PDF – ‘Portable Document Format’ – is overal. Het is de standaard geworden voor documenten waarvan de opmaak altijd hetzelfde eruit moet zien, ongeacht het besturingssysteem of de toepassing waarmee het wordt geopend. Handleidingen, formulieren, e-books, bankafschriften, facturen, muziekbladen, artikelen uit krant of tijdschrift – alles komt als PDF. Meestal lees je ze alleen, maar […]
To get out a word you need Word. That is how things usually work at most desktops around the globe. To be exact: Microsoft’s Word, not God’s. So, even if you happily work on LibreOffice, or another open-source office suite, you will come across Microsoft’s core fonts on a very regular basis. Of course all […]
The other day I wrote about inserting special characters into text documents, advertising the use of KCharSelect for those happy users of the KDE desktop (or CharacterMap, its GNOME equivalent). Let me advertise it a bit further, because it has more in it than meets the – rashly looking – eye.
In the good old LibreOffice days, when versions 3.x or 4.x were all around, I used to have the Quickstarter icon in my system tray. Twas useful to quickly open a (new) document or start from a template. Alas! tis gone in version 5.x. However, there is a tweak to solve this.
No-one is perfect, not even the most widely used open-source office suite, LibreOffice. It does have its small annoyances. From not printing a simple dash, to making your whole KDE desktop crash. How to deal with it? The first problem was solved by upgrading, the second seems to be persistently neglected and hence no solution […]
Until a week ago I stuck to LinuxMint 13 based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. That still is a well maintained distro. However, applications increasingly move on to more recent versions, which gradually caused conflicts and annoyances. Over a year ago I already had tried to upgrade to LinuxMint 17. But then I ran into trouble […]
Updating LibreOffice has its own pecularities. You can set it to automatic, but that may or may not work. Not on my LinuxMint system. You can make it warn you when updates are available, so you can manually download and install these. In my case: install the appropriate deb packages., which takes a wee bit […]
Buying or booking online may require filling in a PDF form and sending it back. But how to fill it in if you are not on Windows using Adobe software? Actually that is a problem, but there is a workaround. The PDF form specification is kept carefully hidden by Adobe. So there are no open-source […]
Slightly old-fashioned as it may seem, scanning documents still is part of the usual office jobs. You need it to email an official document to someone else, or simply to keep your own digital copy. So how to do that? As we know there must fifty ways to leave your lover – and probably more […]
Say you are working on a text document, e.g. in LibreOffice, and you would like to insert a PDF-document. Just inserting or importing it will not work. The easiest way to get a decent result is this: convert the PDF-document to an image file, e.g. PNG; insert that file as an image into your text […]