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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 March 19, 2010 / 4 Nissan, 5770

Apple's Aperture Opens Way for Photo Management

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If, like many computer users, you're wrestling with hundreds or even thousands of digital images, Apple Inc.'s Aperture 3, released a few weeks ago, can help you make sense of it all.


The $199 program (trial version available at http://www.apple.com/aperture/) is designed for Apple's computers running Mac OS X, either version 10.5.8 or 10.6.2, so Windows users are out of luck. There's a vast cadre of digital photographers loyal to the Mac platform, however.


Aperture 3 is positioned as the next step up from Apple's iPhoto, a "standard" feature of every new Mac sold these days. iPhoto is a neat application, to be sure, a great way to import, organize, touch-up and share photos. But serious digital photographers will want more than iPhoto's capabilities, more in the way of cataloging, more sharing options, even a few more sophisticated ways to view and edit photos.


If you've been using iPhoto for a while, Aperature 3 will import your iPhoto library, and keep all the groupings, taggings, face identifications and other things you've already done. In Aperature, these can be expanded: the program now has its own "Faces" abilities to let you identify a face and then search through all your other photos for other images which the program believes contains that face. Confirm the match and it's all grouped together.


Another way of organizing photos is by place, and Aperture 3 will take the GPS data many cameras — and wireless digital memory cards such as the Eye-Fi Geo — include with photos and plot your snaps on a map. Much of this works best, I believe, in the U.S., but I've also taken geo-tagged photos using an Apple iPhone in Manila, Philippines, and elsewhere.


The other main organizing feature of Aperature 3 is to organize photos by "project," which is to say you can group them in just about any fashion you'd like. The plus here, of course, is that it's easier to remember "Jones Wedding" or "Amalgamated Widgets Brochure" than a bunch of letters and numbers that may be assigned to a given image. Again, this is a program best suited for those with lots of photos — which, again, could be just about all of us in this day and age.

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When dealing with multiple photos, especially those of the same subject, Aperture 3 lets you compare two shots side-by-side. It's a great way to rate photos and select those you want to offer someone else to use. There are various ways to rate and label images, again making it easy to organize everything for you (and others) to look over.


Apple says Aperature 3 contains "dozens of ready-to-use adjustment presets" that allow users to "apply professional-style imaging effects to a single photo or across an entire project." I believe them: there are tons of ways to edit, enhance and recast an image, tools that are sophisticated in many ways. No, Aperture 3 is not the exact equivalent of Adobe Corp.'s famed Photoshop CS4, but it offers a great deal of capability to a photographer.


Output is another strong suit here: along with one-click publishing of photos to the Flickr and Facebook online services, as well as Apple's subscription-based MobileMe service, you can also create quick Web page layouts and slideshows of your pictures, as well as a custom book which can be printed and bound in quantities as low as one copy. It's all quite nice, in my opinion.


Aperture 3 -- which has had a couple of needed patches since its release -- is a solid program for serious amateur photographers as well as many professional types. Apple has a strong contender, one which I'm sure will attract renewed attention from Adobe and other rivals.

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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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