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  1. 1. April 2006
  2. 2. Executive Contact List What you are looking at is the April 2006 edition of the DoubleClick monthly newsletter from the Macintosh Users Please feel free to contact any of the following individu- East, (MaUsE), a motley collection of old and new Mac users The next meeting who reside in Southern Ontario with a motley collection of als if you have comments or questions relating to Ma- cintosh Users East or Macintosh computing in general. old and new Macintosh computers. What more do you need will be held at the to know ? This newsletter is created more or less single-hand- President Hm: (905) 263-4167 Solina ed by me, Michael Shaw, DoubleClick Editor, on my Son- net-powered PCI Macs & Mac Clones. I use mostly a Power new Whitby Public Jim Foster Email: jimfoster@mac.com Macintosh 9600/800 and a pair of antique Daystar Genesis MP 800+ Mac clones. The rest of the DoubleClick support Library in Whitby, Apple Ambassador Hm: (905) 983-9205 Orono Bruce Cameron Email: rbcameron@rogers.com staff are a PowerTower Pro 500 from PowerComputing, and the “new boy,” a white 1 GHz G4 iBook. An digital Kodak Ontario, at 7:30 on DX7590 is used for all pictures. Back issues can be down- Treasurer Hm: 905-404-0405 Oshawa loaded from the <www.mause.ca> website for a laugh. April 26, 2005 John Kettle Email : hjke@pteron.org Submissions from MaUsE Club members, although rarer than !!!!!!!! living, breathing mastodons, are always welcome. Send them Publicity Director and Jolly Good Fellow to me either at: <michael_shaw@sympatico.ca> if they are Jim Danabie just text messages or at <wazooster@gmail.com> if there are files or pictures attached. I have never refused a submission Henry Street Logistics Email: cgreaves@i-zoom.net yet. Thereʼs always room for another piece on ANY Mac-re- C. Greaves lated topic and Iʼll make room if there isnʼt. I would like your New Whitby (Highway #2) submissions. But I wonʼt beg. Public Secretary Email: Halston.Wild@gmail.com Apple, Macintosh, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Ap- Library Stan Wild ple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The MaUsE (Macintosh Users East) is an independent user Macintosh Users East [MaUsE] group and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise eMail: mause@mac.com King Street Dundas Street West approved by Apple Computer, Inc. 208 Winona Avenue, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 3H5 Free Parking Scotia Notice Bank DoubleClick The MaUsE Meeting in April will be held DoubleClick on the web at: on the 26th at 7:30 P.M. in Whitby, On- www.mause.ca tario, at the New Whitby Public Library on the corner of Henry Street and Dundas DoubleClick Editor Street (Highway #2). Center Street Michael Shaw Henry Street is four streets west of the four Email: michael_shaw@sympatico.ca corners in Whitby and FREE parking is available after 6:00 P.M. just south of the nearby Scotia Bank. Be there or be square.
  3. 3. Just a ‘Sec’ of DoubleClick in January 1988 and extolling the virtues of that new and exciting development you will share with me a real appreciation of the debt we Submitted by Stan Wild called ‘desk top publishing,’ my discovery that owe to all of the volun- At the March members meeting I spoke briefly Helen Alves, my predecessor as club secretary, teers who have worked about my latest project, I am starting to was the first lady to join the club within so hard these past eigh- collect and write the history of the a few weeks of its inception, and thus teen years. So, don’t be club. In the mid-meeting break I became the first Lady of MaUsE; shy, if you can help even was asked ‘WHY’? Why had I yes, there is so very much more a little bit with information, undertaken this project? The to discover, record and eventu- your help will be very much simple answer is that I have ally share with you. appreciated. You can reach me always been fascinated by by e-mail at halston.wild@gmail.com, or by tele- history; but over and above So now you ask me why am phone at (905) 430-4562. that is the fact that it is a I telling you this at this time good story, a story of a group when I still have so much more Old Bill Shakespeare put it best when he wrote of dedicated men and women to discover and work to ‘What’s past is prologue.’ and, as past who had an idea for a Mac com- do? The answer is that I president Bruce Cameron said to me puter club, and who, over the years, need help from many of when I told him about my proj- have committed an immense amount of you who have been mem- ect, “if we do not remember our time, effort, and yes money, to bring MaUsE bers of the club much longer than past we are bound to repeat it...” to where it is today. I have. I need your input: tell me Let’s hope that we WILL repeat about your early involvement in all the good things, build upon As I started to delve into the club’s past I realized the club. If you have copies of old the club’s long and successful what a good story it is, and, just how dedicated executive minutes, please share history, and, continue to have some of the MaUsE pioneers were and are, peo- them with me; if you have friends a very special Macintosh Users ple like Chris Greaves, John Field, Stuart Brower, who were actively involved in the Group called ‘Macintosh Users (the three wise men who conceived the club), Jim early days of the club, who are no longer East’ for many more years to come. Foster and Doug Kettle all of whom have served, members, but who might have valuable in- Stan Wild almost continuously, as the backbone of the club formation to share about their involvement, please Secretary - MaUsE since its inception in the late winter - early spring attempt to put me in touch with them. I shall do of 1987. There are humorous stories such as my best to reach out and talk to as many of the John Field and Jim Foster stringing what MaUsE pioneers as I can, either by phone, seemed like miles of telephone wire or where possible, with a personal, face from the basement of St Thomas’ to face meeting over a coffee or a cup Church in Brooklin up into the of tea. church hall so that members could see for themselves the wonders of When the project is finished the re- the early internet; there’s Chris sults will be shared with all of you, Greaves demonstrating one of and, I hope that you will then find it the very early color printers; Stu- enlightening, a ‘good read,’ and that art Blower producing the first issue
