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

Volume 80, April 2005

Point of View
Mike Bridge, OMUG President

It is with mixed emotions I write this message to the OMUG group for April. I am looking forward to the future, whatever it holds. At the same time I know the first Tuesday of the month will seem empty without my Mac friends. The good friendships and camaraderie have made my time here very special. I don’t know if Apple understands that the people who use their computers are one of the best thing about the Macintosh. I wish you all the best. I plan to keep in touch and come to meetings when we’re in Ocala.

Thanks for everything .
Mike

We are continuing to cover the many sound capabilities of the Mac in April. Jim Alexander will be sharing his knowledge of sound production on the Mac. Jim’s sound production techniques will be done on the club’s iMac and between last month’s presentation and Jim’s this month, we will have a good understanding of the many things you can do with sound on the Mac. Now, if we could only learn how to do it.

Apple News

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
The news from Apple seems to center abound the
upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.4 known as Tiger.
Rumors have been flying that it will be released as
early as April 15. Also soon to be released is the last
update to Panther. It will be 10.3.9 and could be
released soon.

Apple has posted several items of interest about the
features of Tiger. Go to
http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger and download any
of the PDF files that show the details of these
features.

Quicktime 7 will also be released as part of Tiger. Two
new options, which will be assessable to Quicktime
Pro users only, will be new movie and audio recording
features.

iTunes versus DVD Jon
A hacker, known as DVD Jon, has found a way to
download music from the iTunes site that removes the
security feature known as DRM. This feature is
supposed to prevent someone from making unlimited
copies of downloaded music. Apple responded almost
immediately with a countermeasure that defeated the
hack. Today DVD Jon has already reverse- engineered
Apple’s protection and released a new hack.

Tiger for $95
Amazon.com is now accepting pre-orders for Mac OS
X 10.4 "Tiger" for $130 with a $35 mail-in rebate that
brings the price down to $95.

About the new Photoshop

There are rumors that Adobe will make an
announcement next week about the release of Creative
Suite 2 which included Photoshop, InDesign.
Illustrator and GoLive. The professional edition will
also include Acrobat. The new programs are expected
to ship in May.

New features in the new Photoshop CS2 will be an
enhanced Spot Healing brush, a new Smart Objects,
which "allow users to scale and transform images and
vector illustrations without losing image quality, a
Vanishing Point tool and a Image Warping tool. It will
also support non-destructive editing and the creation
and editing of 32-Bit High Dynamic Range (HDR)
images, features that have been requested from video
professionals.

Photoshop CS2 will sell for $599, with upgrades
priced at $149. Pricing for the entire Creative Suite 2
package is unknown at this time

.Macintosh Hints & Tips

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

Keeping Your iTunes Library Archived

As you continue to build your iTunes library, it’s
important that you routinely back up each of your
tunes. Fortunately, Apple made it easy with version 4
of iTunes, allowing you to archive playlists to DVDs.
But they didn’t provide a completely obvious way of
making sure which files are backed up and which are
not. That’s where a Smart Playlist comes in handy.
First, choose File > New Smart Playlist in iTunes.
Then, in the “Match The Following Condition” area,
choose “Date Added” as the first condition, Is After in
the second pop-up menu, and then enter a date that
you’re certain is before you started using iTunes in the
date field.

Leave the rest of the options at their default setting
and click “OK” to create the list. Then, name the
playlist “Tunes To Back Up.” All of your tunes will
appear in the newly created playlist. Now it’s time to
create your first backup disks.

To create the backup disk, choose iTunes >
Preferences and then click on the “Burning” tab in the
dialog box that appears. Next, select the “Data CD or
DVD” and click “OK.” Then, select the “Tunes To
Back Up” playlist and click the “Burn Disc” button in
the upper-right corner of the iTunes window. Insert a
disc and complete your archive. Depending on the size
of your Library, you may initially need more than one
disc to complete your archive.

Now, since you have a basic backup set of your
iTunes music, you want to go back and edit the Smart
Playlist so it will only show tunes added to the
Library after the current date. Then, occasionally
review the file size of the playlist by selecting it and
checking the bottom of the iTunes window. If you’re
archiving onto CDs, don’t let this playlist get above
650 MB before archiving the new set. If you’re using
DVDs for your backups, don’t let the playlist exceed
4.3 GB. Then, once you archive the next set, be sure to
change the date in the Smart Playlist accordingly. If
you follow this tip, you should always have most of
your tunes backed up, just in case something goes
awry.
TMUG Insider, Pleasanton, CA

OMUG Minutes

Ocala Macintosh User Group Minutes

March 8, 2005

Mike Bridge opened the meeting. He informed the group that he and Mrs. Bridge have decided to sell their home, buy a RV, and tour the country. Tim Rankin will be fulfilling the rest of Mike's presidential term after they leave.

Business:
Mike Bridge asked for members to volunteer to be on the committee to put together an OMUG calendar. He also asked members to display their Mac talents by submitting works for the calendars.

Program:
Our program was given by Jonathan Dennison, a seminary student, digital artist, and mac technician. Using one of his songs, he demonstrated the basic elements and workflow of a music program in Logic Audio and Garageband and how to create one's own songs and recordings.

Raffle:
Stan Piteau had the first winning ticket and chose a prize from the table. Alan Gold had the second winning ticket and also chose a prize from the table. Ed Swan and Stan Piteau had the third and fourth winning tickets. They each took the money prizes of$17.00.

Next month's meeting will be held on April 5, 2005.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Bollinger

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 Cameras call
Tim & Judy Rankin at 352-821-2201; Mon.-Fri. 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.

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

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TREASURER'S REPORT
March 31, 2005

Bank Balance March. 1, 2005 text $510.56
Income: March 8 meeting 50/50 Raffle Tickets $34.00

Total Receipts: text +$544.56
Expenses: March 8 meeting The Copy Shoppe (mouse pads)
Rent (Senior Center)
Refreshments:
Newsletter
Raffle Items
Jonathan Denison, speaker
-$79.87
-$28.00
-
$18.95
-$30.00
-$17.10
$-40.00
Total Expenses:

Bank Balance March 31, 2005

text -$194.97

$ 349.59

Respectfully submitted:
by 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.