COMPUTER NEWS Inside This Issue The Napa Valley Personal

COMPUTER NEWS Inside This Issue The Napa Valley Personal
Napa Valley
Personal Computer
Users Group
http://www.
nvpcug.org
P.O. Box 2866
Napa, California 94558
COMPUTER
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Volume 29, No. 7
July 2012
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2012 Potluck Picnic set for
Interesting Internet Finds
Officers List
How to find Twitter’s hidden
options
NVPCUG Calendar
Evernote 4
Kaspersky One Universal Security
The Problem: Muffled Sound
OpenClipArt
Parted Magic
Roxio Creator 2012
Perfect Photo Suite 6
Light Housekeeping for a Safe
and Healthy Computer
Microsoft OneNote,
an All-Purpose Planner
Get Your Photography on the Web
Media Sharing & Devices
POyNT
Mastering Landscape Photography:
Learn By Video
The Painter Wow!, Book,
10th Edition
Membership Application/Renewal *
The Napa Valley Personal
Computer Users Group
will meet
Wednesday, July 18th,
7:00-9:00 P.M.
At the Napa Senior Activity Center,
1500 Jefferson Street, Napa, California
The meeting begins with RandomAccess, an openfloor question-and-answer period during which
attendees can ask questions about computers and
computer-related problems and receive helpful
information from other meeting attendees. Questions
may be submitted before the meeting by emailing
them to Random Access moderator Jerry Brown
at [email protected]
Therewill not be Computer Tutor Topic for the July 18th Meeting .
Jeff Solomon will be not be in attendance. Please email your ideas to
the Computer Tutor, Jeff Solomon at [email protected]
The program for the July 18, 2012 meeting
is TBA. If you have an idea or questions regarding
Programs, email Ken Manfree at
[email protected]
Susy Ball and Beth Pickering attended the
Southwest Technolgy and Computer Confernce in
San Diego in June. They attended several
presentations given by user group members and
vendors and participated in an EXPO by several vendors. There was
also a digital photo contest. The DigitalArt catagory was won by Susy
Ball. Next years conference will be held a bit closer to Napa at
approximately the same time of year. You might want to bookmark
www.theswcc.org and watch for details.
Could you use some practical information that would help you
make better use of your computer? Come to this meeting! Guests
are always welcome. Admission is always free.
Interested in becoming a member? See page 24 for
application information.
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012
2012 Potluck Picnic set for
Saturday, August 4th
By coordinator Dianne Prior
Please note that the
picnic is early this year –
the FIRST SATURDAY.
Many thanks to Dick and
Sandy Peterson for again
graciously hosting our
August Members Potluck
Picnic. The location is the redwood grove and pond
at Peterson’s Family Christmas Tree Farm, 1120
Darms Lane, Napa. The date is Saturday, August 4th
from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM. You may sign up at the
meeting on July 18th or at least by August 1st. You
may e-mail me at [email protected] I
need to know your name, the names of any guest
you are bringing, what food you are bringing for the
potluck, and if you can help with setup or cleanup.
NVPCUG
Extra chairs are needed also.
Napa Valley P.C. Users Group will barbeque
chicken, hotdogs and tri-tip. The group will also
provide nonalcoholic beverages, ice, and table
service. Alcoholic beverages are BYOB. There will
be games including, washer toss and floppy
(CD) throw with prizes awarded to the winners.
Other games (no prizes) include horseshoes,
Yahtzee, Cribbage, etc. You’re welcome to bring
cards or board games as well. This is a time to visit
with old friends and make
new ones. We hope to
see you all there. The
potluck picnic is always a
lot of fun with plentiful
delicious food.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
& MAC GROUP
Interesting Internet Finds
In SIG meetings you can learn about
a subject in greater detail than
is feasible at NVPCUG general
meetings. SIG meetings are open to
everyone. Meeting times and
locations occasionally change, so
for current meeting information, see
our Web site, www.nvpcug.org,
or contact the SIG leaders.
By Steve Costello, President/Editor, Boca Raton
Computer Society, Florida, May 2012 Boca Bits, http://
about.me/sefcug, [email protected]
In the course of going through the more than 200 news feeds in my Google
Reader, I often run across things that I think might be of interest to other user
group members.
The following are some items I found interesting during the month of
April 2012.
Investors SIG
(Long URLs shortened with the Google URL
shortener http://goo.gl/ )
Meets: Monthly, second Monday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m
Jerry Brown’s home,
23 Skipping Rock Way, Napa
Leader: Jerry Brown
(707) 254-9607
bqandjbb
@sbcglobal.net
Napa Valley Mac User Group
Meets: Monthly, second Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Napa Senior Activity Center
1500 Jefferson St., Napa
Facilitator: Don Crandall
(707) 322-0844
ronrogersnapamug
@gmail.com
Deciphering the Power Label on Your A/C Adapters
http://goo.gl/6ljEj
The Best Free Portable Apps for Your Flash Drive Toolkit
http://goo.gl/JtJio
Best Free Android Apps
http://goo.gl/XyQr6
Webinar #11 - Mastering your own domain
http://goo.gl/xSygZ
How to Pick the Perfect Laptop
http://goo.gl/whLEM
*
Term From Smart Computing: quit
To end a session with a program by purposely closing the application.
Reprinted with permission from Smart Computing. Visit
www.SmartComputing.com/Groups to learn what Smart Computing can
do for you and your user group!
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 2
Napa Valley Personal Computer
Users Group Contact Information
Officers for 2011
Board of Directors
President
Jim Gray
unlisted
[email protected]
Vice President
Ron Dack
Julie Jerome
unlisted
[email protected]
Secretary
Marcia Waddell
252-2060
[email protected]
Treasurer
Roy Wagner
253-2721
[email protected]
[email protected]
Other Directors: Susy Ball, Bernhard Krevet , Dick Peterson, Bob Simmerman, Tom
Uboldi, Mel Cohen, Ron Rogers and Jerry Brown
Appointed Positions
Computer Tutor Coordinator
Jeff Solomon
553-2114
[email protected]
Facility Arrangements Coordinator
Dianne Prior
252-1506
[email protected]
Greeter Coordinator
Bob Simmerman
259-6113
needs an Assistant
[email protected]
Membership Director
Bob Simmerman
259-6113
[email protected]
Newsletter Editor
Susy Ball
337-3998
[email protected]
Product Review CoCoordinator
Susy Ball
Marcia Waddell
337-3998
252-2060
[email protected]
[email protected]
Programs Director
Ken Manfree
707-224-3722
Bernhard Krevet-asst. (unlisted)
[email protected]
[email protected]
Publicity Director
Mel Cohen
unlisted
[email protected]
Random Access Moderator
Jerry Brown
254-9607
[email protected]
Webmaster
Ron Dack
unlisted
[email protected]
needs an Assistant
( All telephone numbers are in Area Code 707)
NVPCUG General Meetings
Held the third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Napa Senior Activity Center,
1500 Jefferson Street, Napa
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 3
NVPCUG
Computer News
Computer News (ISS
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monthly by the Napa
Valley Personal
Computer Users Group,
Inc. (NVPCUG), P.O.
Box 2866, Napa, CA
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Subscriptions: $30 for
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Editor: Susy Ball,
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errors or omissions nor
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NVPCUG.
How to find Twitter’s hidden options
By Linda Gonse, Editor/Webmaster, ORCOPUG (Orange County PCUG), California, April
2012 issue, Nibbles ‘n Bits, www.orcopug.org, [email protected]
More people are using the Twitter social networking site If I hover my cursor over someone else’s tweet the
and finding out that they like the mini-blog that allows them options are Reply, Retweet, Favorite, and Open.
140 characters to say whatever they want to say. But, There’s no Delete.
there is more to Twitter than tweeting (posting a comment).
A new Twitter user might not realize there are options
that are hidden, unless a user knows how to find them
hiding in plain sight.
Clicking on the Open hyperlink allows the tweet to
For instance, hovering over a tweet will reveal links that expand when other tweets are associated with it. The
expanded tweet will also reveal if other people have
might not be found anywhere else.
What’s more, depending on the type of tweet the hidden favorited your tweet or retweeted it.
options will be different. For instance, if I am just looking
at my tweet on the page and not hovering the cursor over
it, I only see the time or date when it was written in the
upper right-hand corner.
If I hover my cursor over the tweet, however, hyperlinked
options — Reply, Delete, Favorite, Open — appear on the
same line as my name at the top of the tweet, but in the right
corner in green text.
I can click on Reply to the person who posted the tweet.
I can Delete the tweet. This option is only available to the
person whose tweet is posted. In other words, only I will
see the Delete link for my tweets. And, only I can delete
my tweets. I can mark it as a Favorite—it won’t be cycled
out of my timeline, but parked in a permanent area on my
Profile page for favorite tweets when I want to reference
it again. Finally, I can Open the tweet to read replies that
others have had to this specific tweet.
This is a recent innovation at Twitter. It is now
possible to view your tweets in a thread, including
replies to another person in their open threads. It is
very convenient to view the conversations that are
revealed, because there may be several hours, or
sometimes days, between a tweet being posted and
replies to it.
The Open link automatically changes to a Close link. You
can collapse all the tweets again, except the original tweet,
when you have finished reading them.
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NVPCUG Calendar
Jul 18
Aug 3
Aug 4
Aug 9
Aug 13
Aug 22
Sept 10
Sept 14
Sept 19
Oct 8
Oct 11
Oct 17
Nov 21
7:00-9:00 p.m.
