Official newsletter of the Ocala Macintosh User Group which meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Multipurpose Senior Center
Volume 65, February 2004
The Way I See It
One of the first questions asked to a potential computer owner or one who has been into computers for some time is what do you use your computer for or what will you use your computer for? This question posed to a newbie and the answer given tells a sales person what computer to steer the potential computerist toward. If an individual has very general needs than the choice of a computer would be one that is not highly expandable therefore a less costly machine. We all know those folks who are only interested in going online, sending and receiving e-mail, surfing the internet and do little else with a computer. Likewise, there are those who use their computer primarily to do correspondence and are mainly interested in word processing. Others are involved the high end word processing and do desktop publishing. Other popular uses of the computer are: (1) Genealogy (2) Photo Editing (3) Games (4) Stocks & Bonds (5) Personal Finance (6) Music (7) Online auctions (8) Research and the list goes on. The nice thing about finally purchasing a computer is that you will have all the above possibilities and many more to choose from. It is said that the average Mac computer user regularly uses 3 to 5 programs while the average Windows user only utilizes 2 to 3 programs on a regular basis. So what are you waiting for, jump in there and start taking advantage of all that a computer has to offer. This is why we attempt at our User Group meetings to provide you with a wide range of programs so that just possibly a presentation on a subject that you knew nothing about might become your next main computer passion.
George and Mary Lundy and Mike Bridge will present a program about the use of Apples iPod and iTunes. iPods are great for listening to music and using with iTunes, but it may surprise you that iPods have many other capabilities. If you want to see the iPod in action this is the program for you.
Mac OS X Panther Killer Tips by Scott Kelby
Have you ever noticed that in just about every Mac book, the author will include a couple of tips in each chapter (youll usually find them in the sidebar, or at the bottom of the page in a tinted box). Sometimes its a shortcut, a faster way to do something, or a clever workaround that just makes your life easier. People really love those tips, but theres only one problem theres never enough of them. Thats why Scott Kelby, best-selling author and Editor-in-Chief of Mac Design magazine, came up with the idea to create a book thats nothing but "sidebar" tips. Thats right this entire book, cover-to-cover is packed with nothing but those cool inside secrets, slick workarounds, undocumented shortcuts, and sneaky little tricks that will make you faster, better, and have more fun using Mac OS 10.3 (Panther). Nothing but the tips! Not just tips. Killer tips! To be in this book, every tip has got to be a "Killer Tip" (the kind of tip that makes you nod and smile, then call all your Mac buddies to tune them up with your newfound power)
Scotts a total "tip hound" (in fact, it was Scott who created the entire smash-bestselling "Killer Tips" book series), and he doesnt hold anything backits all here from the man who literally "wrote the book" on cool productivity tips. If you like doing things the easy way, if you like getting twice the work done in half the time, and if you get a kick out of knowing all the "inside secrets and undocumented shortcuts" that will wow your friends and co-workers, youre absolutely going to love this book
Macworld Expo for 2004 opened in San Francisco on January 5. Steve Jobs made the keynote address and introduced the new products
4GB iPod mini
Apple has introduced the iPod mini, the second member of the iPod family. The iPod mini is about the size of a credit card and measures only 1/2 inch thick, but stores up to 4GB of music. It is available in custom colors -- silver, gold, pink, blue or green. It weighs 3.6 ounces.
iLife '04 with GarageBand
A new version of iLife, titled iLife '04, that has the latest versions of iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD and a new application called GarageBand. This latest application allows you to compose and record music on your Mac. It will cost $49.00.
iPhoto 4 now supports up to 25,000 photos, has a new image organization based on when shots were taken, the ability to create "smart albums" similar to iTunes' smart playlists that can automatically collect all photos snapped during certain time periods.
iMovie 4 includes alignment guides like the ones found in Keynote, editing right in the timeline, audio scrubbing, new and enhanced titles, video import directly from an iSight camera, and easier movie sharing.
iDVD 4 now has 20 new themes, including drive-in and mosaic. It also had enhanced menus that feature such transitions as wipes and page flips. Two new major features are a navigation map similar to the one found in DVD Studio Pro and video encoding that's the same as used in Final Cut Pro.
The newest iApp is called GarageBand. In his keynote address Steve Jobs called it "a pro music tool for everyone." He noted that the application turns your Mac into a musical instrument and recording studio.
Apple has released a new update to AppleWorks. The 6.2.9 update supports mice with scroll wheels, improves performance and reliability of the presentation and spreadsheet environments, improves printing and resolves issues using Web based templates and clip-art on networks using proxy servers. The new update can be downloaded from the Apple web site.
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To follow up on Tims PhotoShop presentation, here are some related sites to explore. First is Adobes site an excellent site for information and resources about all of Adobes programs. The Photoshop Road Map is a good site with many tutorials and links to other sites and a newsletter is available. Team Photoshop is a creative, focused site with many good tutorials and creative and design links. An organization that you can join is the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. This group has training, education, a great magazine, and discounts on software and photo equipment for its members, making it a very good investment. Another interesting site is the Morgue File. A large collection of royalty-free hi-resolution images, many by photographic professionals. These are just a few examples of the wealth of information about digital photography at your fingertips. Until next month, happy surfing. Mike
A calendar of the events for this month for the Lake, Ocala, and Villages MUGs is on this website. Go to the Calendar Page.
From the Macintosh Hints & Tips column created for the San Diego Macintosh User Groups newsletter.
I just learned from Mac Tech Support how to back up the Address Book, so thought Id pass on the info. Its easy if you know how.
If you have an address book with lots of entries then it might be a good idea to burn a CD with a copy on it.
Digital Photography Websites
Here are some URLs that I collected on Digital Photography. You might start with Steves first.
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 email@example.com
PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322 Judyrookh@aol.com
CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373 firstname.lastname@example.orgGeneral Mac Problems : Tim Rankin 821-2201 Rookh@aol.com
All the Board of Directors are available for help, also. See them on the Board of Directors page of this web site.