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December 2, 2014

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 Feb. 20, 2009 / 26 Shevat 5769

Toast is a great media software

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | All it took was the press of a red button, and I saved a piece of history.


Now, the "history" was a bit idiosyncratic - a friend had a role during the inauguration and I wanted to put the video on my iPhone. Yes, you can view YouTube files on the device anytime, but you can't save those files.


Except, now you can.


That's one of the side features, but a nice one, of Roxio's Toast 10 Titanium Pro, software that will let you do all sorts of things with multimedia, and do them on your Mac. Oh, and it'll make backups for you, too, if you need or want them on CD or DVD media. Think of it as a Swiss Army knife - or even a Leatherman tool - for your computer. Oh, you say, but the Mac comes with iLife and iMovie and iThis and iThat. Yes, it does, and those programs are good in many ways. Each has features that Toast doesn't. But, frankly, I just haven't found something as good, as comprehensive and as professional as Toast 10 Titanium Pro, even if the name is a bit gangly. (We get it, Roxio: This is powerful, professional, big-person stuff. Check.) Now, what do we do with it all?


Toast 10, as it shall hereafter be known, is first and foremost a program for burning stuff onto CDs, DVDs and HD-DVDs. (The latter is a bit of a trick so no Mac today ships with an internal HD-disc-writing drive, but more on that in a moment). It'll also copy some disks, without copying encrypted or protected content, capture songs for iTunes and sync up stuff to your iPod, iPhone or even Apple TV. Not bad for starters. It includes the ability to do the big, honkin' backups on disk, as mentioned.


If you think these are trivial things, think again: Your children are doing cute stuff 24/7 - well, much of the time, anyway - and you want to show grandma and grandpa the antics. They may be computer savvy, but 10-minute segments on YouTube may be too little. Burn a disk you say? How? What about the menu? Can mom and dad play it in their DVD player?


Toast 10 takes care of all these things. You drag and drop the files - from the handy-dandy "media browser" - into a work space. You can rearrange those files as you like, and you can make as nice a menu as you desire. Press the button and, as George Eastman once said of his box camera, "It does the rest."


If you're using Toast 10 to preserve old snapshots of the kids, tools supplied with the program can add drama to those photos, or to create an HD slide show. No, I don't know how it all works; it just does. There are also tools to clean up the sound on old recordings (and new ones) as well as to add a soundtrack of your own choosing for videos and slide shows. The latter should be a really popular feature at that new wedding staple, the embarrassing PowerPoint slide show of the groom, complete with the naked-on-the-rug baby picture. I've been there (as a guest) and the image is still burned on my retinas.


I can't say enough good things about this program. If you have a TiVo home DVR, you can stream content from your Mac to the TiVo; I'm just in the process of setting my TiVo up, so I don't know whether the reverse is possible. You can copy nonprotected DVDs, and with a $20 plug-in (free if you buy before Feb. 5), burn HD video on CD and DVD discs, which Roxio claims can be played back in normal HD-DVD players and the PlayStation 3. The pro tools added to the Titanium Pro version more than justify the $150 list price, even before the $20 rebate.


I also should add a note about the backup tools included. While I believe backing up to an external hard drive is today's best method of keeping data safe, having a set of discs might not be a bad "extra" for really crucial items. This program supplies the tools for the job, which is a nice bonus.


If you are planning to make the most of your multimedia, this program deserves to be in your arsenal. It'll make creating and enhancing your own discs much, much easier, and you'll have a ready quiver of tools to make the process not only more fun, but the end product much better. (Information at www.roxio.com/enu/prod ucts/toast/titanium/overview.html)

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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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