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

Volume 84, August 2005

The Way I See It

Tim Rankin, President

Macs and Creativity

For a lot longer period of time than I have been using
an Apple computer (circa 1993), there has been the
perception that, in general, Macintosh computers were
more likely to be used by those who are creative
(artists, musicians, etc.) and the Windows PC’s were more likely to be used by number crunchers (read
that for business). Truthfully, that line between the two platforms is not as evident today.

However, when you look carefully at the programs that are bundled with today's Macs it is still very clear that they lean heavily toward those who are the creative ones. The
whole line-up of the iApps (iMovie, iTunes, iPhoto,
iDVD, etc.) indicate that Apple is still the leader in
creativity and the introduction of the iPod further
reinforces this concept. Consider the innovation of the
Cube, the Snowball iMac, the Flatpanel iMac and now
the Mac Mini if you need further proof of Apple’s
ability to be creative and innovative. When Steve Jobs
steps out on the stage at the big Development
Conferences, people wait with great anticipation to see
what unique innovation he will unveil and seldom are
they disappointed. With all the above firmly in mind,
aren’t you glad you use a Mac and don’t you wish
everybody did?

Apple News

On July 26 Apple announced new iBooks. The new
iBooks are available in two models both of which
features 512MB of SDRAM, Airport Extreme and
Bluetooth 2.0, a scrolling TrackPad and a Sudden
Motion Sensor. For $999 you get a 12-inch screen, a
40GB hard drive and a slot loaded Combo drive (DVD
read and CD read/write). For $1,299 you get a 14-inch
screen, a 60GB hard drive and a slot-load SuperDrive
(DVD read/write and CD read/write)
The scrolling feature allows you to drag two fingers
over the track pad to scroll vertically, horizontally or
pan around any active window. It can be customized
to change the features.
The Sudden Motion Sensor will sense a change in axis
position and accelerated movement. If the iBook is
dropped, the Sudden Motion Sensor instantly parks
the hard drive heads so they won’t scratch the disks
on impact. When the Sudden Motion Sensor senses
your iBook is once again level, it unlocks the hard
drive heads automatically. Hopefully this feature will
prevent data loss

New Mac minis
At the same time as the iBook announcement, Apple
introduced the new Mac minis with 512 MB of RAM
as a standard feature. They come in three models. For
$499 you get a 40 GB hard drive and a Combo drive.
For $599 you get an 80GB hard drive, a Combo drive
and built-in Airport Extreme wireless networking and a
Bluetooth module. For $699 you get the same as the
$599 model except for a SuperDrive in place of the
Combo drive.

Other News

Apple Spreadsheet?

Rumors have been circulating that Apple Computer
has been quietly developing its own spreadsheet to be
added to it iWork suite. After a good start, the sales of
iWork have slowed. Although Apple has denied that
iWork is a replacement for AppleWorks, an addition
of a spreadsheet would greatly enhance this product. I
wouldn’t expect a database to be added because
Filemaker seems to be the Macintosh database
application of choice.

Radio Shack to sell iPods

Apple and RadioShack are supposed to be in
negotiations for Radio Shack to carry the entire line of
iPod products. At the present time they carry only the
HP model of the iPod. Radio Shack has reportedly
agreed to purchase at least 450,000 iPods during the
first three-month period.

New Hire at Apple

Apple has hired interface designer Mike Matas away
from Delicious Monster. He is one of the developers
behind the graphical interface of Delicious Library, a database with a beautiful interface. I downloaded this
product to give it a try and while it did not suit my
needs for cataloging my CD’s, VCR tapes, book and
so forth, I thought the interface was the best I had ever
seen.

Membership News

As most of you know, we have lost two members in recent months—George Lundy and Wally Lentze. OMUG made a contribution to Hospice of Marion County in their memory.

In losing George we also lost Mary who moved to Minnesota to be with their daughter.

August Program

The program for this month came about as a
suggestion from Virginia Baldwin (see we actually do
listen to our members when they speak!). Virginia
wanted to know if we could have a program on Mac
OS X maintenance or how best to keep OS X up and
running smoothly. We looked far and wide for a Mac
guru to do this demo and came up with an absolute
winner. Rick Carlsen, who, in a former life, was
charged with the responsibility of maintaining an entire
computer lab of Macs has agreed to present this
program for our August meeting. Rick has agreed to
show us some of the techniques he uses to keep Macs
purring. Also, he will answer any Mac questions you
may have so we will tie in our Q & A session with his
presentation. Make a special effort to be with us
Tuesday night August 2nd at 7:00 p.m..

