March 5th mtg – Presenter And Sponsor = Microsoft!

As they continue their push for a new generation of tablets, laptops, PCs, and Phones, join us for a talk by Microsoft’s Chris Bowen!  Mr. Bowen is a Boston-based Principal Technical Evangelist for Microsoft and is traveling to Rochester to participate. Microsoft is also sponsoring the March event.

Of course we’ll have App Show & Tell from our own members, too, so be prepared to demo your latest app, in whatever stage it is in.

We meet the first Tuesday each month, from 6pm to 8:30pm, at RIT’s Center for Student Innovation. Learn more at and RSVP at


March 6th mtg – Tips & Tricks

For March 6th, we will be presenting/moderating a discussion of Tips & Tricks! They can be technical and marketing based.

For example, I’ll present a few lines of code that detect if you’re running on an iPad or iPhone and adjust the user interface accordingly.

We encourage you to be ready to present your own as well. You can email me some text and or screenshots and I’ll put them in my presentation, or send me a PowerPoint/PDF/Keynote to display, or be prepared to present from your own system.

Remember, presenters get first dibs on the prizes… and I have some great ones from CES & MacWorld!

Please RSVP to Meetings are at New Horizons in Henrietta, 50 Methodist Hill from 6pm to 8:15 and pizza/drinks will be provided.

June 7th mtg – App-cessories!

Our next AppRochester meeting is Tuesday June 7th, 6pm – 8:15pm at New Horizons, 50 Methodist Hill in Henrietta.

Topics/presenters/sponsors are PadBracket / ClayWare Games and vue-stand / Tango Products and I believe they will be raffling off some products!

PadBracket ( is an affordable wall mount for an iPad (1 or 2) as well as other tablets. You can slide the tablet in or out and have multiple brackets throughout (kitchen, office, entertainment room, etc.) the house!

The vue-stand ( is an affordable ergonomic iPad/tablet stand that you can take with you. It raises the tablet to a better reading angle, reducing neck and wrist strain.

Both are developed by local firms who will discuss the process of inventing, revising, manufacturing and marketing a physical accessory (or “app-cessory!). ClayWare also makes apps, including a video looper (free!) that highlights their accessory. I actually used it at a recent tradeshow, as WiFi wasn’t available so I played a promo video on a loop (the iPad can’t do that on its own!) Skip from Tango is looking for developers whose apps would benefit from his stand, as a potential cross-marketing opportunity (Jen/Zwirlz, for example?!) So this will be useful for app developers to try to work with both firms.

I will not be there, as I’ll be at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, and I’ll plan to present a trip report at the July meeting. Also, please consider joining Apple CIDER ( and attending the July picnic, where I’ll be donating hundreds of dollars worth of gadgets for a silent auction!

Please RSVP to which goes to Steve Maier as well as myself (Todd). Thanks!

Plz RSVP: May 3rd mtg, User Interface Design plus app review!

Greetings folks! Just a reminder of Tuesday’s meeting, at New Horizons, 50 Methodist Hill in Henrietta, 6pm – 8:15pm, and a request to RSVP to please! There’s no charge for the pizza and drinks, thanks to our sponsor this month, Mark Navarra of Modis (the recruiter formerly known as Ajilon – but your RSVP helps us plan. We’ll also have prizes, as always!

This month’s speaker is our own member, Gary Davis, a user interface guru, who will offer his advice re UI design and he will critique some of our members’ apps (including mine… yikes!) If you want to include your app, let us know. If it’s an iOS app, we can load it on an iPad 2 which supports mirroring, so we can try to display it on the big screen! Or you can bring your laptop with a simulator, etc.