10:00-11:30 am.
7:00-9:00 p.m.
6:30-8:30 p.m.
5:30-7:30 p.m.
7:00-9:00 p.m.
5:30-7:30 p.m.
6:30-8:30 p.m.
7:00-9:00 p.m.
5:30-7:30 p.m.
6:30-8:30 p.m.
7:00-9:00 p.m.
7:00-9:00 p.m.
NVPCUG General Meeting, + A
Board of Directors meeting + E
NVPCUG General Meeting, + D
Napa Valley Mac User Group + A
Investors SIG meeting + C
NVPCUG General Meeting, + A
Investors SIG meeting + C
Napa Valley Mac User Group + A
NVPCUG General Meeting, + A
Investors SIG meeting + C
Napa Valley Mac User Group + A
NVPCUG General Meeting, + A
NVPCUG General Meeting, + A
Meeting Locations
A - Napa Senior Activity Center,
1500 Jefferson Street, Napa
B - Piner’s Nursing Home,
1800 Pueblo Ave., Napa
C - Jerry Brown’s home,
23 Skipping Rock Way, Napa
D - Peterson’s Family Christmas
Tree Farm, 1120 Darms
Lane, Napa
E - Napa Senior Activity Complex,
1524 Jefferson Street, Napa
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 4
Evernote 4
Reviewed by Hewie Poplock, APCUG Director; VP, Central Florida
Computer Society, Hewie’s Views & Reviews,
http://www.hewie.net
I like to share information, especially with members of my screen. I can edit the
user group. I read a lot of articles about computer hardware formatting, and other
& software. When I find an article of interest, which may typical text edits. I can
be news, pricing, reviews, or tutorials, I have to decide how even change the font or font size.
to keep that information. I often save it as an Acrobat PDF
Evernote does include a link to the original document and
file, or I may copy and paste the article and email to myself, links in the article are live. I always like to include a link to
or send the link to myself.
the original make sure that the author is cited and given
I frequently forget where I stored them, to follow proper credit.
through with a link, or to go back later to save it. Many
Once I have created an Evernote, it will sync with all of
times I do not even remember the article or how I tried to my other devices that are signed into my account. So when
save it.
I read an article on my desktop, I can create a note and it
I have actually created an email address to send myself will almost immediately be available on my notebook, my
articles to keep track of them in one place. I have begun iPad, my iPod, and my netbook. I can share the article with
to save other articles in several folders in an attempt to others via Twitter, Facebook, or email directly from
Evernote.
become organized.
The program is available for mobile devices with iOS,
Recently I was asked about a free program that I tried
a few years ago, Evernote. I decided to once again take a Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7 and WebOS as
look at it and discovered that it is an organizational tool that well as computers with Mac OS X, Windows, Safari ,
I need to be using. Since I have started using it, I find it to Chrome, and Firefox.
be an important part of my everyday computer life.
There are some limits to the program which can be
As I read an article, an email, a webpage, I just highlight addressed with a premium account for $45 a year or $5 a
the information that I want to save, right mouse click add month. Evernote can be downloaded from http://
to Evernote 4.0, and I have the article. It is clean and www.evernote.com and for info comparing the free
usually just the information that I want, usually eliminating account verses the premium account, see http://
ads or other information that is not part of the article. If any w w w . r e v i e w s y n c . c o m / e v e r n o t e of it does get into the note, I can delete it. I can also add pricing.html. The iOS & Android versions can be
something that I missed or was on a different part of the found in their respective Apps Store.
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Software Review
Kaspersky One Universal Security
By George Harding, Treasurer, Tucson Computer Society, AZ, June 2012 issue, eJournal,
www.aztcs.org, [email protected]
There are many programs available to use to Macs are also. What’s included? A lot!
protect our computers . It must be a profitable
• Anti-virus – for mail, file and web
field to have so many players wanting your
• Firewall – two way
• Application control
business. Kaspersky One is a protection
• Anti-phishing
• Mobile security
service that sets itself apart from all the
•
Anti-spam
• Tablet security
others. One way it is different is that it is sold
• Anti-banner
in combinations to protect multiple computers.
• Password manager
There are three versions: three computers,
• Pro-active defense
• and more
five computers and ten computers. For those of us who have This is a good program for protecting all your computers at
more than one computer, this is a boon, being able to acquire one a single price, whether you have three, five or ten computers.
protection package that can be installed in several computers. There is a 30-day free trial available.
A second way it is different is that not just computers can
About: Kaspersky One Universal Security
be protected, but also certain smart phones and tablets.
Vendor: Kaspersky
Blackberry, Symbian, Android and Windows Mobile phones
www.kaspersky.com
are currently supported A third way it is different is that not
Price: Three computers, $80; five computers, $85;
only the Windows computer platforms are supported, but
ten computers, $150 (download)
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NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 5
The Problem:
Muffled Sound
By Steve Baer, Feature Writer, Hilton Head Island Computer Club, SC, May 2012 issue, Island
Computing, www.hhicc.org, [email protected]
Lately when I’m with groups of friends there is an
increasing chance that some subset of people will complain
to me about how bad TV and DVD sound is getting, and
how hard it is to at times to understand the dialog. I have
been noticing this myself and decided to try to understand
what is happening. There are several things going on, all of
which conspire against us.
1. As we get older our ears become less
able, especially at higher frequencies.
This is called Presbycusis, and there
is good information on it on the web.
Coming from Bell Labs, I learned
about this almost 50 years ago, but I
never thought it would apply to me!
2. Many of the newer flat-screen TV’s
have very small bezels, and hence
have small speakers or worse, put
them at the sides or rear. When we put these sets
in cabinets, or bookcases, the sound – especially
the high frequencies, gets absorbed in the
cabinets.
3. Many DVDs have a very large dynamic range,
the difference between the softest and loudest
parts. Hence, in order to avoid being blown away
during a car chase or explosions, we lower the
volume overall. Then at the dialog passages, the
sound is too low for our older ears.
4. Many new DVDs are encoded with multi-channel
sound. When you play the DVD, you probably
have seen the setup menu where the multi-channel
options are labeled with terms such as: 5.1, 6.1, 7.1,
DTS, THX, etc. This refers to the number of
channels of sound that are in the film, if you have
the equipment to decode and the right number of
speakers. (The .1 represents the sub-woofer
channel.) One of these channels is the center
channel that usually carries most of the dialog.
If you have made an incorrect selection on the DVD setup
menu or an external amplifier, and are trying to play back
multichannel sound through a system without all the multichannel speakers, you will miss a lot of the audio. If you are
watching a movie through an ordinary TV without multichannel sound capability, be sure to pick the appropriate
audio option on the movie setup menu.
type earphones that they wear. I have tried these,
and they work extremely well. However, they are
expensive and I have found them to be
mechanically fragile. I have already had to repair
two sets for friends – both failing in the same way.
(Perhaps newer models are better made.) Two
people would also require two sets. Be sure that
you understand where the base station will plug in
to your system in order to broadcast the audio to
the stethoscope part.
2. Several of my friends have supplemented the
flimsy and poorly aimed speakers in their TVs
with sound bars such as shown in the figure
below. This is a Vizio model available from WalMart for about $100. This does not solve the
multi-channel problem, but for one or two channel
sound, with the speakers facing the listener, they
work amazingly well.
In my experience, good one or two channel sound
is far superior to poor multi-channel sound. I
heard this particular sound bar unit a few nights
ago and I was amazed at the clarity. It is an
active speaker, meaning that it has its own small
amplifier built in. It can receive audio input from
your DVD player or your TV set via red (right)
and white (left) type of standard RCA cables.
Some sound bars also have digital inputs for more
complex setups.
3. If you use an amplifier to drive a multi-channel
speaker system, make sure that the center
channel speaker is aimed, directly firing at the
listener. Also raise the treble to make up for your
possible high frequency loss from Presbycusis.
Finally, many amplifiers will have a compression
setting that minimizes the differences between
loud and soft passages. Make sure that you
engage that feature. I recently did these three
things in my system, providing a large
improvement in intelligibility.
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Some Solutions
There are some ways around these problems:
1. Many people use a product such as “TV Ears”
which wirelessly puts the sound into stethoscope
VIZIO VSB200 Speaker Bar
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 6
OpenClipArt
By Cal Esneault, President, Cajun Clickers Computer Club, LA and leader of many Open
Source Workshops & SIGs, May 2012 issue, Cajun Clickers Computer News,
http://cccclinuxsig.pbwiki.com,
OpenClipArt is a large compilation of clip art in
which images have been released to the public domain
(unless specifically stated otherwise), and thus are
free to use without any restrictions. Numerous
collections are available for free download at
OpenClipArt.org. The larger sets of images are in
compressed file format (.zip, .gz, .bz2). You have to
unpack the compressed files by double clicking on
the downloaded package to extract images (note:
Windows users may need to install the 7ZIP program
to access .gz or .bz2 files).
Images are generally available in .svg vector format
or common bitmap formats. LibreOffice programs
load all file types, but MS Office programs will not
load .svg files. Vector graphic files have the advantage
of being editable (can add, delete, change, or move
primitive components). The best way to edit them is
to install the open source vector editor Inkscape.
