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July 11, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....On the left, Inkblot is admiring my shiny new MacBook and wondering where the mouse is. Shouldn't all computers have mice to play with? On the right, Domino doesn't care. She thinks cats have better things to worry about than foolish human techno-gadgets. Like dinner, for example.

Speaking of techno-gadgets, a nice Bluetooth mouse is the best bet for the MacBook, isn't it? Maybe I'll pick one up after lunch today. What else? I still haven't figured out how to get windows to open full size (or at whatever size I last left them), something that happens automatically in Windows. Anybody know the trick? I'd especially like Finder to open in a full-screen window. And how about image editing software? Is iPhoto any good? I don't need all the album stuff, just a quickie photo resizing and basic editing program. Any recommendations?

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Okay, Kevin, I've never chimed in with the "Inkblot is fat" group before...now.

That cat has got to lose a little weight.

Posted by: phoebes in santa fe on July 11, 2008 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

SCATblogging shows Chicago coyotes even eat cats.

Don’t look over your shoulder if you’re ever outside, Inkblot and Domino!

"MMM, nice fat Inkblot!" -- Wile E. Coyote

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on July 11, 2008 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin I'd recommend Seashore as an image editor. Free, open source, easy to use, etc.

Posted by: Jake on July 11, 2008 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

Do I spy, with my little eye, some of your wife's handiwork on the wall behind Domino in that picture? That's worth zooming in on.

Posted by: junebug on July 11, 2008 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

Either that cat is massive, or that laptop is tiny...

Posted by: Catpain Haddock on July 11, 2008 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

iPhoto is pretty good for consumer level editing. The latest version of Photoshop Elements is better though, and avoids the authoritarian approach to picture file management that iPhoto takes.

I also find iPhoto to be slower than it should be. But I use it, and happily.

Posted by: Greg Abbott on July 11, 2008 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

This time I've exceeded even myself with a dynamic combination of poor taste and self-importance. I am horsefly, hear me preen!

Posted by: dramatic barfly on July 11, 2008 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK

Macs don't really do full-screen windows. The green button is a "zoom" button which tries with varying degrees of success to size the window to whatever's in it. The theory is that it makes more sense to size a window to its content than to the whole screen, which is an arbitrary size.

If you want full-screen windows because you don't want other windows distracting you, try using Command-Option-H (Hide Others) instead.

As a longtime Mac user, I've never understood the fascination many Windows users have with full-screen windows anyway. In most applications, they just end up replacing a bunch of your desktop background with blank white space which is harsher on the eyes. In many other applications, they only end up hiding palettes or auxiliary windows. And finally, I like to have edges of all my other windows available to grab quickly when necessary.

Posted by: dal20402 on July 11, 2008 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK


“Washington Floats Bailout Plan for JohnnieMac”

By Liz Sidoti, Associated Press Writer

Speaking before reporters at the White House today, President George Bush called on Congress to join him in developing a rescue plan for embattled presidential candidate JohnieMac.

“JohnnieMac is a American institution, which for the past thirty years has made it possible for thousands of members of the fourth estate to feed their families and purchase homes. Today I am asking Congress to work with Treasury Secretary Paulson to formulate a plan which will allow JohnnieMac to stay solvent and continue to his run for office.”

JohnnieMac is a hybrid private-public entity originally created by the U.S. Navy shortly before World War II, now owned largely by lobbyists and large corportations. It was set up to make life easier for members of the American press to improve their lifestyle and living standards, and over the years has helped thousands of them to find access to housing and food. A merger with Hensley & Co. in 1980 increased JohnnieMac’s connections, influence, and cash-reserves still further.

It is in addition one of the largest owners of homes in the entire country, with major holdings in at least nine different states. A recent scandal revolved around JohnnieMac’s inability to account for all the homes in its possession.

JohnnieMac has also suffered from a series of other missteps and poor decisions, including its announcement this week that Americans should “quit their griping” about the economy, a lack of clarity about its chain of corporate command, and a recent admission that it has still not mastered the internet. As a result of its poor performance, confidence in the institution has eroded precipitously in the past few months. JohnnieMac stock was trading at around 5.0 on Intrade at the close of the day on Friday.

