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Use Android to Control Your LibreOffice Presentation

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
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I’m a big fan of LibreOffice Impress and am excited about its recently released version 4.0.0. I make frequent presentations, use Linux exclusively, and own a new Galaxy S III Android phone, so the new Android Remote feature certainly caught my eye. It lets you use the volume rocker on your Android device to page through LibreOffice slides that you’re projecting from a Linux notebook. Working through Bluetooth by default, the app also runs over WiFi. Since conference venues frequently have… continue…

Setting Up LibreOffice on the Galaxy S

Galaxy S BLOG
In Linux Turns Galaxy S Into A ‘Good’ Jekyll & Hyde, I discussed how readers can run Ubuntu Linux, using the Linux-On-Android application, and switch back and forth between that and Android apps. It works well and seems pretty stable, so I’d definitely recommend that readers give it a try. At the end of the story, I mentioned that maybe I would try LibreOffice and report on the results. Is there a practical reason to do that? Perhaps not right… continue…

7 Tips for Making the Most of LibreOffice Impress

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LibreOffice, a successor to the OpenOffice.org project, is a full-featured set of productivity applications, much like Microsoft Office. I use LibreOffice Impress, which is similar to PowerPoint, for all of my presentations and slide generation. Over the years, I’ve probably tried every feature available. And, let me tell you, it’s tough striking that sensible balance between using just the right amount of techno wizardry on screen and not distracting the audience away from the speaker who is, after all, the real… continue…

Linux, Constantly Moving

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One of the great things about Linux is that it’s constantly changing. New or improved versions of packages come out all the time. Take the case of LibreOffice. Version 4.0.0 came out a couple of months ago. Not long ago, 4.0.2 was released. I was most interested in two specific areas. First was the Impress Remote via Android capability that lets you control your Impress slides using your smartphone. You simply start your LibreOffice presentation, start the remote application on… continue…

How Do You Manage 10,000 WiFi Mice?

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I recently downloaded the WiFi Mouse application for my Samsung Galaxy S3. As you might guess, it lets you control a desktop PC from your phone. The app is jammed full of features, supporting regular cursor control, left and right buttons, on-(phone) screen keyboard input and even speech-to-text input. That last capability actually worked amazingly well. Perhaps I’ll try writing a story with it next time. You’ll also understand that I was unable to resist trying out the app while… continue…

Ubuntu News: Chinese Tools, Touch Interface and TV OS

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A lot has happened with Ubuntu over the past couple of years as the community has tried to tap into a bunch of different markets. Showing my bias, I’ve always thought it made sense to run Linux on everything, though putting that concept into practice has certainly been challenging for the Linux community. Will they do it? Here’s a quick rundown on Ubuntu’s current activities. UbuntuKylin China’s Kylin Linux OS has combined forces with Ubuntu to produce UbuntuKylin. The project… continue…

Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word: An Even Matchup?

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When it comes to professional writers and editors, Google Docs and other cloud platforms are competing for Microsoft Word’s crown. continue…

A Gentle Rant About Software Development and Installers

A full report on the horrifying state of the software installation business. continue…

Fritzing’s CAD Neatly Documents Circuit Designs

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Documentation is a critical component of any technical product, whether it’s hardware or software. Yet too often we give it short shrift, even though there’s some free resources available to help you out. Besides helping users out, documentation is a key to securing patents, collaborating with partners and even just remembering where you left off with that project from a month ago. If you want to support an electronic or micro-controller circuit, with graphics and parts added to your materials,… continue…

Linux Turns Galaxy S Into a ‘Good’ Jekyll and Hyde

Galaxy S BLOG
In my recent  post “Run Linux On Your Android Phone,” I spelled out the basics of putting the Linux-on-Android system on a first-generation Galaxy S Android smartphone. Linux and Android share a kernel in this arrangement, so you can flip back and forth while retaining all of the normal functionality of the Android phone. Text messages, phone calls, and applications all work the same as they did when running just Android. With Linux operational, you have the added capability of… continue…