Official newsletter of the Ocala Macintosh User Group which meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Multipurpose Senior Center
Volume 56 - May 2003
The View From Here
The question often comes up as to what is the best Digital Camera to purchase? This question does not have a quick, easy answer as several factors must be taken into account. First of all, what type of photography are you interested in and how much background, if any, do you have in photography? If your main interest is candid photography (mainly spur of the moment type of photos) then one of the many point and shoot Digital cameras should do the trick. If you are one of those people who has more background or at least more interest in developing additional skills in digital photography, you will want to consider a camera with more refinements that will allow you to advance as your photographic skills advance.
Please note that our new year will begin on May 1st and dues are due. Dues are $30 per membership (individual or couple) and $15 for snowbird members who have e-mail).
The program for this month will be presented by Mike Bridge, a new member. He will take us through some of the features of Adobe Illustrator. This should be a very interesting program so dont miss it.
On April 28th Apple announced the opening of the iTunes Music Storean Internet music service featuring more than 200,000 tracks. The iTunes Music Store requires Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher, iTunes 4 , and QuickTime 6.2. iTunes4 and Quicktime 6.2 are free downloads from the Apple web site .
Apple has announced a new iPod line consisting of three models: a 10 GB model for $300, a 15 GB model for $400, and a 30 GB model for $500. The iPod has also undergone a significant redesign. It is lighter and slimmer.
Apple has announced new iBooks. They are not really new iBooks but the old iBooks with a speed bump and larger drives.
Apple has released a new version of Appleworks. It is version 6.2.5 for OS 9 and version 6.2.7 for OS X. It can be downloaded from the Apple web site. It is a free update.
OS X 10.3 - Panther
You will be able to see a preview release of the next major version of Mac OS X, code named "Panther", at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2003, June 23-27, in San Francisco.
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Photo to Movie
Photo to Movie 1.1.5 enables you to create a movie by zooming and panning over a still photo and then generating QuickTime or DV Stream files (compatible with iMovie). This shareware program may be downloaded from the developers web site (http://lqgraphics.com/software/) or from version tracker. The download is fully functional and can be used to try out the capabilities, but it places a sales message on each frame of the generated movie. To get rid of this message you must purchase a registration code for Photo to Movie. Photo to Movie cost $19.95.
Print Finder windows with Print Center
Apparently Print Center can now print a list of a folder's contents under Jaguar 10.2.3. Just drag the folder on top of Print Center and it'll bring up a Printer dialog box. Prints a three column list of Name / File Size / Modification Date info, alphabetized by name.
Open Apple Profiler Quickly
To open Apple System Profiler.
Open files in the trash can
If you moved some files to trash and you are still not sure if it is ok to delete them , it is possible to open them without moving them out of the trash. Remember that double-clicking a file in the trash won't open it.
Use the keyboard to fast forward and rewind in iTunes
In iTunes you can fast forward and rewind a currently playing song by holding down Command and Option, and then using either the right or left arrow key. If you combine command-option with up or down arrow, it will mute and unmute.
Check out the OMUG home page at http://angelfire.com/zine2/omug/mugshot.html
There is a calendar of events for the Ocala, Lake, and Villages Mugs groups on the OMUG website. Just go to the home page and click on the Calendar of Events on the left side of the page. This calendar can be downloaded to your computer as a graphic gif file.
From the Macintosh Hints & Tips column created for the San Diego Macintosh User Groups newsletter.
Reimporting Bookmarks from Explorer to Safari
Since some people who are using OS X have switched to Safari for their web browser, I have included this hint.
MacVIEWS, Ft. Wayne IN
Ocala Macintosh User Group
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 email@example.com
PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322 Judyrookh@aol.com
CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373 firstname.lastname@example.orgGeneral Mac Problems : Tim Rankin 821-2201 Rookh@aol.com