From the President's Desk
The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, President
Im going to use my Presidents column space to
reiterate information about tonights program by
Janneke Bogyo, who in my humble opinion gives
one excellent presentation. If I have this correct
she was a teacher of teachers for the use of the
Macintosh computer. When you have an
opportunity to see one of her program
presentations you will recognize that she has the
gift to get her subject across. She plans to give us
an insight into two different iApps, that of iMovie
and Magic DVD (found in iDVD). She gives a
more complete description of her presentation in
the Program column which follows. Please dont
miss this as I promise you she will cause you to
try out both of these iApplications when you get
Apple had announced a special event to take place on
September 12 and there was much speculation as to
what new items would be introduced.
Apple surprised everyone by introducing the new
iMacs a week before this event. These new models
would be equipped with the Intel Core 2 Dual
processors. Other surprised were the reduction in
price of the entry level 17-inch model and the
introduction of a high-end 24-inch iMac with a 24-inch
The entry level model sells for $999 and has a Combo
Drive and a video card that uses 64MB of internal
RAM and does not have built-in Bluetooth or Airport
cards. The other models are equipped with 1GB of
RAM, Superdrives, ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards,
Airport Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0, Apple Remote, iSight
camera, three USB 2.0 ports, two Firewire 400 ports
(the 24-inch model has one Firewire 400 and one
Firewire 800 port), built-in microphone and stereo
speakers and optical digital audio in/out jacks. All
models come with iLife 06 installed.
For more detailed information and prices go to
Apple's Special Event
On September 12th, Apple staged a special event at
the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San
Francisco. With two hours
called Its Showtime. At this event Steve Jobs
introduced new iPods, iTunes 7, new movie releases
and a wireless box for TV called iTV.
A new 5th Generation iPod was the first item or
maybe I should say items. The new iPods come in
30GB and 80GB models. They feature brighter
screens, 3.5 hours of video playback, new earphones
and video games are available for $4.99 each. The 5G
iPods are available in white or black and cost $249 for
the 30GB and $349 for the 80GB models.
Next to be announced was the new aluminum second
generation iPod nano. The new iPod nanos are
available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB models for $149,
$199 and $249 respectively. Standard equipment is a
new charger, earphones and armband.
The second generation iPod shuffle, the worlds
smallest mp3 player, has a metal body with a white
click wheel. This 1GB iPod shuffle sells for $79.
This release is touted as the greatest revision of iTunes
since its first release. The Source list is now divided
into major categories and sub categories. The major
categories are Library with separate libraries for music,
movies, tv shows, podcasts, audio books and radio,
Store, with categories for iTunes Store and Purchased.
The last major category is Playlists which contains all
of your playlists.
One of the many new features of iTunes 7 is the
addition of automatic album art downloading. If you
have a music store account the art work for any
purchased album will be automatically downloaded
and added to your listing.
The video resolution of downloads has been increased
from 320x249 to 640x480. This is near the resolution
of a DVD.
There are many new features to the store so you will
have to visit it to see for yourself. One of them is the
addition of NFL highlights for any team. This will be
Have you been wanting to learn how to use some of
the features of iLife 06? Here's your chance to see
how you can use iMovie to create great videos of your
grandchildren, vacations, special events, or just your
everyday life. Don't have a digital video camera?
That's OK. You will also discover how you can make
memorable DVD's with the Magic iDVD feature using
only still images or a combination of pictures and
videos. Best of all, these DVD's can be made in a
matter of hours and the results will make you feel like
a pro. You'll be amazed how easy it is!
Apple is now adding movies to iTunes Music Store,
starting with over 75 movies form Disney, Pixar,
Touchstone, and Miramax. They will be available at
the same time as the release to DVD. With the new
increased resolution they will be near DVD quality.
The pricing on the movies will vary with new releases
costing $12.99 if you preorder and during the first
week of its release. After that the cost will be $14.99.
Older movies will cost $9.99. There was no mention
about a price drop to $9.99 after a period of time.
These movies cannot be burned to a CD.
You can watch movie as it downloads and download
multiple movies at once. The movies have Dolby
surround audio .
Steve Jobs announced that sometime in the first
quarter of 2007 Apple will release a wireless box for
the TV called iTV. The box will be about 1/2 the size
of Mac mini. It will have USB, ethernet, 802.11
wireless, component video, optical audio, HDMI
ports and be controlled with an Apple Remote.
The interface looks a lot like Front Row software.
The price will be $299.
In addition to the items named above Apple has
released Quicktime 7.1.3 for immediate download.
Apple at Photokina
Apple will a special event at the Photokina show in
Cologne, Germany on September 24. The Photokina
show, which takes place every two years, focuses on
the photography and imaging world. It is believed that
the special event will focus on Aperture, Apples
application for photo post-processing.
No minutes this month.
Photoshop Elements 5.0 Is Coming
Adobe has announced the coming release of Photoshop
Elements 5 for Windows. As with Elements 4 the Mac
users had to wait a while for the Mac version. The
thoughts among the rumor site seem to be that it will
be released in the Universal (Intel) version as the same
time as the release of Adobe Creative Suite 3. This will
be sometime in the spring.
Meanwhile back to the features of version 5. This
version seem to concentrate on making tasks much
easier to accomplish. Among the ones that were
illustrated were changing a color photo into black and
white, blurring and sharpening an image, better
correction for camera distortion (such as happens
when photographing buildings), a simpler way of
adjusting color using curves, and a new Art Effects
palette. The one new feature that impressed me was
Photo Layouts. This will be very useful to someone
that wants to send a few photos to someone. You can
choose your photos, select a layout template and then
add frames or backgrounds for a completed project.