  4. 4. MaUsE Financial Results for 2005 • The room rental expense for 2005 should not be used as an esti- mate for future years because (a) it included the payment of three Submitted by Jim Foster meetings actually held in 2004, and (b) it included three different n behalf of the Executive of MaUsE, and especially our Trea- levels of 2005 calendar year meeting room expense, namely the O surer, John Kettle, I am pleased to offer members a summary monthly meeting cost at Faith United Church, the monthly single of the financial results of MaUsE covering the calendar year 2005 room meeting cost at Whitby Library, and the monthly double period. room meeting cost at Whitby Library. The following page displays the starting balance of our bank • While the 2005 Actual Income & Expenses do not necessarily and petty cash accounts at the beginning of 2005, a summary reflect an accurate estimate of future years’ activity, the MaUsE of Income and Expenses over major categories, and the year- Executive believes that the club is on sound financial footing and end balance. Also shown is a breakdown of the Non-Recurring is looking forward to even better results from increasing member- Expense category items as well as a pie chart which helps to ship levels as we go forward.” show the breakdown of MaUsE expenses over the year. • Overall, the club ended the year with a slightly lower balance of funds than it began the year, but the Executive observe that this was mainly due to certain investments in equipment which appear under Non-Recurring Expenses and which we do not anticipate to be things which will repeat annually. • The income for Refreshments is unlikely to continue since we are no longer offering refreshments at our new Whitby Library meeting location. • The level of any future donations to the club remains uncertain. • The purchase of the Mac Mini, the KVM switch, and the router should not need to happen again for several years; the dot-Mac annual subscription will hopefully be free next year as long as the club meets certain online training standards set by Apple to qualify for a free annual dot-Mac account; the domain name registration expense will come due again in 2007.
  5. 5. 2005 Calendar Year Financial Results Macintosh Users East Starting Bal. $2,275.59 Income 2520.00 Membership Dues 200.43 Refreshments 106.00 Donations Ttl Income $2,826.43 Expenses 27.60 Entertainment* * Refreshments for August "Drop-In" Event 82.99 Bank Cheques & Service Charges 143.41 Stationery/Bus. Supplies 144.31 Postage 311.47 Printing 848.23 Non-Recurring Expenses >>>>> >>>350.00 Mac Mini Purchase 1375.00 Room Rental 162.66 KVM Switch Purchase -8.99 Miscellaneous Adjustment** 159.85 .Mac Annual Subscription 95.23 mause.ca domain name reg'n (for 2 years) Ttl Expenses $2,924.02 80.49 Router Ending Bal. $2,178.00 ** Amount needed to make Starting Balance plus Income minus Expenses equal the reported Ending Balance. 2005 Expenses 1% 3% Entertainment ### 0% 5% Bank Cheques & Service Charges ### Statiionery/Bus. Supplies ### Postage 5% ### Printing ### Non-Recurring Expenses ### Entertainment Room Rental 11% ### Bank Cheques & Service Charges Miscellaneous Adjustment ### 46% Statiionery/Bus. Supplies Postage Printing Non-Recurring Expenses Room Rental Miscellaneous Adjustment 29%
  6. 6. SMARTReporter erything, being warned that the loss is imminent is a blessing. Janet Barlow brought this one to my attention at the SMARTReporter 2.1 can be configured March MausE Meeting in Preferences to notify you of impend- and I am passing it on to ing drive failures by sending e-mails, all of you. Download it and displaying a warning dialog on your install it now, before you screen or executing an application. The need it. She said that this current status of your drives is always little FREE application was displayed through the customizable a lifesaver for someone she knew whose Mac menu item. files were saved just in the nick of time thanks to a warning from SMARTReporter. SMARTReporter is completely free of charge and licensed under the Open SMARTReporter is an application that can warn Source MIT License. you of future ATA hard-drive failures before they actually happen! It does so by periodically poll- ing the S.M.A.R.T.-status of your hard-drives. S.M.A.R.T. (Self- Monitoring Analysis and Report- ing Technology) is a technology built into most modern hard-drives that acts as an “early warning sys- tem” for pending drive problems. Because SMARTReporter relies on the S.M.A.R.T. implementa- tion of Mac OS X, it only supports ATA or S-ATA hard-drives. (If you want S.M.A.R.T. support for your FireWire hard-drive, send feed- back to Apple). It may not be a good thing or a happy occasion to have a message appear suddenly on your Desktop announcing that Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each your hard drive is about to croak taking all of your files with it, but month at least you may have enough of at Faith United Church a warning to back up the most 1778 Nash Road, Courtice important stuff before it happens. www.durhampc-usersclub.on.ca Compared to suddenly losing ev-
