Official newsletter of the Ocala Macintosh User Group which meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Multipurpose Senior Center
Volume 79, March 2005
Point of View
It looks like Apple is on a roll, from the news Ive been reading. Apple stock split and went right back up. Apple owns a major percentage of the digital music business. iPods rule the HD music player market and with the Shuffle added, Apple will capture the memory-based music players segment. According to articles Ive seen, computer sales are up also. With the lower cost Mini Mac intro, Apple looks to be serious about more affordable computers and easier switching from windows machines. All of this makes the future of our favorite computer brighter and increases expanding software and support possibilities.
Recently Rose and I were in San Francisco, so I had to drag her to the Apple store. The store is 2 floors of Apple mania! Its full of computers, iPods, and cameras for you to play with. From checking out people on both floors, I think some folks were doing their work, e-mailing, video and photo editing etc... On the second floor (you walk up really neat glass stairs), they have an ongoing seminar theater with guest speakers from famous designers to Suze Orman, a life time Mac user. The genius bar is there also and you have to make an appointment to talk to a genius because they are so busy. Really a great place, although the crowd was something else. Ocala needs one of these! Ive been trying Yasu, a maintenance program that is easy to use and seems to do a good job. If you want to watch some TV from around the world you may want to try CocoaJT, its fun to check out the world TV streams. You can find these here http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/ Im looking forward to all the great music we will becreating after seeing Jonathan Dennison show us how. See you at the meeting.
The experience of making music on your mac...
There are many options out there for making and recording music on your mac. Everything from mixing a playlist on iTunes, to using Apple's Garageband to begin your own music projects, to full professional recording studios using Pro Tools or Apple's own Logic Audio.
Jonathan Dennison, a seminary student, digital artist, and mac technician, will be showing what the basic elements of a program such as Logic Audio o Garageband are, what they do, and how anyone with a mac can easily create their own songs and recordings. He will use one of his songs, Unsaid (found at http://jdennison.fidesnet.net/work/music.html) to demonstrate the elements and workflow of a music program.
If you've ever had aspirations of writing your own song and recording it, or simply itch to play with audio software and effects, or just want a behind-thescenes look at how recording artists do their thing, you won't want to miss this chance to see a program in action and ask questions about setting up your own studio or where and what kind of tools or toys you need to get going with your own mac. There's nothing more fun than making noise with your favorite toys! Macs and music were meant to be together, come and see why!
Ocala Macintosh User Group Minutes
February 1, 2005
Mike Bridge opened the meeting. He reported our presenter for the evenings program was sick. He will try to reschedule for next months meeting if possible. Mike also announced that the March meeting will be held on the second Tuesday because of a scheduling problem with the senior center.
Bob Docteur won the first $22.00 prize, and Sally Smyth won the second money prize. Clint Jones and Bob Docteur had the third and fourth winning tickets. They were able to choose a reward from the prize table. The club netted $44.00 from the proceeds.
Next months meeting will be held on March 8, 2005.
Is your Mac acting up on you!? Crashing, freezing or did it just die?
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Check out the OMUG home page at http://angelfire.com/zine2/omug/mugshot.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
PrintShop or Print Explosion Judy Rankin 821-2322 Judyrookh@aol.com
CD Burners : Jake Jackson 854-3373 email@example.comGeneral 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.