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ATPM 6.10
October 2000


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Desktop Pictures

British Columbia and New York

British Columbia, Canada

Assistant Webmaster Lee Bennett offers his fourth batch of desktop pictures. The images are of various terrains Lee photographed during his autumn 1999 vacation through the northwest states and British Columbia, Canada. Additional images at 1024 x 768 resolution will be made available in future months. All the photos from the trip can now be viewed in his online photo album. More desktop pictures from his trip are available in prior issues of ATPM.

This month’s pictures feature images of downtown Victoria, British Columbia and The Butchart Gardens. All photos were taken with a Canon AE-1 using a 35-200mm zoom lens and Kodak Gold 200ASA 35mm film. Digitizing was performed on Kodak Picture CDs at the time of film processing. Resampling and retouching were performed with Adobe Photoshop 4.01 for Macintosh.

New York

Managing Editor Daniel Chvatik took these pictures in New York City within the last year. They were taken with an Olympus C-2000Z and processed with Cameraid, iView, and ImageReady. Look for more pictures from New York in next month’s issue.

Downloading all the Pictures at Once

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

Contributing Your Own Desktop Pictures

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

Placing Desktop Pictures

Mac OS 8.5 and Newer

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

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

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

Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1

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

Random Desktop Pictures

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


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


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Reader Comments (4)

J.C. Zacki · October 21, 2003 - 06:49 EST #1
Thanks for the good pictures. You are very good. New York is a very interesting place.

You are the best.
A.Taha · September 5, 2005 - 16:40 EST #2
Wonderful place..
Would you please show other pictures from other views..
Closer and side views..

Thanks alot
ATPM Staff · September 5, 2005 - 17:23 EST #3
A. Taha - ATPM's desktop pictures series are provided as-submitted by the photographer and, unfortunately, isn't exactly a by-request venue.
selina · September 5, 2005 - 19:04 EST #4
I wanna make some American friends in Newyork.i am a chinese girl in seattle now!!i like these photos!next year i will visit NY with my friends.

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