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.


We’re currently in the planning stages for our January meeting. As soon as we decide the topic, we’ll post the details here, so please check back soon!


Our December 5th, 2017 meeting featured: Ebooks and Ebook Readers

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug December 2017 Meeting Topic - Ebooks and Ebook Readers
How to find and read ebooks on ebook readers, Macs and various mobile devices
If the twelve days of Christmas leave you frazzled, what could be more therapeutic than curling up by the fire with a good book? This holiday season, that good book could be an electronic book, for ebooks and ereaders make perfect Christmas gifts, including presents for yourself. On Tuesday, we took a good look at standalone ebook readers, including the Amazon Kindle, Amazon Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook, and others. And if you prefer to curl up with something you already have at hand, we looked at various apps available for reading ebooks on other devices, including the iPad, iPhone and your Macintosh. We also discussed where to find ebooks, including free sources and public libraries. So have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light, but after the festivities, perhaps you can Kindle the Fire, find yourself a comfortable Nook, and settle down with a cup of Christmas tea and your favorite new book.
(See the December 2017 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 7th, 2017 meeting featured: iOS 11

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug November 2017 Meeting Topic - iOS 11
A taste of the exciting new features in the latest version of the operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
If you could drink iOS 11 (we don’t recommend it), it would probably taste sweet, tangy, fruity and fizzy. Many Apple gear users are aware that “new” is not always synonymous with “better”, but the features in the new version of the operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches are pretty wonderful, and particularly plentiful for iPad users. On Tuesday, Roger talked about many of the new functions in iOS 11 that will make your iDevice faster and smarter, such as drag and drop, a new Mac-like Dock, a new Control Center, a new Files app, a revised App Store, an improved Notes app with tables, a more intelligent Siri, built-in screen recording, improvements to Maps, Camera and Photos, SOS Calling, inline text pictures and hand drawing, and much more. The bottom line: with zero calories and 100% energy, your iOS device will feel invigorated, and so will you. If you have been hoping for a sweet update to your iOS device, iOS 11 looks to be a winner.
(See the November 2017 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 3rd, 2017 meeting featured: Talk to Me

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug October 2017 Meeting Topic - Talk to Me
How your Mac can read articles, stories, web pages, documents and nearly everything else to you
One of the loveliest sounds in the electronic universe is the startup chord of Macintosh computers. Nevertheless, your Mac can do so much better than that. While computing, you are, most likely accustomed to little more than alert sounds and perhaps the occasional beep, chime or whoosh, but your ears are in for a treat, and a useful treat at that. On Tuesday, Rob demonstrated the many ways your Mac can speak to you, including reading email, articles, news reports, your own notes, and entire web pages to you, as well as speaking the contents of dialogue boxes. We also looked at how you can choose your Mac’s speaking voice from, literally, an entire world of international voices and accents, and how you can get more voices, all of which are free. We hope you joined us for a fascinating tour of speech on the Mac, and we can happily assure you that, at the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting, rather than go out with a bang, we more likely went out with a “Cheers” or an “Au revoir.”
(See the October 2017 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 5th, 2017 meeting featured: How to Backup Your Mac

(presented by Roger Owens and Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug September 2017 Meeting Topic - How to Backup Your Mac
Backup and anti-malware strategies to keep your data safe
What is better than one Mac? If you will indulge us, we believe the answer is one Mac and an exact copy of that Mac, or more accurately, an exact copy of your Mac’s drive(s), as that is the perfect way to safeguard your data. On Tuesday, Roger and Rob discussed two methods for backing up your Mac and its external drives. Roger showed how to backup your Mac’s internal drive, and if needed, restore any or all of the files, by making use of a utility already on your Mac called Time Machine. Rob showed how to create bootable, cloned backups of your external drives by using a third-party app known as SuperDuper. We also had a brief look at some strategies for protecting your Mac from malware. Backup, rinse and repeat, bearing in mind that the rinse cycle is purely metaphorical, as bathing one’s Mac can harm its precious innards. Plato wrote, “There is no harm in repeating a good thing,” and backing up your Mac is very good indeed.
(See the September 2017 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 1st, 2017 meeting featured: Savvy Social Networking