However, a limited web-based editor Imagebot is
available at the OpenClipArt site. Here you can see
a chicken cartoon to which I have added several
objects using Imagebot. Modified images can be
saved to vector or bitmap formats.
Once you have downloaded the images, you can “insert”
them into the appropriate document just as you would for
any picture. With LibreOffice (or OpenOffice.org), a
better way is to link the images to the Gallery. For
example, in LibreOffice, find the small bar directly under
the main top panel that has 5 small dots.
Double-click on it to show the gallery (close Gallery
with a subsequent double click). You can click and drag
on this bar to increase the viewable area. The following
illustration shows the word-processor Writer with the
www.clickers.org, [email protected]
Gallery showing between the menus and the text
editing area. LibreOffice comes with only a few basic
images (background, bullets, ruler, etc.). To add more,
click on the New Themes button, give it a new name
under the General tab, and then go to the Files tab and
link the folder with your images via Find Files.
In my example, “small set” is my new theme name.
Once the folder is added, it appears in the drop-down list
and small thumbnails appear for each image. To add an
image to the document, click on it and simply drag it to
the appropriate spot.
For Linux users, many package managers will load
main OpenClipArt collections for you and put images
into OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice. Below is a
screenshot of the Gallery that was automatically prepared
on my copy of LibreOffice on Ubuntu 11.10.
MS Office clipart is generally stated to be for personal
or non-commercial use. For other purposes, you are
directed to read the EULA or contact Microsoft. Since
Microsoft artwork can be from third parties, permission
to widely distribute may get complicated. OpenClipArt
images have the advantage of being public domain with
no restrictions (unless specifically stated). This
opensource set is a valuable resource readily available
for cross-platform use. Check it out at openclipart.org.
New images are added weekly, and there are groups of
special topic images (sports, people, seasons, etc.).
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 7
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Parted Magic
By Dick Maybach, April 2012 issue, BUG Bytes, Brookdale Computer Users’ Group, NJ,
www.bcug.com, [email protected] charter.net
Although modern operating systems are robust, sometimes the desktop are particularly useful: the File Manager and
they need maintenance, either to repair problems or because the Partition Editor (GParted). The screenshot below
we want to make changes. And many times the things we shows the latter in operation.
want to do are not possible within the operating system,
either because the tools aren’t available or because the
operations can’t take place while the system is live.
One solution is to use a live-CD, which is an
operating system that boots directly from a CD-ROM or
a USB memory stick and doesn’t use the hard disk at all.
This has the advantage that you can perform any operation
you like on the dormant hard disk. The situation is similar
to doing an autopsy. Doing the same thing in an operating
system that is running from the hard disk is like trying to
operate on a patient who is awake. My current favorite
maintenance tool is Parted Magic, h t t p : / /
www.partedmagic.com which is small enough (187
Mbytes) to fit comfortably on a CD-ROM or a USB
memory stick. See the Web page for instructions on how Here we’ve selected an NTFS partition, which (among
to create either.
other things) we could resize. GParted can operate on
Parted Magic requires a computer with at least an Intel Microsoft, Apple, and Linux partitions. Other partition
PII compatible processor and 175MB of RAM, although tools allow you to create a file containing an image of an
it will run much faster if there are 400 MB or more. You will entire partition or to clone a disk, copy everything on a disk
have problems if your computer has peripherals that need to different one (usually done when you want to replace
proprietary drivers, for example, some wireless keyboards your hard disk with a larger one). An important tool that
and mice. As it boots, you will be asked a couple of few people use is one that securely erases a hard disk. You
questions, but I’ve found that accepting the defaults should always do this before disposing of a PC, since
works, then you will see the screen below.
deleting files and even partitions does not really remove the
information. A determined person, with a lot a time could
recover your passwords and other sensitive data. (See the
next paragraph.)
There are many tools to recover deleted files, rescue
files from damaged disks, and replace boot loaders and
boot records, but only for Linux and Microsoft file systems.
Some of these are quite specialized, and it will take some
study to determine the best one for each case. Many are
called from the command-line, which means further study
before you can use them effectively. Since all the
documentation is on-line, using Parted Magic requires
Internet access. Be careful, especially when trying to
correct serious problems; the safe approach here is to
clone the disk and perform the surgery on the copy. There
is also a virus detector, but it detects only; it can’t disinfect
A few tools appear as desktop icons, but most are in menus files.
that you can access through the start button in the lower
An important program is chntpw, which resets Windows
left corner. To its right are icons to mount devices, use the passwords. It’s not uncommon for people to forget their
command line, get help, and switch between desktops. At passwords, which locks them out of their own PCs; I’ve
the far right of the menu bar are icons for the network done this myself. The safe way to use this is to remove the
status, sound volume, and clock. The display on the right password completely, and then log back into Windows to
of the main screen shows the load on the PC, CPU and set a new one. Note that some of the upper-end Windows
RAM usage, as well as the programs that are using the versions include the ability to encrypt files and folders and
most processor and RAM resources. Two of the tools on
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 8
resetting their passwords will render these unreadable. If
you need only to recover a few files, you needn’t reset the
password. All of Windows’ files are accessible from
Parted Magic, unless they’ve been encrypted; just copy
them onto a different medium. (Keep this in mind before
you leave your laptop alone.) A similar program, cmospwd,
recovers CMOS setup passwords, which can be helpful
for dealing with used PCs. By the way, you don’t need
special tools to reset Linux passwords, which you can do
from the command line with standard commands.
Also included are programs to identify, benchmark, and
test the hardware, including comprehensive RAM and disk
tests. The screenshot below shows the peripheral devices
(top) and details on the Host bridge (bottom). You can learn
a lot about your PC just by poking about (and, of course,
searching the Internet for what the terms mean).
I recently gave my 10- and 11-year-old grandchildren
netbooks. The computers came with Windows 7 installed,
but I wanted to install Linux, because there are many
educational programs for it and because it’s much more
resistant to malware. (My 9 year-old grandson, at the
advice of one of his friends, installed a free game on his
mother’s laptop, and it took her a lot of effort to remove the
free virus that was included. I’d like him to survive to see
10.) The netbooks had 350-GByte hard disks, so there was
plenty of room for both Windows and Linux. It would have
easy to replace Windows with Linux, but the genes I
inherited from my Scotch grandmother wouldn’t let me
delete the Windows I had paid for. Since the netbooks have
no CD/DVD drive, I installed Parted Magic on a USB
memory stick and used GParted to reduce the Windows
partition to 100 GBytes, leaving 200 GBytes for Linux; the
remaining 50 GBytes is for a recovery partition. After
configuring Windows and installing Linux, I made images
of both partitions using the command-line program
fsarchiver. (There are several partition imaging tools
available, but this one was the best for my use, because it
could handle both NTFS and Linux file systems.)
For another example, a friend’s son, by downloading
pirated songs, infected his folks’ PC to the extent that it
wouldn’t boot. Booting Parted Magic and using the ClamAV
anti-virus tool I identified the infected song files, but
Windows was hopelessly corrupted. I was able to move all
the user data onto an external disk, so after the PC was
restored to its as-delivered state, I could restore the data
(minus the infected songs), thus converting a disaster into
a nuisance.
If you’re reading this, you probably serve as the computer
support person for your friends and family. Parted Magic
provides many tools to help you do this, but it’s up to you
to learn how to use them.
*
Software Review
Roxio Creator 2012
By Mark Mattson, Editor, Computer Users of Erie, PA, June 2012 issue, Horizons,
www.cuerie.com, [email protected]
It’s been a while since this program old and trusted friend.
suite was last reviewed in these
Originally owned and sold by Adaptec, it has had a
pages. In fact, it was when the couple owners over the years, the most recent of which is
software was known as Easy Media Corel (as of late 2011).
Creator, and version 7.5 was the
Please note that there are two versions of Creator
subject of the review. This was available: the standard (reviewed here) and the PRO
around 2005, and Gene Meeks did a version. The PRO version offers all the features of the
great job with that review.
standard edition, and adds additional features to enhance
Fast forward to the present. This your projects even more. You can find out more about that
review will introduce you to Roxio version on the Roxio website at www.roxio.com.
Creator 2012, the latest and greatest in this long-running
As the software has evolved, so has the size of the
suite line.
package. The version I used in 1994 came on a single CDLong running indeed - the first version of this software ROM disc. Subsequent versions grew to two CDs, and
was bundled with my very first CD-R burner, which I then moved to DVD discs when the capacity limits of CDs
bought in 1994. I have tried several other burning applications
over the years, but always come back to this one, as it’s an
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Roxio Creator 2012 cont. from page 9
were reached. Indeed, Creator 2012 is so large, the
download files were two 1GB archives. As the version I
obtained for review came as an electronic download, I
cannot tell you if the physical boxed version comes on one
or two DVDs. No matter what, the package is large. If you
have a slow Internet connection, you may want to opt for
physical delivery.
Installation can take a bit of time to perform, especially
if your machine is slower. On a dual-core 2.6 GHz system
running Windows 7 here, it took about 20 minutes to install
the applications package, and an additional 15 minutes for
the Content files (backgrounds, music tracks, etc.).
Installation is not difficult. Just answer a few questions in
the Installer, and you’re off and running.
So what can you do with the software?
The most basic feature of the package allows you to burn
data, pictures, audio files and documents (or any other files
you have on your system) to removable optical media, such
as CDs, DVDs and now Blu-Ray discs. This allows you to
free up hard drive space, especially if you have smaller
drives in your machine. Rather than taking up space on
your drives, the data can be stored on removable discs, and
restored when needed.