Macintosh Hints & Tips

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

Movie Details

The most complete database of information about
movies is here: http://imdb.com/. To find what movies
are playing at theaters near you, go to
http://movies.yahoo.com/showtimes/show-times.html.
I find this the best so far. Anyone got another favorite
site for this purpose? E-mail me and let me know.
Mouse Droppings, Corvallis OR

I tried the first site and it has a lot of info about
movies. The second site did not work so I had to work
with it a little. Just use http://movies.yahoo.
com/showtimes
/ and enter your zip code. It will return
all the theaters in your area with the time that each
movie is showing.®®

The Amazing Character Palette

Mac OS X has a hidden and very useful Character
Palette. To activate it, open System Preferences and
click the International icon. There, click on the Input
Menu tab and select Character Palette in the list of
languages. Now a new icon appears in your menu bar.
Click that and a palette appears that shows all the
symbols from symbol fonts, arranged by kind:
Arrows, Stars, Math, etc. You can also select any font
to see and choose all of its characters. Double-click
any character to insert it into your currently active
document. There’s also a Favorites tab that lets you
store often-used characters from any font.
Design Tools Monthly

OMUG MINUTES

Tuesday July 5, 2004

The monthly meeting of OMUG was held on
Tuesday, July 5th, at the Senior Center , with twenty
four members, including two guests, a guest speaker
and his wife, in attendance. 50/50 Raffle tickets were
sold as always, and Earl Satterfield had "loaded" the
Raffle table with wondrous items for those lucky
winners.

At 7 p.m., Tim Rankin began the meeting by
introducing guests, Diane and Jack Kraft, Hank
Baldwin and Richard Rodie, whose niece had given a
program in the not too distant past. He then
welcomed Carolyn Horn as a new member of OMUG.
Clint Jones passed around an example of a new
OMUG pamphlet for consideration. Guest speaker
and current president of VMUG, Jack Kraft, gave a
comprehensive presentation on the new Print Shop for
creating Signs, Business Cards and Christmas Cards,
especially the ease with which one can now import
photos from iPhoto, demonstrating the versatility of
this latest version of Print Shop. Jack passed around
examples of each of the above mentioned categories,
which were extraordinary as he uses a laser printer
(the cartridges last a long time), quite a difference
between it and the inkjet printers that most of us use.
He also offered all a flyer with a special code on it so
that we can purchase Print Shop at a discount. He
graciously extended an invitation to our members to
attend VMUG meetings.

After the break it was Q&A time and Virginia Baldwin
mentioned that she was having problems with her
new third party keyboard and why her printer would
not recognize OS-9 documents. It seems to be a
PC/Mac compatibility issue. Jim Alexander suggested
getting speakers to enhance the audio quality when
playing CD's on your Mac. For $100.00, one canpurchase speakers with a Woofer. They are available
everywhere audio equipment is sold.

Sally Smyth, Charlotte Kane and Grace Corbett won the 50/50.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. The Board of
Directors held a mini meeting before departing, going
over the newly proposed OMUG pamphlet, making
changes where appropriate. The lights flickered and
we vacated the building at 9 sharp!

Respectfully submitted,
Sally Smyth
Secretary, OMUG
daisysface@comcast.net

Sally S. Smyth
8810 SE 70th Terrace
Ocala, Florida, 34472
daisysface@comcast.net

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
July 31, 2005

Bank Balance July 1, 2005 text $895.59
Income: July 5 meeting 50/50 Raffle Tickets
Three 2005-2006 Memberships
Carolyn Horne
Rudy Gasser and Sonja Lier
Ed and Grace Corbett
$40.00
$90.00

Total Receipts: text +$130.00
Expenses: April 5 meeting Rent (Senior Center)
Newsletter
Raffle Items PurchasedSupplies (Raffle Tickets) Refreshments
Memorial Contributions to Hospice
George Lundy Wally Lentz
-$28.00
-$30.00
-$ 7.66
-$12.00
-$60.00
Total Expenses:

Bank Balance July 31, 2005

text -$181.87

$ 843.72

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.