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug August 2017 Meeting Topic - Savvy Social Networking
The scoop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: the smartest and safest ways to use them
Whether you would like to share your thoughts or photos, or connect with friends or loved ones or business associates, or communicate with others who share your interests, social networking can be a valuable tool. If you have never used the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or Pinterest, or if you are already adept at social networking but would like to learn how to do it better, much better, then our August 1st meeting was for you. With his main focus on Facebook and Twitter, Roger shared solid information about social networking, including security issues, where to find various tools and features, how to make the best use of Twitter’s 140-character limit, how to set Facebook options to control who can see your posts and profile information, how businesses and individuals can utilize networking, and how to have some fun, because all of this is, after all, social. If you thought tweeting was for the birds, then Tuesday's meeting provided a bird’s-eye view of social networking.
(See the August 2017 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 6th, 2017 meeting featured: Apple Watch

(presented by Tom Strouble)

Mac2Mug June 2017 Meeting Topic - Apple Watch
A hands-on look at the many features of Apple’s petite mobile wonder
Not so many years ago, wearing a computer on your wrist would have been considered either science fiction or a sure path to wrist surgery. Yet, stranger than fiction, here we are, living in a world where that is possible, and for that matter, in numerous choices of colors, styles and straps. The Apple Watch can access your calendar, use Siri to issue your requests by simply speaking, integrate with your iOS device or your Mac, alert you to messages and calls, track your physical activity, use Apple Pay to pay for purchases, monitor your heart rate after you realize how much you spent on said purchases, and, of course, show the current time, all on a beautiful, glowing watch display. On Tuesday, Tom guided us through the functions and features of the Apple Watch, explained the differences between its previous and latest versions, discussed its strengths and limitations, and showed exactly how to use it. Tuesday’s meeting provided a look at a gadget that appears as though it leaped from the pages of a comic strip. And speaking of comic strips, Dick Tracy may have been square-jawed with a knack for catching crooks, but Apple’s amazing piece of mobile technology puts his clever watch to shame.
(See the June 2017 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 2nd, 2017 meeting featured: iTunes Demystified

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug May 2017 Meeting Topic - iTunes Demystified
How to use the newest version of iTunes and make the most of its best features
When iTunes version 11 was released in late 2012, Apple made some new friends and lost many old ones. The changes to the iTunes user interface were, for some, utterly baffling, with some of the most-used functions virtually hidden when compared with previous versions. For many users, iTunes became a puzzle waiting to be solved. But that was then; this is now. In versions 12 and 12.5, Apple tweaked iTunes’ interface and brought back some user-friendliness. On Tuesday, Roger showed how to navigate and use the brand-new iTunes 12.6 to download, manage, listen to and view various types of media, and to manage iOS devices. We also looked at some some dandy bells and whistles in iTunes, such as audio and video enhancement and equalization, sharing your playlists, sharing your library on your local network, integration with Apple Music, “For You” music tailored to your tastes, AirPlay of music or video content to another device, music lyrics, iTunes radio, and more. If you had been hoping for a better iTunes app or wanted to get better at using it, Tuesday’s meeting was the perfect place to get reacquainted with iTunes.
(See the May 2017 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 4th, 2017 meeting featured: Widget World

