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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 January 16, 2009 / 20 Teves 5769

Apple's Pages '09 Interesting, Cheap

By Mark Kellner

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Email this article | It's a personal quirk, but I've long had a "thing" about word processors: they've fascinated me, new ones are intriguing, and old ones sometimes evoke fond memories. (Where have you gone, oh XyWrite?)

Apple, Inc.'s iWork '09, announced January 7 and coming about 18 months after the 2007 launch of the '08 version, keeps the single-user price at $79, but adds a ton of new features. Thanks to my idiosyncrasy, I attacked Pages '09 first: doing things with words and documents still fascinates me most. The program runs on Macintosh computers, and I can't recall seeing anything that comes close to its ease of use on the Windows side of the aisle. Herewith some initial impressions; more on the whole iWork suite, including '09 versions of Apple's Numbers spreadsheet and Keynote presentation program, will be forthcoming.

Pages might best be described as more than a basic-basic word processor, but less than a full-fledged publishing program. It's in the middle, where many users might find themselves. This might not be the program to use when setting up a complex mail-merge document, one where the names and addresses change but the basic text remains the same. But it could work quite nicely for an at-home or small business user who wants distinctive looking documents that are easy to create. That's "easy" as in one or two mouse-clicks easy.

When starting Pages, you have the option of viewing a bunch of pre-designed templates, including enough letterhead designs to satisfy most needs. Select the layout you like, and with a click you've got the letter (and some "dummy" text) onscreen, ready to be customized and used. The program draws your name, company name, address, phone and e-mail from your personal "card" in Apple's Address Book application, but you can edit these items if desired.

There are also templates for newsletters, business cards, envelopes of various sizes, and even such esoterica as lab reports, evaluations and a surf school brochure. The range isn't limitless, but it is impressive. Many of the letterhead template designs are part of "families," where the letterhead, envelope, resume, business card and invoice templates are all alike. That can be particularly useful for a new entrepreneur.

These templates are particularly useful for folks -- such as one gentleman of my acquaintance -- who don't want to concern themselves with a plethora of steps in creating a letterhead each time they want to, well, write a letter. The ease of use of Pages' templates is also an impressive thing: I could drag and drop a photo into one spot, then resize the "mask" to highlight the area of the photo I wanted to use. Changing or editing other items was also easy.

Pages seems to be designed for those with something of an artistic bent: the default toolbar includes tools for drawing text boxes, adding shapes and charts, as well as a "media" browser to let you pick photos, audio and video clips, the latter two not usually a staple of today's print documents.

I've found one minor annoyance: to export a text file, a user must click on a "Share" menu as opposed to finding this option under the "File" menu, as is traditional with just about every other Mac word processor I've seen. Not a deal-breaker, but it took some adjustment. On the plus side, the "plain text" export seems flawless.

Overall, and with a relatively brief exposure, Pages is something to consider, especially since Apple is offering a 30-day free trial. I'll have more later, but for now, Pages seems more than adequate for many users, especially those who don't want to learn more complex programs such as Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac.

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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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