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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. 15, 2008 / 9 Adar I 5768

A Middle path for Mac photo users

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The arrival, last month, of Adobe's Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac, list price $90, begs a question: why would a Mac user want this software, particularly since Apple's $80 ILife offers its own photo program, IPhoto?


There are several potential answers to the question, however. There are people, including those who've switched from PCs running Microsoft Windows to the Mac platform, who would find Photoshop Elements more comfortable. Others are looking for something with more capabilities than IPhoto, but aren't ready for either the cost or learning curve of the full Adobe Photoshop program.


Both groups will find a lot that is useful in Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac. It's a great program, a good compliment to IPhoto, and something I could envision using on a daily basis, largely because I work with photos just about every day.


IPhoto's great strength is its extreme ease of use and integration with digital cameras and other image sources. Photoshop Elements 6 plays off of this, using another Adobe program, called "Bridge," to let users view photos in IPhoto "libraries" and then work with those images. Bridge is included in the Photoshop Elements 6 package.


This means that if you've built up IPhoto libraries of several hundred (or thousand) images, you can edit, enhance or use these in Photoshop Elements without an extensive conversion process. This is part of what makes Photoshop Elements a "middle path" for Mac photo enthusiasts. Although IPhoto has some good editing and enhancement tools, these have their limits. The full Photoshop program is the "gold standard" for image editing and manipulation, but it may be too much for many, as mentioned earlier. Photoshop Elements delivers a "just right" combination of power and ease.


One example: take those inevitable group shots that you'll find in the aftermath of a wedding, graduation, company picnic or other event. In some of those group shots, everyone is looking at the camera except for one person. That soul is swatting at a fly, or is otherwise distracted. In another group shot, the fly-swatter is great and everyone else isn't.


In earlier days - or in Stalinist Russia after Trotsky was literally made a "non-person" - you'd need razor blades or other devices to excise the offending person from a negative and perhaps insert a better one. Today, you line up the two photos digitally, make a selection, and Photoshop Elements moves the better image of Mr. Fly-Swatter into position. It seems magical, and, to this reviewer, it is. (Such manipulation is anathema at The Washington Times and other reputable newspapers; for your Aunt Sally's 90th birthday scrapbook, however, it may be acceptable.)


Ditto for stitching together photos into a panorama. Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac will do this far more easily than I ever could with other software, no matter how much patience I could manifest.


It's also easy to take a collection of photos and "publish" them online in an interactive Web album. That's something IPhoto does, too, but I like the Photoshop Elements approach.


Both programs also offer a variety of output ideas, including books, calendars, T-shirts and other items. Once you enhance a photo by removing "red eye" or other blemishes, why not share it with Uncle Harry on a coffee mug?


Despite some similarities, I get the sense that Photoshop Elements is not only the more powerful photo-editor, but is also designed for more "commercial," or near-commercial applications. I know that when I take photos for use in print or on the Internet, previous Mac versions of Photoshop Elements have made it very easy to modify and save photos in just the format needed. That hasn't changed in this version.


If you're happy with Apple's ILife suite, you may not feel compelled to add Photoshop Elements to your arsenal. But if visual communication is important, having this new version of Adobe Photoshop Elements for Mac will not only enhance your images, it will also improve the way you work with them.

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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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