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug April 2017 Meeting Topic - Widget World
All about using Widgets — great little Mac apps that you can get to in less than a second
Did you know that there are several handy little apps, already residing on your Mac, that you can open, all at once, in less than a second? Should you have wondered whether this was an April Fools’ prank, we invited you to join us on Tuesday, and time us. With the press of one key, in under a brisk second, you can have a rich variety of apps at your fingertips, and these little beauties are called Widgets. Widgets are wonderfully functional, yet small enough that you will be tempted to pinch their rosy little cheeks and pat them on their pointed little heads. On Tuesday, Rob showed the Widgets that came with your Mac, new Widgets, and how to find and install new ones without spending a penny. Widgets provide a world of different uses at your fingertips, such as checking weather, translating to and from many languages, counting down to specific dates, checking the delivery status of packages, looking up words in a dictionary or thesaurus, solving math problems on a full-blown scientific calculator, checking the battery status of your Mac’s wireless keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and oh so much more. Seeing is believing, so all who joined us learned all about Widgets — some of the handiest and fastest apps you have ever seen.
(See the April 2017 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 7th, 2017 meeting featured: Printer Perfection

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug March 2017 Meeting Topic - Printer Perfection
How to achieve great-looking prints and photos from your home printer
A day, a gift, a well-turned phrase, can literally be perfect, and prints from your printer can be equally perfect. However, many computer users have disappointing luck with their printer output, with inaccurate color, washed-out blacks, muddy contrast, and blurred or pixelated images. As vexing as imperfect prints can be, perfect prints are seldom the result of luck. On Tuesday, Rob shared many tips on how you can produce stunning prints, including how to set your Mac’s monitor for accurate color, how to use your Mac’s ‘Print’ dialogue, how to select the best ink, how to choose paper that will work well with your printer, how image resolution affects printing, and how to prepare photos for print. Getting accurate color from iOS devices is a horse of a different color, with fewer options, but we will look at that as well. All in all, your printer can probably perform better than you expect, and with some good advice and a few tweaks, it may yield results that are, in fact, picture-perfect.
(See the March 2017 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 7th, 2017 meeting featured: The Smarter Way to Use Apple’s App Stores

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug February 2017 Meeting Topic - The Smarter Way to Use Apple's App Stores
How to use hidden features, websites and software to find what you want on the App Store and Mac App Store, including great free apps
Is there a dream app with specific features that you wish you could find? With a world of apps — over 30,000 Mac apps and over 2,000,000 iOS apps on Apple’s Mac App Store and App Store, respectively — finding what you want should be simple, but is it? With no ability to sort by free vs. paid apps, no easily-found advanced search, no ability to open app descriptions in new tabs, and other issues, traveling through Apple’s app stores is much more difficult than surfing the internet. On Tuesday, Rob showed many clever ways around all these problems, including an honest-to-goodness advanced search, special websites that make searching easier and which only take you to an app store when you decide to download, actual sorting, and an ingenious app that automatically watches whatever apps you choose, and notifies you when any of them temporarily drop to your chosen price, even if “free” is your chosen price. You can indeed find the apps that you want. The trick is in realizing that some of the best methods for using the app stores are outside of the app stores.
(See the February 2017 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 3rd, 2017 meeting featured: A Tour of Sierra

(presented by Tom Davis)

Mac2Mug January 2017 Meeting Topic - A Tour of Sierra
An introduction to many of the new features in Apple’s latest version of the Mac operating system, and how they integrate with iOS
To kick off the new year, if you fancy a trip to an alluring location, may we humbly recommend Sierra. Named after California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Apple’s latest operating system for Macintosh sports many new capabilities. If you have been debating whether to upgrade to Sierra, or already have but would like a better look at what it can do, Tuesday’s meeting was the place to be. Tom explained Siri for the Mac and how to use Siri to search your Mac or the web, play music, check spelling, change your calendar and send messages; Universal Clipboard, which allows you to copy photos, text, videos or files on your Mac, and paste onto your iOS device, or vice versa; using iCloud Drive to access your Mac’s files from an iOS device or another Mac; using an Apple Watch to unlock your Mac; and more. For those who joined us on Tuesday for an excursion through macOS Sierra, we hope you enjoyed the ride, and happy trails to you.
(See the January 2017 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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