Prezi: your presentations, redefined

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Creating presentations scare me. Presenting them? Even more! Somehow they feel lifeless, too routine and limited by content. I’m sure many feel the same way. When I was checking out Prezi, a majorly cloud based presentation software from a Hungarian company today the first thought that came to my mind was: possibly another Google docs and LibreOffice imitator. Then I watched the above video. I was so wrong! Prezi breaks away from the barrier of limitation by content! It’s just not about spilled text and some images or animated GIFs. You can add whatever you want in your presentation – from Youtube videos to PDFs! And it just gets better. You can fine tune all the content in your presentation (like rotate), make it as dynamic as your ideas. Easily. The next time you create a presentation, you may just try it the way ideas come to your mind with Prezi… not the incrementally boring way we are used to.

Webpage: Prezi

Use LibreOffice online

libreoffice_compLibreOffice, a complete open source office suite, is the latest addition to rollApp, a service that lets you run many popular applications online using a browser. Following are the links:

rollApp is a very useful service for devices like Chromebooks or users who rely heavily on online services. Click on “Launch online” and register quickly on rollApp using any of your existing accounts to use the applications. As of now rollApp can connect and store your documents on Dropbox, Google Drive (former Google Docs), Box and 4shared.

Kingsoft Office: 64-bit version by end of 2013?

The Microsoft Office clone Kingsoft Office is pretty cool and you might hardly find any difference if you are just a casual office suite user. Though from China they have created an English website recently. Recently they have added Linux support but till date only the 32-bit package is available. I was looking for a 64-bit package and mailed them regarding the availability. Got the following in reply –

Yes, we have plans to provide x64 support.
But our code is ported from windows, and using old com style.
It's support on x64 is difficult.
We hope x64-version could run at the end of the year.
But clear time is hard to expect.

Will keep waiting… 🙂

Update (10 Mar 2014): There won’t be any 64-bit version of Kingsoft office. Here’s the latest response from KingSoft:

Sorry,
Maybe we have to cut our x64 plans.
We have too few people in fact. We can not offer too many products.
Trying to support x64 maybe is a bad choice.
:'-(

Webpage: Kingsoft Office

LibreOffice 4.0 released

libreoffice_compThe freshly baked LibreOffice 4.0.0.3 is now available for download. If you are looking for an industry standard open source alternative for commercial office suites like MS Office, LibreOffice is one of your best options. And with MS Office profits running low in the last quarter it seems that people are opting out of paying for office packages and weighing the cloud (like Google Drive) as well as native alternatives. Originally a fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice supports multiple platforms and is a stable product now. Try it out.

Note: This article is outdated now. Check here for LibreOffice 4.3+ installation instructions.

Reduce LibreOffice memory usage

libreoffice_compIf LibreOffice is taking longer to load on your box (mine is Ubuntu 12.04), a few settings changes can make it snappier. Open LibreOffice Writer and go to Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice and try the following changes (I am using version 3.5.3.2):

  1. General settings: Turn off Tips and Help Agent if you don’t need them.
  2. Memory settings: Set Number of steps to 15, Use for LibreOffice to 20 MB, Memory per object to 4 MB, Remove from memory after 00:08 minutes, Number of objects to 4. To always keep LibreOffice loaded in memory enable the QuickStarter. I omitted the last step as I don’t use office suites heavily.
  3. View settings: I just changed Icon size to small and turned off both Anti-aliasing options.
  4. Accessibility settings: Turn off Automatically detect high contrast mode… if it’s OK for you.
  5. Java settings: Disable Use Java runtime environment. Works for the version I have. Power users of LibreOffice, please read the comments below before proceeding with this step.
To disable the LibreOffice splash screen completely:

First method:

Edit the file /etc/libreoffice/sofficerc (In stock LibreOffice 4.2 /opt/libreoffice4.2/program/soffice) and change
Logo=1
to
Logo=0

Second method (the first method is better than this):

  1. Open /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice. In stock LibreOffice 4.2 /opt/libreoffice4.2/program/soffice
  2. Find the following line (might be the last line in the file as well):
    exec $VALGRINDCHECK $STRACECHECK "$sd_prog/oosplash" "$@"
    and change to
    exec $VALGRINDCHECK $STRACECHECK "$sd_prog/oosplash" "--nologo" "$@"

Additionally I have removed some unnecessary (at least for me) buttons from Writer manually.