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

Volume 77, January 2005

Point of View
Mike Bridge, OMUG President

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The year 2005 sounds like a date from a science fiction story to me. Time marches on and so does OMUG.

I am sure our favorite computer company will keep us busy all year with hardware and software surprises. It all starts with Macworld Expo 2005 SF in January. Every year they stream Steve Jobs’ keynote presentation live on the internet. This address sets the tone for the rest of the year at Apple. Steve tries to have a surprise or two for the mac masses. We already know that we will be seeing the next version of OS X in 2005, that alone is going to affect us as it seems to be a major upgrade to OS X.

The year ahead for OMUG should be an exciting one just dealing with the Apple news and developments. To add our own informative, interesting, and exciting programs makes the year something to look forward to. Please let me or any board member know if you have an idea for or would like to present a program. I know our group has many interesting stories of how to use your computer. Your ideas are always welcome.

I have been getting a lot of questions about OS X 10.3 Panther at the last couple of meetings. So this month's meeting will address the basic changes and new features of Panther. I have some short videos to show and we can have live demos and answer questions about this great operating system.

I’ll see you there and bring along some ideas for the new year.

January Program

As Mike mentioned above, we plan to dedicate our January 2005 program to OS X 10.3.x or Panther which is the latest Mac OS out there until Mac OS X 10.4 or Tiger comes on the scene. Many of our group are now using Panther and anyone lucky enough to have received a new Mac for Christmas will have the Panther OS X version as the operating system. So come on out on Tuesday night January 4th and learn about the present feline Mac OS.

Thank You!

OMUG wishes to thank all those who made our Christmas Party such a great success. A special thanks to Clint Jones and the Copy Shoppe for the fantastic job on the OMUG mouse pads and to Mike Bridge for the great artwork.

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

Add Photos in TextEdit
Open TextEdit and select Make Rich Text from the Format menu.With Rich Text Format switched on, TextEdit supports graphics (with Plain Text it doesn't). To place a graphic in your file, either copy it to the Clipboard from another application (a graphics program or Preview, for example) and then paste it in, or drag it into the document.

You can use the Alignment controls to shift it hard left, hard right, or into the center. Alternatively, you can use tabs and spaces to position it.

Power Button on Flat Panel Display causes System Sleep
In some cases, the sensitivity of the power button on Apple Flat Panel displays can cause your system to go to sleep accidentally. To prevent this, open the Energy pane of System Preferences, click "Options", and uncheck "Allow power button to sleep the computer".

Get Info on Different Items with one Window
When opening a "Get Info" window in Finder, holding the option key will produce an info window that changes as other items are selected. This allows for the viewing of info for several items without opening an info window for each item.

Backup Stickies
If you use Stickies a lot and don’t want to lose any of the data, make a backup of the database. In OS 9, you can find it located in the System Folder, called Stickies file.In OS X, open your Home>Library folder, and then Option-drag Stickies Database into a backup folder or disc. In case you somehow lose your information, the backup can be copied back to the appropriate location.

Burn Multi-Session CD-Rs
Most people do not realize you can burn more than one session on a CD-R disc using Apple’s Disc Burn software. In OS X, open Disk Copy, and choose Burn disc from the File menu. After selecting what you want to burn, click on the little blue triangle for more options. You will see you can check a box that lets you burn more sessions to the same disc.

Spell Check Everywhere
You can spell check in Safari, iChat or any other Cocoa applications, thanks to its Cocoa roots. Here's how:1) Highlight the word you wish to spell check and Control-click (Right-Click) on the highlighted text.2) Select Spelling from the contextual menu and then Check Spelling from the submenu. Or choose from the list of close matches at the top of the submenu.OS X's spell checker will kick in and check spelling for you.

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.

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

DECEMBER 31, 2004

Bank Balance Dec. 1 , 2004 text $642.51
Income: December 6 meeting from Christmas Party $108.92
Total Receipts: text $751.43
Expenses: Dec. 6 Christmas Party Rent (Senior Center)
Refreshments: (Party Platters)
check order
Total Expenses:

Bank Balance Dec. 30, 2004

text -$235.75

$ 515.68

Respectfully submitted by
Judy Rankin for
Clint Jones, Treasurer

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.