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The Importance of Document Open Standards

Today we're celebrating Document Freedom Day—a global event raising awareness of the importance of open standards for document interchange and storage. If you've never considered the role open and industry standards play in a business environment—and why incumbent products such as Microsoft Office and Google Drive are a questionable solution for many use cases—then read on.

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 are compatible with ODF, LibreOffice is the leading product using ODF today.

OpenShot: zero cost video production for Ubuntu

Customers looking to produce video content in-house typically may turn to apps such as Apple's iMovie. For businesses looking to make the switch to Ubuntu, we can wholeheartedly recommend a fantastic alternative: 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:

As well as appearance, LibreOffice 4.4 contains a huge number of new features and improvements, including:

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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:

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