From the President's Desk
The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, President
There is still confusion out there
regarding the type of optical drive that
you may have in your Mac,
particularly among the newer users.
By optical drive, I mean whether or
not you have a CD player, CD
player/recorder (burner), a CD/DVD player, CD
Player/Recorder, but just a DVD Player (commonly
known as a Combo Drive) or what is referred to as a
Super Drive, which is a DVD/CD player/recorder (or
burner). All newer Macs come with either a Combo
Drive or the Super Drive and the question you need to
consider when buying a new Mac or a used one for
that matter is do you need the capability to burn
(record) DVDs? Now to add to the DVD mystery is
the question of do you need a DVD recorder capable
of burning dual layer (DL) discs? This option has just
recently become available on the latest Macs, usually
the Power Macs, and simply means that you have the
capability of recording nearly 9 GB on a DVD (using a
special Dual Layer DVD disc which is more expensive
than the standard 4.75 gb DVD disc). Just a short
time ago the tremendous storage capacity of the dual
layer DVD appeared to be storage overkill, but the
ability to use this great capacity for entire backups of
our hard drives is hard to overlook. Lets face it,
Apple had it right when they did away with the
floppy disc drive a few years ago due to the extremely
small storage capacity (1.4 mb). As most everyone is
now aware, the extra handy flash drives (aka thumb
drives, jump drives, keychain drives) are now on the
scene and they make data storage and transfer (even to
Pee Cees) ridiculously easy. In case you are not
familiar with this type of storage device, it is a very
tiny device that ends in a USB connection that plugs
directly into the USB port on your computer and uses
the same kind of memory found in digital camera
memory cards. These flash drives come in several
memory sizes such as 32mb, 64mb, 128mb, 512mb, 1
gb and now I understand that it has been supersized to
an 8 gb drive which will be available soon.
Apple has introduced three new products: a new
iMac, a USB modem (the new iMac has no built-in
modem), video iPods and iTunes 6.
The New iMac
The new iMacs are slimmer, faster, cheaper, have an
iSight camera built-in, an Apple Remote Control and
includes two new features called FrontRow and
The 17-inch model has a 1.9 GHz CPU, a 160GB hard
drive and sells for $1,299. The 20-inch model has a 2.1
GHZ CPU, a 250 GB hard drive and sells for $1,699.
Both come with 512 MB of RAM, an 8X Superdrive
that supports double layer recording, built-in iSight
camera, Airport Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0, built in stereo
speaker and microphone, a Mighty Mouse, Apple
keyboard and an infared Apple Remote.
The new media remote control, called Front Row,
allows the Apple Remote to control songs from their
iTunes music library, slideshows of their photo
albums in iPhoto, videos including Podcasts, iMovies
and DVDs, and movie trailers/TV shows from a
distance of 30 feet.
The PhotoBooth allows the user to snap the users
mug shot using the iSight camera.
Apples USB modem
The new iMacs are not equipped with the internal
modem for dial-up operations so they have developed
a USB modem. The modem sells for $49.99.
New Video iPods
Apple has introduced the long awaited video iPod. It
comes in two models, a 30GB model for $299 and a
60GB model for $399. Both are offered in black or
white. They come with a 2.5-inch color screen which
can display album artwork and photos, play video
including music videos, video Podcasts, home movies
and television shows.
All iPod models include earbud headphones, USB 2.0
cable, case, dock insert and a CD with iTunes for Mac or Windows users.
Prediction for the FutureOne Tech guru has made a
few predictions for the new Apple products. First of
all he says Apple will abandon the optical drive
(CD/DVD) for a multiple format flash reader. What
with the prices of flash cards coming down at the same
time the capacity is increasing he has a good point.
He expects the new iBooks to be black. This seems to
be a very popular with the iPod. Also expect a 12-inch
and 14-inch wide screen format.
PowerBooks will be a darker metallic or graphite finish
with the possibility of a 19-inch wide screen model.
