Official newsletter of the Ocala Macintosh User Group which meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Multipurpose Senior Center

Volume 75, November 2004

From the President's Corner

Point of View
Mike Bridge, OMUG President

While thinking about this months program it occurred to me just how much the internet has become a part of our everyday life. Not only do I keep up with the mac world on the internet, just about all of Rose’s and my interests have a folder of bookmarks. Before I buy something it gets researched on the net and sometimes the best price is on-line. If I have a repair on the house or car I go for answers on-line. We use on-line banking services. We can check billing status and billing dates. We review and reserve library materials on our computer. Staying in touch with family and friends via the internet is really a wonderful thing. Using an inexpensive web cam and free programs we are able to video conference with our family, much better than the old fashioned phone! When I look at it the list could go on and on. I’m sure you get the idea.

The computer and internet have become an important set of tools for us in our lives and if you lost you internet service in the bad weather recently it was one more of our conveniences we take for granted sometimes.

See you at the meeting to explore a small part of the internet.

Program

November 2 Program

This month's program will be a live on-line presentation. We will focus on Mac sites on-line sites to help you keep up with the mac world. Many times at meetings a site is mentioned and now you can see it. Bring along questions and suggestions on web sites. Looking forward to seeing you all. Don’t forget to vote before you come to the meeting.

New Products

Photoshop Elements 3

In last month's newsletter I told about the upcoming release of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. It is now shipping and if you want a really good deal check out amazon.com. They are selling it for the regular price 0f $89.99 but the good news is that rebates bring it down to $49.99. There is one rebate form that you download from Amazon, fill out and return for a $20.00 rebate. Another $20.00 rebate form comes in the box with the CD.

While on the subject of PSE 3, there is a new web site devoted to Photoshop Elements. It is http://www.photoshopelementsuser.com/. If you have a high speed connection to the internet there are 11 short videos available showing the features of this new release. Believe me this is a great a new program. I has so many features that it is like a mini Photoshop program. It has so many features that it is one program that everyone interested in photo retouching should get.

iBooks

Apple has has done a speed bump and price reduction on its iBook G4 series.
For $999 you get a 1.2 GHz PowerPC G4 iBook with a 12.1-inch display; a 30GB hard drive and a slot-loaded Combo drive.

For $1,299 it is a 1.33 GHz model with a 14.1-inch display; a 60GB hard drive and a slot-loaded Combo drive.

The top of the line is the $1,499 1.33 GHz model with a 14.1-inch display; a 60GB hard drive and a slot-load SuperDrive .

All models include: AirPort Extreme built-in; 256MB RAM, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400; VGA video out, S-video and composite video out support; Ethernet (10/100BASE-T); a ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics card and an optional internal Bluetooth module

1.8 GHz Power Mac G5

Apple has added a 1.8 GHz single processor Power Mac G5 desktop to its tower G5 line.

This new model, priced at $1,499 includes: 256MB 400 MHz RAM , a 80GB Serial ATA hard drive; a AGP 8X Pro graphics slot; NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra video card, 3 PCI slots and a 8x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW).

iPod Photo

Apple has introduced the iPod Photo, a model that allows users to store and scroll through photo libraries on a high-resolution color screen.

You can combine music and photos to create a slide show. If you plug the iPod Photo into a dock that is supplied with it you can play your slide show through your TV.

The i-Pod Photo comes in two models: a 40GB model for $499 and a 60GB model for $599. The iPod Photo comes with a a dock with audio and video out, earbud headphones, 1.4 meter AV cable, 1.2 meter 30-pin to FireWire cable, a 1.2 meter 30-pin to USB cable, AC adapter, black carrying case and a CD with iTunes 4.7 for Mac and Windows computers.

Check out the OMUG home page at http://angelfire.com/zine2/omug/mugshot.html

From the Macintosh Hints & Tips column created for the San Diego Macintosh User Group’s newsletter.

