DON'S FREEWARE CORNER - SEP 2017

LIBREOFFICE - FREE PROGRAM COMPATIBLE WITH MICROSOFT OFFICE

2017 Donald R. Snow - This page was last updated 2017-09-05.
These Freeware Corner notes are published in TAGGology, our Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG) monthly newsletter. They are also posted on my Freeware Corner Notes page on http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html where the links are active and there may be corrections and additions and other related notes and articles.

WRITING, SPREADSHEETS, AND POWERPOINTS

Universities, colleges, and schools start about now for the Fall Semester and students and faculty need computer programs, especially for things like writing and organizing notes, lists, collections, and math computations of things, and presentations like Powerpoint slide shows.  There are student versions of Microsoft's Office, which includes Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, but they still cost lots of money.  There are some online versions of those tools that can be used, if you have access to the Internet, but there are open source, and hence free, programs that are compatible with the Microsoft versions.  Open Office and LibreOffice are two such.  Open Office is not updated as often as LibreOffice and this note will discuss LibreOffice alone.

CONCLUSIONS

This is the second in a series about AUDACITY and some of its many uses in family history. It is a wise idea to digitize old analog recordings, especially tapes, as soon as possible, since they deteriorate. It is also a good idea to keep the old analog items and don't throw them away, since there may be better ways to digitize them in the future, and, if your digitized version becomes unplayable, you can't reclaim part of it the way you can with parts of analog recordings. Happy digitizing.
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