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

Volume 73-74, September/October 2004

Meeting will be October 5, 7 p.m.

Mike Bridge, OMUG President

Mike's Point of View

One of the things I enjoy about being an Apple user is the hoopla that follows the introduction of a new Apple computer design. The new iMac G5 has really got the pundits going. The sleek self-contained computer standing on a single brushed aluminum leg is another design that will be debated until the next iMac change.

When you look back on all the different Apple configurations through the years it shows Apple was never satisfied with the same old beige pc look. Mac TV, Newton, 20th Anniversary Mac, the Cube, iMac, blue and white G3, Gray G4, silver G4, iPod and the G5 have all showed Apple was willing to try something different. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. If it did not work Apple moved on and still tried new and different ideas and designs. I for one hope that as a corporation Apple never stops to “Think Different”. I hope mac users never lose their sense of style. Now I have to plan to go to the Apple Store to check out the new iMac.

Remember to bring your questions and answers to our meeting. See you there.

October Program

Since there was no time left at the last meeting (you haven’t forgotten that last meeting have you) to have our traditional question and answer session, we plan to make the entire presentation for September a Q & A session. Hold onto your hats, we have Rick Carlsen, a local school computer specialist, lined up to lead the Q & A. Rick is requesting that you take some time to work up any mac question you might have (try to pick questions that have answers) and bring them with you to the meeting. If there are no questions, you can plan on being home early. We had an entire Q & A session last year and it went very well. Just remember if you have a question chances are that someone else in the room has the same question and hopefully both of you will find the solution as well as others that just haven’t had the problem yet, but will down the road.

iMac G-5

Apple has introduced the iMac G5 IDE in mid-September). It comes in three models.

$1,299.00
17-inch widescreen LCD
1.6GHz PowerPC G5
256MB DDR400 SDRAM
64MB DDR video memory
80GB Serial ATA hard drive

$1,499.00
17-inch widescreen LCD
1.8GHz PowerPC G5
256MB DDR400 SDRAM
64MB DDR video memory
80GB Serial ATA hard drive

$1,899.00
20-inch widescreen LCD
1.8GHz PowerPC G5
256MB DDR400 SDRAM
160GB Serial ATA hard drive

All models come with a NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 video card , two FireWire 400 ports, three USB 2.0 ports and two slower USB ports, 10/100BASE-T Ethernet, a line-level audio input and a headphone/optical digital audio output. Video outputs include VGA and S-video/composite (via optional adapter). Bluetooth and AirPort Extreme modules are optional.

The software bundle includes AppleWorks, Quicken 2004, iLife/GarageBand, WorldBook Encyclopedia 2004, Nanosaur 2 and MarbleBlast Gold.

Adobe Announced Two New Products


Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0
Good new for those of us that use Photoshop Elements. Adobe will release version 3 sometime in the fall and is taking order now. The price is $90.

Adobe says that many Mac users now use iPhoto to do minor corrections on a photo and the new PS Elements 3 and iPhoto can be used in conjunction with each other. While retaining the Quick Fix of PS Elements 2, Adobe has added Smart Fix which can automatically detect and fix lighting, color and contrast. Both Quick Fix and Smart Fix have an option that allows you to control the enhancement levels manually using slider bars. Other new features include Spot Healing Brush & Healing Brush, the ability to use Camera Raw files, PDF slideshows, and Web Photo Galleries.

One of the more useful features will be the ability to display and organize your pictures in a manner similar to the File Browser in Photoshop. You will be able to view your photos in one central place—automatically shown in the order they were taken, find photos taken on a special day using a convenient Date View, Browse by day, week, month, or year, pick your favorites, rotate, rate, and mark for printing and compare the best of many similar photos while viewing them side by side using Photo Compare.

PS Elements 3.0 requires Mac OS X v10.2.8 or higher.

Adobe also announced Premiere Elements, a home video editing program that is a smaller version of its Premiere Pro. Premiere Elements automates tedious tasks so video hobbyists are free to experiment with effects, transitions, text and audio.
Premiere Elements will cost $99 and a combination package of Photoshop Elements 3 and Premiere Elements is available for $150.


Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard is has a broad new line of consumer electronics products and peripherals. They include plasma and LCD TVs, new inks that print long-lasting photos, new paper, new printers and multifunction devices, and a home theater projector with an integrated DVD player.
The products that would interest most of us are the printers. The $399 Photosmart 2710 is an all-in-One has fax, copier, scanner and printer. In addition, it can print wirelessly using its built-in 802.11g radio. With the addition of an optional Bluetooth adapter, it can print from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as cell phones. It supports the HP’s PictBridge standard for printing directly from cameras and memory cards. The 2170 has a color LCD for previewing your photos before printing them. It is expected to be in stores in October.