Prominent Republicans quickly seconded the President’s call for a bailout. “Anything to save me from my incipient alcoholism,” Sen. Libby Dole quipped.

And in a striking show of bipartisanship, Connecticut Democratic Senator Joe Liebermann also spoke in favor of the proposal. “I think I speak for myself and for many others when I say that our country owes an enormous debt to JohnnieMac. No one I know has ever done more to advance our national interest and my own personal interests than he has.”

Yet there were some dissenters, including Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, who called the proposal “a piece of damned nonsense,” and presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama, who said, “This is just another a typical Washington quick fix. As much as I honor JohnnieMac’s service to America, it will take more than a bandaid approach to get that institution back on its feet.”

It was not clear when Congress and the White House will begin talks on the plan.

In his remarks, President Bush also hinted at the consequences of failure: “If we can’t get together a plan to save JohnnieMac, we may have to do what the state of Florida did in November of 2000,” he said, adding, “We are fully prepared to go that far, if necessary.”

Posted by: lampwick on July 11, 2008 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

Christ all mighty! Either that's the biggest cat on Earth or a toy-size Power Book.

Posted by: Jeff II on July 11, 2008 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

Photo editing. Have you tried The GIMP. It's more than a basic editor, but it is free and open source. I've used it on Windows and I love it. There is a Mac version with which I've had no experience.

Posted by: veblen on July 11, 2008 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK


The easiest way to quickly resize photos is to just use Preview, which came with your Mac. Lots of good stuff under the Tools menu including a quick way to adjust color/size.

iPhoto gives you more editing options, but Preview will do most of what you need without launching iPhoto. I second the Photoshop Elements recommendation if you have more sophisticated editing needs and want to spend the bucks, but that may be overkill for you.

Preview is also good for quick edits of PDFs--combining PDFs, deleting pages, annotating them, etc.

Posted by: Mac User on July 11, 2008 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot looks like he has already swallowed a laptop. No problem, I’ll still eat him.

Posted by: Wile E. Coyote, genius cat devourer on July 11, 2008 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

Have tried Gimp on Windows and Mac and unless one has a lot of patience, it is not as satisfactory as it might be. iPhoto lets one fix exposures and other basic things without offering very many "creative" options--a limiting factor that probablyu works to benefit of many of us!

Posted by: hdware on July 11, 2008 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

Junebug: Yep, that's one of Marian's quilts. We've got a zillion of 'em.

As for Inkblot, keep in mind that (a) the MacBook is a pretty small laptop and (b) I was using a wide-angle lens, which makes objects in the foreground look extra big. In reality, Inkblot has lost yet another pound recently, which brings him down to 17 pounds. That isn't bad, really, given the fact that he's a pretty big cat. It's actually Domino that I wish I could slim down a bit more.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on July 11, 2008 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

and (b) I was using a wide-angle lens, which makes objects in the foreground look extra big.
Posted by: Kevin Drum

Wide angle? Sure it wasn't a fish eye?

Posted by: Jeff II on July 11, 2008 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

"That cat has got to lose a little weight."

Your complaints are irrelevant to Technical Support Cat!

Posted by: Joshua Norton on July 11, 2008 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

Stop being so sensitive to the idiot comments about Inky's girth. He looks just fine. 17 pounds is quite acceptable.
And remember, Domino is a newbie to the house. She is probably overeating a tad because she is still nervous. I have found that new additions to the household generally take 2 years to acclimate to a new environment if the place is "preowned" by another. So give her time and she will adjust her weight accordingly.
What you really need to be sensitive about Kevin, is the fact that you have now demonstrated that you are a committed "special needs" computer dork. Why is it that Mac users are always asking for help? If the operating system is as good as touted ....


Posted by: optical weenie on July 11, 2008 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

Just like I always thought- "Kevin Drum" is a pseudonym for Inkblot!

Posted by: Yancey Ward on July 11, 2008 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

I really like iPhoto, but its best feature is the the way it integrates with the rest of the iLife suite.

If iMovie, iDVD and iWeb don't appeal to you, then I would probably go with Abobe Photo Elements. Doesn't look as pretty iPhoto but it has more powerful editing tools.

Posted by: jacob on July 11, 2008 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

I DO enjoy the computing questions, and all the good responses here. Keep 'em comin', I say.

