What Maria Arguello loves about being an Apple User Group Ambassador is the free perks she receives, including early updates on new products, online and print product training from Apple, and interactions with users from around the world, as well as special vendor offers with savings of 20 percent or more. Not a bad position to hold for a self-described Apple groupie.
Since Arguello became the ambassador for Princeton Macintosh Users’ Group (PMUG) in 2000, she’s compiled an extensive list of tips to help users work faster and easier. At the June members meeting, she will share her expertise in a live demo titled “My favorite Mac Tips, Tricks and Timesavers.”
The meeting takes place Tuesday, June 14, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Princeton Theological Seminary, Stuart Hall. Prior to the meeting, the “PMUG Answers” discussion group takes place from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Both meetings are free and open to the public, but members get additional perks. Learn more online at www.pmug-nj.org. For questions, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since Arguello’s presentation will be demoed live, the audience can follow along as she leads them through the steps. Here are a few of her tips:
Get Emojis quickly — Click Command + Control + Space bar.
Save all web receipts where they will be easy to find — Choose Print and then scroll to the Save to Web receipt folder.
Get to an open document quickly — Hit Command + Tab.
Give yourself more working space when your music console is active — If using iTunes 12.4, click the Song on the menu bar. The music window shrinks noticeably but you can still play, stop, fast-forward, and rate the song, etc.
Paste an address in Contacts in one fell swoop — Place the cursor on the street address field and paste the address, city, state, and zip.
Strikethrough words in your document quickly — Command + Shift + x.
Start apps using Spotlight — Hold down Command + Space bar and enter the name of the App on the Spotlight Search bar.
Quick Look everywhere — Click on the item and then click on the space bar.
Paste text from another document or source without its formatting — Hold down Option + Command + and hit V.
View the Desktop quickly — Go to System Preferences > Screen Savers > Hot Corners and set it to Desktop and then move your mouse to the Hot Corner to view your Desktop.
More tips – Show up at the meeting to find out.
The June 14 meeting also includes presentations from other PMUG members: Khurt Williams, vice president and publicity coordinator, will discuss Yoink for making file drag-and-drop between spaces or full-screen apps easier. Ben Britt, president, will discuss SeaMonkey, a web browser with IRC chat, HTML editing and more, and/or Paragon NTFS, full read and write access to Windows NTFS file system partitions. Jeff Gorman, owner of Creative Computing, will discuss iCloud, server storage and the file synchronization feature of Mac OS X.
In addition to her role as ambassador for PMUG, Arguello is active with another group, serving as the president, programs director, and vendor liaison of Main Line Macintosh Users Group in Paioli, Pennsylvania, close to her hometown in Bala Cynwood. She regularly reviews Mac software, vendors, and books which are posted on the Main Line website: www.mlmug.org/reviews.html. In her most recent review about cloud storage options, she gave a positive appraisal of “Creative Capsule” from Creative Computing in Princeton. When not reviewing software and working with user groups, Arguello helps clients through her own business as a Mac consultant.
Arguello grew up in Granada, Nicaragua, where her father worked as an archeologist and her mother worked as a fashion designer. Her parents brought her to the U.S. when she was between two and three years old to be treated for polio. After her successful treatment, she returned to Nicaragua but visited the U.S. several times while growing up.
After graduating from high school, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her education and become a U.S. citizen. She earned a Bachelor of Science Education from Loyola University in New Orleans, and a Master of Science Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
After her academic studies, Arguello obtained a teaching position in the Philadelphia school district where she would eventually become the head of the science department. One of her most enjoyable roles was teaching programming languages to a group of academically gifted students.
In 1981 Arguello spent the summer in China at Huazhong University. Working on a project headed by Temple University and Ohio State, she taught Chinese researchers technical terminology so they could publish research papers in U.S. journals.
Although Arguello has retired from the Philadelphia School district, the desire to learn and share knowledge is still a strong influence in her life. “That’s what drew me to the Princeton users group,” she says. “Everyone at PMUG has something unique to offer, giving members access to both a wide variety of topics and in-depth coverage.”
In PMUG’s words, its members are themselves resources to other members. PMUG is a forum for exchanging ideas, discussing problems, and making business contacts. The membership is comprised of a diverse group of Mac enthusiasts which includes business owners, accountants, artists, engineers, programmers, lawyers, doctors, and educators.
Other benefits include podcasts of the monthly meetings, disk utility software, and access to the members’ only area of the website which includes the Dialog newsletter, a help list, and officer contact information. The annual fee is $30; $15 for students, and $5 each for additional family members.
PMUG began in the early 1980s as an Apple II computer user group for Princeton University students, faculty, and staff. As the Macintosh became popular with the public, the group’s focus changed and became a community group that still meets on the University campus. Membership averages about 250, with an average of 80 to 90 people attending monthly general meetings.
The people who join PMUG come from all levels of knowledge, beginner to advanced. “The people are friendly, and you can get help with anything you need to learn,” Arguello says.