  7. 7. AKVIS Coloriage 2.0 correction, selective desaturation and colorizing, etc. AKVIS Coloriage is as easy to use as a color- There is a really swell article in the ing book. No layers manipulation, no complicated February 2006 DoubleClick about techniques, no more hours of frustration attempt- AKVIS Enhancer, a plug-in for Pho- ing to get just the look you want - everything is toshop and other image editing soft- done with a few brush strokes. Indicate the desired ware. It reads, in part: colors by the stroke of the brush; the program does AKVIS Enhancer is not a stand- the rest of the work: recognizes the object’s border alone application that you can use and tailors the new color to the grayscale tones of all by itself to edit your images. AK- the initial picture. VIS Enhancer is just a plug-in for other applications you may already Use AKVIS Coloriage for the following purposes: AKVIS Coloriage you can manipulate all of the have. The Enhancer installer puts the AKVIS • add color to black and white photos; colors of an image: from colorizing old black and software into your Plug- ins Folder so it becomes • add color to hand sketch drawings (for example, white photos from your family archive to replacing available only when the application is running. It manga drawings and comics); colors in your color photos. The results are really integrates into your image processing programs • replace colors on a color photo; amazingly good considering the very little time it adding new features. The plug-in is compatible • try different color schemes for interior and exte- takes to use the Coloriage software. It has received with many programs that rely on plug-ins to ex- rior design; recognition for its simplicity and excellence: this pand their capabilities, like Adobe Photoshop, • selective desaturation and selective colorization year AKVIS Coloriage was awarded the “Best of Jasc Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop Elements, Corel of areas on a color photo. Soft 2005” prize by PC Magazine. Photo-Paint, etc. AKVIS Coloriage creates Those of you who made it to the February 22nd natural-looking colorization MaUsE general Meeting and witnessed the AKVIS in a quick and entertaining Enhancer demonstration will remember AKVIS manner. It works equally well as a maker of magical easy to use plug-ins that can for coloring of portraits, land- add useful functions and terrific time-saving fea- scapes, fashion, and still life. tures to already powerful programs. With AKVIS The skin, sky, verdure, and Coloriage you can breathe life into your black and tree color patterns help us- white photos. Everyone has seen this effect done ers to select realistic colors poorly at some time or other: tinted portrait photos for their picture. Apply your of Civil War heros in uniform or Victorian women creativity and you will find a in pastel pink or green gowns that were taken at wide variety of other usages a time when colour photography was unknown. for the software. You can cre- I suspect that most serious Photoshop users shy ate colorful backgrounds out away from colorizing black and white photos be- of ordinary dull pictures, you cause it is so time consuming if done properly. AK- can apply AKVIS Coloriage VIS Coloriage presents the cutting edge technol- to get rid of the red eye ef- ogy of automatic photo colorizing that will change fect, to make selective color your ideas about image colorization forever. With
  8. 8. or Lab mode), switch it to RGB. (For example, in ing it. You can also select a color from the original Adobe Photoshop, you can check the mode in the image. For this purpose, you should activate the menu item Image -> Mode). Eyedropper tool and click any point of the image, including drawn strokes. When selecting a color, • Step 3. Call the AKVIS Coloriage plug-in. For you should take into account that the final result this purpose in Adobe Photoshop select the menu depends on the brightness of the grey shade in the item Filter – AKVIS – Coloriage; in Jasc Paint original black and white photo. A light-grey ob- Shop Pro select the menu item Effects – Plugins ject from the original image can not be painted in - AKVIS – Coloriage; in Corel PHOTO-PAINT a dark color: no matter how dark the selected color - select the menu item Effects – AKVIS – Colo- for the object is, the resulting color will be a lighter riage. shade of that color. The same is true with dark ar- eas: it is impossible to change the color of a dark area in the original image into a lighter color, nor can you make it white. When you replace colors in color photos the brightness of the original color determines the final result. • Step 4. Select the color for the object you want Like AKVIS Enhancer and AKVIS Noise Buster to colorize. AKVIS Coloriage offers several ways (more of that later in this issue) AKVIS Coloriage to select colors: in the Colors palette, in the Color is simply a plug-in. To use it you must have Mac library and in the Color Selection Standard Dialog. OS X 10.4 (Tiger), a PowerPC (G3 and above) To select a color from the Colors palette simply and an installed photo editor supporting plug-ins. left-click on any of the palette colors. The selected • Step 5. Select the Pencil tool from the Control It is compatible with such popular image process- color will be shown in the rectangle on the right. panel and specify the object on the image that you ing software as Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop El- The gradient line above the Colors palette will want to paint in the selected color. For this pur- ements, Corel Photo-Paint, Jasc Paint Shop pro show this color and its shades according to their pose: Draw an outline within the object following (v.6,7), etc. brightness. The Color Library contains colors that the shape of it’s boundaries. If the object has sever- are difficult to pick out: the color of skin, hair, lips, al colors, you should draw a line along the bound- • Step 1. Open the image in your photo editor. grass, trees, stones, etc. All colors in the Color Li- ary of the object that should be painted into the brary are divided into groups in accordance with selected color. If the object is rather large or there • Step 2. Make sure that the image is in RGB mode. their function. To select a color from the Color are sharp visible boundaries within it (lighter and If it is not the case (a black and white image can be library you should select the folder with the re- darker areas, for example), draw several strokes in grayscale mode, while a color image in CMYK quired group of colors from the tree by left-click- inside the object.
