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

Volume 67, April 2004

The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, OMUG President

It’s hard to believe but OMUG’s new year begins with the May meeting so we are going to ask you to put your coins together so you pay your dues for the new year and become an OMUG member in good standing. We have several that have been attending our meetings wanting to join and we have suggested that they do so at the start of the new year which will be in May. I want everyone in the group to know how much I have enjoyed being President for the last year and to thank those who have unselfishly volunteered to do any of the tasks that were asked of them. This is what it is all about when it comes to making a volunteer organization work. Also, I want to express my appreciation to those on this year’s nominating committee, Jake Jackson, Virginia Baldwin, Mike Bridge and Bill Rains for their efforts in finding us very able officers for the coming year. I hope you all have felt that we have had some very worthwhile meetings this past year and that you have benefitted from many of the programs that were presented. We still have quite a list of program suggestions that will probably carry us through the rest of the year. Any time that you have an idea for a program you would like to see presented just let one of the Board of Directors know and we will try and find someone who can do the program and schedule it.

April 6 Program

How lucky can we get? Lucky enough to have Ruth Williams, our web page creator and webmaster, as our program with her presentation on “Using Adobe Illustrator 11 for OS X”. Ruth worked several years directly for Acadia National Park in Maine doing their illustration work using Adobe Illustrator and she still does occasional projects for them. She recently did this same presentation for the Villages Macintosh User Group (VMUG) and I had a chance to see her in action and all I can tell you is don’t miss this program! What she will do is show you exactly how she creates graphic designs that have been used for various purposes by the National Parks.

Book Review
by Tim Rankin

The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2 (w/CD) by: Richard Lynch

There's a lot more to Photoshop Elements than meets the eye. In The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements, author and Photoshop expert Richard Lynch lifts the hood to reveal how Photoshop Elements can be used to do some serious, advanced image-correction. The book and and tools (included on the CD) help turn Elements into a far more powerful image editor using many tools that are commonly thought not to be included with the program and many techniques thought to be impossible using Elements. Work with Curves, Color Balance, CMYK, Channels, custom shapes, Color Separations, Snapshots, masking, Calculations, Channel Mixing, one-step digital noise reduction, enhanced sharpening, animation, slices, and more! The book is filled with examples and step-by-step procedures, and all example images are included on the CD so you can work along and learn to use the hidden power. Tools included on the CD provide a simple interface to access incredibly powerful tools that will simplify and change the way you work with images—and consistently improve your final results.

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

“Panther Tips & Tricks' eBook

If you are thinking of moving up to Mac OS X 10.3, known as Panther, the you should check out They have released a new eBook called "Panther Tips & Tricks." The cost is $5.95 and is available for immediate download.

It is written for people that are new to Mac OS X, as well as those moving to Panther from Mac OS X 10.0-10.2. This well illustrated book contains 65 pages. It is a real bargain.

Apple Manuals

Need a manual for some piece of your Apple equipment? Try this site.

New Competition for the Itunes Music Store

A new music store was started last Halloween that features music by independent companies. Their list has expanded from 17,000 at startup to 90,000 today and a spokesman for the company said they plan to have more than 250,000 songs online within the next couple of months. Another feature is the lack of DRM (Digital Rights Management). This means the music is not encrypted or protected in any manner so you can copy it, transfer it to other machines without any problems. The site is totally cross-platform, meaning it is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux.

Each file can be downloaded in either 192Kbps variable bit rate-encoded MP3 files or in Ogg Vorbis Q6, an open source audio compression format. Ogg is supported on the Mac using an iTunes plug-in. Users have 24 hours from the time of their purchase to download the music; they can download either format in that time to see what sounds better. Each song can be previewed in 30-second bites.

Similar to iTunes, charges $0.99 for individual singles and or $9.99 for a complete album. There are exceptions for EPs with relatively small numbers of tracks or double albums.

Users can purchase music using various credit cards or PayPal or use the "Lunch Card" program, which rewards shoppers with free music when they pre-pay a set amount. A $25 Lunch Card holders get three free tracks; $50 Lunch Card holders receive seven free tracks, and $100 Lunch Card holders receive 15 free tracks with their purchase.

For more information go to

AppleScripts for iTunes

If you are a heavy user of iTunes the you want to visit this site. It is the place to find Applescripts for iTunes. Click on the download symbol to download the files. There are also links to other sites that have Applescripts for iTunes.

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

Impressive Apple Firsts

Microsoft and Intel may well have the upper hand in numbers out there, but Apple continues to be the leader in innovation. The company’s ability to turn ideas into “insanely great” products gives it a leadership in the industry that Bill Gates can only wish for.
• Apple was the first personal computer company to use a mouse.
• Apple was the first personal computer company to ship a computer with a color screen.
• Apple was the first personal computer company to make a portable.
• Apple was first to ship a personal computer with a floppy drive.
• Apple was first to ship a personal computer without a floppy drive.
• Apple was first to ship a personal computer with a CD-Rom drive.
• Apple was first to ship a personal computer with a DVD-R drive.
• Apple invented the trackpad (PC users were using a trackball or red nubby).
• Apple invented FireWire.
• Apple was first to offer wireless networking in a personal computer.
• Apple invented True Type fonts (now a PC standard).
• Apple was first to release a PDA (remember the Newton?).
• Apple was first to allow use of multiple monitors.
• Apple was first to use icons or pull-down folders.
• Apple was first to do away with CRT’s and use only flat panel displays.
• Apple was first to release a 64-bit processor in a consumer machine.

Mouse Droppings, Corvallis OR

Solving Common Problems in Mac OS X

Worried about what to do when Mac OS X begins having trouble? This website, authored by Randy Singer, who also coauthored the Macintosh Bible 4th, 5th and 6th editions, clearly explains for an average user the reasons and techniques for troubleshooting and fixing Mac OS X:
http://www. It is comforting and easy to read.
Design Tools Monthly

Note: This site will give you the tutorial for Jaguar. If you are using Panther you can switch to this tutorial by clicking on the place indicated.


MARCH, 2004

Bank Balance March 1 , 2003 text $ 388.21
Income: February 3 meeting 50/50 Raffle Tickets

+ 46.00
Total Receipts:


text +$46.00

$ 434.21

Expenses: November 4 meeting Rent (Senior Center)
50/50 raffle items
Speaker (Brevard Blythe)
Total Expenses:

Bank Balance March 31, 2004

text -$117.43


xxx Projector Balance:
Finance Charge:
Total Due:
Payment February 24, 2004 Check #997
Projector Account Balance February 25, 2004


Bank Balance March 31, 2004

Respectfully submitted:
Judy Rankin, Treasurer

text $210.01

We have a number of volunteers who are available to help you with problems you may encounter using software:

PageMaker Art Golden 873-1530

PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322

CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373

General Mac Problems & Digital Cameras : 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.