But you can do so much more with it than just offloading
files to discs.
There is basic file backup and recovery tools included in
the package, giving you the ability to save your important
files to disc, and restore them when needed. Please note
however, that this is NOT a full-featured system backup
application. For those functions, you would need the PRO
version, or an external application.
With the explosion of mobile devices into the digital
lifestyle, you can share and produce content for iPod, iPad,
iPhone and other supported devices without the need for
an external program. You can convert from one file format
to another, and then output it to your selected device.
If you enjoy listening to music, you can create
compilations of your favorite tracks, convert files to digital
audio, and burn them to disc…or again, output to your
mobile device.
Do you like to share your home movies with others, or
create unique video content to share? You can do so with
Creator 2012 as well. Capture video streams, convert
them to DivX or DVD movies, or even to 3D features. If
you want to (or need to) produce Hi-def video, you have
that ability also, using the optional Blu-ray plug-in available
from the Roxio store (this plug-in is part of the PRO
package, and therefore only needs to be bought if you buy
the standard version). NOTE: If you just need to burn data
to Blu-ray discs, you do not need the plug-in. Blu-ray
burning is available as an option when creating data discs.
But to burn movies to Blu-ray, you DO need the plug-in.
Working with photos? There is an assortment of features
in the suite for you as well. You can create sideshows
complete with music to share, do basic image editing and
enhancements, and so much more. When you’re done, you
can output them to DVD to watch on your TV, share with
others, or even upload them to Facebook (as you can also
do with your video projects to upload to YouTube).
Do you like to record television programs on a TiVo unit?
There is now support for these devices included in the
suite. You can record your programs to disc, or even
transfer them to mobile devices to take on the road with
you.
Once you have your project completed and ready to
share, dress up those boring looking DVDs and CDs with
a custom label that you can create using the included
application designed just for that purpose. Add your photos,
backgrounds and text to complete your project.
There are many more features to the software; you can
find a complete list on the Roxio website.
With all this horsepower under the hood of the software,
the system you run it on needs to be capable of running it
as well. If not, then you will be unable to perform some of
the tasks you may want or need to.
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The following list is taken from the Roxio website.
Please note that updates to the programs may add new
requirements not listed here.
For video capture: OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 FireWire
card for use with DV camera or Roxio Video Capture
USB for analog sources
• Blu-ray authoring requires an additional plug-in
which can be purchased at www.roxio.com
• Setting up of media access server capability
requires and always on PC connected to a
wired network
3D
•
•
•
Minimum System Requirements:
Microsoft® 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate
(32- or 64-bit), Microsoft® Windows Vista™ SP2 (32- or
64-bit), Windows® XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows® XP SP2
(64-bit)
For data burning and copy, audio capture and editing:
Intel® 1.6GHz Pentium 4 processor or AMD equivalent,
512MB RAM for windows XP and 1GB RAM for Windows
Vista and Windows 7. For video editing and conversion and
DVD playback Intel Pentium 4 2GHz processor or AMD
equivalent and 1GB RAM. Multi-core processor with at
least 2GB RAM recommended
• 1024x768 DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card
with at least 16-bit color setting, sound card,
DVD-ROM drive
• ATI Stream® and CUDA™ acceleration only
available with AMD ATI Stream and NVIDIA®
CUDA enabled graphics cards
• Hard drive with at least 3GB free space for the
installation process. DVD and BD copy, video
editing and authoring may require large amount of
free disk space, up to 10’s of GB
• Windows Media Player version 10, 11 or 12
• Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9
• Internet connection required for installation,
registration, product updates and some features.
Any Internet charges are the user’s
Responsibility.
• QuickTime® player version 7 required for some
functionality
• iTunes® version 8 for some functionality
• TiVo® requires a TiVo® Series2™, Series3™,
TiVo HD DVR or other TiVoToGo™ compatible
DVR connected to your home network and TiVo
Desktop. Does not work with DirecTV®
provided TiVo DVRs. See www.tivo.com for
more information.
3D glasses and other 3D hardware is the user’s
responsibility
3D video input formats: over/under full and half
height, side-by-side full and half width, anaglyph
red/cyan, RealD, Fuji FinePix REAL 3D
3D video output formats: anaglyph red/cyan, sideby-side and full and half-width, over/under full
and half height, RealD
Input Formats:
•
•
•
Video: AVI, DV, HDV,
DV-AVI, MKV, MPEG1/2/4, MPEG2-HD,
DVD-Video, IFO/VOB,
XviD, DVR-MS, TiVo,
ASF, MOV, WMV,
QuickTime, 3GP, MPEG2
Transport Stream, AVC
(H.264), AVCHD
Audio: Audio CD, MP3,
WAV, WMA, Dolby®
Digital AC-3, AAC, Ogg
Vorbis, FLAC, M4A,
MP4, Playlists (WPL,
ASX, M3U, PLS,
XSPF)
Image: MPO, JPG,
PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF
Output Formats:
•
•
•
•
Video: AVI, DV-AVI, HDV,
MPEG-1/2/
4, MPEG2-HD, , WMV, WMV HD, AVC
(H.264), MP4, 3GP
Audio: MP3, WAV, WMA, Dolby Digital AC-3,
Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MPEG-1/2, M4A, M4B
AAC, Playlists (M3U, PLS, XSPF, WPL)
Image: JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF
Video disc formats: DVD, Video CD(VCD),
Super Video CD (SVCD), Mini DVD
Recordable Formats:
CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD-R DL,
DVD+R DL, DVD-RAM, BD-R/RE, BD-R/RE DL
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Roxio Creator 2012 cont. from page 11
•
Disc image formats: read ISO, C2D, BIN/CUE
and GI; write ISO and GI
As can be seen from the above list, it takes quite a bit to
enable execution of certain operations. If your machine is
more than three years old, it MAY not have enough under
the hood to run parts of the suite. Such is my case and my
two ‘antique’ machines. To do this review, I had to put it
on my wife’s newly built computer, which definitely meets
the specs.
Most of what I have used the suite for has been to
offload files from my systems, and burn it to disc for
archival storage. Starting out in the 90’s with CDs, it
progressed to DVDs into the 80’s and beyond, and now to
Blu-ray discs, for increased storage capacity. Being that
Tanya and I are both photographers, the 25 and 50 GB
capacities of Blu-ray media will be important as we
migrate image files to disc for a secondary backup of our
work. At present, to burn both our image libraries to DVD
would mean burning about 200 4.7GB DVD discs. Using
Blu-ray, this is cut down to around 50 BD-R discs (25 GB
capacity each).
Before doing the archiving, however, I need to investigate
the system further. Burning a test BD-R disc took about
1.5 hours for a full 25 GB disc, and an additional 45 minutes
for verification. The writer was only burning at 1x speed,
while the discs I used were rated for 6x recording.
Evidently I need to upgrade the burner’s firmware, or
check the settings in the software.
Another area of investigation concerns the creation of
DVD movies. During testing, I noticed some audio dropouts
during playback of the compilations I assembled into a
DVD movie. Referring to the Roxio forums brought forth
some tips and tricks to try to resolve this. After applying
some of those recommendations, I now have the dropouts
minimized, but they still occur randomly. I will need to
further test this, using different media, and perhaps trying
the DVDs on different players than my own home machine.
Overall, the Creator 2012 suite is a powerful, highly
useful package. There is not much you CAN’T do with it,
and a lot you CAN. This package has matured as the years
have gone by into one that no serious media creator should
be without. Even though aimed at the home market, many
small businesses looking to create rich media presentations
and projects will find the power of this software to more
than meet their needs.
For further details on this version, or the PRO version,
please go to the Roxio website at www.roxio.com. Roxio
Creator 2012 is selling for $79.99 after a $20 mail-in
rebate. The rebate also applies to the PRO version, if you
decide to purchase the added power and features it offers.
If you own Creator 2011, you qualify for a special upgrade
price of $69.99. However, you can’t upgrade at this price
from an older version. Remember, you can get delivery via
electronic download, or a physical box. If your Internet
connection is not a broadband one, opt for the box delivery.
It will save you hours of downloading.
Would I recommend this package? Definitely YES. It
has been a steady and reliable friend for almost 20
years, and not many others can come close to the
features it offers.
*
Perfect Photo Suite 6
Reviewed by Bryan Anslow, Member, Thousand Oaks PC Club, CA, www.topcc.org,
[email protected]
Perfect Photo Suite 6, produced Here is a quick overview of the seven
by
OnOne
Software
utilities included;
(www.onOneSoftware.com), is
• Perfect Portrait 1 - Smart Retouching
a collection of seven image
for Portraits, automates many of the
enhancement utilities. Perfect
retouching tasks.
Photo Suite 6 can be used as a
• Perfect Layers 2 - Layers for Photographers,
stand-alone set of utilities, or the
fast and easy creation of layers outside of
utilities can be invoked from
Photoshop, to blend and combine multiple images.
within Adobe CS4 or CS5,
•
Perfect Effects 3 - Create Images with Impact,
Photoshop Elements 9 or 10,
using a library of over 300 photographic and
Lightroom 2 or 3 and Aperture
creative effects.
2.1 or 3.
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•
Perfect Mask 5 - Replace Backgrounds with
Ease, automates many common masking tasks
with incredible accuracy.
