkshake you spilled on your keyboard? And who in blazes was Mary Pickford? If you were able to find those car keys and find your way to our Tuesday meeting, Roger showed how to search for virtually anything, all by utilizing your Mac, (and a little of iPhone and iPad too). Well, nearly anything. Regrettably, there is still no “Where did I hide my passport from myself?” search available on the Mac (perhaps in the next system update), but after learning some power-search techniques, your Mac may truly have become the Apple of your eye.
(See the October 2018 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 4th, 2018 meeting featured: The Best Word Processing Tricks for Mac (most of which you have never seen before)

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug September 2018 Meeting Topic - The Best Word Processing Tricks for Mac
Little-known techniques, shortcuts and tips to make word processing faster and easier, with better-looking documents
Nearly all Mac users already know how to do basic word processing. What most Mac users do not know is that there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of very clever, seldom-discussed techniques to make the job easier, and shortcuts to complete any document faster. At our September meeting, Rob unveiled many ways to improve and streamline your word processing, including keyboard tricks to navigate rapidly through a document without touching the mouse or trackpad; how to quickly type various specialized characters such as accents and umlauts without memorizing a thing; how to easily turn words to upper case, lower case or capitalized; how to select non-contiguous words; how to create reusable templates to save yourself work in the future; how to audibly confirm your keystrokes by making your Mac sound like a typewriter; and much more. Whether your word processing involves email, documents or letters, whether you are putting words on paper or on pixels, this was the meeting where you could learn how to do all of it better.
(See the September 2018 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 7th, 2018 meeting featured: Zen and the Art of Syncing

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug August 2018 Meeting Topic - Zen and the Art of Syncing
Easy ways to synchronize and share your files and data between your Mac and iOS devices
If what is here matches perfectly with what is over there, you likely have a case of what you might call divine symmetry. In the universe of Macs, iPhones and iPads, syncing and sharing have never been easier. At our August meeting, Roger showed exactly how to synchronize your data and files among your Apple devices, and how to share files with others or with yourself. On the agenda were how to sync Apple apps, including Mail, Calendar, Safari bookmarks and history, your iBooks library, Pages, iMovie, Preview, and more; how to sync third-party apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Skype, your Kindle library, Pocket, and many others; and how sharing is accomplished in many apps, including third-party apps. Essentially, everything but the kitchen sync. Along the way, we also had a look at cloud computing, the Apple way. When faced with a choice of whether to sync or swim, we recommend syncing. Even if you are new to all this, we promise you will quickly learn to love that syncing feeling.
(See the August 2018 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 5th, 2018 meeting featured: Genius-Level Mac Tips and Tricks

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug June 2018 Meeting Topic - Genius-Level Mac Tips and Tricks
A cornucopia of whizbang Mac shortcuts, hidden gems and clever techniques, too brilliant to remain in the shadows
Have you ever encountered a product or technique or shortcut that you never guessed you needed until you found it, then wondered how you had managed to live without it? That delightful phenomenon reoccurred at our meeting. Using a Mac is not magic, yet there are numerous simple tricks that yield astonishing results, or save you lots of time, or accomplish tasks which you had no idea were possible. The secret is in knowing how, “secret” being the operative term, because many of these tips are little-known and difficult to find. On Tuesday, Rob revealed a barrel of tips and tricks, including how to discover the combined file size of multiple folders in about 3 seconds, how to batch-rename files quickly without using an app, how to open any System Preferences pane you like without opening System Preferences, how to quickly get to where you want to go in a long document or Finder window without scrolling, how to organize the cables dangling behind your Mac without spending a cent, clever keyboard shortcuts you never knew existed, and oh so much more. You do not need to be a card-carrying geek to be proficient on a Mac, but if you attended Tuesday’s meeting, you just may be a Mac genius. Sporting a propeller-bedecked beanie cap is optional.
(See the June 2018 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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