As promised, we are pleased to announce the programme for the next twelve months. As well as our own members survey, choices were made based on the most popular activities at other UK Mac User Groups. Special thanks to committee member, Paul Sharp, who collated all of the results and presented them in a form we could read and understand!

Jan: iApps
March: Making the most of Apple TV (Mark Riley)
May: AGM and App speed-dating
July: New changes to iLife and iWorks apps (Brad Clark)
September: Lightroom (Steve Tarling)
November: iCloud and cloud utilities inc. DropBox, Evernote etc (Mark Elliss)
Jan: The Mac Cook Book

Several of our members (and most other user groups in the UK) offer a Q&A session at their meetings and to this end (and also to try and silence the complaints about our meetings not starting on time!) we will in future begin with a short Q&A. So if you’re coming along and have any burning Apple-related questions, please use this opportunity to seek answers.

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Speaker: Various
When: 29 January 2014

No more than 5 minutes on each of about 25 apps for your iPhone/iPad.
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That’s what sells a good app (and just about everything else, come to think of it) and two years ago a brave group of members hit the Suffolk MUG mic to describe why they loved their favourite iApps so much - but they had to do it in less than five minutes.

28 Apps later we’d just about choked up the iTunes server as members of the audience busily downloaded stuff they’d never heard of, and left the St Nicholas Centre with a bunch of new apps to explore on their i-devices.

So we thought we’d do it again.

This time, 13 members will be demonstrating around 25 favourite apps from all genres - business, educational, productivity, games, lifestyle, news, you name it. Once again, each speaker will be limited to five minutes (or face gobby Kwasniak and his cooker timer!) and we plan to pack in as many apps as we can.

Got an iDevice?  Don’t be App-rehensive - Bring It!

Here’s the full list

Maps & Travel
Martin RH : Galileo, PlaneFinderHD
Simon Parnell : Nav Free
Paul Sharp : Ski Tracks, Walkmeter, Next Buses
Mike Kwasniak : Yahoo weather
Information sources
William Crees : RedLaser
Barry Burns : Reuters Wider Picture, Zite
Simon Parnell : Reeder
Personal stuff
Simon Parnell : Secure Safe / Secure Notes, Diary
Paul Cudmore : Paypal here
Mike Kwasniak : ColorTRUE: – Creating colour profiles for iPads
Paul Cudmore : Camera+ for iPhone
Keeping in touch
Karen Honey : My Vacation
Paul Sharp : Mail Many
Barry Burns : Hootsuite
Mike Kwasniak : The Room
Andy Brobbin : Bloom (music)
Barry Burns : TuneIn Radio
Steve Tarling : Lingopal
Making the most of Apple TV
Speaker: Mark Riley
When: 26 March 2014

Got an Apple TV and want to do more with it?  Been thinking of getting one, but not sure what it will add to your digital life?  Just interested in all things Apple, and want to know how you can build a media library on your Mac?  If so, the SMUG session in March will guide you along the path; from getting started all the way to taking your Apple kit to the limits!

As well as setting up and tweaking your Apple TV, we'll be discussing iTunes Home Sharing, AirPlay Music, converting your DVDs, viewing photos, getting your home movies onto Apple TV, and using third-party products such as TV tuners and a NAS (Network Attached Storage) to build and hold your media library.

In short, pretty much all you need to turn your media digital!  See you in March!

Mark Riley became an Apple convert in 2006 when he started using Final Cut Pro.  From humble beginnings learning Audio-Visual skills in a church setting, Mark now also works with digital media in his professional life as a broadcast engineer: helping to design and operate the technology behind BT's TV services: BT Sport and BT Vision.
AGM and App speed-dating
Speaker: various
When: 28 May 2014

We aim for the world’s shortest AGM, followed by a number of stalls where you can chat to members with their Macs and favourite apps.
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Speaker: Brad Clark
When: 30 July 2014

OSX 10.10, iOS8, a new photo application, the departure of iPhoto and Aperture - there’s plenty going on at Apple this autumn, and here’s an opportunity to learn more about how it will affect you and your mac.

We’re delighted to announce that Brad Clarke will be back in Ipswich on Wednesday 30th July to take a scalpel to the new operating systems and examine all the new bells and whistles that are promised for the autumn.

As many of you know, Brad is a supremely talented speaker, with many years experience as a professional trainer at Apple’s prestigious Regent Street store in London. As well as knowing more than most about Apple’s operating systems, his specialist subject is (was!) Aperture, so it’s likely he’ll have plenty to say about Apple’s flagship Image Management software. Or the lack of it.

Warm, funny, hugely knowledgeable and plain English-speaking, Brad will, as always, be pleased to answer your questions and offer advice, as well as introducing us to two exciting new Operating Systems.

See you there!

Speaker: Steve Tarling
When: 24 September 2014
With his distinctive style and warm personality, Steve is one of the most sought after wedding photographers in East Anglia and beyond, and has photographed happy couples all over Europe.

Lightroom is Steve’s software of choice, and almost all of the work he puts in to creating stand-out images is done in Lightroom’s workspace. In this evening’s presentation, he will demonstrate how he uses the program on a daily basis, outlining not just his workflow, but how he uses the power of Lightroom to create dazzling images that wow his customers.

Whether you are professional or amateur, already using Lightroom or not (you may be contemplating a purchase with the recently announced demise of Aperture…) this is an essential evening for anyone interested in photography.

See some of Steve’s gorgeous images at - and join us on 24th September - and in the mean time, have a great summer!


iCloud and cloud utilities inc. DropBox, Evernote etc
Speaker: Mark Elliss
When: 26 November 2014