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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 June 24, 2005 / 17 Sivan, 5765

Photo program picture perfect

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006, being rolled out today, will likely bring joy to tens of thousands of Windows users who will now have a photo-management program that easily rivals, and in some ways surpasses, Apple Computer's IPhoto software.

The $99.95 suite version of the program — for which a $30 rebate is offered, with an extra $10 back if you buy a digital camera — offers tools for organizing, editing, sharing and transforming photos. It will also turn those grainy snapshots from your camera phone into something more useful. Plus, there are a lot of features that make this software practical both for the home user or someone who depends on photography in a small business or classroom situation.

Some of these features have been available on previous versions of the Microsoft program, but this year's edition offers greater organizational and editing capabilities. You can "stack" keywords and labels to help identify photos more easily, and cross-reference pictures, such as all the photos of the kids, the dog and the kids with the dog. Hover your mouse pointer over a thumbnail image of a photo, and the photo will enlarge and provide details such as date taken, file type, size, resolution and assigned labels.

New this year are features such as black-and-white "effects" that not only transform color snapshots into monochrome images but allow various filtering and other effects to create something truly artistic. There's an "intuitive" cropping feature that suggests the best possible way to trim a large picture, while a "photo story" feature lets you combine photos with narration, music, pan and zoom effects.

One of the more breathtaking features — I actually gasped the first time I saw it in action — is the ability to take a series of photos and stitch them into a "panorama" view. Yes, other programs do that, but Microsoft Digital Imaging Suite lets you select the final size, which helps put every "stitched" image into perspective. Additional tools can correct and adjust alignment. The result is something to behold.

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I was also impressed with a "smart erase" feature that will cut out an unwanted item or person in a photo and replace it with what ought to be behind the person or thing.

One of my favorite features, however, is the cell phone photo fixer. No, it's not perfect and not even the Microsoft software can correct every flaw in my Motorola phone's camera, which works far, far better outside than inside. But it sharpened up a bunch of photos in a hurry — and made my cats more recognizable in the blink of an eye. The automated nature of the fixes — click one button and you are done — will appeal to those of us who aren't photo scientists.

There's a lot more here for users to discover. You can burn that multimedia photo show to a DVD or a video CD playable in most computers and many DVD players — an excellent way to share pictures with grandma and grandpa. The program also lets you burn a "sharing" CD while keeping the archival settings you assign to pictures intact. That makes organizing more secure, a welcome feature when it's not hundreds, but thousands, of pictures you are organizing.

Bottom line: This is a very important and useful piece of software. I like it, and plan to keep it handy to use with my Windows systems. Information on this and other home products from Microsoft is at www.microsoft.com/discover.

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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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