From the President's Desk
The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, President
Here are some great tips from earlier MUGSHOT
newsletters that are worth repeating.
Dirty Red Dot
Why does the red close button at top left of your file
sometimes have a black dot in it? The black dot
indicates the file has not been saved since the latest
If iPhoto becomes unstable or runs super slow, it may
have a confused image database. To rebuild its
database, hold down the Option and Shift keys while
launching iPhoto. If the problem still exists, try
rebuilding it again until its fixed.
iPhotos Trash is not the same as the Mac OS Trash.
Deleting a picture in iPhoto just puts it in iPhotos
Trash. To remove it from your hard drive, you must
go to file menu in iPhoto and choose Empty Trash.
You can sometimes clean up an encoded e-mail
attachment, one of those with all the garbled letters,
and Stuffit will translate it. Open the file in Text Edit
or a word processor, and then delete everything above
the line that begins with Content-Type. Save the file
as "Text Only," and drag it on top of Stuffit Expander.
World Wide Developers Conference
Steve Jobs opened the World Wide Developers
Conference on August 7 with his keynote address. The
main features of this address were the preview of Mac
OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and the introduction of the Mac
Pro, a replacement for the Power Mac G5 towers.
There were several features of Leopard that were
declared Top Secret and not revealed at this time,
however, what was revealed was very interesting.
Features known as Time Machine and Spaces were
new additions. Spotlight, iChat, iCal, Mail and Dashboard will get a major overhaul.
To me, Time Machine was the best news. This is a feature
that will save a lot of grief for a lot of people. It is the
ability to automatically backup your work and then
restore it if parts or all of has been lost. In the
demonstration it showed a folder with a Keynote
presentation that had a portion missing. Using Time
Machine, earlier versions of this folder were opened in
a cascade view. There was a time line displayed on the
right side and you can go backwards until a window
appears with the missing file in it. Now the file can be
restored to the proper folder using the restore button.
In order to use Time Machine you must set up a
backup drive by going to the Time Machine panel
under System Preferences. You can choose to use
Time Machine to back up your drive before installing
Leopard. Some one has suggested that it would be nice
if Leopard contained a tool to create a backup
partition. Others have suggested using an external drive
set aside for backup purposes would be better.
The other major additions was Spaces. Using Spaces
you can create virtual desktops and you can switch
between them by just clicking on a application in that
particular space. By using Expose, you can see all of
your Spaces at once. What this means is that you can
have a space for music that would contain iTunes and
Garageband, a space for pictures containing iPhoto and
other graphic applications and so on.
All of us use e-mail and send a lot of photos via this
system. This is usually done by writing a text message
and attaching or including some photos. Now there are
stationary templates that allow you to make a nice
presentation of your text and photos.
In addition enhancements were made to Spotlight,
Dashbaord and iChat. In addition, Leopard will ship
with the latest versions of Boot Camp, Front Row and
I suggest that you visit the Apple web site and see a
preview of these new features presented ina Quicktime format.
Also introduced was the Mac Pro, the replacement for
the Power Mac G5 towers. The Mac Pro uses the
Intel Dual Core 2 chipset with speeds up to 3 GHz.
The performance is reported to be twice as fast as the
The Mac Pro comes in one basic configuration for a price of $2,499. It has two 2.66GHZ Dual-Core Intel Zeon processors, 1 GB RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, a Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT video card, and a 16x dual-layer Superdrive.
From there you can build your own and add as many
options as you like. You can choose from three
processors, six memory options, you can add a hard
drive to the other three hard drive bays, choose from
six graphics cards, add a second Superdrive, add
Airport, Bluetooth or a modem, choose a wireless
keyboard and mouse, have up to four Apple software
applications pre-installed and buy the Applecare plan.
As you can see there are endless configurations.
TV Shows from ITunes Music Store
Apple keeps adding material to its iTunes TV
programs that are available for download. If you like to
have a permanent copy of one of your favorite TV
episodes then look at iTunes Music Store and see if it
is there. I counted a total of 42 different channels
including the newly added A&E, Biography, CNN, E!
Entertainment, History and Warner Brothers.
Apple has introduced a wireless version of the Mighty
Mouse that is based on the Bluetooth 2.0 technology.
It looks just like the older version but features a new
laser tracking system that is 20 time more sensitive.
