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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 Nov. 5, 2010 / 28 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

A landslide (software) victory in California, and everywhere else

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This reviewer has long been an advocate of Adobe Corp.'s Acrobat software, and the recent release of various Acrobat X products (i.e., version 10), gives no cause to reconsider. Acrobat is the best way to work with so-called PDF (or Portable Document Format) files that's out there today.

A quick recap, though, on "why" the PDF format is so important. PDFs can be read on a variety of devices (iPad through PC through Mac and Linux), but can also be "locked" to prevent tampering. Think about your last expense report. Wouldn't you like those numbers to be secure? Thought so.

Why Acrobat X? First, it's a cross-platform solution, running on Windows and Macintosh systems, which cover about, what, 98 percent of all desktop/portable computers? There are other PDF programs, but they're generally platform specific. Having a cross-platform application is a greater guarantee of file compatibility, I believe.

Second, Acrobat X builds on the previous Acrobat versions, while not destroying old familiarities. I've worked with a Beta version of Acrobat X Pro for just over a month now, and have used it to edit, comment upon and otherwise interact with mission-critical PDFs at least once a week. Everything worked just as the older versions did, even though the new features were accessible.

According to Adobe, there's a fair amount to celebrate: "Acrobat X delivers new guided Actions to simplify multi-step document preparation and publishing processes; completely new customization capabilities in PDF Portfolios unify multiple file types into a compelling presentation. New document services available at Acrobat.com give individuals the ability to collaborate more efficiently. Integration with Microsoft SharePoint enables consistency of PDF documents across the enterprise; re-use of content is now easier with higher quality export to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel," according to a news release.

In more practical terms, you can now more easily string together a group of PDF files into a "portfolio," group tools used in various actions into a single onscreen "palate," and automate a sequence of document actions for easier and faster processing through a workgroup. If you create "fillable" PDF forms - and, please, if you create PDF forms, make the darned things fillable - you can now let users fill in and save the forms using the (free) Acrobat Reader X software. This is a boon to users everywhere, if only enterprises and organizations would act on it in the same exceptionally helpful manner the Internal Revenue Service does. (The IRS has oceans of fillable forms on their Web site, and this truly makes life easier for all involved.)

But just as nice as it is to get stuff into the PDF format, it's also important sometimes to get things out of that format. If a PDF file isn't locked down for security, you can export it into Word or Excel, as noted. And Adobe's claim seems to be true: I exported a PDF document, including letterhead, into Word just before writing this review. The export was flawless, absolutely flawless.

Ease of use? Acrobat X has that well in hand. The menus are clear, tools are easily available, and there seems to be very little in the way of a learning curve. You can scan a document into PDF quite easily, and there are tools to convert HTML Web pages or e-mail to PDF as well.

The Acrobat X Reader is free, and offers a lot of capability, including commenting tools, something once restricted to the paid-for products. The Acrobat X standard and pro versions come in at $299 and $499, list price, respectively. Upgrades for owners of previous versions are less than half the new-copy price. Details on all of these items can be found at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat.html, and it's very well worth a visit.

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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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