While I appreciate you including a list of business software for Mac users ("The Right Stuff," May), I was surprised that many notable free and low-cost products weren't mentioned-specifically GIMP graphics program, Jaws PDF Creator and OpenOffice.org.
Those of us just starting out need all the breaks we can get!
Lisa S. Knopp
Technology editor Mike Hogan responds: Macintosh software doesn't run on Windows computers, and vice versa, so we're obliged to differentiate them for our readers' convenience.
But we don't consider price to be a good way to differentiate business--as opposed to consumer--software because the cost of deployment, training and support is so many times higher than the price tag of any program.
We have covered or mentioned open-source, shareware and freeware programs in stories before, and will again as appropriate.
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I think Mr. Barton is a perfect example of the new fitness professional. Many personal trainers are nurturing their entrepreneurial spirit and building fitness empires. The days of being labeled "muscleheads" aren't quite behind us yet, but with the David Bartons of the world leading the way, our reputation will soon [be] the one we deserve: highly educated, motivated and skilled professionals who can no longer be ignored by the rest of the business world.
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