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End of OpenOffice?


Subverting LibreOffice Impress for Better Slide Shows

Resisting the Lure of Bullet Point Presentations


Every hour of the work day, hundreds of presenters begin a slide show – and, as the presenters begin to drone, thousands of listeners lean back and do their best to stay awake and not look bored. Just as many users of word processors fail to learn how to use them properly, very few presenters ever learn a way to create a slide that holds an audience’s interest or conveys information successfully.

How Free Software Got Its Fonts

A History of Open Source Fonts


With the advent of free software for non-programmers, users ran into a licensing dilemma in a world of proprietary fonts.

Krita: Coming Attractions

Krita 3.0


Krita, a free sketching and painting program, has new features and improvements in version 3.0.

Choosing a Spam Filter

Spam Filter Mechanics


Spam filters have different modes of operation. Understanding how they work can help you choose which one to use.

Customizing KDE Plasma

Beyond Wallpaper


The KDE Plasma desktop environment has so many configuration options, it scares some users away. We look at some of the options to get you started.

Conditional Formatting in LibreOffice Spreadsheets

Conditional Formatting


Integrate graphical information beside the data it represents with conditional formatting and sparklines.


Total Recoll

Lost and Found


KDE's unofficial search engine may be the most usable choice of all. 

Tutanota: A Promising Privacy-Focused Email Service

Productivity Sauce


One Document for Multiple Uses

Single Sourcing in LibreOffice Writer


With a little planning and a few LibreOffice tricks, you can create one document that contains text customized for various end users.

Issue 193/2016

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