The midlevel model is the $299 Photosmart 8450 Photo Printer. It is a high-end photo printer that uses eight inks to add depth to photos. It is networkable via wired ethernet, so multiple users can share it. The 8450 can print from media cards or directly from digital cameras via a PictBridge port on the front, and it has a color LCD for previewing shots and doing some basic editing tasks such as cropping and removing redeye. It will be available in mid-September.

The new $199 Photosmart 375 Compact Photo Printer is designed to print snapshots on the spot. It is dedicated to producing 4-by-6-inch prints and can run on an optional internal battery or an optional car adapter. It weighs less than 3 pounds and has a PictBridge port and memory card slots, as well as a color LCD, and will be available in mid-September.

New Ink
HP is already shipping its new ink line called Vivera. Independent tests show that some of the new Vivera inks could result in a photo that lasts 95 years, and others could produce photos lasting up to 115 years.
The new HP 95, HP 96, HP 97, HP 99, and HP 100 Inkjet Print cartridges will work only with new HP inkjet printers and will range in price from $20 to $35 per cartridge.

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

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.


GIF to JPEG
Q:How can I convert a web photo (a gif) to a simple jpg?
—Jack Fowler

A: Assuming you’re using OS X, you can do this with Preview. First, drag the image from your browser to your desktop to save it. Control/ click the image and then choose Open With > Preview. Select File > Export, and then pick JPEG from the “Format” pop-up menu. (You can control the amount of image compression by clicking Options.) Now click “Save.” That’s all there is to it!
MacHOME HotTips

Bad RAM or Big Sham?

Plenty has been written for months now about bad RAM chips bringing down all sorts of Macs, especially newer ones. MacFixit. com reader Robert Nemoz has a different take on the story:

After boosting the RAM of my 12-inch PowerBook G4 DVI to its 1.25GB limit (by adding a Kingston 1 GB memory module), applications of all kinds kept quitting unexpectedly, whether they were in the foreground or in the background. This also happened whether I was running Mac OS 10.3 or 10.3.2/3/4.

I replaced the 1 GB module with the original 512MB chip that shipped with the PowerBook, and the crashes stopped.
I then called Kingston tech support who came up with the following and very effective cure: they told me to put their chip back in, then go to System Preferences, select the Energy Saver, then click the “Show Detail” button which then reveals the Option tab. Once in the Option tab area, they told me to set the Processor Performance pop-up menu to “Highest,” not “Auto.” Guess what? End of trouble.
Thank you, Kingston!

MacValley Voice, Sherman Oaks CA

Google Tips

Did you know that you can enter any calculation in a Google search field (even the one in Safari) and get a result without using a calculator? Just type the equation (like 8*74 or 100+7-6) and you’ll get the result. But don’t stop there! In addition to adding and subtracting, you can find square roots, nth roots, and logarithms. You can work with hexadecimal, octal and binary numbers. You can also find other results, such as the number of tablespoons in a cup or the number of inches in a half mile, or 20 m.p.h. in knots.

http://www.google.com/help/features.html#calculator

You can also search for definitions of words or phrases. Just type “define” then the word or phrase. For example, “define rheumatism” or “define social responsibility.” The definition will be at the top of your search related pages will be below that.
Scrumpy, Orange Apple
Computer Club, Costa Mesa CA

Is AppleWorks Slowing Down?

If AppleWorks is slowing down, go check this folder: UserName > Documents > AppleWorks User Data > Starting Points > Recent Items. Toss all the aliases you find there.
MacAddict Magazine
via Mouse Droppings, Corvallis OR

TREASURER'S REPORT
AUGUST 31, 2004

Bank Balance Aug. 1 , 2003 text $666.93
Income: August 3 meeting 2004-05 Memberships 30.00
(Ed Swan, Debra Bollinger, Stan Piteau)

50/50 Raffle Tickets

$30.00

$39.00

Total Receipts: text +$69.00

+$735.93

Expenses: August 3 meeting Rent (Senior Center)
Newsletter
Postalmaster (Annual Box Rent)
-$28.00
-
30.00
-68.00
Total Expenses:

Bank Balance Aug 31, 2003

text -$126.00

$ 609.93

xxx cash on hand $20.00 (Ruth Fraser Membership)

Respectfully submitted:
Judy Ranking 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 Art Golden 873-1530 golden@atlantic.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 and Digital Cameras : 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.