Making Search Relevant and Recent (Getting Help that Helps!)

Often, when people search for information on the web, they put search terms into Google and click search. This is especially relevant to searching for solutions to software problems as you want the solution to apply to the version of software that you currently have (if you have the most up-to-date version). Unfortunately, this general search method gives you a very large selection of web pages … [Read more...]

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...]

LibreOffice Portable Apps v 3.5.4 released

On June 1, 2012, and The Document Foundation announced the release of LibreOffice Portable 3.5.4. LibreOffice Portable is a full-featured office suite -- including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database -- packaged as a portable app, so you can take all your documents and office suite wherever you go. This release updates LibreOffice to … [Read more...]

Google Drive – Online Storage and Backup [Alternate Download Locations]

When creating documents (whether is MS Office, LibreOffice, iWorks, OpenOffice or whatever your favourite flavour of Office software) it's always a good idea to have an off-site backup. Cloud storage is one way to tackle this, with the added option of synchronising files between different computers and devices. The competition has really been heating up lately in the online storage … [Read more...]

Read ODS, ODT & ODP Files on your iPhone or iPad

I always struggle with opening open format documents on my iPhone - Apple doesn't have this as a standard format that other applications can use. I don't know of any applications that can edit Open Document Format files, however recently I downloaded the IBM Lotus Symphony Viewer. This works a treat in at least allowing me to view the data inside, which is certainly better than … [Read more...]

Getting Help [Support for, LibreOffice, NeoOffice]

One of the things about Open Source software is that a great deal of the help comes from the community. This is done through the community, and through an interface called a forum. Some people may not be familiar with forums, however as a way of getting assistance on specific problems they are pretty useful. Users response with different options and methods of approaching your issue or … [Read more...]

Free Download – 2011 Planning Chart

Amazon Affiliate: 2011 Monster Grid Calendar It's the tail end of the year and we start to plan for the upcoming year. This is a free 2011 planner template for you to download, allowing you to plan out the whole year at a glance. There are a few downloadable ods (spreadsheet) planners available including a plain, empty one, and ones with Singapore, Malaysia and Australian (federal) public … [Read more...]

5 Freaky Downloads for Weekend Projects [OpenOffice for Halloween]

Mazon affiliate: Halloween Tricks and Treats (Better Homes & Gardens Crafts) Some downloads in preparation for the Halloween weekend. Get your freak on and put those finishing touches on your Halloween projects with the following downloads. Happy Halloween Address Labels - from the Template Repository. I thought they were really cute! These could also be re-purposed into name stickers in … [Read more...] Training Workbooks Available [Train your staff]

There are a number of training workbooks available for and StarOffice to assist in training people in either general skills or skills specific to presentations, spreadsheets, or word processing. Update 6.Nov.2010: The GetOpenOffice site is currently being updated. To see the currently available guidebooks, go to Tthe links below … [Read more...]

How to Assign Special Characters in OOo [How-to Guide]

Often we need to use special characters that don't appear on our keyboard. For example, my keyboard doesn't have the pound sign (the one used for currency in the UK - £). Fortunately there has been a guide published which will allow you to see various methods for inserting these special characters in So now you can insert all the ¥, ¤, ±, µ you want, using your preferred … [Read more...]