Macintosh User Groups (MUGs) meet year-round to trade tips and tricks, socialize, and listen to guest speakers. The
acts as a clearinghouse for information important to MUGs across the country, and they put out a weekly newsletter that highlights the latest news on their site.
Apple does a lot to assist user groups with their efforts, and this week, the MUG Center let readers know that the February ’04 Mailbox is available for pre-order from the Apple Sales Web team. This collection offers presentation videos from Macworld San Francisco, information about Final Cut Express 2 and the iPod Mini, and more. It even includes three DVDs that contain full versions of the iLife ’04 applications, so that user groups can peruse the software for themselves and write reviews.
The price is US$6.50 per copy, with a limit of one copy per group. Each Apple-recognized user group should have an ambassador who can access Apple Sales Web and place an order.
The MUG Center also announced this week that a limited number of User Group University t-shirts are still available, and that MYOB and MacAddict magazine both updated their special offers available only to user group members. Finally, the MUG Center hosts an
that offers dates for events happening at user groups across the country this month.
The MUG Center isn’t the only organization that keeps members apprised of recent events, however. The Boston Final Cut Pro User Group (BOSFCPUG) will hold their next meeting on February 17 at
Boston University’s College of Communications, in room Comm 101. Their theme this month is “FCP to Avid and Back,” and they plan to have special presenters and a raffle at the meeting, which is open to the public. You need to
register, however, and raffle tickets are $5.00 for a pack of five. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The evening’s presentation slate includes Todd Prives from GenArts, who will show off the company’s new Sapphire plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, Alex Lindsay, a former Industrial Light & Magic employee who will explain how to shoot a film that requires visual effects, Automatic Duck’s Wes Plate, who will go over moving timelines from Final Cut Pro to Avid and back, and others.
BOSFCPUG also noted in their weekly news bulletin that the group will have a booth at next month’s
14th Annual Camera Company Show
in Quincy, Mass. In addition, they will join other Final Cut Pro user groups at a
March 4th event
during the annual ShowBiz Expo in New York City. You just need to
for a free Expo pass to attend.
If you’re interested in learning more about user groups, some of which are more general in natural and some of which cover specific applications such as Final Cut Pro, you can visit Apple’s
user group page
to read about them and find one near you.