Thanks to all...

Posted by: Detroit Dan on July 11, 2008 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

And how about image editing software?

Why don't you ask the Iranians?

Posted by: drjimcooper on July 11, 2008 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

I'll third the recommendation of Photoshop Elements for photo editing. It's got more features than you may need most of the time but they are nice to have on those occasions where you can really use them.

Posted by: TK on July 11, 2008 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

Skitch is a good basic photo editing program (skitch.com) , and it'll post to the web automatically for you. Good for a blogger. It's lightweight and quck and great for resizing. I think it's free, too.

For more heavy duty work you might want to try Pixelator, which aims to be a consumer version of Photoshop. It's about $70-$80 (which is, what, 1/10th what you'd pay for Photoshop?), and works fine for what I use it for (which isn't too intense).

Imagewell is like $15, and also is a decent lightweight editor. Drag the photo in, edit it, drag it out.

Posted by: Mac on July 11, 2008 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

Mighty Mouse is good, as bluetooth mice go, unless you need the whole scroll wheel, six hundred buttons, etc. Window size is tricky: put the window where you want it, and resize it, both horizontally and vertically. (Meaning, your one resizing should resize along both dimensions, not: you need to do two.) If it was the right size to start with, then resize it back. That ought to work.

Posted by: hilzoy on July 11, 2008 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

For image editing, I strongly recommend GraphicConverter (www.lemkesoft.de). It's shareware and has many of the capabilities of Photoshop (it's even compatible with Photoshop plugins). It'll open almost any kind of image file you can throw at it. I use it all the time for cropping, re-sizing, editing, etc. Highly recommended.

Posted by: Ranjan on July 11, 2008 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with Weenie.
Inkblot is a big cat, period. Large in all dimensions. And hasn't Kevin already told us they're on a diet. Lighen up, folks.

(Will you stop hitting me now, honey?)

Posted by: thersites on July 11, 2008 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

It sure looks like Inkblot is more familiar with computers than MacCain says he is.

I'll stop beating you Thersites but only because tomorrow is your 59th birthday!

Posted by: optical weenie on July 11, 2008 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK

Bonus SCATblogging — the hot new “poperatic” scat singer.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on July 11, 2008 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

Not true -- I'm 19. Been that way for 40 years now.

Posted by: thersites on July 11, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

you can use Pathfinder http://www.cocoatech.com/ instead fo finder. Finder has been a pain im os x users for a while. iPhoto can be a pain to get a resized image. If you have a typical image size you can build am Automator script to resize photos for you.

Posted by: Clint on July 11, 2008 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Not sure if this'll work for you; it worked for me just now, but I'm new to the Mac thing myself. I think most settings with Finder, including layout and size, can be adjusted by opening a Finder window, changing it to how you want it, and then closing it without doing anything else.
As for the other stuff, GIMP is good, but serious overkill for light photo editing. I have Seashore, but I haven't used it much; iPhoto has been adequate for my croppin' and rotatin' needs.

Posted by: Rip Tatermen on July 11, 2008 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

I second the Graphic Converter recommendation. For quick image resizing/file type conversion, it's great. I love the GIMP, too, but it's more than you need for basic stuff.

Posted by: l.u. kerr on July 11, 2008 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

Use GraphicConverter for image editing on Macintosh. It has far more features than iPhoto (which is a nice way to get pictures out of your camera and into the computer, but has limited photo editing capability).

The GIMP works, but it works in X11 and that is not a particularly friendly environment for standard Mac or Windows users.

Photoshope Elements is a good plan if you know Photoshop and want something pretty powerful, but don't require the full set of Photoshop missile editing tools.

To set the Finder to a certain size and have it "stick", do the following.
1. Open a new Finder window.
2. Resize it or move it to the configuration you want. (Do nothing else in that window.)
3. Close the window by clicking the red button (top left corner of the window).

The next time you open a new Finder window it should be set to that size and location.

Posted by: AC on July 11, 2008 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

dal20402: When Mac users are presented with something Macs don't do well, the response from them is usually some variation on, "Why do you want to do that anyway? What you're trying to do is stupid."