  9. 9. If inside the object there are details that will be painted in other colors, outline them with the main color of the object. For example, you should out- line lips, eyes, buttons on a coat, etc. If you want to change the color of an object on a color photo, use the Pencil tool to set the color for the object and then draw a closed outline around this object using the Keep-color Pencil. To change the color of the drawn stroke you should select a new color, activate the Tube tool in the Control Panel and left-click on the stroke. If you want to change the color of sev- eral strokes having one color, activate the Magic Tube tool and click on one of these strokes. • Step 7. Press the green Apply button to start the colorization process. The colorized image is shown in the After tab. • Step 8. If you want to edit the colorization result (remove some strokes, add new strokes, change the color of the objects), activate the Before tab again and make the necessary corrections. Press the green Apply button again. • Step 9. Press the green Apply button to apply the colorization result to your picture and close the plugin window. • Step 6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you set colors for all objects. If you do not select a color for an Before you apply and close the plugin window, you object, it will be painted in the color of the near- can save the color strokes into a file. It is helpful est object (objects). Use the Eraser tool to erase when you want to edit the photo later, for example, the drawn strokes. To remove a stroke you should if you have to interrupt your work before you set activate the Eraser tool, press the Alt key (Option colors for every object or you want to have several in Macintosh) and left-click on the stroke. If you color version of the same black and white picture. want to remove all strokes, press the keys Alt + To save the strokes you should press the button. Ctrl (Option+Command in Macintosh) and click In this case you will be able to edit the strokes in on the picture. If you want to cancel the last action, the future by loading them with the button from press the key combination Ctrl+Z (Command+Z in the file. Photos that have been colorized using this grams because the plug-in provides a vast Color Macintosh). You can cancel the last operation with AKVIS plug-in generally look a lot better than Library of thousands of suggested colour tones for the button Undo and restore the changes with the colorization results that take a lot more time with common materials, including hundreds of different button Redo. painting tools found in most photo-editing pro- skin tones.
  10. 10. If this superior ability to colorize grayscale photos and images were the only thing that AKVIS Colo- riage could accomplish it would still be a bargain but a quick look at the fully documented Coloriage tutorials on the AKVIS website indicate that this is just one of many uses that the plug-in can be put to. You can use it to colour sketches, pen & ink drawings, change the colour of specific objects in already-coloured photos, and lots more.
  11. 11. AKVIS Noise Buster 1.1 settings, etc. AKVIS Noise Buster reduces both luminance and color noise on digital images without spoiling other aspects of the photo. Now your photos You may have noticed the name look neat and accomplished. AKVIS appearing quite frequent- ly lately in the DoubleClick. First The plug-in’s window shows Before and After images for instant preview there was the AKVIS Enhancer and easy tweaking of the parameters. You can switch between the windows software, then the AKVIS Colo- with a click on the image. Separate setting areas for luminance and chroma riage elsewhere in this issue, and now AKVIS Noise noise allow you to deal with each kind of noise in the most efficient way. For Buster. A recent MaUsE survey indicates that mem- further adjustment you have a few advanced parameters at your disposal. The bers interested in digital photography make up the program is equally useful both for professional and home users. OSX Tiger is biggest “special interest group” in our club so it required for Macintosh users. makes sense that when I hear about a company that makes award-winning Macintosh software for working with digital images I would ask for registra- Like the other AKVIS software I have presented in the DoubleClick, AKVIS tions for copies to review and raffle off at our meetings. I will be raffling offNoise Buster is just a plug-in. It works under image processing programs copies of both of these programs, AKVIS Noise Buster and AKVIS Colo- that support plugins. It is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Ele- riage at the April MaUsE Meeting. ments, etc. You can download a copy from AKVIS.com and use Noise Buster or any other AKVIS plug-in for 10 days free of charge. It is the evaluation Using the Noise Buster software is very similar to using the other AKVIS period. When the evaluation period is over you have to purchase and enter a plug-ins. Download the software and run the installer. It will ask where you registration key to continue. want to have the plug-in placed and you select the Plug-ins folder of your im- age editing program. Then you open an image in the program and call on the AKVIS Noise Buster plug-in. For this purpose in Adobe Photoshop select the menu item Filter – AKVIS – Noise Buster; in Jasc Paint Shop Pro select the menu item Effects – Plugins - AKVIS – Noise Buster; in Corel PHOTO-PAINT - select the menu item Effects – AKVIS – Noise Buster. The Noise Buster window is HUGE, by default it is the full size of the monitor. It has a slider that allows you to zoom in or out to mag- nify any part of your image. The more you zoom in the more apparent artifacts and noise distortions appear. Digital cameras opened the door to easy and entertaining photography. However, consumer digital cameras also have their drawbacks: they of- ten produce the so-called digital noise. It can be seen as grains that com- promise the smoothness of the photo. It is especially annoying on the skin as it makes it uneven. This kind of noise is called luminance noise. There can also be chroma (color) noise which is perceived as random red and blue pixels spoiling the color accuracy of the snap-shot. Digital noise can be produced by a number of factors: heating of the camera matrix, long exposure shooting, small pixel size (therefore digital com- pact cameras generate much noisier images than digital SLRs), high ISO
