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ATPM 6.12
December 2000


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Desktop Pictures

From ATPM Readers

This month we feature desktop pictures from ATPM readers. About the particular motifs:

Ranch (9 images)

These pictures were taken by Anne and Tony Harris on their 25-acre ranch in Marin County, CA (where they plan to build a two-story home that they picked out from an Internet site). Tony teaches multimedia classes at San Marin High School in Novato and Anne is an Assistant Principal at San Jose Middle School in Novato. They are both avid Mac users, although Tony uses both platforms in his classes. The pictures were taken with a Kodak throw-away camera, and Janet Mobley scanned them in using her Epson Stylus 870 scanner.

Leaves (6 images)

The pictures were taken by Jens Grabenstein on Long Island and in New York’s Central Park. He shot them with a Canon EOS 300 using a 28-80mm zoom lens and 200 ASA 35mm Kodak Gold film. The images were scanned using a UMAX flatbed scanner and resampled and retouched with Adobe Photoshop 5.5.

Durras Pub (1 image)

This is a picture that Pat Maguire took in Durras, West Cork, Ireland (the birthplace of his great grandfather). It is the end of one of the Pub walls (Public House a.k.a Inn)—one of six in a village of 150 people—all of them thriving. :)

Southern France and Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial (8 images)

These pictures were taken by Barry in Southern France and along the Canal du Midi as well as from the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. You can find many more interesting pictures from these two areas at the two links above. Barry’s trip through the French canal must have been quite an adventure!

Puget Sound (1 image)

Bob Whitney shares his favorite view with us: the Olympic mountains and Puget Sound as seen from his home.

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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