Archive for the ‘open source’ Category

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: Audio Editing with Audacity

Friday, August 31st, 2012

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Need to convert a sound clip or other audio file into a different format? Want up edit an existing music or voice clip? Have a bunch of old 45′s that you’d like to digitize?

The free, open source audio editing tool Audacity may be just what you need!

As said on the Audacity website, Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or
    CDs
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording
  • And more!

Visit http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/features for a complete set of features.

Audacity runs on Macs, Windows, and Linux machines. For details, including how to download and install, visit the Audacity website:

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Techie Tip of the Week: Use Zotero to collect, organize, cite, and share web resources

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Are you a researcher? A student? Or someone who wants to store and use information on the Web? Zotero is a free, open-source tool you can use to help you collect, organize, cite, and share information you find.

Zotero senses content, and allows you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you are searching for a journal article, a news story, or a book, Zotero will help you save the information you find. It stores PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and indexes them to help you find what you need quickly and easily.

Although originally just a plug-in for the Firefox web browser, Zotero now is also available as a standalone program Windows, GNU/Linux and MacOS X. Connectors are available to integrate Zotero Standalone into the web browsers Safari and Chrome.

Check out the Zotero website:

http://www.zotero.org/

Watch the Tech Briefing we held on Zotero:

http://bit.ly/Ar5aFx

Techie Tip of the Week: gimp.org

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Did you know that there is a free, open source, fully featured alternative to Photoshop?

The Gnu Image Manipulation Program is a fully-featured, sophisticated desktop-based image editing and manipulation tool. In many ways, the GIMP rivals and even exceeds the capabilities of Photoshop (especially if you download and install the many and varied plugins for GIMP).

The GIMP is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

More information, including download, and installation instructions is found on the GIMP website:
http://www.gimp.org

To enhance functionality in the GIMP, visit the Plug-in Registry:
http://registry.gimp.org/

For documentation on using GIMP visit the docs section:
http://www.gimp.org/docs/

My favorite GIMP plugins:

Liquid Rescale: http://registry.gimp.org/node/144

  • This plugin performs content-aware scaling  in GIMP (and preceded Photoshop’s ability to do so by at least a year!)
  • Video Example of Liquid Rescale: http://bit.ly/ohiXi0

Resynthesizer: http://registry.gimp.org/node/25219

  • This plugin performs content-aware fill in GIMP (and preceded Photoshop’s ability to do so by years!)
  • Video Example of Resynthesizer: http://bit.ly/pckIM4

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.