The Way I See It
Time Rankin, President
Time moves on at what seems like an
accelerated pace and so does the computer
world as evidenced by the rapid output of
new computers, new operating systems
and new software. The internet remains an
area that is constantly expanding and
improving and with the dominance of the relatively
new Google search engine, web surfing has
never been easier.
A very interesting development associated with
Google is the new beta version of google maps which
can be accessed by entering the URL
http://maps.google.com and follow the directions. On
the Mac side, the plan is to begin using Intel
processors in Macs in 2006 which will be a first.
Apple is trying to put G5 processors in the
PowerBook and it may require the Intel processor to
beat the heat problem that so far has prevented using
anything but the G4 processor. The Flat Panel iMac
has now received a speed boost with their G5
processors. So as time marches on so do computer
See you all at the JULY MEETING
Macintosh Hints & Tips
From the Macintosh Hints & Tips column created for
the San Diego Macintosh User Groups newsletter.
Print Font Previews
Q: How do I print a list of all my fonts so that I know
what they look like?
A: Lemke Softwares FontBook 4.1 ($10,
www.lemkesoft.de) lets you view and print font
samples. It can print up to 75 fonts per page using
whatever sample text you give it, though a pangram (a
sentence that contains every letter of the alphabet) is
the most-useful choice. Our favorite is Pack my box
with five dozen liquor jugs.
(I tried this and it seems like a good program - EPS)
Tips and Tricks for iLife
I love searching the Internet for new tricks.
Here are tips and tricks web sites for each of
the iLife applications.
Ocala Macintosh User Group Minutes
June 7, 2005
The monthly meeting of OMUG was held on
Tuesday, June 7, at the Senior Center , with twenty
three members and one guest, in attendance. Receipts
for annual dues were passed around to those who
"paid up" at our last meeting.
At 7:00 p.m. sharp, President Tim Rankin began by introducing guest Russ Luke from Dunellen (who wants to put the PC behind him and become a new, happy Mac user), and then launched into a discussion of the virtues (oh, so many) of Mac versus PC, a subject that warms the hearts of we/all Mac devotees.
Tim announced that VMUG's Jack Kraft will educate us on the new Print Shop for Mac, incorporating iPhoto, at our July meeting. Tim also urged us to bring new people to our OMUG meetings. Notices on community bulletin boards works well.
Sunshine Lady, Virginia Baldwin, sent get well cards to
old time members on the sick list, George Lundy and
Tim introduced Judy who skillfully demonstrated the
do's and donts of creating CD labeling directly onto a
blank CD, using a special sleeve which fits into her
Epson R300. Tim followed Judy with the more user
friendly Discus 3.07 Program which is more familiar to
most of us and much less involved.
At the Q and A session, Ewald Lentze asked how to completely clean out his Hard Drive. Attempting low level formatting was suggested.
Jim Alexander and Art Bjork won the 50/50.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
The Board of Directors held a brief, pre-thunder
storm, meeting outside of the Senior Center, discussing
future programs, starting with Jack Kraft in July. Jim
Alexander suggested a Beginners Workshop for those
learning Tiger, Disc Maintenance, etc.
Members are encouraged to e-mail topics of common interest to Tim (firstname.lastname@example.org) for program consideration. The rains came and we scattered to our cars.
July 5 Program
We are indeed fortunate to have Jack Kraft, President
of the Villages Macintosh Users Group, to present our
July Program. Jack will demonstrate how to use the
latest version of PrintShop for the Mac.
PrintShop, as many of you many of you know, was dropped for many years for the Macintosh platform and continued to be upgraded for the Windows side. In that time span Print Explosion became the dominant card
creation program for Mac, but now PrintShop is back
for Mac and looking good. Jack will show us how you
can drag images out of iPhoto to use directly on your
PrintShop cards. Print Shop appears to be a strong
contender for the king of greeting card programs once
again. Dont miss this program and remember its the
day after the 4th of July.
This message was sent to Jack Kraft of the VMUG
group and I am including here for your info.
Apple just posted a great resource on its web site for
new Mac users, called Mac 101.
Go to http://www.apple.com/support/Mac 101 and check it out.
One of the advantages is that it is basic and step-bystep.
Also, since there are no Quicktime movies on
this site, even people who are using iApp can access
the information easily. This is an advantage over the
.Mac learning center which has more in-depth
information but relies heavily on Quicktime movies
that don't download well on iApp.
There is even a page called "Mac Cheat Sheet" which
can be printe out so that the user can document important
information about his/her mac and keep it on a hard
copy -- things like the amount of ram, passwords, etc.
BTW, we are having a "Protecting Your Computer"
workshop to prepare for hurricane season on Tuesday,
July 12 at 7 p.m. Please let your members know --
we'd love to see some of you al come down for it.
We hope to see you in our store soon--
Apple Store Millenia Business Team
Apple and Intel
Last month I reported on Apples move to the Intel
chip in its future Macs. I have been trying to keep up
with the latest news on this subject, so here is some of
There will still be dual-core PowerPC G5 Macs in the
Clock speeds on the Mac will not increase very
The portable G5 will never emerge.
Intel chips are supposed to be cheaper that the IBM
The transition will be bottom-up; the Mac Mini will
probably be first in roughly a year's time, followed by
the iBook/Powerbook. The PowerMac will probably
be last to transition.
The MacTels, as they are being called, will all have
HyperThreading, making multi-tasking with a single
processor considerably more efficient.
Mac OS X for Intel will not boot on machines sold by
other PC manufactures.
MacTels will not run Windows.
Apple will provide a revolutionary code-translation
system, which it calls "Rosetta", to run existing
PowerPC applications on the Intel.
Rosetta does not run the following:
Applications built for Mac OS 8 or 9
Code written specifically for AltiVec
Code that inserts preferences in the System
Applications that require a G4 or G5 processor
Applications that depend on one or more kernel
Bundled Java applications
This sounds the death knell for "Classic" Mac
applications. We see zero support for them in future
Macs. The switch will cost us money - for new Mac
hardware and new Mac software.
A good chunk of today's software will be updated to
"universal binaries", running on both MacTels and
current PowerPC-based Macs.
Apple has very little clout with Motorola or IBM,
because its market is so small in comparison to the
Dell Inc. founder and Chairman Michael Dell has
expressed interest in selling Mac OS X-based PCs.
The same day that Steve Jobs announced Apple's
plans to adopt Intel chips, the company filed a
trademark application for the term Mactel.
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against peerto-
peer file sharing programs such as Limewire. The
people that write this and other similar programs can
be held liable for copyright infringements committed
by users of their peer-to-peer file-sharing software.
This ruling allows record and movie companies to sue
the software makers even though it is the users of the
programs that are doing the illegal copying.