After polling the BOD via e-mail for program
suggestions, Judy Rankin ended up with the short
straw for the November program. She will show us
how easy it is to use the fantastic new program called
Keynote 2 which is Apples more than adequate
answer to Microsofts Powerpoint. These are known
as Presentation programs designed to use images,
graphs, text or a combination of all three as a slide
presentation accompanied with music or narration.
While Microsofts Powerpoint has more bells &
whistles than Keynote, it also has a much higher
learning curve. When she shows us how simple it is to
put a Presentation together using Keynote, you too
will become a believer. Keynote is part of iWork an
Apple program ($79) which contains both Keynote 2
and Pages, a word processor/assembly program that
will eventually replace Appleworks. Please dont miss
Macintosh Hints & Tips
The Learning Center
If you are not a subscriber to .Mac (that is Apples
dot- Mac service) you may not have encountered the
Learning Center. To locate it, direct your Web browser
to http://www.mac.com/1/learningcenter/. It will quickly
become obvious that there is a substantial range of
tutorial material hereoften a lot easier to digest than
trawling a Help file.
Make sure to click the main headings in the left column
to see relevant lists of tutorials in the column to the
right, and watch those disclosure triangles.
A good number of the tutorials are in movie form, or
offer movies as supplements to the main text. Since
that is so, you really need a broadband Internet
connection to use the Learning Center effectively,
which could be another good reason for splashing out
An important tip is to watch out for buttons labeled
Learn More, and to click them all. Otherwise, you
will see only an overview of the topic. You might
wonder why the Learning Center is in the .Mac area of
the Apple site if you dont need to be a Mac
subscriber to use it. The answer seems to be that if
you delve deep into some of the tutorials, into the
expert tips area, you will be asked for your Mac ID
and password. The bulk of the content, though,
appears to be accessible to non-subscribers. At the
moment, the main Learning Center subject areas are
Mac, Mac OS X Panther and Tiger, iLife 05, iPod,
Keynote and iLife 04. If you use any of these
products (remembering that iLife includes iPhoto,
iMovie, iTunes and iDVD), a visit to the Learning
Center could prove very worthwhile.
Steve Cooper AUSOM News, Melbourne, Australia
Trimmer iPhoto Library
Q: Is there any way to make Apples iPhoto save
changes to an original photo, short of moving the
altered photo completely out of the program and
importing it again? For example, when I reduce redeye,
I end up with the original photo and the altered
one. Sometimes this is a waste of hard drive space.
A: I agree that this feature is both a blessing and a
curse. Granted, you can always gain access to your
unaltered original: just select the edited picture and
choose Photos > Revert To Original. But iPhoto
makes the magic happen by squirreling away two
copies of the photothe original and the edited version.
To free up hard-disk space, consider Martin Fuhrers
freeiPhoto Diet (http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~fuhrer/personal/fre
estuff/iphotodiet/). This utility slenderizes your photo
library by eliminating duplicate photos, removing
backups of rotated or modified photos, stripping out
your photos thumbnail icons, and locating and
disposing of photos never added to an album.
Chris Breens Mac 911 via Mouse Droppings,
17 Things You Might Not Know You Could Do with
If youve installed iWork on your hard drive
but havent had a chance to really dig into it yet,
maybe this article will inspire you to do so. Giles
Turnbull takes you on a romp through this production
suite showing you lots of fun and useful things to do
The MUG Center www.mugcenter.com via TMUG
Insider, Pleasanton, CA
Ocala Macintosh User Group Minutes
October 4, 2005
There were 18 OMUG members present at the
There was no business conducted.
Bob Wood was the guest speaker. His program was
entitled Creating a Photo Collage in Photoshop7. He
put together a presentation in paper form which Tim
Rankin e-mailed as an attachment along with the
October OMUG newsletter.
Ken Dyke had the first winning ticket and received
$15.00. Tim Rankin had the second winning ticket and
received $10.00. Jim Alexander and Carolyn Docteur
had the third and fourth winning tickets. They each
chose a prize from the table.
It was brought up that sometimes Mac users have
problems receiving e-mail in AOL using Safari. The
reason for the problem is that the software used is not
always compatible with Safari.
Next months meeting will be held on November 1,