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ATPM 6.02
February 2000



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Made with Macs

There’s a slight change to the desktop picture series, brought to you this month by Grant Osborne. We all know that we can make great movies with our Macs, but imagine if some of the greatest movies were literally Made with Macs.

Introducing “Macspotting,” “Mac Wars” (Starring G3PO and i2D2), “Austin PowerBook,” “Reservoir Macs,” “The Mac Witch Project,” and “The Mac is not enough.”

The pictures were all drawn using indian ink. They were then scanned into Corel Photo-Paint and colored. Text was added using Strider Software’s TypeStyler 3.

We are considering a sequel to the movie series, so if you have any other ideas for movies made with Macs, e-mail your them to

If you haven’t seen the older parts of the series, they are: Yellowstone National Park, Drops, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Monaco, Montréal, Bahamas, Clouds, Aerial, Made with Macs.

Placing Desktop Pictures

Mac OS 8.5 and Newer Go to the “Appearance” control panel. Click on the “Desktop” tab at the top of the window. Press the “Place Picture...” button in the bottom right corner, then select the desired image. By default, it will show you the images in the “Desktop Pictures” subfolder of your “Appearance” folder in the System Folder, however you can select images from anywhere on your hard disk.

After you select the desired image file and press “Choose,” a preview will appear in the Appearance window. The “Position Automatically” selection is usually fine. You can play with the settings to see if you like the others better. You will see the result in the little preview screen.

If you are satisfied with the selection, click on “Set Desktop” in the lower right corner of the window. That’s it! Should you ever want to get rid of it, just go to the desktop settings again and press “Remove Picture.”

Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1 Go to the “Desktop Patterns” control panel. Click on “Desktop Pictures” in the list on the left of the window, and follow steps similar to the ones above.

Random Desktop Pictures If you drag a folder of pictures onto the miniature desktop in the Appearance or Desktop Pictures control panel, your Mac will choose one from the folder at random when it starts up.

DeskPicture An alternative to Mac OS’s Appearance control panel is Pierce Software’s DeskPicture, available here. You can also find a review of DeskPicture on this page.



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