Official newsletter of the Ocala Macintosh User Group which meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Multipurpose Senior Center
Volume 59 - August 2003
The Way I See It
I would like our group to consider how we might go about replacing our present projector with one that is better suited for our needs. The ones available today are lighter, brighter and cheaper than the one we have which was used when purchased. The truth of the matter is that we can purchase a new projector that is far superior to the one we have for less money than we paid for ours as a used projector. A projector that will serve our needs should run around $1000 and there at least three different models that fall into this category. We do not, at present, have sufficient resources in our treasury to handle the purchase and still leave us a cushion to operate, but that problem could be somewhat alleviated if everyone would make sure that their dues are paid. I plan to send out an e-mail before you receive this newsletter with the names of the members who are current with their dues and if your name is not on the list, please see Judy Rankin, OMUG treasurer and rectify that situation (OMUG will thank you!). Now, back to the projector since our main purpose and goal as an User Group is education in the use and enjoyment of our favorite computer and the way this is primarily accomplished is through presentations. Those of you that were fortunate enough to make the July 1st meeting are aware of the difficulty that Vernon Murray had trying to demonstrate the various corrections he had made to his digital pictures using Adobe Photoshop as the projector and screen did not adequately reproduce what he was attempting to illustrate. The increased brightness of the new breed of projectors alone would be worth the investment as often there are complaints regarding not being able to see the projected images clearly. Our old projector is rated at 700 lumens and the new ones range from 1200 lumens upward meaning they are more than half again brighter than what we presently have. Be thinking about what we can do to make a new projector and possibly a new screen realities.
Still one of the most popular pieces of hardware that is added to the must have list shortly after the computer is purchased generally is a scanner. The first item added would be a printer and presently the digital camera is moving right up the list. Tim Rankin will present a program on Everything You Want to Know About a Scanner, but Were Afraid to Ask and the presentation will hopefully cover the basics up to and including some advanced scanning techniques involving a Transparency adapter which scans slides, negatives and could scan X-ray film. Also, a plus for those of you who are violently opposed to OS X, the demo will use Mac OS 8.6 mainly because the scanner utilizes a SCSI connection and works well with an older computer that runs both OS 8.6 and 9.1. Seriously, come out and lets see if we can show you how to really have some fun with that scanner you have and is not being used because you are intimidated by it.
It was decided at the last Lake MUG Board of Directors Meeting that we would initiate a new segment in both the LakeMUG and OMUG newsletters in which I would do a review of a book that should be of general interest to a Macintosh user. To kick off this new column, I have chosen a book that should be of more than passing interest to anyone who is contemplating moving to OS X from OS 9 (or OS 8x) as well as anyone who has already made the move and is still scratching their head regarding where do you find what you were used to using in OS 9 in OS X? The Mac book for this months review is a brand new one by Scott Kelby entitled The Mac OS X Conversion Kit: 9 to 10 Side by Side (Jaguar Edition) and it is published by Peachpit Press. This very cleanly illustrated soft covered book with 180 plus pages is street priced at $29.99, but some judicious checking of online bookstores should provide reduced pricing. This ingenious new book, created for Mac OS 9 users who are converting to Mac OS X, lets you start using it today by showing you how you did a particular task back in Mac OS 9 on the left pages; and on the right pages it shows you how its now done in Mac OS X. If you are one of those people who believes that the best ideas are the simple ones, youll absolutely love this book, because you can really start using Mac OS X today. One of the major reasons that Scott Kelby wrote this book is because his lovely wife Kalebra recently switched over to OS X primarily to use iPhoto and kept asking Scott where is so and so that she used in OS 9 found in OS X. He politely suggested that she read one of the many books available on OS X to learn the new system and she politely suggested that he consider writing a book that simply explained where things that she was used to in OS 9 resided in OS X and spare her all the heavy reading regarding the nuts and bolts of the new Mac OS X. Thus this great little book was born and it deserves a place in your library so your conversion will be painless.
The Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo started July 14 and several new products were announced. Some of the popular ones are detailed below.
One of the new products shown at the Macworld CreativePro show in New York was a labeling program called disclabel. Many people thought it the best label program yet. With disclabel you can create and print CD, DVD and jewel case inserts. It will import track lists from iTunes, (see graphic) iPhoto and iDVD, import images directly from iPhoto albums and print them on a variety of label and paper types. There are many predesigned templates available, or you can make your own, or you can download additional templates via the internet.
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Calendar of Events
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While looking for something to include in the Mugshot I ran across the rumors about new Apple products due soon (maybe September).
From the Macintosh Hints & Tips column created for the San Diego Macintosh User Groups newsletter.
One of the most glaring differences between OS 9 and OS X is the way folders are opened. In OS 9, double-clicking a folder opens a new window that displays the contents of that folder. In OS X, double-clicking a folder displays the contents of that folder within the same window, eliminating the previous contents. This can take some adjustment. There are several workarounds, however. You can hold down the command key when double-clicking a folder to force a new window to open. Those of you who genuinely prefer OS 9s folder behavior can make a more permanent change: Select Preferences from the Finder menu, check the option to Always open folders in a new window, and close the window. Things will now be back to normal. TMUG Insider, Pleasanton CA
Ocala Macintosh User Group
We have a number of volunteers who are available to help you with problems you may encounter using software:
PageMaker or Digital Camera Art Golden 873-1530 firstname.lastname@example.org
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CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373 email@example.comGeneral Mac Problems : Tim Rankin 821-2201 Rookh@aol.com
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