Posted by: Mary Contrary on July 11, 2008 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

I like cats too, but I might as well get in a real world lick now that someone else got me started:
Lampwick, is that JohnnieMac stuff from The Onion? It's great, and I couldn't find it elsewhere with Google - if you wrote it, go to the head of the class and start publishing.

As for the real Johnnie Mac, here he is on computers (the question was, "PC or Mac?"):

"Neither. I'm an illiterate who has to rely on my wife for all the assistance I can get."

Then there's McCain fiddling on primary funding promises (as charged by Plouffe), his main econ. adviser being responsible for the "Enron loophole," and now the "whiners" comment - see where this goes?

Posted by: Neil B on July 11, 2008 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

I purchased a Mac bluetooth wireless mouse for my desktop (say a couple of years ago) but I had trouble with the signal dropping out - even with new batteries. I always had to keep a wired mouse around to reconnect the bluetooth mouse. That and the batteries always seemed to drain faster than expected and I needed spares around when the bluetooth stopped functioning. After about 8 months, I said 'enough already' and went back to the wired mighty mouse. I like the mousepad for my powerbook so don't use one there, but that's a personal preference.

Posted by: Auster on July 11, 2008 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

I second dal20402's comments re Mac & Windows sizing conventions but would add that there is a way to have your Finder windows open at a consistent size including full screen if you prefer. Open the Finder (it is "the finder" as in "the batman") from the Dock in the normal way. Without doing anything else filewise, resize manually to full screen, then close the window. Now everytime you open a Finder window from the Dock it will remember the size you set.

Posted by: mickeya on July 11, 2008 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Any recommendations?

Yup. Buy a PC.

(Someone had to say it.)

Posted by: thersites the dry drunk on July 11, 2008 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks, Neil. Creativity born of procrastination.

Posted by: lampwick on July 11, 2008 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

iPhoto is okay, except I find it a pain to link to photos there or upload from there.

I use Photoshop and PhotoMechanic, which are probably more firepower than you need, but perhaps Photoshop Elements might be a good bet for you? it's kind of the light version.

Congrats on coming over to the darkside. You'll like it here.

Posted by: fourlegsgood on July 11, 2008 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

Preview resizes and edits images and documents.

I don't use a mouse with my laptop.

...And, I have no idea what's with you and the windows; mine open at whatever I left them at. Unless, like your comments pane, they have some size they default to.

Try fiddling around in the :preferences panes to see if you're not missing something. What size an application's window opens as is based upon the application itself.

Posted by: Crissa on July 11, 2008 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know how anyone can live without Photoshop.

But you need something light and fast for simple stuff too.

Posted by: Gary Sugar on July 11, 2008 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

At 17 pounds, Inkblot is the size of both our cars put together.

But looking at the image, Inkblot is significantly larger, too. My cat's head would cover the track pad, Inkblot's covers have the laptop! And your laptop is an inch larger than mine.

Posted by: Crissa on July 11, 2008 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

Say, my Mac didnt come with an extra hand...

Posted by: Jet on July 11, 2008 at 6:32 PM | PERMALINK

Umm, do you have insurance against "water damage" on your laptop? I can imagine Inkblot getting "pissed off" that it doesn't come with a mouse to play with.

Posted by: rational on July 11, 2008 at 6:34 PM | PERMALINK

For the mouse query, I'll second the wireless Mighty Mouse recommendation.

iPhoto is reasonable for resizing/cropping/simple tweaking (the 'adjust' option during editing is pretty decent). Exporting images is quite easy, drag the image to desktop/finder window or file->export. For more advanced editing, photoshop elements is certainly a good bet.

An OSX recommendation to consider if you haven't is to assign the various expose commands to the corners of your screen. I am spoiled now, and routinely throw my cursor to the corner of a PC and get upset when all the windows don't scatter or segregate themselves.

Posted by: Ted on July 11, 2008 at 6:37 PM | PERMALINK

Kensington's mini bluetooth mouse is really nice. Has good heft, and rubber sides make for a good grip.

Posted by: dj moonbat on July 11, 2008 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

Dude! Get a mouse. You probably can just use the one off your PC. They work just like on a PC, with two buttons and a middle, scroll/click wheel.

Optical mice work great on almost any surface, so sit anywhere.

Posted by: tomj on July 11, 2008 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

Fat or not, they're still beautiful.

