Tag Archive: MacOS

Nov 17

IBM Lotus Symphony

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If you find the traditional look and feel of LibreOffice (aka OpenOffice) to be a bit old-fashioned, or perhaps you only use its core word processor and spreadsheet components and want a more integrated “feel” to the suite, then perhaps it’s worth considering IBM Lotus Symphony.

Nov 14

dia

dia

Perhaps the last area of Microsoft Office that didn’t have a direct competitor is Visio. The nearest competitors are probably Libre Office Draw, and dia. Highly capable as a flowcharting and diagramming tool in its own right, dia can load and save Visio diagrams and can thus be considered a competitor to Visio.

Nov 13

Gantt Project

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One of the most maxims of project management is the 5 Ps: “proper planning prevents poor performance”. And one of the easiest ways to plan out a project is a Gantt chart, which details each phase of the project, what needs to happen before it starts, and what depends on each step. And that’s where Gantt Project comes in.

Nov 11

Free Mind

Free Mind

Mind mapping, as developed by Tony Buzan since the 1960s, is used widely as a note taking tool for business, a revision tool to aid memory, and as a general tool for organising information. Free Mind is pretty swift, easy to use and (in our testing) stable and bug-free.

Nov 10

Audacity

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I expect that, like me, you have seen all these adverts in the press for smart machines that will turn your vinyl records and old cassettes into CD. Introducing Audacity. It really is simple to use, just connect yoour record player or cassette player (you didn’t throw them out did you?) via a suitable interface…

Nov 09

GnuCash

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The best way to manage your money is never to spend it. However, if you are a mere mortal and like eating, drinking and living in a house then there is no option. The next best thing, therefore, is to manage your money wisely and there is stuff out there to help you. (And me!)

One of the best is GnuCash because because it specifically caters for small businesses or small traders.

Nov 08

Skype

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Are you a chatty person, one who likes a good natter but are restricted by the constraints of the landline companies who give you packages for free phones in the evening and all day at weekends? Don’t you want to call someone in the daytime for free, sometimes, too?

If so, then Skype is for you. Why? Because it’s a free (mostly) internet phone calling service.

Nov 07

Filezilla

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Filezilla is a friendly graphical FTP client. While it’s easy to use, there’s still powerful features hidden away in the menus. Filezilla is open source and frequently updated. Part of the overhaul to version 3 was to add a new updater, which will automatically download the new version for you, but also to add support for Linux and MacOS as well.

Nov 03

GIMP

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Have you ever been in the position where you needed to edit a picture – perhaps as little as crop or resize a photo, or remove the red eye effect – but can’t. Maybe you even have paid for Adobe Photoshop, but just haven’t got it installed on the computer you’re on? Well, the GNU Image Manipulation Program can help.

Nov 01

SRWare Iron

Iron

With the rise and rise of Google Chrome, it’s worth pointing out that some people have a bit of a problem with it. Yes, it’s a fine browser – fast, renders pages extremely well, great plethora of available plugins. But it does have a tendency to phone home and tell Google what you’re up to. Enter the fine folks at SRWare…

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