MacChUG

The Chico Apple User Group

Board of Directors

President
Ron Brooks

Vice President
Myron Flindt

Treasurer 
Bida Bock

Secretary 
Sharron Mathans

Program Director
Ron Brooks

Novice Instructor
Ron Steinke

Tech Support
Bill Peart

Membership
Londa Coy

Librarian
Londa Coy

Newsletter Editor
Betty Bilbo

Greeter
Hugh McGuigan

Website
Social Media

Vicki Tomatis

Google+

Chris Kent – Thursday March 16th

Our general meeting starts at 7:30.  Our guest speaker will be Chris Kent from Decisive Tactics.

Decisive Tactics, Inc.

 

 

Decisive Tactics, Inc. is a small software consulting company based in Richmond, VA with over 20 years of experience developing software for the Mac. In addition to our products, we offer custom software development services to a wide range of customers with a focus on scientific, forensic and security related applications.

Printopia and Printopia Pro

In March of 2015, we took over sales and support for the award-winning Printopia and Printopia Pro from our friends at Ecamm, after a successful partnership lasting years. We’re excited to take ownership of both products and are invested in moving both forward in the coming months. Printopia was a recipient of MacWorld’s 27th Annual Editors’ Choice Awards.

Tom Watson presents JixiPix Software

Tom Watson will be doing a presentation about JixiPix Software Thursday March 19th at 7:30pm. They are developers of Professional Photography and Artistic Software for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android. Earlier in the evening Ron Steinke will demonstrate the program Evernote for the Novice Group at 6:30pm.

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PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS
  • Professional Software for pros who want robust control over effects and layers. Includes a plugin for Photoshop.
  • Hobbyists and Enthusiasts for people who want quick professional results with support for high resolution images and output.
  • Photoshop Plugins for quick access to 18 Jixi products from Photoshop CS3+, Elements and Lightroom. Supports actions and batch processing.
  • Mobile Apps for creativity on the go! A large portfolio of photo, artistic and creative apps.

Christian Pickman – February 19th

Christian PickmanThis month’s Guest Speaker on Thursday February 19th will be  Christian Pickman of Micromat. Christian is the Product Manager for Micromat for many years. Micromat and Christian have been longtime supporters of Apple User Groups and especially the the Chico Apple Users Group. He will give a a presentation of TechTool Pro, Pro ToGo, and Checkmate.

Techtool Pro 7

The is most advanced version of the acclaimed Macintosh troubleshooting utility created in its 20-year history. Micromat has redeveloped Techtool Pro 7 to be fully 64-bit compatible, which allows the program to run more efficiently on the latest Macintosh computers. We also added a fantastic new RAM test that can find problems which no other utility can; and we also improved many of the testing, repair and maintenance routines.

Protogo 4 – featuring TechTool Pro 7 – The power of TechTool Pro – made portable

You’ve come to rely on TechTool Pro to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair problems with your Mac. With Protogo, TechTool Pro has another feature: portability.

Hard drive testing and repair – in your pocket

Do you have an old portable hard drive or flash drive lying around? Why not turn it into the ultimate Macintosh diagnostic, repair, and maintenance tool? With TechTool Protogo it’s easy. TechTool Protogo allows you to create a bootable diagnostic device that contains TechTool Pro and all of its most powerful tools as well as any of your own utilities you may wish to install. You can then use this device to boot, check, maintain, and repair Macintosh computers as needed. Simply install Protogo on your Mac, launch Protogo, and use it to set up a diagnostic disk.

Maintain and repair multiple Macs

TechTool Protogo ships with several ‘Profiles’ that allow you to start up, test, and repair multiple Macs.

Bring your entire toolbox

Protogo allows you to add other utilities, including those you’re used to seeing in your Utilities folder, to the devices it builds, giving you many more tools than your typical diagnostic DVD. Whether you have a fleet of Macs to maintain for your business, or simply have your family’s MacBooks to look after, Protogo can give you access to all the tools you need. With your Protogo device, you can start up more Macs more quickly than with a traditional DVD, and have the tools to get more done.

Checkmate – A built-in doctor for your Mac that spots small problems before they can become big problems.

Disk and system utilities, like our flagship product TechTool Pro, are great for repairing disk issues and recovering data after something goes terribly wrong. But what if there was a way to catch these problems sooner? What if there was a product that would continuously monitor all of the important parameters of your system and run regular diagnostic tests to detect small problems before they turn into complete disasters?

Introducing Checkmate, the computer health monitoring software by Micromat. We created Checkmate to be a powerful computer diagnostic product without being an intrusion to your work. The software observes your schedule and performs testing when your computer is idle. It then quietly logs results and stays completely out of your way – unless it finds a serious problem. Then it will alert you to the issue and open the Checkmate dashboard so you not only get a full report of the issue, but also read suggested steps you can take to correct the problem.

