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ATPM 5.07
July 1999


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Desktop Pictures


In the third installment of the desktop pictures series, ATPM takes you to the city. ATPM’s own Daniel Chvatik brought back these impressive pictures from Toronto, Canada. If you prefer landscapes, take a look at our Yellowstone pictures. If you prefer the bizarre, we might just have the right pictures for you.

Daniel Chvatik used an Olympus C-2000Z to take the pictures, and they were enhanced using Cameraid, Adobe Photoshop 5, and GraphicConverter. The Web gallery was created using iView, and the fine HTML editing as usual was done with BBEdit. The pictures show the majestic scale of this beautiful city, as well as the fine details one might miss in the every-day rush. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Click here to browse the desktop pictures.

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.

If 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.

DeskPicture An alternative to Mac OS’s Appearance control panel is Pierce Software’s DeskPicture, available here.


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Reader Comments (1)

Robbi Davis · October 15, 2004 - 14:22 EST #1
These pictures (every single last one of them) are beautiful and awe inspiring. They helped to remind me that the world is really a beautiful place and sometimes, even the best of us can forget that.

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