Posted by: Steve on July 11, 2008 at 7:40 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I'd dig in and explore a lot of the software available out there. A lot of unix/linux software has been converted to run natively. If not, you can usually get it to work with X11 (i.e. GIMP). There's also a lot of lightweight software designed for those who appreciate simplicity (i.e. Seashore, Xee).

Photoshop elements would be my option, but I'd learn to start seeking out software through sourceforge, apple, google, etc.

Do you have an RSS client? I've been using Vienna but there might be other options available now.

Posted by: B on July 11, 2008 at 8:52 PM | PERMALINK

BTW, I couldn't survive without iphoto -- but maybe you're keeping your albums on your PC.

And eventually you have to get the cat lint out of the mighty mice. It'd be nice if they made a special mouse for knitters and cat owners.

Posted by: B on July 11, 2008 at 8:56 PM | PERMALINK

Oh crap, I forgot to give you some snooty mac owner responses:

1) get a bigger screen (or stop closing your windows and use expose)

2) PTLens 1.1.2 would be a great way to remove the barrel distortion and make Inkblot's butt look smaller.

Posted by: B on July 11, 2008 at 9:10 PM | PERMALINK

Do you have an RSS client? I've been using Vienna but there might be other options available now.

Now that NetNewsWire is free o' charge, I don't see much point in Vienna.

Posted by: dj moonbat on July 11, 2008 at 9:47 PM | PERMALINK

iPhoto is really, really nice if you want easy. Click "share" and it will attach all the selected photos to an email or upload them or whatever, at the size you select. The editing saves the original version, so if your cat applies redeye fix to your lips, you can get the original back.

Photoshop elements is both cheap and powerful, but it is user surly.

I think people say "why do you want to do that?" not because they are implying that you are stupid, but because they are trying to figure out how to get you what you really want. I'm sure there is a shareware program that makes windows fill up the whole screen. But if what Kevin *really* wants is to not have other windows behind the open window distracting him there are better ways.

Like when Kevin said he wanted a mouse I was wondering if he really wanted scroll wheel capability, because you can get that with the two finger drag on the track pad.

Posted by: Emma Anne on July 11, 2008 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK

The secret is out... Inkblot writes Political Animal!

Posted by: pol on July 11, 2008 at 10:05 PM | PERMALINK

I'll second the GraphicConverter recommendation -- best $35 you can spend on a piece of software.

Posted by: marlys on July 11, 2008 at 10:16 PM | PERMALINK

I have used iPhoto extensively but have recently switched mostly to Picasa.

Posted by: WAS on July 11, 2008 at 11:40 PM | PERMALINK

jwoghajgfjwghhsoidh!!! cho cute!!!

Posted by: zafar on July 12, 2008 at 3:58 AM | PERMALINK

Graphic Converter is the old-school (like, since System 7 or some such) choice for lightweight image editing and well-loved by many.

There has also been a recent revival in Mac image editors; here is a review of three (Pixelmator, Acorn, DrawIt).

Posted by: setmajer on July 12, 2008 at 4:15 AM | PERMALINK

On window size and placement:

This behavior is application-specific. A quick check shows that Safari remembers the size and location of the front window when the application quits, and opens the next window at that spot. Finder and some other apps work this way too.

However, an application may be coded so that new windows open with a fixed size and location. Or, like Preview, they may open with a fixed location and a size appropriate to the data. In fact, the easiest way to handle this when programming is to define the window size in Interface Builder. Otherwise you have to check the current window size and location when shutting down, save the data, and adjust appropriately when opening. Not all apps go to this trouble or consider it desireable.

Posted by: Tom Elliott on July 12, 2008 at 7:34 AM | PERMALINK

Quit picking on Inkblot.

The cats are beautiful, as always: any size, anytime, anyplace.

Thanks, Kevin.

Posted by: Leaves on the Current on July 12, 2008 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

What I notice each Friday, Kevin, is how preternaturally tidy your house is. I figure a tidy house or desk is a symptom of a tidy mind. Is one of you a clean freak, or do you have someone come in every Friday, or maybe every second Friday, which would account for the biweekly outdoor shots.

Posted by: anandine on July 12, 2008 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

ToyViewer is a decent and easy to use free image editor for Mac, too.

