MUGShots: South Australian Apple Users’ Club

Nicholas Pyers
24 June, 2008
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The South Australian Apple Users’ Club (SAAUC) bas been in Adelaide since the late 1970s and now has a diverse range of members between the ages of 15 to over 80s. Skill levels vary from raw beginners to professional and power users. It is an ever-evolving group that still provides a wide variety of services and assistance to its members.

It produces a monthly magazine, called AppleSauce, which is provided in an easy-to-read on-screen PDF format. Back issues of AppleSauce can be downloaded from the web site and when you visit the site be sure to say Hello to Englebart!

Three different libraries are made available to members. The book library contains many current and older Apple-related books and magazines, including popular series like the Missing Manuals and Visual Quickstart Guides. The CD-ROM library consists of various material including encyclopaedias, games and utilities. And the training library contains CDs with professional training sessions covering a wide variety of topics to help you get the most out of your Macintosh — all from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

SAAUC conducts two meetings a month: the evening of the first Friday of each month and on the following Wednesday afternoon. The Friday meetings alternate each month between a major presentation one month and then a variety of Special Interest Groups the next month.

Special Interest Groups include: sessions for beginners, both to computers in general and to the Mac in particular; Graphics users which usually centre around Photoshop Elements; getting the most out of the Internet applications like Mail and Safari; and a session where you can bring your own Mac along to get assistance to troubleshoot some of your problems (this service requires a booking via e-mail first).

The Wednesday afternoon sessions are very informal and guided solely through the attendees’ questions and challenges. These sessions operate with the philosophy that the only silly question is the one that is not asked and members assist one another to solve these queries and difficulties.

If you bring along a USB thumb drive or iPod to meetings, SAAUC provides a free service for members to transfer larger system updates to avoid lengthy downloads, particularly for dial-up users or those with smaller traffic allowances. And you can purchase the Disc of the Month titles as promoted in Australian Macworld (and AppleSauce).

During the month you can stay in contact with fellow members; ask questions and get answers through the club’s mailing list and via the iVisit chat room.

SAAUC provides a number of different services to help members save money with computer purchases. Once a year it conducts a special "Buy, Sell, Swap" meeting where you can find many bargains on pre-loved computer systems, accessories and software. From time to time it offers bulk purchases on a wide variety of products and year round it promotes various discounts from local and international suppliers.

The SAAUC offers a Members-only section on its web site providing access to the mailing list; some great tech support links and info, and back issues of AppelSauce

To join the South Australian Apple Users Club, just attend one of its meetings and one of the friendly and helpful committee members will make you feel welcome. Or visit the informative web site and download the membership application, complete it and send back.

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