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December 13, 2016: Holiday Party & Gadget Gifts Revue with Doug Dixon
Apple's iPad Air 2 in Space Gray The members-only Holiday Party and Silent Raffle continues this year, which is PMUG's yearly fundraiser event with food and merriment, a chance to help PMUG, and possibly win Apple related products.

Premium raffle item: iPad Air 2, 32GB, in Space Gray
(donated by PMUG)
Other donated item: 27-inch iMac, Late 2009, good condition, 2.66 Ghz i5, 12 GB 1067 Mhz DDR3 RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB Graphics,160GB Intel SSD Hard Drive

Attendees & Volunteers: Please sign up
Please don't sign up for non-food supplies as there are leftover items from last year yet to be inventoried. We'll update you with those needs as soon as we can.

Food donations: any leftovers should be taken home.

Note! iconLocation:
Griggs Farm Condo Association Clubhouse
205 Griggs Drive (off Cherry Valley)
Princeton, NJ 08540
Location on Google Maps

Time: 5:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Parking: On the access roads, Griggs Dr, Billie Ellis Dr; Some spots in lots at Jonathan Dayton Ct, William Patterson Ct, David Brearley Ct; NO PARKING or ASSIGNED PARKING areas are subject to towing.

Internet Access: Xfinity WiFi internet connection available.

The Silent Raffle is similar to a swap meet, but more organized and fair. Everyone at the meeting can donate any Apple related product and buy raffle tickets. Tickets are 1 for $5, and 12 for $10.

Members' Raffle Donations are asked to be in good working and cosmetic condition: (no SCSI, ADB, or CRT monitors.) Junk should be recycled in your county or municipal recycling program. Apple related equipment must meets these qualifications: Intel Core 2 Macs, USB, hard drives, etc., iPhones must be unlocked, and books must be 2012 or newer. Members must take back any non-claimed items.

The evening's schedule:
  • 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.: Meet & Greet; Unload food and raffle items; raffle ticket sales
  • 6:45 p.m.: Dinner Members can sign up for pot-luck, other food items, and helpers. Please don't sign up for non-food supplies as there are leftover items from last year yet to be inventoried. We'll update you with those needs as soon as we can.
  • 7:30 pm: Doug Dixon presents "Holiday Tech 2016 - Riding the Mobile Digital Revolution"
  • 8:20 p.m.: Raffles Begin: only members in good standing may enter the raffle
  • 9+ p.m.: cleanup and loading of food and raffle items

At 8:20 p.m., the raffle opens. Each bidder places ticket(s) in cups next to the items they desire. The bidder must be present to win. No items can be held or shipped. The emcee picks one ticket from each cup and awards the winner their prize. Everyone has a chance to win and can submit more than one ticket for any item.

Comments or questions should be directed to Ben, Carol, or Khürt.


November 8, 2016: Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus presents "Working Smarter for Mac Users 2016"
Bob LeVitus at PMUG's November 2015 meeting — photo by Michael Blank
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Bob's presentation this year is Working Smarter for Mac Users, based on his soon-to-be-released e-book of the same name. His goal with Working Smarter is simple: "To help Mac users do more work in less time without procrastinating so they have more time to do the things they love."

In addition to tips for working smarter, Bob will demo "a few of my favorite things...," a selection of software and hardware he uses, loves, and can recommend without hesitation.

Plus: Do you know the best thing about being a Mac user? Well Bob does, and he'll be happy to show and tell you.

The Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus 2016 MidAtlantic Tour
  • November 7, 2016 - VMUG at 6 p.m.
  • November 8, 2016 - PMUG at 7:30 p.m.
  • November 12, 2016 - MLMUG at 9 a.m.

PMUG thanks all who made possible the Bob LeVitus 2016 MidAtlantic Tour!

About the presenter...
Bob LeVitus, often referred to as "Dr. Mac," has been writing about Apple technology for over twenty-five years. He's written or co-written more than 65 popular computer books, with over two million copies sold worldwide. His most recent titles include: iPhone for Dummies, macOS Sierra for Dummies, and the upcoming iPad for Dummies —all for Wiley Publishing. For over 15 years Bob has also been the Apple technology columnist for the Houston Chronicle, penning the Dr. Mac column on Tuesdays in print and Wednesdays on the Web.


October 11, 2016: "Introducing macOS Sierra and iOS 10" with Apple's Dave Marra
Dave Marra at PMUG's March 2013 meeting — photo by Michael Blank
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Apple's Dave Marra returns to demonstrate the company's latest Mac operating system update — macOS Sierra (Mac OS X 10.12,) which features Siri on the Mac, a Universal Clipboard between macOS and iOS, macOS login with the Apple Watch, iCloud Drive, Apple Pay, Optimized Storage to free up hard drive space, and much more.