• Perfect Resize 7 - Enlarge Images to Any Size
using Genuine Fractals – the industry standard for
image resizing.
• FocalPoint 2 - Instant Bokeh for your Images,
selective focus, blur, depth of field, vignette, tilt
shift, etc.
• PhotoFrame - 4.6 - ProLayouts, Edges &
Adornments, adds perfect finishing touches to
your images, also textures, backgrounds, and even
complete layouts.
Requirements for installation are Windows XP,
Vista or 7, or MAC OS/x 10.6 or 10.7. RAM
– 4GB, 8GB recommended. Display resolution
should be OPEN GL 2.0 compatible with at
least 256MB dedicated RAM, resolution at
least 1280x800.
My copy came as a 2.2GB download from the
manufacturer’s website, together with a license key.
There were no surprises in the installation. It just asks for
an install directory and installs itself.
I have Photoshop Elements 9 already installed. The
Photo Suite installation process integrated Perfect Photo
Suite 6 utilities into it automatically.
HTML Help files are available from the website. There
are also PDF Files available, but these are just PDF prints
of the HTML Help files and are not well formatted.
There are many “How To” videos on the Website in case
you may be unsure of how to accomplish some task.
The Photo Suite utilities automatically create layers for
the changes made to the image. The changes are fully
compatible with CS4/5, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom
and Aperture.
If the utilities are used in stand-alone mode, the resulting
file is saved as a PSD or PSB file, which is also compatible
with CS4/5, Elements 9/10, Lightroom and Aperture. The
image can be exported as a jpg or tiff file.
There are just so many possibilities using this software
that it would take several pages to review them all, so here
is a small selection of their capabilities.
•
Perfect Portrait 1 – When a portrait is loaded,
color casts can be removed giving more natural
skin tones. The skin-tune parameters can be finetuned manually to get just the right skin tones.
When loading a portrait image into Perfect
Portrait, it will automatically find skin, hair, eyes,
and mouth as well as lips and teeth, allowing each
to be changed independently. The masks that
define these features can be refined as necessary
for full flexibility. Multiple faces within an image
can be enhanced independently and each is on its
own layer.
Most of the changes are done using simple sliders. Blemishes
can be easily removed, teeth and eyes brightened, and fine
lines in the skin removed. The retouch brush can be used
to remove blemishes, acne, scratches and any other marks
you just want to hide. It is also good for hiding wrinkles and
dark areas under the eyes, while maintaining a natural
look. A set of thumbnail views appears along the bottom of
the screen to show how each possible preset will look if
applied. A particular set of adjustments can be saved as a
preset and applied to similar portraits in the future.
• Perfect Layers – When using Photo Suite in
stand-alone mode, perfect layers acts as the hub
for all of the utilities. Use the masking brush to
paint-in or paint-out to achieve perfect masks.
Use the masking “bug” tool to achieve perfect
blending of multiple layers. Every time you make
changes and save (click Apply), your changes
appear on a separate layer. Using “view”, a set
of thumbnails gives a preview of how the
multiple layers will interact together. Perfect
Layers also contains tools for masking, healing
and blending of layers.
• Perfect Effects – for your creativity - comes
with a library of effects. Full or partial effects can
be stored as presets to be used to make similar
changes on other images. These presets are
stored as layers which can be changed and
saved. Multiple effects can be stacked and will be
applied to the image in the order given, which can
be re-ordered as required. The way the effects
are blended can also be controlled.
The preview engine shows examples of the
effects as thumbnails along the bottom of the
screen. Any changes to the effects will re-render
the thumbnails.
• Perfect Mask has so many tools for masking/
punching through to the layer below, that the lasso
tool normally used in image masking may not be
required. Perfect mask has a library of
backgrounds which can be used, or you can add a
layer with your own background. There are also
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Perfect Photo Suite 6 cont. from page 13
tools to remove the halo from around an object to
blend the edges between the image and the
background.
• Perfect Resize will use Document Size presets
to crop and resize an image in one step from the
camera size ratio to the paper size ratio. The tile
option can be used to break up a very large print
into several “tiles,” which can be printed on a
smaller printer and then be assembled to form the
large printed image. The Gallery Wrap option can
increase the image size, with several options, to
allow for the wrap-around required by Gallery
Wrapped images. Using an industry-standard
method, instead of Bi-Cubic, to resize the images,
the image can be resized up to 1000% with no
loss of clarity.
There is a built-in sharpening tool, a texture tool,
and you can even add film grain to the image.
• Focal Point is mostly used to apply selective
focus, bokeh, and vignettes. The unique focus
“bug” tool is used to control the effects. No
complicated selections are required, nor having
to learn to use settings and dials. Using the
Focus Brush, areas of an image can be
“painted” in and out of focus. You can control
blur/focus to mimic that of popular lenses chosen
from a library in Focal Point. A popular tilt/shift
effect can also be created.
• Perfect Frame has a large library of Frames and
Borders which can be applied to your images.
You can also create your own frames and save
them for use on other images. Similarly, layouts
which you create can be saved as presets.
Perfect Frame also allows textures and shadows
to be applied to the image. The Instant frame
option allows you to quickly create your own
frame with just a few clicks of the mouse.
The utilities in Perfect Photo Suite 6 are designed to make
Photoshop quicker and easier to use. I think that they do.
Even the simple tasks I tried seemed easier to do than
navigating the vast and complex menus of options that
Photoshop has available. The ability to save many layouts,
etc., that you create as “presets,” is a great help too.
One of the real-world tasks I needed to do was create
a frame, with a drop shadow, to apply to 20-30 images.
Once I had created the frame, and added the shadow, I
saved it as a preset. Then, using Perfect Frame from
within Elements, I was able to use batch mode to select the
images I wanted and apply the preset to them. Really slick
and I still have the preset for next time.
As a Photoshop Elements user, I can certainly recommend
Perfect Photo Suite 6 for either beginners in Photoshop, or
more advanced users who will find it makes their lives easier.
It just makes many of the tasks not only easier to do, but
also makes the final result much better. Photo Suite 6 also
includes many libraries containing sample frames,
backgrounds, effects, and presets which add a more
creative and professional look to the images.
A major advantage of Photo Suite 6 is that changes to
images are saved as Photoshop “Layers,” so that they may
be reviewed, further edited or deleted in Photoshop.
The documentation downloaded from the OnOne
Software website is basically the html help file printed as
a PDF file. However, the vast number of how-to videos
and Tutorials on the OnOneSoftware University website
more than make up for this.
Users of CS4, CS5, Lightroom or Aperture will similarly
find that Photo Suite 6 adds great value.
Perfect Photo Suite 6 is a product of OnOne Software
Inc., 15333 SW Sequoia Parkway, Suite 150, Portland,
Oregon 97224, phone (503)968-1468. Fax: (503)968-1469.
Price: the software can be found at about $250 Street.
There is also a 30-day free trial version available.
Technical support is reachable via a problem report form
on the website at; http://www.onOneSoftware.
com/support/ Support is free to registered users
and is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm
Pacific time.
The OnOne Software “University,” containing over 100
free how-to videos, can be found at; http://
www.onOneSoftware.com/university/#!/
video/welcome-to-the-onone-university
Webinars are run several times a week; a timetable is
available on the website.
Here is another review of Perfect Photo Suite from
an HDR point of view: (HDR, or High Dynamic Range
is an image processing technique that attempts to make
pictures look more natural by taking multiple pictures at
different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them
together so that we get a picture that is clear in both,
dark and bright areas.)
http://thehdrimage.com/?p=1569
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*
Light Housekeeping for a Safe and
Healthy Computer
By Mike Morris, Editor, Front Range PC Users Group, Fort Collins, CO, http://
www.frpcug.org, [email protected]
The Front Range PC Users Group (FRPCUG) provides
free computer help to the community and to several other
local non-profit organizations. As a result of these efforts,
we have concluded that there are two tasks and several
free and reliable utilities that help to maintain a safe and
healthy computer.
Without a doubt, the two most important safety and
security tasks for every Windows computer user are:
1. Keep the Operating System up to date
2. Keep the security software up to date
In addition to those two tasks, there is some computer
“housekeeping” required to keep your computer healthy
(for those of you who consider yourselves not
knowledgeable enough to “maintain” your computer, think
of these utilities as cleaning tools, not maintenance tools).
For housekeeping, these utilities are
recommended:
1. Revo Uninstaller
This free utility does an excellent job of uninstalling
unwanted software—even better than the Windows utility.
You can use the default settings of Revo.
It is important to note that Revo first runs the uninstaller
program provided with the program you want to remove.
At the end of that process, you are asked if you want to
restart your computer. At this point, DO NOT RESTART
YOUR COMPUTER. Click on “No” or “Restart later”
(or whatever similar message is displayed). That will
allow the rest of Revo to run. It will check for left-over
files in the Windows Registry and the directories.
Whatever files or file remnants it finds, select everything
it finds and delete them.
You can download Revo from h t t p : / / w w w .
revouninstaller.com/revo_
uninstaller_free_download.html. The free
version is the one in the left column.
When installing this (or any program), proceed carefully,
because very likely there is additional software “bundled”
with what you want—that additional software is usually
unnecessary. Examine each screen as it is displayed and
uncheck or refuse any of the extra unwanted software.