  12. 12. This is how to use AKVIS Noise Buster: Download a copy off the AKVIS website and run the installer, selecting your Photoshop Plug-ins folder. • Step 1. Open an image in your photo editor. I use Photoshop Elements. •Step 2. Call the AKVIS Noise Buster plug-in. For this purpose call the command Filter –> AKVIS –> Noise Buster in Adobe Photoshop, or Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> Noise Buster if you have Paint Shop Pro. My Noise Buster plug-in is right there with the other AKVIS filters. • Step 3. Apply automatic filtration of the image by pressing the button Automatic Filtering. The re- sult of the filtration will be shown in the After tab in the preview area. The preview area represents a dotted frame. You can drag the frame or draw it anew on any part of the image, thus analyzing dif- ferent parts of the photo. With a click on the image you can temporarily switch to the Before tab and compare the result of automatic filtering with the original photo in the preview window. To filter the • Smooth Level. The parameter sets the extent to whole image, press the button . Noise on any color picture can be divided into: lu- minance noise and color noise. Luminance noise is which the elements defined as noise should be perceived as dark dots or small blots, color noise smoothed. This can be overdone if not applied • Step 4. If the result of automatic filtration is not carefully. The higher you set the parameter, the wholly satisfying you can adjust the settings to represents color spots on areas having a differ- ent color. Another name for color noise is chro- smoother the filtration result. However, at high val- achieve the best result. The task of noise reduction ues of the parameter, an image can lose too much is to find the golden mean between suppressing ma noise. To reduce noise of each type there are two parameters to manipulate: Noise Level and of what you may want to keep in detail and start noise and keeping detail. Besides, it is important to to look flat. High values of the parameter Smooth take into account the psychological characteristics Smooth Level. Level for color noise can produce an alteration of of visual perception: when comparing the original colors and loss of small color details. On a gray- and the filtered photo pay your attention not only • Noise Level. The parameter defines which ele- ments of the image are to be considered noise (lu- scale photo there is no color component and there- to details but to the overall impression as well. fore no color noise. To suppress noise on a gray- minance or color) and which are to be considered important details. At high value of the parameter scale photo it is enough to regulate the parameters small details can be defined as noise and, there- of the Luminance Noise. fore, be smoothed. • Fade. The parameter sets the mixing ratio of the filtered image and the original. The parameter
  13. 13. values vary between 0 and 100%. At 100 % all ele- Here’s a picture of the ments of the photo defined as noise are smoothed in original high resolu- accordance with the value of the parameter Smooth tion digital image with Level. As you move the slider to the left (i.e. reduce the noise very apparent the value of the parameter), the original image noise where colours and tex- mixes into the filtered image; at 0% there is no filtra- tures change. The noise tion at all. In most cases certain amount of original makes the picture grainy and blurs the edges. The noise adds to the natural look of an image and al- matrix of multi-coloured lows restoring small details. In addition to the five dots is obvious. main parameters there are two optional parameters. • Blur. The parameter allows increasing smoothness of an image, if needed. The higher the parameter, the smoother the image surface. The parameter can be helpful for retouching of portraits; when small details are not so important and it is essential to smooth the skin and add “glamour” to a portrait. • Sharpen Edges. Noise suppression may also af- fect the sharpness of a photo. The parameter allows regulating the sharpness of the objects’ edges. The default value usually offers a satisfactory result, but it is possible to increase the value of the parameter Here’s a picture of the to improve sharpness. However, it may also cause same digital image with retrieval of the original noise. the noise very much reduced through the The result of the current settings is shown in the pre- magic of AKVIS Noise view area - a dotted frame. You can drag the frame or Buster. The whole pic- draw it anew on any part of the image, thus analyz- ture looks sharper and ing different parts of the photo. Compare the origi- the matrix of multi- nal image and the result by clicking on the image. coloured dots is much less obvious. • Step 5. To apply the filtration result to the image and close the plug-in’s window, press the Ap- ply button. Some noise is inevitable and a direct result of the digital process. With AKVIS Noise Buster you can easily and quickly increase your ability to offset noise and improve the appearance of your pictures. This is not a startling effect like other Photoshop plug-ins but you may find it more universally useful than filters that distort or alter your pictures to create an effect. Noise Buster makes your pictures look subtly better, rather than markedly different.