 

 

Meeting Thursday January 15th

Parallels Software Presentation

The Chico Apple Users Group (MacChUG) will convene on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM, at Manzanita Place (the Chico Elks Lodge), 1705 Manzanita Ave. for their monthly general meeting. Experienced members will host Special Interest group discussions at 6:30 PM for iOS, as well as iPad and iPhone use. If you’d like to learn more about your Mac, iPhone or iPad, plan to come early.

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Kurt Schmucker, from Parallels will be the featured speaker. Parallels software allows Mac computers to seamlessly run Microsoft Windows Operating Systems and related software. Over the past 8 years, it has become the easiest, most powerful solution for running Windows on a Mac, without rebooting and is fully optimized and enhanced for OS X Yosemite. For more details on the benefits of Parallels, be sure to check out their website at www.parallels.com

Visitors are always welcome and annual membership dues are only $25.00.

Monthly Meeting Thursday December 18th

Ron Steinke will present a close look at Apple Mail. Setting preferences, establishing rules to trash or remove unwanted spam and other features.

Kathy Brooks will bring some interesting features of our beloved iPhones and Ron Brooks will  talk about Microsoft’s decision to give us Word, Excel and Powerpoint for iOS without the need for a subscription.

So come early if you can. Special Interest Groups meet at 6:30 and our general meeting starts at 7:30.

Guest Speaker to present Greeting Card Program

We will have a guest speaker to present a Greeting Card Program on Thursday, November 19th,  at Manzanita Place (the Chico Elks Lodge), 1705 Manzanita Ave.

At 6:30PM  experienced members will host Special Interest group discussions  for iOS, as well as iPad and iPhone use. If you’d like to learn more about your Mac, iPhone or iPad, plan to come early. Visitors are always welcome and annual membership dues are only $25.00.

Kathleen Brooks will present Hallmark Card Studio for Mac. This software will allow you to create your own one-of-a-kind Hallmark cards for friends and family. It’s the fast, easy and fun way to create customizable Hallmark cards for any occasion – from birthdays and anniversaries to Christmas and Valentine’s Day!

Hallmark Card Studio for Mac also helps you capture life’s special moments with scrapbook pages, photo frames, stationery, personalized invitations, stickers and certificates. Included are personal calendars for monthly and yearly use.

 

 

Monthly Meeting Thursday Oct 16th

Due to some glitches with the sound system Ron Steinke, our Program Director, will present the program that we didn’t get to see last month. It’s  a series of short videos authored macmost website by MacMost.com on a variety of Mac topics including Menu bar basics & tricks, Private browsing, and Cleaning your Contact list. Meetings are held at Manzanita Place AKA The Elks Lodge starting at 6:30 for the Novice Meeting and 7:30 for the general meeting.

If you have questions about navigating the Macintosh computer, web browsing or iPad/iPhone issues, this will be the time to have them answered.

Meetings Resume September 18th

This month Ron Steinke, our Program Director, will present a series of short videos authored macmost website by MacMost.com on a variety of Mac topics including Menu bar basics & tricks, Private browsing, and Cleaning your Contact list. Meetings are held at Manzanita Place AKA The Elks Lodge starting at 6:30 for the Novice Meeting and 7:30 for the general meeting.

If you have questions about navigating the Macintosh computer, web browsing or iPad/iPhone issues, this will be the time to have them answered.

We’ve added some resources to our library pertaining to the new Mac operating system, Yosemite and iOS 8 coming to your devices soon.

Also, if you’ve moved or changed your email address, be sure to let us or one of the greeters know so we can update our records and stay in touch.

Annual Big Ole Raffle

Our Annual Big Ole Raffle coming to our next meeting on June 19th!

6:30 pm to 7:15 pm – Guest Speaker Allie Rumpanos will do a presentation about the Fujitsu/ScanSnap.
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – General meeting and The Big Ol’ Raffle.

Our major fundraiser for the year has thousands of dollars worth of Macintosh software and hardware, along with other great prizes to be raffled away!  Come early to buy tickets to help keep our club strong and alive.

Raffle tickets are: 1 ticket for $5 –  7 tickets for $25 – 15 tickets for $50

Participants must be members in good standing of MacChug and dues must be current to be eligible for prizes. For participants that are new members dues are $25.00 for 2014.”

Grand Prize The New MacBook Air!

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Author – T. E. Watson

Monthly meeting May 15th at the Elks Lodge. Join the Novice Group at 6:30 to learn all about the Mac operating system. Our guest speaker at 7:30 for our main presentation with Award winning children’s author T.E.Watson about some great eBook authoring apps. Our June Big Ole Raffle tickets on sale! Grand Prize is a Macbook Air. Stayed tuned to hear about the other prizes. More than 50 prizes.

 

“To spark the imaginations of children is to help them begin a magical journey that will benefit them their entire lifetime!” T.E.Watson

photo from T.E. Watson website

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