The Chico Apple User Group

Board of Directors

Ron Brooks

Vice President
Myron Flindt

Bob Huss

Sharron Mathans

Program Director
Ron Brooks

Novice Instructor
Ron Steinke

Tech Support
Bill Peart

Londa Coy

Londa Coy

Newsletter Editor
Betty Bilbo

Hugh McGuigan

Cody Henderson


March 17th – Scott Evans – How To Create Stunning Photo Books

At 7:30pm Scott Evans, a fellow MacChUG member will present information on how to make a stunning photo book on a Mac, iPad or even an iPhone.

Photo books are a collection of your favorite photos compiled and published as a treasured me-mento of any theme you choose. It could be a cherished event, a family vacation or any topic you want to memorialize.

Scott will discuss a couple of the different companies that offer photo books including, Apple, Shutterfly and MyPublisher.

He will share his experiences in creating amazing memory books using “MyPublisher” photo books software. He will even bring some of the photo books he made to this meeting so you can see what masterpieces you can create.

Come at 6:30 p.m. to join the “non-intimidating” iPhone and iPad classes. There will also be a Novice special interest group for Macs. A library of free books, manuals and CD’s is available as a resource for members to check out.

February 18th – Back up Plans for Macs, iPads, and iPhones

MacChUG, The Chico Apple Users Group will host its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm at the Masonic Family Center located at 1110 W. East Ave in Chico.

This month’s guest speaker will be Ron Brooks, Program Director, who will show us a few of the best (in his opinion) backup programs for our Apple products.

He has spoken to many folks in the past who have NEVER backed up their Macs, iPhones or iPads. And when disaster strikes (read; stolen, lost, broken, etc.), the big question is What Now?

Ron will discuss a few of his favorite backup programs and demonstrate how they work for all your Apple hardware.

Many of you may have received or purchased new iPhones, iPads or Macs recently, so now would be the time to get a head start on insuring your files, music, contacts, etc. are protected, should something happen.

If you come at 6:30 pm, you can join our separate tables for “non-intimidating” guidance and have fun using your iPad and iPhone. There will also be a Novice special interest group for Macs, and don’t forget to browse our library for books, manuals, and CDs that may help you become more proficient.

January 21st Ron Brooks Program Manager

This month’s guest speaker for January 21st at 7:30pm will be Ron Brooks, our Program Director, who will show us a few of the best (in his opinion) password managers for our Apple products. Many of them will sync with each other to take the concern out of keeping each device up-to-date.

Password managers take care of remembering all those passwords for you and can also help generate complex logins and passwords that are virtually un-hackable.

Many of you may have received or purchased new iPhones, iPads or Macs for Christmas, so now would be the time to get a head start on those pesky web-site password combos for your browsing, online banking, or shopping.
From 6:30 to 7:15 there will be Mac and IOS Special Interest Group meetings to learn more about your Apple devices.

Anthony Martinez – Apple Tech Expert – December 17th

MacChUG, The Chico Apple Users Group will host its December meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at 7:30 P.M. at the Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East Ave., Chico.

This month’s guest speaker will be Anthony Martinez, the resident Apple Expert at our local Best Buy. Anthony plans to be at our meeting at 6:30 so he can spend some “one-on-one” time with our members and provide answers to those nagging “how-do-I” questions you’ve been unable to figure out. If you come at 6:30, you can participate in our iPad/iPhone and Novice special interest groups or browse our library for books, manuals and CDs that may help you become more proficient.

November 19th – El Capitan

Anthony Martinez, an Apple employee working at Chico’s BestBuy store, will present an overview of the latest OS version 10.11 known as El Capitan and explain how it differs from earlier versions of the Macintosh OS. He will be at the special interest and novice group meetings before the general meeting and circulate among the members to be available to speak to individuals prior to his presentation. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of his presentation.

 The presentation will start at 7:30pm.

Mac and IOS Special Interest Group and Novice Group will start at 6:30 pm to 7:15 PM 

iPhone tips of the month will brought to you by Kathy Brooks. Novice Instruction by Ron Steinke. 

She has chosen 14 items that look interesting and you may want to investigate further online for the best prices. Come to this class and learn together. Help is available for each one of you with your questions.



Evernote Presentation – Thursday October 15, 2015

Londa Coy, one of our newest members, will be presenting the famously popular Evernote®,

a software product that’s been around for years and is widely used in the business community.

Evernote is a free program available on the internet for download in different levels. It allows the user to write everything from short notes to long dissertations. Photos can be included in the documents along with clippings from other sources such as the internet or scanned docu-ments. Documents can be shared between workers and made into slide show presentations using Evernote. It can be installed on other devices than your computer by synchronizing your documents between the Mac, laptop, iPad and iPhone. There are also Android and Windows versions of this app.

If you’ve been looking for an application that will handle all your note taking needs, you won’t want to miss this presentation.


OS X E: Capitan Review


Mac upgrade that’s as solid as a rock

Lots of new features in Apple’s latest version of OS X. Upgrade and get an improved Mac. It’s really that simple.

Article by Jason Snell of MacWorld – September 29th, 2015 – Link to article HERE

El Capitan, OS X 10.11 (OS X E: Capitan Review), arrives for everyone September 30, but I’ve been using it all summer. In these days of free operating-system updates, major OS X updates feel a whole lot more routine than they used to be. Apple has chosen not to roll out major OS X features piecemeal throughout the year, though, which still makes this the biggest change your Mac will experience this year.