  14. 14. MemoryMiner Over time, a set of network services will link individual MemoryMiner li- braries, using the descriptive metadata to help people find these digital story MemoryMiner is a brand new application that represents the first step towards elements securely and efficiently. a long term goal: the creation of the world’s most extensive network of first- person accounts of modern society and culture. Like all big ideas, it starts The first step to realizing this vision is a better tool for linking digital media in with a simple premise and a mass appeal for participation. MemoryMiner is a coherent way. While there are plenty of tools for “managing” digital media, an application used to organize and share digital media using a simple, yet there is a real need to link media in meaningful ways, using an easy to grasp powerful metaphor, namely “People, Places and Time.” “People, Places and Times” structure. The next step is to network these librar- ies together, efficiently and securely. The 1.0 release of MemoryMiner is the At its core are a simple set of tools for treating photos (particularly rare, “pre- first step in a long journey, and we invite you to participate. digital” photos) as individual frames in a type of endless story board. The story elements are linked to each other by way of annotation layers identify- Since the beginning of time, humankind has preserved and shared the stories ing the people, places, dates and events captured in each frame. As links are of their lives through the use of images. When words alone fail to relay the made, it becomes easy and tremendously interesting to explore the threads full detail of a story; images can enhance them by adding impact and emo- which link people’s lives across time, place and shared experience. tion. A meaningful photograph becomes a story and the photographer be- comes a storyteller. We share stories of the people, places and events that our photographs captured. Treasured family albums are passed down from generation to generation because they hold valuable memories and have been created with meticu- lous detail and care. Photographs and notations keep stories
  15. 15. alive, but too often photographs and the details history of your family that give the captured moment meaning are lost or or group, use your find- forgotten, stashed in boxes unordered and undocu- ings to generate a story- mented. In the age of digital photography, there are board for a documentary or many tools that allow us to organize and maintain a digital story. Using Mem- the large amounts of material we collect. Although oryMiner, you can attach ad- sorting photographs into digital albums is useful, ditional documentation that many people still feel they have the digital equiva- adds depth to a photograph. Text, lent of a shoe box full of photographs stored on audio and video add more layers their computers’ hard drive. of meaning and make the story more robust. Where are the details and stories that go along with the photos? Is it possible to sort through hundreds Suggested uses for MemoryMiner of photos and choose the best ones to help create • Import and organize scanned images of pa- a larger story? MemoryMiner is the first digital per photographs tool that allows users to organize photos by label- • Import and organize digital photographs ing them with valuable information that resurrects • Catalog essential information for each pho- memories and the stories behind them. Mining the tograph: People, Places and Time archives of personal photographs is fundamental to • Add audio, video and text attachments for finding and retelling stories. MemoryMiner takes added depth of information the best qualities of scrapbooks and well-docu- • Sort photographs by infinite variations of mented photo albums and translates them into the People, Places and Times digital world. It then adds cross- referencing and • Share and exchange your archive with custom searching which become key to building friends and family who can contribute addi- a visual timeline, or storyboard, for a digital story. tional information. MemoryMiner helps you rebuild stories by adding context to your memories. The Interface If you take pictures or receive photographs from The work area in MemoryMiner is divided others. If you have an interest in creating a per- into three main areas: Photos, People, and sonal archive using photographs of your life. If Places. you have an interest in personal history. If you en- joy retelling the stories of your family and friends, Photos with the date it was taken and MemoryMiner im- then MemoryMiner will be useful to you. Digital This area is referred to as the Contact Sheet. Imag- ports this information with the image. The dates storytellers will be able to sort and order photos es are imported, edited, labeled and filtered here. for scanned images must be entered manually. to help visualize the flow of a story. Personal and Thumbnails of photos allow you to have a quick Double-click on any photo to have it appear in edit family historians will find MemoryMiner essential visual guide to the photos in your database. The mode. Use the forward and backward arrows at the to documenting the people, places and times that thumbnail slider lets you quickly see more or few- bottom of the window to view the previous or next give all photographs meaning. Use MemoryMiner er slides per page. The contact sheet is ordered by photograph in order on the contact sheet. in a school or group project to help document the photo date. Most digital cameras will tag a photo
  16. 16. Places When opening MemoryMiner for the first time, not only are there people listed, there are also places. When people with the same last name are pulled into MemoryMiner, any addresses that they have in the Address Book are converted into MemoryMiner places. You can add or remove places by click- ing on the + or – buttons at the bottom of the Places window. By entering a full address or even just a city and country, the Get Map function will at- tempt to locate a map of the area using web services. It will also pull map- ping coordinates if they are available. Having mapping coordinates becomes increasingly important as we take a step back and look at our images with a broader perspective. For instance, MemoryMiner shows a map of all of the places a person has been identified in. In order for those places to show on the map, they must have mapping coordinates. If the web services cannot find maps or mapping coordinates for a given place, you can manually specify the latitude and longitude numbers in decimal format. Then using Get Map will People pull maps based on those mapping coordinates. There is a How To document When you first open the MemoryMiner application, you will see that there that gives suggestions on how to locate places that web services has difficulty are people listed. MemoryMiner knows who is logged on and pulls people finding. The MemoryMiner Support page has a link to this document. with the same last name from the Address Book. MemoryMiner works seam- http://www.memoryminer.com/support/ lessly with the Address Book application. As you identify people in your photos, they are automatically pulled into MemoryMiner from the Address Book. Maintaining the list of people in MemoryMiner is simple. Just click on the + or – buttons at the bottom of the People pane to add or remove some- one from your list. Customize their birth date, their relationship to you and their gender. There is an icon to the left of the person’s name. This icon is used to identify the person within MemoryMiner. This identity icon will also be populated into the Address Book if this person was created from the Ad- dress Book. There are also ten icons for identifying each stage of a person’s life. These icons are automatically generated by the application by compar- ing the birthday of the person with the date of the pictures that they are in. If you don’t like the chosen icon, you can select your own. When you click on one of the icons, the Person Icon Editor appears which help you to create the icon. The choices presented to you are from the selection rectangles that you placed around this person in photographs. The middle section of this screen is split into two tabs: Photos and Places. The Photos tab shows you thumbnails of each of the photos this person has been identified in. The Places tab show you a map of each place identified in the pictures on the Photos tab. How- ever, if the MemoryMiner Place does not have mapping coordinates, it will not show up on the map.
