Google Drive now supports LibreOffice file formats

Google recently announced ODF support for its Google Drive cloud office productivity suite. ODF is the OpenDocument file format – an internationally-standardised format for office productivity documents. While many competing office software suites make use of ODF, LibreOffice is the leading product using ODF today.

OpenShot – zero cost video production for Ubuntu

Customers looking to produce simple videos in-house typically may turn to apps such as iMovie on Apple's OS X. For businesses looking to make the switch to Ubuntu, we can wholeheartedly recommend a fantastic alternative in OpenShot. It more than lives up to the claim of being powerful and easy-to-use, and features a terrific selection of high-quality editing and effects tools geared for rapid video production.

LibreOffice 4.4 arrives with a fresh new look

Brand-spanking new and available now, LibreOffice version 4.4 is out and packed with excellent features – including a refreshed look and feel. A new "flat" icon set is available, toolbars have been optimised for ease-of-use, and the sidebar has also been reworked. The result is the slickest-looking LibreOffice yet:

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LibreOffice gains support for mobile devices

LibreOffice's rapid growth and adoption as the premier business office productivity suite has reached an exciting new phase with the release of LibreOffice Viewer. Developed by Collabora Productivity (the company behind LibreOffice from Collabora), LibreOffice Viewer allows documents, spreadsheets, and presentations to be viewed on Android-powered smartphones and tablets using a clean, easy-to-navigate interface optimised for touch screens.

Ubuntu features great business printing support

One of the common concerns business owners have around making the switch from Microsoft Windows or Apple OS X to Ubuntu is the level of printer support. Printing, scanning, and photocopying are critical functions for most businesses, and switching to an alternative operating system (OS) is considered impractical without full support for these features.

Apple Mac and the risks of closed computer designs

"Should I buy a Mac?" – it's one question clients regularly ask us. With the beginning of a new year many business owners will be looking to upgrade their computers, so it's a good time to share our advice and perspectives on the issue.

Small Business IT Security Guidelines

Apertura Designs has prepared a PDF document containing a set of guidelines for small business owners looking to enhance their IT security. We've focused on practical, easy-to-follow tips any customer can follow:

Gmail Tasks sync for Thunderbird

Customers using Thunderbird to synchronise their Gmail Calendar will be delighted to know that Gmail Tasks synchronisation is now supported. This appears as an option when you add your Gmail Calendar in Thunderbird:

Cool tools: free PDF creation software for Windows

We've recently been advising clients using the Microsoft Windows operating system (OS) on the tricky issue of generating PDF files. Unlike competing business OS products like Ubuntu, Windows is hamstrung right out of the gate in its inability to generate PDF documents without third-party software.


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