User Group Report #409: Vendor Deals from Adobe International Training Conference, Steel Blue Sky, Monthly MUG Deals, News & More!


A variety of vendor deals, offers and services, user group activites at Macworld Expo and The MacDesign Conference, along with MUG news and more are featured in this edition.

Rod Harlan
Rod Harlan, Executive Director of The Digital Video Professionals Association, gives us the heads-up on saving $100 and having the DVPA help subsidize your hotel for a holiday weekend Hawaii. Rod also explains what the DVPA is, and some of the benefits they offer their members.
David Sterling
David Sterling of Steel Blue Sky will give us an introduction to his company’s professional-level web hosting, and explains how your group can qualify to receive his company’s services free for one year!

User Group Report #408: “Dr. Mac” Bob LeVitus, User Group News and Events, & MUG Center Resources Review


A celebrity user group supporter, upcoming user group events and news, and some of the resources The MUG Center offers to make your user group better are included in this edition.

Bob LeVitus
“Dr. Mac” Bob LeVitus, author of Panther for Dummies and Dr. Mac: The OS X Files, Panther Edition, talks about both recent and upcoming user group appearances, his latest project and what it makes it different, why he may change his name to “Dr. GarageBand,” how you can get him to visit your user group.

User Group Report #407: iPodLounge User Group, Vendor Deals for MUGs, & User Group News & Events


A new online user group for iPod users by the leading iPod web site, the monthly user group deals, user group news and events, and more in this edition.

Dennis Lloyd
Dennis Lloyd, founder and publisher of iPodLounge, talks about his site, the new iPodLounge User Group, and why he feels that the user group model will benefit both his site and the many iPod enthusiasts who congregate there.

User Group Report #406: In House Film Festival, Macsimum Perspective, CodeTek Studios, CampusMovieFest & Mac User Group Day at O’Reilly


A new Final Cut Pro film festival not just for professionals, a brand new web site from a long-time user group advocate, one vendor’s MUG support story, new campus group video events, and a day just for MUGs fill out this edition.

Orlando Luna
Orlando Luna of the South Florida Final Cut Pro Users Group, and one of the organizers of the In House Film Festival, talks about his group, FCP groups in general, and their partnership with the Gold Coast Macintosh Users Group to produce a new event based on Apple’s video technologies for amateurs and professionals alike.
Dennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers, a long-time friend and advocate of user groups, joins us to announce the opening of his brand new web site, Macsimum Perspective. You’ve read Dennis’ work on MacCentral and MacMinute for years, and heard him speak in the User Group Lounge at Macworld Expos. Find out what his latest offering has for user groups.
Bill Goldstein
Bill Goldstein of CodeTek Studios outlines his company’s products and their support of user groups, including free product downloads, discounts, User Group University support, and a soon-to-be-announced rebate program.
David Roemer
David Roemer of Ideas United tells us about his company’s first round of events at various colleges and universities in Georgia, called CampusMovieFest, the premier night to be held at Atlanta’s Fox Theater, how they are partnering with a major airline (yes, airline), and how campus groups can tap into their expertise and resources.
Marsee Henon
Marsee Henon of O’Reilly gives us a look at Mac User Group Day, the speakers and sessions, and what visitors to the O’Reilly campus for the event can expect on April 24.

User Group Report #405: Non-Profit Status for MUGs, the AppleWorks News Service, Bonnie Mitchell, and Washington University MUG


Deciding on filing for non-profit status for your user group, a new newsletter content resource, a visit from an old friend, and another iMovieFest on campus are included in this edition. We also talk about the Surfboard, this month’s vendor deals and the MUG Event Calendar.

Rick Ortiz
Rick Ortiz of the Maui Apple Users Society talks about filing for non-profit status for your group, what classifications you should consider, and why you may or may not want to do the paperwork.
Warren Williams
Warren Williams of The Appleworks Users Group tells us about how his group supports other MUGs through a variety of resources and discounts, including a source for quality newsletter content, The Appleworks News Service.
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Bonnie Mitchell makes a return visit to the User Group Report to talk about what she’s been up to since the demise of one of the user group supporting-companies ever, Casady & Greene.

Courtney Bolton Steve Gabster

Courtney Bolton and Steve Gabster of the Washington University Macintosh Users Group profile their group and their upcoming iMovieFest. Courtney discusses her status as an Apple Campus Rep in relation to the user group, and Steve talks about his involvement as Ambassador, and the perpetuation of the group.