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LibreOffice gains support for mobile devices

LibreOffice's rapid growth and adoption as the premier business office software 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 enables viewing of ODF-format documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on Android-powered phones using an easy-to-navigate interface optimised for touch screens.

Ubuntu has great business printing support

A common concern business owners have around making the switch from Microsoft Windows or Apple macOS to Ubuntu is the level of printer support. Printing, scanning, and photocopying are critically important for 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?" This is one question clients regularly ask us. With the beginning of a new year many business owners are 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.

CrashPlan: backup software for Ubuntu

A critical aspect of your business IT is ensuring that data is regularly backed up. Files and folders stored on your computers are especially vulnerable to loss through scenarios such as theft or a computer parts failure (such as the computer's internal storage drive). With a robust backup system in place, you are protected against the costly and damaging risk of permanent data loss.

Dropbox offers first-class support for Ubuntu

Popular cloud storage vendor Dropbox recently announced huge price cuts for its premium Dropbox Pro product. The changes represent a substantial increase in the amount of storage available per Dropbox account—one terabyte—for the same monthly fee.

UK government snubs Microsoft Office, moves to open standards

Earlier this year we covered reports of a UK government proposal to adopt open source and open standards-based software across all of their departments. In short, they were seeking to reduce reliance on a very limited selection of IT vendors, and an associated huge spend on the Microsoft Office software suite.

"I Love Product Activation!"

Said no business owner, ever. In working with customers, we're regularly exposed to the questionable practice of vendors forcing businesses to prove the authenticity of expensive proprietary software—which the business has legitimately paid to use. While product activation is marketed to businesses as a seemingly minor measure against software piracy, the stark reality is that it leaves your business open to the risk of productivity being severely crippled—and often at the most critical times.

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