This week at
The Macintosh User Group (MUG) Center, editor Chuck Joiner has updated the Web site with results of his last user group survey and the topic for the next one. Last week he wanted to know how groups deliver their newsletters, and 82 percent of the respondents said that they prefer the digital format, with PDF downloads from their Web sites the top distribution method and e-mail the second. Thirteen percent opt for paper newsletters delivered by U.S. mail and nine percent create a Web-based publication viewable only on the group’s Web site. This week, Joiner wants to know what hardware user groups own.
Meanwhile, The MUG Center also offers Mac-centric holiday gift suggestions as well as pointers to special coupons and other discounts. On the site’s forums, trip planning for Macworld Conference & Expo San Francisco has begun, with suggestions being solicited for the best places to eat meals, favorite hotels and more.
This week’s MUG meetings kick off on Dec. 7 with an
online user group chat
on the World Without Borders Web site. In the physical world, New Mexico’s
hosts their holiday party, Jefferson City, Mo.’s
conducts a business meeting and takes in a Christmas show,
Connecticut Final Cut Pro User Group
throws a “Christmas Bash with MCAI-CT and Video Evolution” and
Palm Beach MUG
has an end-of-the-year party.
On Dec. 8,
welcomes Michael Regan from the CambridgeSide Galleria Apple Store; Indiana’s
covers “Making DVDs with iDVD;” Seattle’s
chows down with a holiday potluck dinner;
looks at .Mac, iLife and Photoshop; and
New Jersey MUG
and Apple Valley, Calif.’s
are both throwing holiday parties. Yes, there are two different groups called Serious MUG.
On Dec. 9,
Los Angeles Final Cut Pro Users Group
invites legendary film editor and sound designer Walter Murch (“Apocalypse Now,” “Cold Mountain”) to its annual meeting at DV Expo West in the LA Convention Center. Murch will discuss his use of Final Cut Pro for his work on the film “Jarhead” and engineers from Apple’s Pro Apps Team will stop by to demonstrate a production suite workflow. Only those registered for DV Expo can attend this event.
The same day,
gets festive with a holiday party; the San Francisco Bay Area’s
East Bay MUG
presents “Games & Gadgets for the Mac Lover;” and Laguna Woods, Calif.’s
Leisure World MUG
discusses the ULCA super computer.
On Dec. 10,
Long Island MUG
takes a look at Microsoft Entourage and throws a holiday party. Dec. 12 sees Lakewood, Wash.’s
Northwest Apple Pickers,
Apple Core of Dallas, Paoli, Penn.’s
Main Line MUG
Hot Springs MUG
do the same while
Hawaii Macintosh & Apple User Society
gets serious with AppleWorks Database,
discusses iMovie and Kansas’
Kaw River MUG
delves into part two of its home networking coverage. Northwest Apple Pickers returns to action on Dec. 12 for its annual swap meet.
Finally, Dec. 13 sees another holiday party at North Carolina’s
brings in reps from the Apple Store and LaCie.
Macintosh User Groups interested in seeing their events listed on MacCentral are welcome to
send us their news. We post roundups of MUG events and gatherings each week.
If you’re wondering what user group events are happening in your area, visit the MUG Center’s
online calendar. Apple also hosts a
user group site
where you can look for a MUG near you or find out how to start your own group.