Editable PDF Support in LibreOffice Writer

We recently attended a small business community meeting on the topic of affordable software solutions for business owners. The issue of PDF support was raised by a participant—specifically, whether an affordable tool existed for editing PDFs.

Cool tools: Bookmarks Sync for Firefox

We're huge fans of Mozilla's Firefox web browser.

Cool tools: QuickFolders extension for Thunderbird

Thunderbird is one of the best business email clients available today. Aside from the nice price (free), it has one of the strongest extension ecosystems of any piece of software out there. Extensions (also known as add-ons) enhance the functionality of Thunderbird in hundreds of different and useful ways. Today we're going to take a look at one of our favourite extensions - QuickFolders.

Open source – a good fit for your startup?

Open source software offers a number of compelling advantages for new businesses. In this blog entry we'll look at how it could be a great complement for your startup.

What is open source software?

Software that is “free and open-source” may be freely installed, used, and copied without restriction. There is no initial purchase cost, nor are there any ongoing subscription fees for continued use. Far from being watered-down versions of their paid counterparts, open source applications are powerful and business-grade.

Adobe Creative Cloud – eminently unsuitable for New Zealand small businesses?

The reviews of Adobe's new “cloud”-enabled replacement for their premier design suite product are coming in, and they're not pretty. By forcing customers dependent on Adobe Creative Suite applications solely into a rental scheme, Adobe has managed to release something that for many small businesses turns out to be more expensive than the outgoing product.

Adobe Creative Cloud – less cloud computing, more the new lock-in

Adobe Systems announced today that its flagship Creative Suite product would cease to be available for purchase as boxed media under a perpetual license and instead only be available under a monthly internet-activated rental scheme. Accompanying this change is the news that the Creative Suite brand itself would be eliminated, with Creative Cloud being the sole brand for the application suite going forward.

Using Microsoft Office 365 Home editions for Business Use?

Small business owners may have noticed that for the quite reasonable price of NZ$165.00 RRP per year they can purchase a license for Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium, which entitles them to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. Even better, the software can be installed on up to five PCs plus mobile devices - seemingly perfect for a small business. These are all the same applications included in the pricier Office 365 Professional bundle.

Microsoft dropping support for Windows XP and Office 2003

As reported by Ars Technica, April 8th 2013 marked the one-year countdown from when Microsoft will cease support for the Windows XP operating system (OS) and Office 2003 suite of applications.

New Zealanders losing up to two working weeks a year sitting in traffic

According to a recent study by TomTom and referenced by Stuff, New Zealanders spend “...up to 92 hours a year caught up in peak hour traffic”. Undoubtedly, for businesses with staff commuting to offices in major metropolitan areas, average transit times of 45 minutes both in the morning and evening are now commonplace.

The risks of using unlicensed software in your business

Commercial software licensing remains a complicated and arcane issue for many business owners. Unless you have spent a great deal of time and effort designing and implementing a comprehensive business software asset management plan, the chances are that you are non-compliant in some way. Many business owners choose to take a blasé view of software licensing, and perceive the risk of “getting caught” as being low to non-existent.


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