  17. 17. March Mause Meeting The March 22nd Meeting, as has been the case with all of our other MaUsE meetings in 2006, was a brilliant success. We had a good turnout for the event and there were a lot of new and old members in the audience. John Kettle gave the Treasurer’s report to let us know how the membership renewal numbers are shaping up. Stan Wild gave the Secretary’s report about his progress to date with setting up MaUsE SIGs for Photoshop users and members interested in classic software or function as a server and learning more about website creation. back-up to our newer computers. Jim Foster spoke briefly about the success of our new MaUsE To finish off the OSX requirements topic website and spoke about how members can update their pro- Aaron introduced, I treated the members files on the MausE site. to an informative comparison of Sonnet’s PCI X Install software and Other World Marcel Dufresne, longtime MaUsE Member, performed in public for Computing’s (OWC) XPostFacto, stress- the first time as he gave us a guided tour of the <www.Thinks.com> ing the differences between these two very website that he frequents to get the mathematical puzzles and other intel- successful and useful software packages lectual stimulants he requires. Our own Aaron Vegh introduced us to his favourite application switching capabilities of OSX and gave a presentation on QuickSilver, an application that magically enhances his productivity on his Mac. Aaron also gave a prepared lesson about the evolution of issues and improvements found in the classic Mac operating systems that preceded OSX. He ended by explaining why and how OSX is superior to the earlier classic Mac operating systems and then investigated the minimum requirements for running OSX “on the cheap” by examining several very recent eBay auctions to see what the actual cost of three low-cost Macintosh models capable of running OSX. He looked at a 350 MHz iMac for $100.00, a 466 MHz G4 tower for $300.00 and a 1.25 GHz Mac Mini for $500.00 and discussed their relative merits. He dis- cussed the importance of keeping an older networked computer around to run exclusively
  18. 18. that can make it possible for a user to install and run various versions of Tiger, Panther, and Jaguar successfully on what Apple considers to be unsup- ported PCI Macs and Mac Clones, with and with- out G3 and G4 processor upgrades. There were two special events for the evening. One event was the MaUsE members-only raffle, (with several donated copies of xTime Project, Dragon Burn donated by Janet Barlow, some Take Control booklets on CDs, and lots of Macworld swag do- nated by Jim Foster, and the other event was the software exchange which was previously men- tioned in the February and March DoubleClicks. Hopefully we may be able to schedule more simi- lar events in the future to help raise funds for the Club.
  19. 19. NEW Stuff From Sonnet Technologies I have never had a bad experience with any Sonnet product I have ever owned. Sonnet Technologies has probably been mentioned more times in the DoubleClick over the past five years than any other company, with the possible exception of Apple Computers, Inc. My very first truly “upgraded” Mac was a Performa 6400 with a Sonnet 400 MHz G3 processor in it. Right now both of the big old PCI Macs that I use to pro- duce the DoubleClick (Apple PowerMac 9600/233 and Daystar Genesis MP 800+) have Sonnet stickers on them to indicate that the 800 MHz G4 processor upgrades in them are Sonnet products. Even Irma’s AGP Graphics Graphite has benefited from a boost from Sonnet: a 1,000 MHz G4 Sonnet processor upgrade card was installed to replace the original 500 MHz G4 Sawtooth Apple processor. I was cruising the Sonnet site last week and noticed that Sonnet Technologies has a new product line. This should be of interest to just about everyone since there is probably at least one iPod in every household in North America and they all have bat- teries. Sonnet’s website has a product page with battery replacement kits for all of the iPods. Each kit contains a new high-output battery which Sonnet claims is better than the Apple service part, combined with a CD with QuickTime clips which will guide the iPod owner through the procedure required to re- move the unchargeable original battery and replace it with the new Sonnet upgrade. From my own experience with the three iPods owned by members of my own family, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Apple iPod batteries and we have never had any issues with our iPods, but when the time does come and a replacement iPod battery is needed, Sonnet will definitely be my first choice.
