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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 July 11, 2008 / 8 Tamuz 5768

You'll flip over a new, innovative Acrobat 9

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Adobe Systems' Acrobat 9 Professional, recently released, is worth every penny of the $459 list price, especially if you work with documents, with forms or with data. In Washington, I believe, that's just about everyone, including most street vendors.


A disclaimer: I'm really not a shill for Adobe Systems Inc. However, I am consistent in my belief that Adobe's portable document format, or PDF, is one of the most important communications advances in the past 20 years. Among the many blessings of the PDF format is the ability to combine many types of media in one document, as well as to be able to read that document across many computing platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux all have very good PDF "client" software widely available.


Another plus of PDF is that it isn't easy to alter: If I send you an invoice in a word-processing or spreadsheet format, you could conceivably change the numbers before it's processed. It's more difficult to change a PDF document, and a creator can make such a document all but impregnable.


However, with the new version of Acrobat, Adobe raises the bar in several areas. Not only can you combine various media types in a single PDF "portfolio," but that can now include music and other audio files as well as Adobe Flash-based videos. Suddenly, an electronic book, a proposal or an annual report, when "read" on a computer screen, can spring to life in ways it couldn't before.


If this doesn't spark a new wave of creativity, I don't know what would. For $459, you're not just getting a way to create tamperproof files, but rather a multimedia packaging system whose usefulness may know no bounds.


There's more than just packaging here, however. Acrobat 9 also can take forms - scanned in or received as PDF or Word documents - and detect the spots where someone can either check off an option, click a "radio button" or enter text. Once detected, it can produce a version that allows users to do just those things as well as set up a way to collect the data and export the results in a format that is friendly to spreadsheets and database software.


This may not replace sophisticated SQL front ends for large database systems, but in many circumstances, it will make life easier. Just about anyone can create a form, and Acrobat 9 will handle the "back end" work of making it data-friendly. The applications should be readily apparent.


There's also a way for users to collaborate - online and in real time - over the contents of a PDF document, if desired. While such files can be screwed down tighter than a submarine's entrance hatch, it's also possible to keep them open for collaboration. It's good stuff.


I've been working with a pre-release copy of Acrobat 9 for several weeks. I'm impressed by the range of features, the stability and Adobe's continuing innovation with this product. At least one small British book publisher I know has sold its printing press and, using secured PDFs, sends massive files to a printer in Thailand to produce books at a fraction of the cost. This technology makes that possible.


I'm not an Adobe shill - really - but I will admit a preference for those tools that I've seen work well and improve over the years. Acrobat 9 is in that category, and there may be no better way to get your ideas across, particularly now, where multimedia seems to be a byword.

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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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