Sometimes, even Revo needs some help. When
combined with a registry cleaner, unwanted software
can be effectively removed. The registry cleaner we
recommend is:
2. CCleaner
This is another free, excellent utility. There is much debate
in the computer world about registry cleaners. Since the
Windows Registry is so crucial to correct operation, one
viewpoint is that no one but an expert should use them. It
is true that modifying the Windows Registry has the
potential to create problems. However, those of us in
FRPCUG have used CCleaner on many computers without
problems. When using the registry cleaner option of
CCleaner, you will be asked if you want to backup your
registry. It’s a safety factor that is up to you.
There are two parts to cleaning your computer of
unwanted/left-over junk using CCleaner: Cleaner and
Registry. Use both—once a week is recommended, but at
least once a month.
There are cases where, after running Revo, it may be
necessary to run CCleaner 3 or 4 times before all of the
junk is removed. For example, if you have Norton security
software installed on your computer and want to remove
it, it will take Revo and possibly 3 or 4 passes of CCleaner
(restarting your computer after each CCleaner run) to
completely remove the Norton software (more on Norton
in a moment).
You can download CCleaner from h t t p : / /
www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/.
Use the “Download Latest Version” button with the green
background at the right side of the page.
For computer security:
Virtually all new Windows computers are delivered with a
trial version of one brand or another of security software
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Light Housekeeping cont. from page 15
installed, usually good for up to 90 days. Once that trial is
over, you need to pay for an annual subscription for updates.
In today’s world, there is no need to pay for security
software. There are a number of excellent, free security
software programs available. And, there are cases where
the free software might actually be better than security
software that you buy. For example, in the past, Norton
security software acquired a reputation for slowing down
the computers on which it was installed (my own experience
with Norton software—at least the older versions, based
on helping other computer users, is that it is not as good at
catching malicious software (malware) as other programs).
Of the many free security software applications available,
FRPCUG members have used these four, and found them
to be reliable and effective (just because the software is
free does not mean it is less capable):
One is Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). You can
download
MSE
from
http://www.
microsoft.com/download/en/
details.aspx?id=5201. Note that there are 2
versions available, depending on whether your computer
has an AMD or an Intel processor.
Another is Avira Free. This application received excellent
reviews from the independent security software testing
organization, AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of
Anti-Virus Software, h t t p : / / w w w . a v comparatives.org/
(enter: review of—and the application name—into a Google
search, or use the AV Comparitives website mentioned
above). If you decide to use one these applications,
download it from http://www.filehippo.com.
You are less likely to encounter excess, unnecessary
additional software (sometimes called “bloatware” or
“sneakware”). Once you connect to the filehippo website,
just enter the name of the application into the search box.
Another area of debate regarding security software is
the number of different security software applications that
should be installed and running and one computer. With one
exception, described below, you are probably going to be
better off with only one. Since these applications are
always running (in the background), it is very likely that
two or more security applications running simultaneously
will cause conflicts (and/or slow down your computer). It
is possible, with a lot of experimentation, to find multiple
security applications that do not conflict (one FRPCUG
member has done so), but for most computer users, one
application is sufficient.
The best way to change security software is to download,
but don’t install, the new security software. Then use Revo
(and if necessary, CCleaner) to remove the old security
software. Finally, install the new security software.
A supplementary security software program that
works extremely well is Malwarebytes. You can
download this program from h t t p : / /
w w w . f i l e h i p p o . c o m /
search?q=malwarebytes. The free version does
not run continuously in the background, as do other
security software applications. That means
Malwarebytes does not conflict with any other security
software. The only disadvantage to this program is that
you have to remember to run a manual scan (say once
a week). It’s worth it—Malwarebytes finds problems
other security software does not.
A third choice is Avast Free, and a fourth choice is AVG
Free. We suggest you read the reviews on these products
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 16
The best way to keep your computer secure, as mentioned
above, is to keep the operating system and security
software up to date. You can set Windows computers for
automatic operating system updates. Virtually all security
software programs, including the free ones can be set up
for automatic updates.
For more information on this topic, connect to http:/
/frpcug.org/presentations/
BB_Present04.pdf and http://frpcug.org/
presentations/comp_maint_security.pdf.
One other suggestion:
Another free, useful utility is Belarc Advisor. The program
provides a detailed list of the hardware installed in your
computer. You can download Belarc Advisor from
http://www.belarc.com/free_
download.html. While not crucial, like security
software and maintenance utilities, Belarc is a helpful
program to have on your computer.
We have installed and run these programs on many
computers without any problems. There is, however,
always the chance that some unusual combination of
hardware and software may result in a problem. So you
should backup at the very least your important data, even
if it is just copying that data temporarily to a flash drive.
Please read our disclaimer at h t t p : / /
www.frpcug.org/k-byte/current.pdf *
Hap
py Computing!
Happ
Software Review
Microsoft OneNote,
an All-Purpose Planner
By Nancy DeMarte, Regular Columnist (Office Talk), Sarasota PCUG, Florida, May 2012 issue,
Sarasota PC Monitor, www.spcug.org, [email protected]
If you purchased a recent from your computer. To capture a portion of a web page, for
home version of MS Office, example, you highlight the section, click ‘Insert Screen
which includes the programs, Clipping,’ and the web section appears on the OneNote page.
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Besides text, you can copy and paste photos, drawings, or any
you also got a lesser known file from your computer such as a document or spreadsheet.
program called OneNote (file PowerPoint slide shows appear as printouts. You can create
extension .one). OneNote was audio or video recordings of meetings or interviews directly in
created in 2002, and has been OneNote. One Note saves your work continuously and
a part of some versions of the automatically so nothing is lost. It also keeps a backup copy
Office suite since Office 2003. It was, however, a long on your computer or online.
time before I even opened this program. It was described
as being good for “note-keeping and sharing,” which Organizing a Notebook
weren’t activities I commonly did on my computer. It was OneNote gives the user many options for organizing
only recently that I decided to find out what OneNote was notebooks. These range from practically random to highly
all about. I was pleasantly surprised. Read on to find out structured layouts. You can expand the page size, add,
why.
rename, and reorganize pages any time. Page and whole
notebook templates are available at the MS website to help
Adding Information to a Notebook
with layout of the OneNote content. Just looking through
OneNote lets you create notes, gather information, and the templates gave me ideas on uses for One Note.
organize it all using a simple system modeled after a ring Interesting template topics I found included landscape
binder. You open a new Notebook, add Sections, indicated by planning, preparing for a residential move, a family reunion
tabs, and insert Pages within the sections. You can type notes organizer, and a cookbook. Practical page designs included
anywhere on a page. Each ‘note’ will be in its own “note address and phone lists, to-do lists, and a health history
container,” somewhat like a text box, which you can move, chart. Just like in Word, you can design your own notebook
resize or merge with other notes. This basic feature makes the layout and save it as a template.
program popular with college students who use it to take
lecture notes. You can also add items from the web or files
Microsoft OneNote cont. on page 18
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 17
To find out how OneNote works, I decided to use it to
plan a fall cruise/land tour vacation in the New England –
Eastern Canada region. First I opened OneNote and
displayed the Ribbon by clicking the small arrow next to the
Help icon. The ribbon is not displayed by default, but
contains all the commands and editing tools. Then I opened
a new Notebook (File – New) and named it Canadian
Cruise. Once I recognized that the Tabs along the top of
the notebook indicated Sections and that I could name
them and add as many pages as I wanted, I created a few
section Tabs to get started: Cruise Itineraries, Land Tours,
Budget, and a To Do List complete with checkboxes to
keep track of my planning tasks.
In the Cruise Itineraries section, I created three
pages. On my Cruise Lines page, I added my favorite
cruise lines with contact information and website
addresses, each which appears as a hyperlink. Pressing
the Tab key after each bit of information automatically
creates a table. Pressing Enter adds a new row. On the
Ports to Visit page, I listed those stops we wanted to
make, knowing I could add more detail later. My last
page, Itineraries, was my first experiment in gathering
research material into OneNote. Using Insert – Screen
Clipping, I captured a specific itinerary offered by
Norwegian Cruise Lines which listed dates, times,
ports, and a map of the trip. I typed a few notes to
accompany this snip, such as the cost of a balcony
cabin, and dragged them onto a corner of the map.
Then I added a larger map of the New England and
Canadian Maritimes area from Google Maps. I did the
same sort of captures for two other cruise lines and
pasted them in below the first. I noticed that my pages
expanded as needed.
Sharing a Notebook
At this point I decided to share my Notebook with our
Kentucky friends who often travel with us and might be
enticed to accompany us on this trip. I logged in to my
SkyDrive page (skydrive.live.com), the Microsoft cloud
storage location. I also have a copy of this notebook saved
on my computer. (Another option for sharing would have
been Dropbox, a free program for file-sharing.) My friends
already have access to one folder on my SkyDrive site so
adding a new folder was easy. I uploaded my Canadian
Cruise OneNote notebook to SkyDrive, adjusted the
permissions to let my friends view it, and then notified them
by email. It is also possible in OneNote 2010 to create
shared notebooks which can be edited by more than one
person at the same time. I saved that for another day.
My final step was to add the free OneNote app to my
iPad so I could synchronize my work between devices.
OneNote has free apps for many mobile devices, including
Android cell phones and tablets as well as iPhones, iPads,
and Windows phones. It can be synchronized across
devices – PC’s, laptops, and mobiles – using Live Mesh, a
free syncing program from Microsoft. If you don’t have
MS Office, the stand alone OneNote program can be
purchased from Microsoft for about $80. If you do own
MS Office, certainly try OneNote. It is easy to learn and
amazingly flexible.