Navigate Easier
Command/Clicking the folder name at the top of the Finder window will show the entire path to that folder from the root of your hard drive. You can scroll down that list like any other to hop back in the directory tree quickly.
Washington (OR) University MUG

Moving and Copying Files
The most common method of moving and copying files in Mac OS 9 was to open the source and destination folder windows and to drag items from one to the other. In Mac OS X you can Copy and Paste not just bits of documents, but whole files and folders. Simply select the files and/or folders you want to move or copy, choose “Cut” or “Copy” from the Edit menu as appropriate, open your destination folder, and Paste. A common situation in Column View is that when you click your source folder to see its contents, you can no longer see your destination folder. How then to drag items to it? The following method actually works in any Finder view: Suppose you want to move a number of files from folder A to folder B. First locate the icon of folder B, and drag it to the lower half of the sidebar on the left side of the Finder window. (If the sidebar isn’t visible, first click the small oblong button at the top right corner of the window.) Release the mouse button. You’ll see an icon of folder B appear in the sidebar. Now open your source folder A, select the desired files, and drag them to the folder B icon in the sidebar. You’ll find on checking later that they were actually moved to the real folder B. Having finished with your ‘sidebar folder’ B, drag the icon off the sidebar. It will disappear in a puff of smoke. But that’s not all! Made a mistake somewhere along the line? Dropped the files into the wrong folder, perhaps? Before doing anything else, simply press Command/Z (or choose “Undo” from the Edit menu) and your action will be reversed (i.e. the files will be returned to their original locations). Yes, Undo really does work on Finder actions!
Apple Users’ Society of Melbourne

Rebooting without Restarting
Is OS X starting to act a little weird? Feeling like you should reboot the computer, but don’t want to wait for a complete restart? No problem. In many cases you can get the “cleansing” benefit of a restart just by logging out and then back in. Just go to the Apple menu and choose the “Log Out” command.
Crywolf Computers, San Diego CA

Minutes from Last Month

Ocala Macintosh User Group Minutes
October 5, 2004

Mike Bridge opened the meeting.

Business:
There was no business conducted in this month’s meeting.

Program:
Curtis Besley, Mike Bridge, Rick Carlsen, and Tim Rankin spent the evening troubleshooting. Those present at the meeting submitted questions pertaining to problems they were experiencing with their Macs.

Raffle:
This month's raffle prizes were $20.00 and $17.50
for the first two winners. Judy Rankin won the $20.00 prize, and Bob Docteur won the $17.50 prize. Carolyn Docteur and Art Bjork had the third and fourth winning tickets. They were able to choose a reward from the prize table.

Next month's meeting will be held on November 2, 2004.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Bollinger

Wanted

Looking for a pre OS X computer. I have an application that will not work in OSX Classic and need something that will work with OS 8 or 9. Must have a CD drive.
Alan Gold 353-861-1058 or alan@sysmatrix.net

Need Help with Your Computer?

Is your Mac acting up on you!? Crashing, freezing – or did it just die?
Need help with these and all other problems or repairs pertaining to Macs.
Contact Joe Pipala 352-343-2813; Mon.-Fri. 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.
macfixit@comcast.net

If you are interested in Scanners, PhotoShop or Digital Camera's call
Tim & Judy Rankin at 352-821-2201; Mon.-Fri. 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.

TREASURER'S REPORT
NOVEMBER, 2003

Bank Balance Oct 1 , 2003 text $609.93
Income: October 5 meeting Memberships
(Fraser, Weyer, Alexander)

50/50 Raffle Tickets

$70.00

$37.50

Total Receipts: text +$107.50
Expenses: October 5 meeting Rent (Senior Center)
Refreshments:
Newsletter
-$28.00
-
$5.92
-$30.00
Total Expenses:

Bank Balance October 30, 2004

text -$63.92

$ 653.51

Respectfully submitted:

Judy Rankin for
Clint Jones, Treasurer

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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 alan@sysmatrix.net

PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322 Judyrookh@aol.com

CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373 jjackson36@cfl.rr.com

General Mac Problems : Tim Rankin 821-2201 Rookh@aol.com

All the Board of Directors are available for help, also. See them on the Board of Directors page of this web site.