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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 January 25, 2008 / 18 Shevat 5768

Excel, Powerpoint on Mac

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The formal launch last week of Microsoft Corp.'s Office for Mac 2008 brought with it new versions of the Excel spreadsheet and the PowerPoint presentation graphics program, the latter immortalized by The New Yorker magazine some years back, when the journal said 30 million PowerPoint presentations were given every day, worldwide. I'm guessing the number may be slightly higher today.


As with Word 2008, reviewed here previously, Excel offers easy ways to use formatting to help "tell your story," as Microsoft says, with numbers. The program features a range of design tools, styles and, of course, templates, to make creating visually useful spreadsheets and charts a breeze. In my view, once someone can see the numbers you're working with, they'll be able to understand the point you're trying to make.


There's also a "Formula Builder" to help the computationally challenged, such as this writer, create formulas to use in putting a spreadsheet together. An "auto-complete" feature can help bring things together as well. And the spreadsheet is large enough for just about anything, up to and including the federal budget: Excel 2008, Microsoft says, can handle spreadsheets of more than 1 million rows and 16 thousand columns.


For me, and for other users, the true tests of a Mac spreadsheet are ones of compatibility, with both spreadsheets and templates created in the Microsoft Windows-based version of Excel, and with Windows-based Excel files. So far, so good: Excel 2008 allowed me to open my corporate expense report form and print it out for the account department to marvel over.


There's a bonus, I believe, in being able to demonstrate this kind of compatibility: if you're the corporate "renegade" who's trying to persuade the I.T. department that a Mac is needed for your work, being able to seamlessly interact with your Windows-using counterparts is a plus. As mentioned last week, so far I've seen no area where there isn't that level of file compatibility between Windows and Mac versions of the various Microsoft Office components.


Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 offers a similar level of compatibility with its PC counterpart, and also offers Apple's Keynote a run for the money. On the plus side for PowerPoint, it draws on the best of the Windows version and on integration with multimedia tools on the Mac; I believe you can easily insert images from Apple's IPhoto library into your PowerPoint slides. A similar range of formatting palates and enhancement tools exist in PowerPoint on the Mac side as are found in the Office 2007 for Windows version.


But unlike Apple's word processing or spreadsheet programs, the simply named Pages and Numbers, it might be a toss up for some users as to whether or not PowerPoint surpasses Apple's Keynote. This is, I suppose, a "theological" issue: If you're a confirmed Keynote user, you might not want to go back to PowerPoint. But, again, for the corporate Mac "renegade," having PowerPoint available, and again having it truly compatible with the Windows version, is a plus.


Don't mistake my ambivalence about presentation software for an overall ennui, however. I'll repeat what was said here last week: Microsoft beats the world with this Mac office productivity suite. It's an essential for home, school and business users, particularly in a world where, for better or for worse, Windows dominates and Microsoft Office's Windows version still have a lion's share of the market.


Microsoft's Mac-related Web site, http://www.microsoft.com/mac/default.mspx, features details on the Office for Mac 2008 suite, which should be rolling into area stores any day now. For corporate buyers, several Internet sites are reporting a Feb. 1 date for announcement of "enterprise pricing," or what's more commonly known as the corporate discount you'll receive on the products.

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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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