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Techie Tip of the Week: LibreOffice and OpenOffice – Open Source Alternatives to MS Office

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Last summer, we talked about OpenOffice.org as a viable alternative to the Microsoft Office near-monopoly on office software.

This week, we’d thought we’d revisit OpenOffice.org and let you know about a particularly great version of OpenOffice – LibreOffice!

As they say on their website, LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs.

Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base all look, feel, and work the same way that their Office 2003 equivalents did. And they can open, edit, and save all Office file formats, including the new 2007/2010 versions. You can save your documents in any office format, including PDF!

Some of the newest features:

 

LibreOffice /OpenOffice Equivalent Microsoft Office Equivalent
Writer Word
Calc Excel
Impress PowerPoint
Base Access
Draw An All-Purpose Diagramming and Charting Tool (no real MS Office Equivalent – similar to the drawing tools in PowerPoint)
Math MS Equation Editor

Watch a Tech Briefing video Open Source Tools, including OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

Techie Tip of the Week: Always Use SSL in Facebook

Friday, December 16th, 2011

A few months ago, we discussed the importance of using secure browsing since packet sniffers can be used to steal your information while online. This week’s tip will show how you can change your settings in Facebook to always use https when you log into Facebook.

To set up Facebook to always use secure browsing:

1. Log into Facebook.
2. Go to your Security Settings page (Account > Account Settings > Security)
3. Click the Secure Browsing section.
4. Check the box.
5. Click Save.

Until next week, safe travels on the Net!

Techie Tip of the Week: OpenOffice.org

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Did you know that there is a free, open source, fully featured alternative to the Microsoft Office suite of applications?

OpenOffice.org is a cross-platform, completely compatible suite of applications that allow you to create and open documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, and database files, as well as vector-based graphic files. As they say on the website, it’s great software, easy to use, and FREE!

WriterImpressCalc, and Base look, feel, and work the same way that their Office 2003 equivalents did. And they can open, edit, and save all Office file formats, including the new 2007/2010 versions. You can save your documents in any office format, including PDF!

To download and install, visit the OpenOffice.org website.

OpenOffice.org Equivalent Microsoft Office Equivalent
Writer Word
Calc Excel
Impress PowerPoint
Base Access

Watch a Tech Briefing video introducing and demonstrating OpenOffice.org.