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

Volume 81, May 2005

The Way I See It

Time Rankin, President

For those who have not attended the last couple of
General meetings, you need to know that Mike and
Rose Bridge have made a major life decision and plan
to sell their house, buy an RV and begin the life of
nomads. This has been a dream of theirs for some time
and they have decided to bite the bullet and make the
dream come true. We all wish them safe travel, great
adventure and assure them that number of us would
like to be able to make the same dream come true. We
are going to demand that they keep our Group updated
on their adventures via e-mail whenever that is
possible. We also want to thank Mike for his
leadership as OMUG President for the last year and
sharing his tremendous Mac knowledge with our

May begins a new OMUG year and we would like to
make this one the best ever. With Apple being on such
a roll with new computer designs (Mac-mini,
innovative iMac), a hot off-the-press Mac OS X 10.4
(Tiger), the new iLife ‘05 and iWorks, there will be
more Apple converts that seriously need to find a local
Mac User Group (read that OMUG) to make their
new experience with Mac the best. Folks, we have a
golden opportunity to invite any Mac owners we
might know or become aware of to our meetings as
that is precisely the goal of our group, to share and
educate in all things Macintosh.

See you all at the MAY MEETING

Apple News

Apple upgrades PowerMac G5 line

On April 26 Apple announced an upgrade to its high
end PowerMac G5 models.

The entry level model is still available for $1,499 with a 1.8GHz singleprocessor CPU, 256MB RAM, three PCI slots, 8x AGP, and 600MHz frontside bus.

The new configurations are:

Dual 2.0 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 for $1,999.
160GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive
AGP 8X Pro graphics slot
ATI Radeon 9600 with 128MB DDR SDRAM
3 PCI slots (64-bit 33MHz)

Dual 2.3 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 for $2,499.
250GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive
AGP 8X Pro graphics slot
ATI Radeon 9600 with 128MB DDR SDRAM
3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100

Dual 2.7 GHz 64-bit PowerPC G5 for $2,999.
512MB 400 MHz DDR SDRAM (8GB maximum)
250GB Serial ATA 7200 rpm hard drive
AGP 8X Pro graphics slot
ATI Radeon 9650 with 256MB DDR SDRAM and
support for one 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display
3 PCI-X slots (one 64-bit 133 MHz, two 64-bit 100

All of the three top end models are equipped with
dual layer 16X Superdrives, a FireWire 800 port, two
FireWire 400 ports (one on the front, one on the back),
three USB 2.0 ports (two on the back, one of the
front), two internal hard drive bays, 10/100/100baseT
Ethernet, 56K v.92 modem, optical digital input and
output, analog audio input and output, front
headphone minijack and speaker.

Options include an internal Bluetooth 2.0 module and
antenna and an Airport Extreme card.

Apple also cut prices on two of its Cinema Displays.
The 20-inch model is now costs $799 and the 23-inch
HD model is now priced at $1,499.

Tiger is Coming

Apple has announced that Mac OS X 10.4, known as
Tiger, will begin shipping on April 29. This is the
fourth upgrade to OS X and is considered the most
significant. Two of the main features will be Spotlight
and Dashboard.

Spotlight is a super fast search engine that will look
through all of your files including word processing,
email, address book contacts and even scanned pages.
It looks inside the files and not just at the title.

Dashboard is a collection of widgets that you can place
on your desktop and allows you to quickly find the
latest weather, converts currency, weights and
measures, translates words into foreign languages,
searches the Oxford American dictionary and
Thesaurus (included in Tiger) and performs many
other tasks. Fourteen widgets are included and Apple
is sure that programmers will create many more.

May Program

The new iLife ‘05 updates the major iApplications and
they just keep getting better and better. If you have
purchased a new Mac within the last few months, you
probably have the new iLife ‘05 already installed to
update the major iApps to version 5 (such as iMovie
5, iPhoto 5, etc.), if you don’t have it installed and
your Mac meets the requirements for iLife ‘05, you
can purchase this fantastic update for $79 and it is
money well spent.

Tim Rankin will take us on a tour of iPhoto 5 with an
overview of this great program that can expertly
manage your digital images. Also, a quick how to on
creating a Book in iPhoto and you have to see the final
results to believe it. The goal of this presentation will
be to make you want to jump in there and start taking
advantage of this great application. You literally can
take complete control of your digital pictures from
importing them directly from your digital camera (or
scanner), editing them, creating a slideshow complete
with background music, using any image in the library
as an e-mail attachment, creating a Book and printing
images directly out of iPhoto. Be sure to come out
and learn what can done with this fantastic iApp
and bring a friend or a stranger who is just a
friend you haven’t meet yet.


Just a gentle reminder that May begins a new year for OMUG meaning dues are due. Family & individual memberships are $30 for the year and we hope you will find this a bargain for what you receive from OMUG.

Macintosh Hints & Tips

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

Customize Your Mac!
Check out some pretty icons at to
customize your Mac! There are 551 sets to choose
from, and growing.
Washington (OR) University MUG

Navigate with Your Keyboard
You probably know you can jump to any file in a
folder by typing its first letter (or first two or three
letters if there are several starting with the same letter).
We can do you one better. If you reach the wrong file,
just click the Tab key and you move to the next file
alphabetically. You can see how this means you only
have to type the first letter, then use the Tab key to
quickly move through other files starting with the
same letter.
Mouse Droppings, Corvallis, OR

Yellow Button Alternative
Is the yellow button (sitting between green and red) a
little hard to hit? Click “Appearance” under System
Preferences, and check the check box for “Minimize”
when double-clicking a window title bar. From now on
you can double-click anywhere in the title bar and it
shoots off to the Dock.
Mouse Droppings, Corvallis OR


Ocala Macintosh User Group Minutes
April 5, 2005
Mike Bridge opened the meeting. The group had a
short question and answer time until our program
speaker, Jim Alexander, arrived.
There was no business conducted.
Jim Alexander demonstrated Toast, a disc-burning
program for data, audio, and video.
Tim Rankin had the first winning ticket and
received $18.00. Sally Smyth had the second winning
ticket and also received $18.00. Clint Jones and Helen
Chatterton had the third and fourth winning tickets.
They each chose a prize from the table. Also Jim Alexander brought two music CD’s. N. C. Sizemore
won one, and Clark Snead won the other.
Next month’s meeting will be held on May 3, 2005.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Bollinger

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


March 31, 2005

Bank Balance April 1, 2005 text $349.59
Income: April 5 meeting 50/50 Raffle Tickets
Sale of Mouse Pad

$ 5.00

Total Receipts: text +$390.59
Expenses: April 5 meeting Rent (Senior Center)
Total Expenses:

Bank Balance April 28, 2005

text -$58.00

$ 332.59

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.