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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 10, 2006 / 12 Shevat, 5766

Apple polishes applications

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you have a chance, pop over to my Web site, www.kellner.us, won't you? The point is to show off some of the potential of iWeb , a part of the $79 iLife suite of software applications Apple Computer bowed in January along with its new, Intel-based computers. iLife is a touchstone of Mac applications, containing iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and Garage Band, the latter a music-making, and now podcast-making, tool that musicians and others will appreciate.


In short, you get five applications for around $16 each, or $20 each if you buy the $99 "family pack" that lets you install the programs on up to five computers. Either way, it's a huge bargain, even if you don't use all the applications. In fact, if all you use is iWeb and iPhoto, you might well imagine you've gotten your money's worth.


Let's start with iPhoto, perhaps the flagship component. This program can be used to collect, import and catalogue your digital photos, as well as do elementary and not-so-basic editing and enhancements. Now in its sixth iteration, iPhoto will handle up to 250,000 photos without hiccupping. Scrolling through that large collection, you will see a see-through panel, which Apple calls a "Scroll Guide" to indicate which digital "roll" of photos is onscreen.


Clicking on a given image enlarges it for examination, editing and export. You can also group photos for what Apple is calling a "photocast," an online album housed on the firm's .Mac service, a $99-per-year Web host/e-mail/storage facility. The albums can be password protected, or not, and the photos can be viewed, and downloaded, on other computers via RSS readers or other users' iPhoto software. If that sounds a bit esoteric, consider this: you now have a way to not only store certain photos online, but also update and rearrange these online albums easily and quickly. And, whoever "subscribes" to that album gets the news as soon as you update the online album.


Other new iPhoto features include the ability to view photos in full-screen mode, compare photos, make rather technical adjustments to those pictures, as well as the standard ones, and create a range of booklets and calendars which you can have professionally printed and sent to friends and family.


I use iPhoto just about every day, and version 6 is well worth the upgrade. It's fast — faster still on the Intel-based iMac — and it offers enough flexibility for just about every task involving photos.


iWeb is equally impressive: there are plenty of templates ready for the using, and photos can be dragged over from a media window, which capitalizes on iPhoto's cataloging, to populate Web pages. Again, this is easier than the description may sound: you can end up with rather professional looking layouts without being a graphic designer. Of course, there are limits, including a lack of being able to easily have a page be subsidiary to another. This is not a program to use for a major corporate site. But for the family user, or one who needs to put up a small Web site for a business or organization, iWeb can be a lifesaver.


I'll cover other iLife components in a future column. For now, let me suggest that the Mac user who picks up a copy of iLife '06 won't be disappointed at all. Details at http://www.apple.com/ilife.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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