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

Volume 64, January 2004

The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, OMUG President

With 2003 behind us and a brand new 2004 ahead, it is my desire that our group of Apple-Macintosh fanatics will have one of the best years ever. I felt that our Christmas Party came off very well with plenty of good food and an opportunity to sit and chat. Again, thanks to those who volunteered to help make the party a success. That is not to say that there was no OMUG business taken care of, on the contrary, we now have a complete list of members suggestions for 2004 programs. We plan to try and present as many of these program suggestions as we can find those willing to do the programs.

Christmas Party Fun!

January Program

Guess what, the first program suggestion that was given to Connie Moore (our acting Secretary at the Christmas Party) was from Brenda MacNeil and it was “Restoring Old Family Photos Using PhotoShop”. Since this is in Tim Rankin’s bailiwick, you will will have to suffer him doing the January program on this subject. We will do our best to make this an interesting presentation and maybe we can whet your appetite to try some photo restoration on your own as everyone seems to have old family photos that need help.

Book Review
by Tim Rankin

I’m going to take an easy out on the January Book Review and refer you to the review on the book “Mac OS X: The Missing Manual for Panther” which can be found on page 2 of this MUGSHOT under Earl’s Odds & Ends column

CDRestore copies damaged CDs, DVDs
Do you have damages CDs or DVDs you can not longer play? Damaged optical media is very difficult to copy by normal methods because the Finder will bring this to a halt when it encounters the damaged tracks. has released a new product called CDRestore that claims to solve this problem. CDRestore creates an image file from damaged CD which can then be burned to a new CD with Toast or Apple Disc Burner. The program sells for $19.95 and is available from the web site shown above.

Scrolling multi-button mouse
Macmice ( has introduced a new $39.99 multi-button mouse with a scroll wheel. It is a USB device with the same white styling the latest Apple products.

The included software is the MouseCommand v10 and MouseCommand v9 drivers that work with either OS 9 or 10. The software allows assignable scroll button tasks, left-handed operation, adjustable clicking and motion, built-in adjustable curser acceleration, reversible horizontal scrolling and more.

If you have a question that you would like answered in the newsletter please send an e-mail to:

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.

New Member Service Offered

Tired of feeling left out?
One on One Mac classes now starting.
If you are interested in Mac Basics, Ebay, Maintenance or Internet
Contact Joe & Susan Pipala 352-343-2813; Mon.-Fri. 8:00 to 5:00 P.M

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

Calendar of Events

Synx is a fast, easy program to backup your hard drive. It does not have all the bell and whistles of the more expensive backup programs but it has a straightforward, stable interface. Best of all it is free.

You can get it at

This news comes from Virginia Baldwin.

Mac OS X 'Missing Manual' for Panther
O'Reilly & Associates has released "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition," an updated version of their popular series now with content for Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther." The cost is $29.95 and can be obtained at most book stores or from online sources.

Calendar of Events
If you want a list of upcoming events for the Ocala, Lake or Villages Macintosh clubs, go to the calendar page in our OMUG website. It shows the club meetings, coffee chats and SIG groups meetings.

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

Keep 20% Free
Because of its need for contiguous free hard drive space, Mac OS X may begin to act up when your hard drive has less than about 20 percent free (even sooner on a partitioned drive). And remember, 20 percent of a large drive can be several gigabytes which seems like plenty of free space.
—Catrine Turillon
Design Tools Monthly

Trouble with .dmg Files?
If a file ends in .dmg and double-clicking it doesn’t launch Disk Copy, you have three ways to get it to open properly. You can drag the .dmg file onto the Disk Copy application (/Applications/Utilities/ Disk Copy). You can also launch Disk Copy manually, then select File > Mount Image, then browse to the image file and click “Open.” The image will be mounted on the desktop. Finally, you can select the .dmg file in the Finder, then select File > Get Info. In the “Open with’ panel, select Disk Copy from the pop-up menu. •e next time you double-click the image file, it will be mounted by Disk Copy.
Mac OS X Power Tools

Hidden Characters in the Menu Bar
In OS X, Key Caps is gone, but now you can have that palette available in the Menu bar. Open the International Preference Pane, select “Input Menu” tab and turn on the Character Palette in the list of keyboard layouts. A palette of hidden characters will now reside in the Findrs’s menu bar, to the right of the help menu. Place the cursor in the text where you want to use the character, select the Character Palette,select the character and then select “Insert.” Voila!
Rich Lenoce, Connecticut Macintosh Connection
Hartford, CT

FYI: This is not entirely correct. Keycaps still exists, at least in Jaguar. It is found under Applications > Utilities. Open Keycaps, choose a font from the Font menu, the press the Option key to see special characters. For more, press Shift/Option. Click on the desired character and it will appear in the Key Caps window. Copy and paste it into your document.

It is still a good idea to install the Character Palette from the International Preferences Pane because it contains a lot of neat stuff.

Apple Mail
This comes from Virginia Baldwin.
While it’s great that Mail has such a capacious memory, is there a way to make Mail forget an address that’s no longer valid?

Indeed there is. With Mail as the active application, simply

1. Choose Previous Recipients from the Window menu
2. Select the invalid name or Emil address in the dialog that appears
3. Click Remove from List
This helpful dialog lets you search and sort. It also makes it easy to see who is and isn’t in your Address Book and to add those who should be. Try it
For more info about mail visit this web site. .

New Members

.In the past three months OMUG’s membership has increased with four new members. This brings our membership to a grand total of 50.
We’re happy to welcome Charlotte Kane,
Debra Bollinger, Ed Swan, and our newest member, Diana Barge.

We’re looking forward to the new year with our new computer, projector, and a host of interesting programs.


Bank Balance Dec. 1 , 2003 text $499.77
Income: November 4 meeting 2003-05 Memberships 40.00
(Diana Barge)

50/50 Raffle Tickets

Christmas Party (33 people at $3 each)

Donation to Projector Fund
(Connie Moore)





Total Receipts: text +$196.00


Expenses: December 2 Xmas Party Rent (Senior Center)
Party Food and Supplies:
Raffle Items
Christmas CDs
Total Expenses:

Bank Balance Nov. 4, 2003

text -$254.70

$ 441.07

xxx Payment on Epson S1 Powerlite

Balance Owed on Projector 12/0/03 $810.01
Finance Charge + 10.56
12/15/03 Payment -100.00
12/31 Balance Owed $720.57


Bank Balance Dec. 31, 2003

Respectfully submitted:
Judy Rankin, Treasurer

text $341.07

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

PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322

CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373

General Mac Problems : Tim Rankin 821-2201

All the Board of Directors are available for help, also. See them on the Board of Directors page of this web site.