Here's what's on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Colorado Macintosh User Group. I hope to see you from 7pm to 10pm at NCAR!
> Layers magazines
Our friends at Layers magazine <http://www.layersmagazine.com>
sent us a box full of the new issue. Come get yours!
> Book & Software Free-for-all
Jay and Jeff cleaned out their reviewer's closet, and are bringing boxes and boxes of books, software, and gadgets -- some of it quite old, some of it quite new. Grab some gifts for yourself or for your friends, and leave a donation for CoMUG.
> Leopard Server
by Kirk Slowe
Leopard Server is Apple's server software that easily does all of the file sharing duties you want your Mac to do and then more, such as iCal sharing or your own iChat server. And the list goes on?. Start here: <http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/>
, then see Leopard Server in action at the meeting.
by J. Charles Holt
The Wi-Spy 2.4x is a small USB device that scans and displays all activity in the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. It helps to quickly identify interference, find the quietest channel, and analyze the quality of the signal. It sells for a fraction of the price of similar devices (As low as $199, vs $4,000). More info: <http://www.metageek.net/products/wi-spy>
> Tips for Using Apple's Preview Application
by Jeff Gamet and Jay Nelson
The Preview application included on your Mac is capable of many, many things that may surprise you. Jeff and Jay will focus on tools and tricks for editing images.
by Jay Nelson
Pangea's Bracketeer ($30) is a uniquely affordable solution to a common desire: how to combine several exposures of the same subject into one fully-detailed image where nothing is underexposed or overexposed. Of course, if you know some time-consuming magic tricks in Photoshop, you can get some great results, but Bracketeer gives a quick result that's quite impressive. It also aligns hand-held photos very well, so you don't necessarily need to use a tripod. It can also batch process sets of photos in a folder. For more info and examples: <http://www.pangeasoft.net>
> iTunes for Audiophiles, part 1 of 2
by Jeff Gamet and Jay Nelson
Jeff and Jay will be presenting this session at Macworld Conference & Expo in January. Our goal for the November CoMUG meeting is to cover as many of the below topics as possible, then continue at CoMUG's December meeting. Here's the description from the Macworld Conference website:
You will learn the simplest ways to digitize your LPs, tapes and CDs -?with no loss of quality! In many cases, you can actually improve the quality of the source audio, and we'll show you how. You'll learn exactly which file formats, bit rates, and compression methods work best for your goals. We'll also introduce you to the simple and affordable software and equipment you can add to your system for the best sound quality (in and out!).
Then, once you have your collection at your fingertips, learn how to use iTunes to regain control of your ever-expanding music collection. You'll be thrilled to rediscover the music you already have, especially when there is no effort required to find and listen to it! We'll show you how to let the intelligence in iTunes help you find the music you didn't know you wanted to hear. We'll help you with one goal: to take your prized collection out of the closet and into your daily world ? including your car!
You will learn how to:
? Digitize your LPs, tapes, and CDs with no loss of quality
? Choose the best equipment and software for digitizing
? Choose the best file formats and bit rates
? Remove noise
? Trim audio tracks
? Find and automatically import album art from the Internet
? Use Smart Playlists in iTunes to auto-magically manage your music collection
? Keep multiple music libraries
? Listen to your music in multiple rooms and even far-off locations
? Play your iPod in your car with full fidelityColorado Macintosh User Group (CoMU?