Get Your Photography on the Web
*
By Donna Kamper, Member, Tucson Computer Society, AZ, April 2012 issue, TCS eJournal,
www.aztcs.org, [email protected]
The only reason you need this as the author, Raphael (RC) Conceptión shows you, it
book is if you’re looking for a can be so much more.
quick, inexpensive and easy way
With this book, an Internet connection and basic
for people to see your photos on computer skills you can literally create a showcase
the Internet. If you prefer time- website in a matter of hours for next to no cost – totally
consuming, difficult and costly free, if you don’t want a domain name and in less than an
you need to keep looking. This hour if you have all your ducks in a row ahead of time.
book was a complete revelation And RC tells you exactly what those ducks are and how
to me and inspired me to revamp to line them up.
our long-neglected (cob)web site
He quickly discusses that all-important “Getting a
kamper.com. Instead of working Domain Name,” and then moves into hosting. He
in HTML and Dreamweaver, I simply downloaded and recommends GoDaddy.com and walks you through the
installed a free program – WordPress. Following the procedure. As with most Kelby Training books, this is
guidelines in the book, I literally had my new site up and done very clearly with screen-shots on the outside margins
running in minutes.
and brief descriptive text to the inside.
Completely finished? No! No website is ever “finished,”
Since our website has been active since 1992, hosted
they’re always (read: should be) in transition. But was it locally through dakotacom.net (with whom we’re
ready for viewing? Yes. Get Your Photography on the incredibly pleased), I skipped this chapter. However,
Web targets photographers who want to showcase their from reading I did outside this book I discovered a
work. While WordPress is primarily a blogging software, WordPress site must be hosted on servers supporting
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 18
PHP and MySQL. So if you have your own domain and
are thinking about revamping it using WordPress,
check that first.
What good is a website without content? The next
chapters are “Getting Your Images Ready” which
encompasses a lot more than retouching. Color Space,
Sharpening, Size, Watermarks, Copyright – all in 27 pages.
Then we really start to rock, setting up your first pages
and adding content. More than images, even slide shows,
right off the bat! Then RC moves us into how to get our site
looking the way we want it to. After all, it’s important that
it be the proper frame for our work. To that end, he
introduces us to Themes and Plugins.
It turns out WordPress is a bit of a blank slate, ready for
anyone to write over it. “Themes” are overlays, if you will, for
the basic WordPress installation. By changing the Theme the
entire look of a site can change just by clicking “Activate.”
If a global rework isn’t sufficient there are Plugins, little
applets that nestle inside your WordPress installation
ready to spring to action. These can do anything from
popping out an image in a shadowbox to creating custom
menus for your site navigation. There are literally hundreds
of these, and the list keeps growing. Oh, and they’re all
free. See my WordPress note at end of this review.*
The more I read the more I was inspired by what
could be done. Then I discovered WordPress can be
used for more than blogging. That’s when I really
snapped to attention. Blogging is not for me. I was never
a diarist, I never kept a journal, and I will not keep to a
blogging schedule.
But WordPress is so plastic, so malleable, so pliable that
it can be used as a content management system (CMS),
meaning it can hold static pages that don’t change regularly
if at all, and pages with other content. In fact, with a little
judicious juggling and a friendly Plugin, it’s even possible to
run an e-store right out of my website. Oh really!?
All those years of writing materials for front-of-class
instruction have left me with manuals and workbooks.
Coupling that with Camtasia’s on-screen recording, and I
just may create a little business niche for myself. All I have
to do is get it done.
This is a great book. Clearly written, visually-assisted
step-by-step instructions and an attainable result. What’s
not to like. Now, back to my WordPress Dashboard. There
are edits to be made!
About: Get Your Photography on the Web
Author: Rafael “RC” Conceptión
Publisher: Kelby Media/Peachpit Press
www.kelbytraining.com,
www.peachpit.com
ISBN-10: 978-0-321-75393-9
ISBN-13: 0-321-75393-3
Price: $39.99, $23.99 @ Amazon
*What’s this about free? WordPress is Open Source
Software, as are its Themes and Plugins. These are
created by users and uploaded for people to use. WordPress
itself is free for the download. Thousands of Themes are
also freely available, and there are also multiple sites
devoted to custom or for-pay Themes. As of the writing of
this review there are 19,064 free Plugins available at
WordPress.org.
There are two WordPress sites: WordPress.org is where
you download the WordPress software, its Themes and
Plugins and learn how to use the software. WordPress.com
is a free hosting service begun by some of the original
WordPress developers. It’s “a hosted version of the open
source package where you can start a blog in seconds
without any technical knowledge.” [http://
en.WordPress.com/about/] It is “financially supported via
paid upgrades, “VIP” services and advertising.”
[Wikipedia.com]
*
Media Sharing & Devices
By Jerry Grommes, Editor, Sandwich Computer Users Group, IL, April 2012 issue, SCUG
News, www.scug.org
As many of you know I feel strongly that my media, devices. The number is about five in the average home
whether it’s pictures, videos, music, recorded TV, etc., now — tablet, gaming console, PC — and it’s going to 15
should be available to me on whatever device I own and to 20. You’re going to have a home with more technology
not just tied to a computer, CD/DVD player or a DVR. and, hopefully, it will be managed in a way that’s a lot more
With the increasing number of different kinds devices efficient.” I thought that over a bit and started counting. I
coming to market, each with its own nitch, I have finally have eight, which puts me a little above average but less
resolved myself to the conclusion that there is not going to than half of where they are predicting us to be at in the next
five years.
be a one size fits all anywhere in the near future.
Where are you at? Start counting, (Desktop PC,
About three weeks ago Bob Dell sent me a quote from
the Tribune’s business section (Visions of technology’s Notebook, Digital Camera, MP3 player, Smart phone,
future): “Five years from now,” says Nate Williams, Smart TV, Tablet) that’s 7, so you can see, they are adding
Motorola Mobility’s senior director, head of product up fast. Do they all share your media? The answer is yes,
marketing for the Converged Experiences group, “you’re
going to see a dramatic increase in the number of connected
Media Sharing cont. on page 20
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 19
Media Sharing cont. from page 19
but not easily. In my opinion the industry has a long way to
go to make it seamless for end users to have their content
available across all devices and platforms.
All this lead in was to get to the point of sharing recorded
TV and device #9. Ever since migrating from the Commodore
to a PC, I have had a TV tuner card in every one of my PCs
and if I want to record TV that’s how I do it (record it on my
computer). From there I can convert the recording to various
formats for different devices or burn to DVD. This worked
well until the arrival of digital TV. I have cable and they
gradually kept dropping the analog channels till it got to the
point where I had to add a DTA (Digital Transport Adapter)
to the TV tuner in my computer in order to get most of the
basic channels again. This happened about the time that I
migrated to Windows 7. Since most versions of Windows 7
include MCE (Media Center Edition), I decided to try MCE
and found it to be an excellent avenue for watching TV in a
little window or for recording TV. The programming guide
makes it a snap to schedule recordings.
2650. Once you buy it, it’s yours to use forever.
But you still need to sign up for cable TV
service, and you will still need to rent a digital
cable card from your local cable operator.
After reading the 3rd bullet point, that it could record
HD channels, I changed my search to a shopping search
and had my order placed before the show I wanted to
record was even over. How’s that for impulse buying?
As you can see from the Quick Setup Guide
instructions, there is not much to the setup and installation,
it took approximately a half hour to complete the 1st
time through. However, I had to repeat step 4 three
additional times before everything was fully functional
and that took over three hours because after every call
I was instructed to wait 45 minutes or more before all
the channels would be available. Overall, approx four
hours from out-of-the-box to watching and recording
High Definition TV on my computer.
Device #9
So on to device #9. Two weeks ago I was surfing the
channels and found a program that I wanted to record
to watch later, problem was it was a High Definition
channel which is not broadcast on an alternative digital
channel thus I could not record it. Comcast seems to be
doing more of this High Definition-only thing lately (not
because you get a better viewing experience but rather
they can rent you more HD boxes). While watching the
show I couldn’t record, I grabbed my tablet and started
searching for a solution for recording HD on my
computer. In a few clicks I was at the Hauppauge web
site reading the specs on the WinTV-DCR-2650, a dual
tuner CableCARD™ receiver for your Windows 7 PC.
I then clicked on the “Features” tab which stated:
WinTV-DCR-2650 is just like a cable TV set top box
(a “DVR” box) in that it can be used to watch and
record TV from digital cable. There are a couple of
differences:
• WinTV-DCR-2650 needs a PC to work.
Currently, only a PC with Windows 7 Media
Center is compatible with the WinTV-DCR2650.
• WinTV-DCR-2650 does not have any internal
disk storage: it uses your PC for storing
recorded TV programs. The nice thing about
using your PC for storage is that if you fill up
your hard drive with TV programs, you can
easily add a new hard drive to your PC.
• WinTV-DCR-2650 records in the original
transmitted quality. For example, if you record
from an HD channel, the recording will be HD.
• There is no monthly fee for the WinTV-DCR-
Installation instructions for the
WinTV-DCR-2650
•
•
•
•
Step 1. Run the Windows Digital Cable Advisor
to make sure your PC is compatible with the
WinTV-DCR-2650.