  20. 20. TidBITS Releases a Trio of Titles “Take Control of Recording Music with Garage- Band,” iLife ‘06 Edition, by Jeff Tolbert about GarageBand 3 <http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/garageband- recording.html?14@@!pt=TRK-0016- Go to <www.takecontrolbooks.com> for the best selection of inexpensive TCMUG&cp=CPN31208MUG> ebooks written by Macintosh professionals who know more about what you PDF format, 115 pages, free 34-page sample avail- can do with your Mac than you’ll ever know. These and many other ebooks able are available and upgrades to the titles you buy online are frequent and free. Publication date: March 18, 2006 Price: $10 Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced musi- cian, turn to three new ebooks from Take Control to “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac” version 1.1 by Andy Affleck learn how to work creatively and effectively with Ga- <http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/podcasting-mac.html?14@@!pt=TRK- rageBand. In “Take Control of Making Music with 0029-TCMUG&cp=CPN31208MUG> GarageBand,” you’ll find step-by-step directions PDF format, 87 pages, free 19-page sample available from Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert for using Garage- Publication date: February 23, 2006 Band’s built-in loops to plan, edit, mix, and export Price: $10 a tune, while in Jeff’s “Take Control of Recording with GarageBand” you’ll read about how to get the most out of existing gear and what to purchase, as well as real-world recording studio techniques, using a mic, and applying effects. Both ebooks include linked-in audio that lets you listen to examples while you read about them and suggestions for enhanc- ing GarageBand’s performance. The third ebook in the trio, Andy Affleck’s “Take Control of Podcasting on a Mac” lays out the entire process for becom- ing a successful podcaster, from planning your content, assembling your gear, recording and editing (in GarageBand 3 or other popular programs), and pub- lishing and promoting your episodes. As usual, you can purchase any of these with a 10% MUG discount, though in some cases you’ll see two-ebook bundles for sale where the bundle discount is a better deal. The links below include the necessary coupon codes for the 10% MUG discount. “Take Control of Making Music with Garage- Buy and download these and any other Take Control books that tickle your Band,” iLife ‘06 Edition, by Jeff Tolbert <http:// fancy For more information about other new Take Control ebooks, visit: www.takecontrolbooks.com/garageband-music. http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/ html?14@@!pt=TRK- 0007TCMUG&cp=CPN312 08MUG> PDF format, 88 pages, free 24-page sample available Publication date: March 18, 2006 Price: $10
  21. 21. TidBITS Releases the “Macworld April Digital Photography Superguide” MaUsE The latest ebook from the Take Control folks is a bit different, and in fact, it was instead cre- ated by Macworld Magazine. Because digital Executive photography is such a huge topic, Macworld assembled a dream team of authors to contrib- Meeting ute their years of knowledge to the 102-page The usual suspects gath- “Macworld Digital Photography Superguide,” a ered at the home of Mi- collection of the best of Macworld’s digital pho- chael Shaw to discuss tography coverage. In 21 detailed sections, they the agenda for the April teach readers how to take great shots, make them even better with General Meeting. It was image-editing tools ranging from iPhoto to Adobe Photoshop, move a peculiar gathering com- them to paper, and protect them against mishap. Complete with a gor- pared to most because geous layout and full-color graphics, not to mention ebook goodness we had at least two and like bookmarks and hotlinks, we’re sure you’ll learn a lot from the sometimes three talking “Macworld Digital Photography Superguide.” heads perched like virtual gargoyles on the kitchen As usual, you can purchase the ebook with a 10% MUG discount, counter peering out at us and the link below includes the necessary coupon code for your dis- from my iBook. Hugh count. Amos, Chris Greaves and Jim Foster all attended the meeting via iChat. • “Macworld Digital Photography Superguide” by Macworld Maga- Aaron Vegh, Bruce Cameron, Stan zine Wild, Jim Danabie, John Kettle and < h t t p : / / w w w. t a k e c o n t r o l b o o k s . c o m / m w - p h o t o I were physically present. General- html?14@@!pt=TRK-0033-TCMUG&cp=CPN31208MUG ly, in my opinion, the iChat thing is • PDF format, 102 pages, free 15-page sample available a piss-poor substitute for really be- • Publication date: November 29, 2005 ing present at the meetings. I know • Price: $12.95 that the iChat attendees had a hard time hearing and understanding the For more information about other new Take Control ebooks, visit: rest of us. http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/ John updated us with a progress report on MaUsE membership re- newals. Stan reported on his prog- ress to date with a MaUsE History he has been working on. In spite of the communication difficulties we
  22. 22. did manage to map out our plans for the Notice to Advertise April 26th General Meeting. We will DoubleClick Readers in the have a full agenda with several presen- Who Are NOT DoubleClick tations. For those of us in the club who MaUsE Members WANTED: Articles writ- still use ClarisWorks, If you are living in or near the Dur- ten by MaUsE Members also known as Apple- ham Region of Southern Ontario about any Macintosh-re- Works, Guy LaFon- and using a Macintosh computer and lated hardware or soft- taine will demonstrate are not yet a member of MaUsE you ware product. Reviews some features of this wonderful all-purpose Apple program. There will be a demonstration by can use the information found on the of programs or personal Irma of another AKVIS Photoshop plug-in, Coloriage, as described ear- second page of this newsletter to get upgrade experiences lier in this issue. There have been recent sightings of (gasp) virus alerts meeting info and to get in touch with appreciated. Rants and for Macintosh computers, so expect to hear about that, too. a member of our executive to find out opinions welcome. how to join. Send them to the You can expect that there may be a brief report on Apple’s new Boot- Camp program, a new application for the Intel Macs so exciting that DoubleClick at <michael_ Apple share prices jumped about 10% when it was announced in the If you just want to attend a few of shaw@sympatico.ca> first week of April. our monthly meetings please feel free to join us on the fourth Wednesday of NOTICE: If you have the month. Meetings are open to the any service you wish to public and admission is free but eligi- provide to other MaUsE bility for winning swell raffle prizes members you can place and receiving technical assistance are a FREE ad in the May or available only to club members. June 2006 edition of the DoubleClick. Other privileges of membership include the right to borrow from the MaUsE Club Library and to submit articles for publication in this excel- lent newsletter.