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ATPM 7.07
July 2001




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Desktop Pictures

Flowers Part II

This month’s edition of ATPM features pictures of flowers courtesy of Jens Grabenstein. The pictures were shot with a Canon EOS 300 using a 28-80mm zoom lens and a 200 ASA 35mm Kodak Gold film. The photos were developed as reprints in 10 x 15 format and scanned with an Agfa SnapScan 310, producing a raw scan of each image with a resolution of 300dpi. Re-sampling and re-touching were performed with Adobe Photoshop 5.5 for Macintosh.

The pictures were taken in the garden of his parents in Dingelsdorf, a village close to the town of Konstanz in the Southern part of Germany. Jens loves to take pictures of flowers. “Taking a picture of a flower or a blossom almost guarantees a nice photograph. Nature provides us with so many beautiful motifs. You just have to go outside and look!”


What better to cool us down from the smeltering summer heat than a few pictures of wintery ice and snow? The following chilly pictures were taking in Konstanz, Germany and Cambridge, Massachusetts during the past few winters. They were taken with a variety of Olympus digital cameras. Processing occurred in iView and especially Cameraid. Some corrective and artistic filters have been applied, so the snow may look slightly unnatural in a few images. Have a cool one!

Downloading all the Pictures at Once

iCab and Interarchy (formerly Anarchie) can download an entire set of desktop pictures at once. In iCab, use the Download command to download “Get all files in same path.” In Interarchy, use HTTP Mirror feature.

Contributing Your Own Desktop Pictures

If you have a picture, whether a small series or just one fabulous or funny shot, feel free to send it to and we’ll publish it in next month’s issue. Have a regular print but no scanner? Don’t worry. E-mail us, and we tell you where to send it so we can scan it for you. Note that we cannot return the original print, so send us a copy.

Placing Desktop Pictures

Mac OS X

Switch to the Finder. Choose “Preferences…” from the “Finder” menu. Click on the “Select Picture…” button on the right. In the Open Panel, select the desktop picture you want to use. The panel defaults to your “~/Library/Desktop Pictures” folder. Close the “Finder Preferences” window when you are done.

You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu. Click the screen saver button. Then click on Custom Slide Show in the list of screen savers. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, you’re all set. Otherwise, click Configure to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.

Mac OS 8.5-9.1

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.

Once 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.


An alternative to Mac OS’s Appearance control panel is Pierce Software’s DeskPicture, reviewed in issue 5.10 and available for download.


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