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ATPM 7.03
March 2001




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Desktop Pictures

St. Lucia

Managing Editor Daniel Chvatik took the following pictures on his summer trip to the beautiful island nation of St. Lucia. Maybe they will bring some warmth into this cold time of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere). With his luck, the trip coincided with the rain season on the island. Nevertheless, he succeeded in taking some snapshots of the two “Pitons”—the island’s prominent peaks—and the surrounding landscape. Images of the island’s impressive flora will appear in a future issue. The pictures were taken using an Olympus C-2000Z, and processed using Cameraid and GraphicConverter.

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)

Wade Robinson · December 19, 2003 - 20:34 EST #1
The only "thing" that is more beautiful than spending time in St. Lucia is "the people". We (my wife and I) have spent 1 week there each of the last 2 years and were even married at a beautiful resort last July overlooking the Caribbean between the 2 Piton Mountains (actually volcanos). If you ever want to go somewhere on vacation that is completely different from a "hotel" that we all usually stay in, I have the place for you!!!!! The name of the resort is LADERA. It is built on the top of the highest mountain ridge between the Pitons. You can wake up and see the Caribbean since there is no 4th wall to obstruct the view. The people of St. Lucia rival the absolute beauty of this tiny (23 by 14 miles across)little island. Few "tourists" know of this gem except for the docking of the cruise ships on the northwest part of the island. The Pitons and the resort are located on the southwest corner of the island. If you have ever been there or would like to "talk" to someone who has, please e-mail me at
Ryan Matthew · January 27, 2004 - 20:32 EST #2
What is the national flower and anthem of St. Lucia?
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · January 27, 2004 - 20:34 EST #3
According to the official St. Lucia Government page, the national flowers are "La Margarite and La Rose."

There's a great site full of anthem information for basically every country and includes a link to St. Lucia's anthem, "Sons and Daughters of St. Lucia."
bbnb · May 20, 2006 - 10:59 EST #4
itslovely i wish i was there

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