Dave will also show iOS 10, which features updates to the Messages, Maps, and Photos apps.

 
 
 

About the presenter...
As a Senior Systems Engineer for Apple, Dave Marra has conducted thousands of technology presentations, keynote addresses and workshops for schools, Mac and PC user groups, businesses and other professional organizations across the United States and Canada. Certified as both an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator and an Apple Certified Systems Administrator, his specialty areas include digital multimedia, Internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration.


September 13, 2016: "Airmail 3: The e-mail app Apple should have made"
<b>Khürt Williams</b> at PMUG's February 2016 meeting (left,) and <b>Chris Boraski</b> at PMUG's September 2014 meeting (right.)</b> at the September 2014 PMUG meeting — Photos by Michael Blank
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Khürt Williams and Chris Boraski will demonstrate the core features of Airmail, a powerful mail client for Mac, and the latest generation of iOS devices — which includes the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch.

Airmail offers fast document previewing, and native integration with other apps and services for a frictionless workflow. The program supports popular mail services such as Gmail, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, IMAP (iCloud, Yahoo, etc) and POP3.

The program also integrates with cloud-based services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, Wanderlust, Google Tasks, Pocket, Omnifocus, Fantastical, Todoist, Clear, Evernote, Drafts 4, Editorial, Things, and more via iOS extensions.

So join us for the September meeting, and you'll understand why Khürt and Chris dub Airmail, "the e-mail app Apple should have made."

About the presenters...

Khürt L. Williams, PMUG's Vice President, is a husband, father, information security professional, avid photographer and *NIX geek. He is the principal of Monkey Hill, LLC an information security risk management consulting firm.

Chris Boraski is a technical leader, communicator, coder and entrepreneur specializing in mobile app & Web design and development. Chris is currently the Sr. iOS Development Lead at mobile startup Kiswe Mobile. Chris is also the Co-Founder / Co-Organizer of Princeton Tech Meetup, and a past President of Princeton Toastmasters.


No Meetings July & August, Meetings Resume September

PMUG is on Summer vacation.

The next PMUG meeting will be September 13, 2016
for AirMail 3 for Mac with Khürt Williams, PMUG Vice President and Publicity Coordinator.


June 14, 2016: Members' Night
Icons for iCloud, Mac OS, Yoink, SeaMonkey, and Paragon NTFS
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At Members' Night we have various members share their areas of expertise with the group in short 15-20 minute presentations.

iCloud (server storage and file synchronization feature of Mac OS X) with Jeff Gorman, "PMUG Answers" Discussion Group Leader and owner of Creative Computing.

"My favorite Mac tips, tricks and timesavers" with Maria Arguello, PMUG Ambassador.

"More Photo Stuff (missed from last meeting)" with Bill Achuff.

Yoink (makes file drag-and-drop between Spaces or full-screen apps easier) with Khürt Williams, PMUG Vice President and Publicity Coordinator.

SeaMonkey (Web browser with IRC chat, HTML editing, and more) and/or Paragon NTFS (full read and write access to Windows NTFS file system partitions) with Ben Britt, PMUG President.


May 10, 2016: Tips & Tricks To Make Your Images "Pop"
Bill Achuff at PMUG's June 2015 meeting
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The ability to digitally capture moments in our lives, is now in the hands of almost everyone. Cameras have become as commonplace as has the mobile phone. MY how our lives have changed.

Many of us communicate with one another through photography—facilitated by resources like Flickr, Instagram, and Facebook. But just as not everyone who writes, can write WELL, not everyone who snaps a photo can capture an image that can convey a positive message.

Bill Achuff will review some of the applications he uses to process the majority of his photos, including some that are free and many that are inexpensive and relatively easy to use. He's presented on Lightroom and Photoshop in the past, so this time he'll steer clear of the mainstream and set sail into lesser charted waters.

"Recently I've begun trying to differentiate my work, even common photos, from those of others," Bill says, "so I make extensive use of applications like: On1 Photo 10, Smart Photo Editor Studio, PostworkShop, FX Photo Studio Pro, photoFXlab, etc. Turning my photos into oils, watercolors, sketches, and cartoons stimulates my imagination BEYOND finding the perfect, or NOT so perfect subject, and photographing it in a unique way."

