Integrating Google Maps in your documents (taking screenshots)

A friend of mine recently asked how can he integrate a Google Map into his document. The easiest way to do this is using a screen shot, however it is important to note that if you are going to use a map from Google, you need to attribute it. According to my reading of this page on Google Permissions, and this page on Attribution the easiest way to do this is to: Take a screenshot that includes … [Read more...]

How to Extract Media from PowerPoint Files (works for both Windows and Mac)

Lately I've been receiving a number of files in pptx format, but I present using my iPad and so convert these presentations to Keynote. If the slides contain images and text only, this conversion is relatively painless - usually there are just a few formatting and alignment issues that need to be addressed and then I'm good to go. All I need do is open the pptx file in keynote, either on my Mac or … [Read more...]

FAQ: How to I change the default language in Word for Mac? [Word 2011]

With Office 2011 for Mac, you can check spelling and grammar in languages other than English. Word 2011 for Mac comes with foreign-language dictionaries such as Czech, French, Russian, and you can also change the 'brand' of English (UK, US, Australian). The default dictionary determines which language’s proofing tools Word uses for spelling and grammar. You can change Word’s default … [Read more...]

Changing case in Pages (iWork for Mac)

For my OpenOffice fans, my apologies for not posting on OOo or LibreOffice for a while, however I have been working in Pages for Mac recently. Just a quick tip as much for my own reference as for anyone else's - for some reason I keep losing this reference. Changing the case of letters in Pages is possible by selecting Format --> Font --> Capitalization. You can then choose the … [Read more...]

Quick tip: Changing Spelling on a Single Document in Pages (for Mac)

To change the spelling for a document in Pages, select the text you wish to use (CMD-A if all text in the document). Then open the inspector, click on the 'T' for text. Then click on 'More' Then under the heading 'Language' select the dictionary you wish to use (see screen shot) … [Read more...], LibreOffice & NeoOffice on Mac Lion OSX – Part 2

Note: For those that don't have a Mac, we'll be back to regular programming shortly. :) On Thursday I did a quick take on what my experience was on, LibreOffice and NeoOffice after installing Mac OSX Lion. There is a website that can assist you in identifying programs that work with Lion OSX - including our favourites! … [Read more...], LibreOffice & NeoOffice on Mac Lion OSX

Today I decided to bite the bullet and install the new Lion OSX on my Macs. So far so good, however when you do the upgrade and if you use an Open Source Office software product, I suggest that you immediately open them after the installation of Lion and go through any recommended upgrades. … [Read more...]

Turning off Capitalisation in Impress and Writer [, LibreOffice and NeoOffice]

I was recently reading through a tutorial and noticed that the writer (Akkana) was frustrated with the auto-capitalisation at the beginning of sentences in Impress. Turning this feature off is relatively simple, however you need to do it in each of the programs to ensure it is applied to both Writer and Impress. I've also included links for those wanting to do this in … [Read more...]

Find Out How [Mac iWork: Pages, Keynote and Numbers]

I have recently acquired an iPad, and as I am required to do a number of presentations on it, I have found that I have been using Keynote - both for my Mac and on my iPad. Fortunately, Apple does not leave you short when it comes to basic tutorials and how-tos, and most of it is demonstrated in videos that are less than 3 minutes long (good, because my attention wanders after about that time … [Read more...]

What is line spacing and how can you set it? [Writer, Word & Pages]

A fair definition of line spacing comes from Microsoft: Line spacing determines the amount of vertical space between lines of text in a paragraph. By default, lines are single-spaced, meaning that the spacing accommodates the largest font in that line, plus a small amount of extra space. If a line contains a large text character or graphic, Publisher increases the spacing for that line. To … [Read more...]