Google Docs and Zoho Writer Duke it Out – Round 1

The Frugal Writer's Guide to Writing with Google and Zoho The Frugal Parson Puts Two Online Writing Tools Head to Head Writers have a long list of choices of writing software, from basic text editors, rich text editors, and full-fledged [...]

LibreOffice 4.3 – Small Improvements Add Up

LibreOffice Becoming a Mature Office Tool With the newest version of LibreOffice, the free, open source office suite (and erstwhile competitor with Apache OpenOffice), we're beginning to see a more mature, more efficient office suite. Whether or not you are [...]

The Latest LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice Updates

The Open Source Office Suites Both Issue Upgrades Recently (May, 2014), both The Document Foundation and The Apache Foundation released minor upgrades to, respectively, LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice. Both versions of OpenOffice had robust upgrades last summer, so I was [...]

Microsoft Announces Free OneNote for Macs & Windows

Microsoft is Clearly Challenging Evernote. Let's compare. On Monday, March 17th, Microsoft announced the release of a new version of OneNote for the Macintosh, ending a decade-long wait for the program to come to Mac users. Microsoft also announced that [...]

LibreOffice 4.2 Officially Released

The Document Foundation has officially released version 4.2 of its free open source office suite, LibreOffice. Click here to download it. For general info about LibreOffice, see their home page. See our earlier post First Impressions of LibreOffice 4.2 for [...]

First Impressions of LibreOffice 4.2

LibreOffice Gets Better, But No Big Surprises The Document Foundation will be releasing LibreOffice version 4.2, probably later this January or early February. However, if you can’t wait until then, you can now download the test version of LibreOffice 4.2.0.1 [...]

What LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice Have Taught Me

Wrapping Up the 1-Month Great, Frugal Summer-Doldrums Software Experiment Comparisons, Features, and Wish Lists for Open Source Office Software The steamy dog-days of summer are over; the leaves are beginning to change colors; Labor Day is past and students are [...]

Creating PDFs in LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice

LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice Surpass Microsoft Office in Creating PDFs Part 5 of the Great, Frugal Summer-Doldrums Software Adventure The Export as PDF... option is in the File menu These days, it’s not enough for an office application [...]

Using Apache OpenOffice Sidebars – in LibreOffice!

Part 4 of The Great, Frugal Summer-Doldrums Software Adventure LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice sidebars should never be confused with analog side bars. No Need for Sidebar Envy There are probably some LibreOffice users who have been looking at [...]

Creating Your Own Business Cards in LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice

Part 3 of The Great, Frugal Summer-Doldrums Software Adventure Your Assignment, If You Choose to Accept it: Design Your Own Printable Business Cards For many people, trying to create even a relatively simple design project, like your own printable business [...]

Installing LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice on Windows 8

The Great, Frugal Summer-Doldrums Software Experiment, Part 2 As previously posted in Part 1, I’m experimenting with replacing Microsoft Office with other free and cheap alternatives. My first challenge was installing LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice. Normally this is an easy [...]

The Great, Frugal Summer-Doldrums Software Experiment, Part 1

Testing Free Office Software in the Real World Control Center of the Frugal Guidance 2 Software Testing Lab In the past couple of weeks I have started an experiment to see if I can completely avoid using Microsoft [...]