SVMUG Mtg Dec 21, 2015 POTLUCK & Allison Sheridan - Photos & Macphun’s Creative Kit 2016

posted Dec 18, 2015, 4:54 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our “usual” room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM at Google in Mountain View, CA. See below for details and directions.

DECEMBER IS OUR ANNUAL POTLUCK TIME! See latest Potluck list below this posting

December’s meeting includes our annual holiday potluck so please bring something yummy to share at the party. Remember to bring your own serving spoons, tongs, hot plates, etc., for your particular dish. We will provide powerstrips, paper plates and napkins, plastic forks, spoons, cups.

We’ll have about an hour or so to relax with some good food and svmug friends. Meet someone new!

TOPIC & SPEAKER:  Photos & Macphun’s Creative Kit 2016 - Allison Sheridan

Allison bit the bullet and moved from Aperture over to the new Apple Photos.  While Photos is much more capable than people give it credit, she still wanted more.  Macphun has created a set of tools that work both as standalone apps and as plugins for Photos (or Aperture, or Lightroom). She will demonstrate for us the suite Macphun calls Creative Kit 2016, which includes Focus, FX Photo Studio, Intensify, Snapheal and Tonality. If there’s time left she’ll show us Aurora HDR Pro as well, which is their newest product created in conjunction with well known HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff.  If you haven’t seen Allison speak before, you’re in for a treat as she teaches and entertains with her own unique style.


Allison Sheridan is the host of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast - a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias - which has been running for over 10 years with more than 550 episodes. She is also the host of the tech interview show Chit Chat Across the Pond with over 400 episodes. Allison produces the NosillaCast & Chit Chat Across the Pond as weekly audio podcasts and an extensive blog at She also broadcasts the creation of the NosillaCast live on video every week. You may also have seen or heard Allison on Tech News Today and MacBreak Weekly on the TWiT Network, the Daily Tech News Show, Let’s Talk Photography and Let’s Talk Apple, the Mac Roundtable, Clockwise, Mac Geek Gab, Cordkillers, the Pocket Show and Mac Show on the British Tech Network, the SMR Podcast, Tech’s Message, The Productive Woman Podcast, as a screencaster on ScreenCasts Online and as a columnist in SCO Magazine. She was a speaker at Macworld and on the Mac Geek Cruise. She is very generous with her time and has presented to many Mac/Apple user groups including ours several times!

Follow Allison on Twitter: @podfeet @nosillacast


We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. Often there is a giant white mobile "Hair cut van" OR black HIT (High Intensity Training) truck in the parking lot near where a cafeteria for Google employees and the Bodega Bay room are located. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. There is also a series of electric vehicle chargers and their parking spaces next to the building where we meet.

Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043



If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".


-- From Highway 101, take the Amphitheater Parkway exit, which is also Rengstorff Avenue; Head North.

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.

NOTE:  If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van or black mobile fitness truck parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.



6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge in the lobby.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:25 PM - Presentation - Allison Sheridan showing the MacPhun extensions for Photos

8:10 PM - Potluck Time!

9:30 PM - All done!  Clean up after ourselves and go.



Feb 22 - MEETING ON THE 4TH MONDAY, DUE TO HOLIDAY; Speaker: Jim Dalrymple

Mar 21 - Topic TBD

Apr 18 - Topic TBD

NOTE:  We are busy working on getting speakers for future months! Is there a new product or technology you think the group would like to know about? Who would you like us to bring back? Do you have a contact for us? Let us know.



SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

SVMUG meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of each month (with some holiday exceptions). Meetings are free and open to the public. Audience members may arrive or depart at their convenience, so feel free to arrive late, or leave early if you wish.

SVMUG started as the South Bay branch of the Berkeley Mac User Group (BMUG), and lives on after the dissolution of the main organization. We hold monthly meetings on the Google campus in Mountain View, focusing on user support, vendor demonstrations, and community contacts.



Did you know that we have a Yahoo Group Email List?  You can join here:

The email list is where the announcements are sent and members can ask questions at any time. You can set your email settings to get individual emails or a daily digest or only the special announcements like this one. Or, if you prefer no emails, you can just go directly to the yahoo group to read the messages there. You can always check the website for announcements.

LOCAL MAC GROUPS (If yours is not listed, let us know!)

Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at

Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at

Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at 

BMUG West, at 

East Bay Mac User Group, at 

San Leandro Mac User Group, at 

North Coast Mac User Group, at 

Planet Mac User Group, at