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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 March 31, 2006 / 2 Nissan, 5766

Adobe's photo lab has right elements

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Right before my eyes, a stand of birch trees in Finland was transformed.


The colors were crisper, sharper even. The exposure seemed nearly perfect. And it was a scene that I could now look at again and again.


This metamorphosis wasn't the result of laser eye surgery or a newfound appreciation for birch trees. Rather, it was the result of a single mouse click in the latest version of Adobe Systems' Photoshop Elements, which at a list price of $89 is less than one-seventh the cost of the full Photoshop CS software aimed at professionals.


For most of us, Elements will do quite nicely, and its price puts the software in competition with Apple Computer's IPhoto on many levels.


Elements offers more tools than IPhoto, and some may claim there's a steeper learning curve. However, those extra features are worth the effort to learn if you want to take your home photography to the next level.


One of the nice features of Elements is its use of Adobe's "Bridge" photo organizer, which works rather like IPhoto to collect various picture files and allow you to browse to find the photos you want. You can search photos based on meta-data such as the use of flash, a specific f-stop or camera model, making it easier to find a range of photos in a sea of images.


These search "filters" can be stored for easy reuse.


There are some nice additional editing tools in the new product: a "Magic Selection Brush" lets you select various parts of a photo to edit or adjust, while the "Magic Extractor" can highlight a subject from a photo — your dog, say — and let it be used in other pictures.


The program also offers a tool to provide "the most realistic skin colors in moments," while a new straighten tool can correct tilted camera angles. These features are useful because, as veteran shutterbugs know, not every photo comes out perfectly straight or perfectly exposed.


Also new in this version — and perhaps most important for dedicated users — is support for basic "RAW" format use and for the universal "Digital Negative" format, or DNG, which promises access to photos for decades to come because they will not be stored in a proprietary format. These are important advances, I believe.


I very much like the "auto smart fix" button in the program, the one that took the Finnish birch stand and made it so much nicer. Purists may scoff and say you need to tweak every element of brightness, contrast, exposure, flash and so on, and you can do almost everything with Elements manually.


When in a hurry, or when processing batches of photos, however, the one-step procedure is quite handy.


Users will want to devote some time to learning the various features of Photoshop Elements 4. Use the wrong "magic extraction" tool — there are ones for foreground and background items — and you may end up frustrated, for example. This is a much more sophisticated program than IPhoto, good as the latter is for so many tasks, and it requires some study.


My final personal favorite remains the "Save for Web" feature, in which I can quickly, cleaning and reliably convert photos to a JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) format that loads quickly from the Internet.


For sheer time saving, this feature alone is worth the program's price.


Details at http://www.adobe.com.

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