El Capitan, named after the large granite rock formation inside Yosemite National Park, is very much a refined version of OS X Yosemite, a recognizable progression from its predecessor. (In iPhone terms, it would be Yosemite S.) Apple says this update is all about a refined experience and improved performance. But it’s traditional for Apple to take its no-big-deal updates and pour in a bunch of new features anyway, and El Capitan is no exception. This is a packed release, but one that makes sense as a follow-up to Yosemite.

Just the basics

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Before we get started, it’s worth recapping what this El Capitan business is all about. El Capitan is Apple’s marketing name for OS X version 10.11, the latest update to your Mac’s system software. If your Mac is running Yosemite (10.10), Mavericks (10.9), or Mountain Lion (10.8), it can run El Capitan. Beginning September 30, you can download El Capitan straight from the Mac App Store. And if you’re running an older version of OS X, you don’t need to do interim upgrades—you can go straight to El Capitan from Snow Leopard or later.

If the update will be free and readily available, what’s the big deal? Often people are trepidatious about upgrading their computers. If an app you rely on is incompatible with the new version, your entire workflow can be broken. It’s worth being careful and checking with the makers of any apps you rely on before upgrading—most will post compatibility information on their websites.

In the case of El Capitan, a few of the apps and utilities I rely on weren’t initially compatible, but most have already been updated as a result of Apple’s summer-long testing period. Most major OS X upgrades feature a lot of under-the-hood security improvements, which is a good reason to stay up to date, but some of those changes can also break software. Several of the apps I use, including SuperDuper and Default Folder X didn’t work properly with El Capitan, but SuperDuper has already been updated to regain compatibility and Default Folder X has a new version on the way (and a workaround in the meantime).

One of the security improvements in El Capitan is a feature called System Integrity Protection, which clamps down on the ability of malware to hijack your Mac by masquerading as a user with system-administration privileges. This is a good thing—but a few apps, including Default Folder X and SuperDuper, relied on that same vector to do their jobs. You can turn off System Integrity Protection if you absolutely need to, but it seems like most apps will be able to function just fine with it turned on. (It’s just that some of them may need an update first.)

Bottom line: I’ve found El Capitan to be a stable update, but you should always back up your system and check with the makers of your most important apps about compatibility before installing it.

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What’s Coming

iOS 9- Apple’s next major iOS update, coming in fall 2015

ios_9_ipad_iphoneiOS 9 is Apple’s newest operating system for iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad, introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8. iOS 9 builds on the content introduced with iOS 7 and iOS 8, bringing subtle design changes, refined features, improved functionality, and performance enhancements.

iOS 9’s biggest focus is on intelligence and proactivity, allowing iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, opening up apps before we need them, making recommendations on places we might like, and guiding us through our daily lives to make sure we’re where we need to be at the right time.


For more info check out MacRumors web site.

Thursday June 18th

Skype, FaceTime and Hangout/ Membership Appreciation Raffle

For our June Meeting we will have a presentation from Lon Halley about Skype, FaceTime and Hangout. The presentation will be about how to access, install, setup and use these wonderful free services and learn there many features. Gain the step by step skills to operate these simple tools. There will be a hands-on live demonstration of these products. Learn how to stay in touch with your grandkids, children, family and friends aimage004nywhere in the world. All it takes is a computer with internet access, or tablet or smart phone (iPhone or Android) or other devices. Learn how to use Skype on your smart phones. Learn how to call between different smart phones, i.e. iPhones and Androids. Bring your own device and you’ll be able to “play” with these video calling tools. A “bonus” product will be an actual “video phone” as well. Learn how to do groups calls with multiply parties, etc.. Learn about free options as well as low cost alternatives, i.e. Skype. It’s easier than you think. It will be A LOT of fun, too. It doesn’t require a lot of “techy” know-how. Imagine “seeing” the loved ones not only just hearing their voices. Join us
and learn how to stay visually “in-touch” from anywhere in the world (almost).


Membership Appreciation Raffle

This year instead of the Big Ole Raffle that so many of you are familiar with, we are going to have a Membership Appreciation Raffle. Some great prizes in store. Check back for more details. Secrets to be revealed. As always we’ll have some great ones!


Lon Halley – Computer Learning Center – April 21st 2015

Mac and IOS Special Interest Group – 6:30 pm to 7:15 PM

General Meeting  Speaker – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

For our May meeting, Lon Halley, a former professor of Business, Computers and Technology at Chico State, Butte-Glenn Com-munity College, Simpson College and California Baptist University, Mr. Halley has taught over 45 different college courses. He is has been active as a business professional in business, government and education for 40 years. He owns and operates the Computer Learning Center teaching companies, and individual computers and software applications. Active in the Chico Faith community. A Street Pastor and long time member of Grace Community Church in several  leadership positions, such as Missional Community Leader. Well-read in religious and spiritual literature. Family Christian Book Store employee.

Computer Learning Center, Includes classes such as: Digital Photography, MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Project, A.C.T., QuickBooks, Internet, Email, Web Page Design and many more!



Lon Halley - Computer Learning Center - April 21st 2015
Founding Beetstech with Cody Henderson - Sep. 21st
March 16th - Drew Swanson, CEO of The Mac U
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