"It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."--Benjamin Franklin

Posted by: MsNThrope on July 12, 2008 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK

I know I've said this in catblogging posts previously....

This is BY FAR my favorite blog on the net. I thoroughly enjoy your commentary and find it insightful, polite to a fault and amusing as well.

I am one of those rare people that reads both left and right blogs and your posts are head and shoulders above the rest. Thanks for keeping it classy Kevin.

Posted by: Kevin Toth on July 12, 2008 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

I'll throw in my vote for GraphicConverter. It's worked for me since the days of OS9.

Posted by: Donny on July 12, 2008 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

How come we have 200 lbs more on the hoof than you two and yet our pets are still fashion model thin?

I notice that Domino looks well-proportioned while Inkblot looks like the feline Orson Welles. It seems the camera at least cheats a bit sometimes if not outright lies.

Wish that worked for me...

Posted by: steve & traci on July 12, 2008 at 10:30 PM | PERMALINK

What beautiful cats! And great names--Inkblot and Domino--that's adorable!
Advice--My orange tabby, Cheeto, has a habit of chewing on wires--has ruined my laptop wire and then my playstation 2 wire--and advice from cat lovers? I'm NOT getting rid of him...that's not an option though my husband says it's the best one yet--

Posted by: mary on July 12, 2008 at 11:09 PM | PERMALINK

For basic image editing--cropping, resizing, some quick color correction, etc. Preview is great. As others have noted, it also opens PDFs much quicker than Adobe's bloat ware.

Posted by: idle crank on July 13, 2008 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not sure why you don't want to use iPhoto for "albums stuff" but I find its organizing ability excellent. I have over 20,000 photos, which I spent a few days last fall assigning keywords to. Shortly thereafter a friend who writes a pet column needed a picture of a dog on a flexilead. I sorted by "dog" and "walks" and quickly found several photos that fit the bill. That's how my dog made it onto the pages of the San Fran Chronicle.

I liked the old iPhoto better, btw, for some tasks, like keywords. But the new one is pretty spiffy.

Posted by: KathyF on July 13, 2008 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not sure why you don't want to use iPhoto for "albums stuff" but I find its organizing ability excellent. I have over 20,000 photos, which I spent a few days last fall assigning keywords to. Shortly thereafter a friend who writes a pet column needed a picture of a dog on a flexilead. I sorted by "dog" and "walks" and quickly found several photos that fit the bill. That's how my dog made it onto the pages of the San Fran Chronicle.

I liked the old iPhoto better, btw, for some tasks, like keywords. But the new one is pretty spiffy.

Posted by: KathyF on July 13, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry about the double post. I'm on a 2002 model of the iBook, and it's slower to upload comments.

Posted by: KathyF on July 13, 2008 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

You're keeping your icons on the left side of the screen!

Awww, what a CUTE Windows convert you are!!

To answer your questions:

1. A bluetooth mouse will work great with the MacBook, if the trackpad isn't enough for ya. I use one myself.

2. Mac windows do not open full size. They open "optimal size." To resize them, grab the lower right corner and pull. If you QUIT the application with them this size (not "click the red button" that doesn't work like it does in Windows), they will be that size again when you start the app up next time.

3. iPhoto has some pretty nice tools, but it is primarily an organiser (which you should be using). You've already gotten some good suggestions on image editors, but the recent changes to Photoshop Elements 6 makes me suggest that one to you. I believe there's a free demo.

Posted by: Charles Martin on July 14, 2008 at 3:06 AM | PERMALINK

Advice--My orange tabby, Cheeto, has a habit of chewing on wires--Posted by: mary on July 12, 2008 at 11:09 PM

Eck! I lost Emily the Teddy Bear Hamster that way, she liked to chew on wires too and...well, she chewed herself into Hamster Heaven.

Can you coat the wires with some nasty substance your cat won't chew? Or hide them? May save her life.

Just Say No to Wire Chewing.

Posted by: Zit on July 14, 2008 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

Picasa works pretty well for just about any input, meshes with gmail and automatically arranges by date shot, if you so choose. I don't have any experience with it using a Mac.
Irfan is another easy processor. Both are free.

Posted by: jame on July 14, 2008 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK



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