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ATPM 8.03
March 2002




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Extras: Desktop Pictures

Oregon and Washington

Oregon and Washington

These photos, submitted by Contributing Editor David Ozab, were taken by Julia Harris during their Thanksgiving weekend trip to Astoria, Oregon; the North Oregon Coast; and Washington.

Astoria, Oregon

astoria1.jpg—astoria6.jpg: Views from the Astoria Column (11/23).

astoriabridge1.jpg—astoriabridge6.jpg: Astoria bridge. Julia took the first picture from our hotel room, and the other three from the column (11/23).

fortclatsop.jpg: Lewis and Clark’s winter camp, restored and made into a national memorial (11/23).

North Coast, Oregon and Washington

northheadwa.jpg1 and northheadwa2.jpg: We drove out to the coast along the north bank of the Columbia river. Before crossing the bridge into Astoria, we stopped at North Head lighthouse and Julia took these two pictures of the Washington coast (11/22).

haystackrock.jpg: Off the coast at Cannon Beach. One of the most photographed spots on the Oregon coast (11/23).

terribletilly.jpg: The Tillamook Rock lighthouse, about a mile off Cannon Beach (11/23).

oceanside.jpg: A small town, just south of Cape Meares, along the Three Capes Scenic Route (11/24).

coast1.jpg—coast4.jpg: More shots from along the Three Capes Scenic Route (11/24).

kiwanda1.jpg—kiwanda4.jpg: Cape Kiwanda, just north of Pacific City, Oregon, at the end of the Three Capes Loop (11/25).

Previous Months’ Desktop Pictures

Pictures from previous months are listed in the desktop pictures archives.

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 consider publishing 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 X 10.1.x

Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu and click the Desktop button. With the pop-up menu, select the desktop pictures folder you want to use.

You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu. Click the screen saver button. Then click on Custom Slide Show in the list of screen savers. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, you’re all set. Otherwise, click Configure to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.

Mac OS X 10.0.x

Switch to the Finder. Choose “Preferences…” from the “Finder” menu. Click on the “Select Picture…” button on the right. In the Open Panel, select the desktop picture you want to use. The panel defaults to your “~/Library/Desktop Pictures” folder. Close the “Finder Preferences” window when you are done.

Mac OS 8.5-9.x

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 (3)

David Shappirio · March 2, 2002 - 17:43 EST #1
kiwanda4.jpg reminds me so much of a trip out there!

Alas, however, only the top half or so of the .jpeg image downloads for me.
I'd really love to have this.

Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · March 2, 2002 - 19:24 EST #2
David - it should be working now.
anonymous · April 13, 2002 - 05:31 EST #3

My Mac (PowerMac G3 with MacOS 8.6) used to be able to show JPEG files on the desktop, but since I installed Internet Explorer (5.1.3) I cannot do so anymore. It seems that IE has taken over the displaying of JPEG files and somehow Appearance needs QuickTime to do so for the desktop. Maybe I am wrong...any clues?


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