Macintosh User Group (MUG) Center
editor Chuck Joiner has updated his Web site with his latest User Group Report, an audio file in which he interviews two or three people relevant to the MUG community. This time around he talks to Guy Kawasaki, a former Apple Evangelist who discusses how his “The Art of the Start” book applies to MUGs, and Lesa Snider, a MUG Center contributing editor who recaps the unrecorded “Great MUG Graphics” session that she taught at a recent User Group Leadership Conference. The User Group Report is available as a QuickTime stream or as a downloadable MP3 file. There’s also a new “Podcast” option for those who would like to load it on their iPods.
In other news, Joiner has announced the formation of two new MUGs on the international front. Japan’s
Design Matters, which was started by former Apple User Group Program Manager Garr Reynolds, meets monthly at the Apple Store in Osaka. On Nov. 16, they will welcome industrial designer Tom Perry. Meanwhile,
Cape Town MUG
has formed in South Africa; its first meeting has not been announced yet.
Joiner also encourages all user groups to answer his weekly survey question. Last week, he asked how MUGs interact with the larger community — e-mail discussion lists and leadership-oriented events at trade shows tied for first, with online forums coming in second. This week, his question is: “What are your preferred methods for staying regularly informed about news and information for Mac User Groups?”
This week’s MUG meetings kick off on Nov. 16 with the annual auction at central Pennsylvania’s
Keystone MacCentral; “Tips, Tricks, Utilities & Gadgets” at
Atlanta MUG; a visit from Burt Monroy at Walnut Creek, Calif.’s
Diablo Valley MUG; a demonstration of turning VHS tapes into DVDs at Riverside, Calif.’s
MUG Serving the Inland Empire; and “iTV & ‘Macs-imize’ Your Home: Software Automated Devices” at
East Tennessee MUG.
Continuing with Nov. 16, we have an explanation of cheap and quick Web site design at Bettendorf, Iowa’s
Quad Cities MUG; an overview of Microsoft Office 2004 for the Mac at
Village MUG; a holiday gift fair at
in Sacramento; “Editing with Final Cut Pro HD & Avid” at
Boston Final Cut Pro Users Group; and IDG World Expo rep Sarah Hindmarsh’s preview of Macworld San Francisco at Santa Rosa, Calif.’s
North Coast MUG.
On Nov. 17,
Los Angeles Final Cut Pro Users Group
welcomes Alex Lindsey of DVGarage and Pixel Corp. to a meeting at its new home in East Hollywood;
Connecticut Macintosh Connection
holds an auction; Arizona’s
investigates all four of Bare Bones Software’s applications; Kansas City’s
discusses Adobe Photoshop CS; and Massachusetts’
will introduce Alan Fields’ “recent work bringing computers to South Africa.”
From Nov. 18 to 20,
happens. On Nov. 18, the monthly
MUG Center Chat
takes place on the World Without Borders Web site; a 4D Software representative stops by
Santa Barbara MUG; Peninsula Apple Users Group covers “An Overview of CD Recording Methods” (Web site unavailable);
looks at GPS technology and mapping solutions available for the Mac;
presents “SIGstravaganza!”; and California’s
Santa Maria MUG
asks “What is Bare Bones?”.
On Nov. 19,
South Jersey MUG
welcomes a Microsoft representative for a look at Microsoft Office 2004 for the Mac while on Nov. 20,
Houston Area Apple Users Group
brings in someone from CMS Products and
Washington Apple PI
examines FileMaker 7. On Nov. 21,
demonstrates Adobe Photoshop Elements.