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

Volume 79, March 2005

Point of View
Mike Bridge, OMUG President

It looks like Apple is on a roll, from the news I’ve been reading. Apple stock split and went right back up. Apple owns a major percentage of the digital music business. iPods rule the HD music player market and with the Shuffle added, Apple will capture the memory-based music player’s segment. According to articles I’ve seen, computer sales are up also. With the lower cost Mini Mac intro, Apple looks to be serious about more affordable computers and easier switching from windows machines. All of this makes the future of our favorite computer brighter and increases expanding software and support possibilities.

Recently Rose and I were in San Francisco, so I had to drag her to the Apple store. The store is 2 floors of Apple mania! It’s full of computers, iPods, and cameras for you to play with. From checking out people on both floors, I think some folks were doing their work, e-mailing, video and photo editing etc... On the second floor (you walk up really neat glass stairs), they have an ongoing seminar theater with guest speakers from famous designers to Suze Orman, a life time Mac user. The genius bar is there also and you have to make an appointment to talk to a genius because they are so busy. Really a great place, although the crowd was something else. Ocala needs one of these! I’ve been trying Yasu, a maintenance program that is easy to use and seems to do a good job. If you want to watch some TV from around the world you may want to try CocoaJT, its fun to check out the world TV streams. You can find these here http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/ I’m looking forward to all the great music we will becreating after seeing Jonathan Dennison show us how. See you at the meeting.

The experience of making music on your mac...

There are many options out there for making and recording music on your mac. Everything from mixing a playlist on iTunes, to using Apple's Garageband to begin your own music projects, to full professional recording studios using Pro Tools or Apple's own Logic Audio.

Jonathan Dennison, a seminary student, digital artist, and mac technician, will be showing what the basic elements of a program such as Logic Audio o Garageband are, what they do, and how anyone with a mac can easily create their own songs and recordings. He will use one of his songs, Unsaid (found at http://jdennison.fidesnet.net/work/music.html) to demonstrate the elements and workflow of a music program.

If you've ever had aspirations of writing your own song and recording it, or simply itch to play with audio software and effects, or just want a behind-thescenes look at how recording artists do their thing, you won't want to miss this chance to see a program in action and ask questions about setting up your own studio or where and what kind of tools or toys you need to get going with your own mac. There's nothing more fun than making noise with your favorite toys! Macs and music were meant to be together, come and see why!

Apple News

New iPod mini and iPod Photo

Apple’s second generation of the iPod mini includes a
4GB model priced at $199 and a new 6GB model
priced at $249. The $199 model is expected to be more
competitive with other digital music players.

Increased battery life of up to 18 hours is one of the
improvements with the new iPod mini.
The iPod mini's Click Wheel is now color-coordinated to match the iPod mini. It now comes in four colors -
silver, blue, pink and green.

The iPod mini comes with a USB 2.0 cable, earbud
headphones, a belt clip case and a CD containing iTunes 4.7.1 for Mac and Windows computers. The Firewire cable is no longer included but can be purchased from Apple for $19.

Apple’s new iPod Photo models include a 30GB
model, holding up to 7,500 songs and a 60GB model
holding up to 15,000 songs. These units sell for $349
and $449.

Both models include the new iPod Camera Connector.
This is an optional accessory that enables users to
connect their digital camera to iPod photo and import
their photos into the iPod.

New PowerBooks

Apple has upgraded its PowerBook line to include
several new and exciting features. They include a
scrolling TrackPad that works with every application
and document. It allows you to scroll through long
web pages or across large photographs. You do this by
touching the trackpad with two fingers instead of one
to scroll or pan. Another new feature is the Sudden
Motion Sensor which helps protect a spinning hard
drive if the notebook is accidentally dropped. Also the
backlit keyboard that was available on the 17-inch
model is now built in to all 15-inch and 17-inch
PowerBooks.

The models offer faster CPU speed and a 5400 RPM
drive for increased performance. All the new laptops
include 512MB SDRAM, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth
2.0 and USB 2.0.

The prices have been lowered and you can visit the
AppleStore web site for the latest.

Try This, You’ll Like It

From time to time everyone needs a street map to
guide them to some address. You can get them online
with Yahoo, Mapquest and Google being the most
popular. A few days ago I ran across a new way to get
excellent maps and directions from your house to any
address in the United States. It uses your own
Address Book application. So far this will work only
with Firefox or Mozilla. It will not work with Safari or
Internet Explorer. I use Safari as my everyday browser
but I installed Firefox just to use this program. I have
a handout with details of how to get and use this
program for anyone interested.

Macintosh Hints & Tips

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

Dirty Red Dot

Why does the red close button at top left of your file
sometimes have a black dot in it? The black dot
indicates the file has not been saved since the latest
changes.

Mouse Droppings, Corvallis, OR

iPhoto Rx

If iPhoto becomes unstable or runs super slow, it may
have a confused image database. To rebuild its
database, hold down the Option and Shift keys while
launching iPhoto. If the problem still exists, try
rebuilding it again until it’s fixed.

MacAddict Design Tools Monthly

iPhoto Trash

iPhoto’s Trash is not the same as the Mac OS Trash.
Deleting a picture in iPhoto just puts it in iPhoto’s
Trash. To remove it from your hard drive, you must
go to file menu in iPhoto and choose“Empty Trash.”

Design Tools Monthly

OMUG Minutes

Ocala Macintosh User Group Minutes

February 1, 2005

Mike Bridge opened the meeting. He reported our presenter for the evening’s program was sick. He will try to reschedule for next month’s meeting if possible. Mike also announced that the March meeting will be held on the second Tuesday because of a scheduling problem with the senior center.

Business:
There was no business conducted.

Program:
Our program was in two parts. Tim Rankin gave some tips, shortcuts, and zowies in MacOSX, jaguar and panther versions. Mike Bridge demonstrated access tools and programs for those who may be visually or hearing impaired.

Raffle:
This month’s raffle prizes were $22.00 for the first two winners.

Bob Docteur won the first $22.00 prize, and Sally Smyth won the second money prize. Clint Jones and Bob Docteur had the third and fourth winning tickets. They were able to choose a reward from the prize table. The club netted $44.00 from the proceeds.

Next month’s meeting will be held on March 8, 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
FEBRUARY 28, 2005

Bank Balance Feb. 1, 2005 text $466.48
Income: February 1 meeting 2003-04 Memberships 40.00
(Anderson, Osttranders, Snead)

50/50 Raffle Tickets

Christmas Party

$90.00

$44.00

$10.00

Total Receipts: text +$144.00

+$610.48

Expenses: November 4 meeting Rent (Senior Center)
Refreshments:
Newsletter
Raffle Items
-$28.00
-
$18.95
-$30.00
-$22.95
Total Expenses:

Bank Balance Feb. 28, 2004

text -$99.92

$ 510.56

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.