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.


July is our summer month off. We wish you a wonderful summer, and please check back to find out our August meeting topic!


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!
 

Our December 6th, 2016 meeting featured: An iOS Christmas

(presented by Annette Davis, Rob Ellis and Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug December 2016 Meeting Topic - An iOS Christmas
A look at three ingenious gifts for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch users in your life, or as a gift to yourself

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go,
And wouldn’t a gift be nice
To pair with an iDevice?
Your loved one’s sure to glow from head to toe.

If there is a special someone in your life who owns an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, this season could be the perfect time to give a gift that is truly original, and Tuesday’s meeting showcased three of them. In the tradition of ladies first, Annette demonstrated a clever gizmo that 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. This combination of fun and learning can be enjoyed by kids from ages four to ninety-two, and particularly by ages five through twelve. Rob presented an amazing little device which, at long last, solves the dilemma of how to backup and transfer files and photos to and from nearly any iOS device and nearly any computer, including some very old computers with which iTunes cannot be used. Roger showed off a tiny wonder which solves a problem even more challenging than how to operate your mobile device while wearing fluffy mittens: how to transmit music or any other sound, from any iOS device or iPod, to virtually any FM radio, be it in your living room or car. For three possible solutions to your gift-giving conundrums, we hope you joined us in a winter wonderland of unique presents; and dare we say it, one of those presents could be for yourself. We learned about gifts ever jolly and bright; merry meeting to all, and to all a good night.

(See the December 2016 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 1st, 2016 meeting featured: Apple TV

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug November 2016 Meeting Topic - Apple TV
A live demonstration of how to use the Apple TV system to select, stream, watch and play whatever and whenever you want
When was the last time you talked to your TV? Perhaps it was when you could find nothing compelling to watch, or perhaps while ranting during a Presidential debate. Fine and dandy, but when was the last time your TV answered you? You might want to hold on to your armchair because, to quote Apple, “The future of television is here.” On Tuesday, Roger gave a hands-on demonstration of Apple TV (a small device which connects to your own television), and showed how to use its many features, such as navigating by using the impressive Siri remote with speech recognition and touch interface; perusing and using 8000 apps for Apple TV, from lifestyle to learning to fitness to shopping to food; playing over 2000 games by using the remote, with its built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, as a game controller to virtually conquer alien planets, drive in the Indy 500, and more; not to mention enjoying your favorite TV shows, movies and live sports. To usher in this new age of television, those who joined us on Tuesday witnessed a man talking to a TV and a TV talking to a man. Phrased another way, if you happened to ask us what is on TV tonight, we had some spectacular answers.
(See the November 2016 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 4th, 2016 meeting featured: Photos for Mac • Part 2

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug October 2016 Meeting Topic - Photos for Mac • Part 2
The second half of our two-part series: How to transition from iPhoto to Apple’s newer Photos app to organize your photos and make them look spectacular
Sometimes, once is not enough, and so it was with our “Photos for Mac” topic. With an outpouring of enthusiasm and questions at the September meeting, it soon became obvious that we would need a sequel. Literally by popular demand, on Tuesday, Roger showed more of Photos’ capabilities, including auto-generated Years, Collections and Moments views, organizing photos via Folders and automatically-created People and Places albums, editing photos with tools such as Enhance, Rotate, Crop, Straighten, Flip and Red-eye filter, expanding what Photos can do via extensions, displaying your photos on a world map, searching your photos by the objects and scenery in them, showing off your photos in beautiful slideshows, and the ability to create your own printed photo books, prints, calendars and greeting cards. Apple claims that Photos allows you to rediscover memories in beautiful new ways, and all things considered, we heartily agree.
(See the October 2016 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 6th, 2016 meeting featured: Photos for Mac

(presented by Roger Owens)

Mac2Mug September 2016 Meeting Topic - Photos for Mac
How to transition from iPhoto to Apple’s newer Photos app to organize your photos and make them look spectacular
Picture this: a free Macintosh app with which you can sort your digital photos, organize them by when and where they were taken, edit and improve your photos in various ways, automatically send those improvements to your other Apple devices, order printed goodies and gifts, and share your photos in numerous ways. In OS X El Capitan or Yosemite, that daydream is a reality, easily confirmed via a quick look in your Applications folder. Photos is Apple’s replacement for their iPhoto app, and its features list is impressive. On Tuesday, Roger showed Photos’ many highlights and how to use them, from sorting and organizing your photos to rotating, cropping and straightening, tweaking attributes such as color, brightness and exposure, accessing extensions, designing your own stunning, printed photo books, creating beautiful slideshows, and using iCloud Photo Library to synchronize it all with all your other Apple devices or even your PC. Both you and your visual memories will be delighted to learn that you do not need to be a pro to manage your photos well. Get the picture?
(See the September 2016 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 2nd, 2016 meeting featured: Small Apps with Big Features

(presented by Rob Ellis)

Mac2Mug August 2016 Meeting Topic - Small Apps with Big Features
A fresh batch of free, unique, wonderfully useful Mac applications
Much like an acorn, a parachute, a habanero pepper, a candy heart bearing the perfect romantic phrase, and Mighty Mouse, all of which clearly illustrate the concept that big things come in small packages, there are many apps for your Mac that require little storage space and open quickly, yet accomplish impressive tasks. What sorts of tasks? How about tracking parcels without needing to visit a single website, easing the reading of long lines without straining your eyes, finding words, synonyms and information almost instantly, easily keeping your Mac or your Mac’s display awake for specific amounts of time, and much more? Into every life, a little app must fall, and we have several. On Tuesday, Rob showcased a brand-new batch of diminutive apps which sport prodigious features, none of which will cost you a single red cent. We hope you joined us for some big information, and we assure you that said information did not amount to mere small talk.
(See the August 2016 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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