Step 2. Plug the WinTV-DCR-2650 into your PC
via the USB cable. Connect cable TV. Insert the
cable card you received from your cable operator
into the back of WinTV-DCR-2650.
Step 3. Run the Windows Media Center TV
Tuner setup and select your cable TV operator.
Step 4. Call your cable TV company to
activate your cable card and “pair” it to the
WinTV-DCR-2650
Four calls
In each of the four calls to Comcast a different support
person was on the other end, each was very courteous,
spoke very good English and seemed very
knowledgeable. In the first call the support person
activated the card and told me to wait 45 minutes or
more before all the channels would be available. After
45 minutes I had all of the digital channels but only the
basic (2, 5, 7, & 9) HD channels.
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Second call
In the second call the support person said she would
resend the activation to the card and told me to wait 45
minutes or more before all the channels would be
available. This netted the same results so I ran the
Hauppauge diagnostic program that was included on
the installation CD. It reported that the firmware on
the CableCard was out-of-date and not supported.
Third call
On the 3rd call I gave the diagnostic information to the
support person who put me on hold while he collaborated
with another technician. When he returned he stated
that he would have to flash the firmware of my
CableCard and told me to wait 45 minutes or more
before all the channels would be available. He also
gave me a different phone number to reach a higher
level of support if flashing the card didn’t work. After
my 45 minute wait I retried and had all digital channels
but no HD channels (lost ground). I reran the Hauppauge
diagnostic and it reported no errors and said all is well.
Fourth call
The 4th call was to the new number given by the last rep
and the support person on the other end had all my
information from the previous calls and said she would
run some diagnostics on the card from her end, after
which she said she would reactivate the card asked me
to tell her what lights were flashing while she was doing
it. While this was going on she said that if this didn’t
work she would schedule a service call. By the time we
were done talking the reactivating had completed and I
had all channels (including the HD Channels) that I
subscribe to and I didn’t have to wait for 45 minutes.
All Channels
I am very pleased with the Hauppauge WinTV-DCR2650 picture quality; it is very good and since I was
already using MCE there was no learning curve. I can
receive every channel on my computer that I can get
from the Comcast HD Box except On Demand and Pay
Per View. With two tuners built-in you can watch one
show while recording another. As for media sharing I
give it a thumbs up because I can now record a HD TV
show and use Windows Live Movie Maker to save it to
a format that can be viewed on my Android Tablet.
Hauppauge is headquartered in Hauppauge, NY and
has been bringing TV to the PC since 1992. The Company
is the worldwide leader in developing and manufacturing
PC based TV tuners and data broadcast receiver
products. Hauppauge’s products allow PC users to watch
television on their PC screens, videoconference and
create both still video images and digital TV recordings.
Hauppauge’s flagship product, the WinTV, is the leading
branded TV tuner card for PCs.
POyNT
By George Harding, Treasurer, Tucson
Computer Society, AZ, April 2012 issue,
eJournal, www.aztcs.org,
[email protected]
This is a nifty app for your iPhone or Blackberry. It points
you to various services or places of business.
The choices are Businesses, People, Movies, Restaurants,
Gas, Events and Offers.
For Businesses, you can enter a business name, such as
“Wendy’s” which produces a list of Wendy’s restaurants
sequenced by distance from your position. The list also
includes other entries which include the name Wendy, such
as a dentist, a veterinarian and a hospital! But it does show
the fast-food restaurants you wanted to find. When you
touch one of them, you get location information, including
a map and directions.
If you choose People, you can search by name, phone or
address. I tried the search
by phone, using my phone number and got my name and
address, along with directions and a map for location. The
search by name works very efficiently, producing a list of
people with the name you entered and their phone and
location info.
For Movies, you can search by theaters nearby, movies,
top 10 and genres. You get a list of theaters with the movies
currently being shown, times, phone, location and the
availability of a trailer.
You can search nearby Restaurants or by cuisine. You
get a list of restaurants sequenced by increasing distance
from your location, with info about location, phone, map
and website.
Searching for Gas or Events gives the same sort of
information, in a helpful and easy-to-use format.
I recommend this app highly. It’s fun to use and very
helpful in finding the sort of item you’re looking for without
having to resort to the Yellow Pages books. You can even
use your mobile phone to download the app from
m.poynt.com (but not with a browser).
About: POYNT
Vendor: Poynt
www.poynt.com
Price: Free
*
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 21
*
Book Review
Mastering Landscape Photography:
Learn By Video
By Mark Mattson, Editor, Computer Users of Erie, PA, June 2012 issue, Horizons,
www.cuerie.com, [email protected]
The video quality is excellent, with saturated colors and
This was somewhat of a
different book review than high production standards throughout. You can choose to
all the others. Not only is it view the videos in the small window, but use the full screen
a book, it is also a complete view…you can lose yourself in the view, and almost think
video workshop on a DVD. you’re on location.
The lessons are divided into three main sections:
The book itself is a 28
page supplement to the
1. Before You Go Out
DVD training videos. It
2. Capturing the Scene
presents supplemental
3. Post Processing
materials that enhance the
learning experience of the The first section covers the basics needed for successful
DVD. There is also a Glossary of terms at the end to landscape photography. Phil covers such details as choosing
a good tripod, setting you camera for the best quality
clarify anything you may not be sure of.
images, choosing the best lenses, and other vital information.
The DVD is actually the star of this package. Produced
Capturing the Scene will teach you how to photograph
by Austrian-based Video2Brain, it is one of their newest
for
the best quality images. Topics covered in this section
offerings in their series of training packages (release date
include
how to read the histogram, exposure considerations,
of this title is December 31, 2011).
panoramic image capture, and others.
Your instructor for the video lessons is noted landscape
The final section, Post Processing, presents information
photographer Phil Hawkins, who has shot many stunning
on
processing your images to further increase the quality
images in and around the Yosemite area, as well as other
of
your
captures. Here you will learn how to process your
subjects during his career (you can check his website at
RAW
files,
workflow basics, and other topics. You will
http://philhawkinsphoto.com/ ).
even learn how to process images for HDR. The key word
The workshop is comprised of four hours of High
to most of the processes covered here is that less is better.
Definition video, all of which are accessed via the software
That is why you want to get it as close to a finished look
player developed to make your learning experience smooth
in the camera when shooting your photos. Thus the need
and seamless.
to view the entire disc, paying attention to all sections,
When you first open the DVD, you are presented with particularly the first two. The less processing you need to
the user interface, which looks like this:
do on your images to achieve the final print, the better.
On the left side of the screen is the navigation area, where
you can launch specific sections of the training, or choose
to play all the videos in sequence. The central area is the
video playback window, while the right side contains links
to supplemental items.
Each section also contains a short Test Yourself section,
where you can test your knowledge on what you’ve
learned in each section.
Another advantage the interface gives you is the ability
to bookmark sections of the disc you want to refer to at
later times. Thus you can refer to sections of the disc you
enjoy most, without having to search for them.
Mastering Landscape Photography: Learn By
Video is available direct from the publisher, Peachpit for
$27.99. As a member of CUE, you are eligible for the usual
35% discount when you buy from them (this brings it down
to $18.19).
This is lower than what Amazon.com charges, so you
can save yourself about $8 when buying from Peachpit. Go
to www.peachpit.com to purchase.
Is this video worth the purchase? Definitely, especially
if you are hooked on landscape photography, either as a
NVPCUG Computer News, July 2012, Page 22
hobby, or a way to make an income. The techniques and
information presented are well worth the purchase price,
and give you a solid basis to build upon in the future, as your
skills improve and grow.
Even though the author lives in the western US
(California), the information would apply just as well to
anywhere in the world. True, certain locales would require
some adaptations or modifications to what is presented
here (such as shooting techniques for snowy locations),
but you would learn those by experience and growing your
knowledge over time.
If you want to learn landscape photography, this is an
excellent place to start your journey.
*
Book Review
The Painter Wow!, Book, 10th Edition
By Iris Yoffa, Member, Tucson Computer Society, Arizona, June 2012 issue, eJournal,
www.aztcs.org, [email protected]
If you have worked through each of the Chapter 3
Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
exercises,
you should have a good feeling for what the
has been authoring The
program
has
to offer and what direction you would like
Painter Wow! Book series
for over 15 years. The books to further explore. You have also navigated from
are always packed with an accomplishing basic to quite complex digital painting
overwhelming amount of projects. The chapters continue with the titles of
information and inspiring Building Brushes, Selections, Shapes and Masks; Using
examples of original art by Layers, Enhancing Photos, Montage and Collage,
a variety of digital artists, Exploring Special Effects, Using Painter with
Photoshop, Animation and Film with Painter and finally
including Cher herself.
The 10 th edition in this Printing Options.
This is a very thorough and detailed coverage of a
series covers all the new
rather
complex program. I found the Study Guide
and numerous features of
projects
(PDF file on the CD) to be a great asset for
Corel Painter 12. The companion CD contains goodies
for personal use from contributing authors as well as adding a structure for using the Wow! Book and
brushes, patterns, photos, scripts, textures and sample delving deeper into Painter.
I recall that when I first used a very early edition of
Painter files contributed by Cher. There is also a study
Cher’s
great book to learn more about Painter, I had to
guide which could serve as a syllabus for learning
digest very small bits at a time. Then and now, this is
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The primers, 25 if I didn’t lose count, provide step-bystep introductions to a wide range of media and techniques.
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