The mouse is powered by either one or two AA
batteries and has a power management system that
switches to low power when not in use. It is also
equipped with an on/off switch. The wireless Mighty
Mouse is available at the Apple retail stores or the
Apple online store for $69.
For better or worse, Tim Rankin will do a presentation
on An Overview of Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0.
He will try and convince you that you simply must
consider obtaining this program in order to edit, tweak
or manipulate your digital photos and/or scanned
images. This program is truly one of the best buys in
photo editing software on the market. There is a
learning curve as with all software, but you will be
shown how you can ease into using the program to do
basic edits soon after you install Elements.
Hopefully we will be e-mailing everyone a .pdf file complied by Adobe on the features of this program and you can print this out and bring it to the meeting with you as
this will be the general outline of the nights
presentation. If you dont get a chance to print a copy,
dont worry will be have copies available at the
meeting. Dont forget this will be Tuesday night,
September 5th. Plan to be there!
The Microsoft Mac Business Unit has announced that
it has stopped development on a Universal version of
Virtual PC. They will continue to support the present
versions. If you are using an Intel based Mac computer
you can install Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop and
run Windows applications. Please note that this
requires the installation of the Windows operating
Another announcement from the Microsoft Mac
Business Unit was the development of a universal
version of MS Office. No release date was given.
I must begin my August minutes by thanking Joan
Greenwood for taking the BEST minutes I've ever
read. Hey Joan, I see where your future lies with
Joan stood in for me while Bob and I were
on our Middle European trip, visiting Vienna, Prague
and Dresden, Germany. We not only experienced all
of the horrendous global high temps, but also got
pulled into WORLD CUP FOOTBALL frenzy. When
they announced that America stood in fifth place
world wide, I said to Bob, "Gee Bob, I didn't even
know that we had a team"! Shows to Go ya!!!
Our monthly meeting took place at the Senior Center
on the eve of the first day of August, 2006. Judy and
Clint and Earl and Virginia were at the welcoming
table, selling raffle tickets and doling out badges, and
surprise, surprise, Jake Jackson came to our meeting,
looking just great. We were twenty three in
attendance, including guest and potential member Alan
Sypher, and program presenter, Bob Wood, retired
High School Math and Computer Program instructor.
Some of us know Bob from having seen this "Basic
Mac" presentation at the last VMUG meeting. As a
former educator, he gives a thorough and articulate
presentation. Working on his G5 iMac and having
previously sent out an outline of Mac basics, we
followed along and were (are always) aghast at the
functionality of the mighty Mac.
He highly recommended getting the OS X The Missing Manual by David Pogue which can be sent for through
Amazon. He refers to it ALL THE TIME.
Bob started with "About this Mac", showing us how
to access the important information about our
particular computer, on to the Finder Window and it's
Desktop Software info, on again into the System
Preferences, demonstrating each of the "icons" and
their capabilities. Clicking on your Finder Preferences
helps you to customize your system. Spotlight Search
was next. He demonstrated how to access everything
in your HD which was amazing and we are so
fortunate to have such great tool integrated into OS X.
Printing, Creating PDF's, burning CD's and DVD's,
backing up files ~ all part of the great user friendly
options that only the Mac offers.
Bob emphasized the use of the Help function as often
as possible. Other useful hints included using
Command D to duplicate just about anything and the
differences between duplicates and alias'; checking on
your System Updates often to get the latest versions
of your operating system, using Command/Shift 3 to
take a photo of any particular project, Command I to
get information on any photo, document, folder, etc.,
creating a PDF folder to keep those files organized,
backing up everything using an external drive, whether
it be an iPod, flash drive, LaCie X Drive or iDisk for
those .Mac account folks (by the way, Steve Jobs
showed in his last keynote speech that a very small
percentage of Mac users back up anything!!!), check
on your Preview Preferences for jpeg, tiff, gif
I kept looking at Ed Anderson and his mouth was open and his jaw, dropped. As a new comer to Mac, he was clearly overwhelmed. Little does he know that we are ALL in the same boat!!!
Once again, the Docteurs produced quenching drinks
and sweets at our break time. Thank you, thank you
Bob and Carolyn for the great refreshments each
Our 50/50 winners were Virginia Baldwin, cash, Helen
Chatterton, cast, Sally Smyth, CD holder and Judy
Rankin, flash drive. Tim reminded us all that if you
take your used ink cartridges to Staples, they will give
you a refund coupon worth $3.00 each.
The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Secretary, OMUG (email@example.com)