Official newsletter of the Ocala Macintosh User Group which meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Multipurpose Senior Center
Volume 62 - November 2003
The Way I See It
I would like to take a few minutes to discuss the advantages of being a part of a Computer User Group and more specifically a Macintosh User Group. If you are brand new to computers (affectionately referred to as a newbie), you jump into computerdom with your head spinning, so much to learn, so little time. This is the exact reason that you would want to associate yourself with a group of other compassionate computer users whose experience ranges from precisely where youre at to those who have been involved with computers for many years. By exchanging and receiving needed information at the meetings, via phone, or e-mail you are often able to get over that hurdle that has left you dead in the water and will allow you to move forward to the next computer plateau. Many of the members of a computer user group have an area of expertise either in the realm of certain software programs or by mastering various hardware components of the computer, such as scanners, digital cameras, digital video cameras, etc. By becoming aware of who to contact in the User Group for the particular help that is needed makes it far better than relying on calling for tech support and paying for long distance calls and sometimes difficult to understand advice. In other words help is often in your own back yard and you didnt even know it. The monthly programs or presentations are an excellent means of making members aware of some of the more popular and often used programs for the Mac such as Appleworks, Microsoft Word, Print Explosion, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Illustrator, Quicken, Turbo Tax, etc. Also, it is an opportunity to show how CDs and DVDs are written, how to use a video camera or webcam with your computer, how you can speak and the spoken word can be transformed to typing using Via Voice. Maybe as a result of seeing a demo of the above items it will point you to a brand new use for that computer you just got and didnt know it was capable of doing. Now arent you glad you joined a Mac User Group and dont you wish other Mac users would do the same.
Get ready to be introduced to one of the major programs that many OS X users were impatiently waiting to be developed for use on OS X and that is Quark XPress 6.0. This is one of the leading Desktop Publishing programs and is a fierce competitor with Adobes InDesign and PageMaker. We are fortunate to have Brian Williams, Susan Pipalas son to give the presentation. Brian will be visiting from Colorado and uses Quark in his work doing illustrations for a top notch clothing catalog. This is a high end program and many of us will probably not have an opportunity to use it, but it will give everyone an overview of what can be done with this outstanding application. Do your best to make this meeting and see this demo!
iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Apple's wildly popular iPhoto, for its new Macintosh computers, is a gorgeous, polished digital shoebox for uploading, organizing, printing, publishing, and touching up digital photos. iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual presented by best-selling author David Pogue-keeps pace with the recently revised software, charting the changes and illustrating the interactivity among Apple's iLife software products. With this guide, Macintosh fans can take their digital photos on to the screen, the Web, printouts, hardbound photo books, and even to DVDs, CDs, and digital movies. And they'll learn how to take iPhoto far beyond its deceptively simple list of features. The street price for this excellent Manual is $24.95, but with careful shopping you can end up with a better price. If you use iPhoto then this book should be on your bookshelf.
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Calendar of Events
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 jpeg file and opened or placed in nearly any application.
Tech Tool Pro
From the Macintosh Hints & Tips column created for the San Diego Macintosh User Groups newsletter.
Rumors has it that Apple will roll-out a new version of their iLife software suite in January. This would give us new versions of iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322 Judyrookh@aol.com
CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373 email@example.comGeneral 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.