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ATPM 9.08
August 2003



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Desktop Pictures

Landscapes—Part 3 and Cortland


The pictures presented here are the third in a series from ATPM reader Katherine Sears-Lent. She writes:

When I moved to Savannah from New York last year, I got a better digital camera (an HP Photosmart 315). I know it is a cheap camera. Now I am expecting another baby so I am shopping around for a better one. I heard that the key to taking reasonably good pictures is to take as many as possible, so I use a 128 MB CF in my camera! I use iPhoto on a 1 GHz Titanium PowerBook.

I mostly enjoy pictures of close-up leaves and flowers and landscapes.

Many of the pictures are from Savannah, GA. Some are from the downtown area, (interesting compositions I see around—particularly of old places). There are pictures of Marshlands and Oaks dripping with Spanish moss taken at Oatland Island Nature Preserve in Savannah.

Some of the landscapes are from Calloway Gardens, GA. They have a butterfly aviary there and lovely orchids and other flowers.

Some of the flowers and one of a grape orchard are from Sonoma Valley, CA during a day of winery tours.

There are a couple with snow, and one out on the water that were taken on Long Island NY, and some flowers and foliage in Tampa, FL.

Cortland Desktop Pictures

Cortland cartoonist Matt Johnson writes:

I used MaxScreenSaver and Snapz Pro to grab a shot of that green waterfall code, and then found a free Matrix font by searching on Google. I added a few layer effects in Photoshop and that was that. Special thanks for A. Lee Bennett, Jr. for the initial suggestion.

Previous Months’ Desktop Pictures

Pictures from previous months are listed in the desktop pictures archives.

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 consider publishing 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 10.1.x and 10.2.x

Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu and click the Desktop button. With the popup menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.

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 (10.1.x) or Screen Effects (10.2.x) 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 X 10.0.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.

Mac OS 8.5-9.x

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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