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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

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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

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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 Sept. 22, 2006 / 29 Elul, 5766

Adobe's smart new Acrobat

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's axiomatic — as has been noted here before — that Washington, D.C., is a city that largely runs on the use of forms. And, as noted before, it's my belief that Adobe System's Acrobat Professional software is one of the most important tools a form creator — or user — can have in their arsenal.


Such a belief is only enhanced with the arrival of Acrobat Professional 8, announced Sept. 17 by the firm, carrying the same $449 retail of previous versions, with a $159 price for upgrades from existing version 7 users. If you want to skip the rest of the review, here's my advice: run, don't walk, to your phone and order a copy. When it ships in a few weeks, you'll be very, very glad you did.


The Acrobat portable document format, or PDF, is one of the more important, if unheralded, benefits of the computer revolution. A PDF file can be created on a PC running Microsoft Windows, commented on by a Macintosh user, and read by someone with a Linux-based PC, and vice-versa or any combination thereof. The PDF is a pretty "universal" document exchange format that offers added security on demand: you can set things so that no one — at all — can change or modify a PDF document, something less reliably done in Microsoft Windows and practically unable to be done with some other programs.


This new Acrobat release, of which I reviewed a Beta copy of the Windows version, does things with documents that many of us will stand up and cheer over. For example, it will take a raft of Microsoft file types — Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations — and let you merge them into a single PDF document or into a virtual package where each document is its own "unit." Either way, preparing reports, briefing books and the like just became a lot easier. Under the "package" method, digital signatures on each document, as well as that document's security settings, can be preserved.


Speaking of security, the ability to "redact" documents is enhanced in this new version as well, which will not only mark out text sections better than in previous versions, but also, if needed, include the appropriate Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, codes, which would allow the reader to understand why a passage has been so designated. Those whose job it is to release sensitive files will likely value such a feature.


Those who share documents for commenting will have some powerful features to work with as well, including a way to make a group review more easily accomplished. Those who get a document to review, using either Acrobat Professional 8 or the Acrobat 8 reader — a free program due for release along with the pro version — will be able to add their comments, while noting who else has seen the document and has commented. That way, only one person will question the spelling of a word, instead of 15 folks.


Another high spot of this program has two benefits: the Acrobat Professional program will scan a PDF document for possible "form fields" that can be filled in. Ideally, this should work without flaw; in real life, I found a roughly 75 percent success rate on an eight-page form I downloaded from an Internet site.


That's not perfect, but creating only a few form fields manually is a lot better, in my opinion, than having to do all of them. Overall, this is a nice feature to have.


Beyond nice, though, you can then use Acrobat Professional to collect the form data, aggregate it into a "comma separated value" list and then let you export the data to a spreadsheet or database program such as FileMaker Pro. How useful something like this can be to a small business or organization is not difficult to imagine.


More details on the software will be found, I'm sure, at http://www.adobe.com, or by asking anyone in your office whose smile is exceptionally wide these days.

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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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