About the presenter...
Bill Achuff's most recent career—that of professional photographer, has extended more than a decade. He's chosen not to specialize in one particular genre, instead opting for variety and diversity in the subjects he photographs. "News photography gave me that," Bill says, "but the need for professional photography has diminished. More and more news outlets are quite content accepting photos from ANYONE, so long as they're timely and free."


Meeting Time and Location
The general meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

The PMUG Answers discussion group is held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (see below.)

Meeting Location

Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary, room 6 (second floor) will be the location of PMUG's general meeting.


April 12, 2016 - 2Reimagine: Princeton Public Library's New Second Floor
From Princeton Public Library: Janet Hauge  (left), Technology Initiatives Librarian, and Erica Bess (right), Head of Adult Services
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This spring, Princeton Public Library will undergo a renovation of its second floor, which will provide improved spaces and services to support the ways that people work, study, and learn today.

Erica Bess and Janet Hauge of the library will share a preview of the exciting changes to come, including a fully-equipped technology instruction area, a collaborative resource hub, and new ways to discover the library's collections.

 
 
 

About the presenters...
Erica Bess is Assistant Director at Princeton Public Library. In addition to overseeing all public service functions, she is the manager of internal operations for the library's 2Reimagine renovation project. Prior to joining PPL in 2011, Erica was Head of Adult Programming and the Louise Parker Berry Fellow at Darien Library in Darien, CT. She received an MLIS from Rutgers University in 2007.

Janet Hauge, Head of Adult Services at Princeton Public Library, has worked in NJ libraries since 2007. Formerly the Technology Initiatives Librarian, and now as the manager of the department, Janet is devoted to exploring emerging trends promote 21st century library services for the benefit of the Princeton community.


March 8, 2016: iPad Tips and Tricks
photo of Caitlin Trought Caitlin Trought will present iPad and iPhone tips and tricks for iOS 9. She will touch on some basics, and present interesting ways to organize and use the many features of these iOS devices. Caitlin will provide information for both beginner and advanced users, and provide a few apps to check out.

About the presenter...
Caitlin Skobo-Trought is a self-proclaimed "tech geek" with a passion for technology and for helping others with tech-related needs. She is the Learning Systems Manager at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, NJ where part of her job is to provide one-on-one training and assistance to faculty and staff in the school-wide iPad program. Caitlin's specialty is with Apple products, having served as a Mac Specialist and iPod Genius in Apple stores in VA and NJ.

 

Note! icon Traffic Note

3/7/16 Update: Route 206 between Hutchinson Drive and Lovers Lane is now open to traffic. There could still be lane closures to overnight or off-peak traffic for bridge construction work.


Notice as of 3/6/16

Members who plan to attend to meeting should note that emergency repairs to Stony Brook bridge have forced NJDOT to close Route 206 between Hutchinson Drive and Lovers Lane until further notice.

Route 206 southbound traffic is diverted to Route 518 to Carter Rd, and northbound traffic is diverted Carter Rd. to Route 518. A second detour diverts southbound traffic onto Hutchinson Drive to Mercer Rd. to Lovers Lane and northbound traffic vice versa.

For more on the Stony Brook Bridge situation:


February 9, 2016: Managing multiple Apple Mail accounts and ConceptDraw
<b>Jeff Gorman</b> at the September 2015 PMUG meeting, and <b>Rob Golding</b> at the September 2014 PMUG meeting — Photos by Michael Blank
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Two PMUG members will demonstrate different software packages for tonight's meeting.

First, Jeff Gorman will show us some considerations and tips to use OS X Apple Mail with multiple e-mail accounts.

Then Rob Golding will introduce us to ConceptDraw, a business and technical diagramming program. The software may be used for various types of drawings: business diagrams and flowcharts, network diagrams and software charts, technical drafts, floor and landscape plans.

About the presenters...

Jeff Gorman is the "PMUG Answers" Discussion Group Leader and owner of Creative Computing.

Rob Golding is a past President of PMUG, and is a chemist at Firmenich.


January 12, 2016: Running your business with AccountEdge
photo of Lauren Kasper
No matter if you run a flower shop, design studio, or custom furniture manufacturer, AccountEdge small business accounting and point of sale software grows with your business, right from your Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

Lauren Kasper, Marketing Specialist for Acclivity, will show how AccountEdge can be used to create sales, track purchases, handle your banking, process payroll and inventory, track and bill time, manage your customers and vendors, and access over 200 financial reports.

Join us for the January meeting and learn how AccountEdge can help maintain a well-organized, successful business.

About the presenter...

Lauren Kasper has been with Acclivity for over eight years. She started in technical support, moved over to sales, and has spent the last few years supporting the company's partners and hosting events for AccountEdge.

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