From the President's Desk
The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, President
Its not only arguably the coolest feature in Panther, its probably the best thing that happened to any OS
since icons. Its called Exposé, and when you invoke it, it instantly (and I mean instantly) shows you
miniature versions (thumbnails) of every open window
in the Finder and all open applications. That way you
can instantly click and go right to the window you
want. Honestly, theres no way to adequately describe
this feature, so go try it once and it will instantly (and
I mean instantly) make sense. Heres how: Open a few
Finder windows, then open a couple documents in an
application. Then press the F9 key, and every window
temporarily miniaturizes. Click on the window you
want it comes to the front, and everything else
returns to normal. Is that slick or what?
Apple versus the Beatles
The Beatles (the music group) are suing Apple
Computer again for violations of constraints laid down
in an agreement between the two companies several
years ago. The lawsuit started because the Beatles
claimed to own the Apple logo as part of the Apple
Music company. The agreement stated that Apple
Computer would produce computer software and not
get involved in the music business. With the advent of
iTunes and the Apple Music Store this has changed.
At least in the eyes of the Beatles. Who knows what
will happen. No doubt an agreement will be reached,
money will change hands, and everyone will be happy.
Apple versus France
The French government is in the process of passing a
law that would force Apple to reveal the process that
protects their Protected AAC downloads from the
Apple Music Store. These are the music files that you
buy from the store. The protection is supposed to
protect the songwriters and musicians from piracy by
preventing someone from copying the downloaded
music. If the French law goes into effect it will stop
this protection. There are rumors that Apple will cease
doing business in France. What is very interesting is
that there has been very little word from the music
Apple and the National Football League
There are a lots of rumors about Apples music store
and what it will be offering in the future. One of the
rumors has them talking to the National Football
League about an internet deal that would allow
downloads of NFL games after they are played
This would be similar to the one CBS announced with
Apple's iTunes days before the NCAA men's
tournament, which allows users to download
commercial-free, condensed versions of the games the
day after they are broadcast on TV.
Several OMUG members have requested that we have
a presentation on Organizing Your Mac and we
want you to know that we do pay attention to your
requests. In fact, your requests are being honored on
Tuesday evening April 4th when Tim Rankin will
attempt to share his secrets on, of all things,
Organizing Your Mac.
If you saw Tims computer room, you would know that he was not applying what he is going to suggest to you in the way of organization to this room. He does, however, keep a fairly organized computer. Be sure and make this
meeting as you may have some suggestions for
organization that will be useful to everyone as well.
There will be handouts available outlining several ideas
to keep your Mac neater and hopefully more functional.
Macintosh Hints & Tips
These hints were taken from the Hints & Tips
newsletter that is available at http://www.mac-hints-tips.com
Converting iTunes File Formats
Need to convert an AAC music file into MP3 format?
Need to convert an MP3 file into WAV?
Use iTunes to convert files already in your iTunes library into different formats. To convert music files from one
format (e.g. AAC) to another (e.g. MP3):
Click on iTunes > Preferences
Click on the Importing button at the top of the
From the Import Using pop-up menu, click on the
encoding format (AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3,
WAY) you wish to convert your music files to
Click on OK to save the settings
Select one or more songs in your iTunes library to
convert (Command/click to select specific individual
files or Shift/click to select files in a row)
Click on Advanced > Convert Selection to... (the
format you selected in preferences above is displayed)
A copy of the file (or files) will be created in the new
Rachael Smithey, Your Guide to Focus on Macs via
Different Formats and Quality
Anyone who has ripped an audio CD (that is,
converted and imported its contents) in iTunes knows
what a simple process it can be. Insert the CD, wait
for iTunes to download track information from the
Internet, click on the Import button, and go about your
business while iTunes does its business. What you
may not know is that you have a choice when it comes
to the format in which iTunes imports that CD.
iTunes and the iPod support four audio formats
AIFF, WAV, MP3, and AAC. AIFF and WAV files
are uncompressed and consume about 10MB of harddrive
space for each minute of stereo audio. MP3 files
are compressed (stripped of audio data considered to
be less detectable to the human ear). With iTunes 4,
Apple added a new audio-compression format: Dolby
Laboratories Advanced Audio Coding (AAC).
By default, iTunes 4 rips CD audio files at 128 Kbps
to about 7 percent of the original file size. But if
youre willing to trade hard-drive space for better
sound quality, you may want to change iTunes
default import settings.
To do so, select Preferences from the iTunes menu
and click on the Importing tab. Selecting AIFF
Encoder or WAV Encoder from the Import Using
pop-up menu provides you with full-quality,
uncompressed music tracks useful for purists
but these files will take up a load of space on your
Mac or iPod
A better compromise is to leave AAC Encoder
selected and bump up the resolution.
To do this, select Custom from the Setting pop-up
menu beneath AAC Encoder, and choose a higher bit
rate from the Stereo Bit Rate pop-up menu.
Apple Pickers MUG, Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Our monthly OMUG meeting was held on the evening
of March 7th at the Senior Center, this time, with the
room in a different configuration. The first arrivals had
decided to leave the tables and chairs as they were
which for me, was terrific as I could easily take the
minutes without the usual scribbling with pad on knee.
Clint Jones sold raffle tickets and Earl Satterfield was
busy setting up for his presentation on iTunes. There
were twenty in attendance including guests Ed
Anderson, Susie Wood and Ray Gonzales from Ohio.
Merrill Anderson roamed the room, taking photos
throughout the meeting. Tim Rankin announced that
the new Photo Shop Elements 4 will be coming out
soon at $79.00.
Earl Satterfield demonstrated the myriad components
and versatile applications of iTunes, covering play
lists, album covers, importing songs from CD's,
organizing your library, purchasing music from the
Music Store, backing up your music to iDVD (better
than CD's as iDVD gives you so much more space)
and more. There were many questions from the
members about transferring music to the iPod, how to
use the Music Store Search (type in the artist or song
and press the "return" key) and if you want different
"visuals" while listening to your music, contact
VMUG's Jack Kraft.
There followed a discussion about our free Anglefire
(Bookmark it), which some find too long so the Board
is looking into changing it to an OMUG.com website
which will cost $60.00.
Debra Bollinger asked speed related questions ~ AOL versus Sprint and N. C Sizemore had "connecting" issues between Sprint and Earthlink. New member Ray Gonzales wondered about free wireless router service downtown on the square.
50/50 raffle winners were Frank Weyer, Judy Rankin,
Dick Rohde and Ray Gonzales.
We wish to thank Bob and Carolyn Docteur for their delicious refreshments. Jake Jackson has made the move to Virginia and his new email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting adjourned at 8:40.
We missed you again, Jim.